CLAT 2016 Exam: CLAT Exam AnwerKeys, CLAT Questions Doubts, Queries & Question issues

CLAT 2016: Answer key objections and explanation, CLAT 2016 Question Doubts,CLAT 2016 Question Queries

Query1: (Logical Reasoning)

  1. Id: 2185952610

Given Answer: The nature of light is an enigma.

Our Answer: None of the given options are correct.

Explanation: AILET 2010 had the same question. CLAT 2016 paper changed 3 answer options including the right answer as per the AILET 2010 answer key.  The correct answer given by CLAT 2016 ‘The nature of light is an enigma’ was marked incorrect by AILET 2010.

Also, the answer given by CLAT committee is incorrect as the main statement talks about the dual nature of light whereas the correct answer option does not talk about the dual nature. It just says ‘the nature of light…..’. Therefore it cannot be the correct answer.

Similarly other options also don’t fit the question asked. Therefore none of the options are correct.

*The correct answer as per AILET 2010 was ‘It is surprising and puzzling that according to one study, light is made up of one type of constituents and according to another, light is made up of another type of constituents.


QUERY 2: (Logical Reasoning)

  1. Id: 2185952607

Given Answer: Sometimes animals are aggressive.

Our Answer: All animals are always aggressive.


Explanation 1: Animals are seldom aggressive.

This above statement can be restated as

All Animals are rarely aggressive. i.e. All Animals are not often aggressive.

Not often will mean that ‘atleast once it won’t happen’.

Therefore to make the above statement false, we should say that it always happens.

Therefore Animals are always aggressive should be correct.

Or All animals are always aggressive.


Explanation 2: According to Question id: 2185952608 the statement ‘Men always pray to God’ was negated/falsified as ‘Men seldom pray to God’ as per the official answer key released by the CLAT 2016 committee which clearly reflects that the CLAT Committee has take negation of always as seldom. Therefore, the vice versa will also be true i.e. negation of seldom should be always which is applicable in the above question Q. Id 2185952607 too.


QUERY 3: (Logical Reasoning)

  1. Id: 2185952581 (Assumption II: Mr. X may reach the University on Wednesday)

Given Answer: Assumption II is implicit.

Our Answer: Neither I nor II should be implicit.

Explanation 1:

For a Correct Assumption  Negation of correct Assumption should lead to negation of statement.

Negation of Assumption II: Mr. X may not reach the University on Wednesday.

Considering the above statement to be true, this negated assumption does not negate the original statement i.e. I can still say that ‘To attend a convocation ceremony scheduled to be held on Thursday at GM University, Chennai, Mr. X left for Chennai on Tuesday by train.

Therefore Assumption II should not be true.

Explanation 2: The stated assumption II is more of an inference rather than an assumption.

Explanation 3: The correct assumption has to be that he shall reach before the meeting starts and not necessarily on Wednesday. Therefore it may be true may nor be true. Therefreo in sucha a case we wont take it as a correct assumption. Even though the assumption has used the word ‘may’, still it should not be considered as the correct assumption.


QUERY 4: (English Language)

  1. Id 2185952441

Given Answer: a descriptive essay

Our Answer: Two answers should be correct

  1. a) a descriptive essay (as per the answer key)
  2. b) an expository essay (Reason: expository means intended to explain or describe something)

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QUERY 5:  (Mathematics)

  1. Id: 2185952506

Given Answer: Rs. 15

Our Answer: No answer can be derived


ISSUE 1: The framing of the question is ambiguous.

‘Rs. 20 shares‘ is ambiguous and not comprehensible.

Also, if anything can be derived from the same cannot be derived by at the ‘elementary mathematics’.


ISSUE 2:  As per the syllabus released on the CLAT committee’s website under the head Paper Pattern and Syllabus, it is clearly mentioned that the ambit of test shall be elementary mathematics up to class X. Topics on shares and capital structure do not feature anywhere in CBSE or any other state board’s syllabus. It is learnt after X. Also words like dividend are technical terms of finance and cannot be understood at the elementary mathematics level.


QUERY 6: (English Language)

  1. Id 2185952414

Given Answer: Knock at

Our Answer: Knock on and knock at both are correct

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QUERY 7: (Legal Aptitude)

  1. Id: 2185952542

Given Answer- ‘B’ abetted ‘A’ to kill ‘C’

Correct Answer- ‘B’ has not abetted ‘A’ to kill ‘C’.

Explanation- The principle clearly states that mere acquiescence does not amount to instigation. In the facts provided, A informs B of his intention to kill C. The acquiescence on B’s part however doesn’t make B liable for instigating A to kill C.

QUERY 8: (Logical Reasoning)

Question ID: 2185952616

Given Answer- Chief Justice of India

Correct Answer- Multiple answers are possible

Explanation- The question can be seen from various angles, each leading to a different but valid answers.

  1. Argument for Solicitor General being the correct answer- Chief Justice of India, Attorney General of India and Advocate General are constitutional post whereas the post of Solicitor General stands out from the lot not being a post given by the Constitution of India.
  2. Argument for Advocate General being the correct answer- Chief Justice of India, Attorney General of India and Solicitor General are offices of the Union in the federal structure of India whereas the Advocate General is an office at the State in the Indian Federation.

Share your thoughts/queries here!

  • Angela Dua

    Query 2: Not asking for negation, they’ve asked what means the same.

  • Nerice

    I thought I’d have to read a book for a dicovsery like this!