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CLAT 2015 everything you gotta know: Highs, lows, winners, predicted cut-offs and what to do now

Rajneesh Singh, IMS CLAT mentor
Rajneesh Singh, IMS CLAT mentor

CLAT is one exam which always keeps itself in the news for a variety of reasons and this year was no different. IMS CLAT tracker and teacher Rajneesh Singh shares some of the highs and lows and how to proceed.

The good

  1. A PIL was filed to remove the age bar and was finally implemented even after high resistance from the CLAT body

  2. The CLAT was changed to a computer-based test (CBT) for the first time

  3. RMLNLU, the CLAT convenor, was able to beat any apprehension of fewer applications, perhaps due to the CBT format. There was more than a 20% jump in UG and 150% in PG applications.

The less good

  1. Maharashtra with 3.1 lakh km sq km area had only one CLAT exam location while UP had 8. Maharashtra is 25% larger in terms of area and the third biggest state in India. Interestingly NLU Mumbai has announced 6 exam locations in Maharashtra for its test and has not given a single exam location to UP, UK, Bihar and Jharkhand. And these are NATIONAL law universities and not STATE universities.

  2. CLAT picked up many questions from several materials including the CAT. One set of puzzles was taken from the CAT 2013 question paper and is one of the toughest set of puzzles ever asked in the history of the CAT exam.

  3. Sad to say that CLAT core committee is still least bothered about the correct way of picking up the best talent for their NLUs. The casual approach is very evident. There is no harm in picking up questions from good resources but it is being done without planning. Many questions had different fonts. Current affairs were mostly from a few months ago even after announcing in the syllabus questions going back 13 months. I argued about the way CLAT paper may be framed in an interview with Legally India in 2012.

  4. The paper was amazingly tough and very different from last year. Although such papers can filter better talent, unfortunately the most hardworking and intelligent mass did not get what they deserved this time because they kept preparing for something else.


  1. LSAT-India, which unfortunately could not become popular in India because it has only one good college that uses it, can be a good mentor for the CLAT committee. Their pattern is fixed and the nature of the exam never varies. They have such a large size of questions of every variety, originally and scientifically framed, that they are able to maintain the level. The questions are of superb quality too and yet very fresh. No cheap coaching institutes can become effective here. Preparation has to genuinely enhance the reasoning ability of students’ mind and not to mechanically make them practice and practice and practice stupid things. CLAT can also learn from NLU Delhi. They have been able to manage the exam for a long time without any chaos and controversies. CLAT can also learn from the way HNLU conducted CLAT 2013.

  2. The need for a CLAT permanent body is becoming more and more important.

  3. But, I do appreciate the person or persons who have decided on the nature of the question paper (probably some of the NLUs Honourable VCs). The change is good as the previous 3 years’ papers were testing too much on hard work because highly typed questions were coming. This question paper penalized those heavily who used to make a lot of guess work. But those who framed the questions did not do justice to the intentions of the strategists.

The winners of CLAT 2015

Yes, DHONIs won the race this time

D – Duck

Duck is cool and calm like Dhoni above the water but is very active under the water which is actually required. Those who could do this during CLAT 2015 won the battle. After seeing a very different paper, those who could keep their heads cool marched ahead of others.

H – Hand Pick

Those who could aptly select the correct set of questions to be attempted and also rejected the right ones at the right time according to their strength and weaknesses. This was a crucial factor this time.

O – On the correct lines

The mind which had the ability to reason out on the correct lines of rationality won the race. The offbeat questions were handled with a calm and efficient mind.

N – Never Give Up

After experiencing shocks and surprises in almost all sections, the majority gave up. Those who did not give up did well.

I – I am Prepared for everything

Many CLAT takers prepare in their comfort zone. Questions of the last three year papers were of average to easy standard. The majority used to feel lots of comfort in dealing with such questions which never used to pressurise their mind. Although they were not able to achieve a good rank because it was a high scoring paper, they still used to be happy with a 100+ score in the mocks. Such people did disastrously this time.

Takers who were prepared for all types of paper did not panic and took this as an opportunity.

CLAT Admission Helpline

The admission process

This is how the admission process will go on.

  • You need to fill the preference list provided to you in your page. You need to log in with the provided password. The link is available at http://clat.ac.in

  • On 31st May based on your rank and preference list, the listing will be done and then released.

  • The listed ones need to pay 50,000 INR as a booking amount.

  • Around 250 to 400 seats in general category is expected to go vacant (those who do not deposit 50k).

  • The 2nd list will come out with lots of people shifting up according to their pref list and newly listed ones according to the vacant seats created. These newly listed candidates will be advised to pay 50k.

  • After a similar process the 3rd list will be announced.

  • Finally at the end of June, all vacant seat lists by all NLUs will be sent to CLAT and then the final list will be released.

  • On 6th July the process at the CLAT secretariat will end.

  • You may check the deadlines here. http://clat.ac.in/?page_id=625

  • But there will be vacant seats left at 4 to 8 bottom NLUs after 6th July too. To complete this, CLAT may extend date of closure from 6th July and take care till the end which has not happened in past years. If CLAT does not intervene then NLUs will announce about their admission process for the vacant seats created. Keep a watch on the websites of NLUs.

How to fill up preference list

The preference list will play a vital role in allocating a seat for the listed candidates along with the CLAT rank. One must fill up the preference list very carefully. The list has to be exactly the same as one’s correct choices of preference of NLUs irrespective of whatever rank achieved by the student.

This preference list can be followed in case you do not have any locational advantage, constraints or preferences. It is roughly how candidates choose last year.

  • NLSIU - Bangalore
  • NALSAR - Hyderabad
  • WBNUJS -Kolkata
  • NLIU - Bhopal
  • NLU - Jodhpur
  • GNLU - Gandhinagar
  • HNLU - Raipur
  • RMLNLU - Lucknow
  • RGNLU - Patiala
  • NUALS - Kochi
  • NLU - Odisha
  • CNLU - Patna
  • NUSRL - Ranchi
  • NLUJA - Guwahati
  • TNNLS – Tamil Nadu
  • DSNLU - Vizag

Here few NLUs are very close and deviating from the above sequence and where it does not make much of a difference. These pairs are

  1. NLIU Bhopal and NLU J (a very close call to choose between them)

  2. HNLU and RMLNLU

  3. NLU O and CNLU

  4. NLUJA and TNNLS

If you want to deviate from the normal ranking by a big margin then you should have a good reason. For example, if one is from Bhopal and has to work in a law firm there while studying, would has a very valid reason for deviating from the normal ranking. Say this guy has a rank of 23. In this case he should fill NLIU Bhopal as the first preference (otherwise he will get NLSIU and later this can not be changed), and after this normal ranking can be followed.

Example of how preferences works in practice

Candidate - Mr Vakil

Rank – 233

Category - General

Say, listing till 232 is done, now for 233 begins. His first preference will be checked. Say that is NLSIU, but there won’t be any seats left. 2nd pref, NALSAR - again no seats. 3rd pref – NUJS, no seats again. 4th pref could be NLIU Bhopal: Yes 20 seats left. Allotted to NLIU Bhopal.

This person will be listed in the first list coming up on 31st May and will have to pay 50k to book the seat by 10th June. Now say, 18 higher ranked seats were vacated until rank 232 due to non-payment of 50 k by these 18 candidates. Now this guy would get upgraded to NUJS in the 2nd list.

Estimated rank cut offs for 2015 general list

Read the table given below. This may help you to asses and plan your admissions and selection of a law school.

NLUs 1st List Last list Last list at the NLU
  Rank Rank Rank
NLSIU - Bangalore 58 60
NALSAR - Hyderabad 124 130
WBNUJS -Kolkata 215 235
NLIU - Bhopal 305 320
NLU - Jodhpur 320 340
GNLU - Gandhinagar 430 450
HNLU - Raipur 580 625
RMLNLU - Lucknow 615 650
RGNLU - Patiala 730 770
NUALS - Kochi 775 850 1600
NLU - Odisha 800 1075 1200
CNLU - Patna 870 1125 1300
NUSRL - Ranchi 890 1225 2000
NLUJA - Guwahati 980 1325 3500
TNNLS - Tamilnadu 1032 1430 5000
DSNLU - Vizag 1000 1450 6000
Nirma Univ - Ahmedabad 1300 1400 2200
UPES - Dehradoon 3000
KIIT - Bhubaneswar 3000

Rajneesh Singh is mentor at CLAT preparation company IMS.

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