Analysis of Previous years CLAT cut-offs Marks

Expected cut-off for CLAT 2016, Analysis of Previous years CLAT cut-offs marks

Often the students wonder as to how much should one score to crack CLAT? While the question is not too difficult to answer, what remains ahead is a cross road of dilemma. The students can know about the CLAT cut-offs and analyze how much they should target to make it to the entrance exam. This way, they can find out what score is good to get admission in NLU.

The cut-off list of CLAT depends upon three most important parameters, viz.:

  1. Difficulty level of the CLAT entrance exam
  2. Performance of the candidates in examination
  3. The vacant seats that need to be filled in a college

Candidates who have geared up for CLAT 2016 need to know how much they should target to get admission in NLU. What score should be considered as a standard? While this can be known only once you have given the exam, but the analysis of previous years CLAT cut-offs can give you a fair idea about how to strategize for CLAT 2016 and what score to target? Let us have a look at this detailed analysis for CLAT 2015 cut-off.

What is CLAT 2015 Cut-Off List?

The previous year’s CLAT entrance exam was conducted by Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow. The CLAT 2015 cut-off list was declared on May 20, 2015. This is the score that candidates should have secured in the entrance exam to get a seat in the NLU for 3-year undergraduate programme or 2-year post graduate programme.

CLAT 2015 was the first online-based law admission exam, because it was in this year that the pattern was changed. CLAT is basically a gateway to sixteen different National Law Universities present in India. Approximately 39,686 applicants had registered for CLAT 2015 online in comparison to 31,231 candidates who appeared in 2014.

The total marks of CLAT: Understanding the CLAT exam pattern

CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is a 200-marks entrance exam including 200 questions, all of which need to be completed in 2 hours time duration. The exam judges a candidate on five core subject areas, namely:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  • Legal Aptitude

Every correct answer gives a student 1 mark and for every wrong answer, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks.

Analysis of CLAT 2015 Exam

The previous year CLAT entrance exam was a complete shocker for students. In comparison to the CLAT previous years question papers, CLAT 2015 was tougher.  The candidates who appeared for this exam had different reactions. However, the common verdict of all the students was that the paper was nothing what they expected.

In such situations, only ample practice of free online mock tests for CLAT and right strategy can help students cope up with the panic. The non-familiar questions in CLAT 2015 confused many candidates.

In CLAT 2015, the GK and Legal Aptitude sections were complete shockers. Logical reasoning was also Math-based, which again gave birth to difficulty. However, the competence of any candidate in the Math section can give them an edge and a score that is good to get admission in top NLUs.

Here is our section-wise analysis of CLAT 2015 question paper that will definitely help you in strategizing well.

Section-wise analysis of previous years CLAT cut-off

  1. English including Comprehension: This section carries 40 marks. In CLAT 2015, these 40 marks or 40 questions were divided as follows-
  • 15 reading comprehension questions
  • 6 cloze test questions
  • 5 synonyms
  • 5 summary-based questions

Apart from these, there were conventional questions, such as, para jumbles, grammar and error spotting. What was missing from CLAT 2015 question paper was questions based on Idioms & Phrases and Foreign Words.

Our analysis and tip to candidates for English section of CLAT: In such a pattern, it is possible for the candidates to attempt almost 30 or more questions with ease, provided they have thorough practice of CLAT exam.

  1. Mathematics: This section carries 20 marks. It is the most scoring section since there is no scope of getting the marks deducted. The real Math skills of candidates are tested in this section. One can get full marks in this section with proper practice and understanding. In previous year CLAT entrance exam, these 20 marks were divided into questions based on-
  • Finding the last missing digits from huge exponent
  • Calculation-based questions
  • Simplification-based questions

While the first kinds of questions were just like CAT entrance exam, it would also not be wrong to say that such questions stumped candidates and they were not expecting them in CLAT exam. Simplification as well as calculation based questions were easily solvable. What was missing in this section was percentage-based questions.

Our analysis and tip to candidates for Mathematics section of CLAT: In such a scenario, a good candidate with confidence can easily score 12-15 marks by attempting this many questions correctly and with determination.

  1. General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This section carries 50 marks in CLAT exams. This section is always the most surprising one for the candidates since there is nothing fixed here. More and more practice and regular update of latest news can help the candidates score well to match the cut-off for CLAT 2016.

However, in the previous year’s CLAT entrance, this section was the most shocking one for candidates because more than half of the questions came from current affairs. CLAT official website, however, claimed that Static GK and Current Affairs had equal weightage of marks.

Our analysis and tip to candidates for GK and current affairs section of CLAT: In this section, according to us, it was possible for the candidates to score more than 35 marks, at least. A regularly-updated student would have immensely benefitted in this section in CLAT 2015. So, for the candidates appearing for CLAT 2016, it is highly recommended that regular reading of newspapers should be done.

  1. Logical Reasoning: This section carries 40 marks in CLAT examination. The candidates often find this section the most difficult of all. So, how to prepare for the most difficult section of CLAT 2016? In order to prepare well for CLAT logical reasoning section, the students should know what happened in CLAT 2015. The 40 questions in logical reasoning section included-
  • Coding –decoding
  • Blood relations questions
  • Passage based critical reasoning

The candidates were shocked to see that most of these questions were Math-based, which means that logical reasoning of CLAT 2015 was a time-consuming section.

Our analysis and tip to candidates for Logical reasoning section of CLAT: In this section, no matter how much you would have prepared well for CLAT 2015, it wasn’t possible to score more than 30-32 marks because of time constraint. So, our suggestion for students appearing for CLAT 2016 is to remain mentally prepared for a surprise in Logical Reasoning and take as many online mock tests for CLAT, as you can. This will help you build your confidence and manage time well. Make sure that you do not take a lot of time in one question since it will eat up the time of more-scoring sections.

  1. Legal Aptitude: This section of CLAT carries 50 marks for 50 questions. In the previous year’s question paper, this section was claimed by CLAT official, to be based on set pattern, i.e., principle-facts based questions. Truly, there were 30 such questions, which were simple to attempt.

Around 20 questions, however, came from current legal news facts and legal aptitude, purely. Not too difficult to attempt, but these questions were a little tricky for a few candidates.

Our analysis and tip to candidates for Legal Aptitude section of CLAT: In this section, a good candidate could have easily score more than 40 marks with proper practice and good preparation.

Overall analysis of CLAT 2015 cut-off

It can be seen that the candidates who prepare well for Logical Reasoning and Math sections can score well in a paper of this kind. Overall, the CLAT 2015 was tougher than its predecessors. The candidates had to literally run on their heels to match up the cut-off list of CLAT 2015. Because of the difficulty level, the cut-off took a sink.

Expected cut-off for CLAT 2016

Based on the overall analysis of CLAT 2015 cut-off list, here is our expected cut-off for CLAT 2016. We are estimating that on an average, the top law colleges/ universities will have 125-140 marks as the cut-off for general category. But, this is not the final cut-off for CLAT 2016. The final list will only come once the exam is over and we can analyze the CLAT 2016 entrance exam. In order to secure a seat in the desired university, target at least 140-150 marks in CLAT 2016.

Here is our expectation for following universities CLAT 2016 cut-off list:

Name of the University/Institute/College Expected Cut-off CLAT 2016
1.       National Law School of India University 140
2.       National Academy of Legal Studies and Research 137
3.       National Law Institute University 129
4.       National Law University Jodhpur 126
5.       Gujarat National Law University 124
6.       Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University 122
7.       Chanakya National Law University 119


So, now that you have seen how much you have to score in every section and what is the expected cut-off for CLAT 2016, you can prepare accordingly with proper planning and right strategy.

We wish you all the best for CLAT 2016 exam preparation!


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