Their ranks may differ, but the desire to join Bangalore’s National Law School of India University (NLSIU) unites the three legal aspirants who have bagged the top three ranks in the all-India Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), the results of which were announced on Friday evening.
Dhruva Murari Gandhi from Mumbai, Ipshita Bhuwania from Kolkata and Shumbam Jain from Faridabad, who are ranked one, two and three, respectively, want to join the NLSIU to pursue their under-graduate legal education.
Dhruva, who is ranked first with 160.75 out of 200 marks, said: “Why NLSIU? It is simply the best in the country.” Dhruva (17), who studied science after Class 10, said his interest in law came about gradually.
He is closely followed by Ipshita, who is ranked second with 159.25 marks.
“It is definitely NLSIU for me as it is the best in terms of placements, students, infrastructure and everything,” she exclaimed.
A science student, 18-year-old Ipshita said the negative marking that was introduced for the first time this year made her apprehensive. “Neither my parents nor I expected this result, but I am very happy.”
Shubham (18), comes third with a score of 159 marks. Initially aspiring to become a chartered accountant, Shubham changed his mind.
“Preparing for CA led me to a chapter on mercantile law, and that is when I developed an interest in law,” he said.
“National Law School of India University is known as the Harvard of the East and it is a premier law institute in the country with good students and one of the best libraries,” Shubham added.
The CLAT, held every year for entry into 14 national law universities, was written by 27,627 LLB and 1,242 LLM aspirants.
The Common Law Admission Test Committee has allowed LLM candidates to apply for fresh preferences as many law universities have switched from two-year LLM to one-year LLM after the University Grants Commission (UGC) recommended the switch from the academic year 2013-14.
According to legal news site Legally India, NLSIU’s general list cut-off closed at 147 marks for rank 58 last year, while NALSAR, Hyderabad, closed at 142 for rank 117.
This year, those two rankers have obtained 140.5 and 136.5 marks, the latter being lower than NUJS, Kolkata, cut-off marks of 137 last year.