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CLAT 2018 Analysis

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 was conducted by The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (Kerala) 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 was conducted online and had 200 questions across 5 areas: English, General Knowledge, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. The questions carried one mark each with 0.25 marks deducted for every incorrect answer. A total of 2 hours (120 minutes) was given and the questions were distributed across the sections as follows:
Overview of the CLAT 2018
SectionsTotal QuestionsDuration
English including Comprehension40120 minutes
General Knowledge and Current Affairs50
Elementary Mathematics ( Numerical Ability)20
Legal Aptitude50
Logical Reasoning40
Total200
Expected cutoff and Good Attempt
SectionsGood Attempt (Number of questions)
English including Comprehension33+
General Knowledge and Current Affairs30+
Elementary Mathematics ( Numerical Ability)10+
Legal Aptitude40+
Logical Reasoning30+
Cutoff for top 3 NLU’s (Bangalore, Hyderabad & Kolkata) is expected to be around 125+ Last score at which one can expect a call from any of the NLU’s in general category may fall in the range 100 – 105.
Let us now look at the detailed analysis for each section:
English Including Comprehension:
AreaNumber of questions
Reading Comprehension10
Sentence Completion10
Words Usage5
Cloze Test10
Confusing words5
Total40
Evaluation : The level of questions in this section was easy and should have been done in a shorter time. There was one passage, with eight questions and one small passage with two questions. The passages were moderate in terms of understanding but the questions were direct except one or two, which were tricky. The section was dominated by cloze test and sentence completion followed by RC and vocabulary. Overall feel of the section was easy.
Attempt by Good Student : 33+
General Knowledge and Current Affairs :
Evaluation : This year’s surprising factor was static GK with around 12 to 15 questions. Remaining Questions were from, as expected, Current GK section. There were questions on sports, ministries, labour day, fundamental duties NITI Aayog and some abbreviation were also asked
Attempt by Good Student : 30+
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability):
AreaNumber of questions
SI/CI2
Allegation & Mixture1
Time and Work2
Average1
P&C, Probability2
Number System6
Profit and Loss2
Algebra1
Percentage2
Mensuration1
Total20
Evaluation : This section was difficult than last year. The questions were calculation intensive and many questions could have been done by using approximation technique. Arithmetic again dominated this section.
Attempt by Good Student : 10+
Legal Aptitude:
Subject NameNo. of Questions
Law of Torts7
Law of Contract6
Constitution4
Indian Penal Code1
Legal knowledge17
Miscellaneous ( Reasoning – Assertion)15
Total50
Question TypeNo. of Questions
Reasoning – Assertion15
Principal-Fact Questions(Legal Reasoning)35
Total50
Evaluation : The level of this section was easy to moderate. The Principal – Facts questions were not lengthy and required direct application. The questions were mainly from the area of Contract, Torts and Constitution. Unlike last year, this time IPC section had only one question. There were no questions from Family law, Intellectual Property Rights and International Law like 2017. To solve this section basic knowledge was required. There was not even a single question on Maxims this year. And the question paper contained approximately 15 questions from Assertion- Reasoning and statement-conclusion questions. The Ideal attempt for this section is 40-42 questions.
Attempt by Good Student : 40+
Logical Reasoning:
AreaNumber of questions
Analytical Reasoning15
Directions3
Relations1
Coding Decoding4
Syllogism2
Series4
Course of action4
Verbal Analogies4
Odd one out3
Total40
Evaluation : This section contained questions from a variety of areas of Logical Reasoning with a major focus on Analytical reasoning, questions on coding decoding, series completion, directions and relations etc. There were also questions on course of action, verbal analogies and odd one out. Managing speed with accuracy was an essential parameter for this section.
Attempt by Good Student : 30+
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