AILET Vs. LSAT India - AILET and LSAT India are two of the most important law entrances which thousands of law aspirants from all over the country apply for. While AILET offers admissions to one of the most prestigious NLUs, that is, NLU Delhi, LSAT India is the path to several private law schools of India. While both the exams are gateways to prestigious law schools, each of them have their own set of pros and cons.
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The application processes for both the exams are ongoing and candidates may be confused as to which exam they should opt for to make way for their law career. In this feature on AILET vs. LSAT India, Careers360 does a comparative analysis of both the examinations highlighting their advantages and disadvantages.
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Read further to get a detailed insight into AILET vs. LSAT India and to make informed decisions as to which exam for UG admissions one should choose to give one’s aspirations of a law career a boost.
All India Law Entrance Test, also known as AILET, is conducted by the National Law University, Delhi, for admissions to its BA LLB (Hons.) and LLM programmes.
On the other hand, Law School Admission Test, India, also known as LSAT India, is conducted by Pearson VUE on behalf of Law School Admission Council. The test is conducted for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes.
AILET vs. LSAT India - Number of participating institutes and number of seats
AILET offers admissions to only one institute, that is, NLU Delhi. On the other hand, there are around 50 law schools all around India which accept LSAT India scores.
NLU offers 70 seats for BA LLB programme through AILET. Candidates applying for LSAT India are offered more than 3300 seats for admissions to various undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Both the exams differ highly in terms of their exam pattern. The major difference is that AILET requires candidates to solve 150 questions within 1.5 hours. LSAT India, on the other hand, is for 2 hours 20 minutes and consists of approximately 100 questions. Also, the most significant difference is that AILET has negative marking, whereas LSAT India does not. Given in the tables below are the exam pattern of AILET and LSAT India for UG programmes. Candidates can refer to these tables to establish a comparative analysis of the exams.
1 hour 30 minutes
Type of questions
Number of questions
One mark for correct answers and 0.25 deductions for wrong answers
Mode of examination
Paper and Pencil (Offline)
2 hours 20 minutes
Multiple Choice Questions
No negative marking, one mark each for correct answers
Number of Sections
Both the exams vary in terms of their syllabi as well. Given in the tables below are the syllabi for the exams.
1st Logical Reasoning
2nd Logical Reasoning
LSAT India seeks to test only the verbal and reasoning aptitude of law aspirants as opposed to CLAT which tests candidates on several fronts like Mathematics, General Knowledge, linguistic ability and so on.
The difficulty level of both the exams is considerably high; top notch preparation and conceptual clarity are necessary to crack both the exams. However, AILET’s difficulty level is higher than that of LSAT India, since it offers admissions to the second best law school of the country. Also, if one takes a closer look into the the pattern of both the exams, one would conclude that AILET is comparatively more arduous as it requires candidates to answer more questions in a lesser period of time. AILET has 150 questions in total and is for 1.5 hours. On the other hand LSAT India involves 93 to 100 questions to be answered within a time duration of 2 hours 20 minutes.
The number of participating institutes and seats offered by each exam reveal a definite fact that the level of competition in LSAT India is much lesser than that of AILET. While thousands of aspirants fight for a seat in the only NLU, LSAT India is a gateway to more than 50 participating law schools all over the country.
Road to top NLU of India - Qualifying AILET paves one’s way to the top law school of India which is NLU Delhi. The law school has cemented its reputation as one of the premier law schools offering high quality law education. The NLU Delhi tag shines bright in a lawyer’s CV and it’s not only the reputation of the college which stands for the candidate’s credibility but also him having qualified the exam and secured a seat in the institute also which speaks volumes about his/her ability.
Cut-throat competition - With only one participating college and 70 seats in total, the competition in AILET is nothing short of ruthless favoring only the best. To get into NLU Delhi, one needs to be a master of all the concepts and their execution. As easy as it may seem in words, achieving this level of mastery is difficult, especially when students have both board examination and entrance tests to juggle together.
Unreliable as a backup option - AILET fails to be a reliable backup option for law aspirants. Therefore, candidates should apply and prepare well for other law entrance tests as well instead of narrowing down their focus onto only AILET. Candidates should always take practical risks; while they aim for the highest star in the sky they should also equip themselves for anything lower than that.
Exhausting - As compared to LSAT India, AILET is more mentally tiring. This exam requires candidates to solve 150 questions in 1.5 hours contrary to a 2 hour 20 minute LSAT India consisting of only 100 questions. Since the questions require a candidate to put their brain muscles on the grind, it becomes even more taxing for candidates to solve these questions, especially towards the end of the paper. A fresh mind is a necessity for solving tricky questions; however that freshness begins to wane as candidates maneuvre their way through complex questions.
Negative marking - One of the biggest cons of AILET is negative marking. As it is, the AILET questions are tricky and complex and with the negative marking clause creeping in, candidates lose out on the freedom to solve questions with a different perspective and take a risk. Negative marking can additionally result in deduction of a lot of marks and lower the rank of the candidate.
Lesser competition - LSAT India scores are accepted by over 50 law colleges and therefore, candidates are offered with more than thousands of seats. Contrary to AILET, LSAT India acts as a breather for many law aspirants, since they have a long list of colleges to choose from to kickstart their law career even if their NLU dream fails.
Wide range to choose from - LSAT India provides a wide range of colleges to choose from. If a candidate’s score is decent, he/she really gets the freedom to choose what college they want to pursue the law programmes from. He/she can invest considerable amount of time in researching which college suits them the best in terms of various factors like faculty, infrastructure, fees, placement opportunities, hostel facilities, and so on.
Reliable as the backup option - LSAT India really acts as a cushion for candidates who do not make it to NLU Delhi. With so many participating institutes and seats on offer and comparatively lesser competition, LSAT India can provide opportunity to candidates to select some of the best private law schools to pursue their higher education from. Law aspirants who may feel that their failure in AILET has thrown them in a lurch may find a ray of hope through LSAT India.
Lower difficulty level - As compared to AILET, LSAT India’s difficulty level is a bit lower. Additionally, the number of questions is also lesser in LSAT India than in AILET and the duration too is longer. With these privileges that LSAT India provides, attempting the exam may prove to be less of an arduous task.
No negative marking - One of the most significant pros of this exam is that it does not have negative marking. Candidates do not only get the freedom to solve their questions with an out-of-the-box perspective and take a risk but it also takes away the fear of making mistakes from the candidates. This helps candidates to attempt the paper more confidently. However, candidates should be careful as they may start spending too much time on a question they do not know out of the assurance they will not be penalized for the risks they take.
Few reputed colleges - Well, it is a well-known fact that NLU Delhi occupies the top position in the list of law colleges. Also, though the list of participating colleges in LSAT is long, there are only a handful which are reputed. Candidates depending on their LSAT scores should ensure that they score enough to make it to the top ranking private colleges or get their hands on the which has a good reputation in terms of faculty and academics.
More expensive - The participating institutes of LSAT India are privately owned and hence their programme fees are much higher. As it is, legal education is an expensive affair and the fees of NLU too are high. But private law schools have pinned their fees higher due to their high quality infrastructure and other facilities. Therefore, candidates may have to make an informed decision as to how to plan their finances and fund their education.
As concluded from the above comparative analysis, it is evident that both the exams have their own share of pros and cons. In the light of AILET vs. LSAT India, it is advised that candidates appear for both the exams and prepare for both equally well. Additionally, if any candidate has to bid their NLU dream a goodbye, they will have over 50 law schools to fall back on.
AILET 2019 will be held on May 5, 2019 whereas LSAT India 2019 will be held on June 2, 2019. This order of the exam schedule will immensely benefit candidates as after AILET, they will already be conditioned to the pattern of the paper and will be able to attempt LSAT India better keeping their previous mistakes and lessons in mind.
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