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CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more

Aditya AK

After putting prospective law students through a rollercoaster ride for the past few weeks, the CLAT authorities finally released the full merit list last Friday. Now that the first allotment lists has also been published on the CLAT website, the students have some idea of where they stand.

Setting aside the twists and turns associated with this year’s exam, this  piece analyses some of the numbers associated with CLAT 2015, and also looks at how students from different states have fared. Towards the end of the list, we have also provided a list of tentative cut-offs for each national law university.

Gender Comparison

A total of 37,358 candidates wrote CLAT 2015. Out of these, 20,393 (54.6%) were male.

CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more

When it comes to the top 100 ranks, boys have done considerably better, having secured eight out of the top ten ranks. Another interesting stat is that the number of boys (63) in the top 100 is almost twice the number of girls.

State-wise performance

Unlike last year, the merit list released contains a number of details including which State the aspirant belongs to. Analyse this factor, and the findings are quite interesting.

RMLNLU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Gurdip Singh recently revealed that the state with the most number of applicants for the under-graduate exam was Uttar Pradesh. A total of 969 students from the state feature in the first 5000 ranks; 15 secured ranks in the top 100.

CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more
CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more

Students from Rajasthan have also done well, bagging 14 of the top 100 ranks. The topper of this year’s exam hails from Madhya Pradesh, which has a total of 11 students in the top 100. Karnataka and Maharashtra have 10 students each in the top 100.

Breakup of seats

For those who are curious about the breakup of seats on offer at the 16 NLUs, here is a table of how a total of 2,220 seats will be split:

CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more
CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more
* – Horizontal State Reservation
** – Horizontal Reservation for Women

Within these seats, there are various national and state-based categories of reservation. Students from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu will benefit from the huge number of seats allocated for state domicile at DSNLU and TNNLS respectively.

The other universities with a large number of seats reserved under this category are HNLU, RMLNLU (80 each), CNLU and NUSRL (60 each). NLSIU, NLU J and NLU O are the only universities which do not have reservations under a state domicile category.

Number of locked seats

And speaking of domicile, the first allotment list reveals that most of the candidates who have locked their seats belong to the state domicile category.

With the exception of NLSIU Bangalore, all other universities have a fair amount of vacant seats, with most students hoping for an upgrade.

Only 611 seats have been locked in total, a mere 31% of the total number of seats in the 16 universities.

RGNUL Patiala has the most number of seats vacant (151). Others with a high number of vacancies include TNNLS Tiruchirapalli (148), HNLU Raipur (116) and DSNLU Visakhapatnam (106). The NLUs at Assam and Odisha have only 5 and 12 seats locked respectively.

CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more
CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more

Tentative Cut-offs (General Category)

The cut-off scores for each university largely depends on the candidates’ preferences. Judging purely from the merit list and taking into account the number of general category seats each university offers, here are the tentative cut-offs for each NLU in the general category.

This does not, in any way mean that students who have got a score of less than 88.75 will not get into an NLU; after all the cut-offs often change drastically as students opt out of the counselling process.

CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more
CLAT 2015: Possible cut-offs, number of “locked seats” & more