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Lower CLAT prefs in shambles after ‘correction’; 1 each bounced out of top schools; Nuals drops one rank

CLAT: Basically, in terms of rankings and organisation, nothing really seems to change year on year
CLAT: Basically, in terms of rankings and organisation, nothing really seems to change year on year

At least 50 Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2013 candidates were allotted different law schools than what was initially announced nearly two weeks ago, after the CLAT 2013 convenor HNLU Raipur released a significantly revised allotment list to correct errors.

In the re-allotment many candidates have been shunted to law schools ranked lower than the ones they were originally allotted on 2 June.

Bump one

The cut-offs moved up by a rank for NLSIU Bangalore, Nalsar Hyderabad, NUJS Kolkata and NLU Jodhpur and others.

The result of Shambhavi Pandey had been “withheld” at the date of publication of the original list but has been allocated a rank of 24-A, giving her the 25th available seat in NLSIU’s incoming batch.

As a consequence, rank 59 Mahima Priyani, who was the last person within NLSIU’s cut-off in the original general list, has now been allocated a seat at Nalsar.

This also appears to have pushed rank 104, Vishnu Sumanth, off Nalsar’s last cut-off seat to NUJS, rank 223 Sayan Deb from NUJS to Jodhpur and rank 318 Addway Bandyopadhyay was moved from Jodhpur to HNLU Raipur in the preferences, which was two places behind Jodhpur in terms of students initial CLAT college preferences.

Musical chairs

Legally India identified at least 28 general list candidates who were previously allotted CNLU Patna, but who have now been allocated seats at Nuals Kochi, while several others were moved from CNLU to NLUO Cuttack, NUSRL Ranchi, NLUJ Assam and RGNUL Patiala.

Dozens of students who were allotted colleges in the original list were then apparently moved to fill the new gaps at CNLU, with NUSRL Ranchi now having been left with only 24 general list candidates after ‘losing’ at least 10 previously allocated candidates to CNLU.

HNLU Raipur notified yesterday that the first list was revised in order to allot seats to three candidates whose results were “withheld” previously, some whose preferences were mistakenly mixed up between Nuals Kochi, CNLU Patna, NUSRL Ranchi, NLUO Cuttack, and NLUJ Assam, and some others who were earlier denied certain reserved seats.

Five students from Kerala had complained and launched legal action after they said they had picked Nuals and were allocated CNLU, while the diversity programme IDIA alleged that certain reserved categories were not accounted for correctly.

HNLU Raipur vice chancellor Prof Sukhpal Singh told Legally India that the upward shift in cut-offs was attributable only to the error made by the convenor’s IT contracting agency, which was explained in yesterday’s notification. He said that he had received no complaints yet from those shifted to less preferred universities in the second list.

Super 30

According to Legally India’s Super-30 analysis of the revised first list, Nuals Kochi is now back above CNLU Patna with a Super 30 rank of 494 where Patna’s rank is now 685.

However, Nuals still dropped one place in CLAT taker preferences compared to last year, now being in ninth place, displaced by RMLNLU Lucknow. All other college preferences remain identical to that of 2012 CLAT takers, except for a slight shift between the two lowest-ranked colleges.

The Super 30 has been calculated over the last three years by averaging the all India ranks of the 30 top CLAT scorers choosing each college in the general list.

The CLAT 2012 first university allotment list also had to be reshuffled after candidates reported errors. Two writs were then filed against the CLAT committee and convenor, NLU Jodhpur, last year.

Download new provisional allotment list (vs previous erroneous 2013 allotment list)

2013 revised CLAT preferences by Super 30 rank

  2013 Super 30 preference 2012 Super 30 pref 2013 Super 30 score
(and earlier erroneous scores)
2013 Highest general list rank* ‘13 Lowest general list rank* ‘13 Cut-off mark* 2012 Highest rank ‘12 Lowest rank ‘12 Cut-off ‘12 Super 30 score ‘12 General list places 2011 Super 30 pref Founded
NLSIU Bangalore 1 1 15.5* 1 59 140.5 1 58 145 16.6 55 1 1987
Nalsar Hyderabad 2 2 71.7* 30 104 tbc 11 102 142 70.2 41 2 1998
NUJS Kolkata 3 3 120.7* 49 223 130.75 20 215 138 116.5 78 3 1999
NLIU Bhopal 4 4 169.1* 79 245 129.75 103 273 136 185.2 33 4 1997
NLU Jodhpur 5 5 216.6* 88 318 127 78 312 135 198.2 75 5 2001
GNLU Gandhinagar 6 6 321.9* 196 429 123.75 219 455 132 326.4 78 6 2003
HNLU Raipur 7 7 395.6 (400.1*) 322 529 116.75 270 528 131 382.5 60 7 2003
RMLNLU Lucknow 8 9 427.9 (427.8*) 238 577 120.5 329 595 130 464.2 64 8 2006
Nuals Kochi 9 (10*) 8 493.9 (553.5*) 201 763 116.75 190 638 130 439.7 41 9 2005
RGNUL Patiala 10 (11*) 10 583.3 (586.5*) 493 698 118 208 692 129 536.9 71 10 2006
NLUO Orissa 11 (12*) 11 577.8 (623.3*) 277 863 115.5 323 816 128 595.2 78 n/a 2009
CNLU Patna 12 (9*) 12 685.3 (545.5*) 303 759 116.75 313 797 128 694 58 11 2006
NLUJA Assam 13 14 770.5 (790.1*) 667 833 115.75 408 857 127 800.6 30 n/a 2009
NUSRL Ranchi 14 13 785+** (797.7*) 345 789 116.5 490 839 127 775.4 24 n/a 2010

*Calculation based on erroneous CLAT preferences released on 2 June 2013

**Only 24 general list ranks could be identified at NUSRL Ranchi in the revised list, meaning its actual super 30 score should be lower than what is stated.

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