The Banaras Hindu University Law School is one of the earliest faculties established in the University. The BHU Law School has been a pioneer in introducing full time three year LL.B course of studies and two year full time LL.M. programs. It offers unique courses such as the LL.M. in Human Rights and Duties Educations. This article covers the essential information about the BHU LLM Entrance PET.
Current LL.M Programs offered by BHU Law School
- LL.M. (2 years) Professional Course – 38 Seats Maximum Intake
- LL.M. Course in Human Rights & Duties Education (HRDE) (2 years) Special Course of Study – 15 Seats Maximum Intake
- LL.M. (1-year) Department of Law Special Course of Study – 20 Seats Maximum Intake
In addition to the seats mentioned above, there may supernumerary seats for wards of BHU employees and seats designated as ‘Sports’ and ‘Paid’ seats for some courses.
Admission Eligibility for LLM Programs
The basic eligibility criteria for admission to the BHU LLM programs is a Three Year LL.B. after Graduation under the 10+2+3 pattern or a five years LL.B. under the 10+2+5 pattern recognized by the Bar Council of India, securing a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate.
There are relaxations available in the minimum aggregate marks criteria for various categories of candidates, such as SC/ST, OBC and PWD. Refer to the official announcement of the year for details.
Candidates appearing in the Final Year of their LLB Course or do not currently have the marks sheets and other essential documents may also apply and appear in the BHU admissions Test and may be granted conditional or provisional admission, subject to providing the required documents by a specific cut-off date before commencement of the academic session.
LLM Admissions – BHU Postgraduate Entrance Test (PET)
The Banaras Hindu University conducts the Postgraduate Entrance Test (PET) around the month of May every year, for admission to various Postgraduate Courses for the upcoming academic session, including the LLM programs. Admissions are made according to merit in the PET, subject to fulfillment of other eligibility requirements specific to the course.
The Common Postgraduate Entrance Test for all the LLM programs is typically conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in centers across 115 cities and towns in India. Refer to the table at the end of this article for the tentative list of the places where the entrance exam is conducted.
The University may specify minimum cut-off marks in the PET as one of the selection criteria for various courses and categories of candidates.
In case of multiple candidates securing the same marks in the Entrance test, a ‘Inter Se’ ranking process will be used to break the tie, in the order given below.
- Preference will be given to the candidates who has higher aggregate percentage of marks in the LLB exam (Qualifying exam)
- In case of equal marks in LLB, preference will be given to a candidate who has higher marks in the Law subjects
- In case a tie even after the above mentioned criteria, the candidate senior in age will be given preference
BHU LLM Placements
There is no specific information published by BHU about the placement process or past recruiters for the LLM programs. However, the placement brochures from previous years indicate that there are several prestigious Law Firms, Companies, Non-Governmental Organizations, Specialized legal practitioners and Research Institutions who visit the campus to select interns and candidates for various roles for the LLB programs.
Typically, the LLM candidates will also have access to the same or similar set of recruiters.
The most recent official placement brochure can be downloaded from the BHU faculty of Law website at: http://www.bhu.ac.in/law/
BHU Admission reservations
In accordance to Government rules and BHU’s policies, there will be reservation of seats for various categories of candidates, such as SC/ST, OBC, EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) and Persons With Disability. In addition, there may be supernumerary seats for wards of BHU Employees – current employees, recently retired or deceased.
Application process for BHU PG programs
BHU’s application process for the Post graduate programs, including the LLM courses is online at http://www.bhuonline.in Information and notifications are also published on BHU’s main website at http://www.bhu.ac.in
BHU LLM Entrance Question Paper Pattern & Structure
The admission for the three BHU LLM programs; LL.M. (General), LL.M. (HRDE) and LL.M. (One Year) (under Special Courses of Study), will be through a common entrance exam conducted as part of the BHU PET.
- There will be one question paper with 120 multiple-choice questions
- Each question carrying 3 marks, adding up to 360 marks for the complete paper.
- Students will have a total of 120 minutes (2 Hours) to answer the paper.
- The Question paper will be in English and Hindi.
- There will be negative marking in the BHU LLM Entrance exam.
- One mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
- Un-attempted question will be awarded zero mark. i.e. there is no negative marking for un-attempted questions.
- Since the entrance exam will be conducted in a CBT mode, candidates need to use an allocated computer terminal at the allotted Test Center to take the test in an online mode.
Syllabus for the BHU LLM Admissions exam
The 120 multiple choice questions in the LLM PET will be drawn from among the list of subjects / topics mentioned below. The syllabus for the LLM entrance is based on the standard LLB syllabus used in BCI approved colleges across India.
As such, no additional study material may be required other than the standard text books. The best way to prepare for the BHU LLM entrance is to solve as many mock tests as possible, covering the complete syllabus for the exam.
The LawMint mock tests series for BHU LLM entrance is designed such that users can attempt the 100 mock tests unlimited number of times; and since the tests are dynamic, there will be new questions with every attempt and the answer choices are also shuffled for better practice. Users should keep practicing the test series till they consistently score 85% or higher.
Subjects or Topics for the Entrance Exam
- Constitutional Law
- Law of Contracts
- Law of Torts
- Law of Crimes
- Environmental Law
- Public International Law
- Indian Evidence Act
- Family law – Hindu Law and Muslim Law.
There is no specific subject-wise breakup given in the official announcement, however, previous year question papers have contained a higher number of questions from Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law areas. Refer to this article for the detailed subject wise syllabus for the BHU LLM entrance test.
Announcement of results for the BHU LLM PET & Answer Keys
The University will announce the results of the candidates within around a month of the completion of the entrance exam. The results are published on the BHU admissions portal and / or the main website. The details may also be communicated to the candidate’s registered email address and sent through SMS at his / her registered mobile number as provided in the application form.
However, candidates are advised to keep checking the official websites regularly and not depend solely on the SMS or Email communication of their results.
Along with the results, the Provisional Answer Keys are also published, allowing candidates to challenge the questions and answer choices. The final results are published after any challenges or objections are reviewed by the experts at the University.
The results will consist of the candidate’s individual scores and the Merit List ranking in the courses applied for.
BHU LLM PET Cut Off
The cut-offs for the LLM admissions will vary every year due to variations in the Question Difficulty Levels, Quality of candidates and Other factors. Previous cut-offs may not be an accurate indicator of the probability of admissions since it is the ranking in the merit list that actually matters.
In addition to the absolute ranking in the Merit list, category-wise ranking such as ‘Gender’ rank, Reserved category ranking and EWS category rankings will also be a factor in the final admissions.
Previously, the lowest marks scored by the selected candidates (in 2018) in the PET exam for LLM is as below. These marks can be referred to as the ‘Cut-off’ marks.
- General category – 313 out of 360
- OBC – 296 out of 360
- SC – 233 out of 360
- ST- 178 out of 360
- PWD (Visually Impaired) – 191 out of 360
- PH (Hearing Impaired) – 350 out of 360
- Employee Ward- 102 out of 360
LLM Fee Structure
In general, the approximate fees are as below :
- the fees for the one year LLM program at BHU is around INR 60,000 + other fees decided by the University + taxes as applicable; for general candidates
- the fees for the two year LLM programs at BHU is around INR 30,000 per year + other fees decided by the University + taxes as applicable; for general candidates
- Refer to the latest admission brochure for the latest fee structure for the upcoming academic year
List of places where the BHU PET is conducted
Note: All the details in this article are tentative and for general overview only. Refer to the official BHU website at http://www.bhu.ac.in/ and the BHU admissions website at http://bhuonline.in/ for the current and accurate details.