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Examinees come out of Patna Science College after appearing in the Common Law Admission Test on Sunday.
Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) examinees were on Sunday stumped by tricky logical reasoning questions at the examination held at two centres in the city.

The entrance was held at Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) and Patna Science College in Bihar, where around 1,600 students appeared for the test.

In two hours, examinees had to solve 200 questions on English, logical reasoning, general knowledge, legal aptitude and mathematics.

The English and logical reasoning sections comprised 40 questions each, while general knowledge and legal aptitude comprised 50 questions each and 20 questions were set from mathematics. Each question carried one mark with deduction of .25 marks for every negative answer.

The concept of negative marking in CLAT test was introduced last year.

The examinees coming out of the examination centres claimed that logical reasoning questions were as tricky as banking questions are. Shivani Singh, a student of AG Mission Church School, Bettiah, said: “The questions were easy, leaving aside logical reasoning. The questions on general knowledge were mainly from history, geography and current affairs.”

Shivani, whose father is a businessman, said she wanted to pursue legal education as a good lawyer can assist a businessman. This year, around 1,556 students appeared for the test from two centres in Bihar, which is comparatively lesser than previous year.

CNLU registrar S.P. Singh said: “The trend of many students from Bihar taking the test from Jharkhand and New Delhi has led to a dip in the number of students in the state.”

According to sources for admission in these 14 law universities, there would be a scramble for around 1,700 seats and this year, around 40,000 students have appeared for CLAT.

Registrar Singh said: “Based on the high court directive, Tamil Nadu National Law School has agreed to become a partner in CLAT.” Sources said though there is no cut-off marks, any student getting 130 marks out of 200 marks has a good chance of clearing the test.

Chandramohan Kumar, another law examinee, said: “Last year, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, and NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, took admission of students having cut-off marks of 135-140 marks, while at CNLU, Patna, the cut-off was 112.”

CLAT is the most prestigious law entrance test on the basis of which admission is taken at 15 law universities, including NLSIU, Bangalore, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU), West Bengal National University of Jurisdical Sciences (WBNUJS), Calcutta, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, Chanakya National Law University, Patna, NUSRL, Ranchi, and others.


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