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NLSIU Bangalore still topped preferences among Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) takers but NUJS Kolkata made up ground to second-most-popular Nalsar Hyderabad with eight going against convention. Plus, Legally India’s new Super 30 shows NLU Jodhpur on par with NLIU Bhopal.
NLSIU Bangalore still topped preferences among Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) takers but NUJS Kolkata made up ground to second-most-popular Nalsar Hyderabad with eight going against convention.
NLSIU still led by far with the 32 highest CLAT scorers opting for the college, which this year had 58 places on the general list. The lowest rank to have been accepted to the NLSIU general list was at 64.
However, two people traditionally in the NLSIU ranks opted for Nalsar as their first choice and NUJS picked up three who could have also made it to NLSIU.
Comparison between NLS and Nalsar or NUJS
The 33rd, 36th and 60th ranked chose NUJS Kolkata, which is traditionally a lower preference for CLAT takers than both NLSIU and Nalsar.
Nalsar managed to attract the 59th and 62nd ranked who could also have made the NLSIU cut-off.
Comparison between NUJS and Nalsar
In a big gain for NUJS eight CLAT takers gave it a first choice, despite having been able to also make it to Nalsar.
Last year only two students each had foregone guaranteed NLSIU or Nalsar seats respectively for NUJS (ranks 8, 31, 100 and 101 had selected NUJS; NLSIU’s cut-off was 59th rank and Nalsar’s was 102nd).
The Top 30 Avg Rank: NLU Jodhpur same as NLIU Bhopal
Legally India’s new Top 30 Average Rank metric, which averages the top 30 ranks at each college to come up with a weighted indication of topper-preferences without penalising larger batches, gives a clearer picture of topper preferences.
NLSIU still clearly leads and Nalsar’s top 30 scores are still 30 higher than NUJS’.
But NLIU Bhopal and NLU Jodhpur are locked head-to-head, with only a fractional difference in their respective averages scores of its 30 highest scoring entrants at 221.1 and 221.3 respectively.
NLIU with a general list batch of 37 – the smallest out of all law schools – has the stronger total average of 231, ahead of NLU Jodhpur’s 267 this year.
Nuals Kochi plummets two, HNLU, RMLNLU pull ahead
Nuals Kochi dropped behind HNLU Raipur and RMLNLU Lucknow in preference, which are now in seventh and eighth behind GNLU Gandhinagar.
The average rank for Nuals choices in 2010 was 442, which dropped to 543 this year or a Super 30 score of 507.9.
HNLU Raipur on the other hand rose slightly to 466 with an increased batch of 10 (see below), and a Super 30 score of 418.
RMLNLU Lucknow’s average rank dropped from last year to 538, with a Super 30 rank of 475.6.
RGNUL Patiala and CNLU Patna close the rankings with Super 30 ranks of 594.6 and 711.1 respectively.
By a whisker
The cut-off CLAT marks out of 200 between top-colleges are slim. Only five points each on the 200 question multiple choice CLAT divide the bottom cut-off at NLSIU (147), Nalsar (142), NUJS (137) and NLIU (132) in that order, with NLU Jodhpur’s lowest mark being only one point below NLIU’s.
GNLU and HNLU’s cut-off marks at 128 and 125 are only three and six points below NLU Jodhpur, while RMLNLU and Nuals cut-offs are both at 123 points. RGNUL and CNLU Patna’s cut-offs are at 122 and 120 respectively.
Full marks were awarded on several questions to all candidates this year, after some papers contained underlined answers, which confused test takers.
The overall seat capacity at each university this year was increased by approximately 4 per cent with so-called “buffer seats” allotted to the all-India general category, decided the CLAT committee.
“This buffer is in order to provide against vacancies that may arise at the time of admissions,” explained the committee, with HNLU on request having been provided with a buffer of 10 seats. All students on the list or on buffer seats would be guaranteed a place, even if no students dropped out, did not take up their offers or did not pay their admission fees, according to a member of the CLAT committee.
The member explained: “We’ve generated the first list today. We ask folks to pay 25,000 immediately to confirm their seats. If they don’t pay within the window, their names will not be on second list. The second list will consist of the revised list consisting of first list folks who paid 25,000 and those who’ve moved up to fill the vacancies created by those who did not pay 25,000.”