CLAT 2017 Exam Analysis


CLAT 2017, conducted this year by CNLU, Patna was held on May 14, 2017 between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. The paper was largely on expected lines. 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, thus indicating that the cut-off is likely to go south.

The paper had a total of 200 questions spread across five sections - English, GK, Elementary Mathematics, Logical Reasoning 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

Expected Attempts

Expected Score

Level of Difficulty

English

40

33-35

30-32

Moderate

G.K./ Current Affairs

50

37-40

30-32

Moderate

Elementary Mathematics

20

10-12

8-10

Moderate- Difficult

Logical Reasoning

40

35-36

32-34

Easy

Legal Aptitude

50

40-42

37-38

Easy-Moderate

Total

200

160-165

140-145

Easy-Moderate


English

Unlike last year, the English section was a little difficult this time. There were ten FIBs which were easy, followed by a single passage on RC (about 800 words) with five questions. The passage was a tad difficult. There were five questions on modifiers and parallelisms. Spelling corrections saw 10 questions, out of which six to seven were from LST mocks. There were 10 questions on sentence correction which were a little difficult, with at least one question having two correct answer choices. An attempt of 33-35 should be considered a good one.

Logical Reasoning

This section should not have posed any problems for the aspirants as the level of difficulty was low. The entire section was dominated by Analytical Reasoning. Questions from Arrangements, Directions, Blood Relations, Series and Syllogisms appeared in the section. 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. Overall it was an easy section and an attempt of 35-36 should be considered a good one.

Elementary Mathematics

This section of the paper had 20 questions. This section was difficult, though not as difficult as CLAT 2015. Questions came from almost every topic, including probability, time and work, time speed and distance, ratio and proportion and equations. Arithmetic dominated, with 17 questions coming from there. An attempt of 10-12 should see you in safe territory.

General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section in this year’s paper was dominated by current affairs, with questions coming from topics which were in the news till about a couple of days before the exam. However, the red herring was that candidates were expected to remember a substantive chunk of data on various aspects of the issues. Unlike previous years, questions on history were completely missing. Questions testing knowledge of Personalities, Economy, and International Organizations comprised a good part of the section. A good attempt in this section would be about 37-40 questions.

Legal Aptitude

The legal aptitude section was not exactly a cakewalk, though legal reasoning was easy. The spoiler was in the form of 15 questions based on legal maxims, something which usually goes ignored by the students. It used to figure only marginally in the papers of the previous years.

As for legal reasoning, this section was dominated by contract law (17), criminal law (10), and followed by constitutional law (4) and torts (3). So few questions from tort law could make a candidate feel a little awkward. There were no questions from fringe subject areas such as Intellectual Property, Family Law and International Law. LST students would not have faced any problems due to their familiarity with the study material and mocks. Most of the questions were easy and direct.

Estimated Cut-offs for Different Law Schools

The cut- offs this year will see a downward trend as against 2016 and one can expect a call from Top 3 NLUs at 148+. LST will share the detailed cut-offs in coming days once the paper is released as there are few doubts pertaining to certain questions.

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