AILET 2016 Topper Interview: Making the most of each day helped me crack the exam, says Shubham Jain, AIR 2
Apratim Chatterjee, 20 May 2016, #AILET

Shubham Jain, 18 years old Delhite cracked AILET 2016 and bagged AIR 2 with a score of 116. Careers360 interviews this AILET Exam 2016 Topper where the avid key-board player shares his success mantra of cracking the all India law entrance test. In the interview, Shubham shares that his reading habits proved useful in solving English and Comprehension section. The guitarist attributes his success in the exam to eclectic reading.

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An aspiring environmental lawyer, Shubham has keen interest in protecting the environment and shows concern about the degradation and depletion of nature. Since he was in class 10th, the AILET topper realised his inner calling of being a lawyer based on his debating skills, unlike his engineer parents. During his conversation with Careers360, the young lad shared that he follows on weekly basis.

Read below excerpts from the exclusive interview.

Careers360: Congratulations on bagging AIR 2! How are you celebrating your success?
Shubham Jain: Thank you! It’s quite a pleasure. Initially, as AILET 2016 Results were out, I could not believe that I have secured AIR 2. Though I was confident enough to crack the law entrance, but AIR 2 with 116 marks was beyond my comprehension. I would celebrate this success with my grandparents.

Careers360: How did your preparation help you in cracking the law exam? Was it difficult for you?
Shubham Jain: My preparation strategy stood on only two pillars– revise and practice. I used to revise the subjects and their concepts and once done, would practice to know where I stood. Practicing previous years’ question papers were of great help to analyse my preparation level. I began intrinsic preparation for law entrances, since the beginning of 11th class. In November-December, I would devote at least 2 hours daily for law exam preparation and rest of the study time for 12th boards. In the months of January and February, as I had my pre-boards, so I increased my study time for law entrance from 2 to 6 hours, while dedicated 3-4 hours to 12th boards. Post my 12th boards, I would study rigorously for 10-12 hours for law entrance.


It was really difficult for me to juggle between board exams and law entrance preparation and maintaining a balance between the two.  

Careers360: Would you like to share your section wise preparation strategy with us?

Shubham Jain: I would devise a section wise strategy, devoting more time to the difficult sections. As I was weaker in General Knowledge and Legal Aptitude sections, I would study these sections for 5-6 every day. For English, Logical Reasoning and Mathematics, my study regime would include 2 hours each.

Careers360: How many marks did you score in 12th board?
Shubham Jain: I have scored 97.25 per cent in my 12th boards and a perfect 100 in Accountancy.

Careers360: What were the rejuvenating activities that you did during your preparatory days?
Shubham Jain: To rejuvenate myself, I would do coding. Though I am a commerce student, but I have a passion for programme coding. I have learnt it from my mother, who is a software engineer. I used to code programmes through C++ and Python, however, at very basic level. This activity made me feel that I am not wasting my precious time. After utilizing my time in coding, I would feel relaxed, and again be ready for the exam preparation.

Careers360: Tell us something about your hobbies?
Shubham Jain: Reading various story books and newspapers, playing key-board and creating some musical tunes from guitar, badminton and basketball are some of my hobbies. But amongst all, I love reading books the most.   

Careers360: Coaching guidance and mock tests are important to crack entrance exams like AILET. What do you have to say on this?
Shubham Jain: Of course, coaching helps. Taking guidance from Career Launcher has helped me a lot. The faculty there helps you in learning tricks for solving questions. Coaching also helps you in clearing your doubts about the topics.


In my view, mock tests help a candidate in evaluating the preparation level. I used to analyse my mock test results and would realize where I was lacking. Taking mock tests at regular intervals made me analyse the question pattern in a better way, which further helped me in scoring more than my previous attempt.


Careers360: Have you taken any other law entrance exams?
Shubham Jain: Yes. I have taken IPUCET Law 2016 and CLAT 2016. I have secured AIR 3 in IPUCET Law 2016, while CLAT 2016 Results are awaited.


Careers360: While your law entrance examinations kept you busy, did your preparation schedule leave you with some breathing space for movies, etc? Do you like movies? If yes, which was the last movie that you have seen?
Shubham Jain: Though I like movies, but seriously, I did not have time or would ‘restrict’ myself from any such activity. I could not even afford to relax on weekends. However, as it was on my ‘must watch-list’, I recently saw ‘Interstellar’, after waiting for two and a half years.


Careers360: Any suggestions for your juniors or AILET aspirants who shall be taking the law entrance in 2017?
Shubham Jain: I would just share some basic tips–

  1. Be honest to yourself

  2. Don’t fool yourself and put real hard work in preparation

  3. Prepare analytically and analyse every mistake of yours

  4. Take mock tests seriously

  5. I would not refer any specific books as there are plenty down the market; it’s you who has to understand which books to refer.

Thank you. We wish you luck for all your future endeavours! 

AILET is All India Law Entrance Test conducted by NLU Delhi for admissions to as many as 81 BA LLB seats. Result of AILET 2016 was announced on May 18, in which out of a total of 15,916 test-takers, 73 candidates got shortlisted for admissions to five-year integrated law programmes.

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I failed in Maths in science stream, but passed overall with 70%. So am I eligible for CLAT & AILET exams. plzz reply!!!

Ashish pal Student Expert 3rd Oct, 2019

Hello dear aspirant.

As of now you will be facing a great problem at the time of admission because they can't allow a failed candidate. Yes in eligibility criteria you will find that only +2 passed is required. But it will be not sufficient when you go for admission.

Hope you get it.

Good luck.


how much extra time is given to pwd students in CLAT and AILET?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 1st Oct, 2019

Dear Sonu, Candidates with PWD can opt for Scribes. Scribes are those who assist PWD Candidates in writing the exam. The scribe will read out the question for the Candidate and the Candidate will give the answer and the scribe has to mention that as the answer. These scribes are used for visually imparied, Candidates with cerebral palsy, with locomotor disabilities and whose speed or writing or using a mouse is affected. And there is a compensatory time of 20 minutes allotted in additional for every 1 hour of exam duration. So for CLAT, there is 40 minutes of additional time that is allotted.


what are the important topics in Economics to be covered forAILET 2020

Afreen Anjum Student Expert 15th Sep, 2019


As you ask about the important topics in Economics for AILET 2020 ..

So AILET 2020 syllabus is like...


Elementary Mathematics

general knowledge in general knowledge you have to prepare economics, civics and in Economics you have to prepare about some common topics..


legal aptitude

For more information about the topics and syllabus of AILET 2020 click here:
All the best!!

are therw any institute for AILET preperations

Mahima Student Expert 10th Sep, 2019


AILET is an entrance test for admission to National Law University, Delhi. Admission to all other NLUs in India is done through CLAT exam. The syllabus and level for both exams is quite similar. And hence so is the preparation required. There are various coaching institutea that provide coaching for CLAT and AILET. Now it also depends on the city in which you are looking for as the faculty etc would differ. But a few top institutes are-

Career Launcher

CLAT Possible

Bulls Eye


TIMES institue

Best of luck


with last year graduation how to prepare for LLB entrance AILET and DU university without coaching? is it sufficient for crack these exams?

Gehna Chawla 6th Sep, 2019


Some tips which can help you to prepare for your LLB entrance :

1. You can solve the mock tests provided in this link, they are very benificial as they help you to practice and increases your knowledge as well. You can solve them when you are not willing to study or learn anything, by this way you can easily test your knowledge

2. You can refer to exam expert on Legal aptitude published by Wiley Publications, this will be helpful.

3. You must go through History, Geography, Economy and General Science from any national level publication such as Arihant, Pearson or Universal.

4. Go through newspapers such as The Hindu, especially its Editorial and National pages. Plus, online portals such as GK Today, TCY and Cloud Affairs are of much help.

5. For English, You should regularly practice it and while answeing questions you should read the passage properly

6. For quantitative aptitude, you can refer to  Tenth standard R.S. Aggarwal or R.D. Sharma, it will be more than sufficient.

7. For Logical reasoning, you may refer to Books by M.K. Pandey and R.S. Aggarwal .

Some tips for DU LLB entrance exam ;

1. Make a daily schedule and make sure that you stick to it as you have very less time being in 3rd year of graduation. Keep some leisure time as well.

2. Start managing your time according to your subjects. Start making short term goals.

3. You can take help of a good coaching institute. They can easily help you with clearing of doubts, tests etc.

4. you can go for online mock tests available on the internet. Link ;

All the best

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