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93 per cent CLAT toppers opt NLS; Nalsar, NUJS next in age-old pecking order

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The 2010 Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) results and provisional allotments have been announced, with 86 per cent of toppers going for the four law schools established before the millennium as younger law schools establish hierarchies.

Out of the top 59 ranks in this year's undergraduate CLAT, only four students went for a first choice other than NLSIU Bangalore this year, with the seven highest ranks having provisional offers from the school.

This year's topper Pragya Vats scored 165 points out of 200, with only nine test takers managing more than 160 points. The lower-cut off on the general list was 152 points, excluding reservations for scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (STs), persons with disabilities or others.

The eighth and 31st ranked CLAT takers opted for NUJS instead of NLS Bangalore, while the 14th and 52nd ranked test takers went for Nalsar.

However, Nalsar Hyderabad was the clear favourite second choice of CLAT toppers, with almost all of ranks 60 to 102 choosing the university, which is an average rank of 78th (see table).

NUJS Kolkata was the clear third, with 72 per cent of those ranked between 100 and 205 getting provisional offers from the law school. The average rank of NUJS entrants was 147.

NLIU Bhopal came fourth although it offered only 33 places on the general list while 22 places were reserved for Madhya Pradesh residents. The 33 original list rankings were at a mean of 197, although that figure would increase to 249 with the state reservation, not counting backward classes (OBCs), SC/STs and other reserved places.

The average rank at NLU Jodhpur shows it was firmly the fifth choice amongst CLAT takers, picking up candidates ranked between 109 and 321 with a mean rank of 263 for its batch of 74 excluding reservations.

The field below fifth place was tighter as law schools established after 2003 competed for the same candidates, although an order of preference in choices amongst test takers was definitely visible in the figures.

GNLU Ghandinagar came out on top with an average rank of 389 with a comfortable lead of Nuals Kochi and HNLU Raipur at 442 and 449 respectively.

Nuals Kochi benefited particularly from a number of high-ranked Kerala residents apparently opting to stay nearer to home, picking up ranks 117 and 157.

While HNLU Raipur scored highly on the general list of 52 places being the choice for the 219 to 527 ranks, the average rank when including its domicile reservation ranks excluding SC/STs and others would drop to 1,055.

RMLNLU Lucknow, RGNUL Patiala and CNLU Patna had average ranks of 492, 586 and 631 respectively, with a divergence in test scores between 146 and 136.

Last year's CLAT paper suffered from considerable grade inflation as the cut-off mark for NLSIU Bangalore was 165 marks with 147 marks for CNLU Patna last year.

NUJS student Ramanuj Mukherjee, who is founder of CLAT Hacker, which uses the internet to prepare students who can not afford CLAT tuition, predicted before the results were announced that the cut-off would be considerably lower this year.

"Last year they had copied extensively from one book and people found the questions similar," he noted. "If I am happy about one thing this year it is that the questions were originally picked."

The 2010-2011 CLAT was organised by NLIU Bhopal with around 17,300 taking the test up from around 15,000 last year.

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CLAT 2010 facts, figures and cut-offs


Highest rank Lowest rank Avg. rank High score Low Score Avg score General list places Founded
NLSIU Bangalore 1 59 30 165 152 156 55 1987
Nalsar Hyderabad 14 102 78 159 148 150 41 1998
NUJS Kolkata 8 205 146 161 145 147 78 1999
NLIU Bhopal 70 244 197 150 144 145 35 1997
NLU Jodhpur 109 321 263 148 142 143 74 2001
GNLU Ghandinagar 112 480 389 148 138 140 79 2003
Nuals Kochi 110 581 442 148 137 140 33 2005
HNLU Raipur 219 527 449 144 138 139 52 2003
RMLNLU Lucknow 151 592 492 146 137 139 80 2006
RGNUL Patiala 207 637 586 145 136 137 48 2006
CNLU Patna 410 668 631 140 136 136 38 2006

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93 per cent of CLAT toppers opt for NLS; Nalsar, NUJS next in pecking order of age
Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) results and provisional allotments have been announced, with 86 per cent of toppers going for the four law schools established before the millennium with younger law schools establish hierarchy for the rest.

Out of the top 59 ranks in this year's undergraduate CLAT, only four students went for a first choice other than NLSIU Bangalore this year, with the seven highest ranks having provisional offers from the school.

This year's topper Pragya Vats scored 165 points out of 200, with only nine test takers managing more than 160 points. The lower-cut off on the general list was 152 points, excluding reservations for scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (STs), persons with disabilities or others.

The eighth and 31st ranked CLAT takers opted for NUJS instead of NLS Bangalore, while the 14th and 52nd ranked test takers went for Nalsar.

However, Nalsar Hyderabad was the clear favourite second choice of CLAT toppers, with almost all of ranks 60 to 102 choosing the university, which is an average rank of 78th.

NUJS Kolkata was the clear third, with 72 per cent of those ranked between 100 and 205 getting provisional offers from the law school. The average rank of NUJS entrants was 147.

NLIU Bhopal came fourth although it offered only 33 places on the general list while 22 places were reserved for Madhya Pradesh residents. The 33 original list rankings were at a mean of 197, although that figure would increase to 249 with the state reservation, not counting backward classes (OBCs), SC/STs and other reserved places.

The average rank at NLU Jodhpur shows it was firmly the fifth choice amongst CLAT takers, picking up candidates ranked between 109 and 321 with a mean rank of 263 for its batch of 74 excluding reservations.

The field below fifth place was tighter as law schools established after 2003 competed for the same candidates, although an order of preference in choices amongst test takers was definitely visible in the figures.

GNLU Ghandinagar came out on top with an average rank of 389 with a comfortable lead of Nuals Kochi and HNLU Raipur at 442 and 449 respectively.

Nuals Kochi benefited particularly from a number of high-ranked Kerala residents apparently opting to stay nearer to home, picking up ranks 117 and 157.

While HNLU Raipur scored highly on the general list of 52 places being the choice for the 219 to 527 ranks, the average rank when including its domicile reservation ranks excluding SC/STs and others would drop to 1,055.

RMLNLU Lucknow, RGNUL Patiala and CNLU Patna had average ranks of 492, 586 and 631 respectively, with a divergence in test scores between 146 and 136.

Last year's CLAT paper suffered from considerable grade inflation as the cut-off mark for NLSIU Bangalore was 165 marks with 147 marks for CNLU Patna last year.

NUJS student Ramanuj Mukherjee, who is founder of CLAT Hacker, which uses the internet to prepare students who can not afford CLAT tuition, predicted before the results were announced that the cut-off would be considerably lower this year. "Last year they had copied extensively from one book and people found the questions similar," he said. "If I am happy about one thing this year it is that the questions were originally picked."

This year's CLAT was organised by NLIU Bhopal.

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