CLAT 2018 was a fairly easy paper to score well in, especially as the questions in the Engliah, Legal Aptitude and General Knowledge were easy, straightforward and in predictable lines.
English: English saw questions on predictable lines, similar to the mocks you have practiced, one fairly easy passage, one cloze test passage, synonyms, antonyms, idioms, summary and inferring the idea behind the passage similar to critical reasoning questions. One might find the section to be moderately difficult if one was not well versed with reading comprehension, critical thinking or summarising questions or issues with some vocabulary questions. We peg a good number of questions to have attempted in this section at 30-32.
Legal Aptitude: This section was one of the easiest in the paper with straightforward legal reasoning questions and static legal GK questions. The legal reasoning questions were direct and did not have confusing principles or convoluted facts. The questions this year mostly came from Contracts, Torts and Constitutional law but a candidate could have easily answered them with a clear understanding of the principles. The GK questions were also straightforward and a basic understanding of the constitutional aspects and general awareness was sufficient for most of them. We peg a good number of questions to have been attempted here at 38-40.
Current Affairs and General Knowledge: This year’s current affairs questions were direct and straightforward. If you paid attention to keeping updated with the national and International Developments then you would have found this section to be extremely easy. There were a few static questions this year as well from history, science and economics. The only issue in this section can be said to be the fact that it was memory based and for many questions, eliminating options was difficult. We peg a good number of questions to have attempted in this section at about 40.
Logical Reasoning: This section while being of moderate difficulty did not throw too many unexpected surprises. did pose a few challenging questions. The paper was dominated by analytical reasoning (as has been a trend with many law entrance tests this year) rather than an even split/dominance of critical reasoning questions. The Analytical section was on the usual lines however with arrangements, ranking, direction, syllogisms, data interpretation etc. There were some very tricky seating arrangement and puzzle questions which might have taken too much time for some of you. We peg a good number of attempted questions at 30.
Quantitative Aptitude: This was the toughest and most lengthiest section in this year’s paper. While the questions themselves could be solved with a clear understanding of the concepts, the length meant that you would have lost substantial time in solving the entire section if you started with it first. We peg a good number of attempts at 8-9.
An ideal division of time for this paper in our opinion would have been 15 minutes for Maths, 30 minutes for Logical reasoning, 10 minutes for Current Affairs, 30 minutes for legal reasoning and 35 minutes for English.
We mark an ideal minimum attempt of questions to be around 150 and the cut off for the top five preferred law schools at about 137 to 140 while the lowest cut off for the law schools as last preferences can go down to about 111-120.
However considering the multiple technical glitches reported (by more than 10 percent of test takers at present) and the fact that a steady flow of time and focus was extremely relevant in attempting all questions in what was otherwise an easy to moderate paper We believe that these glitches were sufficiently serious to affect the attempts and scores of a substantial number of candidates, leading to legitimate grievances among those candidates. Especially where the said candidate was doing maths or logical reasoning server glitches are a serious concern and in sections like GK where one should not take time, bad hardware is just as problematic as a server lag. We believe that it can made the difference for many students between doing 180 questions instead of 160 or 120 questions instead of 100. From the diverse reports we have received, from our own students and fellow law schoolites who knew people who took up CLAT, the issues were severe. If you are, whether a candidate who was affected, a candidate who was not affected but feels the exams cannot be managed in this way, someone who wants to write CLAT, a parent whose child wants to write CLAT or wrote CLAT this year, or a law schoolite interested in taking measures to ensure prompt and proper conduct of CLAT examination not just in 2018 but in subsequent exams as well – Please check our next post on What Can Be Done?
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