CLAT Mentor Rajneesh Singh takes us through the expected cut offs for the CLAT 2017 examination. He also advises candidates on how to approach the coming few days.
Why do I do this every year?
I started almost 14 years ago, but for CLAT it started in 2009. In 2008, after NLSIU had closed its admissions after a third list, there were still many seats vacant. Those were filled up later individually by various NLUs taking out their own lists or the way they wanted to. I remember the majority did not know about the same. This gave an advantage to those informed or had proximity to an institution.
This is not the only matter of concern, there are many other problems including marking the preference list wrongly. Many pay the price for such mistakes.
I had two choices: either to start educating the masses or to keep this system on and extend help only to the close ones.
But, I took the decision to keep educating CLAT takers and their parents. Today, I am happy to see that CLAT has become the most transparent entrance test of India. No other exam has such detailed listing coming out and everyone knows the details of each admission. Even while filling up for the vacant seats, respective NLUs are almost fully transparent.
I have been running CLAT/NLU/LAW online forums since 2007 and I have been in test prep guidance since 2000.
I have always seen that there is a lot of anxiety, among the exam takers after the exam, for assessing where they stand. And I know that predicting the cut-offs, after doing scientific research, settles the minds of students.
I am sure it also helps to take some decisions. The exam takers must believe that the expected cut off cannot be exactly accurate. Also, my predicted marks cut off may fluctuate a little, but rank cut off will be surely almost the same. After the rank list is out, CLAT takers can take this rank cut off list as a guiding note.
I also do this because it also helps me to get extremely well prepared and informed about all the complex data. This helps me when I have to answer thousands of queries after the result is out.
How do I predict the cut-off?
For CLAT 2009 and 2010, my predictions were almost perfect. In 2013, it was exactly the same. It was a pleasant surprise for me. I am sure in 2013 it was coincidental. Yes, I am always 95% sure that my expected cut off (marks) will be correct within an error of 4 marks. Yes, the rank cut off which I predict is not only of immense use but I am also 98% sure with little error.
In 2014, I failed by a good margin (there were irregularities). In 2015, I only did the rank cut off, as there were many errors. In 2016, my cut off for top 3 was exactly the same but from Bhopal to Patiala it fluctuated by 3 to 5 marks. Apart from that, it was quite close to the actual one.
These help in doing the analysis and the predictions:
What should a CLAT 2017 candidate do now?
How is the CLAT 2017 admission process expected to progress?
Here are the expected cut offs for each NLU:
|Law School||First List (marks)||First List (rank)||Last List (marks)||Last List (rank)||Marks for Vacant seats after July 6||Rank for Vacant seats after July 6|
|NUJS||124||215||123||245||Unpredictable||Most of the time no vacant seats|
|Kirit P Mehta School of Law (NMIMS)||90||2500||75||6000|
|35 other private law schools||61||12000||66-42||10000-25000|