The All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is conducted by the National Law University, Delhi annually to admit students into different law courses and programs of undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. levels. Candidates appearing for the AILET 2021 Exam must be aware of the paper pattern to score better in the exam. Go through the post to get complete information about AILET Exam Pattern 2021.

  • As per the latest announcement made by the NLU, the exam will now be conducted in an online test center-based mode. However, there is no change in the exam pattern for both UG and PG programs.
  • The medium of instruction is in the English language only. The candiadtes will be given 90 minutes to complete the examination according to the AILET paper pattern. All candidates must stick to the time limit, and strive to finish the paper within the stipulated time.
  • Solving AILET Previous Year Papers will help candidates to know the difficulty level of the paper and the type of questions asked in the exam.

AILET Exam Pattern 2021 Highlights

Knowing the exam pattern will help candidates to know the number of questions that will be asked from each section and the marking scheme. Candidates appearing for the exam can check the table below to know the major changes introduced in the AILET 2021.

Particulars Old AILET Exam Pattern New AILET Exam Pattern
Mode of exam Offline (Pen-and-paper based mode) Online (Test centre based mode)
Duration of exam 90 minutes 90 minutes
Subjects General Knowledge Mathematics Legal Aptitude Reasoning English General Knowledge Mathematics Legal Aptitude Reasoning English
Question type MCQs MCQs
Number of questions 150 150
Marking scheme +1 mark for every correct answer
-¼ mark for an incorrect answer
+1 mark for every correct answer
-¼ mark for an incorrect answer
Language of exam English English

AILET Online Coaching

AILET Online Coaching

AILET Paper Pattern 2021 for Different Programs

Having an in-depth concept regarding the AILET Syllabus and exam pattern is the utmost important thing that helps the aspirants to enhance their exam strategy. The exam is considered one of the most challenging law entrance exams, and hence candidates need to prepare the practice set to qualify the examination. Let us have a look at the table below to know the AILET paper pattern of each course.

Exam Pattern BA LLB Programme LLM Programme Ph.D. Programme
Mode of Examination Online Online Online
Type of Questions Objective Objective and Descriptive  Objective
Total Number of Questions 150 MCQ Type 100 MCQ and 1 Descriptive Type 100 MCQ Type
Maximum Marks 150 150 100
Time Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes 1 hour and 30 minutes

AILET Exam Pattern for B.A.LLB 2021

The B.A.LLB is a very renowned five-year duration program at the National Law University, Delhi, and the admission process is completed through the AILET exams. There are almost 80 seats offered for this course and thousands of candidates compete to get selected. Therefore, students appearing for this course must have a full-fledged awareness regarding the AILET B.A.LLB exam pattern. As the AILET Exam Date is not yet announced, starting the preparation by knowing the paper pattern well in advance helps score good marks in the exam.

  • It comprises five sections which are English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge (Current Affairs, General Science, History, Geography, Economics, Civics), Legal Aptitude, Elementary Mathematics.
  • There will be a total of 150 MCQ questions asked in the exam, and all the questions are of objective type.
  • The time duration of the exam is 90 minutes.

Subject-wise Marks Distribution

Let us have a look at the table below to know the number of questions and maximum marks allotted for each section.

Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
English 35 35 1 Hours and 30 Minutes
Logical Reasoning 35 35
General knowledge 35 35
Legal Aptitude 35 35
Elementary Maths (Numerical Ability) 10 10
Total 150 150

AILET Exam Pattern for LLM 2021

Following the AILET Preparation tips provided by experts will help enhance your preparation levels for the upcoming exam. The LLM is a postgraduation degree course held for the duration of 1 year. The  LLM Exam Pattern consists of 100 MCQ type questions with another essay type descriptive question on the assigned topics.

  • The objective-based question carries 100 marks, and the essay based question carries 50 marks.
  • The  LLM papers include the following topics: Law of Contracts, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, International Law, Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, Family Law, Law of Torts, Property Law, Intellectual Property Law

Subject-wise Marks Distribution

The AILET exam pattern of LLM is given below in the table:

Topics Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
MCQ based on Legal Awareness Concepts 100 100 1 Hours and 30 Minutes
Descriptive Essay based on Legal Awareness Concepts 1 50
Total 101 150

AILET Exam Pattern for Ph.D. 2021

making a proper AILET Study Plan would definitely help clear the exam in one go. Getting admission to the Ph.D. level program at the National Law University of Delhi requires humongous effort. Initially, the aspirants have to qualify the written exam, which comprises 100 MCQ questions and the time duration is of 90 minutes. The questions in the Ph.D. exams are framed from the concepts of Research Methodology and Legal Research Aptitude. 

  • The written test is a mere qualifier, but the final selection doesn’t consider any marks from this examination. The candidates who secure up to 50% marks (40% for SC/ST) are further asked to submit their research paperwork.
  • The research proposal can be on any of the topics which they want to pursue in their Ph.D. program. After proper evaluation of the research proposal by the doctoral committee, the candidates are selected for Ph.D. level program in NLU. 

The research proposal shall include the following

  • Title.
  • Statement having the problem and background information on the subject.
  • Hypothesis, Research questions, and methodology.
  • Research design.

Subject-wise Marks Distribution

Go through the table below to know the marks distribution for the Ph.D. program.

Topics Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Duration
MCQ based on Research Methodology and Legal Research Aptitude 100 100 1 Hours and 30 Minutes
Total 100 100

AILET Mock Test

AILET Mock Test

AILET Exam Marking Scheme 2021

Candidates must note that there will be a negative marking in the exam for both UG and PG programs. For each correct answer, candidates will be awarded a +1 mark while 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrongly answered question. Let us have a look at the detailed AILET marking scheme 2021 for each program from the post below.

Marking Scheme for BA LLB

The AILET Exam for UG consists of 150 objective-type questions and each question carries one mark. If a candidate marks two answers for a question, the answer will be invalid, and 0.25 marks will be deducted.

  • There are no provisions for negative marking in case the questions are not attempted.
  • Candidates must avoid changing answers as it can lead to the loss of potential marks. 
Particulars Marks Allotment
Correct Answers +1 Mark
Incorrect Answers -0.25 Marks
Questions left unattempted 0 Mark
Overwriting/ Cutting Answers Loss of Marks

Marking Scheme for LLM Program

In the AILET LLM exam, there are a total of 100 MCQs and 1 descriptive type question. The objective type questions are conducted for a total of 100 marks while descriptive paper for 50 marks.

  • Candidates are awarded +1 marks for each correct answer, while 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrongly answered question.
  • No marks will be deducted for unanswered questions in the exam.
  • Candidates must note that there is a negative marking only for objective type questions in the LLM exam.
Particulars Marks Allotment
Correct Answers +1 Mark
Incorrect Answers -0.25 Marks
Questions left unattempted 0 Mark
Overwriting/ Cutting Answers Loss of Marks

Marking Scheme for Ph. D. Program

There are a total of 100 MOCQ in the exam and each question carries 1 mark. The exam is conducted for a total of 100 marks.

  • For each correct answer, +1 mark will be given for candidates while 0.25 marks for each wrongly answered question.
  • candidates must remember that overwriting of answers leads to the loss of marks.
Particulars Marks Allotment
Correct Answers +1 Mark
Incorrect Answers -0.25 Marks
Questions left unattempted 0 Mark
Overwriting/ Cutting Answers Loss of Marks

AILET Ph.D. Admission Procedure

Candidates willing to seek admission in NLU affiliated colleges must be aware of the AILET Paper pattern so that they can sketch out their exam strategies. Regular practice of Sample Papers and Mock Tests will help the aspirants to have a good command over the entire curriculum of the exam. As per the previous year's AILET Exam Analysis, the exam was a moderate level of difficulty.

Step I Notification about the Number of Available Seats for Ph.D. program. (Depends upon the availability of Supervisors)
Step II Appearing for the Written Test. ( Except exempted category)
Step III Submission of Research Proposal. ( After achieving 50% marks in the written test)
Step IV Assessment of Research Proposal and Presentation before the Doctoral Committee.

FAQ's

Is there any negative marking in the AILET Exam?

Yes. There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrongly answered question in the exam.

Can I request the university to give the exam in any other language?

No. As per the notification, the exam is conducted only in the English language and no one is exempted from this rule.

What are the subjects covered in undergraduate course of AILET 2021 exam?

The following subjects are covered in undergraduate course of AILET 2021 exam:

  • General Knowledge
  • Mathematics
  • Legal Aptitude
  • Reasoning
  • English


What is the mode of AILET Exam 2021?

As per the new changes introduced by the NLU, the exam is conducted in the online mode.