CLAT 2017 Analysis

After a forgettable AILET-2017, CLAT 2017 provided some relief, but a limited one. While it was perceived to be tougher than 2016, it was simpler than 2015. The paper was a fair mix of hardships & sweeteners, as usual. 47106 students appeared for CLAT 2017. 

The paper had a total of 200 questions spread across five sections - English, GK, Elementary Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Legal Aptitude. Each correct attempt would get 1 mark while each incorrect attempt would attract a negative score of 0.25 marks. This was same as historical marking scheme

Serious attempts of good students have been between 160-165 questions. With 85% accuracy, it comes to a score of 130-135. The highest score is likely to be round 165. Expected cut-off of Top 3 NLUs should be around 145. Top 7-8 NLU cut-offs should be in the range of 132-133. Let us find section wise analysis

Legal Aptitude –

The unpredictable part of this section was as many as 15 questions on legal maxims. Not all of them were popular ones. The reasoning questions were long, with descriptive principles. They were doable for test takers with good reading speed in first attempt. Torts (12-13 Q), principles related to rights & writs (5-6 Q) & criminal law (5-6) were major topics. There were very few questions on constitution. There were no Legal GK questions in this section

GK/Current Affairs –

This was a surprise section with quite uncommon questions. There were a very few direct questions. 40+ questions appeared from current affairs. Most of them were based on events from the first half of 2016. One needed to recall minute facts to answer them. Questions based on appointments & awards were quite uncommon. 4-5 questions were from static GK. This section has the potential to bring down overall scores, of otherwise good students. This section will also differentiate the toppers from the rest

Logical Reasoning –

This was a comparatively easy section & provided scoring opportunity. There were 5-6 questions each on family tree, directions & arrangements. There were 2-3 questions each on clocks, puzzles, analogies, family tree & alphabet series. Around 25-27 questions belonged to analytical reasoning. 13-15 questions belonged to verbal reasoning, most of which were based on deductive reasoning & syllogisms

English –

This was probably the easiest & most predictable section. Fill-in-the-blanks, spelling corrections, Reading comprehension (1 passage), and identification of incorrect part of sentence had 5-6 questions each. RC passage was lengthy & tough. It needed a good reading. There were no vocabulary based questions. This section was score booster as well

Elementary Maths –

Maths difficulty level was above average. There were 3 questions each from work & time, profit & loss. There were 1-2 questions each from probability, upstream-downstream, percentages, ratio-proportion, simple & compound interest. There were no geometry questions. There wasn’t much scope for option elimination. Math questions needed a lot of calculation

Expected scores by sections are as follows


No. of Questions

Good Attempts

Score (With 85% accuracy)

Legal Aptitude




GK/Current Affairs




Logical Reasoning








Elementary Maths




Answer key will be released on 16 May. Hold your nerves till then & all the best!!


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