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Yet again, 9 potential errors plague CLAT 2018 paper (as they did CLAT 2017, ‘16 and ‘15 too)

CLAT technology, yesterday
CLAT technology, yesterday

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 question paper had nine questions that were either wrongly framed or with the wrong answers marked in the answer key, according to CLAT mentor Rajneesh Singh.

One question in the CLAT 2018 paper’s language section (Question number 5), seven questions in the section on logical reasoning (Question numbers 105, 106 and four puzzle questions) and one question in the general knowledge section (Question 153) were potentially confusing or error ridden.

In last year’s CLAT, the convenor ultimately accepted 9 errors, though 7 further questions were still dubious or badly phrased.

In 2016, three corrections or cancellations were made to the answer key.

In 2015, at least 6 answers were almost certainly wrong, but an “expert committee” eventually concluded that all questions were correct, after a high court ordered the CLAT convenor to look at 15 questionable questions.

If you have identified any other errors or terrible questions in the 2018 CLAT, please post them in the comments.

Potential errors as identified by Singh in 2018’s CLAT:

Possible error 1

Q. No. : 5 - Directions: Identify the incorrect sentence/sentences.

A) The college has organized a science fare

B) This is to notify that a leather wallet has been lost

C) Shortly blood donation will begin a camp

D) The agenda of the meeting is available on the website.



1) B

2) C

3) D

4) A

CLAT Answer: 2) C

Correct answers – A as well as C Reason – Spelling of fare is wrong.

Nature of Error – There are two correct answers

Most justified Action – Accept both answers and reward one mark to both. No change for those who correctly marked option c. But extra marks for those who marked option A.

Possible error 2

Q. No. : 105 - Directions: Read the statement and on the basis of that, choose the most appropriate course of action(s) given below the statement.

Statement: Most of those who study in premier Medical colleges in India migrate to developed nations for better prospects in their professional pursuits.

Courses of Action:

I. All the students joining these colleges should be asked to sign a bond at the time of admission to the effect that they will remain in India at least for ten years after they complete their medical education.

II. All those students who desire to settle in the developed nations should be asked to pay the entire cost of their education which the government subsidised.


1) Only I follows

2) Only II follows

3) Both I and II follow

4) Neither I nor II follows

CLAT Answer: 2)

Correct answers – 4

Reason – The second one is a highly irrational course of action. This action is too extreme and impractical. [Ed note: And probably unconstitutional]

Nature of Error – Incorrect answer. The quality of question very poor

Most justified Action – change the answer

Potential error 3

Q. No. : 106 - Directions: Read the statement and on the basis of that, choose the most appropriate course of action(s) given below the statement.

Statement: Official data show more people died on Indian roads in 2016 than in 2015; UP and Tamil Nadu accounted for the largest numbers of fatalities.

Courses of Action:

I. Government should make a policy regulating the manufacturing of automobiles for private use.

II. Government should take steps to create awareness among the public about road safety.

III. Accidents can be avoided if the Government takes steps to make good roads.

IV. To eliminate accidents completely the Government should impose stringent punishments for traffic violations.


1) Only II and IV follow

2) Only II follows

3) Only III and IV follow

4) Only IV follows

CLAT Answer: 2

Correct answers – None of the options are correct but best option among these is option 1.

Reason – The first and third ones are also appreciable courses of actions but the best among all options will be the first option 1) as there are no better ways to control accidents than imposing punishments. “To eliminate accidents completely” - This term is not correct but the question requires us to focus on the action and not the result.

Nature of Error – Incorrect answer. Poor quality

Most justified Action – change the answer

Potential errors 4 to 8

Q. No. : 99 to 103 - Direction: Read the passage given below and answer the Question.

Ten friends attended a marriage, five of them Venkat, Manohar, Ravi, Prasanth and Tilak are sitting in a row facing North and other five friends Vidya, Maya, Divya, Keerthi and Anu are sitting in a row facing south not exactly in the same order. Each friend in a row is facing exactly one from the other row. One of them is using a Skoda Car. Manohar sits opposite to his friend who is using a Ford Car and sits at one of the extremes. The friend who uses a Honda car, is not Ravi who sits second to the right of Manohar. Venkat sits exactly in the middle of Ravi and the friend who uses a Nissan car is not Manohar. Keerthi does not sit at the extreme end but uses a Tata car and sits opposite the friend who uses a Fiat Car. The one who uses a Maruthi car sits opposite to the friend who is to the immediate left of Keerthi. The friend who uses a Toyota Car but not Anu, sits opposite Prasanth. Tilak does not sit at any of the extremes, but sits opposite the friend who uses a Chevrolet car, and is sitting adjacent to Divya and the friend who uses a Mahindra car. Vidya neither uses Chevrolet nor Toyota cars.

There is one minor error in the language.

“The friend who uses a Honda car, is not Ravi who sits second to the right of Manohar.”

The text above is creating a problem. Question setter meant that the friend who uses the honda car sits 2nd to the right of Manohar and not Ravi. Few because of the language error misunderstood that ravi is 2nd to the right of Manohar. But comprehending any of the two is not correct. Also, in both cases the question could have been solved and the error is not putting an impact on the answers of 5 questions.

Nature of Error – Language error

Most justified Action – Do not cancel the question.

Reason - As the language was not clear and the two possible comprehension of the fact which student did is not perfect anyways. Hence any wise student will go according to the rest of the facts which would have lead to a correct solution. This also must not be cancelled as in both solution answers remains the same or correct answer can be reached.

Potential error 9

Q. No. : 153 - How many languages are there in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India?


1) 21

2) 22

3) 19

4) 18

CLAT Answer: 1

Correct answers – option 2

Reason –.

Nature of Error – Incorrect answer. [See this Quora post]

Most justified Action – change the answer.

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