AILET vs LSAT: Which one is more complicated?

AILET (All India Law Entrance Test) and LSAT India (Law School Admission Test) are two of the most popular law entrance exams in India after CLAT (Common Law Admission Test). National Law University, Delhi conduct AILET for admissions into the law program at NLU Delhi. LSAC conducts LSAT India and its scores are considered for admissions into law programs of more than 50 colleges in India.


While most law aspirants appear for all three exams, it’s essential to understand each exam's complexity level to understand it better.

AILET vs LSAT India - General Overview

All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) are both entrance tests for admissions in UG and PG level programs at top law schools in India. Let’s look at the general differences between the two tests:

Particulars AILET LSAT India
Conducting body National Law University, Delhi Pearson VUE, USA based
Participating colleges National Law University, Delhi 50+ private law schools in India
Level of exam National National
Courses offered by participating colleges BA LLB and LLM BA LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, 3-year LLB, LLM
Seats offered BA LLB - 110 LLM - 70 Depends on Participating colleges

Difference between AILET and LSAT India

Since AILET and LSAT India are conducted for admissions to the different type of law schools, the exams are bound to be different. While AILET is conducted once annually, LSAT India is conducted twice a year. Students can write the LSAT exam twice and submit the best score to get into the law school of their choice. Let us look at some of the differences between the exam pattern and syllabus of AILET and LSAT India:

Parameter AILET LSAT India
Duration of exam 1 hour 30 minutes 2 hours 20 minutes
Mode of exam Offline (Pen & Paper) Remote proctored mode.
Courses offered under the exam UG & PG Programs UG & PG Programs
Number of Questions 150 92 to 100
Total Marks 150 420 - 480

Let us look at the detailed exam pattern and exam syllabus for both AILET and LSAT India in the next section. 

AILET Exam Pattern (Updated) & Exam Syllabus

Let us look at the updated AILET exam pattern and exam syllabus for AILET. Recently, NLU Delhi has deleted two sections namely Legal Reasoning and Numerical Ability from the syllabus of AILET. Let us look at the brief exam pattern for AILET  below:

Sections Subjects Total number of questions Marks
Section A English language 50 50
Section B General knowledge (Current affairs) 30 30
Section C Reasoning 70 70
Number of Questions 150 150

Now, let us look at some of the important topics of AILET syllabus that are asked from each section:

Name of the section Topics Included
  • Blood relations
  • Ranking
  • Syllogism
  • Assertion
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Logical links
  • Identifying patterns
  • Statements
  • Illogical Arguments
  • Direction and Distance
  • Series
  • Analogies
General Knowledge
  • Sports
  • Eminent Personalities
  • General Science
  • Awards And Honors
  • Economics
  • International Events
  • Geography
  • Geopolitics
  • UN Bodies, History
  • Civics
  • Current Affair
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

LSAT Exam Pattern & Exam Syllabus

Now, let us look at the LSAT exam pattern and exam syllabus. Conducted in a remote proctored mode, LSAT is slightly tricker than CLAT and AILET. It has four sections namely Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning (1), Logical Reasoning (2) and Reading Comprehension

Sections Number of Questions Time allotted
Analytical Reasoning 23 35 minutes
Logical Reasoning (1) 22 35 minutes
Logical Reasoning (1) 23 35 minutes
Reading Comprehension 24 35 minutes
Total 92 Approx 2 hours and 20 minutes

The section-wise LSAT India syllabus is mentioned below:

Section Topics Included
Analytical Reasoning
  • Arrangements
  • Comparisons
  • Selections
  • Family-Based Problems
  • Intersection Type
  • Logical Deductions
  • Directions
  • Coding & Decoding
Logical Reasoning
  • Number and Letter Series
  • Calendars
  • Clocks
  • Cubes
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Binary Logic
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical Matching
  • Logical Connectives
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relation
Reading Comprehension
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Technology
  • Economics
  • Business

Which is more difficult - LSAT India or AILET?

AILET is considered difficult because of the large number of applications against the seats offered in UG and PG programs. Around 15,000 applicants write AILET(UG) to get into the BA LLB program at NLU Delhi having around 110 seats. Hence, the competition of the exam makes it a tough nut to crack. 

However, in LSAT India, while the competition level is not as high as AILET, the difficulty level and trickiness of the questions are one notch above AILET making it a more difficult exam. Hence, you’ll require a lot of practice to crack LSAT India. 


While it is clear that LSAT India is trickier in terms of the difficulty level of the questions, it is advisable that students should fill out all three forms namely CLAT, AILET and LSAT India to increase their chances of admission to a reputed law school in India. PW offers expert guidance and mentorship for these entrances. Explore our Law courses for comprehensive law entrance preparation under the guidance of expert mentors and trainers who have years and years of experience in training law aspirants. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Which is more difficult - CLAT or AILET?

Ans. CLAT is tricker than AILET in terms of difficulty level and complexity of the questions asked in the exam. The comprehension-based questions in CLAT further add to the difficulty in comprehending the question clearly. 

Q2. Is the syllabus for LSAT India and AILET same?

Ans. No, AILET tests the candidate on logical reasoning, general knowledge and the English language and LSAT India tests the candidate on analytical reasoning in addition to logical reasoning and the English language.

Q3. Is it easy to crack AILET?

Ans. The severe competition owing to a large number of applications against fewer seats in NLU Delhi makes AILET extremely difficult to crack. Hence, you need rigorous practice to crack AILET. 

Q4. Which is more complicated - AILET or LSAT India?

Ans. LSAT India is definitely tricker in terms of complexity and difficulty level of questions than in the AILET. Since the LSAT is adaptive in nature, it further adds to the complexity of the exam. 

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