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What exactly is a good score in CLAT? How much should I score to get top NLUs? What marks can guarantee me the best law colleges through CLAT? These questions often boggle the mind of a candidate as there is no clarity available on what is the ideal CLAT score for getting into the dream law college.
NLUs tend to release CLAT cut-offs in the form of ranks and no corresponding marks are specified for the same. For instance, if a candidate has made it to the merit list of CLAT by securing 42nd rank in the CLAT exam, his/her marks are not mentioned alongside which makes the score unclear. Since CLAT 2020 is around the corner, let's take a look at all these aspects and find out more details about what constitutes a good score in CLAT.
Relation Between CLAT Rank and CLAT Score
All the participating institutes in CLAT generate separate category-specific cutoffs for every course that they offer. The cut-off mentions the ranks of the aspirants who are eligible for admission to the college. It does not display the marks scored by a person. However, it is expected that the higher the score, the better the rank.
CLAT cut-off depends on the factors such as the total number of candidates, seat intake, the difficulty level of the exam, category of the individual and performance of the applicant. For example, if the difficulty level of the exam is high then the cut-off marks and score are likely to go down and vice versa.
The table below shows the correlation between rank and marks. Go through it to get an idea of the score requirements for the corresponding rank.
Total Number oo Students
1 - 2
150 - 200
3 - 148
130 - 150
149 - 1211
110 - 130
1212 - 4609
90 - 110
4610 - 11683
70 - 90
11684 - 22834
50 - 70
22825 - 34649
30 - 50
34650 - 41468
1 - 30
Note: The above table has rough figures. It is as per the CLAT 2018 result and can vary every year depending on the exam pattern and cut off.
Important Points Regarding CLAT Score
The table provided above highlights a few important points. Some of them are as follows.
If a candidate secures marks between the range 150-200, he/she can probably take admission in any desired law college that accepts CLAT scores. The individual is most likely to get the chosen college as the first preference.
If the aspirant manages to score in 130 - 150 range, he/she will still in the position to take admission in one of the top National Law Universities. However, since the category of an individual also has a role to play while opting for NLUs, no assurance can be provided about whether or not the person will end up getting the college as per the preference or not.
If an individual scores marks in the bracket of 90 - 110, the chances of getting admission to the top NLU reduces. The reserved category candidates might get admission in the desired law college.
If an applicant falls in 70 - 90 marks bracket, chances of getting admission in NLUs are slimmer. Such individuals secure a rank between 4610 - 11683 and there are only around 2500 UG level seats in NLUs! Having said that, there are plenty of top-notch private law colleges in India that accept CLAT score which candidates can consider.
Candidates who score 50 - 70 or below 50 marks range are very less likely to get through the NLU admission process, barring a few exceptions. Due to the reservation policy of NLUs, reserved category candidates still have a chance of getting admission in a National Law University.
Good CLAT Score
General category candidates must fix a target score of around 110 and above in order to get admission in the NLU. Reserved category students must keep a goal of scoring 90 and above in CLAT in order to get admission at an NLU.
It should be noted that the score might increase or decrease depending on the changing exam pattern and cut-off factors mentioned before. For instance, for the year 2020, the exam pattern has completely changed. The maximum marks an aspirant can secure are 150. In such a scenario, the target score also decreases. If the difficulty level of the exam is average, then an applicant can set a target of scoring between 100 - 120 to get one of the finest NLUs. If the difficulty level of the exam is high, then a score between 80 - 100 would also be enough to get admission to an NLU.
Popular Law Colleges Offering Direct Admission without CLAT 2020 score
CLAT is a national level entrance exam through which one can get admission to the various government and private law colleges in India. Due to high competition and fixed seats, it can be a bit difficult to crack CLAT and get the desired college in the first go. Mentioned below is a list of popular law colleges that provide direct admission without CLAT 2020 score.
Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Newai, Tonk, Rajasthan
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
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