Revised CLAT 2018 cut-offs by Rajneesh Singh (and a note to candidates)

Bar & Bench May 30 2018

Rajneesh Singh

My Dear CLAT 2018 takers,

This year has been a happening year for CLAT, but sadly for the wrong reasons.

A majority of you have suffered with at least some technical glitches and some of you faced lots of troubles. There must have been some deviations in your performance. Unfortunately, every year when there is a problem, we have to struggle and keep getting frustrated after seeing that there is no solution to these glitches. I am sure injustice has been done this year too, and I do not see an apt solution coming out.

But, there may be some compensation.I will start a campaign for the same very soon for a permanent solution and will expect support from all of you.

In case you have done well in at least one of the important exams, then it is very good. But if you have not done well in any of them, then look forward. This is one small step towards a sea of opportunity waiting for you in the long run. If you are sad, then it is a good sign. It means you have the deep desire to excel. Trust me, your future is very bright. How many times will luck not favour you?

In fact, if one is not sad even after bad results, then that is too sad. If someone says that it doesn’t matter what law school you study in, that person is trying to wrongly console you (with a good intention). Ranking does matter and a better law school always helps you for all jobs and brings better opportunities. So, do feel extremely sad for your failures. Then only you will bounce back again. This is not the end, rather this is just one of the 100 important steps in your life.

Often, what you are being tested on is unfortunately not suitable for you in comparison to others. But everyone is very special and every one gets opportunities Be positive. There will be a way. you need to dig out the best possible law school for you. Some useful facts/information:

  1. After BA.LL.B. one has an option to go for LL.M. from a top law school (globally). After that, it does not matter from where you completed BA.LLB.
  2. There are many other results like LSAT India, still pending.
  3. Jindal cut off likely to be 70 to 80 percentile this year. This is a brilliant college.
  4. Among other private law schools, ILNU, SLS Pune and Noida are good options.
  5. Bottom 4 NLUs will take admission till 3000 to 4000 CLAT rank after 6th July.
  6. The top 15-18 law schools in India are also good now. Next 10 are also most likely to be good by the time you pass out in 5 years.
  7. Some top educational brands have started new law schools. It will be easy to get those this year and these may turn out to be good law schools in future.

In 2005, I used to hear from many that if you do not get NLSIU, then do not take up law as a career. But those who knew the correct status of NALSAR, NLIU Bhopal, NUJS and NLU-J suggested not to leave these colleges.

Around 2010, many made the same mistake of leaving RMLNLU, HNLU, GNLU etc. In 2017, I saw many calling NLU-O as a bad college. They must be repenting now. They also said that ILNU Nirma University and SLS Noida are not worth joining. Today, you must not make the same mistake. (I will be posting about at least top 20 colleges very soon).

What should a CLAT 2018 taker should do now? Do enjoy/relax for these few days. Your schedule after you enter law school is likely to be very hectic. But do collect all relevant information regarding admissions even one month after admission in the law school. Do not waste all your time.

Take these predictions as a helping tool keeping in mind that this is not the exact one. The rank cut off will be very helpful especially after the results. Do keep your self well informed about the admission process. Do not hesitate to call the NLUs if required. You can post your queries on Facebook, I will answer.

How is the CLAT 2018 admission process expected to go? Final result with ranks is expected to come out tomorrow, maybe earlier. Then the first list of all 19 NLUs will be out on 7th June. This will be prepared according to the preference list and your rank. Do not panic if last NLU cut off is higher than expectation. You may get a seat. It keeps falling till the 4th list and even after the centralized counselling is over, many seats gets vacated after 6th July.

Surprisingly, HNLU had 12 and NUJS had 11 seats vacant in 2012. Last year, HNLU closed at 1500 rank in the vacant seats. So, keep a close eye at the NLU websites. This happens because many leave for joining some other course or for other reasons before the semester starts in first/second week of July.

If you are listed in the first list then you will be asked to deposit (50k) the amount to confirm the booking of the seat by 8th June. Approximately 250 to 350 people are expected not to deposit the amount. Then, next 250 to 350 will get a chance in the 2nd list. There will be upgrades too (from a lower preferred ranked college to higher preferred college) according to the rank and preference list.

Similarly, 3rd list will be published. You will be instructed to take admission at the allotted NLUs between 28th to 30th June. 60-120 seats are likely to get vacated. Some NLUs will have their own dates of admission. Be in touch with the allotted NLUs to get the admission details. On 6th July, centralised admission process will close. Vacant seats will arise in many NLUs after 6th July. For this, keep visiting the respective NLU websites. On 4th July, vacant seats will be sent to CLAT.

There will be a deadline to request for a refund of Rs. 50,000 booking amount. Keep a watch on that.

My predicted CLAT cut off and admission related guidance is given below.

Tomorrow it may bring some smile to your gloomy face if you get a better rank than you expected (I go a little wrong with my predictions) and I will help you in choosing a good college for you. Love you all for the trust you have in me. You all are my best mentors.

Note – This is just a prediction and not the real cut off. I strongly believe that my cut off will not deviate more than 3 to 4 marks (99 percent sure). Therefore, check the range in which your rank can fluctuate. The rank cut off is going to be even more accurate. Once you know your rank then look at the chart below. It will help to know the range in which you will be able to qualify to these colleges.

NLU 1st List (Marks) 1st List (Rank) Last List (Marks) Last List (Rank) Vacant seats after July 6 (Marks/Rank)
NLSIU Bangalore 135.5 58 135.5 60 Rarely happens
NALSAR Hyderabad 128.25 130 128 135 Rarely happens
NUJS Kolkata 122.5 215 122 240 Unpredictable
NLIU Bhopal 120 355 118.75 395 Unpredictable
NLU Jodhpur 120 350 118.75 400 Unpredictable
GNLU Gandhinagar 118 450 117.25 510 Unpredictable
HNLU Raipur 116.5 555 113.75 720 112/850
RMLNLU Lucknow 115.25 620 112.5 825 112.75/800
RGNUL Patiala 113 780 110 1000 110.5/1050
MNLU Mumbai 116.25 575 110.5 1050 May be vacant
CNLU Patna 111 900 107.25 1300 104.5/1600
NLU Odisha 110.5 1050 106.25 1400 104.5/1600
NUALS Kochi 111 900 109 1100 108/1200
ILNU (Nirma) 110.5 1050 105 1500 100/2000
NUSRL Ranchi 110.5 1050 105 1500 97/2600
NLUJA Gauhati 110.5 1060 104.75 1550 92/3500
TNNLS Trichy 110.5 1160 104.75 1580 92/3500
DSNLU Vizag 108 1200 104.5 1600 92/3500
MNLU Nagpur 108 1200 104.75 1550 90/4000
MNLU Aurangabad 107.75 1250 104.5 1600 90/4000
Narsee Monjee Mumbai 2500 85/6000
UPES Dehradun 3000 79/8000
KIIT Bhubaneswar 3000 79/8000
Other private law schools 12000 72-50/10000-25000
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