If you are a law aspirant and preparing for CLAT then AILET (All India Law Entrance Test) conducted by National Law University Delhi would also be on your list. Preparation for CLAT and AILET can go hand in hand. Cracking AILET is more difficult than getting through CLAT, because of less number of seats and number of exam takers being many. Last year for AILET 2016, 16215 applicants had registered for the exam for meagre 81 seats. Before registering for any examination the first and important part is to know your exam, its pattern and kind of questions that come across. Many times students preparing for aptitude based examinations do not specifically go through the intricacies needed and end up in failure. How good your logical thinking might be, a right preparation with exam centric focus can only lead to success. Over the years it has been seen that students with better minds but complacent attitudes have not been able to pass through aptitude based exams too. Hard work and right preparation will surely lead to success. Cracking AILET can be divided into 3 steps.
STEP 1: KNOW YOUR EXAM
As already been specified, the first step to prepare any examination is to know your exam. The following information will help you in getting a fair idea about the exam and its pattern:
Notification for AILET 2017 has already been published by NLU Delhi and application process begins from January 1, 2017. The fee for AILET 2017 is Rs.3,000 for general candidates and Rs.1,000 for persons with disabilities and SC/ST candidates. Students under SC/ST category and below the poverty line are not required to pay any fees. The application procedure is online but payment can be made in online/offline mode. Before starting to fill the form, ensure that you have a scanned copy of your photograph, signature and other necessary documents that too within prescribed size limits. Detail application process can be checked from the website of NLU Delhi. Click here for Official Notification.
Starting date for application: January 1
Application closes: April 07, 2017
Exam date: May 01, 2017
The paper is conducted in offline mode and consists of 150 questions that have to be attempted in 90 minutes. The paper consists of following sections:
English: 35 Marks
This section comprises of questions testing candidate’s language skill and vocabulary. The questions majorly comprise of antonyms, synonyms, idioms and phrases, comprehension passages, etc.
General Knowledge: 35 Marks
This section includes both Current Affairs and static questions covering General Science, History, Geography, Economics, and Civics. The questions in this section can vary from being very general to going into specifics, but overall it tests your awareness of recent happenings and general awareness.
Legal Aptitude: 35 Marks
This section is one of the most interesting part of the paper, the questions are framed as: there is a legal proposition and a factual situation is provided you have to provide the appropriate solution amongst the solutions suggested. It tests your interest in law and problem solving ability. This may section also contain questions based on legal knowledge.
Reasoning: 35 Marks
This section tests your logical thinking and ability. Questions can vary from including mathematical calculations to solving passages. Questions can easily be solved by applying mind and no prior knowledge is required.
Elementary Mathematics: 10 Marks
This section includes basic mathematics and questions mainly include topics like Profit & Loss, Speed, Distance and Time, Percentages, Venn Diagrams and so forth. Questions can also be solved logically without actually knowing the mathematical formulas involved.
STEP 2: RIGHT PREPARATION
This might sound absurd to many law aspirants eagerly waiting to enter into a law school but let me remind you my dear aspirant that preparing for an examination is the most important step but not the only step. Without further dwelling into the philosophical side of taking an exam, which I am a lot into habit of, would directly move towards preparation. Here I would like to act like the relative uncle who is not successful in life but is always ready to give you advices and criticize for anything you chose, just a couple of years back I was also a law aspirant and could not make through AILET (refrain from judging me: I did crack CLAT). So start your preparation with becoming a regular newspaper reader and I would advise The Hindu (please do not read Times Of India entertainment section and call yourself a regular reader), reading a “good” newspaper regularly helps you in two ways firstly, you are updated in your general knowledge which is very important, and secondly, it improves your English. You will come across many words daily while reading the newspaper which you are not aware of, find their meaning and make a note of them, at the end of each week go through your-self created vocabulary. Then do not miss the editors section of the paper, it helps you in solving comprehension passages and again increasing your vocabulary. Regular reading of newspaper can help you in many ways.
I have also been in your shoes just a few years back and I still remember that many mocked me for taking coaching classes for an aptitude based exam. I would suggest going for a coaching class though it can be any short term and not an extensive one. Coaching centres will help you in your preparation when it comes to knowing the shortcuts for solving mathematical based questions and logical reasoning. Whether it is AILET or CLAT, both are speed based examination, not only your level of accuracy should be high but calculation time should also be minimum. In developing speed a coaching centre can play a major role, you might think that such shortcuts can be also be found on internet but on a true note how many actually do that. One important point has to be kept in mind that syllabus for an aptitude based examination is not defined and therefore a coaching centre will help you in finding a defined area in which you can limit your preparation.
The sections and what all they cover have already been stated and again going into the details is needless, so for each section centric preparation, nobody can tell you a book that you read and you will get questions from it its an aptitude based exam, but for logical reasoning you can easily find questions online and as well for legal reasoning, there are various books available in the market which one can refer through. Then General Knowledge section also comprise of static questions which can be prepared by referring to any of the books available in the market. When it comes to mathematical ability, it not only reads as elementary mathematics but questions are also limited to elementary level. Any class 9th and 10th book can be used for preparing this section.
STEP 3: PRACTICE
AILET is a speed based exam and without regular practice cracking it is possible only in dreams. You have 90 minutes for 150 questions, which means that you don’t even have a minute per question. Such speed with maintaining accuracy can only be attained by regular practice. Solve regular mock tests by creating an aura of actual examination, keeping a timer and not breaking the flow in between. Also with practice you can develop some short cuts which will help during the exam and moreover after some mocks you will know how to divide time between sections and which section to attempt first. In a speed based exam you cannot enter the exam hall without a plan. A framework should be there in your mind that in how much time you will attempt the general knowledge section and whether you should devote more time to mathematics or just skip it. So only practice and consistency can lead you to success.