Sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI), a non-profit educational society established in 1984 under the Andhra Pradesh (Telengana Area) Public Societies Registration Act, 1350 F (Act No.1 of 1350F), the University aims at creating and disseminating knowledge and skills in core and frontier areas through innovative educational programs, research, consulting and publishing, and developing a new cadre of professionals with a high level of competence and deep sense of ethics and commitment to the code of professional conduct.
The ICFAI Law School, Dehradun commenced with the first batch of five year integrated BBA LL.B (Hons) 5 years integrated law programme in 2004. It is duly recognised by the Bar Council of India for undertaking law courses.
The Admission Test is based on objective type questions in multiple choice format. The answers have to be given in the specially designed OMR answer sheet, which will be provided at the time of admission test.
There will be a total of 150 questions in all, divided into five sections of 30 marks each. These sections are as follows:
For the test of English language, students must have a clear knowledge of the fundamentals of English grammar and composition, and vocabulary. The English section will test the candidate's proficiency in English based comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling in of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc. To check the level of competence in vocabulary building, one must practise answering multiple-choice questions (MCQs).
To be comfortable in correction of incorrect sentences, one must have a good understanding of tenses, voice, and narration. The right understanding of modals, determiners, and non-finites is indispensable. Once candidates get acquainted with these aspects, then reading comprehension, sentence completion, sentence correction and other ancillary verticals become easy to tackle. One must also be aware of the common errors that are usually made by candidates in competitive exams. No book or teacher can train you in English in a short span of time. Thus it is advisable that aspirants make it a habit of reading good quality newspapers like The Hindu, The Tribune with a greater stress upon their editorial articles. A constant newspaper reading will enhance both writing as well as spoken English skills.
The most prevalent problem ILSAT candidates have faced if the problem of time management in English. This is because the comprehensions have to be read thoroughly before answering the questions. Since the time limit is very short, students are not able to read the passage correctly. Either they miss out on the comprehension questions or few other questions from any other section due to paucity of time. This problem can be solved by fast and an effective reading which can be developed by a constant reading habit.
This section tests the students on current affairs. Most of the questions are based upon the events which occur in the preceding one year from the date of CLAT examination. Events can be of both national and international scale. Thus I reiterate that newspaper reading will suffice for any special book preparation. Newspapers prepare you for all kinds of current affairs and their analysis.
The legal awareness segment is an entirely new arena for candidates with any background, be it science, commerce or humanities. Thus the entrance pattern makes sure that students are not asked specific legal questions. No doubt, secondary education includes Civics as a subject where students study a bit of India's Constitution, but even then they can't be expected to be well verse with legal specificities. This segment tests the candidate's basic legal acumen. Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness This section will test students only on "legal aptitude". Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be "true" in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition might be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theatre across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the question accordingly.
Candidates will not be tested on any prior knowledge of law or legal concepts. If a technical/legal term is used in the question, that term will be explained in the question itself. For example, if the word patent is used, the meaning of patent ("a legal monopoly granted by the government for certain kinds of inventions") will also be explained.
A lot of books specifically for ILSAT preparation cater to this segment of the exam. The books which offer CLAT preparation modules would also cater to the preparation requirement of ILSAT. This is because ILSAT and CLAT have exactly the same pattern. For example, CLAT Preparation book by Universal Publishers was the first one to come in the market. Now almost all leading publishers have their books in this regard. These days CLAT book by Arihant is very popular and credible.
Numerical Ability and Reasoning:
This section tests candidates only on "elementary" mathematics i.e. maths that is taught till the class 10. The mathematical and logical ability segment tests a candidate's intelligence-quotient level and speed. To crack this segment one must able to use matriculation level mathematical formulae, their applications, tricks and short cuts to solve problems in the given time. This section, as usual, contains questions on permutation combination, rate of interest, speed-distance-time and probability. The most popular books for this preparation are books on Mathematical and Logical Reasoning by R S Aggarwal and Gupta.
To clear ILSAT test, candidates must focus on guided, qualitative and organised studies. It is important to remember that assimilation of knowledge is more important that its accumulation. To tackle the general knowledge segment, focus must be on history, polity, geography, science, general awareness and current affairs. A thorough reading of matriculation level science textbooks along with a monthly magazine to keep in touch with current affairs will suffice.
About ILSATBy Ankit
ICFAI Law School Admission Test (ILSAT) is the entrance test for securing admission in ICFAI Law School, Dehradun. The ICFAI University, Uttarakhand, a non-profit University, was established by the ICFAI University Act, 2003 (Act No 16 of 2003) and duly recognised by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956. ILSAT was organised for the first time in 2011 by ICFAI University.