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ILICAT - Indian Law Institute Common Admission Test Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Total Marks - 160

Total Questions - 144

Total Duration - 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Marking System - 

  • Part-I and Part-II carrying 1 mark for correct answer and having negative marking of 1/4 mark per question.
  • Part-III carrying 5 mark for every correct answer. 


  • Part-III will contain 4 subjective type questions to be answered in not more than 150 words to test the legal writing skills of the candidate.

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 3
No. Of Unit 9
No. Of Chapter 59
  1. Reading Comprehension
  1. Sentence­ Jumble
  1. Sentence Improvement
  2. Parallelism
  3. Nouns
  4. Pronouns
  5. Adjective
  6. Adverbs
  7. Prepositions
  8. Subject Verb Agreement
  9. Articles
  10. Verbs
  11. Modifiers
  12. Tense
  1. Sentence completion
  2. Word Usage
  3. Synoymns
  4. Idioms and Pharses
  5. Cloze Test
  6. Antonym
  7. Analogy
  8. Homophones
  9. Confusables
  10. Migratory Words
  11. Phrasal Verbs
  1. Politics
  2. Banking and Finance
  3. Business
  4. Sports
  5. Institutions of India
  6. Defence & Space
  7. Indian Judiciary
  8. Awards & Honours
  9. Literature
  10. Economics
  11. Indian Constitution
  12. International Relations
  13. Science and Technology
  14. Movies
  15. Who's who
  16. Indian Industries
  17. Indian Agriculture
  18. Current Affairs
  19. History
  20. Geography
  1. Hindu Law And Muslim Law
  1. Essential Elements Of Contract
  2. Types Of Contract
  3. Breach Of Contract & Damages
  4. Performance Of Contract
  5. Discharge Of Contract
  6. Specific Contracts
  1. General Defenses & Capacity
  2. Vicarious Liability & Vicarious Liability Of State
  3. Remoteness Of Damage
  4. Essentials & Defences & Nuisance
  1. General Principles
  2. Stages Of Crime Offences
  3. Right Of Private Defense Of The Body And Of Property

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a timetable and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.

Concept clarity rather than rotes learning

It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important to make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Seek guidance

It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.

Sample Papers

Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether, it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.

Mock tests

The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.

Time management

Time management can be learned through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Negative marking

Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.

Duration : 150 Minutes

Important Instructions

(I) If it is found at any stage during the entire period of the programme that the candidate has furnished any false or incorrect information on the Application Form or at the time of admission, his/ her candidature for the programme will be cancelled summarily. In addition, disciplinary action may be taken against him/ her as per rules. (II) If it is found at any stage during the entire period of the programme that the candidate does not fulfil the requisite eligibility conditions, his/ her admission shall be cancelled and entire fee shall also be forfeited. (III) Smoking is strictly prohibited in the entire premises of the Institute. (IV) Ragging in any form shall be strictly prohibited within the premises of the Institute as well as on public transport or at any other place public or private. If any incident of ragging comes to the notice of the authority, the concerned student shall be given liberty to explain and if his/ her explanation is not found satisfactory, the authority would expel him/ her from the Institution. (V) The Institute has a Sexual Harassment Committee in line with the directives issued by The Sexual Harassment at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act 2013. (VI) The Institute has a very strict policy as regards Plagiarism in the Research Papers and Dissertation. No portion of the research work can be copied. The Institute may debar the student from the LL.M. Programme if the student is found guilty of plagiarism. (VII) The candidates are requested to have a constant watch on the Institute's website i.e. ( for latest updates on all admission related matters. No individual communication will be sent to the selected candidates for admission. Refund of admission fee after admission will be done as per MHRD / UGC Guidelines from time to time.