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AILET’17: The Expert Analysis

AILET aspirants across the nation felt the same about yesterday’s paper. “It was too lengthy.” said one AILET aspirant coming out of her AILET centre, here at NLSIU, Bangalore. Overall, the paper was of a moderate-difficult difficulty level according to our analysis, with the logical reasoning section playing a major role in enhancing its difficulty level. An overall cutoff of 93-97 is expected to get aspirants into the NLU standing tall in the nation’s capital. Let us analyse the paper in detail now.

English: The English section was quite different with one of AILET mainstay. Reading Comprehension not being present. Most of the questions were from vocabulary and grammar. ‘Match the type questions’ were present in grammar, and parajumbles were different than usual and quite time consuming. Those who attempted English first, had lesser time for other sections. The section was tougher than usual and lengthy too. Overall, a score of 27 can be considered decent.

Logical Reasoning: The Logical Reasoning Section had questions from different topics like Blood Relations,Series,Coding Decoding,Direction Sense and Odd One Out which were one liners and also, fairly easy. There were two sets of arrangement along with a grouping set which was doable. What came across as troublesome was the set based on Input-Output which took a lot of time to yield answers. The section also featured a set from Decision Making,which in fact,was a new concept altogether but as it has been the trend of AILET to introduce something new every year,this set was okay. The questions were average.
The section also had 5 Critical Reasoning based questions which was a mixed bag of passage based assumption and strengthening and weakening the argument questions. There was one question on parallel reasoning concept which was doable.

Overall the section was doable leaving the two sets of Input-Output and decision making since they consumed some good amount of time that in a way meant losing out time to solve other questions in the paper taking into consideration the lengthy structure of the paper this year. A score of 23-25 would be great.

General Knowledge: The General Knowledge section did not come as a surprise for most of the aspirants. We think that the section was of an easy-moderate difficulty level. The section majorly consisted of current affairs which would have been easy for any regular newspaper reader. The static GK part of the question paper was fairly easy and balanced. Questions pertaining to economics, science consisted a major chunk of the static GK part. We think that anything more than 25 in this section should be a good score.

Maths: The Mathematics section proved to be pretty straight forward and featured no surprises for the candidates. Basic arithmetic questions, mainly from Class 10 syllabus, were asked and included questions on Average, Time, Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Ages, Percentages, Calendars, Upstream-Downstream and Trains. The level of difficulty of these questions was found to be easy-moderate, and we believe that a score of 7 is attainable and depicts a decent score.

Legal Reasoning and Aptitude: The AILET paper of 2017 saw students struggling to crack it with the average difficulty being higher than that of previous years. The legal reasoning section was largely dominated by legal GK questions with questions ranging from the tenure of a Chief Vigilance Commissioner to the Delhi HC recent order to Facebook regarding accounts operated by children. The reasoning questions were also quite lengthy and required aspirants to apply multiple principles in the concerned area to crack a particular question. In short, it was drafted in a manner which facilitated those with a regular and systemic preparation. We expect a good score to be in the range of 26-28.

We urge you to analyse your strengths and weaknesses after yesterday’s net practice session and gear up for the real battle on May 14th. Take as many mock tests as possible and analyse them too. We wish you all the best for CLAT.

PS: If you’re out of mock tests and need more to practice; here are some mock tests designed by experts to help you prepare for the D’Day in the best way possible.



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3 thoughts on “AILET’17: The Expert Analysis

  1. The General Knowledge section ‘did not come as a surprise for most of the aspirants’ is putting it rather lightly. It definitely did not have the shock value of the legal reasoning section, but I think I echo the sentiments of many NLUD aspirants when I say that the slightly bizarre questions about the appearance of Zabivaka and Navetj Sarna’s previous posting made it a difficult section as compared its previous years’ counterparts.


  2. I’m sorry but the GK section was the most bakwas (If I put it gently)
    A question like who is the mascot of The games is expected but what it wears?!!?! Nu uh
    A lot of us found it the worst..


    1. We understand your concern. While you individually might have found it ‘bakwaas’, the general perception about the section has been reflected in our blog post.


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