ILI CAT Exam Details

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ILICAT i s the abbreviation of Indian Law Institute Common Admission Test which is conducted by Indian Law Institute, a deemed university in New Delhi. The institute was established in 1956 and was inducted by the then President Dr. Rajendra Prasad in the presence of then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. This institute got the status of deemed university by University Grants Commission in 2004.

It awards degree of post graduate and research programs in the field of law like LLM, Diploma programs and PhD. The entrance test is conducted for admission in postgraduate level programme in the field of law – Master of Laws (LLM), a two-year full time course. After the test, a merit list is prepared based on the performance of the candidates in the entrance test. The short-listed candidates are then called for viva-voce. Final selection of the candidates is done on the basis of their performance in both the entrance test and viva-voce.

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Candidates, who are seeking their admission in postgraduate level programme in law at Indian Law Institute (ILI), have to appear for ILI CAT exam. The entrance exam is conducted by the university only in its campus.

The eligibility criteria standardized by the Indian Law Institute are given below:

  • Applicant must be Indian citizens.
  • Applicant should have done Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree recognized by Bar Council of India (BCI).
  • Applicants are required to have passed the qualifying examination (at the graduation level), with 50% aggregate marks.
  • Students appearing for final year examination or those who are waiting for results are also applicable for this competitive entrance test.

Exam pattern

Before appearing for ILICAT exam, a candidate should be aware of the exam pattern. It consists of Four Parts bearing a total of 200 marks.




30 Objective Type Questions

Each question carries one mark.

English and General Knowledge.

¼ mark is deducted for every wrong answer






70 Objective Type Questions

Each question carries one mark.

Law subjects including jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, IPC, Commercial Laws (Contract, Partnership and Sale of Goods Act) and Family Law.

¼ mark is deducted for every wrong answer



40 marks with 5 subjective questions

Each carrying 8 marks

Questions are asked from law stream which is required to be answer in not more than 150 words



This section consists of three parts logical reasoning bearing 30 marks, Group Discussion bearing 10 marks and viva voce bearing 20 marks

Candidates who have successfully cleared the ILI CAT Exam are short listed to appear for Viva-Voce or the fourth part. It is conducted at the campus of the Indian Law Institute. For final selection, merit list is prepared on the basis of the marks of the candidates in both written test and viva-voce.


Paper - I Jurisprudence

Early Theorists, its revival in the twentieth century, Natural Law; Feminism Jurisprudence; Historical and Anthropological School; Legal Concepts; Legal Realism; Nature and Scope of Jurisprudence; Ownership; Personality Positive - Hart, Kelsen, Austin; Possession; Rights - Hohfeldian conceptions, legal, moral and human rights distinguished; School of Legal Theory; Sociological Jurisprudence and Sociology of Law; The Ancient Indian Legal Thought; The Early Greek Theories; Theories of adjudication - role of judges in the; judicial process - Lon Fullers Speluncean Explorers case, Hart-Dworkin debate

Paper - II Judicial Process

Appointment of Judges; Doctrine of Stare Decisis; Hierarchy of Courts; Independence of Judiciary; Individual and the State; Interpretation of Constitutio ; Interpretation of Statutes; Judicial Reasoning; Ratio Decidendi and Obiter Dicta of a case; Value Judgments in Law

Paper - III Legal Research and Methodology

Different Kinds of Legal Research - Inter/Multidisciplinary, Doctrinal, Non-Doctrinal, etc.; Law and Logic ; Use of Induction and Deduction Methods in Research; Legal Research and Law Reform -Recommendations of different Commissions and Committees; Role of Judges and Jurists; Legal Research in India - Its Evolution; Objectives & Contemporary Trends in Legal Research; Sources of Information in Legal Research - Primary and the Secondary sources of Information & Plagiarism as an Offence in Research; Techniques of Legal Research - Identification of a Research Problem; Budgeting and Research Supervision; Formulation of a Research Proposal; Tools of Legal Research - Library: Books, Legislative Reports; Case Law Reports Encyclopedia, etc; Modern Technology: Internet; Computer; etc.

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