CLAT 2023 Analysis

CLAT 2023 Analysis - The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2023 was conducted on 18th December from 2 pm to 4 pm. The National Law Universities will accept the CLAT 2023 scores for admission into its undergraduate law programs. This article gives a detailed CLAT analysis 2023.
The CLAT 2023 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 and lengthy. A total of 2 hours (120 minutes) was given and the questions were distributed across the sections as follows:
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Overview of the CLAT 2023
CLAT 2023 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
For top 3 NLUs  the cut off is likely to be 86+ and  for top 10 NLUs it is likely to be 78+
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Section-wise Breakup of CLAT 2023
Sections
No of Questions
Marks Allotted
English
30
30
General Knowledge & Current Affairs
35
35
Legal Reasoning
40
40
Logical Reasoning
30
30
Quantitative Techniques
15
15
Total
150
150
Let us now look at the detailed analysis for each section:
CLAT 2023 Section-wise Analysis
A total of 150 multiple choice questions make up the CLAT 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.
English:
Evaluation: This section had 30 questions. The level of questions in this section was moderate, as in a few passages, the choices were very close. There were 6 reading comprehension passages. Each passage had 5 questions. The questions were primarily based on contextual understanding and application of the understanding of the passage. The questions varied from the main idea to inference-based questions.  Passages ranged from archaeological evidence regarding the origin of urban areas to illegal water mining and eagerness to find reading material. The passages were moderate in length, and two out of 6 were slightly tricky in terms of understanding. There was a question on figures of speech as well. The main skills required were good reading speed and an understanding of diverse areas. Overall, the section was moderate and lengthy. An attempt of 22 - 24 questions can be considered a good attempt.
Current Affairs including General Knowledge:
Evaluation: This year, the GK Section of the CLAT 2023 exam was of moderate level.  There were 35 questions in the GK area, making it a reasonably lengthy area of the exam. There were 5 passages, and each passage had 7 questions. 
The topics of the passages were mostly related to Current  Affairs of the last  six months, with questions coming from diverse areas such as polity, economy, technology, and some even from unusual topics like international sporting controversies! Defying the usual trend, some of the questions were somewhat unconventional. The topics were as follows: - 
No.
Topic
Subject
1.
Artificial Intelligence
 Science and Technology
2.
Crypto currency 
Economy
3.
New President of India
Indian Polity
4.
Agriculture sector in India
Indian Economy
5.
FIFA Armbands’ Controversy
Sports and International Affairs
Though this area was a bit technical, the level of questions varied between easy and medium. An attempt of 20 - 24 questions can be considered as a good attempt.
Legal Reasoning:
Evaluation: This year, the Legal Section of the CLAT 2023 exam was of moderate level. There were 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. Unlike the last year, where the passages were mostly related to static law, this year saw an unexpected turn. While only a limited number of passages were from the static laws, majority of the passages were based on current laws and recent amendments. The limited static law included one expected topic (Cruelty by Husband – Indian Penal Code) and one unexpected topic (the Consumer Protection Act). Thus, the challenge in this Section was not the difficulty level of the questions, but the unanticipated topics and the length of the Section. Though this area was the lengthiest, the level of questions varied between easy and moderate. An attempt of 32-35 would have been considered good.
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The topics were as follows: -
No.
Topic
Basis
1.
Internet Shutdowns
Constitution of India
2.
Cruelty by Husband
Indian Penal Code
3.
Right to Free Legal Aid
Constitution of India
4.
Criminal Procedure Identification Act 2022
Miscellaneous/ Current Legal GK
5.
Consumer under the Consumer Protection Act
Miscellaneous
6.
IT Act
Miscellaneous/ Current Legal GK
7.
Surrogacy
Miscellaneous/ Current Legal GK
8.
Electoral Bonds
Miscellaneous/ Current Legal GK
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Logical Reasoning:
Evaluation: This section had 30 questions which included 5 passages with six questions each. The level of questions in this section was moderate to tough. This section contained questions primarily based on Critical Reasoning and contextual understanding of the passage. This, again, was a reading-based section with passages from diverse areas such as ‘ the erosion of public trust in sources of information, stereotypical perceptions affecting the career of middle-aged women, reasons behind the skewness of humans towards gloom of the news, & energy problem in developed economies regarding use of energy. Most of the questions were based on the application of understanding the passage's context. The questions were based on conventional critical reasoning, such as supporting the conclusion or likely or unlikely to agree with the claim made by the author. The primary skills required were again a good reading speed and knowledge of critical reasoning fundamentals. The overall feel of the section was moderate. An attempt of 20- 22 questions can be considered a good attempt.
Quantitative Techniques:
Evaluation:This section had 3 sets that were paragraph based. All the sets required a basic understanding of averages, percentages and ratios. The first set was based on ‘ world fruit production and had five questions based on it. The second set was based on ‘ based on the difference between earnings of men & women in urban areas, and it had five questions again based on it. The third passage was data in the form of the weight of players, and it also had 5 questions based on it. Sets on average and earning were manageable though there was slight ambiguity in 1-2 questions. Overall, the feel of the section was easy to moderate. An attempt of 6-8 questions can be considered a good attempt.
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