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LLM Eligibility Criteria and Exam Pattern: AILET, DU, CLAT etc!

LLM Eligibility Criteria and Exam Pattern: AILET, DU, CLAT etc!

Thousands of students sit for LLM entrance exams each year. With limited seats in the institutions for LLM courses, there is a lot of competition. To help candidates increase their chances of getting into LLM courses, the conducting bodies release the LLM exam patterns.  

LLM Eligibility Criteria

Universities and institutions have the authority to lay the LLM exams’ eligibility criteria for their university/institution. Therefore, the LLM eligibility criteria vary from university to university. The LLM eligibility criteria for some popular LLM exams are given below.

CLAT LLM Eligibility

CLAT LLM Eligibility Criteria Details
Qualifying Examination The candidates must have secured a minimum percentage of marks in an LL.B. degree or an equivalent degree from a recognised university/institution. 
Minimum Qualifying Marks GENERAL / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI Category candidates must score a minimum fifty percent (50%) marks or its equivalent score/grade in the qualifying examination.

SC/ST Category candidates must score a minimum fifty percent (45%) marks or its equivalent score/grade in the qualifying examination.

AILET LLM Eligibility 

AILET LLM Eligibility Criteria Details
Qualifying Examination Candidates must have an LL.B. degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized university or institution. 
Minimum Qualifying Marks All candidates must score at least 50 % marks in the qualifying examination, except for SC/ST and PWD candidates. They get a relaxation of 5% in the minimum qualifying marks criteria. They are expected to get at least 45% in their LL.B degree or any other equivalent degree.

DU LLM Eligibility 

DU LLM Eligibility Criteria Details
Qualifying Examination Completed 3-year/5- year LL.B. degree from the University of Delhi or any university recognised by the University of Delhi.
Minimum Qualifying Marks
  • Candidates belonging to General/OBC (creamy layer) must get a minimum of 50% marks in the qualifying examination.
  • For SC/ST candidates, Widows/wards of veterans and wards of serving personnel who received Gallantry awards, the minimum qualifying marks are 45% in the qualifying examination.

LLM Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern helps us gain insights into the actual examination. Therefore, knowing it is essential. LLM exam patterns provide candidates with details like the number of questions, examination mode, section-wise weightage and much more. 

CLAT LLM Exam Pattern

The Consortium of National Law Universities administers the Common Law Admission Test. Candidates who pass the CLAT exam will be admitted to undergraduate and graduate legal programmes. Private institutions and all National Law Universities, except for NLU, Delhi, are among the institutions taking the CLAT. The exam is administered once a year. Candidates must take the CLAT PG exam to be admitted to LLM programmes. 


Particulars LLM Exam Pattern Highlights
Exam mode Offline
Exam duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
Test language English
Type of questions Objective
Exam subjects Various law subjects divided into two sections
Total questions 120
Total marks 120
Marking scheme +1 for every correct answer

-0.25 for every incorrect answer

AILET LLM Exam Pattern

Like all other NLUs, the National Law University does not accept admissions via CLAT. It holds a separate entrance examination. To get admitted to NLU, Delhi, students must take the AILET exam. The exam format for the AILET LLM is shown below.


Sections Subjects Subject-wise questions Marks
Section A Part -1 English Language 50 50
Part -2: Legal Reasoning 50 50
Section B Legal knowledge – From different branches of law 10 questions

2 to be answered

50 (25 marks each)
Total 102 150

University of Delhi- LLM Exam Pattern

University of Delhi’s Faculty of Law offers 2 and 3-year LLM programmes. The exam is administered once every year on a national level. 

Particulars Details
Exam duration 2 hours
Exam mode Online
Language English
Type of questions Multiple-choice type questions
Total marks 400
Number of questions 100
Marking scheme 4 marks for each correct answer and a penalty of 1 mark for each incorrect answer.

Panjab University- LLM Exam Pattern

Components Questions Marks
Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Service Law, Environmental Law and Human Rights 50 50
Indian Penal Code (IPC), Cr. Pr. Code and Law of Evidence 15 15
Jurisprudence 10 10
Family Law, Law of Contract, Law of Torts, Public International Law, Labour Laws, and Company Law 25 25
Total 100 100

Banaras Hindu University- LLM Exam Pattern

Exam Name BHU PET
Conducted by Banaras Hindu University
Medium of Exam English and Hindi
Number of Questions 120
Exam Duration 2 hours
Total Marks 360 (3 marks each)

LLM Institutions List

The above-given LLM exam patterns only talk about the popular LLM examinations. For the rest of the LLM examination, visit the respective websites. Here is the list of LLM offering institutions. 


S.No. LLM Offering Instituions/Universities
1. Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
2. NLU, Kolkata
3. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
4. Calcutta University, Kolkata
5. Chanakya National Law University, Patna
6. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi  
7. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, School of Law Bhubaneswar
8. National Law University, Orissa
9. Shiksha O Anusadhan University, Bhubaneshwar
10. Amity University, Kolkata
11. Central University of Jharkhand, Jharkhand
12. Symbiosis Law School, Pune
13. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
14. Mumbai University, Mumbai
15. Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
16. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
17. Bhartiya Vidyapeeth New Law College
18. Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai
19. Amity University, Mumbai
20. Kirit P Mehta School of Law, Mumbai
21. National Law University, New Delhi
22. Faculty of Law Jamia Millia Islamia University. New Delhi
23. The NorthCap University, Gurgaon
24. Punjab University, Chandigarh
25. Doctor Ram Manohar Lohiya Law University, Lucknow
26. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
27. National Law University, Jodhpur
28. University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
29. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow
30. Sharda University, Greater Noida
31. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
32. Christ University, Bangalore
33. Mysore University, Mysore
34. University of Madras, Chennai
35. VELS Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies, Chennai
36. Sastra University, Thanjavur
37. KL University, Guntur
38. Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad
39. PES University, Bangalore
40. Andhra University, Doctor Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Law, Visakhapatnam
41. School of Law, Presidency University, Bangalore
42. Rama University, Kanpur
43. KIIT School of Law (KSOL), Bhubaneswar


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