CLAT exam was conducted on 26.05.2019 between 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. One of the most important changes this year was the switch from an online format to an offline format. This was done so as to eliminate the technical glitches and electrical issues that had impeded the conduct of CLAT in the last few editions. That change aside CLAT question paper followed the usual pattern of having 40 questions in English, 40 questions in Logical Reasoning, 20 questions in Mathematics, 50 questions from General Knowledge and Current Affairs, and 50 questions in Legal Reasoning. Each correct answer carried one marks while there was a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer.
Subject Wise Analysis
The English section was fairly easy with a simple reading comprehension passage with ten questions, ten sentence correction questions, five each of idioms, parajumbles, misspelt words and foreign words. While there were a few tricky questions in passage and sentence correction, it is not something that should have posed any challenge to someone who had prior experience with the section.
A good attempt will have been around 35 to 37 questions in this section.
This section, bucking usual trends, did not have a single question from critical reasoning. All the questions were from analytical reasoning. There were three sets of five puzzle based questions each while the rest of the questions were from blood relations, coding decoding, blood relations, number series, analogy, and odd one out. The questions were not difficult to answer but will have posed a hurdle in managing time well for those who were not strong in solving large number of analytical questions quickly.
A good attempt will have been around 32 to 34 questions in this section.
The Mathematics questions this year was a lot easier compared to the previous couple of years. The questions were along usual and expected lines with most questions being related to time, speed and distance or time and work; simple interest and compound interest, ratio and proportion, profit and loss etc.
Considering the relatively easy nature of the questions and the direct manner in which they were framed, a good attempt will have seen about 12 to 15 questions with even a weak person at maths being able to solve atleast seven or eight.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
This section saw the bulk of its questions from current developments in the last three to four months. Even the four or five static questions were easy and connected to current developments. A person who had revised a good source of current affairs in the last few months could answer around eighty percent of the questions correctly without much difficulty.
A good attempt here will have been around 40 to 45 questions.
This section had a surprise in that there were no legal knowledge questions. While there have been exceptions, the usual CLAT pattern would have had ten to fifteen legal knowledge questions while the rest were principle based. It is also of note that while most of the questions were on tort, contracts and criminal law based principles there were no questions based on Constitutional Law. The questions were mostly fairly straightforward and unambiguous but the length of the questions would have slowed down the candidates.
A good attempt would have seen around 40 to 42 questions.
The paper was on a whole fairly easy, in line with the 2016 paper, but the length as well as the absence of critical reasoning and legal knowledge questions would have posed difficulties to some candidates. Therefore a candidate should have on average attempted more than 165 questions have a good chance to be in one of the NLUs within your top ten preferences.
Cut off Predictions
We estimate that the cut off marks for NLSIU, NALSAR, NUJS, NLUJ and NLIU in the general category to be in the 146 to 150 range. The cut off to NLSIU should close at more than 158, likely at around 160. NALSAR should have its cutoff at above 156. NUJS should have its cut off at around 153 while NLUJ will have at above 151 and NLIU at 149.
The cut off for the first fifteen preferred NLUs should close at above 130 for the general category while the final cut off for the last preferred NLU should be at around 125.