Based on the feedback which we received from students and examinees all over India, here is our 'first impression' of the Common Law Admission Test or CLAT.
First, heave a sigh of relief....The paper was easy, and anyone who had put in systematic and meticulous hard work could have aced it!
Second, contrary to what many were apprehensive about, the paper was neatly divided into proper sections, so students did not have to relive the trauma of an examination, which was conducted not very long back.
Third, and most important, the hardcore academic part. Here goes:
English: It was incredibly easy, especially the sections on vocabulary and sentence-correction. The section on reading comprehension, on the effects of nuclear and biological warfare was not at all that difficult, and also made for quite a good read!
Logical reasoning: The emphasis was on analytical reasoning - blood relations and all that stuff. Strangely, critical reasoning almost totally paled in comparison, and there were hardly more than five questions from that subject.
General knowledge: The focus was on current events (they even asked one on World Tobacco Day, but mostly from 2006-07-08, so those who were prepared only on the events of 2008 were a tad disappointed. There was also some static GK, but it wasn't anything out of the world. Economics and government policies took up a chunk of the questions.
Legal knowledge: This was by far the easiest section, because everybody could answer most of the questions with aplomb. A significant thing to note: There was quite a lot of emphasis on the stuff and concepts we keep on hearing all around us, day in and day out. For example, the question on litigants, public holidays, accomplice, infanticide...The list can go on... What is important is that these terms, etc, were related to current events and controversies.
Mathematics: There were 20 questions in the math segment. The questions were mainly from percentage, PLD , ratio and proportion, time and work and time speed distance and simple interest. The questions were on expected lines and had no element of surprise. Last, but definitely not the least, the expected cut-off: It can be safely estimated that it would hover around 150-165 for the top three law schools.
All in all, a pretty good show, and we are sure, that all of you can go and let your hair down with gay abandon!
Courtesy, the LST (lawentrance.com) team