DU LLB Entrance Exam 2018 is Complete!
LLB Entrance students everywhere, rejoice! The DU LLB Entrance 2018 exam is finally done. India’s toughest and oldest law entrance exam, for admission into India’s most prestigious Law school, the Faculty of Law at Delhi University, is finally complete. The exam was conducted completely online this time, the first time something like this was attempted by DU. It was not without its share of glitches and issues, but by and large the exam was conducted smoothly.
DU LLB Entrance 2018 Question Paper and Solutions Download
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DU LLB Entrance 2018 Paper Analysis and Cutoff Prediction
As students would know, DU changed the pattern of the LLB Entrance paper in 2017. This was the first time in over a decade that DU had tweaked the pattern, and it took the entire student population by surprise. The pattern was changed from 175 questions to 100. DU stuck to the same pattern in 2018 as well. The major change was that the paper moved online. So instead of students having to fill up a physical OMR sheet using pen or pencil, this time students had to sit at a computer and select their answers from a computer screen.
Of course, this also meant that the paper was not available until DU released it. Now that it has been released, let us examine the paper section by section.
Legal Aptitude and Awareness
As before, DU asked questions from Constitution, Polity, Legal GK, Legal Aptitude and Principle-Fact-Decision in this section. No major surprises in this section from a syllabus point of view. A student who is thorough with the Indian Constitution and the main tenets of Criminal Law and the Contract Act would have been able to bank plenty of marks in this section. As before, we (DLA) were able to successfully predict many questions, and several others were just trivial modifications of questions that Madan Sir had discussed in our Live Doubt Sessions. On the whole, the difficulty level was the same as the previous year.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
Most students found this section tough. However, this is to be expected, since by definition there is no fixed syllabus for GK or Current Affairs. Preparing for and anticipating what is to come in this section is mostly an experience-driven art, which is where a good coaching institute can add value. Students who self-prepare usually find this section much tougher than others. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that most GK / General Awareness books available in the market cater to the UPSC pattern, which is much deeper than what is required for DU LLB Entrance.
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. This section was perceived to be tougher last year, and a similar standard has been maintained this year as well. Overall, this was not an easy section.
As in 2017, the RC passages were not easy in this section. This is a different trend from earlier years, when RC passages were mostly based on popular literature. DU seems to be requiring a higher competence in English Comprehension from its students, and perhaps the tougher RC passage is a way towards that. If students were well-prepared with high-quality RC passages, then the passages in the 2018 exam would not have been too difficult. However, someone who had simply practiced past papers of DU LLB would have found themselves in trouble. We again noticed that once one read the passage, one could find many of the answers directly in the text itself. The remainder of the section was completely along expected lines, and would not have caused any trouble to well-prepared students.
It was widely anticipated that DU would boost the toughness of the LR section since the exam was announced to be online. The LR section could be considered somewhat of a mixed bag. On one hand, the usual mix of questions were present – Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Direction Problems. On the other hand, DU reverted to the pattern from 10 years ago and gave a whole lot of Critical Reasoning questions. DLA students who regularly attended our Live Doubt Sessions would remember the frequent debates with Vivek Sir on this very issue. Luckily, our strategy of providing solid content on Critical Reasoning paid off in spades for our 2018 student batch, who had no trouble handling Statement-Assertion and Logical Deduction types of questions.
Classic 5-question Logical Puzzles were once again conspicuous by their absence. To summarize, this section was tougher than previous years, primarily because of the inclusion of plenty of questions on Critical Reasoning.
Maths was another section where DU was expected to amp up the toughness and take advantage of the online exam format. Thankfully, this did not happen. In fact, the Maths section was slightly simpler than 2017. One may recall that in our analysis of the 2017 paper, we had called out the surprisingly high level of Maths asked. This year’s questions on the other hand were of a medium level of difficulty. Any student who prepared somewhat seriously would have been able to solve the questions. Of course, since there are so few Maths questions in the paper, completely ignoring this section is also a valid, albeit risky strategy.
Other Smaller But Significant Things
This is the first time that DU conducted the exam completely online. We at DLA have been predicting that this was inevitable, given the various paper leak and cheating scandals that have been plaguing various national-level exams. Our mock tests have always been online, and this ensured that DLA students were much better prepared.
Since the exam was completely online, it came with its set of glitches and quirks. We have heard from students that there were power outages and hardware issues at centers. These seem to be isolated issues. Overall, the paper seems to have been conducted smoothly.
Since the paper was online, the questions were not ordered into sections as they used to be earlier. This might have slightly affected students who had planned to attack the paper starting with their strongest sections first. In our view, this would have been compensated by the fact that it was easy to mark and return to questions, so this should not have been a major inconvenience.
Overall Paper and Cutoff Prediction
The GK and Logical Reasoning sections were tougher than last year. GK because it is a hard section to prepare for in any case, and LR because DU went back to basics and included a lot of Critical Reasoning. Having said that, there isn’t any section which we can call out as being ‘easy’. The remaining sections were at least at the level of previous year’s papers.
Coming to the cutoff predictions, we think that the cutoff for the General Category should be around 55% to 60%.
As usual, all possible disclaimers apply – fundamentally, this is an educated guess from our side. Cutoffs for OBC, SC, ST would be correspondingly lower.
However you think you may have performed, the exam is done for 2018! Take a deep breath, and make sure you relax!
By all means, go through our solutions, cutoff predictions and whatnot, 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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