Shouvik Guha (Faculty, NUJS)

This is for the benefit of all the candidates, who will be called for the online counseling. I have been seeing several queries about the order of preference and a lot of misconception here. Allow me to present a clearer picture.

There is just one ground rule for CLAT counseling.

ALL the candidates must give their preferences just as if they have been ranked first and have equal chance of getting any NLU. In other words, start from NLSIU at the top and go according to whichever preference order you rank the NLUs in.

Please do not believe that since you have a lower rank, you don’t stand a chance of getting a ‘higher’ NLU and therefore you should mark another NLU as your first choice. IT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY.



This is what CLAT Committee does: It will see what Rank 1 has chosen as his (or her) first choice. That will be allotted to him/her. Then what has Rank 2 chosen as his/her first choice. And so on till it reaches the candidate, who has marked NLSIU as first choice, but cannot get it, since all the NLSIU seats have been filled. Then CC will allot that candidate his/her second choice.

However, marking a ‘lower’ NLU as your higher preference has this shortcoming. If, say, you have marked NUJS, although you prefer NALSAR better, but know that your current rank is not high enough to get it.

That way, even if subsequently, one of the NALSAR seats get vacated, or say, the candidate ranked ahead of you WANTS to study at NUJS over NALSAR and therefore has ranked NALSAR as lower, thus freeing one NALSAR seat, you’ll still end up not getting it, since you have ranked NALSAR lower. Please keep this in mind. I’ve seen candidates make this mistake year after year.

The counseling will take place according to ranks. When your turn comes, no matter whether you have marked the NLU that you are going to get as 1st or 7th position, you’re still going to be allotted that, provided the seats in ‘higher’ NLUs have been filled.

p.s. If this sounds complicated, just follow the ground rule I’ve mentioned in the beginning. Also, spread the word among your friends too, if possible. I wish you all the very best.

3 Response Comments

  • GorkyGuruMay 25, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    hi shouvik. your counseling instructions “In other words, start from NLSIU at the top and go according to whichever preference order you rank the NLUs in.” might make sense for someone in the top 200, but how would a person with suppose 500-800 rank benefit from this. By choosing NLSIU, NUJS and NALSAR in top 3, he would only waste his top three choices. This method may apply to only a handful, but not the majority. For instance Any candidate with a rank of 800 or so, should really focus on his top 3 choices rather than bet on colleges which he wont have a chance with. He should ideally select a higher NLU ( desired by candidate but where chances look slim) as his first choice and then move to his three- four main preferences. Thats how i see it.

    • Shouvik Kr. GuhaJune 1, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Well, it seems I’d missed out on the replies to the comments earlier. However, in case someone is still reading this, what GorkyGuru says is not actually accurate. I repeat, the only relevance that your top 3 choices has with regard to yourself, not the people ahead of you. If the first 5 law schools you have mentioned as your first 5 choices do not have any seat left when your rankwise turn comes for counseling, your 6th choice would automatically become your first choice. There is no question of wasting top choices. However, as I mentioned, if you mention NLUJAA, say, as your top choice and somehow, a ‘better’ NLU (like, say, NUJS) still has a seat left or vacant when your turn comes, you will not get that seat, simply because you’ve marked NLUJAA as your first choice. So, the system will check whether there is a seat empty in the NLU of your first choice and assign it to you, hence leading to you missing out on the vacant NUJS seat. I hope this is clear to the readers.

  • shubham niwasJune 3, 2015 at 3:58 am

    clat air general rank 2076
    jharkhand state general rank 37
    can i get NUSRL under state domicile quota in general category IN THE FIRST LIST ITSELF??
    it has got 60 state domicile seats out of which 30 are for general.


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