CLAT 2021 Analysis

CLAT 2021 Analysis - The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021 was conducted on 23rd July from 2 pm to 4 pm. The CLAT 2021 scores will be accepted by the National Law Universities for admissions into its undergraduate law programs. This article gives the detailed CLAT analysis 2021.
The CLAT 2021 exam was conducted in a paper and pen-based mode and had 150 questions across 5 areas: English, Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques. The questions carried one mark each with 0.25 marks deducted for every incorrect answer. The overall feel of the paper was moderate. A total of 2 hours (120 minutes) was given and the questions were distributed across the sections as follows:
Overview of the CLAT 2021
CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern
Number of Sections 5
Sections English, Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques
Total no. of questions 150
Duration of the test 2 hours
Total marks 150
Marks per question 1
Negative Marking 0.25 Negative Marking
Expected Cut Off Expected cutoff for top 3NLU is about 110+ and top 10 NLU is 100+
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Section-wise Breakup of CLAT 2021
No of Questions
Marks Allotted
General Knowledge & Current Affairs
Legal Reasoning
Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Techniques
Let us now look at the detailed analysis for each section:
CLAT 2021 Section-wise Analysis
150 multiple choice questions make up the CLAT 2021 examination and the subjects on which a candidate is asked to comprehend are- General Knowledge & Current Affairs, English including comprehension, Legal reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques.
Evaluation: This section had 30 questions. The level of questions in this section was easy except a few, which were tricky. There were 6 reading comprehension passages. Passages ranged from impact or repercussion of COVID, climate change, gig economy to education and failure of TRC in South Africa. The passages were easy to moderate in terms of understanding and had 5 questions each. Most of the passages were moderate in length except one or two passages. The questions were based on conventional types such as inference, tone, main idea, primary purpose and vocabulary. This was a scoring section for students and the main skill required was good reading speed and understanding of diverse areas. Overall the section was easy to moderate.
Current Affairs including General Knowledge:
Evaluation: Similar to last year, the GK section of CLAT 2021 was passage based. In all, there were 35 questions based on 7 passages (5 questions each). It was a highly predictable paper and 5 GK passages were directly/indirectly covered in our Mock/Bull/Aim CLAT tests and Weekly current issues. The level of questions was easy to moderate with 2-3 exceptions, as is expected. Akin to CLAT 2020, the majority of passages in CLAT 2021 were based on international affairs and were derived from current affairs. Most of the questions were current oriented but there were some questions from the static GK as well. The GK section was lengthy for those who required reading the passages. But most of the questions could be answered without reading the passages since the answers were not derivable from the passages.
Legal Reasoning:
Evaluation: This year the Legal Section of the CLAT 2021 exam was easier than last year. There were a total of 40 questions in the Legal Reasoning area, making it the lengthiest area of the exam. There were a total of 8 passages each containing 5 questions. The topics of the passages were related to mostly static laws and had less influence of current affairs this year. The topics of the passages were from Contract Law, Law of Torts, Indian Penal Code, The Hindu Marriage Act and some Miscellaneous concepts. The topics were as follows :-
Marriage and Divorce under the Hindu Marriage Act
Family Law
Volenti Non Fit Injuria
Law of Torts
Concept of Concept under Indian Penal Code
Free Consent
Contract Law
Agreements in Restraint of Legal Proceedings are Void
Contract Law
Rule of Communication (Sec 4)
Contract Law
Compassionate Employment
Doctrine of Res Judicata
Though this area was the lengthiest, the level of questions was comparatively easier than last time. An attempt of 30 - 35 questions can be considered as a good attempt.
Logical Reasoning:
Evaluation: This section had 30 questions which included 6 passages with five questions each. The level of questions in this section was easy to moderate. This section contained questions based on Critical Reasoning. This was again a reading-based section like English section with passages from diverse areas like impact of COVID, diplomacy and climate change. The articles were mainly picked from the leading newspapers like Indian Express and world press etc. All the passages were easy to understand. Most of the questions were based on inference, central idea, primary purpose and a few based on conventional critical reasoning such as strengthen or weaken the argument. The main skills required were again a good reading speed and knowledge of critical reasoning fundamentals.
Quantitative Techniques:
Evaluation:This section had 3 sets that were on paragraph based. All the sets required basic understanding of percentage. Among all the three, the set based on COVID was easiest as the questions were direct. Also, the age-based block was direct application of percentage while set based on profit of two companies required basic understanding of percentage change. One important fact is to be mentioned that, this year also, there were ambiguities in Quant section as some assumptions were to be made to solve the questions which should have been, otherwise clearly mentioned. Overall, the feel of the section was moderate.
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