AILET 2018 Topper Interview: Jabalpur girl Harshita Gupta aced AILET 2018 by securing AIR 2 and scoring 84 out of 150. An aspiring lawyer aiming to join NLU Delhi, Harshita had decided to pursue legal studies in Class 10 itself. She credits regular mock tests and sectional preparation from the right books for her success.
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According to Harshita, having confidence and motivation is of utmost importance along with the right preparation strategy. To the AILET aspirants, she suggests that taking the test with the belief that is is your day and you aregoing to ace that, will definitely lead them to success. Careers360 brings the exclusive interview of AILET 2018 AIR 2 Harshita Gupta.
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Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Congratulations on qualifying AILET 2018 with such good scores! How do you feel being among the top 10?
Harshita: Thank you so much!The feeling is yet to sync. I never expected this rank, especially in AILET.I am pleasantly surprised.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your family. How did your family support you?
Harshita: I hail from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. My father is a businessman and mother is a home maker. After class 10th results, I had this pressure to take up Physics Chemistry and Maths (PCM) but I had figured out my fascination for law as a careeroption in Class 10 itself.My parents were very supportive and never pressurised me for taking up PCM.
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue law?
Harshita: I've a great interest in social sciences.The curriculum of law school is just perfect as we can study a widerange of subjects in those 5 years. And since I want to prepare for UPSC, law will be of great help.
Careers360: Apart from AILET 2018, which other Law entrance exams did you take? Howe was your performance in those exams?
Harshita: Apart from AILET,I took CLAT and SET Law. I scored 144 and 123 in them respectively.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for the law entrance exams and what was your section wise strategy?
Harshita: I started preparing after my Class 10 board exam itself but I was not focused in Class 11. I started preparing seriously from Class 12.
In terms of sections, English was my weakest point. I referred to ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis and did some grammar rules from different books. For Reading Comprehension, I prepared through mock tests. I also prepared Maths section through mock tests. ForLogical Reasoning, I referred to MK Pandey for Critical Reasoning.I was good at analytical so again, mocks sufficed. GK was another weak area so I referred to various compendiums. For Legal GK I referred to Lucent, Universal, Lexis Nexis, Career Launcher material and mock tests.Careers360: What was your exam day experience?
Harshita: To be honest, it was not a pleasant experience owing to the hot weather. Also, there were various other disturbances like loud noise etc. which made it difficult to focus. However, I maintained composure and focused on the test itself which made all the difference.
Careers360: This was the first time AILET introduced negative marking. Were you aware of this? How did you tackle the paper?
Harshita: Since we were used to taking mocks in CLAT pattern, negative marking was not a big problem. But I will admit that in AILET the questions are so tough that we can never be 100 percent sure about an answer so I tried to keep my attempts high, as in AILET it's do or die situation. Either you're in top 100 or nothing (NLU Delhi or nothing). So taking educated guesses is a must.
Careers360: How did you balance the board exam preparations with AILET and other law entrance tests?
Harshita: I was not too confident about my Boards preparation and was feeling nervous in the month of March. However, I managed to get a good score. I would suggest aspirants not to take Board exams lightly as it would be necessary to get a good score in Board exam if you would like to apply for LLM or CAT in future.
Careers360: Did you take up any coaching? How important was coaching for you?
Harshita: I took two years classroom coaching at Skolars, Jabalpur.I feel that if your concepts are not clear then you will definitelyneed a teacher and for legal section, a mentor is essential.
Careers360: When did you begin taking mock tests? How may mock tests did you take before taking the exam? How did mock test help you in law exams?
Harshita: Ibegan taking mocks in my 11th class itself. I think the best part about my preparation was taking mock tests.I took 87 mocks in my 12th classand 100+ in 2 yearscombined.But for AILET, I took only three mocks as I was running short of time. I could really benefit from the mock test in terms of devising test taking strategy like time management, choosing right questions etc.
Careers360: What are your suggestions for AILET aspirants who will appear for the test next year?
Harshita: Have confidence that you have given your best andany rank or result cannot justify your preparation.Don’t worry if you are not able to complete the full syllabus. Take the exam with this belief that is is your day and you aregoing to ace that.Be very calm and take all your mocks without AC or cooler at hometo be prepared for any situation at the centre.
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The National Law University, Delhi will conduct All India Law Entrance Test - 2020 (AILET - 2O2O)" for admission to Five Year B.A.LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M. and Ph.D Programme on Sunday, May 3, 2O2O from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at various test centres across the country. The admission notice will be issued in the first week of January 2020 and the Online Application Forms will be available on the University website http://nludelhi.ac.in from first week of January 2O2O.
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The Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) and the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) are both entrance examinations for undergraduate law courses in India. AILET is considered tougher than CLAT. The basic difference on the basis of Institutes is that CLAT has 19 participating Universities but AILET offers admission only to the National Law University in Delhi.
For admission in NLU, Delhi you have to prepare for the national level entrance test AILET 2020. It is conducted for both LLB, LLM and PhD. programmes. Also, it is help on the first Sunday of May and that is what is proposed for this year as well.
Here are the details of the exam. The application starts in the first week of January 2020 and will go on till the second week of April 2020. After you get your admit card in the very next week, the exam will be held in the first week of May 2020. The announcement of the results will depend on the course. For instance, results for LLB will be declared in the 3rd week of May 2020 while for LLM, they will be declared in the 1st week of July, 2020 and PhD in the subsequent week.
If you are applying for LLB, you should have passed your 10+2 exam from a recognised board or an equivalent examination with the aggregate of 50% marks in the final examination. Even if you have given the following in March 2019/April 2019, you are eligible to apply.
For LLM, you need an LLB degree or equivalent law degree with an aggregate of 55% marks or 50% marks depending on your caste.
The syllabus is the exam is as follows:
Here is the exam pattern with the details about the paper and the marking scheme:
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Hope this helps. All the best!
Here are the various eligibility criteria to apply in filet for a degree in Law.
1. For BA LLB
You should have passed your secondary education that is 10+2 or an equivalent exam with an aggregate of 50% marks in the final exam.
2. For LLM
An LLB degree is important for this or even an equivalent Law degree would do. Your aggregate marks should be at least 55%. If you are from a reserved category, 50% would suffice.
3. For PhD
LLM should be completed with at least an aggregate score of 55% marks.
So, if you are applying for LLB, if may be fine but not for LLM. You will also have to go through an offline entrance exam for the same. It would be a 1.5 hour long MCQ test with 150 questions and following 5 sections:-
1. English- 35 Marks
2. General Knowledge- 35 marks
3. Legal Aptitude- 35 marks
4. Reasoning- 35 marks
5. Elementary Mathematics- 10 marks.
There will be 4 marks given for correct answers and 0.25 marks would be cut for wrong answers. The paper is of 150 marks completely.
You will definitely have to complete your LLB before you look forward for Masters. Some law schools may consider a social science bachelor's but definitely not
. So, you can definitely apply to AILET for LLB but not any other course.
Here are some other details about AILET 2020:-
The application will start in the first week of January 2020 and end in the second week of April 2020. Your admit card will be available in the 3rd week of April 2020. The exam will be help in the 1st week of May and the results for LLB will be released in the 3rd week of May 2020.
Hope this helps you. All the best!
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