After CLAT, the AILET is the second most important entrance exam in India for admission to 5 year integrated law programmes. In 2016, more than 16,000 students took this exam and competed for just 70 seats for Indian nationals in NLU-Delhi! This means that there are 230 students vying for a single seat, which is much higher than the same ratio for CLAT.
Now forget eveything that I just said. You should approach the test with same focus and zeal as CLAT, since the aspirants of the top 5 NLUs will anyway need to score in 70% plus range in both CLAT and AILET. This means that a score of 100 out of 150 is generally considered as a safe score for NLU Delhi. However, this number may differ from year to year depending on level of difficulty of the test.
Also, remember that after AILET scores are announced, NLU Delhi announces a waitlist of a few candidates. This is because a lot of high scoring candidates in CLAT and AILET choose the Top 3 NLUs and opt out of the NLU Delhi selection process (That is a separate discussion). The typical waitlist consists of 30-40 students.
While an average attempt time per question remains same as the CLAT (36 seconds per question), AILET has several distinct advantages over CLAT, as follows:
- Students have mostly studied in paper and pencil mode throughout their academic journey, so they are instinctively more comfortable with “write as you think” approach
- Shuffling between questions becomes simpler, since more questions come under your eye span
- Elimination of options becomes easier
- No negative marking, so attempting 150 is a relatively low risk affair. Of course, that doesn’t mean wild/random guessing should be encouraged! Intelligent guessing is a MUST in order to maximize serious attempts & ensure high accuracy
At a section level, historical analysis reveals the following topic wise split across sections:
- Legal Reasoning (25-27 Q)
- Constitution, contracts, torts (Total 17-18 Q)
- Criminal law, procedural law & others (Total 8-9 Q)
- Assertion-Reasoning questions are unique to AILET. They consume more time to read & attempt
- Legal GK (7-8 Q)
- Constitution, committees, international news (Mostly CA)
- Verbal (35 Q)
- Fill in the blanks (10 Q)
- Reading comprehension, para jumbles, antonyms (5-6 Q each)
- Idioms/phrase, grammar & others (3-4 Q each)
- Logical Reasoning (35 Q)
- Critical Reasoning (15-16 Q…Yes, the bulk of verbal section)
- Puzzles (5-6 Q)
- Directions, family tree, series completion, analogies (2-4 Q each)
- General Knowledge (35 Q)
- Static GK (10 Q) – Business & Economy, Science & Technology, World Forums (2-3 Q each)
- Current Affairs (25 Q)–
- Government & politics, International forums/news (6-7 Q each)
- Personalities, sports & movies, awards & honours (2-3 Q each)
- Maths (10 Q)
- Typically verbose questions, hence time consuming
- Averages/Percentages, TSD, equations (2-4 Q each)
- Work related, probability (1-2 Q each)
This analysis may help you in some smart, last minute revision of key topics in each section
Last minute tips for AILET
- Go through AILET papers of past three years. No practice can come closest to the actual test
- Go through key questions from previously solved mock AILET papers, especially from topics mentioned above
- Ensure you take remaining mock tests in paper based format only
- The duration of AILET is short: 90 minutes. So maintain a strict self-discipline of total time per section. A recommended time split is as follows:
- Legal & Logical Reasoning: 20-25 minutes each
- English: 15 minutes
- GK and Maths: 8-10 minutes each
- Unattempted questions: Last 5 minutes
- Remember, you must attempt all 150 questions, since there is no negative marking. Students tend to spend disproportionate time across sections & end up complaining that they could not complete the paper!
- Unless Math is your strength, keep it towards the end. AILET Math questions are lengthy and time consuming
- In your last week of preparation, don’t take more than 2 mocks. Remember to spend enough time to analyze each mock before moving to the next one
To find out how to improve test taking skills, check out our earlier blog post here.
AILET 2017 – The countdown begins!