CLAT 2019 Paper Analysis, Difficulty Level, Ideal Attempts

CLAT 2019 was successfully conducted on May 26, 2019 from 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm at various exam centers across the country. CLAT Result is expected to be released on May 31, 2019. The exam was conducted in Pen-Paper (offline) mode. 

  • According to the experts, the overall difficulty level of CLAT 2019 was low.
  • In comparison to CLAT 2016, several questions in legal aptitude section were from legal reasoning which made the paper lengthy.
  • All the sections were easy but time-consuming. Surprisingly, no questions were asked from “Constitution of India” and Legal Knowledge. 
  • In the GK and Current Affairs section, 45-46 questions were from Current Affairs and rest 3-4 questions were static which was related to recent events.
  • The questions were asked from the events of the past 3-4 months.
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Below given is the section- wise analysis for CLAT 2019:

SectionNumber of QuestionsNumber of Good AttemptsLevel of Difficulty
General Knowledge5040-42Easy-Moderate
Elementary Mathematics2012-14Easy-Moderate
Logical Reasoning4034-35Easy
Legal Aptitude5040-42Easy-Moderate

It is expected that CLAT 2019 Cutoff will be below than that of CLAT 2016 cutoff and above CLAT 2017 and 2018 cutoff.

  • Expected Cutoff for Top Institute, NLSIU Bangalore for general category will range between 155-156.
  • For the top 3 NLUs, the cutoff will be in the range of 150-151.
  • For the top 5 NLUs, the cutoff will be in the range of 148- 149.

CLAT Previous Year Paper Analysis

The law entrance examination had 200 questions spread across five sections – Legal Aptitude, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, English and Elementary Mathematics. Each question had a weightage of one mark, and a negative marking of one-fourth marks was applicable for each incorrect answer.

Legal Aptitude

  • As per the experts, this was the easiest section.
  • It had close to 35 legal reasoning questions which were simple and direct.  
  • There were few questions on Legal Knowledge mostly based on the Constitution.
  • It had 8-10 Legal GK questions, including static LGK questions.
  • A score of around 36-37 can be considered as a safe score for this section.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

  • The questions were on predictable lines, i.e. questions were from Current Affairs.
  • Static GK questions (15 questions) dominated this section.
  • A few questions based on events in early 2017 were asked.
  • As the questions were straightforward, the difficulty level of the section was quite easy.

Logical Reasoning

  • This section had tricky questions, especially the 3 puzzles that were asked.
  • Questions were based on Blood relations, Coding & Decoding, Syllogisms, etc.
  • It was a relatively lengthy but easy section. 


  • Another predictable section, having one reading comprehension with 10 questions.
  • Different questions types were vocabulary (5 Ques.), sentence correction (5 Ques.), short paragraphs with one question each (4 – 6 Ques.).
  • This section can be considered as the most scoring section out of the lot.

Elementary Mathematics

  • This section was the most difficult and time consuming one out of all the sections.
  • The section was dominated by time and work, speed distance and time questions. 
  • Even good students did not have a serious attempt above 10-12.

Tabulated below is the section-wise breakup of CLAT 2018 (LLB Program) – 

SectionNo. of QuestionsGood attemptsScore (with 85 % accuracy)
Legal Aptitude5040-4233-35
GK & Current affairs5032-3326-27
Logical Reasoning4030-3225-26
Elementary Mathematics2010-118-9

CLAT 2017 Analysis

The national level law entrance examination was conducted for UG and PG Programs on the same day and time. The level and type of questions were different.

Legal Aptitude

The questions were from easy to moderate. Out of 50 questions, 35 questions were based on Principle Facts and 15 were Legal GK questions. The majority of students stated that the legal reasoning section was quite easy.

Legal reasoning section was dominated by contract law, criminal law followed by constitutional law and torts question. Surprisingly, there were no questions from Intellectual Property, Family Law or International law. In all, the section was from easy to moderate level.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Logical Reasoning

The difficulty level of this section was low. Questions were majorly from Arrangements, Directions, Blood Relations, Series, and Syllogisms. Verbal Reasoning had 12 questions based on analogy, vocabulary, odd one out and syllogisms. Questions on topics such as Statement Argument, Statement-Assumption were only one or two in number.


As per the analysis, the section was a bit lengthy and the reading comprehension was quite tricky. Again, the section was considered to be the most predictable one. Fill in the blanks, sentence correction, spelling correction, error detection questions dominated the section. The reading comprehension was lengthy (800 words) and tricky. There were no vocabulary based questions.

Elementary Mathematics

This section was the most difficult and time consuming one out of all the sections. The section was dominated by time and work, speed distance and time questions. There were no questions from geometry section.

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Tabulated below is the section-wise breakup of CLAT 2018 (LLB Program) – 

SectionNo. of QuestionsGood attemptsScore (with 85 % accuracy)
Legal Aptitude5039-4034-35
GK & Current affairs5030-3226-27
Logical Reasoning4034-3530-31
Elementary Mathematics2010-119-10

Student’s Reaction to LLB Paper

As per Aditya, the test paper was lengthy. “The exam was good, considering there were 200 questions and we had to complete it in two hours, I felt it was a bit lengthy. I left 5 questions. Other than that, the difficulty level of the paper was moderate”.

“I took a very long time to solve the math section, but then I think math is everybody’s weak point. Even though they were multiple-choice questions, we still had to devote a certain amount of time on each question, so time was an issue,” said Sanjana Mishra, a student.

Bhavya Kohli, a student of DL DAV Model School, Shalimar Bagh felt that CLAT 2018 was a balanced paper. “To me, GK was the most difficult section followed by Legal Aptitude. Math was a bit tough. Logical Reasoning, English and GK sections were fine. Questions asked in the Legal Aptitude section were a bit tricky”.

“The paper was moderate. For me, English, Math and GK were the easiest sections while reasoning and legal aptitude was a little more difficult,” said Arunima Bisht.

Gurmeet said, “If someone was thorough with their current affairs including the most recent events, GK would be easier for them.” Questions covered diverse topics ranging from Trump’s elevation as US President to the Juno spacecraft and recent French election.

CLAT 2017 PG Paper

As per the CLAT LLM test takers, the examination was moderately difficult. Law graduates expected more questions International Law and Contracts but questions on environmental law were asked. 

CLAT LLM paper had 150 questions spread across 3 sections, namely Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law and other law subjects. 

CLAT 2016 Paper Analysis

RGNLU Patiala conducted CLAT 2016 on May 8, 2016. As per the paper analysis, it was considered as the easiest Common Law Admission Test ever. The experts said the paper looked like CLAT 2014 conducted by GNLU.

Tabulated below is the section-wise breakup of CLAT 2016 (LLB Program) –

SectionNo. of QuestionsGood attemptsScoreLevel of Difficulty
Legal Aptitude5042-4440+Easy to Moderate
GK & Current affairs5043-4540+Moderate
Logical Reasoning4034-3530-33Easy to Moderate
Elementary Mathematics2010-129-10Moderate