CLAT 2021 Exam Analysis

It has FINALLY happened! CLAT 2021 was conducted on July 23, 2021. The examination was held in offline mode with proper safety protocols in place. This time, the students got to take back home not only the question paper, but also a carbon copy of their marked OMR sheets for a quick evaluation of their performance.

Overall, the paper could be termed as moderately difficult and extremely lengthy. Compared to the previous year’s paper, it was lengthier and moderately difficult. While last year was the beginning of the new era of the CLAT 2.0 paper pattern, this year’s paper, although expected, can still be termed as tougher than its predecessor.

CLAT 2021 had a total of 150 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes. The negative marking scheme could act as a deterrent this year, considering the difficulty level of the paper.

Given below is the section-wise breakup of the paper; and the ideal attempts for the top 3 NLUs:

Section

No. of Questions

Ideal Attempt

Good Score

Level of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

30

25–26

24+

Easy–Medium

GK, including Current Affairs

35

30–31

25+

Difficult

Legal Reasoning

40

34–35

31+

Moderate

Logical Reasoning

30

25–26

21+

Easy–Moderate

Quantitative Techniques

15

7–8

8+

Easy–Moderate

Total

150

119–120

100+

Moderate

Section-wise Analysis

Reading Comprehension

There certainly was an overlap between the Reading Comprehension section and the Logical Reasoning one. RC was moderately easy; and needed around 25–27 minutes to attempt and complete the entire section. There were altogether six passages, with 5 questions each. There were no grammar-based questions this time. A good attempt would be somewhere around 25-26 questions, with a score of 24+.

General Knowledge

The broad feedback from the student is: "Weird". We agree! While students tortured themselves throughout the year reading newspapers and editorials, the General Knowledge section was dominated by static GK.  Let's just call it this year’s surprise from CLAT. Even with the static portion, the section could not exactly be termed as an easy one. The timeline of the questions was 1945 till date. There were altogether 7 passages with 5 questions each. Overall, the section was moderately difficult. A score of 25+, with an ideal attempt of 30-31, could be considered good.

Legal Reasoning

This is the section we would call “Easy”. Students who disagree would be the ones who did not exactly focus on the primary rule of learning, i.e., ‘Understand the concept’. All the passages were based on some of the very basic concepts of law; and every law aspirant is expected to be aware of each one of those concepts. Even if we consider the passage, which was based on compassionate appointment, this is something which has been in the news a lot for the past few months. In fact, the questions too could be termed as ‘standard’ CLAT questions. The passage based on the principle of VNFI could be regarded as tricky, but for any student who had studied the same, it was a cakewalk. With a total of 40 questions from 8 passages, the section could be regarded as the easiest one this year. A score of 31+ with an ideal attempt of 34-35 questions could be regarded as a good score. Due to the length of the section, it needed somewhere around 35-37 minutes to complete.

Logical Reasoning

Here, time management is always the key. The section was again neither too difficult nor too easy but surely was lengthy. There were no questions from Analytical Reasoning. In fact, the entire section had questions from Critical Reasoning, something which was expected last year. With a total of 30 questions from 6 passages, a score of 21+ with an ideal attempt of 25–26 questions could be considered good; provided, one was able to allot 30 minutes to this section.

Quantitative Aptitude

There were altogether 3 sets with 15 questions in total. An initial reading gave the impression that the section was fairly easy, but when one started solving the questions…not so much! Any student who would have avoided skipping this section entirely, and attempted it, would easily score somewhere around 8–10 marks.
However, this year, certain questions in this section seems erroneous. We’ll have to wait for the answer key to take the final call.

Expected Cut-Offs for the Top 3 NLUs

General

Scheduled Caste

Scheduled Tribe

90+

70+

58+

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key, and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by CL-LST. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken based on this information.

Best wishes!
Team CL-LST

 

CLAT 2020 Exam Analysis

It has FINALLY happened! With constant postponements and pattern changes, CLAT 2020 became the big bad and the most awaited entrance exam of 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the exam was held on September 28, 2020 in Online CBT mode across various centres in India. The number of centres was considerably increased not just for convenience purposes but to also maintain safety standards and social distancing norms.

The paper was lengthy but moderately easy. There is no need to consider the past trends, since the entire paper was based on the new pattern. But one thing was common. Like previous online CLATs, there were a few centres where the students faced technical issues.

CLAT 2020 had a total of 150 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes. The negative marking scheme was there; however, considering the difficulty level of the paper, which was easy, the marking scheme should not act as much of a deterrent to the students.

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

Section

No. of Questions

Ideal Attempts

Good Score

Level of Difficulty

Reading Comprehension

30

27-28

25+

Easy-Medium

GK, including Current Affairs

36

29-30

20+

Difficult

Legal Reasoning

39

34-35

28+

Easy

Logical Reasoning

30

25-27

22+

Moderate

Quantitative Techniques

15

7-8

8+

Easy-Moderate

Total

150

112-118

103+

Moderate

Section-wise Analysis

Reading Comprehension

The section contained a mix of passages in terms of themes. There were book extracts, excerpts from short stories, and passages on topics of current relevance. The passages were based on:

  • Passage 1: Climate change and its impact on the developing countries
  • Passage 2: The recent Instagram scandal of ‘Bois Locker Room’. (Editorial, The Times of India, May 2020)
  • Passage 3: An excerpt from the short story, titled The Cat by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Passage 4: An excerpt from the short story A Reflection by Kate Chopin
  • Passage 5: An excerpt from Graham Greene’s The Case for the Defence
  • Passage 6: The use of telemedicine during the current COVID pandemic (Editorial, The Hindu, April 2020)

The section was moderately difficult; and needed around 27-30 minutes to attempt and complete in its entirety. There were 6 passages; with 5 questions each. The questions were a mix of fact based, inferential, and vocabulary/grammar based. These were standard reading-comprehension questions. A good attempt would be somewhere around 25-26 questions.

General Knowledge

The general feedback from the student is “weird”. Why? Well, for any student who has been reading newspapers diligently, this section would have been very easy. And all of us at CL-LST have been urging you to do exactly that for the past one year! Infact, the timeline of the questions asked was June 2020 – September 2020. There were around 7 passages with a total of 36 questions. And it was important to read a passage before answering any of the questions. Overall, the section was moderately difficult. A score of 20+, with an ideal attempt of 29-30, could be considered good for this section. Following is the list of topics from which questions were asked in this section:

  • National Infrastructure Policy, Hindustan Times (Aug. 15, 2020)
  • Rupee Appreciation and Forex Reserves, Print.in (Sept. 2, 2020)
  • Rafale Delivery, NDTV (July 27, 2020)
  • Lipulekh (India-Nepal Issue), brookings.edu (June 11, 2020)
  • National Education Policy, downtoearth.org
  • SCO Summit (India-Pak Issue), The Hindu (Sept. 17, 2020)
  • UAE-Israel Mediation by Trump, Economic Times (Aug. 16, 2020)

Legal Reasoning

With a total of 39 questions from 8 passages, this section could be regarded as the easiest one this year. Most of the topics were those that the students were already aware of. The following topics constituted this section:

  • Force Majeure in Contract, Business Today (April 17, 2020)
  • Regina vs Hicklin/Common Standard Tests (Obscenity)
  • LG Polymer Gas Link (Strict and Absolute Liability)
  • Principles of Natural Justice, blog.ipleaders.in (June 12, 2019)
  • Palghar Mob Lynching, The Hindu (April 22, 2020)
  • Arnab Goswami vs. Union of India (May 19, 2020)
  • Common Intention and Similar Intention
  • Article 20 & Ex Post Facto Laws

The second-last topic, i.e., Common Intention and Similar Intention, could be regarded as a bit difficult, but the rest of the passages were easy. A score of 28-29, with an ideal attempt of 34-35 questions, could be regarded as a good score. Due to the length of the section, the time needed was somewhere around 35-37 minutes.

Logical Reasoning

This is the section in which time management is always the key. The section was again neither too difficult nor too easy. With a total of 30 questions, the passages were based on the following topics:

  • COVID-19 & Institutionalised Education, The Indian Express (18 April)
  • Crisis in news media, The Hindu (10 August)
  • Anti-alcohol campaign in Soviet Union, The Indian Express (7 May)
  • CBSE Result, The Times of India Editorial (15 July)
  • COVID-19, downtoearth.org (17 August)

A score of 22+, with an ideal attempt of 25-27 questions, could be considered as good—provided, you were able to allocate 30 minutes to this section.

Quantitative Techniques

There were 3 sets and a total of 15 questions. The first set was comparatively easy for students who are comfortable with maths. The remaining two sets were a bit difficult. Any student who would have avoided skipping this section entirely; and attempted at least the first set would have easily scored 5 marks. The rest of the two sets would depend on the time that you allocated to this section. Overall, the section was moderately difficult; and a score of 8 could be considered a good score.

CLAT 2020 Expected Cut-Offs

  • Top 3 NLUs: 103+
  • Top 10 NLUs: 95+
  • Any NLU: 85+

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key, and scores is based on independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher (CL-LST). We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken based on this information.

Best wishes.
Team CL-LST

CLAT Previous year's exam analysis

CLAT 2020 was conducted by NLU Cuttack on May 26th. The exam was along the lines of the exam pattern and there were no surprises throw at the students.

CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern : Outline

The exam pattern of CLAT 2020 was similar to that of CLAT 2018.

  • CLAT 2020 will be conducted in online mode.
  • The duration of CLAT 2020 will be 120 minutes i.e. 2 hours.
  • The exam will be in MCQ format and will have 150 questions.
  • The exam will have five sections.

Marking Scheme

  • For each correct answer, 1 marks will be awarded
  • For each incorrect answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted
  • If any question is left unanswered, marks will neither be awarded nor deducted

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Test Pattern

Total Marks

200

Total number of questions

200 (MCQ format)

Duration of examination

Two Hours

Marking Scheme

For each correct answer 1 mark was awarded

For each wrong answer 0.25 marks were deducted

No marks were deducted if any question was left unanswered

CLAT 2018: Sectional Analysis

English:

The difficulty level of this section was relatively easy. Keeping the time constraints in mind an attempt to 34 plus could be made.

General Knowledge/ Current Affairs

The difficulty level of this section was moderate- difficult. A well-prepared student could have easily made an attempt of 38 plus questions. In this section, most of the questions were from the current affairs with questions from the areas like Science & Technology, Books and authors, Polity, History, Sports, Awards, Economy and Government Policies, Economics, etc

Logical Reasoning

The difficulty level of this section was relatively easy. It is recommended that a student could have made an attempt of 34 plus questions in this section. The questions in this section were broadly from the topics like Syllogisms, Critical Reasoning, Puzzles, Circular Arrangement, Blood Relationship, Direction sense, Coding-decoding, Number Series, Letter Series, Alpha-numeric Series, etc.

Elementary Mathematics

The difficulty level of this section was easy-moderate. An attempt of around 14 plus questions could have been made. The questions in this section were mainly from topics like Calendars, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Mensuration, Simple Equations, Clocks, Venn Diagrams, Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Time & Work, Time & Distance, etc.

Legal reasoning

The difficulty level of the exam was moderate. The questions were principle-fact based. The questions were not difficult but were a little tricky. An attempt at 35-38 questions was possible.

CLAT 2018: Exam Analysis

The CLAT 2018 exam was conducted by NUALS. The exam was held on 13th May 2018. CLAT 2018 is termed as the most mismanaged CLAT exam.

The paper had a total of 200 questions spread across five sections - English, GK, Logical Reasoning, Elementary Mathematics, and Legal Aptitude. As per the exam pattern 1 mark was awarded for each correct answer and 0.25 marks were deducted for each incorrect answer.

CLAT 2018: Exam Analysis

Test Pattern

Total Marks

200

Total number of questions

200 (MCQ format)

Duration of examination

Two Hours

Marking Scheme

For each correct answer 1 mark was awarded

For each wrong answer 0.25 marks were deducted

No marks were deducted if any question was left unanswered

CLAT 2018: Sectional Analysis

English:

This section of the exam was of easy-moderate difficulty. An attempt at 34-36 questions could have been successfully made.

General Knowledge/Current affairs:

This section of the exam was of moderate-high difficulty. There were many questions from General knowledge. A well-prepared student could have attempted 37-40 questions in this section.

Logical reasoning:

As compared to the year 2017 CLAT exam, this section was relatively difficult. The critical reasoning questions in this section were slightly tricky. An attempt at 30 questions could have been made in a time interval of 30 minutes.

Elementary Mathematics:

This section was relatively difficult as compared to the elementary mathematics section in the last 2 years of the CLAT exam. The section had lengthy questions on several topics. Ideally, a candidate wouldn’t have spent too much time in answering these questions.

Legal Aptitude

This section of the exam was of easy-moderate difficulty. A well-prepared student would not have faced too many problems while approaching this section.

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