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CLAT 2018 Exam Analysis

CLAT 2018, conducted this year by NUALS, Kochi was held on May 13, 2018 between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. This was the first year that CLAT experimented with Sify (seems they were more interested in getting everything done with, in a jiffy)– will almost surely be the last time.

It was the most mismanaged CLAT exam over the last decade and students across many centers complained of lost time in the vicinity of 10-12 minutes, on an average (some even more). The pattern of the paper was quite similar to that of last year, however, some changes stood out. It was a bit more difficult than that of last year; that coupled with the technical inefficiencies and difficulties indicates that the cut-off is likely to go south.

The paper had a total of 200 questions spread across five sections - English, GK, Logical Reasoning, Elementary Mathematics, and Legal Aptitude. There was negative marking of one-fourth of a mark for each incorrect attempt.

Given below is the section-wise breakup of the paper:

Section

No. of Questions

Ideal Attempts

Level of Difficulty

English

40

34-36

Easy-Moderate

G.K./ Current Affairs

50

37-40

Moderate-Difficult

Elementary Mathematics

20

5-6

Difficult

Logical Reasoning

40

30-32

Moderate

Legal Aptitude

50

40-42

Easy-Moderate

Total

200

150-155

Moderate

English

Overall this section was similar to last year. One anomaly of this section was the haphazard manner of RC questions rather than the often-used chronological order. Unlike last year, the 1 RC passage had 10 questions rather than 5. The cloze test was slightly difficult to interpret and might have led to a couple of errors. The other questions were along similar lines to last year. Ideally a student should have attempted 34-36 questions in about 22-25 minutes

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

10

Easy- Moderate

Critical reasoning

2

Moderate

Idioms

4

Easy

Cloze Test

6

Easy- Moderate

Synonyms

3

Easy

Similar Meaning Words

3

Easy

Opposite (Inappropriate) Meaning Words

5

Moderate

Summary

2

Moderate

Paraphrasing

2

Moderate

Identify the incorrect sentence

3

Easy

General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section in this year's paper was dominated by current affairs, just like last few years, however many questions were from static GK as well. However, the red herring was that candidates were expected to remember a substantiate chunk of data on various aspects of the issues. A good attempt in this section would be about 37-40 questions.

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Current Affairs-National

10

Easy

Current Affairs-International

5

Easy-Moderate

Current Affairs-Contemporary Economic Development

3

Moderate-Difficult

Current Affairs-Sports

5

Easy

Current Affairs-Awards

5

Easy

Current Affairs-Science & Technology

2

Difficult

Current Affairs- Misc. GK

7

Moderate-Difficult

Current Affairs-Books and Authors

3

Easy-Moderate

Current Affairs-Important Days

3

Easy-Moderate

Polity

1

Easy

History

2

Difficult

Science

2

Difficult

Economy

1

Difficult

Logical Reasoning

This section was not as easy as CLAT 2017. The entire section was dominated by Analytical Reasoning. Questions from Arrangements, Directions, Blood Relations, Series, coding decoding and ranking appeared in the section. Overall it was a moderate section in terms of Analytical Reasoning. The Verbal Reasoning part was slightly better with the Critical Reasoning questions being slightly tricky. Overall an attempt of 30 questions in 30 minutes would have been ideal.

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Arrangements

2 sets (5+2)

Moderate- Difficult

Blood Relations

1

Easy

Coding-Decoding

2

Moderate

Number Series

2

Easy

Alpha-numeric series

1

Moderate

Alphabet series

1

Difficult

Directions

1

Moderate

LR Distribution (3 variables)

6

Moderate

Ranking

1

Difficult

Comparison

1

Moderate

Clock

1

Moderate

Logical Puzzles (Doctors)

2

Moderate

Course of Action

4

Easy- Moderate

Syllogism

2

Easy

Critical Reasoning

2

Easy- Moderate

Odd one out

4

Easy- Moderate

Word Arrangements

2

Moderate

Elementary Mathematics

As always, this section of the paper had 20 questions. It was the most difficult QA section over the last three years. The paper touched base with almost every topic of Mathematics. While, last year, there were 19 questions from Arithmetic itself, this year the paper was much more balanced with only 10 questions from Arithmetic (please go through the table below for the complete break-up). The surprise element of this section were the 3 lengthy questions on Simplification. Ideally, a student shouldn’t spend more than 10 minutes, aiming to attempt about 5-6 question.

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Simplifications

3

Difficult

Percentages

5

Moderate

Ratio, Mixtures, Averages

3

Moderate

TSD, Time & Work

2

Easy- Moderate

Algebra

1

Moderate- Difficult

Number System

2

Difficult

Geometry

1

Moderate

Modern Maths

2

Moderate

Miscellaneous

1

Difficult

Legal Aptitude

The legal aptitude section was the saving grace this year among all the sections. Not exactly a cakewalk, but it was easy overall (except for a couple of tricky questions). There were 17 Legal Knowledge questions, four Statement assumptions and one Reasoning Assertion. Legal Reasoning was fairly distributed with six questions from Law of Contracts, seven from Law of Torts, and four on Constitution. Rest of the questions needed basic reasoning and no prior knowledge of Legal Aptitude. There were no questions from fringe subject areas such as Intellectual Property, Family Law and International Law just like 2017. As most of the questions were easy and direct, AB Tutorials  students would not have faced any problem, due to their familiarity with the study material and mocks.

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Contracts

6

Easy

Criminal Law-Theft

1

Easy

Torts

7

Easy

Constitution

4

Easy

Legal Knowledge

17

Easy

Misc. (Statement-Assumption, Reasoning-Assertion)

15

Easy