SET (Law) 2014 Exam Analysis

  • The Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) 2014 for admission to their Law programme was conducted on May 3, 2014, all over India. The pattern of the paper was largely as expected. Much to the relief of students, the paper was fairly easy. This is likely to push the cutoffs a little higher this time around.

    As given in the notification on the official website, the paper had five sections of Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and General Knowledge. A total of 150 questions, to be attempted in 150 minutes, were divided equally over the five sections. Each question had 4 options and carried one mark each. There was no negative marking for incorrect attempts. To the amusement of many, two questions (which makes it a total of 4) in the Legal Reasoning were repeated. Many of the questions, particularly in the Legal Aptitude, General Knowledge and Reasoning Sections, are discussed in the LST material almost in a similar manner.

    The details of each section are as given below:
    Section No of Question Suggested time (in minutes) Good score
    Logical Reasoning 30 30 23-25
    Legal Reasoning 30 40 23-25
    Analytical Reasoning 30 30 22-24
    Reading Comprehension 30 35 24-26
    General Knowledge 30 12-15 18-20
    Total 150 150 110-120

    Logical Reasoning
    This section consisted of various question types such as Statement Assumption, Statement Conclusion, Strong and Weak Arguments, drawing conclusions from given statements, Analogy, Syllogisms, Implicit Statement, Course of Action and Critical Reasoning. A few questions from Series were also asked in this section. The questions were mostly easy and this section could have been attempted in about 30-35 minutes. A score of around 23-25 can be considered a good score in this section. Legal Reasoning
    This section was a combination of questions based on Legal Reasoning and Legal Knowledge. There were around 10-15 questions in which legal principles were provided. About 10-12 questions from Legal Knowledge were also asked. There were also a few questions wherein facts were provided but the related legal principles were missing. This caused a little confusion among the candidates. The dominating area in Legal Reasoning was Contracts (Fraud, Contingent Contract, Mistake, etc.) followed by Criminal Law (Murder, Cheating, etc.) and Constitutional Law (2 questions were based on Art. 14). Questions from the area of Family Law, Intellectual Property or International Law were missing. The questions from Legal knowledge were mostly based on Constitutional law (Polity) and Criminal Law. A score in the range of 23-25 could be considered good.

    Analytical Reasoning:
    This section too, like Logical Reasoning, was quite easy. Out of the thirty questions asked in this section, a major chunk of the questions were Arrangement based problems.  About 3-4 questions each from Coding-Decoding and Puzzles were also asked. There were about 5 questions from Series also in this section. A score in the range of 22-24 can be considered a good score in this section. A few questions from Verbal Logic were also present in this section.

    Reading Comprehension
    The 30 questions in this section were divided amongst 5 passages. The passages came from a variety of topics. One was an excerpt of Jawaharlal Nehru’s interview, another two were excerpts from Sunday Times. There was also a passage based on a court’s judgment, which the students found a little difficult to comprehend. Most of the questions were direct and could be answered easily with direct reference to the passage. The overall level of questions in this section was easy and an attempt of 24-26 questions can be considered a good attempt.

    General Knowledge
    Questions in this section can be divided between Static and Current GK. There were around 12-15 questions from static GK and 10-12 questions from current affairs. Areas covered were Geography, Sports, History, Science, National & International events and Constitution. The level of difficulty of this section ranged from easy to moderate. A score of 18-20 in this section could be considered good. The cutoff for the GD-PI round is expected as following
    Categories Cut offs
    General 110-120
    Scheduled Caste (SC) 50-60
    Scheduled Tribes (ST) 40-50
    Differently Abled 40-50
    Kashmiri Migrants (KM) 80-90
    Wards of Defence Personnel 100-110

    SET has set the ball rolling for the upcoming exam season on a good note. Students should now look forward to the other major exams and hope for the best.

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

    All the best 
    Team LST