CLAT stands for Common Law Admissions Test. It is an all India entrance examination conducted by the National Law Schools/Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M). The responsibility of conducting the exam is rotated and given on the basis of seniority in establishment.
The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi conducted CLAT 2018 on 13th 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 a tad higher to that of last year. Moreover, the exam touched a new low in terms of technical glitches. For many students, the test was halted due to issues with their systems, however the timer was still running.
Given below is the pattern and the section wise break up of the paper.
|Total number of questions||200 (MCQs)|
|Duration of examination||Two Hours|
|Marking Scheme||Each correct answer: 1 mark,
Each wrong answer: -0.25,
No deduction in marks for unattempted questions
|Subject areas with weightage|
|English including Comprehension (Q. No. 1 to 40)||40 Marks|
|General Knowledge/ Current Affairs (Q. No. 41 to 90)||50 Marks|
|Logical Reasoning (Q. No. 91 to 130)||40 Marks|
|Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) (Q. No. 131 to 150)||20 Marks|
|Legal Aptitude (Q. No. 151 to 200)||50 Marks|
Let us look at each of the areas in detail
English including Comprehension
- Level : Easy-Moderate
- No. of recommended attempts : 32+
Let us have a brief topic-wise distribution of the questions
|Topic||No of Questions|
|Fill in the blank||10|
|Vocab based questions||10|
General Knowledge/Current Affairs
- Level : Moderate-Difficult
- No. of recommended attempts : 35+
Most of the questions were from the current affairs (National/International) with questions from the areas like Science & Technology, Books/Authors, Polity, History, Sports, Awards, Economy and Government Policies, Economics, etc were also there. The questions though majorly from the current affairs, however had a fairly good representation from the static GK as well.
- Level : Moderate
- No. of recommended attempts : 29+
The questions were broadly from the topics like Syllogisms, Critical Reasoning, Puzzles, Arrangement, Blood Relationship, Direction sense, Coding-decoding, Number Series, Letter Series, Alpha-numeric Series, Distribution, Ranking, Comparison, Clock, Odd-one out, etc.
Elementary Mathematics(Numerical Ability)
- Level : Difficult and lengthy
- No. of recommended attempts : 8+
The questions were mainly from the topics like BODMAS,Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Algebra, Numbers, Geometry, Pure Maths, etc.
- Level : Moderate
- No. of recommended attempts : 40+
Like last year, Legal Reasoning section did not throw any surprises this year too. The question paper predominantely had Legal Reasoning questions, with about ten questions onLegal GK also. The test was heavy on Principle-Fact based questions with a few from Assertion-Reasoning, and Statement-Assumption type questions.
The questions were from the topics like Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, Constitution, etc.
With the exam being a little difficult than the last year’s and also coupled with technical glitches, the cut-offs are expected to go southwards. The cut-off for the Top 3 schools is expected to be about 130+.
Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by T.I.M.E. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information
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