SLAT 2021 Exam Analysis

SLAT is conducted by Symbiosis International (Deemed University) for admission into the integrated courses offered by its law schools. Almost one lakh candidates take the exam annually so as to secure admission to BA LLB, BBA LLB, or similar programmes. This year, SLAT was held in an online-proctored mode in July. There were three tests sessions administered on 10th July, 11th July, and 12th July, 2021.
After the exam, students are naturally eager to assess their performance and weigh up their prospects. So, here we have done an in-depth analysis of SLAT 2021 as per the different sections of the exam.
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SLAT 2021: Overall Analysis
SLAT is an objective test of 60 minutes followed by a written ability test (WAT) of 30 minutes. Although the exam pattern underwent a change in the number of questions and time duration, its difficulty level remained nearly the same. SLAT is generally a blend of easy and moderately tricky questions. Listed below are the main features of SLAT 2021:
  • Total Time Duration: 90 minutes
  • No sectional time limit for objective part
  • 1 mark awarded for each correct MCQ
  • No negative marking
  • WAT marks not included in final SLAT score
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The following tables illustrates section-wise break of SLAT exam format:
SLAT 2021: Exam Structure & Pattern
Sections
No. Of Questions
Marks
Logical Reasoning
12
12
Legal Reasoning
12
12
Analytical Reasoning
12
12
Reading Comprehension
12
12
General Knowledge
12
12
Written Ability Test (WAT)
 *Evaluated separately by respective institutes*
SLAT 2021 Analysis: Overview of three sessions
Since SLAT was conducted in three sessions, there were slight variations in the type and difficulty level of questions across different sections. Demonstrated below is the general notion about SLAT 2021 in terms of individual sections:
Sections
Day 1: 10th July
Day 2: 11th July
Day 3: 12th July
Logical Reasoning
Easy
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate
Legal Reasoning
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate
Moderate
Analytical Reasoning
Easy
Easy
Easy to Moderate
Reading Comprehension
Easy
Moderate
Easy
General Knowledge
Easy to Moderate
Moderate to Difficult
Moderate to Difficult
WAT
Moderate
Moderate
Easy to Moderate
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SLAT 2021: Section-wise Analysis
Logical Reasoning
In SLAT, Logical Reasoning section is easily doable and rarely tricky. In this part, questions were asked from a variety of topics including analogies, odd-one out, coding-decoding, number series, blood relations, etc. On the whole, the aforementioned topics were given nearly equal weightage in the exam with 1-2 questions from each area.
An attempt of 9+ questions with high accuracy is bound to fetch a high score in the section.
Legal Reasoning
This section intends to check the legal awareness of the candidate. In SLAT 2021, legal reasoning questions were mostly based on criminal law, contract law, Constitution, and Tort law. Further, around 3-4 questions featured in the form of situational sets. Legal Reasoning section was a bit lengthy yet fairly manageable.
An attempt of 8+ questions with good accuracy is sufficient to ace the section.
Analytical Reasoning
Another scoring section of SLAT, Analytical Reasoning tests the candidate’s ability to study the given data and reach at the correct conclusion. This year, the section had questions from arrangements, coding-decoding, statement-assumption, number series, directions, ages, arithmetic reasoning, etc. Simply saying, Analytical Reasoning questions were drawn from a wide range of topics, yet they were easy to grasp and solve.
An attempt of 9+ questions with high-level accuracy can get you an excellent score in the section.
Reading Comprehension
RC is generally the easiest section of SLAT and comprises short passages with direct questions. In SLAT 2021, there were three RCs with 4 questions each. The themes of RC passages in all three sessions of SLAT are listed below:
  • Misinformation and Media
  • ‘Medical Termination of Pregnancy’ Act
  • Maternity Benefit Act
  • Covid-19 and Nation State
  • Indian Agriculture: How to Secure Forests
  • How do Detectives work?
  • Human Evolution
  • Impact of Modern Technology on Environment
  • Rudyard Kipling and Colonialism
An attempt of 10+ questions with accuracy is sure to lead to a great performance in RCs.
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General Knowledge
GK section is composed of questions from both static knowledge and current affairs. Across the three sessions of SLAT 2021, there were 4-7 questions from static GK and 5-8 questions from current events. These questions were related to geographical facts, international organizations, Indian Constitution, books, covid-19, national schemes, etc.
An attempt of 8+ questions with accuracy fares well for a good score in the section.
Written Ability Test (WAT)
In this section, the candidates are required to write on any one of the given two topics. These topics are usually based on general issues or current happenings. No word limit is specified for this section but you need to write the essay in the given 30 minutes. In SLAT 2021, the following topics appeared across the three sessions:
  • Ban on Plastic: Ecology v/s Economy
  • Data Privacy
  • Use of ICT in Indian Judicial Process
  • Although Indian law has unfolded many shades of dignity for women, yet theyare still bound with the shackles of patriarchy, discrimination, and violence.
  • Negligence of Doctors in Covid-19 times
  • Does comedy qualify for protection under the right to freedom of speech & expression? Discuss in the light of recent events.
Overall, SLAT 2021 was easy in some parts and moderate in others. Further, an attempt of total 45+ questions with high accuracy suffices for a good score in the exam.
After the result is announced, candidates are shortlisted by the respective institutes and called to attend the subsequent selection process.
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