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CLAT 2017 Paper Analysis

Last Updated - May 16, 2017

After a forgettable AILET 2017, CLAT 2017 provided some relief, but a limited one. While it was perceived to be tougher than 2016, it was simpler than 2015. The paper was a fair mix of hardships & sweeteners, as usual. 47106 students appeared for CLAT 2017.  

No technical glitch was reported by the test takers. The majority of the test takers shared they stand a good chance of cracking the test as the questions were of easy to moderate difficulty level. Subhash, CLAT 2017 candidate said-

  • The Legal Aptitude section was the easiest section.
  • In the legal aptitude section, there were a few questions on legal maxims which students found tough.
  • Logical Reasoning and English Comprehension were of easy to moderate level.
  • GK and Mathematics were tough.

"Across India, 47,106 students took the exam; this number is 93% of those who registered. Of the 1,535 students who registered for the UG exam in Karnataka, 1,333 turned up at the centers. For the PG exam, the numbers were 169 and 148, respectively,".  

Expected scores by sections are as follows:

SectionNo. of QuestionsGood attemptsScore (with 85 % accuracy)
Legal Aptitude5039-4034-35
GK/ Current affairs5030-3226-27
Logical Reasoning4034-3530-31
English4035-3631-32
Elementary Math2010-119-10

Student’s Reaction 

As per Aditya, the test paper was lengthy. “The exam was good, considering there were 200 questions and we had to complete it in two hours, I felt it was a bit lengthy. In fact, I left 5 questions. Other than that, the difficulty level of the paper was moderate”.

"I took a very long time to solve the math section, but then I think math is everybody's weak point. Even though they were multiple-choice questions, we still had to devote a certain amount of time on each question, so time was definitely an issue," said Sanjana Mishra, a student.

Bhavya Kohli, a student of DL DAV Model School, Shalimar Bagh felt that CLAT 2017 was a balanced paper. “To me GK was the most difficult section followed by Legal Aptitude. Math was a bit tough. Logical Reasoning, English and GK sections were fine. Questions asked in Legal Aptitude section were a bit tricky”.

“The paper was moderate. For me, English, Math and GK were the easiest sections while reasoning and legal aptitude was a little more difficult,” said Arunima Bisht.

Gurmeet said, "If someone was thorough with their current affairs including the most recent events, GK would be easier for them.” Questions covered diverse topics ranging from Trump’s elevation as US President to the Juno spacecraft and recent French election.


CLAT 2017 Sectional Paper Analysis

A. General Knowledge & Current Affairs 

Level: Difficult

No. of recommended attempts: 30+

The difficulty level was moderate to difficult. Questions mostly followed the mainstream past affairs news only. Those students, who did follow the newspapers would have performed very well in this section and would be fairly comfortable while solving this section. The broad breakup of the questions was as follows. Most of the questions were from the current affairs with questions from the areas like Polity, General Science, Geography, Economics, etc. were also there.

Ques: International Consumer Right’s Day?

Ans. March 15

Ques: Minimum qualification for Panchayati election upheld by which state?

Ans. Haryana

Ques: Which state was to first to make gender education compulsory?

Ans. Telangana

Ques: Who won Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2015?

Ans. Sania Mirza

Ques: Maximum number of smokeless villages?

Ans. Karnataka

Ques: Who lit the Olympic torch in Greece ahead of the Olympic Games 2016?

Ans. Katerina Lehou

Ques: Chairman of National Green Tribunal?

Ans. Justice Swatenter Kumar

Ques: Femina Miss India 2016 Who is going to represent India in the global competition?

Ans. Priyadarshini Chaterjee

Ques: First ever woman gymnast from India to qualify for Olympics?

Ans. Dipa Karmarkar

Ques: Chairman of National Human Rights Commission?

Ans. HL Dattu

A good attempt in this section would be around 46 questions with a net score around 42. Anirudh Vijay, whose CLAT center was in Jaipur, stated that, “Major portion was from Current Affairs of 2016, in fact a question was asked about the Uttarakhand issue of May 6” Anirudh attempted around 160 questions.

B. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 

CLAT, being the sole major law exam every law aspirant banks their career on (ok, maybe not sole, but definitely the most important) naturally brings a certain nervousness and fear in the heart of students, and a many a sweat on their brows. This is what actually happens this year.

  • Math had a few tricky and calculation intensive questions, which made this section somewhat time consuming.
  • Questions were spread across topics like percentages, ratio proportion, algebra, probability, geometry, etc.
  • Tricky questions were better solved using elimination of options, using intelligent guessing.

As mentioned before, this was the toughest and trickiest section of the exam paper. As per Gagan, the questions were more Logic based, which were doable. The questions were from various topics including Arithmetic, including Percentage, Ratio & Proportion, Algebra, Geometry, Probability amongst others.

Rajendra Khadar of Crack CLAT Tutorials said, “Most of the questions were calculation intensive, hence the candidates needed to spend time on solving questions from this section. Ideally, test takers should have left the tricky questions to escape the negative marking scheme.”

Rajneesh Singh, CLAT mentor believed that Mathematics will be the deciding factor. “Those who could not maintain accuracy would have lesser chances to crack the exam,” he said.

C. Logical Reasoning

This section should not have posed any problems for the aspirants as the level of difficulty was low.

  • The entire section was dominated by Analytical Reasoning.
  • Questions from Arrangements, Directions, Blood Relations, Series and Syllogisms appeared in the section.
  • Verbal Reasoning had 12 questions based on analogy, vocabulary, odd one out and syllogisms.
  • Questions on topics such as Statement Argument, Statement Assumption were only one or two in number.
  • Overall it was an easy section and an attempt of 35-36 should be considered a good one.

D. Legal Aptitude 

The unpredictable part of this section was as many as 15 questions on legal maxims. Not all of them were popular ones. The reasoning questions were long, with descriptive principles. They were doable for test takers with good reading speed in first attempt.

  • Torts (12-13 Q), principles related to rights & writs (5-6 Q) & criminal law (5-6) were major topics.
  • There were very few questions on constitution.
  • There were no Legal GK questions in this section.

E. English (including comprehension) 

English section was reasonably lengthy and the reading comprehension especially was little tricky to read but had the questions been attempted one would’ve found them doable.

  • Fill-in-the-blanks, spelling corrections, reading comprehension (1 passage), and identification of incorrect part of sentence had 5-6 questions each.
  • RC passage was lengthy & tough. It needed a good reading.
  • There was no vocabulary based questions.

CLAT Cut Off 2017

All in all, if you managed to finish the paper with even 30 seconds to spare you probably did the paper very well. With the length of the paper remaining at a very high level, the cut offs are unlikely to waver too much. Having said that, the competition has been tighter this year so it just may be!

Expected marks for the top 3 law schools: 38+

Expected Marks for The Top 3 Law Schools Overall: 149 – 153

Expected Marks for Any National Law Schools: 129 – 133

Answer key will be released on May 16. Hold your nerves till then & all the best!!

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