CLAT 2019 Analysis by Rohit Sharma, Faculty, CLATapult
Sunday afternoon saw thousands of law aspirants all across India pour into their respective centres to sit for the Common Law Admission Test, or CLAT, as we know it.
This year the law entrance exam was conducted by NLU Odisha under the supervision of a permanent body formed by NLUs, the CLAT Consortium.
About 60,000 candidates appeared for CLAT exam this year. The paper had difficulty level same as the paper of CLAT-2014 and CLAT-2016.
CLAT in 2019 was held in the offline mode once again, after 5 years (CLAT 2014). The students were expected to fill out their answers on OMR sheets, which will later be scanned to determine scores.
The paper, as usual, was divided into 5 sections, namely- English, Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, Legal Aptitude and General Knowledge.
The regular marking scheme was followed, with +1 for every correct answer, and a negative of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
The 200 questions exam was divided as follows:
English- 40 questions, Maths- 20 questions, Logical Reasoning- 40 questions, Legal Aptitude- 50 questions, and General Knowledge- 50 questions
CLAT 2019 ANALYSIS: ENGLISH
The English section saw a myriad of easy, and expected questions, from 5 parajumbles questions and 5 foreign words to 10 traditional established pattern for reading comprehension and regular grammar each.
It also featured questions from misspelled words and identification of the meanings of certain phrases. Most students found the section to be quite easy.
Spelling correction and foreign words were the easiest part within the section.
CLAT 2019’s MATHS:
Maths comprised elementary questions from various topics such as Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio and Proportion, Averages, and Mixtures and Allegations.
The section also featured questions from Time speed and distance (train question) Percentages, Clocks and Calendars, Time and Work (pipes and cistern), and Profit & Loss, along with Mensuration (area of rectangle).
Out of the twenty questions, 16-17 were doable unlike the past couple of year’s question in the section of quantitative aptitude.
This section was of a moderate level.
Logical Reasoning featured quite an easy set of questions, ranging from topics such as Coding & Decoding(5 questions), Syllogisms(5-6 questions), Blood Relations and number series ( around 5-6 questions).
There were also Logical Puzzles, 3 sets of 5 questions each, an expected part of the 40 mark section. Questions from Logical Consistency and Analogy too made an appearance.
This section was also easy as there was no critical reasoning question and the question were fairly straight-forward.
LEGAL APTITUDE IN CLAT 2019:
Legal Aptitude was definitely the most controversial part of the CLAT 2019 paper. The section featured 50 upon 50 principle based questions, quite an anomaly among CLAT papers. There was not a trace of Legal GK, an integral part of the section.
This section was most time consuming because of no Legal knowledge question. This section had 12-13 tricky questions ( with even weirder options) while 35-37 questions were modified replica of past year paper’s questions.
CLAT 2019 ANALYSIS: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE:
Moving on to General Knowledge, the 50 mark section was filled to the brim with Current Affairs questions from the time frame between June 2018 and April 2019.
However, most of the question focussed on the numerical aspect of current affairs which fell in the timeline of November 2018 to April 2019.
The questions were simple and straight out of the books, there was nothing to throw the students off.
Unsurprisingly, the section featured 1-2 questions from static GK, further revealing the CLAT committee’s tendencies to reduce the number of static GK questions with each passing year.
This section was average and anything above 30-32 is a good score in the section.
CLAT 2019 CUT-OFFS PREDICTION:
In toto, the paper was pretty standard, and of a lower difficulty level than expected.
It can be compared to be of a similar pattern as CLAT 2014 and CLAT 2016 and hence the cut off is going to be high versus the last two years’ cutoffs.
Overall any number of attempts above 165 should be good.
The cut off of NLS should be in the range of 155-158 whereas any score in the range of 149-151 will fetch top 3.
People getting 142-145 will get top 6-7 colleges according to the above analysis as per the author.
Author’s note: I would like to thank two of my students Gyanesh Tiwari and Indrayani Bhadra in helping me in the above analysis.
NOTE: CLATapult is a sister concern of Lawctopus.
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