AILET 2016 Topper Interview: Making the most of each day helped me crack the exam, says Shubham Jain, AIR 2
Updated on May 20, 2016 - 3:55 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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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 completed my graduation in now in 2020 i want to join National law university delhi AILET.can i eligible to this year entrance exam or not?? is my admission will be or not.

Charvi Nayyar 26th Jan, 2020

Hello aspirant

You are eligible for this course(llm) unltil you full fill the following criteria:

  1. Those who are applying for this programme must have an LL.B. or an Equivalent Law Degree with 55% marks. For the candidates of SC/ST/ Persons with Disabilities category, the applicants must have scored 50% marks.
  2. The candidates appearing in final year LL.B. Examination in April/May 2019 can also apply.
  3. If you want to apply for phd you must have llm degree

Hope this helps


i am cbse private candidate am i eligible for Ailet 2020 conduct by nlu delhi if yes, plz tell me what to be filled in school name blank in the form of Ailet 2020

Archita Aggarwal 26th Jan, 2020


You are eligible for Ailet 2020, in school name fill your school name from which you are giving exams from. You are a private candidate so you must be from some right, just mention that name in the school blank, or else you may contact helpline no.

Hope this answer helps.


Which books should I prefer for the preparation for CLAT, AILET, DU LLM 2020. Can we crack the exams without coaching and please help me to make a good time table for studies to crack the exams !! thanks

Malini S N 15th Jan, 2020


The below mentioned books are some of the best books that can be used for your CLAT exam preparation:

  • General Knowledge 2020 and 2019 by Arihant Publications and Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant Publications
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (English) by RS Aggarwal
  • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning and Quant by RS Aggarwal
  • Study Package for CLAT & LLB Entrance Examinations by AP Bhardwaj

To get a properly scheduled timetable for your CAT preparation,visit the below given website.The study timetable will ensure that you will stay focused and you will be able to complete the CLAT syllabus within time.All the best!!


is their any reservation for kashmiri students in ALIET

Yashu Shrivastava 13th Jan, 2020

Hello Syed

Yes there are seat for Kashmiri Students and Migrants.

Total Seats: 80 [70 Seats on merit through All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) and 10 Seats for direct admission to Foreign Nationals on merit (5 seats for Foreign Nationals & 5 seats for OCI/PIO)] . Foreign Nationals are exempted from AILET. Reservation: 15% for SC candidates, 7.5% for ST candidates and 5% for Persons with Disabilities.

One additional supernumerary seat for Kashmiri Migrants. Two additional supernumerary seats for Residents of Jammu & Kashmir.

More Information you can check on National Law University,Delhi website

I Hope This Help

Best Of Luck!!!


When will the application form for 2020 admissions released?

ayush mishra 13th Jan, 2020

Hey Aditi!

All India Law Entrance Test will be conducted by NLU Delhi on May 3,2020. The application form of AILET 2020 will be opened online probably from the third week of January. The tentative date from which the online application form will be open to be filled by aspirants is around 20 January. Till then, stay connected to the official website to get knowledge about new updates regarding the exam. Also, you can check out other details about the exam including the eligibility criteria in the following link

Good luck.

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