Given the increase in demand for arts and science courses and a decline in engineering placements, more students are opting for law-related courses. As a result of this, competition for seats in colleges’ affiliated to Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University (TNDALU) is cut-throat. Rank list and minimum eligibility score (or cutoff) for 201819 admissions were released on Tuesday. This year 91.5% has been set as the cut-off score for general category candidates to get admitted into the five-year integrated law course (B.A.LL.B).
This figure was set at 93.625% last year. The minor dip was set at 93.625% last year. The minor dip was attributed to a drop in overall performance of Tamil Nadu state board students in their final exams this year.
About 2,700 seats are available for admission under CLAT for the LLB programme while the intake for LLM courses across the national law universities is about 700 seats. NUALS has 60 seats for the LLB programme and 40 for its LLM course.
About 32,628 candidates have registered for the common law admission test (CLAT) 2018 as on Wednesday, according to the official figures available with the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) at Kalamassery, which is conducting this edition of the national-level law admission test.
“We expect that the number of successful registrations may cross the 50,000 mark by March 31, the last date for submitting the applications. Last year, about 45,000 applications were received for CLAT conducted by Chanakya National Law University, Patna,” said Mahadev M.G., Registrar, NUALS.
NUALS and CLAT
CLAT, a centralised online exam, will be held at nearly 250 centres across the country on May 13. The test will be held from 3 p.m to 5 p.m at the centres located in places that include Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.
NUALS, which is conducting the test for the first time, was responsible for selecting the service provider for the online exam and carrying out various other works associated with the process.
CLAT is being conducted by participating national law universities on a rotational basis in the order of the year of the establishment. A core committee of vice-chancellors will be responsible for coordinating the conduct of the test.
A committee comprising Registrars of the 19 national law universities will be part of the implementation process.
The number of applicants for CLAT has gone up over the years in view of the opportunities available for those successfully completing the programmes. Mr Mahadev said public sector companies like ONGC, BHEL, and Power Grid Corporation of India use the CLAT score of LLM aspirants while recruiting candidates for legal posts. The innovative teaching methods, syllabus and elective courses in emerging law have also stepped up the demand for law courses in national law universities, he said.