The paper, as widely expected, was a fairly balanced one. A (comparatively) longer Legal section coupled with a fairly shorter English section, and an easy Logic section coupled with tricky Mathematics section made it so. Let's get to the sectional analysis:
English: Yet again, the Reading Comprehension passage was lifted straight from a popular Objective English book (Tata McGraw Hill one, to be precise). Luckily, it was short and easy. So it did not put the aspirants who practiced from the book on a relatively stronger footing. Predictably, there were a lot of questions on grammar, and also questions on foreign words and phrases (which also appeared in CLAT '09).
Logical Reasoning: Surprisingly, around half of the questions of the Logic section comprised of puzzles/grids. However, absolute majority of the students preparing for CLAT prepared for puzzles and thus not many were flabbergasted with such questions. Questions on Syllogisms and Course of Actions were limited and easy. Anyone reasonably well prepared for this section should not find too much difficulty in scoring 28+/40.
Legal Aptitude: 50 reasoning questions! This is something all the students dread, but thankfully, do not completely ignore their possibility. Though the LA section contained all reasoning questions, which played a major role in increasing the time required for an average student to solve the paper, the questions were of varying difficulty level and size. This helped the students in attempting majority of legal reasoning questions (which were of shorter length), and also at the same time leaving a few of them (3-4) which were comparatively lengthy, while not feeling guilty about the same (remember - LA is the tie-breaker section). Overall, this was a balanced section. Ideal score should be 38-39/50.
GK: Much to the dismay of students who burnt midnight oil specifically for this section, it contained more questions of easy difficulty level and lesser tricky questions. The Current Affairs part of this section was particularly easy, especially the 5-6 odd questions relating to Olympics and medal winners. Though the Static section did take away some sheen produced by Current Affairs questions, an ideal score in this section would still be over 38.
Mathematics: Mathematics, for many, was time-taking as well as slightly on the difficult side. This, coupled with the fact that at least three questions had incorrect/incomplete options makes the scores in this section (unfairly) more important. Regarding the incorrect questions, HNLU may adopt one of the following two strategies: it may either strike off these questions in toto, and not give marks to anyone and everyone who wrote the paper. Alternatively, it can give equal marks to everyone who has attempted these questions. Both these strategies have been followed by law schools since the pre-CLAT era.
CLAT '13 scores especially on Legal Reasoning and GK front, but misses solely on Mathematics front. Since the general difficulty level of the paper was easy-to-average, the expected cut-off should increase slightly when compared to last years' cut-off. The cut-off of top 3 colleges should be somewhere around 135-138, taking into consideration the negative marking factor.
CLAT, done and probably dusted! Now some gyaan. In the next two and a half weeks, provided you're not writing some other entrance examination:
a. Go on a vacation – You'll not find too much time to go on one once you start with the law school. And yes,
b. Start blogging - CLAT preparation surely made you a more wiser, knowledgeable and a logical person. Start a blog and pen down your preparation experience, such that it acts as a manifesto for future law aspirants. Oh and yes, whatever you do, for the next 18 days,
That's it! All the best for 31st guys.
This analysis was written by Harsh Gagrani, the director of LegalEdge tutorials.
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At the outset, let me thank HNLU for (finally) preparing a not-so-controversial paper. Formalities aside, though going by the smart drafting of the notification which contained the paper pattern, it was pretty much certain that HNLU can draft any kind of a paper and they would not come in the firing ling (unlike CLAT 2012), they still deserve full credit for meticulous drafting (I'll come to the Mathematics questions later!) and quality of questions.