What Is SLAT Exam, And How Difficult Is It?


Introduction to SLAT Exams

Earlier known as the SET Law, the SLAT (Symbiosis Law Admission Test) is an entrance exam that is conducted by the Symbiosis International (Deemed) University. The exam allows student’s eligibility for admissions into the five- year integrated courses, i.e., BBA LLB (Hons) and BA LLB (Hons). The law courses are offered at four schools of SIU, which are- Symbiosis Law School (SLS) Pune, SLS Hyderabad, SLS Noida and SLS Nagpur (new campus). Every year thousands of students interested in pursuing a career in law give the exams across the nation due to the recognition and reputation of the Symbiosis International University. This year the exams are going to be held on the 2nd of May 2020. Many deem it as one of the most challenging entrance exams of the country because the cut-offs are high. However, with the right preparation and study strategy, it will be relatively easy to crack.

Courses offered through SLAT 2020

There are the courses that are provided through SLAT which are five- year integrated law courses-

Five-Year Integrated Law Courses
BBA LLB (Hons.) BA LLB (Hons.)


Colleges and the seat offered through SLAT

College accepting SLAT Course Offered Seat Intake
Symbiosis Law School (SLS), Pune BBA LLB (Hons) 180 seats
BA LLB (Hons) 120 seats
Symbiosis Law School (SLS), Noida BBA LLB 180 seats
BA LLB 120 seats
Symbiosis Law School (SLS), Hyderabad BBA LLB 120 seats
BA LLB 120 seats
Symbiosis Law School (SLS), Nagpur BA LLB 120 seats
BBA LLB 120 seats
Total seats  1080 seats


SLAT Syllabus for the 2020 exams

The SLAT exams each year are held for five subjects. The total mark is 150, and each subject consists of 30 marks. There is no negative marking as of yet, which is an advantage. In the table below, students can see the marks allotted to each section of the exams-

Name of the section Marks
General Knowledge 30
Legal Reasoning 30
Analytical Reasoning 30
Logical Reasoning 30
Reading Comprehension 30
Total Marks 150

SLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Students need to have thorough knowledge about the syllabus and exam pattern to prepare judiciously for the exams. The table below gives detailed information-

Total Number of Sections 5
Questions Type MCQ type
Total Questions 150
Marks per Questions 1
Time duration 150 Minutes
Negative Marking No Negative Marking

 Previous year question paper analysis and tips

As per the students who have appeared for the SLAT Exams 2019, the question paper did not hold any surprises. However, there were a few challenging mathematical questions. The mathematical questions were from topics like percentage, data interpretations, numerical ability, number series, TSD, and ratio. So students are advised to go through those topics thoroughly before the upcoming exams. With the right preparations, most questions will be easy for you, as many students were able to finish the paper well ahead of time. As per the analysis, the level of difficulty in the three sections of the question paper were in the range of easy to moderate, easy, and medium to difficult level. Ideally, one minute has to be devoted to each question as 30 minutes are allotted to each section. The primary sub-topics in the topic logical reasoning that the students need to cover are- Number series, directions, word coding, and family tree. This is the most convenient paper to score better marks. Legal reasoning needs to be memorized a lot, and some of the main topics are constitutional laws, contracts, and criminal laws. Students find difficulty in analytical reasoning and comprehension, which needs a strong command on problem-solving and vocabulary, so you have to practice better to tackle this paper successfully. General Knowledge is often the most neglected part. However, you have to keep yourself abreast with important topics like world forums and government schemes by continually being up to date with the current affairs news.

Expected Cut- off

As there is no negative marking, and the questions are MCQs with four options, students can expect a high cut- off. Based on the previous year’s analysis, this year will be no different in that regard. The expected cut-offs for each section is-

Section Total Marks Expected Cut-offs
Legal Reasoning 30 22-24
Logical Reasoning 30 22-23
Analytical Reasoning 30 22-24
Reading Comprehension 30 22-24
General Knowledge 30 20-22

However, students also have to keep the cut- off marks of each Symbiosis law school, which will be different for different courses. The most likely cut-offs are-

Symbiosis Law School, Noida 92-94 (BA LLB); 86-88 (BBA LLB)
Symbiosis Law School, Pune 100-102(BA LLB); 94-96 (BBA LLB)
Symbiosis Law School, Nagpur 75+ (BA LLB); 70+ (BBA LLB)
Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad 80+ (BA LLB); 76+ (BBA LLB)

Check all the details for SLAT Exam 2020 at https://www.shiksha.com/law/slat-exam

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