On May 8, 2016, CLAT 2016 exam was conducted as per the plan and pattern. You can check the pattern here https://www.jagranjosh.com/articles/clat-exam-pattern-syllabus-1461664657-1. As per the students’ feedback and from the expert’s view, the difficulty level of CLAT-2016 was of easy to moderate. So, if you have prepared well for this exam, then it should be a cakewalk for you!
Coming to the overall 5 sections under CLAT-2016, The Numerical Ability section or Mathematics had the lowest weightage overall, questions were lengthy, time consuming and tricky which can consume much time. But the experts from this fields are claiming that CLAT-2016 was one of the most easy to crack paper. Therefore cutoff for this may touch all time high.
Here is the Subject wise Analysis of CLAT-2016.
Legal Aptitude: The questions were relatively easy compared to last year question. Out of the 50 questions, 15 were from Legal GK, and 35 were Principle- Facts questions. All the questions from legal reasoning only had a single principle and were easy to answer. The questions were a mix from contracts, torts and criminal law. Even the options were pretty simple to pick so as to not confuse the students. Questions from Constitutional Amendments, and Niti Aayog have been asked. Overall it seems if you have attempted 40-45 questions, its time to relax.
Logical Reasoning: This section too was moderate; some of the question were lengthy also. The questions were based on Statement Assumption, Cause and Effect, Analogy, Odd Word Out, Syllogism, Logical consistency. There was one question on visual reasoning as well wherein there were a set of four squares with a pattern, we had to guess the fifth, though the official syllabus has specifically excluded that. Those who practiced from the past papers, would have find this section easy. An attempt of 30- 35 questions and an overall score of around 30 would be good.
English: This section had 1 Reading Comprehension passage and the rest of the questions were on English Usage. The topics of the questions were Grammar (Proposition, Verb, Adjective, Adverb), Fill in the blanks, Idioms & Phrases, and Spellings. Some of the questions also asked from English meaning word, which were very easy. An attempt of 35-38 would be considered safe.
GK: The difficulty level was easy to moderate. 90% questions mostly followed the mainstream current affairs news only. Those students, who did follow the newspapers would have performed very well in this section and would be fairly comfortable while solving this section. Most of the questions were easy and direct.
The following questions came in the CLAT 2016 paper (memory based):
10. Chairman of National Human Rights Commission? HL Dattu
11. What is Mars called? Red Planet
12. How many redundant laws were recently repealed? 1053
13. What was the 100th Amendment to the Constitution? Exchange of certain enclave territories with Bangladesh
14. Chairperson of NITI Aayog? Narendra Modi
15. First blind-friendly railway station in India? Mysore
16. Where did India sign the Paris deal? New York, USA
17. Paris Conference was signed in which month? December 2015
18. Currency of Thailand? Thai Baht
19. Punjabi is in which no. in usage in Canadian Parliament? 3rd
20. First developed nation to default on an International Monetary Fund loan? Greece
21. First parliament to run fully on solar power? Pakistan
22. Indomitable Spirit was written by? APJ Abdul Kalam
23. Fastest planet that revolves around the sun? Mercury
24. PAN required for transactions that exceed the amount of? Rs. 200000
25. What is ‘Start Up India’ for? Entrepreneurs activity and promotion
26. What is Setu Bharatam scheme? Project aims to make all highways free of railway crossings.
27. Who won a medal in long jump – Mayookah Johnny
28. Beyond the lines – An Autobiography – Kuldeep Nayar
29. Crime and Punishment is a book by – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
30. Which three states will have election in a single session on may 2016 – Puducherry, Tamil and Kerela
As you can see, almost all the questions have been asked in this section is Current Affairs. Therefore if you have attempted between 150-165 questions with good accuracy, you may get a call for admission.
Maths: This section was tricky and lengthiest of all. Questions were from Simple Interest, Ratio, Percentage, Probability, Averages, Profit and Loss, Clocks, etc. Attempt should have been around 12- 14, with a score of around 10. Nevertheless, this paper was a breeze of fresh air after the CLAT 2015 paper. Almost everyone was happy after the exam. Considering the paper, an attempt of around questions would be good. The paper with the answer key would be released on 12th May.
Expected Cut Offs:
Seeing the questions and feedback from various students who appeared in this exam, cut off would scale the height betwwn 140-150. But if you have scored 130, there need not be worried. Out of many NLUs you may get the chance.
All the Best, and keep Calm!