Previous Exam Analyses

CLAT 2014

CLAT 2014 was conducted on 11th May across the country. Many students heaved a sigh of relief with the paper being on expected lines without any major surprises thrown at them. The overall difficulty level was similar to that of last year.

Test Pattern

Total Marks 200
Total number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each 200
Duration of examination Two Hours
Subject areas with weightage:
English including Comprehension 40 Marks
General Knowledge/ Current Affairs 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning 40 Marks

Let us look at each of the areas in detail

Elementary Mathematics(Numerical Ability)

  • Level : Easy
  • Possible Attempts for an average student : 12
  • No. of recommended attempts : 15+

The questions were broadly from the following topics : Percentages (1), Profit & Loss (1), Partnership (1), SICI ((1), Averages (1), Time & Work (1), Time & Distance (Relative Speed) (1), Time & Distance (Boats and streams) (1), Ratios (2), Simple Equations (2), Mensuration (2), Probability (1), LCM HCF (1)

Logical Reasoning

  • Level : Moderate- Easy
  • Possible Attempts for an average student : 25
  • No. of recommended attempts : 30-35

The questions were from the following topics:

3 sets were on Seating Arrangements with a total of 10 questions. The number of questions in each of these sets varied... 2, 3 and 5 were the questions in each of these 3 sets. Here were Blood relations (5 Qs), Puzzles (10 Qs), Syllogisms (10 Qs), Series (3 Qs) and Analogies (2 Qs)

The notable aspect of the test this year was that questions on critical reasoning were absent.

English including Comprehension

  • Level : Easy- Moderate
  • Possible Attempts for an average student : 20-25
  • No. of recommended attempts : 30+

The questions were from the following topics:

Reading Comprehension (10 Qs), Para Forming Questions (5 Qs), Spellings (5 Qs), Idioms & phrase (5 Qs), Foreign Words (5 Qs), Grammar (10 Qs)

Legal Reasoning

  • Level : Easy
  • Possible Attempts for an average student : 30-35
  • No. of recommended attempts : 40+

Legal Reasoning section did not throw any surprises this year. There were no Legal GK questions. However, the principal-Fact based questions were a bit on the lengthier side and the students had to watch out for time while doing these.

General Knowledge/Current Affairs

  • Level : Moderate
  • Possible Attempts for an average student : 20-25
  • No. of recommended attempts : 30+

The broad break up of the questions was as below

Current Affairs: 20-25 Qs, Polity : 5 Qs, General Science: 3-5 Qs, Geography : 3-4 Qs, History : 2-3 Qs, Economics: 3-4 Qs

Overall Analysis

With the paper being similar to last year's on difficulty level, the cut-offs are expected to be similar or climb up slightly. The cut-offs for the Top 3 schools is expected to cross 145.