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

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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.

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Options:

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.

Options:

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.

Options:

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?

Options:

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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Like +9 Object -3 Moby 17 May 18, 11:55  interesting
Shri Narendra Modiji, please hold a mann ki baat to address all these errors and grievances of students. thanks.
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Like +6 Object -3 NaMo 17 May 18, 12:41
Mitron, agar dhyan lagakar yogabhyas karte, toh aisa nahin hota!
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Like +0 Object -6 pidi? 17 May 18, 23:13
trolling whom?
y bringing politics here?
wtf insulting yoga bloody dhimmi
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Like +0 Object -0 Baba Ramdev 18 May 18, 13:57
Trolling you, definitely trolling you.
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Like +1 Object -0 pidi? 17 May 18, 23:06
also ask raga to raise this issue in his campaigns..
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Like +0 Object -0 Oralias 18 May 18, 10:43
When did RaGa become our PM?
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Like +1 Object -2 RaGa 18 May 18, 13:56
Since I realised I don't actually have to win majority seats to grab power ;)
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Like +2 Object -1 Viking 17 May 18, 12:36
Can you please mention which puzzle was wrong and also please check question no. 120!!
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Like +6 Object -0 clataspirant 17 May 18, 13:18  interesting
q.120 is correct...the answer is 7
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 17 May 18, 12:37
question numbers for potential errors 4 to 8 ??
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Like +0 Object -1 Qwisteen 17 May 18, 14:04
The Question which asked when the EVMs were used on experimental basis for the first time seems to have no correct options.
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Like +5 Object -1 kianganz 17 May 18, 14:05 LI subscriber
Can you please copy out the full question and model answer in the comment also, so we and others can take a call also on the questions?
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Like +1 Object -1 Qwisteen 17 May 18, 19:11
Q. No. : 45 - In which election was the Electronic Voting Machines tried out on an experimental basis in India?
Options:

1) The 1982 Kerala Legislative Assembly Elections.
2) The Karnataka State for the 1984, Legislative Assembly Elections.
3) The U.P State for the 1989, Lok Sabha Elections.
4) The 1987, Delhi Corporation Election in Karol Bagh constituency.
Correct Answer: 1) The 1982 Kerala Legislative Assembly Elections.



The answer seems to be none of the options given above if the information from the election commission's website is taken into consideration-
Q2. When was the EVM first introduced in elections?
Ans. EVMs manufactured in 1989-90 were used on experimental basis for the first time in 16 Assembly Constituencies in the States of Madhya Pradesh (5), Rajasthan (5) and NCT of Delhi (6) at the General Elections to the respective Legislative Assemblies held in November, 1998.
(source:http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/evm.aspx)
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Like +0 Object -1 Mama Ru 17 May 18, 15:56
Both the question and the answer to that question seems to be correct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_voting_in_India
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Like +0 Object -0 Mama Ru 17 May 18, 17:26
I apologize. I was wrong. The options are actually incorrect in that question. eci.nic.in/eci_main1/evm.aspx
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 17 May 18, 15:17
Answer given for Q.167 is also wrong. It should be A not B.
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Like +4 Object -0 Yash Vardhan Gupta 17 May 18, 16:22
sir even ques 83 is wrong.myanmar is the 7th member
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Like +10 Object -15 Guest 17 May 18, 17:22  controversial
Please note that nowhere have the NSLIU/NALSAR/NUJS student unions asked for a retest.A retest CANNOT happen. The answer keys are out. The toppers are know and they are all good and deserving students. It is totally unfair to have a retest now. However, the Supreme Court can be approached for the following reliefs:

1) Refund to all candidates of the exam fee.
2) Refund by Sify and NUALS of the 23 crore amount, to be distributed among the examinees.
3) Resignation of NUALS VC
4) Direction for permanent CLAT body.
5) Inclusion of NLUD in CLAT.
6) Ban on NRI quota.
7) National Importance Status for NLUs.

Once again, NO RETEST. Jealous students with low CLAT scores will downvote this comment, but it is the most sensible measure.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 17 May 18, 17:30


seating arrangement
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 17 May 18, 17:51
Question no 83 is wrong
It is asked which country became the eight member of SASEC in February 2017

Ans: Myanmar became the seventh member in February 2017
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Like +0 Object -0 MN 17 May 18, 20:29
The question number 33 in the English section too has the wrong answer. The question asks "ONE OF THE MAJOR CONCERNS OF IOT is? Here they've asked MAJOR and not all, and in the passage it is written,
" With billions of devices connected security becomes a big issue. How can people make sure that their data is safe and secure? This is one of the major concerns in the IOT that becomes a hot topic" Hence in this case the answer should be Option 2, i.e Only saftey and privacy, and not
option A, i.e Security and privacy, data loss and tracking data .
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Like +2 Object -1 Guest 17 May 18, 21:53
Q. No. : 162 - Legal Principle: It is an offence to obstruct a public servant in the due discharge of his duty. Right of private defence is available to protect one’s person and property.

Fact Situation: Sidhu comes to the rescue of his uncle who is sought to be taken into a car by some men. In the process, he causes injury to some of them. Later, it turns out that the men were police persons in plain clothes trying to enforce a warrant against his uncle.

Which of the following statements is the most appropriate in relation to the legal principle stated above?
Options:

1) Sidhu has committed the offence of obstructing a public servant in due discharge of his duty.
2) Sidhu has not committed an offence since he did not know that the men were from the police.
3) Sidhu’s uncle has resisted arrest and should be proceeded against.
4) Sidhu should not have tried to help his uncle without ascertaining the fact
Correct Answer: 2) Sidhu has not committed an offence since he did not know that the men were from the police.

The answer should be 1) since the principle clearly states that the right to private defence is only applicable to protect one's person or property.According to the principle it is unclear as to whether it can be used to protect someone else since sidhu tried to protect his uncle and not himself his actions cannot be justified under right to private defence
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Like +0 Object -0 Shrisurbhit12345 17 May 18, 22:27
The logical reasoning grid from Q99 to Q103 seems incorrect. The facts given most probably contain semantic errors, due to which I did not attempt the grid. Is there any possibility of me gaining marks if I have not attempted the grid due to the fear of negative marking?
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 17 May 18, 23:39
The answer of question no. 117 should be D not A.
In question no. 167 option A seems to be valid rather than B.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 18 May 18, 05:40
Question number 121 also should supermarket(option 3)and not police station (option 1)
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Like +0 Object -3 Guest 18 May 18, 08:02
Q34,Q40,Q105.Q106,Q153,Q180,Q5,Q99,Q100,Q101,Q102,Q103
These are the possible errors I have identified, some have already been mentioned in this article and some of them haven't been mentioned, So please do check.
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 18 May 18, 20:32
CLAT PG examination error 1:

Q. 515 - When a person dies intestate:
1) He dies in his home in his estate.
2) He dies without leaving any property.
3) He dies without leaving a will.
4) He dies by committing suicide.

CLAT Answer : 1) He dies in his home in his estate.
Correct Answer: 3)He dies without leaving a will.
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Like +2 Object -0 kianganz 18 May 18, 20:33 LI subscriber
Seriously??? WTF? Who sets these papers???
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 18 May 18, 20:49
"Experts" Haha
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 19 May 18, 07:40
Kian, can the errors in the PG examination posted here be turned into a separate post? It'll be easier to track what course of action has been taken by the committee on the issue.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 19 May 18, 15:57
Quote:
thanks a ton.
Extremely
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Like +3 Object -0 Guest 18 May 18, 20:33
CLAT PG Examination Error 2:
Q. 430 Which among the following is not a feature of federalism?
1) Supremacy of the Constitution.
2) Distribution of Powers.
3) Supremacy of the Judiciary.
4) Separation of powers.

CLAT Answer: 4) Separation of powers.
Correct Answer: 3) Supremacy of the Judiciary.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 18 May 18, 20:35
CLAT PG Examination Error 3:
Q. 450 - Which one of the following statements is correct?
1) A retired Judge of the Supreme Court cannot plead or act in any Court or before any authority within the territory of India without the permission of the President of India.
2) A retired Judge can appear and plead before the Supreme Court if so required by the Chief Justice of India.
3) A retired Judge can be required by the President of India to sit and act as a judge of the Supreme Court with the consent of the Judge concerned.
4) A retired Judge can appear and plead before a Court Marshal on behalf of the Government of India.

CLAT Answer : 2) A retired Judge can appear and plead before the Supreme Court if so required by the Chief Justice of India.
Correct Answer:3) A retired Judge can be required by the President of India to sit and act as a judge of the Supreme Court with the consent of the Judge concerned.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 18 May 18, 20:37
CLAT PG Examination Error No. 4

Q. 489: Which of the following is not correct in the context of valid usage?
1) Usage must be so well established as notorious.
2) In case of conflict between usage and law, law prevails.
3) In case of conflict between express provision of a contract and usage, contract prevails.
4) Usage shall be a reasonable one.

CLAT Answer: 3) In case of conflict between express provision of a contract and usage, contract prevails.
Correct Answer: 1) Usage must be so well established as notorious.
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Like +2 Object -1 Guest 18 May 18, 20:38
Q. 523: A, from Kerala, writes a letter to B who lives in Delhi requesting the supply of certain goods at a certain price. While accepting the offer by writing a letter on his printed letterhead B writes at the top of the letterhead, "Subject to the jurisdiction of Delhi Courts." Later a dispute arises and A files an action in Kerala.
1) A cannot file legal proceedings in Kerala since B has clearly indicated that the jurisdiction is restricted to Delhi courts.
2) The agreement is void as it tends to defeat the legal process.
3) Since B has written the words at the top of his letterhead, they do not become part of the contract and hence A is free to file the action in any court which has jurisdiction.
4) Since the letterhead is part of the agreement of acceptance, the agreement is enforceable.

CLAT Answer:3) Since B has written the words at the top of his letterhead, they do not become part of the contract and hence A is free to file the action in any court which has jurisdiction.

Correct Answer: Either 1 or 4
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 20 May 18, 12:44
If anyone has any doubts about the correct answer to this question, kindly refer to the Supreme Court judgment in the case of New Moga Transport v. United Insurance. The same can be accessed here - indiankanoon.org/doc/1069885/

Kindly refer to the correct position of law before down voting. Just because your answer was not in conformity with the correct answer, does not make the same wrong.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 18 May 18, 20:41
Vague Question in CLAT PG 2018:
Q. Which of the following were relevant considerations for prohibition on sale of liquor along national and state highways in State of Tamil Nadu v. K. Balu (2017) 2 SCC 281?
(i) There is no fundamental right under Article 19(1)(g) to trade in liquor.
(ii) Under Article 47, the State is under a duty to raise the level of nutrition, standard of living and improve public health.
(iii) An exception to permit the sale of liquor along a stretch of the highway which passes through the limits of city is arbitrary and violative of Article 14.
(iv) Right to life under Article 21 signifies a right to live with human dignity, free of noxious substances and intoxicants.

Options:
1) All the four statements are correct
2) (i) and (iii) only
3) (i), (ii) and (iii) only
4) (i), (ii) and (iv) only

CLAT Answer:3) (i), (ii) and (iii) only

Point number (ii) finds mention only once in the entire judgment and that too in passing, if that can be considered a relevant consideration, every single line in the judgment is a relevant consideration. Wonder how much the committee expects the candidates to mug up.
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 18 May 18, 20:42
CLAT PG Exmination error no. 6:

Q. 457 The concept of Dialectical Materialism is a concept commonly associated with which of the following Schools of Thought?

Options:

1) Marxism

2) Liberal Theory

3) Post Modernism

4) Utilitarianism

CLAT Answer:2) Liberal Theory
Correct Answer: 1) Marxism
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Like +1 Object -1 Guest 18 May 18, 20:44
CLAT PG examination error no. 7:
Q. 543 An “International Application” under the Patent Co-operation Treaty:
1) is examined by a patent examiner at a designated office.
2) is searched against by a single search conducted at a designated office.
3) results in a single patent covering all the States for which protection is sought.
4) is forwarded to the patent offices of all the States for which protection is sought for search and examination.

CLAT Answer:4) is forwarded to the patent offices of all the States for which protection is sought for search and examination.
Correct Answer: 3) results in a single patent covering all the States for which protection is sought.
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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 20 May 18, 13:02
4) What is the effect of an international patent application?
In general terms, your international patent application, provided that it complies with the minimum requirements for obtaining an international filing date, has the effect of a national patent application (and certain regional patent applications) in or for all PCT Contracting States.
Source:
www.wipo.int/pct/en/faqs/faqs.html

An international application thus results in a single patent for all countries which are members of the PCT ans by default all countries where protection has been sought by the applicant.
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 19 May 18, 16:29
Please do something for CLAT PG too. Immense thanks and reverence for pinpoining these errors in LLM paper

Please elaborate a bit more on CLAT PG. It is highly neglected everywhere, as if doesn't exist.
Regards
Aayush
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