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For first time (ever?) CLAT’s popularity declines, in face of competing IIT & medical admission tests

CLAT still loved, but not as much as JEE, PMT
CLAT still loved, but not as much as JEE, PMT
The 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

579

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