CLAT Sample Paper 2 Analysis – Section Wise
- March 24, 2020
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Exam Analysis
The English section showed a new range of writing in its passages. One could see sociology, fiction
and nuanced history. These topics aside one sees the same style in questions in RCs; theme, fact
based and inference based. This time as well two options were far and wide and could be eliminated
A new entrant in the paper is passage – based grammar. You must’ve seen it in our CP mocks; 24
onward. This added with vocabulary – based questions gives the candidates some relief from only
reading. Basic questions on ARTICLES, DETERMINERS, PREPOSITIONS and TENSES have been
We can also expect some summary questions, or other paragraph based questions. What does not
change is the philosophy behind the paper. Which is not rote learning type questions will be asked.
Overall the English section was easy. A good score here will be around 25–28 marks.
METHOD OF STUDY
One should continue practicing reading and comprehension. Purple books should suffice. Old mocks
and past year papers.
You can add grammar practice from the practice books. Will help in that one question set.
- The passages have been taken from several opinion articles on contemporary issues. They are
based either on Constitutional Law or on some general principles of law which cannot be
restricted to any straitjacket field.
- The length of the passages is quite short. Some are as small as 153 words while the largest one
does not seem to be more than 400 words.
- The questions are playing around one or two principles of the passage. So, it is possible that
while a student may answer all the questions under a passage correctly, it is also possible that
she may simply get all of them wrong by missing that one principle which was focussed in all
the questions. This makes these questions almost a zero–sum game.
Change in the study pattern:
- There isn’t any drastic change required. The hitherto approach of focusing on the on–going
issues of legal importance and good conceptual understanding of a few basics of Constitutional
Law should suffice
- However, given the size of the questions, it is important that students focus on concentrating
on all principles given in the passage and answering questions accurately. As time is not a big
challenge, it is likely that most candidates will attempt their entire paper. Hence, it is now a test
Reasonable Score: Scoring a 40/40 is not a difficult task. I have a couple of students in CP who
have already done this in this paper. But, to be sure of a Top 100 rank, a score of 36–38 is a must,
unless appropriately compensated by another section.
The paper has no errors and the rationale given for each answer is quite good. It appears to have been
made with a lot of effort and forethought.
CR was the same fare as the previous sample paper. A well covered range of all question types from
evidence family (weaken and assumption questions), inference and conclusion and structure
questions (role played by sentences, one on parallel reasoning).
A new entrant in this paper was deductive logic. And from this paper we can conclude that the
question, when its says use both statements, it means it. So SINGLE STATEMENT ANSWERS IN
THIS CASE ARE OUT.
A good score will be 19–21 marks
WHAT TO STUDY
Here nothing changes. CR, Single statement questions and DEDUCTIVE and Conditionals.
- In paper 1 arrangements were asked, while in paper 2 they asked Blood relation, number and
letter series but number of ques are only 6 and 4 respectively.
So one thing is sure no of questions must not be more than 8. But they can ask all variety of questions
which we teach in classroom. All questions are doable though.
Paper 1 more calculative + they have asked a caselet based on tsd concept while in paper 2 they have
asked a reasoning based DI along with calculation based. Paper 2 is more analytical than paper 1. So
student must cover variety of questions based on Calculation based DI As well as Reasoning based
DI. But both papers are easy to moderate level.
- Student must also cover all conceptual topics like TSD, basic algebra(only linear equations),
percentages, averages, Ratio, Work–Time etc and even probability because on any topic they
can ask caselet type questions like we have asked in mocks.
- If we give 15 mins time for this section, 10–12 is good attempt.
GK section of the latest sample paper, released by CLAT CONSORTIUM, was quite good. There was
only one passage, based on ART AND CULTURE, that troubled all the students. Except that all other
passages were average. The average score could have been 26 to 28 in this section and 30+ could
have been a good score. The questions are intended to test the depth of understanding of different
There is also one topic mentioned in the UG CLAT SYLLABUS i.e. HISTORICAL EVENTS OF
CONTINUING SIGNIFICANCE, that has not been asked in any of the two sample papers.
While the focus of the passage will be on recent events, questions may test you on HISTORICAL
INFORMATION related to such events.
After complete analysis of the paper, I think score above 120 will be required to get into the top 3
NLU’s, 110+ could get you to top 10 NLU’s and 95+ will get you a call from CLAT universities.
Reading , practicing and testing yourself through various mocks will help you all to crack the CLAT
- TOP 3 law schools – 128–134
- Top 10 law schools – 115 +
- 95 + for any NLU up to 3rd list