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A lot of you might be eyeing multiple law colleges in Maharashtra to pursue 5-year integrated programmes. Since 2016, all law colleges affiliated to the Directorate of Higher Education in Maharashtra have started accepting entrance test scores of Maharashtra Law CET (5 yr) entrance exam. This means that Class XII marks will not be a factor for admission to these colleges. Hence, it is important to analyse admission process to these colleges through the Mah Law CET.

2017 was the second year of Centralised Admission Process (CAP) conducted by Mah Law CET exam authorities. Difficulty level of the exam changes every year. Hence, score cut-offs vary across years. Rank cut-offs are better indicators of possibility of admission into a particular college. We have tracked the closing rank movements along three CAP rounds in 2017 for your reference.

Cut-offs for Law Colleges through Mah Law CET

Law College General (Closing Ranks) OBC (Closing Ranks) SC (Closing Ranks) General OMS (Closing Ranks)
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 OMS OMS OMS
GLC 456 509 255 2961 3206 2179 3517 4199 No Seats 71 82 23
ILS Pune 1000 1205 782 3723 4271 2545 4517 5416 4087 101 145 127
Praveen Gandhi 516 840 560 4285 No Seats No Seats 4999 No Seats No Seats 405 544 308
UoM Law Academy 1123 1261 887 5055 5312 4993 5845 No Seats 5088 223 304 208
Rizvi 817 1296 978 3515 No Seats No Seats 4864 No Seats No Seats 399 641 406
KES Kandivili 1955 2754 2123 6871 No Seats No Seats 7226 No Seats No Seats 2071 3448 2022
Adv Balasaheb Apte 2322 2416 1035 8803 4285 7029 6746 7831 6089 1991 2571 1098
Dr. Ambedkar Nagpur 4300 5025 2578 6680 6811 5109 5500 No Seats 3960 1964 3253 2257
Firodia Pune 1690 1747 809 4271 4408 3115 5703 6107 5435 544 748 359
School of Law Thane Campus 1569 1752 1134 7453 8372 6533 6747 7123 5977 363 487 303

Here are the key takeaways:

  1. Overall score cut-offs of top 10 law schools have gone up this year as compared with 2016. This gives an indication that the paper was simpler or students were better prepared over last year, since 2016 was the year of inception of this test.
  2. This year, students rated almost the same colleges as 2016, among the top 10. GLC, ILS, University of Law Academy/School of Law, Praveen Gandhi, Rizvi continued to be favourites.
  3. Many students with good score in Law CET, who waited till the admission season commenced, cleared the other law schools, which are generally rated above these colleges, e.g. certain NLUs, NMIMS Law School, Symbiosis Law School, Jindal Global Law School and others.
  4. College selection option was re-opened for the third round. This pushed rank cut-offs higher, due to those students who waited till Round 3 to finalise their law school. Many aspirants who did not participate in earlier two rounds also entered college preferences in third round.
  5. In ‘General’ category (Maharashtra State quota), rankers till 1300 got into Top 5 colleges. (Praveen Gandhi & Rizvi colleges have a minority quota, hence their cut-offs don’t exactly reflect student sentiment at large). OMS candidates with ranks till 650 or so could get into Top 5 colleges. The rank spread was a little wide for next 5 colleges (Ranked 6-10). OMS students have preferred a few Pune based colleges over better-rated Mumbai-based ones. Lower cost of living and preference for city seem to have influenced them.

We hope this analysis will help you mentally place yourself in one of these schools and plan your preparation accordingly. Stay tuned to this place for more information and insights.

 

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