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What is the difference between AILET and CLAT?

Last Updated - December 11, 2017

AILET and CLAT both are the two most sought-after law entrance exams of the country. AILET stands for All India Law Entrance Test and CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test. While both the tests serve the law aspirants, there are few factors that make them different from each other.

Being the most popular law exams across the country, students often face a dilemma of choosing between AILET or CLAT. So, how do you decide for which exam you should go for in the first place?

To shrug off this confusion we bring you a comprehensive analysis of both the exams. Let us begin: -


AILET v/s CLAT: The Differences

On the basis of Participating Institutes

This is the first major factor that differentiates these two examinations. And this is one thing in which CLAT is way ahead of AILET.

  • CLAT offers admission to 19 National Universities which participate in this test.
  • On the other hand, AILET has just one participating institute, and that is National Law University (NLU), Delhi.

On the basis of Conducting Body

We have already seen that AILET has only participating institute, NLU Delhi, and it itself conducts this exam. On the other hand, CLAT is conducted on rotational basis by various institutes participating in it.

Note: For the academic session 2018- 19, CLAT will be conducted by National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi

On the basis of Level of Competition

This is another deciding factor that can greatly influence your decision to take any of these tests. The level of competition in both the tests differs drastically.

  • In CLAT, around 50000 students appear for nearly 3000 seats in all the National Universities under it. This means that the success rate in CLAT revolves around 6%.
  • On the other hand, AILET has 110 seats under it (for all the courses combined) and more than 18000 students appear for this test. Which means the success rate is around 0.006%.

This clearly indicates that the level of competition is huge for AILET. So, if you are appearing for both the exams, you are 1000 times more likely to get a seat under CLAT when compared to AILET.

On the basis of Exam Pattern 

Examination Pattern for both the exams are different too. The differences are as follows:

Exam NameCLATAILET
LLB Program

Total Questions: 200 MCQs

Total Sections: 5 sections (English Language, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning).

Exam Duration: 3 hours

Marking Scheme: + 1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for each incorrect answer

Total Questions: 150 MCQs

Total Sections: 5 sections (English Language, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning).

Exam Duration: 90 minutes

Marking Scheme: + 1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for each incorrect answer

LLM Program

Total Questions: 150 Questions

Total Sections: 3 sections Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and other topics (Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.).

Exam Duration: 2 hours

Marking Scheme: + 1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for each incorrect answer

Total Questions: 100 MCQs and 1 Essay Writing question

Exam Duration: 90 minutes

Reference LinksCLAT Exam PatternAILET Exam Pattern

On the basis of Examination Mode

AILET is conducted in offline mode. You will have to fill the bubbles in the OMR sheet provided to you to mark your response. There are approximately 20 Exam Centers across the country. Check AILET Exam Centers.

On the other, CLAT being a much larger exam both by seats and audience, is held in more than 60 cities of the country. Also, CLAT is online computer based exam, so you might just need a little familiarity with computer before the test. Check CLAT Exam Centers

CLAT v/s AILET: Which one is a tougher nut to crack?

Well, at first sight it seems quite obvious that AILET is tougher than CLAT. In CLAT, only General Awareness and Legal Aptitude can get you half of the maximum marks, but it is not the case in AILET.

Also, in AILET, time allotted per question is much lesser than CLAT. We have seen the success rates of both the papers as well, so statistics actually say that AILET is much difficult than CLAT.


Conclusion

Both the exams offer great opportunities in this amazing field of Law. Since the syllabus is same, it is never bad to go for both of them. It is suggested to select the exam according to your preferences and give in your best shot.


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