CLAT 2018 Exam Analysis - Straight from the Exam Centre!

Vinod Sharma updated on : 15 May 2018

CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis aims to help students understand the difficulty level and to some extent analyze how high the CLAT exam cut-off can go this time.

CLAT Exam Analysis

CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis – As we all know that Common Law Admission Test 2018 was conducted on May 13, 2018 in the later section 3 PM to 5 PM. The exam was conducted successfully. Even though the paper was set along the expected lines but the thing remains that it was tougher than CLAT 2017.

Keeping aside the chaos and some incidents of inefficiencies in conducting the CLAT 2018 exam owing to the technical glitches, the test was conducted successfully.  The paper pattern, as expected, was similar to that of last year, but some changes have been noticed in the GK and Elementary Mathematics. Since the paper was tougher than the years gone by, the cut-off is expected to fall.

CLAT 2018 Exam: First Reaction

The overall difficulty level of the CLAT 2018 exam turned out to be 'Moderate.' All the sections contained moderate questions. Most of the questions were asked from the CLAT 2018 syllabus. When asked about any technical issues, most of the students said it was very smooth without any glitches.

For the marking scheme, the total number of questions was 200, and one mark each will be rewarded for each correct answer and 0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer.

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern, Marks Distribution, Difficulty Level

Before we go on discussing the tenants of CLAT exam 2018 conducted on May 13, 2018, it is but imperative to know the section wise breakup of the CLAT 2018 exam.


No. of Questions

Expected Attempts

Difficulty Level

G.K./Current Affairs




Legal Aptitude








Logical Reasoning




Elementary Mathematics








CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis: GK/Current Affairs Section

The total number of questions asked in this section were 50. If we talk about the GK section in CLAT 2018, it was quite different to that of last year’s paper. A total number of questions on national issues are 10 and were easy. The section also has five questions on international affairs, which were moderate to difficult. Six questions were on sports were moderately difficult, whereas three questions on books as well as authors were quite easy. In addition to this, five questions on awards were also easy, whereas three questions on science and technology were difficult. It is expected that those who have marked 34-38 questions correctly in this section might be in good position.

CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis: Legal Aptitude Section

The legal aptitude section of CLAT 2018 had 50 questions in all. All the questions in this section were not the cakewalk but the section as a whole was relatively easy besides some trick questions. The section contained 17 questions on legal knowledge, four on statement assumptions and one or reasoning assertions. With seven questions from the law of torts, six from the law of contracts, and four on the constitution, the Legal Reasoning section was fairly distributed. The other question in the legal aptitude section of CLAT 2018 exam required basic reasoning on the part of aspirants and there was no for prior knowledge of Legal Aptitude. No questions whatsoever, like the last year, were asked from the fringe subject areas that include family law, intellectual property, and international law. Since most of the questions asked in the exam were direct and above all, easy, students who were familiar with CL-CST’s study material and have undergone the mock tests would have faced no problem at all.  

CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis: English Section

English section in the CLAT 2018 syllabus contains 40 questions. Like the last year, this section was easy to moderately difficult this year. It contained a long RC passage with 10 questions, which were, again, moderately difficult. In addition to this, there was a short section with just two questions. There were six questions on Cloze Test, idioms appeared four times and three easy questions each were on synonymous and sentence correction. The section also contained almost all sorts of questions on the subjects like paraphrasing, summary, correct word form pairs as well as inappropriate words. Attempting 33-35 questions correctly in this section can make a difference.

CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis: Logical Reasoning Section

This section in the CLAT 2018 exam contained 40 questions and there were easy at all mind you. This entire section was dominated by analytical reasoning, containing almost all sorts of questions that include, but surely not confined to, directions, arrangements, series, blood relations, ranking, coding as well as decoding. The section also included questions on odd-one-out and syllogism and were on the easier side. An attempt of 32-34 correct answers in this section is expected to be fairly good.

CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis: Elementary Mathematics Section

The Elementary Mathematics Section in the CLAT 2018 exam was of 20 marks and, undoubtedly, was one of the most difficult. This section has always been a challenge for those who are not from the science background. This year too, only 40 percent students had a science background. The section this time was unexpectedly calculation intensive and covered almost all sorts of topics. The questions were asked on the topics like time-speed-distance, probability, percentage, geometry, number system, profit-loss and discount. However, two questions on simplification were the surprise of this section. This section has a total of nine questions on Arithmetic and six from Algebra. An attempt of 10-12 questions correctly can prove to be a safe bet.  

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern




English Comprehension



General Knowledge and Current Affairs



Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)



Legal Aptitude



Logical Reasoning



CLAT 2017 Participating Institutes 



National Law School of India University (NLSIU)


National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL)


National Law Institute University (NLIU)


National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law (NALSAR)


Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU)


West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS)


National Law University (NLUJ)


Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)


Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL)


Chanakya National Law University (CNLU)


National Law University Odisha (NLUO)


Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)


National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS)


Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU)


National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJAA)


Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS)


Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU)


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