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CLAT 2016 Analysis

The initial reactions reveal that CLAT 2016 was pretty easy. Unlike CLAT 2015, this year witnessed a lot of questions from static GK and Legal GK. Some expect the cutoffs to be similar to those of CLAT 2014, but we will have to wait for further reactions to get a clear idea. ūüôā

Cutoff –¬†We’ll say the cutoff for NLS should be around 158. The topper’s ¬†score should be around 175. Last NLU should have a cutoff around 120. For our Predicted Cutoffs for Top 10 NLUs, Click Here.

Overall – It cannot be termed anything else but an easy paper. RGNUL seems to have taken inspiration from CLAT’14. Aspirants should be prepared for skyrocketing cutoffs compared to what they saw in CLAT ’15. But, if you have prepared well and done all that we adviced you to do, then you have nothing to be scared of. A section by section analysis of the paper is given below. More updates to follow.

English section was very easy. The questions weren’t anything unexpected. CLAT 16 was as according to the book as possible.

The break up of the section is as follows:

Reading Comprehension: The passage was on philosophy. There were 10 questions in the RC. Most of the CLAT aspirants found it quite doable and easy. A score of 7-8 is a good score.

15 questions based on prepositions were asked by CLAT. This was a deviation from the usual number of 10 questions asked. Again they were quite easy. A score of 10-11 should be reasonable.

This was followed by 5 questions based on spellings which again were quite easy. A score of at least 3 should be expected. The English section also included Legal Maxims which were repeated from PAST YEAR CLAT PAPERS. We hope that you got all of them right. 2 questions based on completing the idioms were also asked. 

This was an extremely easy section and a score of  27 or above is good.

GK РA moderately difficult section. Apart from 3-4 questions, nothing was too obscure or out of the ordinary. 40 questions were based on Current Affairs and 10 questions were based on Static. 

Here are a few questions asked:

  1. Which court ordered the Uttarakhand floor test on May 6? Supreme Court of India
  2. What is the currency of Thailand? Thai Baht
  3. Which state has the maximum number of foreign students? Karnataka
  4. Maximum number of smokeless villages in which state? Karnataka
  5. Country with 6 deputy prime ministers? Nepal
  6. Chairman of NHRC? H.L.Dattu
  7. “Beyond the Line” was an autobiography of?¬†Kuldip Nayar
  8. Chairman of NGT? Swantanter Kumar
  9. Who lit the olympic torch in Brazil? Katrina Lehou
  10. Paris agreement signed at? New York, USA.
  11. Ashok Chakra given to? Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami
  12. Visually impaired friendly railway station at? Mysuru
  13. Crime and Punishment written by? Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  14. Minimum educational qualifications for panchayats fixed by which state? Haryana and Rajasthan
  15. 100th amedment? India-Bangladesh boundary agreement
  16. 99th amendment? NJAC Judgement
  17. President of Sri Lanka? Maithripala Sirisena
  18. First organic state in India? Sikkim
  19. Author of Indomitable Spirit? APJ Abdul Kalam
  20. What is Setu Bharatam? An initiative to make all national highways free of railway level crossings by 2019
  21. Who got Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna prize in August 2015? Sania Mirza
  22. How many Indian universities under the top 200 BRICS universities? 16 universities
  23. Name the royal couple who visited in April 2016? William and Kate
  24. Chairperson of NITI Aayog? Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  25. How many redundant laws were recently repealed? 1053
  26. What is Mars called? Red Planet
  27. World Consumer Rights’ Day? March 15
  28. Which state was to first to make gender education compulsory? Telangana
  29. First even woman gymnast from India to qualify for Olympics? Dipa Karmarkar
  30. Femina Miss India 2016? Priyadarshini Chaterjee
  31. Paris Conference was in which month? November 30 to December 12, 2015
  32. Third most spoken language in Canadian Parliament? Punjabi
  33. First developed nation to default on an International Monetary Fund loan? Greece
  34. First parliament to run fully on solar power? Pakistan
  35. Fastest planet that revolves around the sun? Mercury
  36. PAN required for transactions that exceed the amount of? Rs. 2,00,000
  37. What is ‚ÄėStart Up India‚Äô for? Entrepreneurs activity and promotion
  38. Which three states will have election in a single session on May 2016? Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Kerala
  39. Who becomes President when both President and Vice President die? Chief Justice of India
  40. President tenders resignation to whom? Vice President
  41. Finance Minister of India? Arun Jaitley
  42. The sessions of Parliament are convened at the discretion of? President
  43. Official language of India? Hindi in Devanagari script
  44. How many cities have been selected for smart cities? 20
  45. What constitutes the Indian Parliament? President, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha
  46.  Fastest test century? Brendon McCullum
  47. 1st country to clone a calf? India
  48. “Ever ready” is the motto of? Scouts
  49. What is the aim of Start Up India?
  50. What is the heart and soul of the Constitution according to BR Ambedkar? Right to constitutional remedies
  51. Who was the Constitutional Adviser to the Constituent Assembly while the Constitution was being formulated?B.N. Rau
  52. Name the Indian woman who won the gold medal in Long Jump at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships? Mayookha Johny
  53. Ashok Chakra given to? Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami

Add in your questions (some of these are from Legal GK)

Maths was a bit lengthy, but the difficulty level was moderate. Most of the questions were formulaic. None of the questions were tricky and as soon as you recognised the formula to be applied, your job was done. A score of 15 is quite good.

Logical –¬†The Logical section was mostly on the easy side but there were some ambiguous questions in the mix too. The opinion among CLAT ’16 aspirants is divided as to whether it should be called a difficult or easy section. LawKey for CLAT will term it to be moderate but nothing that any aspirants who had prepared thoroughly for it wouldn’t have been able to handle.

An even division was observed. Both Analytical Reasoning and Critical Reasoning questions were asked. 3 Assumption questions, 3 Cause and Effect questions apart from other questions based on deductive reasoning were asked. Some of these questions were termed by ¬†CLAT aspirants as being slightly confusing and time taking in nature. All 3 of the puzzles were directly from RS Agarwal, anyone who had practiced from that book or was a part of our mock test series wouldn’t have had a problem with these questions. A blood relation puzzle was also asked. Apart from these there were 10 standalone questions. Some slightly offbeat questions were also there. Such questions did require CLAT ’16 aspirants to use their little grey cells a bit more than was demanded by the rest of the paper. An example of one such question is, “if the statement is false, then which of the following is true”.

All in all, apart from these certain ambiguous questions, the paper was really easy. A score of 25 should be expected. If you have been giving mocks and were able to deal with the ambiguous questions, then 33 or above is definitely within your reach.

Legal –¬†CLAT aspirants couldn’t have asked for an easier Legal section. The breakup was 35 Legal Reasoning questions and 15 Legal Awareness questions. All the reasoning questions were repeated from past year papers. Even the Legal Awareness questions shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Any aspirant who has gone through the past year paper will be able to finish of this section without breaking a sweat. Legal maxims such as audi alteram partem were asked. Principle based questions were easy and had been repeated countless number of times.

In the end it’s time to chill and enjoy life. Some of you still have LSAT to think off but the rest of you, relax till May 16 at the least. Do tell us how AILET and the biggest of them all, CLAT, go for you.

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8 thoughts on “CLAT 2016 Analysis

  1. Fastest planet to revolve around the sun -mercury. Fastest planet that revolves around the sun – Jupiter please tell the answer


    1. Official language- both hindi and english.
      And fastest planet is mercury, the question was which planet is the fastest to revolve around the sun, not it’s own orbit.


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