CLAT Cutoff 2018

Sept. 22, 2017 8733 Team EC

CLAT Cutoff 2018CLAT Cutoff 2018 – After the announcement of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 result, the various National Law Universities (NLUs) will release their CLAT cut off ranks. The test takers must secure the minimum CLAT cutoff 2018 rank to get shortlisted for the counselling rounds of the NLUs. For each counselling rounds, the CLAT 2018 cutoff ranks will be different. Also, the CLAT cutoff 2018 ranks will vary with the category of candidates. Compared to the last three years, the CLAT cutoff ranks of most NLUs have increased. Each NLU will have their own cutoff ranks for CLAT 2018 and it will be released before each counselling rounds start. There will be a total of four counselling rounds and for each round, the CLAT cut off 2018 ranks will vary. National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi will be conducting CLAT on May 13, 2018. The results will be available by the end of May 2018. Go through this article for more details on CLAT cutoff 2018 ranks.


CLAT Cutoff

The table below provides the CLAT cut off 2017 (closing ranks) for counselling round 1. Only the test takers obtaining the minimum ranks were shortlisted for the CLAT counselling rounds.

CLAT cut off ranks 2017

National Law Universities CLAT Closing Rank for Unreserved category CLAT Closing Rank for other category
National Law School of India University, Bangalore 59 1779
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad 130 5098
National Law Institute University, Bhopal 351 17348
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam 1180 38156
Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy 1151 25604
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur 1126 39573
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai 478 17294

Previous years’ CLAT cutoff ranks

To know more about the trends in CLAT cutoff ranks, candidates can check the previous years’ cut off ranks from the table provided below.

CLAT Cutoff rank (2016 and 2015)

National Law University CLAT Cutoff 2016 CLAT Cutoff 2015
National Law School of India University, Bangalore 58 54
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad 123 125
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences 221 203
National Law Institute University, Bhopal 339 285
National Law University Jodhpur 347 308
Gujarat National Law University 465 398
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai 466 Did not participate
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur 555 500
Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow 626 569
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala 759 697
Chanakya National Law University, Patna 911 877
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi 918 814
National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi 1037 3284
National Law University Odisha 1038 888
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati 1103 2192
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam 1132 7758
Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirapalli 1160 4134

Note: These are the closing ranks of the first CLAT counselling rounds for candidates who have applied under the Unreserved category.

CLAT Cutoff Analysis

With each passing year, the CLAT cutoff ranks for most of the NLUs are increasing for every category of candidates. Also, with the addition of two new NLUs, which are MNLU Nagpur and MNLU, Aurangabad, the number of LLB seats rose to 2372. Thus, with the current CLAT cutoff trend and increase in the number of seats, LLB aspirants can expect further increase in the cut off rank of the NLUs for every counselling rounds.

Tie-breaking process of CLAT

If two or more test takers obtain the same rank in CLAT 2018, then one of the following processes will be applied to break the tie -

  • Step 1 - Legal Aptitude section’s score: First, the score of the Legal Aptitude section obtained by the candidates will be compared. Higher the score, greater will be the rank
  • Step 2Age: If the tie still remains after ‘Step 1’, then the test taker with higher age will be given higher rank
  • Step 3Lottery: Even after applying the above steps the tie remains, then a computerised random lot will be drawn

CLAT Counselling 2018

There will be a total of 4 counselling rounds which will be conducted through a centralised process. For each counselling rounds, a list of provisionally shortlisted candidates will be released along with the CLAT cutoff 2018 ranks. These shortlisted candidates are required to start with the counselling process i.e. paying the counselling fee and opt for ‘Lock’ or ‘Upward Shifting’ within the provided time period. After the counselling rounds, candidates are required to visit the allotted NLUs to complete the CLAT admission process.

About CLAT 2018

Every year, one of the 19 NLUs conducts CLAT on a rotational basis for admission to their 2372 LLB seats. The test will be held in a computer-based format which will include 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). The duration of the test is 2 hours and the questions will be divided into five sections - General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, English with Comprehension and Elementary Mathematics. For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded and 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong attempt.

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