The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2017 was conducted by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna, at 63 centres across India on May 14. The exam was held in online mode and attended by more than 45,000 candidates, all of whom are competing for admissions to the 2312 seats in the Five Year Integrated BA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB and BBA LLB courses and 604 seats in the postgraduate LLM programmes offered by the 18 NLUs and other law colleges in the country.
Given the intense competition in what is one of India’s most popular law entrance exams, all candidates will find it useful to gain an in-depth analysis of CLAT 2017 and gauge the difficulty level of the paper and their performance in the same.
Careers360 presents you CLAT 2017 exam analysis which will provide all the law aspirants with insights and reactions given by CLAT test takers and coaching experts about the CLAT 2017 question paper.
The CLAT paper was held in accordance with the CLAT 2017 Exam Pattern. Conducted over a two-hour duration between 3 pm and 5 pm at all centres simultaneously, the CLAT 2017 question paper comprised 200 objective multiple choice questions (MCQs) asked from five different sections, namely Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, English, Elementary Mathematics and General Knowledge and Current Affairs. The right answer carried one mark, while an incorrect answer led to a deduction of 0.25 marks.
CLAT 2017 Candidate Reactions
As per the initial reactions received from candidates, this year’s CLAT paper was of an easy to moderate difficulty level. “The paper was moderate. For me, English, Maths and GK were the easiest sections while reasoning and legal aptitude was a little more difficult,” said Arunima Bisht, a first-time candidate. Others agreed with her assessment. According to Shanvi Aggarwal, “Legal aptitude was toughest. I found English easy with the section mainly comprising cloze tests, jumbled words and fewer antonyms and synonyms. Maths was also moderate, with questions coming from algebra, integers, percentage, profit and loss.
Section-wise, it is quite clear that the easiest part for students to handle was English. Some others also found the reasoning section easy. As per Stuti, “Reasoning had a good set of questions while English was undoubtedly the easiest. Maths was also quite easy with most of the questions coming from the Class 10 level”. Asmita shared that most questions in the Mathematics sections revolved around percentage, age, ratio proportion and profit and loss topics.
Like most others, Farha too found English the easiest. “I think legal aptitude was toughest but English more than made up for it. There was only one passage and fill in the blanks, choosing the similar sentence and missing words questions were quite easy,” she said.
From the general reactions received from the candidates regarding the types of questions asked section-wise, the legal awareness section had less of legal knowledge questions but around 15-20 questions on latin phrases and legal maxims. The rest were principle and statement type questions. Reasoning had more of analytical questions.
Continuing with last year’s trend, the GK section again came as a shock to many as it included more current affairs questions and less of static GK. Elaborating on the section, Gurmeet said, "If someone was thorough with their current affairs including the most recent events, GK would be easier for them.” Questions covered diverse topics ranging from Trump’s elevation as US President to the Juno spacecraft and recent French election.
The unanimous verdict received from students therefore suggests that 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.
CLAT 2017 Expert Analysis
Experts felt a more accurate assessment of the paper could be made only after getting inputs from a large number of students, as the paper was not one of those which could unanimously declared as easy or tough. The quality of the paper however was better appreciated when compared to last year’s as it really tested the candidates in a number of areas.
According to CLAT Mentor Rajneesh Singh, the paper was quite good with GK having higher quality and in-depth questions than usual. “The GK paper has really tested the candidates this year but those students who prepared well with current affairs would have had nothing to fear. The logical reasoning and legal aptitude sections were quite balanced. Maths has turned out to be trickier than usual but they should have incorporated more calculative questions rather than the clerical-type time consuming questions asked. Given the overall standard of the paper, I expect the cut off to be much lower than last year,” he said.
Rajendra Khadav of Crack CLAT Tutorials believes that CLAT 2017 was comparatively tougher and lengthier than previous papers. “I find the paper to be of an overall moderate to tough level. Maths has been quite tough with many questions requiring lengthy calculations from students. GK also contained a lot of indirect questions, with many students finding it complicated. There was no particular section which stood out for being easier than the rest.”
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