Know the difference between CLAT vs AILET 2022

By Aman Prakash|Updated : July 8th, 2021

When it comes to which Law Entrance exam to take: CLAT or AILET, a long-running debate starts among the students appearing in the examinations. The students want to know about these two exams whether they are alike or different from each other. Both are National Level Law Entrance Examinations. In this article we will try to solve this mystery by placing both the exams side-by-side and try to figure out where they overlap or where they take divergent paths.

Read the full article to know all about CLAT vs. AILET

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CLAT vs AILET 2022

How CLAT is different from AILET

Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted by The Consortium of National Law Universities to offer courses for UG and PG programs. A total number of 22 National Universities take participate in the exam every year and other several universities offer admission on the basis of CLAT merit. On the other hand, the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is conducted by the National Law University Delhi to select students for its law program and is considered only for law admissions in NLU Delhi, on the other hand, enables the student to take admission at the various private law universities in India.

CLAT vs AILET Exam Pattern

The table below contains similarities and differences between the AILET exam pattern and the CLAT exam pattern.




Exam mode



Total no. of questions



Types of questions

 comprehension based Objective- type questions


Test Duration

120 minutes

90 minutes

Negative marking

+1 for each correct answer,

-0.25 for every incorrect answer.

+1 for each correct answer,

-0.25 for every incorrect answer.

 As the relief to law aspirants, both the law entrance exams have the same test pattern for the UG programme i.e.;

  1. The question paper of CLAT and AILET are based on
  • English Language
  • Current Affairs including General Knowledge
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques
  1. The Consortium of NLUs announced some notable changes in the exam pattern of CLAT by reducing the number of questions to 150 by increasing the Comprehensive type of questions in each section.

  2. Whereas, the exam pattern of AILET remains the same in terms of exam mode, subjects and weightage.

CLAT vs AILET: Section-wise Details

Let us understand, the key features of both the entrance exams on this table below;


Questions and marks for CLAT

Questions and marks for AILET

English including Comprehension



General Knowledge including Current Affairs



Quantitative Techniques for CLAT

Elementary Mathematics for AILET




Legal Aptitude/ Reasoning



Logical reasoning






Negative Marking

0.25 marks

0.25 marks

Difference between CLAT and AILET Application Fees

There is a difference in the application fees of CLAT and AILET and it can be understood from the table below


CLAT application fees

AILET application fees

General/ Other Backward Class (OBC)/ Persons with Disability (PwD)/ Non- Resident of India (NRI)/Person of Indian Origin (POI)/ Overseas Citizens (OCI)/ Kashmiri Migrants

Rs. 4,000

Rs. 3,050


Rs. 3,500

Rs. 1,050

Below Poverty Line (BPL)

Rs. 3,500

Not to pay

 Which is tougher – CLAT or AILET?

The first thing that comes in the mind of a candidate before appearing at the entrance is which one is difficult to crack. If you compare the number of applicants per seat then definitely AILET is tougher than CLAT.

  • Approximately 59,000 candidates submit their application for 3283 seats of 22 NLUs

  • Approximately 19,000 candidates appear for 180 seats of NLU Delhi

Thus, in CLAT approximate number of 17 candidates compete for just one seat. However, on the other hand, there are around 150 candidates competing for just one seat at NLU Delhi.

An important fact to consider here, is that the majority of applicants apply for both CLAT and AILET exams. Since NLU Delhi is ranked in the top 5 NLUs by NIRF Ranking which makes it tougher to get admission in.

When we talk about the difficulty level of questions in both CLAT and AILET, the latter exam asks tougher questions of Legal Aptitude which is based on core law topics. The CLAT has been modified by increasing comprehensive types of questions, to make it easier for candidates.

Create the perfect plan of section for this section. This may vary from candidate to candidate and with the apt plan of action, you are good to go. I hope this article will help you to solve most of the questions. We wish you all the very best!


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  • No, you may adopt the same preparation strategies for both the examination because the exam pattern and syllabus is more alike.

  • The application fees for General Category in CLAT is Rs. 4,000 and for AILET, it is Rs. 3,050.

  • The duration for AILET is 90 minutes.

  • Both the exams are equally good as both offers opportunity to get admission in prestigious NLUs. However, CLAT candidates can secure admission in 22 NLUs while AILET candidates can secure admission only in NLU Delhi.

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