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Predicting CLAT 2016- An Analysis of CLAT 2015 Exam

... Harkirishna Mude

CLAT 2015 entrance paper can be rated as among the toughest one has got in a CLAT exam in the last few years. Students who closely followed the pattern of the previous year’s exams were in for a surprised as many question types were non-familiar to the students.

Let’s do a section wise analysis of questions and find out to what extent the questions were different and tougher than the questions asked in the previous years of the exam:

English (including Reading Comprehension) – The standard level of questions in English section was a notch higher than the earlier exams. There was one large passage under Reading Comprehensions with 8 numbers of questions. There was a smaller passage as well with 3 questions.  Maximum number of questions came from ‘Vocabulary’ section with questions on synonyms, analogies, cloze passage, contextual meaning, Best fit supplement word etc. The Grammar questions were on expected lines like Para Jumbles, Sentence Correction, Analogies, Fill in the Blanks, etc.

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Students who have a holistic approach to preparation should not have faced many problems. Similar trend is likely to continue in 2016, though, one can expect some twists also here and there.

General Knowledge & Current Affairs – The GK & Current Affairs questions were more in line with the traditional pattern and can be easily rated as ‘Average’ in terms of difficulty level. The ratio of questions from GK: Current Affairs was about 20-30.

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Going by the pattern of 2015, students preparing for 2016 would be well advised to have a full rounded approach while preparing for this section. It would good not overly emphasise few areas and ignore others.

Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) – Numerical ability section has generally been one of the easiest sections of CLAT. This, however, cannot be said about the 2015 exam. Students needed good understanding of concepts to be able to solve many of the questions in this section. There were 6 questions in Number system, L.C.M, remainder theorem, last digits, etc. Five questions were from Data Interpretation. There were a few questions also from Probability and Permutation and Combination which weren’t very complex. Three problems in simple equation were relatively easy. There was only one problem from Time and Distance which was of above average difficulty.

Looks like the days of taking this section lightly are gone. One has to be very well prepared to do well here. The section has got tougher also because of the fact that for only 20 questions one has to prepare for a pretty vast syllabus.

Legal Aptitude – Unlike the pattern notices in last 2-3 years, Legal aptitude section saw focus again shifting back to Legal GK. There were around 15 questions based on Principle and Facts. There were also 10 Assertion-Reasoning questions. The lion’s share was taken by the Legal GK questions with questions from various Acts and Amendments and Head of Legal Institutions. There were also questions from Current Legal Affairs.

Student for 2016 exam should be well prepared with Legal GK as well as Legal current affairs apart from Legal Reasoning questions.

Logical Reasoning – The section again was uncharacteristically different and tougher than previous year’s pattern.  There were many question types which were new for the students. Maximum numbers of questions were from various topics including Symbols, Venn diagram, Puzzles, Conditionality, Series and Family Tree. There were 3 Fact, Inference and Judgment questions, 3 questions from Data Sufficiency and 5 syllogism questions. There were two sets of puzzles which were pretty complex and time-consuming.

For 2016, students may expect that the difficulty level will be lower, also because of the fact that the surprise element would be less with less likelihood of a substantive change in pattern 2nd year in succession. However, the evidence suggests that students need to up their level of preparation for the CLAT exam in general and the Logical Reasoning Section in particular.



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