AILET 2018 Analysis

The All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is conducted once a year by National Law University, Delhi for admissions to its courses of B.A LL.B, LL.M and PhD AILET 2018 was held on 6th May 2018. AILET is an offline (pen-paper based) exam consisting of 150 questions from 5 sections: English; General Knowledge; Mathematics; Legal Aptitude and Reasoning. A total, of 83 seats, is offered for BA LLB course.  The time given was 90 minutes (1 hr. 30 mins.), and each question carried 1 mark. This year negative marking, of 0.25 per the wrong question, was also introduced. The division of questions was as follows:
English - 35
General Knowledge - 35
Legal Aptitude - 35
Reasoning - 35
Mathematics - 10
Let us now have a look at the question type and difficulty level for all the sections individually.
AILET English:
Question Type Number of Questions
Sentence Correction 8
Grammar-based(including parts of speech, punctuation based & subject-verb) 22
Idioms and phrases 5
Total 35
The English section of this paper was dominated primarily by grammar and sentence correction based questions. The questions were based on punctuations, subject-verb and parts of speech. Besides grammar based questions, there were a few idioms & phrases based questions also. To score well in this section, one should have proper knowledge of grammar fundamentals and words/idioms & their usages. This year also, there was no reading comprehension passage in the verbal section. The overall feel of this section was moderate to tough.
AILET General Knowledge:
This section cannot be overlooked as easy this time. There were only 9 questions based on static general knowledge which includes science, economics, history and geography. Remaining questions were from current affairs which include sports, science, budget, Government policies etc. This shows a higher inclination of the examiners towards what is happening in the current scenario. The exam this year resonates the fact that due importance needs to be given to current news and current affairs.  A score range of 22-25 should be sufficient for the students.
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AILET Legal Aptitude:
Subject Name No. of Questions
Law of Torts, Law of Contract, Criminal Law 15
Legal GK 20
Legal Maxims 0
Total 35
Question Type No. of Questions
Principle-Fact Questions (Legal Reasoning) 14
Legal Fact Questions 21
Total 35
The legal aptitude section of AILET can be easily called one of the toughest so far. Questions from the Indian Penal Code were given a complete miss. The Principle-fact questions were extraordinarily lengthy and used multiple aspects of knowledge in the given area to form the principle. The section was dominated with questions from the Indian Constitution and Current Legal GK. The Current Legal GK questions were related to proposed amendments in various laws, case laws and various other legal developments. Some of the questions stumped the AILET aspirants completely, like- youth bar association judgment, maternity benefit duration, public trust doctrine, legal personality awarded to the river in New Zealand.
ALET Reasoning:
Area Number of Questions
Input and Output -
Analytical Reasoning 12
Directions 2
Coding-Decoding 2
Odd man Out 2
Series 2
Critical & Verbal Reasoning 13
Miscellaneous 2
Total 35
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There were in total, 22 questions of reasoning (except the critical & verbal reasoning), and the level of the questions was easy to moderate. The essential reasoning questions were lengthy and thought-provoking. These questions were a little tricky. They needed time to gauge and to get 100% accuracy.
AILET Mathematics:
Area Number of Questions
Mensuration 3
Probability 1
Calendars and Clocks 1
Boats and streams -
Time speed and distance 1
Ratio 2
Simple Interest 1
Average -
Profit and Loss 1
Total 10
Once the results are declared, counselling is conducted to verify documents and offer final admission to the candidates. To know more about the previous years’ cut-off for AILET, check out the following link:
Section Level of difficulty, Time & Accuracy
English The overall feel of this section was moderate to tough. As there was no sectional time limit so one should have been extra careful in allotting time to different sections. The verbal section should have been given 20-25 minutes, and an attempt of 28+ questions with at least 75- 80% accuracy would help to clear cut –off this time.
General Knowledge The overall level of the section was moderate to difficult. Not more than 12-15 minutes should have been spent on this section. A score of 22-25 was easily achievable for someone who regularly reads the newspaper.
Legal Aptitude This section can be categorised as a real challenge for students as it was lengthy, complicated and required a thorough understanding of the legal principles. There were multiple principles given, and the situations took time to read and understand. Questions were majorly asked from Legal GK. Those who had stuck to reading newspapers every day will have an advantage over this.
Reasoning The ideal time to solve the section is 25-30 minutes, and the score one could achieve 20-22 with 80% accuracy.
Mathematics The level of the quant section was easy. Ideally, 15-20 minutes were sufficient to solve the section, and the possible score was 6-7 with 80% accuracy.
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