CLAT 2017 First List: Analysis of Gender Ratio, Rank Cut-offs and more

Aditya AK June 11 2017
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The first allotment lists for each National Law University under the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2017) were recently uploaded on the CLAT website.

A total of 2042 students were allotted seats in the eighteen NLUs, with that number to increase once the 252 special categories seats under Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Foreign Nationals and Residents of Jammu & Kashmir quotas are filled.

Of course, the first lists are expected to undergo a fair bit of chop and change as subsequent merit lists are released. There is also the possibility of these students choosing to opt for non-CLAT colleges like National Law University, Delhi.

However, the first list gives us a rough idea of the gender ratio and the rank cut-offs of the candidates that took the exam. An analysis of these aspects, as well as general trends of the CLAT 2017 takers follows.

Gender Ratio Analysis

Out of 2042 seats, boys claimed 1193, while girls secured 849. To put that in perspective, girls managed to secure around 42% of the total seats. Back in 2015, we had noted that out of the total number of students who wrote the UG exam, 45.4% were girls.

Here is the breakup for each NLU:

NLU No. of boys No. of girls Gender of highest rank
NLSIU 48 27 Male
NALSAR 71 37 Male
NLIU 52 56 Male
WBNUJS 68 35 Male
NLUJ 62 38 Female
HNLU 87 73 Female
GNLU 104 52 Male
RMLNLU 105 55 Female
RGNUL 97 78 Male
CNLU 81 39 Male
NUALS 32 28 Female
NLUO 90 69 Female
NUSRL 65 55 Female
NLUJAA 42 18 Male
DSNLU 58 50 Male
TNNLS 47 57 Male
MNLU Mumbai 28 22 Male
MNLU Nagpur 56 60 Male
TOTAL 1193 849 2042

The colleges with the lowest gender ratios (boys:girls) are NLIU Bhopal, TNNLS Trichy and MNLU Nagpur, which have more girls than boys. NUALS Kochi, MNLU Mumbai, DSNLU Vizag and NUSRL Ranchi also have decent ratios.

On the other end of the spectrum, GNLU and RMLNLU have highly skewed gender ratios, despite having some form of horizontal reservation for women candidates.

Male candidates seem to have done much better than their female counterparts, only 30 of whom are in the top 100 ranks.

Rank Cut-offs

Here is the list of the first and last rank (for All India Unreserved Category) of each NLU:

NLU Highest Rank Lowest Rank
NLSIU 1 59
NALSAR 26 130
NLIU 106 356
WBNUJS 4 213
NLUJ 37 343
HNLU 371 576
GNLU 195 457
RMLNLU 329 627
RGNUL 119 801
CNLU 110 909
NUALS 258 826
NLUO 565 1023
NUSRL 674 1051
NLUJAA 710 1124
DSNLU 610 1151
TNNLS 240 1180
MNLU Mumbai 280 478
MNLU Nagpur 486 1126

Preference Trends

As is evident from the above table, students with good ranks have not necessarily chosen the perceptibly higher ranked NLUs. That could be for geographical reasons, mistakes while entering preference, or other reasons.

For instance, four students allotted NLSIU Bangalore preferred joining other NLUs; two opted for NALSAR instead, while the student who secured rank 4 chose NUJS Kolkata as his first preference. Another student chose NLU Jodhpur ahead of NLSIU.

A number of students who could have qualified for NALSAR had chosen other institutes like NLIU Bhopal, CNLU Patna and RGNUL Patiala. From a perusal of the rank lists of each NLU, it is evident that students tended to pick NLU Jodhpur over NLIU Bhopal and GNLU Gandhinagar over HNLU Raipur.

Like last year, students tended to put MNLU Mumbai quite high up on their preference list, despite the University being in its nascent stages. That goes to show how much candidates value location.