CLAT 2019 Exam Analysis

CLAT 2019, conducted this year by the CLAT Consortium of NLUs headed by NLSIU, was held on May 26, 2019 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, the LOD made it very similar to CLAT 2016, thus indicating that the cut-off for the top 3 NLUs is likely to be around the 155-157 mark.

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.

Expected cutoffs:

Gen

SC

ST

Name of University

Marks

Marks

Marks

NLSIU, Bengaluru

159.5-160.5

120-121

120-122

NALSAR, Hyderabad

154-155

117-118

110-111

NLIU, Bhopal

147-148

115-116

107-109

NUJS, Kolkata

152-153

110-111

90-92

NLU, Jodhpur

149-151

105-106

85-87

HNLU, Raipur

143-144

100-101

80-81

GNLU, Gandhinagar

146-147

90-91

80-81

RMLNLU, Lucknow

140-142

80-81

75-76

RGNUL, Patiala

139-140

90-91

70-72

CNLU, Patna

135-136

80-81

70-72

NUALS, Kochi

139-140

75-76

65-66

NLUO, Cuttack

137-138

95-96

65-66

NUSRL, Ranchi

134-135

90-91

60-62

NLUJA, Guwahati

133-134

100-101

90-91

DSNLU, Vishakhapatnam

132-133

70-72

65-66

TNNLS, Tiruchirapalli

132-133

90-91

70-71

MNLU, Mumbai

145-146

95-96

80-82

MNLU, Nagpur

131-132

75-76

50-55

MNLU, Aurangabad

131-132

65-67

100-102

MPDNLU, Jabalpur

130-131

60-65

50-55

Given below is the section-wise breakup of the paper and the expected cutoff for the top 3 NLUs:

Section

No. of Questions

Expected Attempts

Good Score

Level of Difficulty

English

40

35-36

32-34

Easy

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

50

40-42

32-34

Easy-Moderate

Elementary Mathematics

20

12-15

8-10

Easy-Moderate

Logical Reasoning

40

34-36

32-34

Easy

Legal Aptitude

50

40-42

36-38

Easy-Moderate

Total

200

170-175

153-155

Easy

Elementary Mathematics

As always, this section of the paper had 20 questions. This is, generally, a section that students like to stay away from, however, that would have been a disaster this year. It was the easiest QA section over the last three years. Students could have easily attempted about 12-14 questions in 10 minutes, in this section. Arithmetic, as always, ruled the roost in this section.

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

SI/CI

2

Easy

Percentages, Profit & Loss

3

Easy-Moderate

Ratio, Mixtures, Allegations

2

Easy-Moderate

TSD, Time & Work

5

Easy- Moderate

Algebra

2

Easy

Number System

1

Easy

Mensuration

1

Easy

Clocks

1

Moderate

Calendars

2

Easy-Moderate

Venn Diagrams

1

Easy

Total

20

Easy

Logical Reasoning

This section was very easy but a couple of errors might have stymied the speed of a few candidates. The entire section was dominated by Analytical Reasoning. Questions from Arrangements, Directions, Blood Relations, Series and coding decoding appeared in the section. Analogies, Syllogisms, Odd one out and Connectives comprised the Verbal reasoning part. There were at least 2 errors in this section and CLAT authorities should, ideally, not consider those questions

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Arrangements

14 (4+5+5)

Easy

Blood Relations

1

Easy

Coding-Decoding

2

Easy

Number Series

4

Easy

Alpha-numeric series

2

Series

Alphabet series

1

Series

Directions

1

Easy

Odd one Out

4

Easy

Analogies

3

Easy

Syllogisms

5

Easy

Connectives

3

Easy

Total

40

Easy

English

English turned out to be the easiest section in a paper that can be categorized as ‘easy’ overall. The RC and sentence correction questions consisted 20 questions that could have been answered in about 10 minutes. The only tricky part of this section were the foreign words but even there 2-3 were easily attemptable.

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

10

Easy

Foreign Words

5

Moderate

Idioms

5

Easy

Mis-spelt Words

5

Easy-Moderate

Para Jumbles

5

Easy

Sentence Correction

10

Easy

General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section in this year’s paper was dominated by current affairs, just like the last few years. Most of the questions were from the events that have folded in India and abroad over the course of the last 6 months. Students who have taken at least 15 LST CLAT Mocks and gone through the Manthan would have easily attempted around 40 questions in this section.

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Current Affairs-National

7

Easy

Current Affairs-International

7

Easy-Moderate

Current Affairs - Science and Technology

7

Easy-Moderate

Current Affairs – Economic Development

7

Easy-Moderate

Current Affairs-Sports

2

Easy

Current Affairs-Awards and Honours

6

Easy

Current Affairs-Science & Technology

2

Easy-Moderate

Current Affairs- Misc. GK

4

Easy-Moderate

Current Affairs-Books and Authors

3

Easy

Polity

2

Easy

History

1

Easy

Books and Authors

3

Easy

Geographical Indicators

2

Easy

Headquarters

2

Easy

Total

50

Easy

Legal Aptitude

The legal aptitude section was perhaps the most difficult section this year – this wasn’t because the section was difficult to understand or that the questions were difficult. It was mainly because the wording of the Principals and/or Facts were tricky. A section that had only 50 Legal Reasoning questions, this year’s Legal Aptitude would have required candidates to spend time on reading the principals minutely to ensure that no silly errors were made. The LST bootcamp and the Legal Reasoning sheets would have been a saving grace as pointed out by many students. There were quite a few questions from previous year papers with minute changes, as well.

Topic

No. of Questions

Level of Difficulty

Contracts

18

Easy-Moderate

Criminal Law

11

Easy-Moderate

Torts

12

Easy-Moderate

Miscellaneous

9

Easy-Moderate

Total

50

Easy-Moderate

*Tentative


With Best Wishes,
Team LST