CLAT 2019 was conducted in paper-pencil mode. The paper consisted of 200 MCQs to be attempted in 120 minutes. Every correct answer fetched +1 mark every wrong answer attracted a penalty of 0.25 marks.
Let us look at the section wise analysis:
This was a fairly straight forward section, only legal reasoning (principle – fact) questions were asked most of which were relatively easy. Surprisingly, no assertion reasoning or legal GK questions were part of the paper this year. Substantial number of questions were from Law of Torts covering vicarious liability, defamation (wedding question), public nuisance etc. There were 4-5 questions on Law of contracts covering communication of proposal, acceptance, lawful-unlawful consideration, mirror image test etc and 5-6 questions from criminal law covering murder/ culpable homicide, attempt, cheating etc. Some questions were directly from the past papers and some from miscellaneous areas such as conflict of laws etc. Difficulty level was easy-moderate.
GK and Current Affairs:
Nearly all the questions were from Current Affairs or related to current affairs, spread across topics. Current Affairs broadly covered awards and honors (Seoul peace prize, filmfare awards), govt. and politics (lok sabha elections and state elections), foreign affairs (country to exempt taxes with 3-4 children, COMCASA), books and authors (God save the SC by Fali Nariman and Anita gets bail by Arun Shourie), military developments (defence purchases), rankings (happiest country), appointments (Chief information commissioner) and miscellaneous areas (robot police, psephology) etc.
Some questions on static GK were also asked such as Headquarter of Asian development Bank, red planet etc. Difficulty level was easy to moderate.
This could be a differentiating section between top NLU getters & the rest. Those who prepared well for current affairs should have a definite edge. 60-70% questions were directly from CA Fact Bytes – a compendium of Current Affairs published by IMS.
Reasoning was a relatively easy/moderate section. There were around 8 questions on verbal reasoning statement/logical conclusion based. Two sets of 5 questions from arrangements, 4 questions on odd one out, 2 on analogies (ocean is to wave, sand dune is to desert etc. ) , 1 question on directions was also there, There were no surprises in terms of topics covered. So, it was a fairly standard section
English including reading comprehension:
Historically, English has been the most predictable section in CLAT & this year too it stuck to its historical pattern. It had one long but easy RC passage with 10 questions on difference between invention and innovation. Other question types were foreign words (5Q), vocab (5Q), sentence correction (5Q), correct sequence (5Q), phrases to be used in sentence (5Q) etc. The section had a good scoring opportunity.
This was also an easy to moderately difficult section. Most of the questions were of moderate difficulty. They were spread across topics like Profit and Loss (2Q), Time-Speed-Distance (2Q), Mensuration (1Q), Work-Cistern (1Q), Calendars (1Q), Simple and Compound Interest (2Q) etc. This was another differentiating section and can be a decider for the top NLU’s
Serious attempts of good students had been in 165+ range. With 85% accuracy, it comes to a score of 135-138. Expected cut-off of Top 3 NLUs should be around 135+. Top 7-8 NLU score cut-offs should be in the range of 130+.
All the best!