Symbiosis Entrance Test (fondly called SET), will be conducted on 7th of this month. Not only it is an entrance exam for one of the largest law schools of India (intake-wise), but it also serves as a Pre-CLAT exam. With an aim to cull out the best 550 to fill the corridors of both Pune and Noida campuses, the test will be taken at various cities on 7th of May from 9:30 PM to 12:00 Noon (the longest law admission test).
The SET will have 150 questions which are to be solved in 150 minutes. It has been observed that SET is generally the easiest when compared to CLAT, NLU Delhi and NLU Orissa. The one aspect which makes it easier is the time. No one has ever complained or will ever complain that the paper could not be finished. When I gave my SET in 2009, I had almost 40 minutes left to stare at other candidates and the invigilator. Here is how the 150 questions are divided:
Logical Reasoning – 30 Marks (This will basically have Critical Reasoning)
Legal Reasoning – 30 Marks (Will have both Legal Knowledge and Reasoning)
Analytical Reasoning – 30 Marks (Nothing but Analytical)
Reading Comprehension – 30 Marks (The most interesting section. Only RCs)
General Knowledge – 30 Marks (Both Static and Current GK)
Now, I don’t have to advice you on how to go about the test. Just start with what you feel like and make sure you complete the test without panicking. The test has no negative marking. Also make sure that you’re bubbling properly as you’ll have to use a pen to fill the circles in your OMR sheet and not a pencil. You can do nothing in case you find out later that you’ve marked an answer wrongly. (Don’t use whitener to erase, it spoils the sheet)
The best part about SET is here… you don’t have to return the question paper. You can take it home and show off (if that is your idea of showing off). or Maybe solve it again and cross check the answers from somewhere. According to a Delhi High Court ruling, question papers come under the ambit of ‘Right to Information Act’ and the candidates should be allowed to retain them even after the exam (See here). However, NLU Delhi hasn’t followed it. Let’s hope at least CLAT does.
Anyway, coming back to SET. Another fabulous thing regarding Symbiosis is their GD & PI (Group Discussion and Personal Interview). A candidate, who is a pure book worm, can get through the Entrance Exam. But, what a Lawyer needs is the capacity to speak, argue and convince. This is tested in their GD & PI, which actually works. In my case, I was ranked 172 in SET and the GD & PI pushed my rank to 38. Moreover, the GD PI session is actually very interesting. Worth doing it even if you’re not planning to go there.
Okay. One thing I forgot to mention is the absence of Mathematics. There is no specific section for Math, but the Analytical Reasoning section will surely have a few Math questions. However, you’ll have hell lot of time. So, it won’t be challenging.
And I’m done with what I wanted to say… If you’ve any doubts or queries, write them down in the comments section below.
Prepare well, give your best and don’t panic coz you’ve loads of time.
All the very best.