This is the first of a four-post blog series on NLU ranking, designed by experts at IMS. Make sure you check out the link at the end for the next blog post.The time has arrived for law enthusiasts to gear up for CLAT 2019, the entrance test for the coveted NLU seats. Since most serious takers have started preparation, it is a good time to find out about the top NLUs in India so that you can target the desired institute well in advance

Note: Ranking starts beyond Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata, which undisputedly occupy the first, second and the third positions respectively

NLU Group 1

Rank NLU No of Seats Age in Years Comments
4 Jodhpur 115 19 Small batch => Quicker placements, no domicile reservations, established NLU. More uniform batch
5 Gandhinagar 187 15 Diverse batch profile. Better rank quotient, more uniform batch. Established NLU, batch diversity due to women & NRI seats
6 Bhopal 120 21 One of the oldest NLUs. Slightly high rank quotient => less uniform batch, lesser % of unreserved seats to total
7 Mumbai 62 4 Small batch => Quicker placements, domicile reservations, more uniform batch, financial capital
8 Raipur 187 15 <50% seats for All India unreserved candidates. Slightly high rank quotient => Less uniform batch
9 Lucknow 176 13 All India Unreserved seats are 50% of total, better rank quotient. Batch diversity due to women & NRI seats
10 Patiala 196 12 Large batch size without location benefit. Higher percentage of All India unreserved seats. Moderate rank quotient
11 Kochi 68 13 Small batch, All India Unreserved seats are 50% of total. Rank quotient is too high, without location benefit

NLU Group 2

Rank NLU No of Seats Age in Years Comments
12 Cuttack 180 9 Higher unreserved seats, no state domicile, large batch without location benefit. Relatively new NLU
13 Guwahati 120 9 Rank coefficient is the best among batch 2. Moderate sized batch to place. 22% state domicile impacts batch diversity
14 Patna 140 12 Location benefit (State capital) over others. Large no. of state category seats. Slightly larger batch with fairly high rank coefficient. Established NLU
15-18 Vizag 120 10 Below 50% of total seats available for All India unreserved segment. Except Vizag, every NLU is less than 10 year-old, without location advantage. Very high rank coefficients mean student potential will largely vary within the batch. Except Ranchi (State capital), no location advantage
Ranchi 120 8
Trichy 110 6
Nagpur 120 2


  1. NLU Delhi admits students through AILET, whereas we have referred to CLAT-specific data at several places in this blog. Hence, this institute is out of scope for this discussion. All other national law universities accept CLAT score, hence within the ranking scope 
  2. NLU Shimla/Aurangabad/Jabalpur are in the initial years of operation. Hence we have not included them in this ranking

Well, now that you have seen the list, you must be curious to know how we arrived at this listing. To know about ranking parameters, visit our next blog

Interested in the parameters we used to rank the NLUs? Click here for our next blog post.

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