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AILET Syllabus – Topics for B.A. L.L.B, LLM & PhD, Exam Pattern, Books

National Law University (NLU), Delhi prescribes the sections on the axis of which the AILET (All India Law Entrance Test) syllabus 2020 revolves. AILET is conducted for admissions in B.A.LL.B, LL.M and Ph.D. programmes at NLU Delhi. Moreover, a few other law colleges also accept AILET scores for admission in their law programmes. The AILET syllabus for all the three programmes (BA LLB, LLM, and PhD) is prepared separately. 

AILET B.A.LL.B question paper comprises questions from a total of five sections whereas the syllabus for LLM and PhD covers all the major areas of legal subjects including Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Contract, Law of Tort, International Law, etc.

Candidates seeking admission in BA LLB & LLM programmes have to answer a total of 150 questions as per the AILET syllabus. For the doctoral programme (PhD), there shall be 100 questions in the AILET question paper. Refer to this article to get comprehensive details on AILET syllabus 2020. 

Update – AILET 2020 has been postponed, and as per the new dates, the exam will be conducted on August 9. Thus, candidates now have extra time for preparation as per AILET syllabus 2020. Find the official notification below.

AILET Syllabus – Overview

  1. NLU Delhi conducts AILET for admission to B.A. LL.B, LL.M and Ph.D programmes.
  2. AILET syllabus 2020 for all three courses is designed differently.
  3. AILET syllabus 2020 for B.A. LL.B admission will have five sections, namely:
    • English
    • General Knowledge
    • Legal Aptitude
    • Reasoning
    • Elementary Mathematics
  4. AILET syllabus for admission in LL.M programmes will have questions based on different areas of law taught in bachelor’s-level law programmes.
  5. AILET syllabus for Ph.D. will be divided into ‘Research Methodology’ and different areas of law in a 50:50 ratio.
  6. There are a total of  150 MCQs in the AILET question paper for B.A. LL.B and LL.M aspirants.
  7. There are as many as 100 MCQs in the AILET question paper for Phd aspirants.

Read More : AILET Exam Pattern – BA LLB, LLM, PhD Exam Pattern, Syllabus

AILET Syllabus – AILET B.A. LL.B Syllabus

The AILET syllabus for B.A. LL.B admission will have a total of five sections. The topics covered under each of these 5 sections are mentioned in the tables below. 

1. AILET Syllabus 2020 for B.A. LL.B – English

Candidates will have to answer a total of 35 questions from the English section.Each question will carry 1 mark. Also, there shall be a negative marking of 0.25 marks applicable for each incorrect response. 

AILET BA LLB English Syllabus 

Speech Noun Reading Comprehension Foreign Words/Phrase
Voice Analogies Idioms And Phrases Fill In The Blanks
Tense Homonyms Synonyms Para Jumble Sentences
Articles and Conjunction Vocabulary Antonyms Adjective And Determinants
Pronoun Preposition Usage Word Usage Subject-verb Agreement
One-word Substitution Sentence Improvement and Rearrangement Fill In The Blanks With Suitable Words

2. AILET Syllabus 2020 for B.A. LL.B  – General Knowledge

B.A. L.L.B aspirants must have the basic knowledge of the topics they have studied at secondary and senior secondary school. Also, candidates must have the awareness of all the recent happenings around the globe. 

Candidates have to answer a total of 25 GK questions carrying 1 mark each. An incorrect response will lead to a deduction of 25% marks in each question. 

AILET BA LLB General Knowledge Syllabus

Components AILET Syllabus
General Science Basics of Physics, Chemistry and Biology of up to class 10th level
History Freedom movement, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Prominent Revolutions of the World, Culture and Civilisation, etc
Geography Latitudes and Longitudes, Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification, Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation, Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition, Major regions of the world, etc
Economics Industries, Agriculture, Economic reforms in India, National Income, Currency, etc
Civics Politics, Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans, names of prominent ministers in India, Legal structure in India, etc
Current Affairs Majorly current topics are the globe of up to 6 months

Candidates must note that due to the extensive nature of the General Knowledge section, any topics other than those stated above can also be asked in AILET 2020.. 

3. AILET Syllabus 2020 for B.A. LL.B  – Legal Aptitude

While solving the Legal Aptitude section in AILET 2020, candidates have to answer as many as 35 questions with a weightage of 1 mark each. Candidates having basic legal knowledge will be able to solve this section without facing difficulties. 

AILET BA LLB Legal Aptitude Syllabus 

Vicarious Liability Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Constitutional Law Family law
Criminal law Legal Maxims Legal GK Civil Law
Contracts Indian Penal Code Public International Law Law of torts

4. AILET Syllabus 2020 for B.A. LL.B – Reasoning

This section involves 35 questions. Similar to other sections, the marking scheme in the Reasoning section of AILET 2020 involves a negative marking of 25% marks (for each incorrect response). 

AILET BA LLB Reasoning Syllabus 

Paper Folding Directions Coding-Decoding Alphanumeric series
Puzzles Embedded Images Critical path Analogies
Pattern Series and Sequences Figure Matrix Cubes and cuboids Artificial Language
Order and Ranking Input-Output Data Sufficiency Blood Relations
Seating Arrangements Mirror and Water Images Decision Making Calendars
Shape Construction Odd One Out Deductive Reasoning Cause and Effect
Statement and Assumptions Picture Series and Sequences Dices Clocks
Statement and Conclusions Syllogism Statement Analysis

5. AILET Syllabus 2020 for B.A. LL.B  – Elementary Mathematics

Questions in the Elementary Mathematics section of AILET 2020 are aimed at testing the numerical ability of the candidates. The Elementary Mathematics section will consist of 10 questions. The major topics from which the questions were asked in previous years are mentioned below.

AILET BA LLB Elementary Mathematics Syllabus

Number Series Discount Roots and Indices Volumes
Logarithms and Functions Cubes, Dices, etc Ratio and proportions Venn Diagrams
Interest Clocks and Calendars Profit and Loss Time, Speed and Distance
H.C.F and L.C.M Averages and Mixtures Permutation and Combination Time and Work
Fractions and decimals Areas Percentages Simplification
Number system

AILET Exam Pattern for B.A. LL.B

The exam pattern of AILET 2020 for B.A. LL.B admission at NLU Delhiis mentioned below:

  1. Mode of Exam* – Pen and Paper mode (Offline)
  2. Type of Questions – Multiple Choice Questions
  3. Number of Questions – 150
  4. Exam Duration – 1.5 hours (90 minutes)
  5. Marking Scheme – (+)1 mark for each correct response; (–)0.25 marks for each incorrect response
  6. Number of Sections – 5

Section Wise Distribution of Questions

Name of the Section Number of Questions
English 35
Legal Aptitude 35
Reasoning 35
General Knowledge 35
Elementary Mathematics 10
Total 150

*In case of any problems in conducting the exam in pen and paper mode, NLU Delhi might explore the possibilities of conducting the AI-Enabled Remote Proctored examination. A new notification regarding the same will be released well in advance (if such an option is considered) 

AILET UG 2020 – Recommended Books for B.A. L.L.B. Aspirants

Candidates having the best study material will have an advantage over the other test-takers. The section-wise recommended books are as follows.

Section Name Name of the Book Author/Publisher
English High School English Grammar and Composition Wren and Martin
Elementary Mathematics Mathematics textbooks up to class 10th NCERT
Reasoning Analytical Reasoning MK Pandey
Legal Aptitude Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning for CLAT and LLB Entrance Examinations A.K. Bhardwaj
General Knowledge General Knowledge Lucent
Current Affairs Daily newspaper
Panorama Yearbook Pratiyogita Darpan Editorial Team

AILET UG – Previous Years’ Question Papers

Candidates who want to practice the questions designed as per the syllabus and test structure can use the AILET previous year’s question papers. PDF links to the AILET UG question papers from the past three years are as follows. 

Previous Years’ Question Papers for AILET UG

Year Link to the Question Paper Link to the Answer Key
AILET UG 2019 Click here to access PDF Click here to access PDF
AILET UG 2018 Click here to access PDF Click here to access PDF
AILET UG 2017 Click here to access PDF Click here to access PDF

AILET Preparation Tips for B.A. LL.B

Candidates can use the below-mentioned tips to prepare for AILET UG 2020.

  1. Plan to study strictly on the basis of AILET syllabus 2020.
  2. Design a target-oriented schedule with no space for procrastination
  3. Prepare using the most recommended books and study material for AILET UG
  4. Practice the previous years’ question papers for more concrete preparation
  5. Read resourceful newspapers on a daily basis to brush up your general knowledge and current affairs

AILET Syllabus – AILET LL.M Syllabus

The AILET syllabus 2020 for LL.M admission includes topics from different areas of law. Candidates must have a good hold on the topics studied at the bachelor’s level to qualify the exam. As per the AILET exam pattern and syllabus, candidates have to answer as many as 150 questions from the topics they have already studied while pursuing LLB.  

NLU Delhi does not specify the names of the sections to be included in the AILET syllabus for PG admission. However, based on the curriculum of the LLB degree course, we have suggested the best combination of topics that have a high probability of being included in the AILET Syllabus for LLM. 

AILET PG Syllabus 

Public international law Family Law Banking and Insurance Law Criminal Law
Administrative Law Law of Evidence Interpretation of statutes Constitutional Law
Private International Law Labour Law Consumer Protection Act Law of Contract
Tax law International Trade Law Corporate Law Jurisprudence
Environmental Law Human Rights Investment and Competition Law Law of Tort
Code of Civil Procedure International Humanitarian Law Women and Law International Law
Code of Criminal Procedure Company law Healthcare Law Intellectual Property Law

AILET Exam Pattern for LL.M

Candidates must be aware of the exam pattern for AILET PG. Knowing the AILET syllabus along with the exam pattern helps in making a better preparation strategy.

  1. Mode of Exam – Pen and Paper mode (Offline)
  2. Type of Questions – Multiple Choice Questions
  3. Number of Questions – 150
  4. Exam Duration – 1.5 hours (90 minutes)
  5. Marking Scheme – (+)1 mark for each correct response; (–)0.25 marks for each incorrect response
  6. Number of Sections – Not defined

There will be no specific weightage for any of the topics

AILET PG 2020 – Recommended Books

Candidates must refer to the textbooks they studied while pursuing their LLB degree course. All the topics must be covered religiously to qualify the AILET PG 2020.

AILET PG – Previous Years’ Question Papers

Before the admission year 2019-20, the AILET PG question papers had a descriptive question in the form of essays. However, the exam pattern has been changed with time. Now, all the questions in AILET PG are objective-type in nature. Thus, candidates should ignore the descriptive questions while practising the previous years’ question papers. 

Previous Years’ Question Papers for AILET PG

Year Link to the Question Paper Link to the Answer Key
AILET PG 2019 Click here to access PDF Click here to access PDF
AILET PG 2018 Click here to access PDF Click here to access PDF
AILET PG 2017 Click here to access PDF Click here to access PDF

Preparation Tips for AILET LLM

  1. Refer to the books of LLB to figure out the chapters to be prepared for AILET LLM
  2. Prepare a schedule after calculating the number of days left for the exam and allot time for the topic-wise preparation accordingly
  3. Practice the previous years’ question papers and mock tests available online to increase speed and accuracy

AILET Syllabus – AILET PhD Syllabus

The AILET syllabus 2020 for the Ph.D. programme is broadly segregated into two parts- one is ‘Research Methodology’ and another comprises different topics from core legal subjects. Candidates looking to pursue a PhD programme need to submit their research proposals. AILET PhD question paper consists of 100 questions with a specific weightage to Research Methodology questions. 

Sectional Weightage for AILET PhD

Section Weightage
Research Methodology 50%
Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Contract, Jurisprudence, Law of Tort and International Law 50%

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 Exam Pattern for PhD.

An exclusive AILET syllabus and exam pattern is designed for admissions in the PhD programme. The details mentioned below will help you in getting familiar with the AILET test structure for PhD admission. 

  1. Mode of Exam – Pen and Paper mode (Offline)
  2. Type of Questions – Multiple Choice Questions
  3. Number of Questions – 100
  4. Exam Duration – 1.5 hours (90 minutes)
  5. Marking Scheme – (+)1 mark for each correct response; (–)0.25 marks for each incorrect response
  6. Number of Sections – 2
  7. Name of Section – Research methodology and different areas of Law

AILET Phd – Previous Years’ Question Papers

Candidates must practice the previous years’ question papers and analyse the important topics for AILET PhD. 

Previous Year’s Question Paper for AILET UG

Year Link to the Question Paper
AILET PhD 2019 Click here to access PDF
AILET PhD 2018 Click here to access PDF
AILET PhD 2017 Click here to access PDF

AILET Syllabus – Frequently Asked Questions

✔️ Is the AILET syllabus 2020 similar for admission to UG, PG and doctoral courses?

No. National Law University prescribes separate AILET syllabus for UG, PG and doctoral courses. However, the syllabus for LLM and PhD will have questions from core legal subjects.

✔️ What are the sections in AILET syllabus for B.A. LL.B?

NLU Delhi has designed the AILET UG syllabus based on different topics from five sections including Elementary Mathematics, General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning and English.

✔️ Is AILET tougher than CLAT?

The syllabuses of AILET and CLAT are designed on the same lines and both hold the importance of national-level law entrance exams. However, the difficulty level of both the exams vary each year. Sometimes AILET is tougher and sometimes CLAT gets an edge over AILET in terms of difficulty level.

✔️ In what mode will the NLU Delhi conduct AILET?

NLU Delhi conducts the AILET in a pen and paper-based mode. However, if there are difficulties in conducting the AILET due to the global pandemic, NLU Delhi may look at the other possibilities like AI-Enabled Remote Proctored examination to conduct the examination online. Any change in the mode of examination will be informed well in advance.

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