CLAT 2016 Analysis

The CLAT 2016 was conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National Law University (RGNLU) Patiala on May 8, 2016. It was one of the easiest papers as compared to previous years' CLAT. In fact, CLAT 2016 proved to be a sigh of relief and a big respite for test takers. It resembled CLAT 2014 regarding the level of difficulty with only Mathematics section having tricky questions. However, no change was witnessed in the pattern of the exam.

The CLAT 2016 paper had five sections with a total of 200 questions to be completed in a time span of 2 hours. Each correct answer was awarded one mark, and 0.25 marks were deducted for every wrong answer. There was no marks deduction for un-attempted questions.

Overview of CLAT 2016:
AreaNo. of QuestionsAverage AttemptLevel of Difficulty
General Knowledge5042-46Moderate
Math2012-14Moderate to Difficult
Logical Reasoning4034-36Easy to Moderate
Legal Aptitude5042-46Easy to Moderate

Given below is the detailed sectional analysis of CLAT 2016:

AreaNo. of Questions
Reading Comprehensions10
Word Meanings4
Sentence Correction4
Vocabulary ( Spellings)5
Fill in the Blanks12
Preposition based Fill in the Blanks5

Evaluation: The English Section in CLAT was of easy to moderate level of difficulty. The maximum weightage was of sentence completion questions; these were based on both Vocabulary and Grammar. 
There were five questions based on spellings test, and the level was moderate to difficult. Though it may seem that spelling test should be easy, yet when the different spellings are juxtaposed, the difficulty in choosing one as the answer increases. Then four questions of Sentence Correction. The errors were related to tenses usage and subject-verb agreement. 
There was one reading comprehension on Nobel prizes history and distribution and described how Albert Einstein got the prize. There were ten questions, based on the paragraph, which were related to contextual vocabulary, factual and descriptive questions. The level of such questions was easy to moderate.

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Elementary Mathematics:
AreaNo. of Questions
Profit and Loss3
Number System4
Speed, Distance and Time, Trains2
Menstruation & Geometry2
SI & CI1
Clocks and Calendars2

Evaluation: This section had a good mixture of questions from various test areas, and the difficulty level ranged from moderate to difficult. It had a few tricky and calculation based questions which made this section time consuming and toughest among others. Topics like Mixture, Mensuration and Geometry, Algebra and Simple Interest and Compound Interest were difficult while other topics like Clocks and Calendars, Probability, HCF and LCM, Number system, Average, etc. ranged from easy to moderate level of difficulty.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs:
AreasCurrent GKStatic GKTotal
Govt. Schemes and Policies5 5
Books, Authors, Art, Culture3 3
Indian History 11
Indian Polity8513
International and National Organization3 3
Science & Technology 22
Grand Total361450

Evaluation: In this section, the majority of the questions were mainly from current affairs and a small portion (14 questions) comprised of static GK. As expected, the Current Affairs questions were from areas like National and International Politics, Social and Legal Affairs among others. The surprising factor was a question on Current Affairs was asked about an event which took place just a week before the exam. Test takers found this as an exception.

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Logical Reasoning:
AreasNo. of Questions
Visual Reasoning1
Coding Decoding1
Critical Reasoning23

Evaluation: This section in CLAT 2016 was easy to moderate as compared to CLAT 2015. There were questions based on Blood Relations, Ages, Coding- Decoding which were easy to attempt and were less time consuming. A good attempt of 34-36 questions was expected as the difficulty level of questions was easy.

Legal Aptitude:
AreasNo. of Questions
Indian Penal Code10
Law of Torts10
Law of Contract12
Legal Misc.12


The CLAT legal aptitude section can be easily divided into

  • 5 Questions: Principle Fact questions
  • 15 Questions: Legal Facts & Legal G.K Questions

CLAT 2016's legal aptitude section was easier in comparison to that of CLAT 2015. Most of the questions varied between easy to moderate as far as the difficulty level is concerned. An average attempt of 45+ questions would be easy for a student who had clarity about the basic concepts of law, in addition to knowledge of the current affairs.

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