AILET 2019 Exam Analysis and Expected Cut-off

AILET 2019 was conducted on 5 May 2019. Just like last year, students who had felt a sigh of relief after giving the Symbiosis Law paper the day before, felt the shock of their life. The paper was, overall, not only lengthy but difficult.

AILET 2019 Analysis

AILET had a total of 150 questions to be attempted in 90 minutes. The negative marking scheme didn't help the candidates either, considering the level of difficulty of the paper.


The reaction to the English section is bound to vary according to a student's comfort level with the subject matter. However, it is a unanimous conclusion that the section was lengthy.

A quick glance of the paper reveals the following.

Type of Question No of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension (1 passage) 8 Moderate
Synonyms 3 Moderate to Difficult
Parts of Speech 2 Moderate to Difficult
Sentence Correction 10 Easy to Moderate
Figures of Speech 6 Easy to Difficult
Cloze Test 6 Easy
  35 Easy to Moderate

The key to scoring well in this section would be time management. The Cloze Test had 6 questions. There were 10 questions from sentence correction. These two sets could have been attempted in 10 minutes. Two of the three synonym questions were easy. The Figures of Speech had usual suspects like Metaphor, Pun, Epigram along with Metonymy and Oxyomoron. The Parts of Speech questions were relatively difficult and so was the Reading Comprehension Passage. However, the questions for the RC were quite straight forward if one had the reading speed to tackle these questions. Any student with a good reading habit would have found the RC passage to be of moderate level of difficulty. The pattern of the English section was not very different from some of the Mocks provided by CL-LST as part of our endeavour to experiment with the paper. The RC + Cloze test combination was surely there in multiple mocks. So, attempting a lengthy English section should not have been too difficult for our regular test-takers.

Overall the section was not impossible to attempt. Despite its unusual pattern, compared to those of the last couple of years, a serious candidate could have attempted around 30 questions. A score of 22+ will be called a really good effort.

General Knowledge

This section would not have intimidated students as much as the others did. It would have been especially good for students who were more comfortable with current affairs. With almost 33 questions based on recent news/developments, this section seemed to be easy.

However, some of the questions needed complete clarity of concepts. There were 8 questions based on Geography, 3 on science and technology, 6 on Banking and Economics, 2 on Awards, and 2 on Sports. Questions like Best Film Award in Oscar, or Bharat Ratna were the easiest ones. Also, a few of the questions were comprehensive in nature. Someone who regularly followed the news and read Manthan (our in-house news source) would have felt comfortable in this section. A score of 20-22 will be considered ideal.

Legal Aptitude

Just like last year, the LA section remained lengthy. Keeping the tradition of turning legal questions into tedious RC passages, 13 Facts-Principle questions ran into 8.25 pages! The section was also difficult. With 2 sets of five principles followed by 3 questions each and another set of 3 principles followed by three questions each, this section would have made life difficult for students. Additionally, each set had multiple concepts-based principles. It appeared as if the question setter had expected ready-made lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the chapters to be taking this entrance exam. There were just two questions on Reason-Assertion followed by 20 questions of legal knowledge. The knowledge section consisted mostly of current affairs with 10 questions based on recent judgements, amendments, acts, and bills. A score of 18-20 will be an ideal one for this section.

Logical Reasoning

This section threw in a major surprise. Verbal Logic returned with a vengeance. AILET went back to the pre-2014 era with more emphasis on verbal reasoning. Unlike last year, this paper had almost no puzzle except one on 'Selection based on Logical Connectives (If then)'. So, technically, the puzzle was from the logical consistency chapter (Verbal Logic!!!)

However, the Verbal logic questions were not from unfamiliar areas. The usual items - Course of Action, Syllogisms, Cause and Effect, and Critical Reasoning - dominated the section. These questions are not inherently difficult but they do prove to be tricky for many students. So, conceptual clarity would have been the key. The CL-LST mocks had such questions in abundant numbers. So, those who had taken the tests seriously would have found these questions attemptable.

The section was a tad lengthy too. There were 8 'singlets', though easy, from the Analytical Reasoning section (Arrangements, Direction Sense, Clocks, Blood Relations) along with 5 Critical Reasoning questions.

Overall, an attempt of around 25 questions with a score of 20+ will be considered ideal for this section.

A detailed break-up of the questions is as follows:

Type of Question No of Questions Difficulty Level
Puzzle (Shoppers Stop) 7 Moderate to Difficult
Course of Action 3 Easy to Moderate
Syllogisms 2 Easy
Analogies 3 Easy to Moderate
Cause and Effect 2 Easy to Moderate
Inference (DT, PT, PF) 5 Moderate
Individual Qns (Direction Sense, Blood Relations, Clocks, Arrangements) 8 Easy
Critical Reasoning 5 Moderate
  35 Moderate


Despite its tag as the 'universal nemesis' for many law entrance test takers, the Mathematics section this year was actually easy. Instead of following the norm of skipping this section altogether, if a student would have just spared around 10 minutes to this, s/he would have found 5-7 easy questions. A couple of questions on Averages, Profit & Loss, and Pipers & Cisterns were lengthy. However, the questions on Number Systems, Venn Diagrams, Time Speed & Distance, and Mensuration were not difficult to attempt. The dominance of Arithmetic (7/10) would have been welcomed by many.

Overall, the structure of AILET 2019 was similar to that of 2018. The paper remained lengthy and the cut-off is expected to remain low by AILET standards.

Students who had prepared with CL-LST would have found GK to be a cakewalk as almost all the questions were from Manthan and Masterstroke. Many students, after coming out of the exam hall, said that the CL-LST Mocks were similar in difficulty level to the actual AILET paper. Our experiments at giving different kinds of mock papers seemed to have paid off as our students found the paper lengthy but doable.

CL-LST expects the cut-off for AILET 2019 to be in the range of 75-77.

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key, and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by Career Launcher (CL-LST). We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken based on this information.

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