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CLAT 2016 Paper Analysis

CLAT 2016 exam was successfully conducted on May 8, 2016. The overall difficulty level of the paper was easy to moderate. The questions were lengthy, time consuming and tricky. It comprised five sections i.e. English, logical reasoning, mathematics, GK and legal aptitude. It consisted of 200 questions and was objective in nature. Candidates had to solve the paper in two hours. Each question carried one mark and there was negative marking of 0.25 mark for wrong answers. Check the CLAT 2016 paper analysis and question paper in this article.

CLAT entrance examination is conducted for admission to LLB and LLM courses offered by 18 National Law Universities of India. It is organized once a year in the month of May. CLAT 2017 is being organized by Chankya National Law University, Patna. CLAT 2016 was managed by Rajiv Gandhi National Law University (RGNLU), Punjab.

CLAT 2017 Application Process

January 1 to March 31, 2017

Availability of Admit Card

April 20, 2017

Date of CLAT 2017 exam

May 14, 2017

Date of uploading of answer key

May 16, 2017

Declaration of CLAT Result

May 29, 2017

CLAT 2017 Counselling Process

June 5, 2017

CLAT 2016 Question paper

RGNUL Patiala has been released CLAT 2016 question paper. Candidates can check the question paper which is available here. They can analyze the level of the questions in CLAT exam and it will help in preparation of CLAT 2017.

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CLAT 2016 Overall Analysis

This year CLAT paper was much easier than last year paper. Here, we are discussing the sectional analysis of CLAT exam in details:

clat distribution of que.

SubjectNo. of QuestionsTopicsLevel
English Comprehension40Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, spellings, Idioms, Complete the proverbsEasy to Moderate
General Knowledge/ Current Affairs50Current affairs and static GKModerate
Mathematics20Profit & Loss, Number system, Clock, Mensuration, Average, Probability, Shares, Ratio & Proportion Mean, Speed, time& distance etc.Moderate
Logical Reasoning40Analogy, one word out, blood relations, series etc.Easy
Legal Aptitude50Principle fact and legal knowledge based questionsEasy to Moderate

English Comprehension

There was one reading comprehension in this section. The rest of the questions were spread across grammar, vocabulary, idioms & phrases, fill in the blanks and para-jumbles. This section was of easy level. Some of the questions asked from English word meaning, which was very easy like accomplished, endorsement, ab initio etc. Any score more than 35 would be considered safe. We can say that, a 10th standard student could have easily answered the questions without any difficulty.

GK/ Current Affairs

Most of the questions were asked from current affairs and very few were on static GK. Two questions in general awareness were repeated from previous year paper and there were lesser questions from this topic than the previous paper. Those candidates, who did follow the newspapers would have attempt very well in this section. The questions were easy and direct. Questions appeared from the topics like politics, finance & economy, sports, social and legal affairs. A good attempt would be about 35 to 38 questions out of 50 questions in this section.


Mathematics section had a few tricky and calculation intensive questions, which made this section time consuming for the candidates. This section consisted of 20 questions only. The questions asked from simple/ compound interest, percentage, probability, averages, profit and loss, clocks were quite easy to attempt. This paper was a breeze of fresh air as compared to last year paper. An attempt of around 14 questions would be good.

Logical Reasoning

clat que. in logical resioning

Logical Reasoning section was little bit difficult than the other sections and difficulty level would be moderate. The questions were divided into critical reasoning, carrying 15 questions and analytical reasoning, carrying 25 questions. The questions were from series, blood relations, analogy, statement assumption, one word out and logical consistency topics. The candidates who had solved the last year question paper, would have found this section easy.  In CLAT 2016, questions were mostly one liners. There were no questions asked from puzzles, sitting arrangement, syllogism etc. An overall score of more than 30 would be considered safe.

Legal Aptitude

clat que. in legal aptitude

This section consisted of 50 questions. Out of the 50 questions, 15 were from legal GK and 35 were from principle fact questions. The questions were based on legal principles such as covering contracts promissory, criminal law, liability, nuisance, landmark judgements, famous judges and personalities etc. The difficulty level of this section was easy. The questions were quite easy to attempt and straight forward. In this section, a candidate is tested on prior knowledge of law. In 2015, the questions were asked in the form of assertion reason. Questions on legal knowledge were present only once in 2012. Most of the questions in legal aptitude have been from the law of torts and law of contracts.



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