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AILET: How to Score Well in English

By: Aditya Anand | July 31, 2019

Anyone who has taken All India Law Entrance Test will agree that the English section is one of the toughest. The aspirants need to be aware of what awaits in the 150 minutes battle that is coming their way.

Structure

The English section of AILET in structure is a little different from the CLAT paper. There are 35 questions in the section and if we do the math, an aspirant has 36 seconds or less to solve each question.

This is the same time frame that an aspirant gets in CLAT paper, however, the questions in AILET English are often regarded to be Deeper, Tougher and Lengthier than the questions of CLAT. So although the ratio of questions per minute remains the same, the increased difficulty means each question takes longer to be solved. Thus making AILET English section difficult to score.

The paper is broadly divided into three categories

Grammar

Reading Comprehension

Vocabulary

These are the same three categories as CLAT but a more detailed bifurcation shows the difference.

AILET CLAT
Reading Comprehension Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test Phrases
Basic Grammar Word Meaning
Sentence Completion Sentence Completion
Phrasal Verb Confusing Words
One word Substitution Others
Odd one Out

This is based on a few papers of AILET and CLAT, however, the clear difference is CLAT sticks to a basic syllabus and AILET dives in deeper into the pages of the books.

Grammar

This section consists of general grammatical questions. The good part about this section is that the questions are seldom lengthy, if you know the answer then you will easily answer it within 10 seconds. This saves you precious 26 seconds to invest more on your lengthy comprehension questions and reasoning section.

Aspirants tend to score badly in this section because of the following reasons:

  • Their grammar preparation does not involve understanding the formulae and concepts of each topic.
  • Aspirants rely heavily on intuitions when dealing with grammatical questions.
  • They prepare for CLAT and assume they are prepared for AILET.
  • Candidates only stick to modules for preparation.
  • They try to mug concepts and topics rather than understanding them.

AILET preparation

There is no need to be scared of the English section of AILET. Although CLAT is easier, it is unpredictable. AILET, on the other hand, follows a certain pattern and it is easier to focus and prepare on the important topics.

Topics like Prepositions and Phrasal Verbs always mark their presence in the paper and a focuses approach will take you atleast 5 marks ahead of your competition.

Apart from religiously following the modules, which every candidate in India would do, one should walk an extra mile. In order to understand the formulae of English Grammar and to understand concepts, one should refer to Wren and Martin. There is a need to practice a variety of questions and therefore Objective English which is sold under S.Chand  publication which has practice papers based on a variety of competitive exams should be referred.

An aspirant should have high proficiency in high school level grammar.

Reading Comprehension

AILET Prep

In the AILET English section, there 1-2 reading comprehension. There is a passage and then questions based on it. It does not sound tough when we hear about the structure, however, the difficulty and complexity of the passage makes it tough to solve. Even if you solve it, the use of complex words and phrases makes it a lengthy part and it takes way beyond the estimated 36 seconds per question.

Also, candidates have a habit of reading and re-reading the passage for every question. This takes up valuable time out of your pocket. We need to understand that the only reason it seems difficult to you is that your vocabulary is not strong enough to comprehend the meaning of the passage in one read. The worst part is that even after investing more time than you were supposed to, there is no guarantee you will be getting the answers right.

There are simple steps to combat this section

  • Read the long and complex editorials of newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express etc.
  • Develop a habit of reading about legal advancements in your leisure time since the passage mostly relates to law or legal matters.
  • Develop fast reading habits by reading one book every week but in a religious manner, try to retain 70% of it.
  • Solve as much RC questions as you can from past year papers and model papers.

Read about Evelyn Wood’s speed reading technique.

If you minimise your reading time and increase your vocabulary, the 8-10  marks from this section easily fall into your pockets.

Vocabulary

AILET PrepThe importance of this section is not just about the 8-10 marks it carries in the paper. It will also decide how you score on atleast 50 other questions in the same paper ranging from English to Legal and Logical reasoning. Vocabulary decides whether you understand a question or not. If the meaning of the question is not clear to you, no amount of practice will help you score marks.

The questions that come in AILET under vocabulary are far more complex and tough as compared to the vocabulary of CLAT. The vocab preparation for CLAT will nowhere be enough for you to attempt AILET. You will need to prepare AILET vocab separately and it will also cover CLAT paper.

There are topics which are repeated almost every year like Synonyms and Antonyms and Error Detection, these comprise of 3-6 marks in the paper and can easily be scored with a little practice.

The most popular book for vocabulary is Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis but it is only for those who have atleast seven months or more of preparation time. For others, reading vocabulary from the modules and good editorials is suggested.

 

Read our one page primer on CLAT preparation.

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