ILICAT Exam 2023: Important Dates, Syllabus and Eligibility

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ILICAT Exam 2023

ILICAT Exam: The Indian Law Institute (ILICAT exam) conducts the Indian Law Institute All India Common Admission Test, i.e. ILICAT. The Indian Law Institute was founded in the year 1956 to promote and conduct legal research. Given its long-standing presence and continued tradition of providing high-quality legal education, the Indian Law Institute has now become one of the most recognised and reputable law schools in India. 

In this blog, we will discuss all details pertaining to the LLM and PhD courses that can be pursued via the ILI CAT. These details will also include the examination process, syllabus and other relevant details.

ParticularsRelevant details
Conducting BodyIndian Law Institute (ILI)
Courses offeredLLM and PhD
Frequency of examOnce a year
Application processOnline
Application FeeINR 7,500
Mode of examinationOffline
Official website 
Negative marking-¼ for every incorrect answer in the objective section

ILICAT 2023 Important Dates 

The relevant dates for the upcoming ILICAT exam for the year 2023 are yet to be notified. However, based on data accumulated over the years, we have prepared a list of tentative dates below:

14 Mar 23- 21 Apr 23ILICAT 2023 online application process (Ongoing)
Apr 23 – May 23ILICAT 2023 admit card (Tentative)
7 May 23ILICAT 2023 exam day
Jun 23Declaration of ILICAT 2023 results

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ILICAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria 

The ILI determines the eligibility criteria for the ILICAT. A candidate can only be allowed to take the exam if he/she fulfils the pre-decided criteria. The criteria for candidates wishing to pursue LLM and PhD by means of ILICAT 2023 are given below:

Course Name Eligibility Criteria
LLMCompletion of LLB degree with a minimum fifty (50) per cent marks from any university/institution recognised by The Bar Council of India (BCI). 
PhDCompletion of LLM degree with a minimum of fifty-five (55) per cent marks from any university/institution recognised by The Bar Council of India (BCI). 

It is important to note here that candidates who have already cleared the UGC NET Law are exempted from appearing for the ILI CAT 2023 PhD exam. 

Syllabus for ILICAT Exam 2023 

The ILICAT exam covers two distinct courses, i.e., LLM and PhD. To clear this examination, candidates must not only be aware of the syllabus but also try and cover the complete syllabus. A good understanding of the syllabus is often considered the foundation and building block of a good preparation strategy. The detailed syllabus for the ILICAT exam is discussed below: 

For LLM exam

Part SubjectTopicsTotal number of questionsWeightage
 Reading comprehension
Inference-based questions
Forty (40)Forty (40) marks
AGeneral KnowledgeCandidates should be up to date with all recent news and happenings Forty (40)Forty (40) marks
BLegal aptitudeJurisprudence
Constitutional Law
Indian Penal Code
Public International Law
Commercial Law
Law of Torts
Limitation Law
Environmental Law
Hundred (100)Hundred (100) marks
CSubjective portionThis section will have subjective questions on legal aspectsFour (4)Forty (40) marks

For PhD exam

Part SubjectTotal number of questionsWeightage
ALegal research methodologyFive (5) questions to be attempted out of eight (8)Fifty (50) marks
BFive (5) questions are to be attempted from the following subjects
Constitution law
Indian Penal Code
Commercial laws (contracts, partnerships and sale of goods)
Five (5) questions to be attemptedFifty (50) marks

Exam Pattern for ILICAT 2023

For a candidate to clear an examination, it is important to be well-versed with the syllabus as well as the exam pattern so that candidates can plan their preparation as well as time. Candidates who are aware of the exam pattern tend to do better because they pre-identify their strengths and weaknesses and attempt the exam accordingly. Further, since the exam contains both objective questions such as MCQs, true-false, etc. as well as subjective questions such as essays, being aware of the exam pattern can help you gain an edge over the exam. The exam pattern for both the LLM and PhD exams is discussed below:-

Duration of examTwo and a half (2.5) hours for the LLM exam
Three (3) hours for PhD exam
Language of examEnglish
TypeObjective and subjective
Number of seatsThirty-nine (39) in the LLM course
Nine (9) in the PhD course

Candidates who clear the LLM exam will then be selected for an interview carrying a weightage of twenty (20) marks. While there is no set pattern for the interview, candidates can be quizzed on their legal and general knowledge as well as their candidature and personal interests. Candidates should try and keep up to date with the latest developments in the relevant fields and talk politely yet confidently in the interview. 

Application Process for the ILICAT 2023

To enrol for the ILICAT 2023 exam, candidates must submit the application form online on ILI’s official website, i.e.

Application Fee for ILICAT 2023

The application fee for the ILICAT 2023 for LLM and PhD courses is noted below:

Name of the courseFee
LLMINR 2,500
PhDINR 3000 + Service Charges
PG DiplomaINR 2000+ Service Charges (for each Diploma Program)

Important Points to remember:

  • The fees listed above apply to all candidate groups.
  • The willing applicant must pay a separate application fee of Rs. 2000/- + Service Charge for the various PG Diploma Programs available at the University.

ILICAT Exam Marks Relaxation Criteria

As per the table below, the candidates will be granted category-wise relaxation:

SC/ST Candidates5%
Physically Handicapped5%
Kashmiri Migrants10%

ILICAT 2023 Admit Card

The ILI CAT 2023 Admit Card will be provided on the official website following the successful submission of the form.

  • Applicants will be able to download the Hall Ticket as soon as it is available, and it will be available until the exam day.
  • If a candidate is unable to download it from the internet, the Admit Card and Roll Number will be emailed to them.
  • Applicants are recommended to keep the Admission Ticket safe until the admissions process is completed.
  • In addition to the Hall Ticket, applicants must bring original identification documents such as Aadhar Card, Passport, PAN Card, etc. for verification.

ILICAT Result 2023

The ILICAT 2023 results will be available on the official website of the relevant authorities.

  • Candidates will be shortlisted based on their performance in the Indian Law Institute’s Entrance Test.
  • The final merit list will be released based on the entrance examination marks and viva-voce (20 marks).
  • A candidate will be considered chosen only if he or she participates in both parts (Entrance Exam and Vice-Voce).
  • The scorecard will be made available for candidates to download from the official website.

ILICAT Counselling 2023

ILI CAT 2023 counselling will take place offline for those who are selected for the admission examination at the Indian Law Institute’s Delhi campus.

  • The Indian Law Institute will have three rounds of counselling based on the merit list.
  • Applicants are urged to keep checking the official website for updates, as no separate letter for therapy will be sent.

Preparation for ILICAT Exam

Preparation for any competitive examination not only requires extensive hard work and time but candidates must also prepare a strategy for preparation. One essential part of such a strategy is picking the right books and literature for the preparation. Our recommended books and preparation tips are as follows:

Recommended Books

Candidates interested in the ILICAT 2023 can refer to the below-mentioned books for their preparation:

SubjectRecommended book
EnglishWord Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis 
Current affairsGeneral Knowledge by Lucent’s
JurisprudenceJurisprudence I by Garima Tiwari
Law of TortsLaw of Torts by Dr R.K. Bangia
Constitution LawConstitution of India by VN Shukla
Public International LawAn introduction to Public International Law by SK Verma

In addition to the above, candidates are advised to find additional study material best suited to their goals and objectives. 

Preparation Tips 

Given the popularity of the legal field in today’s world as well as the fact that more and more students are now attempting legal exams, a well-planned strategy might prove to be the difference between clearing and not clearing the exam. Here are a few tips for candidates preparing for the ILICAT exam:-

  • Try finishing the entire syllabus and do not leave any sections untouched.
  • Prepare detailed notes that will also come in handy at the time of revision. Make use of bullet points to grasp information for a certain heading. 
  • Since the exam also has negative markings, do not unnecessarily attempt questions that you do not know.
  • Take time to relax and unwind to give yourself some time away from the stress of preparation.
  • Clear your doubts (if any) well in advance and do not leave them for the last minute.
  • For the interview, dress formally in a manner fitting of a future advocate. Do not wear too tight or too loose clothes.


How can I get admission to the LLM course at ILI?

In order to get admission to LLM courses in ILI, candidates must clear the ILI entrance exam, i.e. ILICAT exam. 

At what level is ILICAT conducted?

ILICAT is organized at an all-India level for students seeking admission to ILI. 

What is the duration of the ILICAT exam?

The duration of the ILICAT exam for entrance to the LLM course is 2.5 hours. On the other hand, the duration of the exam is 3 hours for the PhD course.

In this blog, we have discussed all the important aspects of the ILICAT exam. We hope that this blog can help aid students in their preparation and score well on the exam.

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