CLAT Vs AILET - Primary Difference, Syllabus & Exam Pattern

CLAT Vs AILET - Primary Difference, Syllabus & Exam Pattern

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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.

CLAT Syllabus

S.No

Subjects

Number of Questions

Marks

1

English Language

28-32

28-32

2

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39

35-39

3

Legal Reasoning

35-39

35-39

4

Logical Reasoning

28-32

28-32

5

Quantitative Techniques

13-17

13-17

Total

150

150

AILET Syllabus

S.No

Sections

No. of questions

Marks

1

English

35

35

2

General Knowledge

35

35

3

Basic Mathematics

10

10

4

Logical Reasoning

35

35

5

Legal Aptitude

35

35

Total

150

150

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.