CLAT 2018 Analysis

After a forgettable AILET-2018, CLAT 2018 provided some academic relief, but technical glitches were in store for a lot of serious aspirants, who could not score up to their potential, since they either lost a few minutes of exam duration or their test was halted due to system issues. Let us anyways look at overall exam design.

The paper had 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 had been in 160+ range. With 85% accuracy, it comes to a score of 130-132. Expected cut-off of Top 3 NLUs should be around 135+. Top 7-8 NLU score cut-offs should be in the range of 128+. Let us find section wise analysis

Legal Aptitude:

This was a fairly straight forward section, dominated by legal reasoning questions. Questions were around direct application of principles. A few assertion-reasoning & statement-conclusion (New question type) questions were asked. Section had 8-10 Legal GK questions, including static LGK questions (e.g. the highest law officer in India). Difficulty level was easy-moderate.

GK and Current Affairs:

Surprise in store was large number of Static GK questions. As many as 15 static questions were spread across Legal GK, books & authors (3-4 Q). A few questions based on events in early 2017 were asked. The rest were current affairs, spread across topics. This could be a differentiating section between top NLU getters & the rest. Those who prepared well for static GK should have a definite edge 

Logical Reasoning:

Reasoning was a relatively lengthy but easy section. There were 25-30 analytical reasoning questions & the rest were verbal reasoning based. 4 sets of matrix arrangements were time consuming. There were no surprises in terms of topics covered. So, it was a fairly standard section 

Verbal ability:

Historically, English has been the most predictable section in CLAT & this year was no different. It had one long but easy RC passage with 10 questions. Other question types were vocab (5Q), sentence correction (5Q), short paragraphs with one question each (4-6). There were questions on fill-in-the-blanks and phrase meanings as well. The section had a good scoring opportunity

Elementary Mathematics:

This was arguably the most difficult section. Questions were lengthy & difficult. They were spread across topics like algebra, time-speed-distance, work-pipes, probability & so on. Even good students did not have a serious attempt above 10-12. This was another differentiator section

Expected scores by sections are as follows


No. of Questions

Good Attempts

Score (With 85% accuracy)

Legal Aptitude




GK and Current Affairs




Logical Reasoning








Elementary Maths





For general category, Top 10 NLU score cut-offs should be as follows (End of Round 4 of centralized admission process)


Top 3 NLUs – Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata – Top 250 ranks – 135+

Next 4 NLUs – Jodhpur, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Mumbai – 250-550 ranks – 128+

Next 3 NLUs – Lucknow, Raipur, Patiala – 550-1000 ranks – 120+


Results will be announced on 31 May. Hold your nerves till then & all the best!!



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