AILET Exam Pattern – BA LLB, LLM, PhD Exam Pattern, Syllabus

National Law University (NLU), Delhi defines the AILET exam pattern 2020 for candidates seeking admission to its BA LLB, LLM, and PhD programmes in law. The exam pattern of AILET 2020 will vary for candidates applying for different courses. Hence, it is advised to frame a preparation plan as per the AILET exam pattern of the particular course that you have applied for. 

Knowing the exam pattern and syllabus of AILET 2020 will be beneficial for the candidates in strategizing an effective preparation plan. The AILET 2020 exam will take place on August 9, 2020 and candidates will be allotted 90 minutes to solve the AILET question paper. Scroll through this article to delve deeper into the insights of AILET exam pattern 2020.       


AILET Exam Pattern – Highlights 

  1. NLU, Delhi holds the authoritative rights to make changes in the AILET exam pattern 2020
  2. The All India Law Entrance Test2020 is an offline i.e. pen and paper-based exam, which is to be held on August 9, 2020
  3. The exam shall be conducted in one shift i.e. from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  4. The exam pattern of AILET 2020 shall be different for BA LLB, LLM, and PhD courses 
  5. Total duration of the exam is 90 minutes

AILET Exam Pattern – Course-wise 

Candidates can check all the vital information about AILET exam pattern 2020 with the help of below table:

Course-wise Exam Pattern of AILET 2020

Parameters BA LLB LLM PhD
Mode of Exam Offline  Offline Offline
Duration of Exam 90 Minutes  90 Minutes 90 Minutes
Number of Questions 150  150 100
Nature of Question  Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Maximum Marks  150 150 100
Marking Scheme
  • +1 for right answer 
  • -0.25 for wrong answer 
  • No marks for unattempted questions
  • +1 for right answer 
  • -0.25 for wrong answer
  • No marks for unattempted questions
  • +1 for right answer 
  • -0.25 for wrong answer
  • No marks for unattempted questions

 AILET Exam Pattern 2020 (BA LLB)

Subjects   Number of Questions Number of Marks 
English  35 35
General Knowledge  35 35
Legal Aptitude  35 35
Reasoning  35 35
Elementary Mathematics  10 10

AILET Exam Pattern 2020 (LLM)

The AILET LLM question paper comprises 150 multiple choice questions from the following subjects: 

  1. Criminal Law 
  2. Constitutional Law 
  3. Law of Contract 
  4. Jurisprudence 
  5. Law of Tort
  6. International Law

NLU, Delhi hasn’t defined any sectional breakup as to  how many questions shall be asked from which subject. Hence, each of the subjects stated above holds equal importance during the AILET LLM preparation. 

Read More : AILET Exam Dates – Final and Tentative Dates, Highlights

AILET Exam Pattern 2020 (PhD)

There shall be 100 questions (MCQs) in AILET PhD question paper as per the exam pattern. As per the AILET PhD paper pattern, 50% of the questions belong to Research Methodology and rest 50% are from varied topics.  

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Sectional Weightage in AILET PhD Exam Pattern 

Subjects Weightage 
Research Methodology* 50% i.e. 50 marks 
Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Contract, Jurisprudence, Law of Tort and International Law 50% i.e. 50 marks 

*Candidates looking to pursue a PhD programme need to submit their research proposals. The research methodology marks shall be given on the basis of:

  • Title
  • Statement of problem and background information on the subject
  • Research questions, hypothesis, and methodology
  • Research design      

AILET Syllabus 2020

NLU, Delhi has prescribed a broad syllabus for AILET LLB whereas the syllabus for AILET LLM and PHD is confined to legal subjects. 


Sections  Topics
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Inference-based questions
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Word Usage
  • Foreign Words/Phrase
  • Para Jumbles
General Knowledge 
  • International Events
  • UN Bodies
  • Major Developments (Geopolitics and Environmental Agreements)
  • Current Affairs
  • Eminent Personalities
  • Sports
  • Awards and Honours
Legal Aptitude 
  • Torts
  • Vicarious Liability
  • Strict Liability
  • Law of Crimes
  • Contracts and Constitutional Law
  • International Law
  • Intellectual Property Rights 
  • Legal Awareness (Constitutional Law and Polity)
  • Series
  • Blood Relations
  • Directions
  • Critical Reasoning 
  • Syllogism
  • Analogy
Elementary Mathematics 
  • Average 
  • Numbers
  • Algebra 
  • Geometry 
  • Probability
  • Quadratic Equations 
  • Arithmetic Progression/Geometric Progression

AILET Question Papers (Previous Years’)

The previous years’ question papers of AILET are helpful in understanding the exam pattern and the nature of questions closely. The tables below have downloadable links of AILET previous years’ question papers in PDF format for the ease of aspirants. 

AILET BA LLB Question Papers

Year 2019 2018 2017
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AILET LLM Question Papers

Year 2019 2018 2017
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AILET PhD Question Papers 

Year 2019 2018 2017
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List of Colleges accepting AILET Score 

AILET is a national-level exam and apart from NLU, Delhi, there are other prestigious law colleges that grant admission in different law programmes on the basis of AILET score.

Colleges that accept AILET Score 

Name of the Institution Location 
National Law University Delhi
The Northcap University Gurugram, Haryana 
Ansal University  Gurugram, Haryana 
SAGE University  Indore, Madhya Pradesh 
Vishwakarma University Pune, Maharashtra 
Jagannath University  Jhajjar, Haryana 
Xavier Law School Bhubaneswar, Odisha 
SS Khanna Girls Degree College  Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh 

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AILET Exam Pattern – FAQs

✔️ Has NLU, Delhi announced any change in the AILET exam pattern 2020?

No. National Law University has not modified the AILET exam pattern 2020. The paper pattern of AILET 2020 will be similar to the previous years.

✔️ I have applied for AILET LLM 2020. What sections do I need to prepare for?

The AILET LLM question paper consists of questions from different subjects like Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Contract, Jurisprudence, Law of Tort and International Law. You need to prepare accordingly.

✔️ What is the duration of AILET 2020?

The examinees shall be given 90 minutes i.e. 1.5 hours to complete the AILET question paper. You need to be exceptionally good at time management to cover maximum questions accurately in AILET 2020.

✔️ How many questions will be there in the AILET BA LLB question paper?

The BA LLB question paper of AILET will comprise 150 questions segregated in five sections - English,General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude, Reasoning, and Elementary Mathematics.

✔️ Will there be any negative marking applicable in AILET 2020?

Yes, 25% marks shall be deducted for each incorrect response. Each question carries 1 mark. Therefore, four wrong answers will lead to deduction of 1 mark.

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