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2018 CLAT preferences: Same same • NLS ‘loses’ a few more • NLU Mumbai popular again • Clataclysm gave a few bumps

Which NLU is most beloved by CLATters? Few surprises again this year...
Which NLU is most beloved by CLATters? Few surprises again this year...

Year-by-year, nothing really ever changes in aspirants’ law school preferences: NLSIU Bangalore is still the most preferred by Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) takers, with most of the rest of preferences nearly identical to last year’s preferences.*

NLS cookie crumbles a tiny bit?

However, NLSIU’s unequivocal lead has started crumbling a tiny bit: while last year, only three of the top 50 all India ranks did not pick Bangalore, this year NLSIU ‘lost’ 10 in the top 50: ranks 6, 11, 15, 32, 38, 42-46, 52, 63 and 65 did not opt for NLSIU in the general list.

Of those, ranks 11, 15, 52 and 65 opted for Nalsar Hyderabad.

Ranks 44 and 45 went for NLIU Bhopal.

And NUJS Kolkata picked up one 43rd-ranked student.

Those could just be regional fluctuations about students wanting to stay closer to home, or they could signify that for some students there’s really that much anymore to tell the top 3 or 4 most-preferred apart.

NLU Mumbai remains explicably popular

MNLU Mumbai - the third national law school from Maharashtra that was part of the CLAT this year - continued its rollercoaster. Mumbai actually made 7th rank in our Super 30 ranking this year, jumping three spots from last year, and reprising its 7th rank from 2016.

It seems likely that its relative success is mostly a function of its locational advantage in Mumbai.

Super 30 methodology

Our Super 30 is calculated by averaging the top 30 all India general list ranks, excluding any horizontal entry, who opted for each college (to compensate for law schools with larger batches).

However, note that MNLU Mumbai only had 12 general category seats, ranging from 246th to 503rd rank. As in previous years, we have calculated its Super 30 by completing its top 30 with ‘fictional’ ranks 504 to 521.

A similar method was used to compute a Super 30 for Nuals Kochi (28 unreserved seats), NUSRL Ranchi (28 unreserved seats) and MNLU Aurangabad (25 unreserved seats).

Maharashtra’s second NLU, MNLU Nagpur, retained its 14th place since its debut last year, while the latest MNLU in Aurangabad debuted in last place.

Thanks also to CLAT mentor Rajneesh Singh for sharing the base CLAT preference data with us.

Clataclysm 2018 knock-on effects

We hope to do a fuller analysis of the effects that the marks awarded to students had on the CLAT rankings, but at first glance, they did not have a huge impact on toppers at each NLU.

Amongst the Super 30, only a small number entered the top 30 after the corrections in marks that had been decided by the CLAT convenors Nuals Kochin:

  • GNLU: one originally 1045th ranked moved to 396th rank, making the top 30
  • HNLU: one from 1192th to 517th
  • NLUO: 833 to 761
  • MNLUN 1179 to 1039, and 1299 to 1866
  • TNNLS: 1581 to 1473

There are others in the total list who have made it into an NLU after the upgrade in marks, but we’ll need a bit more time to analyse that if there’s interest.

2018 Super 30 NLU preferences

2018 Super 30 score 2018 Topper Rank 2018 Cut-off 2018 Super 30 rank 2018 Super 30 rank 2017 Super 30 Score
NLSIU Bangalore 18 1 66 1 1 19
Nalsar Hyderabad 77 11 137 2 2 76
NUJS Kolkata 155 43 260 3 3 144
NLIU Bhopal 223 44 390 4 4 229
NLUJ Jodhpur 242 129 376 5 5 236
GNLU Gandhinagar 373 142 494 6 6 366
MNLU Mumbai 490 246 503 7+ 10 698
HNLU Raipur 499 401 657 8- 7 487
RMLNLU Lucknow 533 671 354 9- 8
RGNUL Patiala 624 924 358 10- 9
Nuals Kochi 704 290 928 11= 11 711
NLUO Cuttack 777 564 1167 12= 12 758
CNLU Patna 943 718 1186 13= 13 786
MNLU Nagpur 1097 520 1532 14= 14 919
NUSRL Ranchi 1164 705 1255 15= 15 1015
DSNLU Visakhapatnam 1190 223 1432 16= 16 1048
NLUJA Guwahati 1332 1016 1556 17= 17 1085
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli 1403 459 1571 18= 18 1135
MNLU Aurangabad 1544 1254 1588 19= N/A N/A

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