CLAT 2018 Analysis

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 will be conducted by The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, and Kerala, India on 13th May, 2018 at approximately 66 centers nationally. The national ranking is expected to be released on 31st May, 2018. The CLAT 2018 scores will be accepted by 19 National Law Universities for admissions into its undergraduate law programs.
The 2018 CLAT exam will be conducted online and have 200 questions across 5 areas: English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude and Mathematics. The questions carried one mark each with 0.25 marks deducted for every incorrect answer. A total of 2 hours (120 minutes) will be given and the questions will be distributed across the sections as follows:
  • English including Comprehension- 40 Questions
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs- 50 Question
  • Elementary Mathematics ( Numerical Ability)- 20 Questions
  • Legal Aptitude- 50 Questions  
  • Logical Reasoning – 40 Questions
Let us now look at the detailed analysis for each section:
English Including Comprehension:
AreaNumber of questions
Grammar based fill in the blanks10
Reading Comprehension5
Sentence Correction5
Grammar part -error10
The level of questions in this section is expected to be from easy to moderate and should be done in a short time. There will be one passage, with five questions,. The passage can be moderate in terms of understanding but the questions can be direct except one or two, which can be tricky. The five questions based on sentence correction can be primarily based on rules of modifier, correct usage of pronouns, & parallelism. There can be 10 questions based on finding the correct spellings and were easy.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs:
AreaNo. of Questions
India & World Economy5
Awards & Honors3
Current Affairs (misc.)10
Sci & Tech.9
Govt. Scheme & Policy2
Awards & Honors3
Misc. GK15
This year’s CLAT GK section is expected to be dominated by Current Affairs. Events till May, 2018 can be covered. This trend is continuing with the changing character of the CLAT exam.  There can be around 40 questions from current affairs. Economy, National and International Organizations, Awards & Honors, Important Personalities can be a good part of the question paper. Candidates who read the newspaper regularly and focused on updating their knowledge of current affairs can do well in this section.
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability):
AreaNumber of questions
Time and Work4
Boats and streams2
Number System4
Profit and Loss1
Time speed and distance1
This section will carry a mix bag of questions from all areas of elementary mathematics. The level of difficulty of all questions can be ranged from easy to moderate.
Legal Aptitude:
Subject NameNo. of Questions
Law of Torts6
Law of Contract13
Indian Penal Code10
Legal Maxim15
Question TypeNo. of Questions
Legal Fact Questions(Maxims)15
Principle-Fact Questions(Legal Reasoning)35
Total 50
This section covers questions from Contract, Indian Penal Code, constitution and Law of Torts. Questions from Law of Torts mainly focused on topics like nuisance, negligence and trespass. Rape, criminal conspiracy and joint liability dominated the questions from the Indian Penal Code, amongst other topics like private defence, carnal intercourse, embezzlement and theft. Focus areas for the law of contract are offer, acceptance and undue influence. The principle-fact questions are designed to ensure a careful reading by the CLAT aspirant. 15 questions can be based on legal maxims, of which 4 to 5 can be difficult to crack and it can also cover questions from legal GK.
Logical Reasoning:
AreaNumber of questions
Analytical Reasoning8
Coding Decoding3
Verbal Analogies2
One word substitution3
Odd one out3
Sentence equivalence2
This section contains questions from a variety of areas of Logical Reasoning with a major focus on Analytical reasoning, questions on directions and relations. Managing speed with accuracy is an essential parameter for this section.
SectionLevel of difficulty, Time & Accuracy
English Including ComprehensionThe overall feel of this section was easy and an attempt of 32+ would be considered good with 85-90% accuracy
General Knowledge and Current AffairsDifficulty level of the questions was moderate to difficult. An attempt of 33-35 would have been good, leading to an achievable score of 28-30
Elementary Mathematics( Numerical Ability)The level of difficulty of the section was easy to moderate. Ideal time to solve the section was 25 minutes with 80% accuracy and an ideal score of 13 -15 marks.
Legal AptitudeThe overall level of this section was moderate to difficult. An average score for this section would be 36 to 38.
Logical ReasoningThe level of difficulty of the section was easy to moderate. Ideal time to solve the section is 35 minutes and the ideal score is 30 - 32 marks with 80% accuracy.
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