CLAT 2012 Paper Analysis


  • The exam was timed for 2 hours carrying 200 marks.
  • The test includes 5 sections: Mathematics, English, Logical reasoning, Legal aptitude and Constitution, GK and Current Affairs.
  • The marks distribution was as follows: Mathematics-19 Logical Reasoning-58, English-40, GK and Current affairs-50, Legal aptitude and Constitution- 33.
  • There was negative marking of one-fourth of a mark for each incorrect attempt.
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Section I-Mathematics

  • This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/standard.
  • The section was containing 19 questions.
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Section II- English

  • The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar.
  • The section was containing 40 questions from different areas.
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Section III- Logical Reasoning

  • The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc.
  • The section was containing reasoning based 58 questions.
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Section IV- Legal Aptitude and Constitution

  • This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied.
  • The section was containing 33 questions from different areas.
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Section V- GK and Current Affairs

  • The General knowledge will be tested on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
  • The section was containing 50 questions from different areas.
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Students felt that Mathematics and English appeared to be easy scoring, whereas the rest were a little tough. The sections that took students by surprise included general knowledge and legal aptitude.