ILI CAT 2021: What and How to Prepare?

The Indian Law Institute (ILI) offers admission to the LLM course, a one-year program. Candidates can attempt the ILI CAT (Law Institute Common Admission Test), conducted by ILI, to qualify for admission.

After the pen and paper mode of examination, candidates who have qualified must be present for a viva-voce consisting of 20 marks.

Besides the LLM course, ILI offers Ph.D. in Law and PG diploma courses with specialisation in Corporate Laws, Management, Cyber Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Admission to Ph.D. Law is based on the UGC NET/ JRF rank. Those who have not qualified for the UGC NET/ JRF can appear for the entrance exam.

The paper consists of objective and subjective questions, which are for 140 and 40 marks, respectively. Based on the ILI CAT paper score and viva-voce score, candidates will be selected for admission.

Important Dates.

  • The application form for ILICAT 2021 will be open in June.

  • The examination will be conducted in July or August 2021.

Last year, the exam paper did not consist of subjective questions and consisted of 140 marks objective-type questions. Further information on ILI CAT 2021 will be notified soon.

Eligibility. Candidates appearing for the exam must have completed a 3-year or 5-year Law course with at least 50% marks. Those appearing for the final year examination are also eligible to appear for the exam. There is no age limit for applying.

Exam Pattern. While preparing for the ILI CAT, candidates must be thorough with the exam pattern before starting the preparation.

The mode of conduct for the ILI CAT 2021 is yet to be announced. The paper duration is 2 hours 30 minutes, and candidates must complete the objective and subjective questions within the stipulated time. The questions will be listed in English.

There are 140 objective questions and 40 subjective questions. Each objective type of question will carry one mark, and each subjective type question will carry ten marks. A negative marking of 0.25 is given for each wrong answer.

Exam Syllabus. ILICAT examination has the following subjects.

  • English and General Knowledge - 40 Marks

  • Jurisprudence, Public International Law, Law of Limitation and Environmental Law, Commercial Law, Law of Torts, Constitutional Law, IPC - 100 Marks

  • Legal Writing (Crime and Law Enforcement, Family, Education and Children’s Rights, Constitutional Issues, Legal theories)- 40 Marks

Viva-Voce. Based on the ILI CAT score, candidates will be shortlisted to the viva-voce round. The Institute will announce the mode after the results are declared.

Candidates failing to attend the viva-voce will be disqualified. Viva-voce is considered to be an important part of the process.

The common test will be for 180 marks, while the viva-voce is considered for 20 marks.

Preparation Tips.

  • Have a sound knowledge of the exam syllabus and paper pattern.

  • Collect relevant materials, books, and notes for the preparation.

  • Read passages and articles to get rich knowledge in English and General Knowledge.

  • Maintain a notebook to write down important points for revision.

  • Stay updated on the current news.

  • Participate in quizzes and mock tests.

  • Practice previous years’ question papers to gain an understanding of time management, strengths, and weakness.

  • Stick to a study plan prepared with all topics to be covered.

  • Invest time well and take breaks in between to refresh your mind.

  • Maintain a balanced diet and regular sleep cycle.

  • Stay consistent in your study plan and keep time for revision.

All the best!

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