CLAT still loved, but not as much as JEE, PMTCLAT still loved, but not as much as JEE, PMTThe Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) experienced the slightest slump in popularity this year, for the first time since records are available and that Legally India began reporting on the exam (2008).

The clash of engineering (IIT) and medical (PMT) entrances, on 8 May, with CLAT 2016 pulled potential CLAT applicants away to the more popular entrances.

Marginally fewer applicants than last year are competing for more undergraduate seats this year, despite Indian Institute of Technology’s (IIT) recently hiking their fees by more than 100 per cent from the original Rs 90,000.

Several NLUs, such as GNLU Gandhinagar, Nalsar Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal and others also charge nearly Rs 2 lakh upward (Read Legally India’s full report on NLU fees from 2015).

Prof Paramjit Jaswal, the vice chancellor of CLAT 2016 convenor RGNUL Patiala, told Legally India today that CLAT 2016, for which registration is now closed, received 45,000 applications, around 5,500 of which were from LLM candidates (“or 20 or 30 applications less or more”, he said).

This leaves around 39,500 LLB candidates competing for 2,179 seats across 18 national law universities (NLUs). That figure is marginally below last year’s 39,686 who competed for 1,700 LLB seats.

CLAT 2015 experienced the most significant bump in applications in recent years – a 20 per cent hike from 31,231 CLAT 2014 applications – but the conduct of the exam by the convenor RMLNLU Lucknow was widely perceived as a debacle, with errors in questions, marking and repeated delays in final results.

CLAT seats

Law School

LLB intake

LLM intake

NLSIU

80

50

Nalsar

105

50

NLIU

82

15

NUJS

115

42

NLUJ

115

115

HNLU

180

45

GNLU

180

60

RMLNLU

160

20

RGNUL

180

40

CNLU

120

No LLM seats

NUALS

120

40

NLUO

180

50

NUSRL

120

20

NLUJAA

60

10

DSNLU

132

12

TNNLS

200

No LLM seats

MNLU

50

10

Total

2179

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Like +0 Object -0 Bhamarinder Bhajit 13 Apr 16, 14:54
NLUO intake is 120. Get your facts right.
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Like +0 Object -0 Prachishrivastava 13 Apr 16, 15:52
It's actually 120 for BALLB and 60 for BBALLB, as per the brochure published on CLAT's website: https://clat.ac.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/12NLUO_ORISSABrochure_h.pdf

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Like +1 Object -0 Guest!!! 19 Apr 16, 16:08
To be specific page 73. IF LI had gotten the number wrong, people would have been all over it.
Now that they got it right, not even an acknowledgement!!!
Come come Bhamarinder, at least acknowledge that Prachi was correct.
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Like +1 Object -1 Scooter- 13 Apr 16, 18:19
The tremors of the SCAM split are deep and pervasive
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Like +10 Object -0 Anil Chopra 13 Apr 16, 19:09  interesting
Just waiting when the CLAT 2016 scam reporting will begin.
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Like +4 Object -1 noooo 13 Apr 16, 19:28
Lol. Hope there's no scam this time. i'm appearing. again. :p T-T
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Like +1 Object -0 NLS 15 Apr 16, 10:55
Isn't NLS intake just 75? (80 is the batch size including foreign seats - but when your heading is CLAT seats, it is misleading)
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Like +1 Object -0 No decline 15 Apr 16, 13:33
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This leaves around 39,500 LLB candidates competing for 2,179 seats across 18 national law universities (NLUs). That figure is marginally below last year’s 39,686 who competed for 1,700 LLB seats.
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Where is the decline??? The difference in number of aspirants is de minimis.
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Like +0 Object -1 Scooter- 15 Apr 16, 14:32
applicants to seat ration genius
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Like +1 Object -3 Bad reporting 16 Apr 16, 16:23
Exactly. Needless sensationalism by this Prachi instead of promoting law as a career.
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Like +4 Object -0 kianganz 16 Apr 16, 16:43
In case you haven't figured it out yet, our job is NOT to "promote law as a career", our job is to report the facts.

The number of law applicants have increased by leaps and bounds every year, this year is the first time they've actually gone down (even if just by a small number).

Therefore, the growth rate has plummeted to less than 0% from 10-20% year-on-year.

That's huge and significant, and it's not our job to act as a propaganda tool for CLAT or the law.

Best wishes
Kian
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Like +2 Object -0 Scamster 16 Apr 16, 09:50
After last year's fiasco, I would be surprised if a clash of dates is the only reason for this decline.

However, it is indeed unfortunate if NLUs lose potential students due to this.
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Like +1 Object -0 Bad reporting 16 Apr 16, 16:37
Times of India: Record number of students giving CLAT http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/A-9-yr-high-CLAT-sees-45k-students-vie-for-law-seats/articleshow/51786947.cms

Legally India: Record decline in numbers giving CLAT

LOL
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Like +1 Object -0 kianganz 16 Apr 16, 16:49
You're indeed, right, if you mean that TOI has managed a major stinker in its reporting, contradicting its own headline and lead in the last paragraph of the story:

"The total number of applications received for LLB (UG) is 39,468 and for LLM (PG) is 5,572."

The 45,000 figure in the top of the TOI doesn't make any sense at all and isn't mentioned again - it seems to be conflating both UG and PG applicants.

Or maybe they were confused by those who applied but didn't pay, which is what the Careers360 article mentions (though it also kind of manages to muddle things):

http://www.law.careers360.com/articles/clat-2016-applications-reach-new-high-67-693-total-registered

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He added that as many as 67,693 applicants had registered for CLAT 2016 out of which 22,652 candidates did not submit their application fee. In the five-day extension window that the CLAT committee had offered, a total of 2,053 fresh candidates applied for the exam.
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Like +0 Object -0 Query. 18 Apr 16, 01:30
Sir, today Times of India is saying that MNLU will be established in Nagpur but the website says MNLU Mumbai. Which is correct?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/MNLU-to-start-from-August-1/articleshow/51848697.cms
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Like +0 Object -0 Pewds 18 Apr 16, 08:39
there'll be 3 NLU's in Maharashtra. Nagpur is one of them. So is Mumbai.
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Like +1 Object -0 Really? 18 Apr 16, 09:49
What? Why? Can they do this? No state has more than one NLU. How is maharashtra getting three all together?
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Like +0 Object -0 XXXXX 18 Apr 16, 16:27
LI please clarify!!
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Like +2 Object -0 kianganz 18 Apr 16, 16:56
Yes, Maharashtra had the brilliant idea of starting 3 NLUs, because they couldn't decide which city to award the privilege to.

Lots of local politics, no doubt and most likely an ever bigger mess going forward.
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Like +0 Object -0 Pewds 18 Apr 16, 20:13
The third city is Ahmednagar. Other states might follow. AP was rumoured to have an NLU sometime back which led to protests by DSNLU students. Bhopal was too. Then there are rumours for NLU's at HP(Shimla) and Uttarakhand(Nainital). Too much supply and not much demand(considering most NLU students want corporate jobs).
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Like +0 Object -0 where-are-we-headed-? 18 Apr 16, 21:09
This when many of the lower rung NLUs don't have proper basic teaching. Try to make the existing ones better rather than increasing the sheer number. I suppose they are doing this to imitate developments of IITs and IIMs which is a mistake per se. Increasing their numbers without ensuring the quality will only act towards lowering the brand name that (some of) these institutes have built for themselves through the years.
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Like +1 Object -0 Outsider 18 Apr 16, 21:17
Kian, that number is going to change by quite a bit. Last heard, RGNUL has sent emails to applicants who haven't paid yet, extending the deadline. Quite a few people are going to take that up, at least a 1000 if not more.
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