AILET and CLAT both are the two most sought-after law entrance exams of the country. Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level exam offering admission to 3-year & 5-year Integrated LLB and LLM programs offered by National Law Universities (except NLU Delhi), conducted on a rotational basis by 22 National NLUs whereas All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is a university-level entrance test used for admissions at NLU Delhi for admission to Undergraduate (UG), Postgraduate (PG) and PhD-level law courses.

  • CLAT Exam offers admission to 22 National Universities and 52 private colleges that participate in this test, while AILET has only one participating institution, and that is National Law University (NLU), Delhi, along with a few other colleges that accept AILET Score.
  • AILET provides a handful of 73 seats for the LLB programs, while 20 seats for the LLM scheme, on the other hand, CLAT has 21 NLUs providing 2,420 seats.
  • AILET for UG courses is a one-hour examination of 150 marks with 150 questions, CLAT for UG is a two-hour examination of 200 marks with 200 questions.
  • Approximately 50,000 students participate in CLAT for about 2,500 seats, whereas more than 18,000 students participate in the AILET exam.

Differences between CLAT and AILET

Criterion Features of CLAT Features of AILET
Conducting Body It is conducted on a rotation basis by 22 national law universities (NLUs) of India mentioned below:
NLSIU Bengaluru NALSAR Hyderabad
NLIU Bhopal WBNUJS Kolkata
NLU Jodhpur HNLU Raipur
GNLU Gandhinagar RMLNLU Lucknow
RGNUL Punjab CNLU Patna
NUALS Kochi NLUO Odisha
NUSRL Ranchi NLUJA Assam
DSNLU Visakhapatnam TNNLU Tiruchirappalli
MNLU Mumbai MNLU Nagpur
MNLU Aurangabad HPNLU Shimla
DNLU Jabalpur DBRANLU Haryana
AILET is conducted by National Law University Delhi (NLU Delhi)
Programs offered BA LLB (Honours), Master of Law (LLM), Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) ,B.Sc LLB ect  BA LLB (Honours), Master of Law (LLM), Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
participating Institutes 22 National Universities and 52 private colleges NLU Delhi, School of Law, Ansal University, The NorthCap University, SAGE University, ISME Law College
Test duration 120 minutes  90 minutes
Exam timings 3 pm to 5 pm  10 am to 11:30 am 
Frequency of Exam Once a year Once a year
  1. There will be no upper age limit for the UG Programme in CLAT 2020.
  2. As regards minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2 or an equivalent examination), the candidates must have secured:
    1. Forty five percent (45%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories
    2. Forty Percent (40%) marks or equivalent in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
  3. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April, 2020 are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2020 examination. However, they shall be required to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
  4. The result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.
  5. In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
    1. Higher marks in the component / section on legal aptitude in the CLAT 2020 exam;
    2. Higher age;
    3. Computerised draw of lots
  • All candidates, other than those applying under the Foreign Nationals category, should appear for the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) and selection shall be solely on that basis.
  • In order to appear for the AILET, candidates should have passed the 10+2 examination and scored a minimum of 50%. However, candidates appearing for 10+2 examinations in the year of the AILET can also apply, provided they meet the above eligibility at the time of admission
Application Fee Rs 4,000 Rs 3,050

CLAT vs AILET Nature of Exams

Important Differences between nature of CLAT and AILET are listed below:

Exam Pattern 

Examination patterns are also different for both exams, too. The variations shall be as follows:

Program Parameter CLAT AILET
LLB Program Total Questions 150 MCQs 150 MCQ
Total Sections 5 sections (English Language, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning). Total Sections: 5 sections (English Language, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning).
Exam Duration 2 hours 90 minutes
Marking Scheme + 1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for each incorrect answer + 1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for each incorrect answer
LLM Program Total Questions
102 MCQs of 1 mark each; 2 Essay questions of 25 marks each

Total Questions: 100 MCQs and 1 Essay Writing question
Total Sections 3 sections Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and other topics (Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.). Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Contract, Jurisprudence, Law of Tort and International Law
Exam Duration 120 minutes 90 minutes
Marking Scheme Marking Scheme: + 1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for each incorrect answer All the 150 questions will carry one mark each. 

Section-wise Weightage of Questions 

The Section-wise Weightage of Questions are also different for both exams, too. The variations shall be as follows:

Subjects  Question and Marks for CLAT  Question and Marks for CLAT
English including Comprehension 28-32 questions of 1 mark each  35 questions of 1 mark each 
General Knowledge including Current Affairs 35-39 questions of 1 mark each  35 questions of 1 mark each 
Quantitative Techniques for CLAT Elementary Mathematics for AILET 35-39 questions of 1 mark each  10 questions of 1 mark each 
Legal Aptitude/ Reasoning  28-32 questions of 1 mark each  35 questions of 1 mark each 
Logical Reasoning 13-17 questions of 1 mark each 35 questions of 1 mark each 
Total 150 questions and marks 150 questions and marks

CLAT vs AILET Competition level 

This is another determining factor that can have a huge effect on the decision to take either of these exams.The level of competitiveness in both the tests is also substantially different.

  • In CLAT, around 60,000 students appear for almost 3200 seats in all the National Universities under it, so the success rate in CLAT is about 5%.
  • AILET has about 180 seats for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and more than 19,000 students will take part in this examination. That indicates that the success rate is about 1%.

This clearly shows that the level of competition for AILET is immense. Therefore, if you appear for each of the tests, you are 5 times more likely to get a seat under CLAT than AILET.

Difficulty Level of CLAT vs AILET

As mentioned above due to low success rate AILET is obviously tougher than CLAT.

  • In CLAT, only General Knowledge and Legal Aptitude will earn you half of the maximum marks, but this is not the case in AILET.
  • In AILET, the time allocated to each problem is much less than the time allocated per question in CLAT. 

We have also seen the success levels of both papers, and statistics actually suggest that AILET is much more difficult than CLAT. In this amazing field of law , both the exams offer great opportunities. Provided that the syllabus is the same, it is better to go for both of them.

As AILET is scheduled to take place before CLAT, the applicant will obtain the actual exam experience prior to CLAT. This would mean that the candidate gets more confidence, which is more likely than AILET to get him a seat.


Can I get extra sheets or papers for calculations and rough work in the exam?

Yes, the students who will appear in the exam hall to write the paper shall get the sheets for calculations or rough work by the invigilators themselves. So, candidates are advised not to carry any kind of papers/notebooks, etc with them in the paper

Are there any items which are banned in the CLAT exam hall?

Yes, there are many times which are not permitted in the exam center. Read the following for the same:

  • Electronic Devices (Mobile Phones/Laptops/Bluetooth/Pager/Health Band/Camera, etc)
  • Metallic Items
  • Stationery Items (Pens/Pencil/Notebooks/Textual Material/Books/Chits/Calculator, etc.)
  • Jewelry Items (all sorts)
  • Watches

How does the allotment of NLUs happen through CLAT?

While applying for CLAT, every candidate is required to submit the preference of the National Law Universities. The preference matching to the rank of the candidate is considered while allotting the National Law University. Apart from domicile, gender, caste category is also considered as each NLU has different seat allocation for each category of student.

What is the mode of CLAT 2021 Exam?

In 2020, the exam was conducted in online mode. But, the Consortium decides whether the CLAT Exam will be in online or offline mode. 

What is the age eligibility condition to apply for CLAT 2021?

There is no upper age limit applicable to anyone who wants to apply for the exam. But, the lower age limit has to be 20 years old and for the candidates who belong to SC/ST and PhD (Physically Disabled) categories, and for others the lower age limit is 22 years old.

When will the AILET 2020 Registration Process begin?

The AILET 2020 Registration Process will begin from 6th January 2020.

What is the mode of AILET Exam 2020?

The AILET 2020 Exam is conducted in offline mode

What is the Eligibility Criteria for AILET 2020?

Candidates passed class 12th with a minimum of 50% can apply for BA LLB while candidates passed the Graduation with 55% can apply for LLM.

Who conducts AILET 2020?

The AILET 2020 is conducted by the National Law University, Delhi.

When is the AILET Exam 2020 conducted for LLM course?

The AILET 2020 Exam is scheduled in the first week of May 2020 for all courses.