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Old-school CLAT prefs wobble as NUJS gains on Nalsar; NLIU, NLU-J locked dead-heat

Pencil sharpened at the ready, set and go.
Pencil sharpened at the ready, set and go.
Exclusive analysis: NLSIU Bangalore still topped preferences among 2011 Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) takers but NUJS Kolkata made up ground to second-most-popular Nalsar Hyderabad with eight going against convention. Plus, Legally India’s new Super 30 shows NLU Jodhpur on par with NLIU Bhopal.

NLSIU Bangalore still topped preferences among Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) takers but NUJS Kolkata made up ground to second-most-popular Nalsar Hyderabad with eight going against convention.

NLSIU still led by far with the 32 highest CLAT scorers opting for the college, which this year had 58 places on the general list. The lowest rank to have been accepted to the NLSIU general list was at 64.

However, two people traditionally in the NLSIU ranks opted for Nalsar as their first choice and NUJS picked up three who could have also made it to NLSIU.

NLS vis-à-vis Nalsar/NUJS

The 33rd, 36th and 60th ranked chose NUJS Kolkata, which is traditionally a lower preference for CLAT takers than both NLSIU and Nalsar.

Nalsar managed to attract the 59th and 62nd ranked who could also have made the NLSIU cut-off.

Last year two toppers each chose NUJS and Nalsar respectively, despite having been able to opt for NLSIU Bangalore.

NUJS vis-à-vis Nalsar

In a big gain for NUJS eight CLAT takers gave it a first choice, despite having been able to also make it to Nalsar.

Last year only two students each had foregone guaranteed NLSIU or Nalsar seats respectively for NUJS (ranks 8, 31, 100 and 101 had selected NUJS; NLSIU’s cut-off was 59th rank and Nalsar’s was 102nd).

The Top 30 Avg Rank: NLU Jodhpur same as NLIU Bhopal

Legally India’s new Top 30 Average Rank metric, which averages the top 30 ranks at each college to come up with a weighted indication of topper-preferences without penalising larger batches, gives a clearer picture of topper preferences.

NLSIU still clearly leads and Nalsar’s top 30 scores are still 30 higher than NUJS’.

But NLIU Bhopal and NLU Jodhpur are locked head-to-head, with only a fractional difference in their respective averages scores of its 30 highest scoring entrants at 221.1 and 221.3 respectively.

NLIU with a general list batch of 37 – the smallest out of all law schools – has the stronger total average of 231, ahead of NLU Jodhpur’s 267 this year.

Nuals Kochi plummets two, HNLU, RMLNLU pull ahead

Nuals Kochi dropped behind HNLU Raipur and RMLNLU Lucknow in preference, which are now in seventh and eighth behind GNLU Gandhinagar.

The average rank for Nuals choices in 2010 was 442, which dropped to 543 this year or a Super 30 score of 507.9.

HNLU Raipur on the other hand rose slightly to 466 with an increased batch of 10 (see below), and a Super 30 score of 418.

RMLNLU Lucknow’s average rank dropped from last year to 538, with a Super 30 rank of 475.6.

RGNUL Patiala and CNLU Patna close the rankings with Super 30 ranks of 594.6 and 711.1 respectively.

By a whisker

The cut-off CLAT marks out of 200 between top-colleges are slim. Only five points each on the 200 question multiple choice CLAT divide the bottom cut-off at NLSIU (147), Nalsar (142), NUJS (137) and NLIU (132) in that order, with NLU Jodhpur’s lowest mark being only one point below NLIU’s.

GNLU and HNLU’s cut-off marks at 128 and 125 are only three and six points below NLU Jodhpur, while RMLNLU and Nuals cut-offs are both at 123 points. RGNUL and CNLU Patna’s cut-offs are at 122 and 120 respectively.

Full marks were awarded on several questions to all candidates this year, after some papers contained underlined answers, which confused test takers.

Buffered seating

The overall seat capacity at each university this year was increased by approximately 4 per cent with so-called “buffer seats” allotted to the all-India general category, decided the CLAT committee.

“This buffer is in order to provide against vacancies that may arise at the time of admissions,” explained the committee, with HNLU on request having been provided with a buffer of 10 seats. All students on the list or on buffer seats would be guaranteed a place, even if no students dropped out, did not take up their offers or did not pay their admission fees, according to a member of the CLAT committee.

The member explained: “We’ve generated the first list today. We ask folks to pay 25,000 immediately to confirm their seats. If they don't pay within the window, their names will not be on second list. The second list will consist of the revised list consisting of first list folks who paid 25,000 and those who’ve moved up to fill the vacancies created by those who did not pay 25,000.”

CLAT 2011 facts, figures, cut-offs

Highest rank

(’11)

Lowest rank

(’11)

Cut-off mark (of 200, ‘11)

Super 30 (top 30 avg rank ‘11)

Avg. rank

(’11)

General list places

(’11)

Highest rank

(’10)

Lowest rank

(’10)

Avg. rank

(’10)

General list places

(’10)

Founded

NLSIU Bangalore

1

64

147

15.5

31

58

1

59

30

55

1987

Nalsar Hyderabad

59

117

142

80.4

89

44

14

102

78

41

1998

NUJS Kolkata

33

196

137

110.0

147

83

8

205

146

78

1999

NLIU Bhopal

137

277

132

221.1

231

37

70

244

197

35

1997

NLU Jodhpur

125

322

131

221.3

267

80

109

321

263

74

2001

GNLU Ghandinagar

263

427

128

336.3

375

82

112

480

389

79

2003

HNLU Raipur

336

551

125

418

466

62

219

527

449

52

2003

RMLNLU Lucknow

168

621

123

475.6

538

74

151

592

492

80

2006

Nuals Kochi

163

638

123

507.9

543

44

110

581

442

33

2005

RGNUL Patiala

358

710

122

594.6

647

76

207

637

586

48

2006

CNLU Patna

641

778

120

711.1

736

63

410

668

631

38

2006

Source: CLAT.ac.in; Additional research: Jay Sayta

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