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Law in the recent past has become one of the alternate career options for students in India. Movies like A Few Good Men or the popular TV serial Suits are undoubtedly one of the driving force for a new bunch of people who want to become the future Harvey Spectre. The trend is quite visible due to the fact of emergence of a number of law schools in India, both NLUs and private law schools. However quality legal education is not being given by all of them, and hence the candidates tend to get admission with top tier NLUs or with top tier private law schools. In this article I will discuss about Symbiosis Entrance Test acronymed as SET which is a gateway to three law schools in India, namely - Symbiosis Law School Pune, Symbiosis Law School Noida and Symbiosis Law School Hyderabad. Hyderabad is the newest entry among all three. Pune is the oldest among the lot. All the colleges provide 5 years bachelor degree. Symbiosis Law School Pune have recently introduced 3 years LLB post graduation.
The exam is generally held on the first Saturday in the month of May(the date may change from time to time, kindly refer the website or the prospectus - http://www.set-test.org/brochure.pdf). The test is conducted all across India, mostly in the big cities. The list can be found in the prospectus.
The Law Entrance Test timing is generally allotted in the Morning Session along with Engineering and Medical Applicants. The students are tested over Five sections namely Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge. Each section carries 30 questions of 1 mark each that makes it 30*1*5 = 150 marks.
Among this for Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning, if you practice R.S. Agarwals's “ A Modern Approach to Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning”, it is more than enough! You don’t need to study the entire book, just practice those chapters that are relevant to the Law Entrance Tests! Along with this you need to practice the relevant sections of past years SET Papers. Your primary aim should be completing 30 question within 30 minutes with 100% accuracy. Since you have one minute approximately for each question, unlike CLAT there is no need to hurry up. Read the question properly, if needed again and again!
General Knowledge in SET has a balance between static GK and current events. For current affairs you are recommended to refer to Competition in Focus and Pratiyogita Darpan! Make sure to revise your current affairs. And for static, follow the compendium part of the above mentioned two monthly magazines and also refer to their yearbooks. Apart from that Lucent’s General Knowledge is also a good option.
Coming to the Legal Reasoning, If you are well versed with the basics of reasoning , legal reasoning is already easy. You just need plenty of exercises for brushing up your skills! And for this Career Launchers Study material is ideal as per my view. Apart from that you just need to have some basic knowledge of legal affairs and law related GK which is very important for this test! If you can practice past 5 years papers, you will get to know the pattern of paper which helps in systematic preparation of the exam.
Reading Comprehension of SET is very balanced. The questions are of varied type ranging from very easy to medium to tough. Just make sure while solving this part you are maintaining high levels of concentration. Few questions here will always be tricky that make people very confused while answering.
The exam is all about testing your analytical and logical ability. Scoring in the range of 110-146 is not that tough! Yes, you need to study hard for that, but if you score within this range you can afford a bad score in PI/WAT.
The cut-off for the said exam vary from year to year. If on a particular year the cut-off ranges from 109-110, the very next year the cut-off dips down to 97-98. So it is evident that the standard of paper also varies from time to time.
The PI/WAT stands for Personal Interview/ Written Aptitude Test which only those selected in written test can take. PI is a stage where an individual is being tested on how the person can manage a situation. He may be asked political questions or personal questions mostly based on one’s past achievements. An advice to everyone, irrespective of your political status try to give a reasoning as to why you are taking a particular stand. WAT is mostly about writing a 300 - 350 words small article on some random topic in approximately one hour. The topics may vary from past incidents to recent incidents across the world. Thus it’s important to form some idea about the recent happenings.
Few more points about the SET :
1. Don’t try to finish it before time, you have got ample of time. Take it easy!
2. Don’t get overconfident by having a glance at the paper. Many people have this tendency of doing that and from my personal experience I have seen people not even crossing 50% of the allotted marks.
3. Don’t take the exam too lightly just because it is not CLAT. If you think that way you are like to end up regretting..
So keep studying and get ready...
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