SLAT 2020: Comprehensive Analysis

The Symbiosis Law Admission Test (SLAT) 2020 for admission to Symbiosis Law Schools at Pune, Noida, Hyderabad, and Nagpur was conducted over a period of three days (July 26–28). Due to the ongoing pandemic, the exam was conducted in a home proctored online format. The exam went smoothly, but for the few students who did face technical issues, especially during the start of the test.

The changed format led to a change in the structure of the paper. The usual 150 questions were reduced to 75. The time limit was also decreased proportionally, with only 75 minutes allotted to complete the paper. Each question carried one mark; and had 4 options to choose from. There was no negative marking for incorrect attempts.

Unlike previous years, the Written Ability Test (WAT) was integrated along with the paper; and the essays were to be written online. The candidate had to choose between the two topics given; and write an essay on any one of them. The time allowed to complete the WAT exercise was 30 minutes.

Section No. Of Questions Good Score
Logical Reasoning 15 11-12
Legal Reasoning 15 12-13
Analytical Reasoning 15 12-13
Reading Comprehension 15 12-13
General Knowledge 15 9-10

Logical Reasoning

Like 2019, this section had questions predominantly from Analytical Reasoning (6-7 questions out of 15). The questions asked were easy across all the three days during which the exam was conducted; and the section could have been attempted in about 15-16 minutes. The topic-wise breakup varied from day to day. Visual Reasoning-based questions were also asked in the section. A score of 11-12 can be considered a good one.

Legal Reasoning

This section for SLAT 2020 can be rated as easy. On all the three days, there were 3-4 questions based on Legal Knowledge. Half the questions on Legal Reasoning were without principles; but one did not find it to be a problem, as the situations given were easy to understand and solve. Like every year, quite a few reasoning-based questions were from the law of contracts; covering topics like proposal, acceptance, ability of an unsound mind person to form a contract, etc. A score of 12-13 can be considered a good one in this section.

Analytical Reasoning

This section consisted of various question types, such as series (missing terms), family tree, calendars, etc. As usual, the section had 5-6 questions from arithmetic; and thus, the students found the section to be quite easy. Questions on math were based on simple & compound interest, percentages, averages, etc. A score of 12-13 was easily manageable.

Reading Comprehension

The passages were from a variety of topics. The length of the passages was average; and most of the questions were direct that could be answered easily with reference to the passage. The source of the passage was also provided at the end. Even the vocabulary-based questions were contextual. The students did not face any difficulty in this section, as the overall level of questions was easy. A score of 12-13 can be considered a good one.

General Knowledge

A mix of current affairs and static GK, the type of questions asked in this section perplexed many candidates. Overall, on all the three days, students found this section to be moderately difficult. The questions were from diverse areas, including awards, geography, history, defence, etc. Some of the questions on Current Affairs were quite tricky, as the answer had to be recalled at that very moment. A score of 9-10 in this section could be considered good.

Based on the paper, the predicted cut-offs for the Symbiosis Law Schools are likely to be:

SLS, Pune 57-59 53-55
SLS, Noida 52-54 49-51
SLS, Hyderabad 49-51 46-47
SLS, Nagpur 45-46 42-44

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.

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