CLAT Vs AILET - Primary Difference, Syllabus & Exam Pattern
CLAT Vs AILET - A long-running debate among the student community is which exam to take: CLAT or AILET. The fact that the two exams are conducted within a day ( or in some cases week) of each other only exacerbates the matter. The student wants to know whether they are alike as a pea or are different like oranges and apples. If the two exams are alike, then it would be much easier to tackle them, but if they vary, and if these differences are more pronounced, then preparing for the two exams could be a herculean task. So, in this article, we try to decode the mystery related to CLAT and AILET exams, by placing them side by side and trying to figure out where they overlap and where they take divergent paths.
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What do students exactly want to know about these two exams (CLAT and AILET)?
When appearing in a national-level exam like AILET or CLAT, one question the student has in mind is the difficulty level. Because it will be the basis of one's preparation; like if the exam is a very difficult one, then one has to prepare harder, longer, and with more dedication. And without going into the specifics, it can be safely assumed that both AILET and CLAT being national-level exams, a certain minimum level of difficulty is guaranteed. Now, how difficult the exam would hinge on a number of factors like the seat intake, number of applicants, exam pattern, in addition to the question paper itself. Note that sometimes a particular exam pattern may suit you, but if it is tweaked a bit, you may feel a bit uncomfortable and out of water.
In this article on CLAT Vs AILET, Careers360 examines the two law entrance exams threadbare, highlighting areas where they differ, examining pros and cons, and finding areas of convergence.
CLAT Vs AILET - Basic differences
CLAT, which stands for Common Law Admission Test, is conducted by the Consortium of NLUs. The programmes offered through this exam are five-year integrated BA LLB, BCom LLB, BBA LLB, Bsc LLB, BSw LLB and LLM programmes.
On the other hand, AILET, which stands for All India Law Entrance Test, is conducted by the National Law University (NLU), Delhi. The institute currently offers a five year integrated BA LLB and one-year LLM programmes.
CLAT Vs AILET - Mode of exam
As per the official notification released for the exam, CLAT 2021 is stated to be conducted in pen-and-paper mode; currently, the exam stands postponed in view of COVID-19 pandemic. AILET 2021 will also be conducted in pen-and-paper mode.
CLAT Vs AILET - Participating institutes and seats offered
There is only one participating institute under AILET, that is, NLU Delhi. Also, AILET offers 110 seats for the LLB programmes whereas 70 seats for the LLM programme. On the other hand, CLAT has 22 participating NLUs that offer around 2,622 seats at the undergraduate level and around 808 seats at the postgraduate level.
CLAT Vs AILET - Exam Pattern and Syllabus
The exam pattern of both the exams has some major differences.
To start with, CLAT is a 2-hour long exam, whereas AILET is 90 minutes long. Also, the AILET question paper for both the BA LLB and LLM programme will include 150 multiple-choice questions. However, in the case of CLAT UG question paper, while there are 150 multiple-choice questions, the CLAT PG paper will include 120 objective type questions and two essay-type questions. Refer to the table below to get more insights into the exam pattern for the two exams.
Number of Questions
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
No. of questions
CLAT Vs AILET: Level of Competition
The two exams vary highly in terms of the competition. Since AILET offers only a handful of seats and that too, to only one participating institute which also happens to be one of the top NLUs of India, the competition is cut-throat. This is not to say that cracking CLAT and making a place for oneself in 22 NLUs is a cakewalk. However, when pitted against AILET, the competition in CLAT is lesser.
CLAT Vs AILET: Pros and Cons
Now that the major differences have been pointed out between AILET and CLAT, let’s look into the pros and cons of each of these exams and analyze which exam is the most appropriate for law aspirants.
AILET - Pros
A remarkable feat - Considering the high level of competition in AILET, cracking the exam and getting into the second-best National Law University is indeed a marker of great achievement. While a candidate who graduates out of NLU, Delhi, does not only have quality training in law to boast of but also carries with himself/herself the tag of having done the almost impossible! An NLUD tag coupled with extensive knowledge about the field will shine bright in any student’s CV.
AILET - Cons
High competition - The competition in AILET is cut-throat and an opportunity to get a seat in NLU, Delhi, is minimal if one does not give one’s absolute best to the preparations. Since roughly 17,000 candidates apply for AILET every year for only 110 seats, the difficulty level of the paper is always set higher. Therefore, AILET is an intimidating affair for all law aspirants and it's only with rigorous practice, top-notch preparations, and clever time management strategies that they will be able to crack the paper.
Handful of exam centres - Another con of AILET is that it normally has fewer exam centres than that of CLAT. This can put many candidates in the lurch as they may have to travel to far off places to take the examination in. May is a post-boards month and therefore the time when most of the entrance examinations take place. Therefore, travelling may pose to be inconvenient for candidates around this time.
Unreliable as the sole option - Since AILET is a hard nut to crack, candidates cannot afford to rely solely on this exam. Also, AILET is a gateway to only one law university which makes candidates’ dependence on it a riskier affair. Therefore, law aspirants should not be overconfident about their success in the exam and depend only on it because the exam may throw an unexpected curveball and candidates may lose their one and only opportunity to kickstart their law career.
CLAT - Pros
Lesser competition - Since CLAT has more participating institutes and seats to offer, the competition is less fierce. Therefore, candidates who may not get through AILET may have a higher chance to secure a seat through CLAT. Having said that CLAT is also one of the toughest law entrances in India. But as compared to AILET, it can be a source of relief for many candidates.
Reliable backup plan - CLAT can redeem those aspirants deserted by AILET therefore acting to be a trusted backup option. Since the AILET examination will also be held first, candidates will already have gained a considerable grip over the paper pattern and the types of questions generally asked in law entrances. No matter what their experience may be, they can use the lessons learnt during AILET to the fullest extent in CLAT.
Top colleges - CLAT is the sole gateway to 22 premier NLUs of India. Some of the topmost law universities which the exam offers admissions to is NLU, Bangalore, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, National Law University, Jodhpur, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar occupying first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth positions respectively. So if a candidate manages to secure a high rank in CLAT, he/she may get to study in any of these top law universities.
CLAT - Cons
A few not well-known colleges - Out of the 22 participating institutes under NLU, not all occupy the top ranks in the list of top NLUs. A lower score in CLAT may lead candidates to enter those NLUs which were probably the least preferred by them. However, candidates should remember that all the NLUs are respectable law universities and that each of them is known to provide quality education. But still compared to the top NLUs, they lack some of the key advantages, like industry connect and placement.
CLAT Vs AILET - Which one to choose
Though AILET and CLAT come with their own share of pros and cons, it will be an unwise decision on the part of the candidate to choose one out of the two and leave the other. The aspirant should go for both the exams mainly for the following two reasons:
Since AILET is scheduled before CLAT, the candidate will already get to experience the exam before CLAT. This will ensure that the candidate gets more confidence and inputs for CLAT which is likelier to fetch him a seat than AILET.
Taking only the AILET is like a candidate risking it all knowingly. As the AILET provides admissions to only one NLU and is, therefore, one of the toughest law entrances, candidates should make sure that they take CLAT and perform well in it.
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Questions related to CLAT
If we get more marks in CLAT then after we want to pay NLU fees???
Yes, you will have to pay the fee of NLU after qualifying CLAT , even if you top the CLAT examination then also you will have to pay the fee.
This is because,
the CLAT examination is just an entrance examination to shortlist students for admission and not for the exemption of fee.
As per the fee structure of NLU Bangalore one year fee for UG course is provided below for different category :-
Fees Structure UG ( For 1 Year)
SC / ST
You can check the same at
To help you further,
Below is CLAT UG examination pattern, so that you can prepare accordingly :-
* total number of questions :- 150 questions
* type of questions asked :- mcqs/objective. Basically, your clat question paper will contain several passages of around 300 to 450 words and those passages will be followed by series of mcqs.
* medium of the question paper :- English
* mode of the examination :- it will be conducted in offline mode / pen paper based examination
* total marks :- the examination will be conducted for a total of 150 marks
*Duration of the examination :- 2 hours
*marking scheme :-
. -) you get one mark for each correct answer .
. -) here is penalty of 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer
Subject wise number of questions in your clat 2021 examination is provided below:-
*english language :- 28 - 32 questions
*quantitative techniques :- 13-17questions
*Legal Reasoning :- 35-39 questions
*current affairs including gk :- 35-39 questions
*Logical Reasoning :- 28-32 questions
For more details regarding clat examination pattern you can visit our page at
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how to prepare for clat in 60 days with boards
CLAT will be conducted for two hours carrying 150 MCQs, each question is for one mark, and 0.25 mark is deducted for each incorrect attempt. It consists of sections such as comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning sections .
First of all make a timetable, be acquainted with paper pattern and syllabus which you can check out at https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2021/ug-syllabus.html and devote time to each section accordingly.
For General Knowledge and Current Affairs, you can go through magazines such as Pratiyogita Darpan, the best way to deal with dynamic portion is reading newspaper on a daily basis ,you can choose The Hindu or The Indian Express.For static GK part,you can use Lucent's GK. Also,you can search in Internet there are many sites which have compiled this in an organized manner pertaining to different subjects.
For Aptitude, you can use Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning by A P Bhardwaj o rLegal Awareness and Legal Reasoning by Pearson.
For Logical Reasoning, you can use any reasoning book such as Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey or even Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal. try to get your concepts clear first and then practice in a steady manner.
For Elementary Mathematics with Numerical Ability, use Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal, you can also use NCERTs book to build the basic concepts.
For Language Comprehension, you can use Wren and Martin for grammar, and Norman Lewis's Word Power Made Easy to build vocabulary, also reading editorials section of The Hindu and The Indian Express will help you immediately to grasp the comprehension part along with enriching your vocabulary.
At last visit the official website at https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/ to know more details regarding question paper format, sample paper and other such important aspects related to preparation of CLAT.
where can I get best online coaching for CLAT and AILET exams.
Some of the best online coaching for CLAT and AILET exam are the following
T. I. M. E
KNOWLEDGE NATIONAL LAW CENTRE
SRI RAM LAW ACADEMY
Hope this information will help you
Now that CLAT 2021 is postponed, Is the exam expected to be conducted in late July or August ? Please respond ASAP!!!!!!!!
Right now it is difficult to predict when the exam will be conducted as the situation in India is not good. Due to the ongoing pandemic the CLAT was postponed so until the situation is under control it is difficult to conduct any exams. So we have to wait for the officials to declare the new dates. The consortium of NLUs has finally postponed the CLAT 2021 exam date due to COVID-19 pandemic in the country, on May 15. A new date for CLAT 2021 will be announced soon. Keep an eye on the official website for the latest information.