DU LLB Entrance 2017 is Over!
Pat yourself on the back, take a deep breath – the DU LLB Entrance 2017 exam is over! This time DU kept us all on tenterhooks right upto the date of the exam, with delays and postponements and new announcements coming out almost every second day. The paper pattern changed for the first time in over a decade, and for a time it looked like the number of seats was going to reduce by almost 900. Finally though, as we know, the number of seats remained the same at 2310.
Question Paper and Solutions Download
Without spending any more time, let’s get straight to the point – if you want to download the DU LLB 2017 Entrance Exam Question Paper and full detailed solutions, just click the buttons below:
Please note: the question paper and solutions are for SET B. Match the questions according to your set and then compare the answers.
Also note: several questions have ambiguities and errors, which we have pointed out in the solutions. We will also be dealing with them in greater detail below.
Paper Analysis and Cutoff Prediction
This was the first time in over a decade that DU changed the pattern of the question paper. As we all know by now, the paper was of 100 questions rather than the 175 questions that everyone is used to. Since the time limit remained the same at 2 hours, it was widely expected that the paper would be much tougher this year.
However, this was not strictly the case. Let us examine the paper section by section.
Legal Aptitude and Awareness
This is the section which deals with Constitution, Polity, Legal GK, Legal Aptitude and Principle-Fact-Decision type of questions. The questions here were more or less along expected lines, with no real surprises as such. A student who was well prepared with Polity and Legal Aptitude would have been able to score well in this section. Of special note was the fact that several questions were straight from the Delhi Law Academy study material, and have even been discussed in the Live Doubt Sessions in the past.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
In this section DU definitely threw a spanner in the works. The Current Affairs questions were universally acknowledged to be much tougher than anticipated. Several of the GK questions were also quite tough. However, it is possible that some of these questions may be struck off due to the potential ambiguities, as we shall see later. Students would have had to be completely thorough with Current Affairs for the last 12 months to be able to score well in this section. Overall, this was an area where one could clearly feel that the difficulty level had been taken up a few notches.
The big surprise in this section was the RC passage, which was tougher than usual and was a Law-based essay. It required careful reading and understanding. A student who had practiced with slightly tougher RC passages in the past would have been able to see past the convoluted structure and divine the answers – many of the answers were given directly in the passage itself. The rest of the questions were along expected lines and would not have really bothered a well-prepared student.
There was no logical puzzle this time – instead, the Coding-Decoding question was structured as a puzzle. Questions were along expected lines, and were not unduly tough either. Again, in this section DU has maintained the status quo and given questions from usual parts of the syllabus. The level of toughness was also predictable. In the run up to the examination, this was one of the areas where it was expected that much tougher questions may be formulated, but as it turned out, that was not the case.
Surprisingly, the level of Maths questions asked this time were significantly higher than in previous years. There were only 5 questions, which was in line with the established pattern. However, the kind of questions asked were certainly tougher than what DU has usually tested in the Maths section in the past. Most students who give the DU LLB exam are not from a Maths background, and hence this area tends to be a bugbear. This year’s questions would not have given them any relief or respite. Even for a well-prepared student, the Maths questions would have been challenging.
Overall Paper and Cutoff Prediction
There isn’t any section which we can call out as being ‘easy’. All the sections were either at the level of previous year’s papers, or tougher. There were a few errors and ambiguities in the paper, which we will be discussing below. But overall, given the pattern change and short notice of events, it was a remarkably well-balanced paper. We believe that the cutoff for the General Category would be between 225 and 235.
Of course, all possible disclaimers apply – at the heart of it, this is an educated guess from our side. Cutoffs for OBC, SC, ST would be correspondingly lower.
Ambiguities and Possible Errors
As we have mentioned, and as several students have also pointed out on our Facebook page, there were several questions that had errors and ambiguities. This is normal, and should not be a source of panic. Each year, there are always some questions where ambiguities exist. Typically what happens is that DU opens a window of time where it is possible for students to submit issues and problems with the paper to them. Then they take these issues into account and examine them for validity. Finally, they release a revised and final answer key, in which the questions with ambiguities and errors are removed from scoring.
To take an example – if students submit that Question 24 has an error, and DU accepts that Q24 has an error, then Q24 is removed from the scoring and the score is calculated from 99 questions only, not 100.
What were the errors?
Let’s examine the questions with issues one by one.
Question: Who was the first Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha?
A) Jagjivan Ram
B) Ram Suhag Singh
C) Y. B. Chavan
D) Sharad Pawar
Issue: The Leader of the Opposition is the politician who leads the official opposition in either House of the Parliament of India. The post received statutory recognition through the Salary and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act, 1977 which defines the term “Leader of the Opposition” as that member of the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha who, for the time being, is the Leader of that House of the Party in Opposition to the Government having the greatest numerical strength and recognized, as such, by the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha or the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. As in the given question Alphabet “L” and “O” are given in capital that could mean that the question is referring to recognized opposition leader and thus the answer would be C i.e. Y. B. Chavan.
The second possibility is the opposition leader of 1st lok sabha was A. K. Gopalan, until then the post of opposition of leader was not recognized. Of course, this is not an option.
The third possibility could be option B, as in the 4th Lok sabha election the Indian National Congress (INC) satisfied the criteria of 10% of vote and thus Dr. Ram Suhag Singh was elected as the Opposition leader.
Question: The Legislative Assembly of each states shall consists of……..
A) Not more than five hundred fifty and not less than fifty members
B) Not more than fifty hundred and not less than sixty members
C) Not more than four hundred and not less than seventy members
D) Not more than and not less than as many members as decided by parliament.
Issue: The official answer key gives B, but we feel the right answer is D because there are states such as Assam, Goa etc which have less than 60 members, and this is because Parliament has passed amendments which allow this to happen.
Question: Justice social, economic and politieal is…..
A) A Directive Principle of states policy taken into account while making law
B) An ideal enshrined in the preamble to the constitution of India
C) Guaranteed by fundamental Rights in the constitution of India
D) Guaranteed by Supreme Court though its writ jurisdiction
Issue: The answer could be either A or B, as the same language is present in both DPSPs and the Preamble
Question: Find out the incorrect match :
A) Tim Cook: Apple
B) Sundar Pichai: Google
C) Kunal Bahl and Binny Bansal: Snapdeal
D) Brian Acton: Amazon
Issue: Both option C and D could be the correct answer. Snapdeal was founded by Rohit Bansal and Kunal Bahl, and Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos.
Question: To which of the following court, though now non-operational, does equity owe its origin?
A) Curia Regis
B) House of Lords
C) Privy Council
D) Court of Chancery
Issue: The official answer key gives C, but the passage clearly states “Equity is the case law developed by the Court of Chancery which is now defunct.”
Question: Pick the odd one out:
Issue: The official answer key gives D, but we feel that the right answer should be B because river is the only moving body of water, the remaining are not. If the intention was to differentiate between freshwater and saltwater bodies, there are many saltwater lakes too, so that would fail.
Question: Pick the odd one out:
Issue: The answer would be B if the differentiator is herbivores vs carnivores, but the answer would be D if the differentiator is mammals vs non-mammals. Again, there is not enough information given in the question to decide.
What Can a Student Do?
As we mentioned, DU typically opens a window of time for students to submit issues with the paper. Usually this is done by email, with documentary proof and evidence for the issues. We will update on our Facebook page once we come to know the relevant information for 2017.
As we began by saying – for better or for worse, the exam is done for this year! You deserve a well-earned break, so make sure you take some time for yourself!
By all means, go through our solutions, cutoff predictions and whatnot, and do raise issues with DU as and when you can, but remember – the results will be out in a few days and everything will become clear then.
Until then, all the best!
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