The Common law Admission Test (CLAT), is a centralized test that was created for the convenience of students who want to pursue their future in top Law colleges under the Memorandum of Understandings (MoU). It is an All India Level Entrance Exam that is conducted on rotation basis by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admission into their undergraduate as well as post graduate programs such as LLB and LLM.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR CLAT 2017
Online Registration Starts:
Sunday, 01 January 2017
Online Registration Closes:
Friday, 31 March 2017
CLAT Exam Date & Time:
Sunday, 14 May 2017; 3 to 5 PM
CLAT Result Declaration :
Monday, 29 May 2017
CLAT & ITS HISTORY
Before the introduction of CLAT, the autonomous law schools in India conducted their own entrance examinations, requiring the candidate to prepare and appear separately for each of the examinations. The time of the administration of these tests sometimes conflicted with the other or with other major entrance tests such as the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination and the All India Pre Medical Test. This caused students to miss tests and experience much stress.
CLAT 2016 PATTERN
Pattern of the CLAT Paper for Admission to the Under-Graduate Programme
Note: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 mark will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to multiple choice questions.
The different subject areas of the exam are explained as under:
1. English Including Comprehension
The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be assessed on their understanding of the passage given, its central theme and meanings of the words used therein, etc. The grammar section will focus on correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in the given sentences with appropriate words, etc..
2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs
As far as general knowledge is concerned, the candidates will be assessed on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidate’s knowledge on current affairs.
This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. mathematics taught up to Class X.
4. Legal Aptitude
This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions asked may comprise of legal propositions/ principles and a set of facts to which the said proposition/ principle has to be applied to arrive at a most reasonable conclusion. Such propositions may or may not be ‘true’ in the real sense; yet the candidates will have to assume that the given propositions are true and answer the questions accordingly. An example of such legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others who are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theatre across India for one year.
5. Logical Reasoning
The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It will include a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.
CLAT 2016 ANALYSIS
Total questions: 200
It always feels good to be back to normal. CLAT 2016 just did a “Ghar Wapsi” by toning down the level of difficulty and using standard pattern of questions. By giving clear instructions for ‘Principle-Fact’ based questions in Legal Reasoning section, CLAT authorities reduced the scope of ambiguity. On a lighter note, this would surely reduce the number of cases that are filed against authorities after exam. There was one visible formatting error in Mathematics section. In a quadratic equation, the superscript of power 2 was seen as normal 2. No other errors have been reported so far. Overall the test ended with a very positive note.
Section: Elementary Mathematics
No. Of questions: 20
As compared to last year, this year the section was more comprehensive in break-up of questions. Last year there were no questions on Number system while this year there was 4 questions. Two questions did surprise students, one on Stocks and one on Trigo. Question on clock was slightly time consuming. Otherwise most of the questions could have been solved in less than 1 minute per question. Overall the section can be classified as moderate. Good score in this section could be 12+.
Section: English & Comprehension
No. Of questions: 40
This was probably the easiest section of all. Entire focus was on Grammar and vocabulary. Surprisingly there were 5 questions on identifying correct spelling. Most of the questions were easy and could have been attempted in 20 sections per question. Idioms and phrases had two legal maxims but both were simple enough. There was only 1 passage in comprehension carrying 10 marks and that too was easy. Overall time spent could not have been more than 30 minutes. Student, who has good command over vocabulary, would have attempted 37+ questions with 90% accuracy. Good score in this section could be 33+.
Section: Logical Reasoning
No. Of questions: 40
Compared to last year, Logical Reasoning section was such a relief this year. With standard break-up of questions like Statement & Assumption, Cause & Effect, Series, Blood Relation, Puzzles, Syllogism, Analogies and Misc logic based questions, the section could have attracted almost full attempts. Overall a well prepared student could have easily attempted 36+ questions with 90% accuracy. Good score in this section could be 30+.
Section: General Awareness and Current Affairs
No. Of questions: 50
G. K. Was again on expected lines. This section had most questions on current affairs. There were few ambiguous questions. This section would have given advantage to students preparing for the whole year. Overall, this section can be considered moderate. Thus GK is going to be the differentiator. Good attempts in this section could be 38+ while good score could be 33+.
Section: Legal Aptitude
No. Of questions: 50
Legal aptitude section was a mixed bag of legal reasoning & legal knowledge questions. Legal aptitude had more of PRINCIPLE based questions(35) and the remaining 15 were knowledge based. Most of the principle based questions were from standard areas torts, contract, crime, constitution etc… Overall the section can be considered easy. Student with average skills would have attempted 42+ questions in 35 minutes. Good score in this section could be 36+
We wish all the students good luck for their result.
Some Questions from CLAT 2016 (Memory Based)
Beyond the lines – an autobiography –
Chairman of National Green Tribunal?
Justice Swatanter Kumar
Chairman of National Human Rights Commission?
Chairperson of NITI Aayog?
Crime and punishment is a book by –
Currency of Thailand?
Fastest planet that revolves around the sun?
Femina Miss India 2016 and is going to represent India in the global comp.-
First blind-friendly railway station in India?
First developed nation to default on an International Monetary Fund loan?
First even woman gymnast from India to qualify for Olympics?
First parliament to run fully on solar power?
First smoke-free state in India?
How many redundant laws were recently repealed?
Indomitable Spirit was written by?
APJ Abdul Kalam
International Consumer Rights’ Day?
Minimum qualification for Panchayati election upheld by which state/Court?
PAN required for transactions that exceed the amount of?
Paris Conference was signed in which month?
30th November to 12th December 2015
Punjabi is in which no. in usage in Canadian Parliament?
What is ‘Start Up India’ for?
Entrepreneurship activity and promotion
What is Mars called?
What is Setu Bharatam scheme?
Building bridges for safe and seamless travel on National Highways.
What was the 100th Amendment to the Constitution?
Exchange of certain enclave territories with Bangladesh
Where did India sign the Paris deal?
New York, USA
Which state was to first to make gender education compulsory?
Which three states will have election in a single session on may 2016 –
Tamil Nadu, West Bengal & Kerala
Who lit the Olympic torch in Greece ahead of the Olympic Games 2016?
Who won a medal in long jump –
Who won Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2015?
Audi Alteram Partem?
Right to fair hearing; Hear the other side
Ab initio? From the beginning
What is obiter dictum?
A saying by the way; non binding part of judgement
President hands his resignation to whom?
Which was the 99th amendment?
First Organic State of India?
British monarch which visited India in April 2016?
Prince William and Kate Middleton
President of Srilanka?
Who becomes the acting president in unavailability of both the president and the vice president?
Chief Justice of India
Persona non grata?
Person not wanted; person of no status
Angle made by hands of clock at 4:25 am
90 Degree i.e. Right Angle
Finance Minister of India?
Which country cloned Buffalo calf?