CLAT 2017 Analysis

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.

Chanakya National Law University, Patna conducted CLAT 2017 on 14th 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. However, the overall difficulty level was slightly higher than last year, owing to slightly tougher QA, GK and Legal sections. The cutoffs are therefore expected to come down from last year's figures.

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

English including Comprehension

Level : Easy

No. of recommended attempts : 30+

The questions were broadly from the following topics:

Reading Comprehension (5 Qs), Sentence correction (10 Qs), Fill in the blanks (10 Qs), Spellings (10 Qs), Rearranging the sentences (5 Qs)

General Knowledge/Current Affairs

Level : Difficult

No. of recommended attempts : 30+

The broad break up of the questions was as follows. Most of the questions were from the current affairs with questions from the areas like Polity, General Science, Geography, Economics, etc were also there.

Elementary Mathematics(Numerical Ability)

Level : Easy and do-able questions but were a little lengthy

No. of recommended attempts : 14+

The questions were mainly from the topics in Arithmetic viz., Percentages, Profit & Loss, Averages, Time & Work, Time & Distance, etc.

Legal Reasoning

Level : Moderate

No. of recommended attempts : 40+

Legal Reasoning section did not throw any surprises this year. There were no Legal GK questions. However, the test was heavy on Principle-Fact based questions (35 Qs) with the remaining ones based on legal maxims (15 Qs)

Logical Reasoning

Level :Moderate- Easy

No. of recommended attempts : 32+

The questions were broadly from the following topics:

There were two sets on Puzzles with a total of 10 questions. There were also questions on Blood relationship (5 Qs), Syllogisms (5 Qs), Analogies (4 Qs), etc

Overall Analysis

With the paper being relatively difficult as compared to last year's, the cut-offs are expected to fall. The cut-offs for the Top 3 schools is expected to be around 145-150.