CLAT 2020 PAPER ANALYSIS

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    CLAT Paper Analysis: Difficulty Level and Ideal Attempts

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
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    CLAT 2020 has been further postponed for June 21, 2020, with registrations extending till May 18, 2020. As the exam is round the corner, anxiety among students is on the rise pertaining to the kind of paper that might come for this year.

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    CLAT Paper Analysis turns out to be a mandate for all law aspirants as it gives a glimpse of how the paper may look like in the upcoming sessions. As for CLAT 2019, the exam was successfully conducted on May 26 in pen-paper (offline) mode. According to the experts, the overall difficulty level of CLAT 2019 was low, though it was lengthy due to several legal reasoning questions.

    With thechange in CLAT 2020 exam pattern, many students are apprehensive of the expected questions and the difficulty level of the examination. To clear all doubts of CLAT aspirants, Collegedunia has prepared an analysis of few previous year papers. Read below to get clue about how CLAT paper looked like previously.

    Collegedunia Test Tip: Since the paper is conducted for admission into country’s top law schools, familiarity with current topics along with legal aptitude is a must. Daily changes, specifically political related content should be well-versed. For example: recent events related to COVID-19, CAA, prominent Supreme Court judgements and their impact, change of CJI, etc. Also, practice of CLAT previous year question papers from 2010-2019 will provide a comprehensive idea for CLAT 2020.

    CLAT 2020- Previous Year Paper Analysis

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    CLAT 2019-Detailed Analysis of Paper

    CLAT 2019 Paper Analysis

    • In comparison to the previous year’s paper, several questions in legal aptitude section were from legal reasoning which made the paper lengthy.
    • All the sections were easy but time-consuming. Surprisingly, no questions were asked from “Constitution of India” and Legal Knowledge. 
    • In the GK and Current Affairs section, 45-46 questions were from Current Affairs and rest 3-4 questions were static which was related to recent events.
    • The questions were asked from the events of the past 3-4 months.

    Section

    Number of Questions

    Number of Good Attempts

    Level of Difficulty

    English

    40

    35-36

    Easy

    General Knowledge

    50

    40-42

    Easy-Moderate

    Elementary Mathematics

    20

    12-14

    Easy-Moderate

    Logical Reasoning

    40

    34-35

    Easy

    Legal Aptitude

    50

    40-42

    Easy-Moderate

    Total

    200

    170-174

    Easy

    CLAT 2019- Section-wise analysis

    Below given is the section- wise analysis for CLAT 2019:

    English Language

    TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Reading Comprehension10Easy
    Foreign Words5Medium
    Idioms5Easy
    Mis-spelt Words5Easy to Medium
    Para Jumbles5Easy
    Sentence Correction10Easy

    CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis

    General Knowledge & Current Affairs

    TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    National7Easy
    International7Easy to Medium
    Science and Technology7Easy to Medium
    Economic Development7Easy to Medium
    Sports2Easy
    Awards and Honours6Easy
    Science & Technology2Easy to Medium
    Misc. GK4Easy to Medium
    Books and Authors3Easy
    Polity2Easy
    History1Easy
    Geographical Indicators2Easy
    Total50Easy

    Elementary Mathematics

    TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    SI/CI2Easy
    Percentages, Profit & Loss3Easy to Medium
    Ratio, Mixtures, Allegations2Easy to Medium
    TSD, Time & Work5Easy to Medium
    Algebra2Easy
    Number System1Easy
    Mensuration1Easy
    Clocks1Medium
    Calendars2Easy to Medium
    Venn Diagrams1Easy
    Total20Easy

    Logical Reasoning

    TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Arrangements14Easy
    Blood Relations1Easy
    Coding-Decoding2Easy
    Number Series4Easy
    Alpha-numeric series2Series
    Alphabet series1Series
    Directions1Easy
    Odd one Out4Easy
    Analogies3Easy
    Syllogisms5Easy
    Connectives3Easy
    Total40Easy

    Legal Aptitude

    TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Contracts18Easy to Medium
    Criminal Law11Easy to Medium
    Torts12Easy to Medium
    Miscellaneous9Easy to Medium
    Total50Easy to Medium

    CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis

    The law entrance examination had 200 questions spread across five sections – Legal Aptitude, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, English and Elementary Mathematics. Each question had a weightage of one mark, and a negative marking of one-fourth marks was applicable for each incorrect answer.

    Legal Aptitude

    • As per the experts, this was the easiest section.
    • It had close to 35 legal reasoning questions which were simple and direct.  
    • There were few questions on Legal Knowledge mostly based on the Constitution.
    • It had 8-10 Legal GK questions, including static LGK questions.
    • A score of around 36-37 can be considered as a safe score for this section.

    General Knowledge and Current Affairs

    • The questions were on predictable lines, i.e. questions were from Current Affairs.
    • Static GK questions (15 questions) dominated this section.
    • A few questions based on events in early 2018 were asked.
    • As the questions were straightforward, the difficulty level of the section was quite easy.

    Logical Reasoning

    • This section had tricky questions, especially the 3 puzzles that were asked.
    • Questions were based on Blood relations, Coding & Decoding, Syllogisms, etc.
    • It was a relatively lengthy but easy section. 

    English

    • Another predictable section, having one reading comprehension with 10 questions.
    • Different questions types were vocabulary (5 Ques.), sentence correction (5 Ques.), short paragraphs with one question each (4 – 6 Ques.).
    • This section can be considered as the most scoring section out of the lot.

    Elementary Mathematics

    • This section was the most difficult and time consuming one out of all the sections.
    • The section was dominated by time and work, speed distance and time questions. 
    • Even good students did not have a serious attempt above 10-12.

    Tabulated below is the section-wise breakup of CLAT 2018 (LLB Program) – 

    SectionNo. of QuestionsGood attemptsScore (with 85 % accuracy)
    Legal Aptitude5040-4233-35
    GK & Current affairs5032-3326-27
    Logical Reasoning4030-3225-26
    English4030-3226-27
    Elementary Mathematics2010-118-9

    CLAT 2017 Paper Analysis

    CLAT 2017 Paper Analysis

    The national level law entrance examination was conducted for UG and PG Programs on the same day and time. The level and type of questions were different.

    Legal Aptitude

    The questions were from easy to moderate. Out of 50 questions, 35 questions were based on Principle Facts and 15 were Legal GK questions. The majority of students stated that the legal reasoning section was quite easy.

    Legal reasoning section was dominated by contract law, criminal law followed by constitutional law and torts question. Surprisingly, there were no questions from Intellectual Property, Family Law or International law. In all, the section was from easy to moderate level.

    General Knowledge and Current Affairs

    Current affairs dominated the section. Unlike previous years, questions on history and static areas were completely missing. More questions were testing a candidate’s knowledge of Personalities, Economy, and International Organizations formed a good part of the section.

    Logical Reasoning

    The difficulty level of this section was low. Questions were majorly from Arrangements, Directions, Blood Relations, Series, and Syllogisms. Verbal Reasoning had 12 questions based on analogy, vocabulary, odd one out and syllogisms. Questions on topics such as Statement Argument, Statement-Assumption were only one or two in number.

    English

    As per the analysis, the section was a bit lengthy and the reading comprehension was quite tricky. Again, the section was considered to be the most predictable one. Fill in the blanks, sentence correction, spelling correction, error detection questions dominated the section. The reading comprehension was lengthy (800 words) and tricky. There were no vocabulary based questions.

    Elementary Mathematics

    This section was the most difficult and time consuming one out of all the sections. The section was dominated by time and work, speed distance and time questions. There were no questions from geometry section.

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    Tabulated below is the section-wise breakup of CLAT 2017 (LLB Program) – 

    SectionNo. of QuestionsGood attemptsScore (with 85 % accuracy)
    Legal Aptitude5039-4034-35
    GK & Current affairs5030-3226-27
    Logical Reasoning4034-3530-31
    English4035-3631-32
    Elementary Mathematics2010-119-10

    Student’s Reaction to LLB Paper

    • As per Aditya, the test paper was lengthy. “The exam was good, considering there were 200 questions and we had to complete it in two hours, I felt it was a bit lengthy. I left 5 questions. Other than that, the difficulty level of the paper was moderate”.
    • "I took a very long time to solve the math section, but then I think math is everybody's weak point. Even though they were multiple-choice questions, we still had to devote a certain amount of time on each question, so time was an issue," said Sanjana Mishra, a student.
    • Bhavya Kohli, a student of DL DAV Model School, Shalimar Bagh felt that CLAT 2018 was a balanced paper. “To me, GK was the most difficult section followed by Legal Aptitude. Math was a bit tough. Logical Reasoning, English and GK sections were fine. Questions asked in the Legal Aptitude section were a bit tricky”.
    • “The paper was moderate. For me, English, Math and GK were the easiest sections while reasoning and legal aptitude was a little more difficult,” said Arunima Bisht.
    • Gurmeet said, "If someone was thorough with their current affairs including the most recent events, GK would be easier for them.” Questions covered diverse topics ranging from Trump’s elevation as US President to the Juno spacecraft and recent French election.

    CLAT 2016 Paper Analysis

    CLAT 2016 Paper Analysis

    RGNLU Patiala conducted CLAT 2016 on May 8, 2016. As per the paper analysis, it was considered as the easiest Common Law Admission Test ever. The experts said the paper looked like CLAT 2014 conducted by GNLU.

    Tabulated below is the section-wise breakup of CLAT 2016 (LLB Program) –

    SectionNo. of QuestionsGood attemptsScoreLevel of Difficulty
    Legal Aptitude5042-4440+Easy to Moderate
    GK & Current affairs5043-4540+Moderate
    Logical Reasoning4034-3530-33Easy to Moderate
    English4036-3833-36Easy
    Elementary Mathematics2010-129-10Moderate

    Check CLAT 2016 Paper Analysis


    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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