CLAT 2021: Check out previous question paper analysis and mistakes to avoid this year

Previous years’ CLAT analysis shows that if you avoid these mistakes, you greatly improve your scoring chances. Check out what these costly mistakes are.

CLAT 2021: Check out previous question paper analysis and mistakes to avoid this year CLAT 2021 will be conducted on July 23, in offline mode. (Image credit: Shutterstock)
shubham.bhakuni | Jul 12, 2021 - 1:11 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The national-level law entrance exam, CLAT 2021, will be conducted on July 23, 2021. The admit card of CLAT 2021 is expected to be released in a few days. With less than 15 days remaining for the examination, candidates should now give a final touch to their CLAT preparation. One of the most important aspects of CLAT preparation is checking the previous year’s paper and analyzing the difficulty level, questions pattern, and weightage. These inputs can help you adopt a more effective exam strategy.
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By referring to the analysis of the previous year’s CLAT questions paper, you may also be able to identify problems faced by the aspirants last year. This practice will help you gain some tactical advantage.

Here is an analysis of the previous year CLAT paper.

Difficulty level

Last year, the difficulty level of CLAT was moderate. Only a few questions in the mathematics section and current affairs were difficult.

English Language

In this section, many students found comprehension passages difficult to understand. Focussing to test the reading ability of candidates, questions were asked from vocabulary, figure of speech, idioms and phrases

Quantitative Techniques

It was one of the most tricky and lengthy sections in CLAT. Students who were genuinely good with numeric ability could answer the questions from this section comfortably, while many candidates found it difficult to answer. Experts later suggested that candidates should avoid excessively tricky questions and try to complete the test paper instead of dedicating more time to one or two lengthy questions.

Logical Reasoning

This section was moderate to tough in terms of difficulty. Questions were asked from critical reasoning as well as analytical reasoning. Candidates with conceptual clarity were better positioned to answer questions with accuracy.

Legal Aptitude

Legal aptitude had most of the questions from current legal affairs and events. Candidates who were well acquainted with current events of the past six-seven months and had a knowledge of legal terminologies were able to answer more questions.

General Knowledge

Questions in general knowledge were not factual, instead, most questions were analysis based. Candidates who were well aware of the current events of national and international importance were able to use their conceptual understanding to answer questions.
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Mistakes to avoid this year

  1. Not reading the questions carefully

A big chunk of questions asked in CLAT will be based on comprehension passages that candidates will be required to read before answering any question. In analytical abilities and English comprehension sections, the passages tend to be more tricky and difficult to comprehend. Hence, candidates will have to read the passages carefully. Candidates should ask these six questions for better comprehension: Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How.

  1. Taking a lot of time to answer questions

Last year, many candidates told Careers360 that they couldn’t complete their test on time mainly because they failed in managing their time. So, candidates are advised to take note of the time limitation while attempting the paper.

Spending too much time on a question may affect the overall test performance

  1. Negative marking

Candidates must stop making wild guesses to avoid negative marking, which can make a dent in the score. In analysis based questions, more than one answer option may appear correct, which may lead to more incorrect attempts based on guesswork resulting in high negative marking. Thus, candidates are advised to answer analysis based questions more carefully. It is recommended to answer such questions with the information given in the passage instead of applying prior knowledge.

  1. Not practising mock papers

Candidates who attempt the paper without solving sample papers and mock tests may find it difficult to complete the CLAT question paper within two hours. The mock tests will be very helpful in understanding the CLAT pattern, difficulty level and type of questions asked in the exam.

Regarding the importance of mock tests, Anand Kumar, CLAT 2020, AIR-5 told Careers360 that he solved around 28 mock tests on the new CLAT pattern. This helped him to work on his weak areas while preparing for the CLAT exam. He further says, “I was able to improve my accuracy and time management. And, this new pattern indeed requires mock test practice”.

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