CLAT 2017 Exam (Common Law Admissions Test), an all India entrance examination conducted online by Chanakya National Law University, Patna for admissions to under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M) on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The paper was considered to be of moderate difficulty. However, candidates pointed out that the paper was more difficult than last year.
CLAT 2017 tested the speed of candidates at a brow beating level. The speed aspect was definitely a top priority to score well in any entrance exam. All sections had a few goodies to offer and a few questions which were definitely on the path less taken. However, most of the questions were in line with the historical perspective of the CLAT examination.
The cut-offs for the top three law schools is expected to cross 145, slightly higher than last year. CLAT 2017 answer keys will be release on May 16 and results will be declared by May 29, 2017.
Read on for the detailed analysis of the respective sections of CLAT 2017 Exam. This would be beneficial to understand the CLAT Exam pattern.
The English section of CLAT 2017 Exam 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. The grammar section was a mixture of easy to moderately difficult. There were 5 questions each on error detection and on replacement and 10 questions each based on spellings and fill in the blanks. The spellings were honestly a cakewalk for anyone who has generally been in the habit of reading of newspapers. The fill in the blanks were preposition based and they were also pretty easy.
We would say that the maths section was not very high on the difficulty scale. There were a substantial number of Questions based on Arithmetic, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Averages, Time and Work and Time, speed and Distance. At the same time, the language of the maths paper was unlike the general run-of-the-mill questions which most students may have found to be slightly tricky. The paper was definitely lengthy as compared to last year.
Continuing with last year’s trend, the GK questions in CLAT this year have completely emanated as it included more current affairs questions and less of static GK. This is a healthy move as CLAT is evidently seeking aspirants who are engaging with contemporary and relevant developments around the world. A basic reading of the important current affairs through the newspapers, would have gotten you through at least 30 questions.
The section was far from easy but very doable at the same time. Questions covered diverse topics ranging from Trump’s elevation as US President to the Juno spacecraft and recent French election. The complete absence of static GK was not really a welcome surprise because aspirants had to go through the pain of mugging timelines in history to oceans and rivers in geography.
The logical reasoning section was quite light focus on critical reasoning. One of the prominent surprise packages of this year’s CLAT was the heavy spray of blood relative based questions. Essentially, the paper was more focused on the analytical reasoning area, though the section was fairly easy to solve.
Other than that there were some happy points in the Verbal Reasoning section; with 4/5 questions in analogies with basic answer options. There were also 4/5 odd word outs, 2/3 definitions for which words had to be given (alliteration, apostate) and 2/3 very easy deductive logic questions.
The legal section was once again a testament to past year papers. The bizarre part was the complete absence of the legal GK section and 15 questions on Legal Maxims, surprised many. Around 10 questions were straight forward as it could get but 4-5 seemed a hard nut to crack.
The section had a decent division of questions between tort, contract and criminal law and like always reasoning based questions on constitution were few. Most of these questions were borrowed from past year NLS questions with some variance where the legal team twists past year questions to exploit all possible variants that can feature in the paper.
Criminal had questions from Rape and criminal conspiracy along with joint liability, all of them to be applied in the same question, Right to private defense, Carnal intercourse (bestiality in particular), embezzlement and theft with a somehow lengthy and confusing factual situation.
Questions on contract comprised of basic areas like offers and acceptances, undue influence etc very much doable. 35 reasoning questions with twisted principles on Legal Reasoning were of moderate difficulty level. Overall it was good section for well-prepared students.
Overall CLAT 2017 Exam Analysis
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 paper being relatively difficult and lengthy as compared to last year’s, the cut-offs are expected to waver too much. The cut-offs for the Top 3 schools is expected to be around 145-150. The competition has been tighter this year so it just may be!
English would be the scoring section for CLAT 2017 while Legal Aptitude and General Knowledge would be the deciding sections for obtaining a good rank and score. The difficulty level of the paper was from easy to moderate with rare bouncers in the form of legal maxims and a couple of twisted reasoning questions.
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All the best to CLAT 2017 Aspirants for the Results..!!