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CLAT exam left aspirants perplexed

The Common Law Admission test (CLAT) - 2011 that was conducted on 15 May 2011, ended in a surprising way for many law aspirants after they found that the question paper had been subjected to many revisions that the students were not aware of. The students who took CLAT had criticised it for being lengthy and one that they could not finish in the allotted time. A tough question paper always hinder in throwing up the best talent. The luck factor will prevail.

The legal section was very good and the reasoning too. Maths, english and GK were also good. Overall they were good questions, but there were too many questions and many of them required very lengthy answers. It makes no sense to give one mark for a GK question and one mark for a legal reasoning question too. English had many lengthy passages. The students who were able to sort out the easier ones and attempt them first stood a better chance of scoring well.Also, those who can read at a good speed and had prepared well for GK can pick up easy marks.

Analysis of each paper:


  •  The section was of 40 marks.
  • It only consisted of reading comprehension.
  • The questions were average but were very lengthy.
  • Most students did not attempt this section or attempted only a few.
  • Many students only attempted the questions which asked for synonyms.
  • Critical reasoning was also tested in this section.

General knowledge/Current affairs

  •  This section consisted of 50 questions.
  •  Questions ranged from average to easy.
  •  The section only comprised of current affairs.
  •  Students expect to score maximum in this section.
  •  Those students who were not well versed with current affairs will be at a big disadvantage.


  •  Average quality questions.
  •  20 questions.
  •  Not very easy as compared to last year.
  • 4-5 questions were from probability were surprising though easy (although the announced syllabus said the questions will be till the 10th std)

Logical Reasoning

  •  45 questions.
  •  Questions ranged from average-difficult (Some questions were tricky)
  • Mostly critical reasoning
  •  Five syllogisms, one number series question,7-8 alphabet series, 2 AR questions and rest critical reasoning.
  •  Some correct answers were underlined in the question papers.

Legal Reasoning

  • 45 Questions
  •  Questions in this section were tricky.
  •  This was the most lengthy and time consuming section of the paper .
  •  Quality of questions were good.
  • Questions were of different pattern. Multiple questions based on more than one principle and more than one fact.

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