AILET 2019 Exam analysis by Team Paradygmlaw: Moderately difficult and Lengthy paper.
Paper = 150 marks , 90 minutes, negative marking of - 0.25
No guesses here - AILET has continued its tradition of giving a difficult and lengthy paper. They have done this consistently from 2008 , when they first conducted this exam. The only thing that has changed is that since 2018 they have also introduced negative marking of 0.25 marks. This has caused the cut off to drop drastically for the open category candidates. In 2017 , the cut off was around 98 marks, however it fell to 71 marks in 2018 (after the introduction of negative marks).
Infact another interesting thing was that in 2018, the highest marks were 98/150 ; so now it seems that with a lengthy paper with difficult questions plus negative marking will make the cut offs nose dive to the 70s.
Those who have studied the past papers well and have analysed the way NLU Delhi tests the students during the entrance would probably have prepared well enough to do well inspite of the length or difficulty level. They would have managed atleast to attempt 120-125 questions in these 90 minutes, by maximising speed and maintaining accuracy.
English section was moderately easy and students who knew this section well would stand at an advantage. This section covered Reading Passage , cloze passage, sentence correction, synonyms, parts of speech, figures of speech like puns, metaphors, oxymorons etc. Good score=22-25 marks
GK Section was easy for those who had prepared their current affairs well. Majority of the questions were from recent news events. AILET is known to ask questions a bit indirectly , so they link the news item with other subjects as well, to test the student's understanding of concepts . In this year they had linked it with geography, banking and economics, science & technology. There were some really easy questions thrown in too - like the one on Bharat Ratna or the Best Film at the Oscars. Good score=24-26 marks
Legal Aptitude Section was lengthy and running into several pages. It was daunting as they did not give a straightforward Fact Principle problem. These questions were made to look tough and time consuming. Each question had 4-5 principles which could be applied. The examiner did not want to give a simple principle fact question like one sees in the clat paper and wanted to test the reasoning ability of the student in greater depth , so those who were not prepared would have definitely been crushed by this section
There were around 13 questions of this nature. Apart from this they also threw in 2 assertion reason questions; the remaining questions were based on current legal gk based on recent news/development in the legal field. Some questions were based on recent judgments while others on recent amendments / recently passed laws. Good score=20-22 marks
Logical Reasoning Section was a bit different from the 2018 paper , with less emphasis on puzzle questions and more on syllogisms, analogies, cause and effect, course of action , fact inference, blood relation , directions etc - the usual suspects in a reasoning section.
Of course, they threw in critical reasoning questions to make this section a difficult one too. Good score=22-24 marks
Maths section was a mixed one with some easy ones which a student could have picked out and scored well in.Topics were Numbers, Profit Loss, Avergaes, Sets, Time Speed Distance etc . Good score=5-7 marks
Paradygmlaw predicts the cut off for AILET 2019 to be in the range of 73-75 marks