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IMS Product Head, Rajneesh Singh on CLAT cut-offs, admission process & more
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IMS Product Head, Rajneesh Singh on CLAT cut-offs, admission process & more

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Rajneesh Singh

The CLAT began in 2008 when a PIL forced the NLUs to do the same. It eased out the students from lots of hassles but at the same time it also made the admission process a bit complex.

I have prepared this note with an intention to help CLAT 2015 takers by taking out expected cut offs (marks and rankings) and detailed information and guidelines related to admission process.

Why do I do this every year?

I started this process almost 13 years back but for CLAT specifically, it started in 2009. In 2008 after NLSIU closed admissions after the third list, there were still many seats vacant. These seats were filled up later individually by various NLUs taking out their own lists or in any way they wanted to.

I remember that the majority

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of the students did not know about the same. This gave an advantage to those who had prior information or had proximity to the institution in several ways. This is still continuing. In 2012 for few last seats HNLU also took enrolments till 2,300-2,500 Rank. This is not the only matter of concern, there are many other problems including marking preference list wrongly. The students pay the price for such mistakes. Fortunately this year the preference list will be filled up after the CLAT results.  I had two choices either to start educating the mass or to keep this system on and extend the help only to the close ones.

Last year I also predicted that the last seat cut off for NLU Assam will be approximately 4,000, some people had an apprehension that this will mislead the students. The cut off went down till about Rank No. 5,000 Rank (most likely lesser than this). I am sure this must have helped many to keep the hope on and not to stop keeping in touch with the NLUs.

I also do this because it also helps me to get well prepared and informed with respect to the complex data. This helps me when I have to answer thousands of queries after the result is out. For example, the CLAT 2015 paper is embedded into my mind in detail.

The Predicted Cut-offs

IMS Product Head, Rajneesh Singh on CLAT cut-offs, admission process & more

 How do I do this?

For CLAT 2009 and 2010 it was almost perfect. It was a pleasant surprise for me. I never expected and will ever expect that my expected cut off will be exactly the same. It will be foolish. I am sure that year it was incidental. Yes, I am always 95% sure that my expected cut off (marks) will be correct with 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 2011 my predictions had errors to a decent extent and in 2012 too. But had CLAT 2012 considered the wrong answers (6-8), which were clearly wrong, then the cut off would have been bang on target.

My CLAT 2013 cut offs were exactly the same. It was almost identical. This year My prediction for AILET is again correct but I failed in predicting CLAT 2014 cut off accurately.

These things help me in doing the analysis and the predictions

  1. My experience helps (15 years in test prep with exposure to more than 150 different types of exams and the related students).
  2. Data base of past year results.
  3. The trend
  4. The variation of the density of the tied marks at different level.
  5. Time constraint (this year it was a little, 2013 had even lesser. 2011 was ext lengthy, 2009 and 2010 has no time pressure)
  6. Changes in difficulty level and number of seats
  7. Number of easy questions and how fast the difficulty level has increased with the rest of the questions.
  8. And not to forget my students from where I get the data and feelings. The feelings/expressions are the best resource. As I always say the students who are my teachers keep me under constant innovation and keep me motivated. Yes, they are my mentors.

Admission in last phase after Centralized listing got over in 2014

  1. NLSIU – 1 seat vacant
  2. NALASR –  some reserved quota seat got vacated
  3. NUJS – some seast got vacated
  4. NLIU – 2 general all India seats (closed at 273 rank)  and some reserved quota seat got vacated
  5. NLU-J – At least 2 seats were vacant
  6. GNLU – No official announcement of any such vacant seats/or in my knowledge
  7. HNLU – Very transparent and structured
  8. NUALS – there were some seats vacant. First come first serve was announced
  9. RMLNLU – 2 seats in general (closed below 400 rank) and few in reserved category was vacant.
  10. RGNLU –  some reserved quota seat got vacated
  11. CNLU – Very transparent and structured way they carried this. (cut off –  1500)
  12. NLU-O – Quite transparent and structured. But, for last few seats clear communication on the website was missing.  (cut off -aprox 1400)
  13. NUSRL – Quite transparent and structured way s. But, for last few seats clear communication on the website was missing. (cut off -aprox 3000)
  14. NLUJA – Very transparent and structured. But, for last few seats clear communication on the website was missing. (cut off –  at least 4000). The waiting list published was till 8000.
  15. TNNLS – The waiting list published was till 8000, aprox.

I will provide the exact data will all details soon (with reserved category cut-offs).

I always see that there is lots of anxiety among the exam takers after the exam gets over for getting assessed/estimated where they stand. And i am sure after knowing the cut off which has been done after a scientific research settles the mind correctly. May be it also helps to take some decisions? I am assuming that the exam takers are of sound mind and they do not believe the expected cut off to be exactly correct.