What is a Good Score in CLAT 2025?

31 July, 2023
parthiva mewawala

CLAT is India’s most significant law entrance exam. Law aspirants around the country spend months gearing up for this exam. Getting a good score in CLAT can help them land a coveted seat in one of the prestigious NLUs. But that brings us to our question. 


What is a good score in CLAT 2025? How many marks do you need to score to get a seat in a top NLU? While the goal should be to score as high as possible, a deeper analysis of the past years’ trends can give you more clarity about your target score. 


In this blog, we’ve compiled the marks you’ll need to get into the top NLUs by combing through 4 factors:


  1. CLAT score trends
  2. Associated ranks 
  3. Number of seats available
  4. General college preferences of students

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A general idea about a good CLAT 2025 score


Considering the fluctuations in scores over the past few years, a common consensus says that anything above 100 is a great score and will guarantee a seat in all the top NLUs. Although, this might not always hold true. 


For instance, for CLAT 2024, the general male cutoff for NLSIU Bangalore was 103.5. 


For other top NLUs, such as NALSAR Hyderabad and WBNUJS Kolkata, a score of 95+ can be considered reasonable. 


In CLAT 2023, students with a score of 75+ could secure seats in one of the 22 NLUs. 


What will a good attempt look like in CLAT 2025?


We’ve broken down the total score across sections to give you a fair idea of a good attempt. This number can vary depending on the difficulty level of the questions in the specific sections. 


Current Affairs/GKModerate to Difficult 20-22
Critical Reasoning Easy to Moderate 25
Legal ReasoningEasy to Moderate 35-37
English Language Moderate20-21
Quantitative TechniquesModerate7-8


What is the relation between CLAT rank and CLAT score? 


Every year the CLAT cutoffs and corresponding ranks change based on the paper difficulty level, total number of candidates, seat intake, reservations, and overall performance. 


By studying the rank and score correlation trends, we can distill a basic score range and the number of people within it. 




Previous years’ CLAT cut-off marks vs rank


Now, let’s take a look at closing ranks and closing marks of general candidate students for some of the top NLUs. This table will help you determine a target score for yourself based on the college you wish to attend. 


Before we get there, here are a few essential pointers to keep in mind:


  • The number of seats in NLSIU Bangalore has increased from 120 to 180. This opens the opportunity to get into India’s best law college for more candidates. 
  • Most universities now offer domicile reservations. Utilizing the domicile reservation will give you some leeway with the score. Even with a score that may not be on par with the general trend, domicile reservation can get you in. 
  • Last year, the last general candidate to get into an NLU scored 74. With that score as the minimum benchmark, your goal should be to score 90+ for a shot at the top 5 NLUs. 


NLSIU Bangalore83103.5180135
NALSAR Hyderabad1729913299
WBNUJS Kolkata24196.7513291
NLU Jodhpur35693.2512087
GNLU Gandhinagar36693172156
NLIU Bhopal37892.7512060
MNLU Mumbai45391.515055
RMLNLU Lucknow67687.2516981
HNLU Raipur7658617085
RGNLU Patiala107582.25180162
NUALS Kochi114481.56031
NLU Cuttack107281.2510679
CNLU Patna131279.7513854
DSNLU Visakhapatnam147378.513854
MNLU Nagpur144878.512046
NUSRL Ranchi150778.2512060
NLUJAA Guwahati1659776031
TNNLS Tiruchirappali183475.7511457
DNLU Jabalpur194974.7512048


A good CLAT score – some critical insights for the top 4 NLUs


NLSIU Bangalore


It is the highest-ranked and most popular law college in the country. This also makes it the hardest to get into. For general candidates, a good rule of thumb is to score a minimum of 100 even to be considered for admission. Those using the domicile reservation can aim for 96+.


NALSAR Hyderabad 


NALSAR is the third-ranked law college in India, just behind Symbiosis. It is as competitive as NLSIU, with general candidates requiring a 100 to have a decent chance. Telangana domicile students should aim for 90+.


WBNUJS Kolkata


Ranked fourth in the nation, WBNUJS is the most prestigious law school in the Eastern region of India. A good CLAT 2025 score for a general candidate would be 96+; for a domicile student, it’ll be 85+.


NLU Jodhpur 


NLU Jodhpur is the fourth most popular NLU in India. A combination of legacy, reputation, and good placement records have pushed it into the conversation of best NLUs. Highly competitive to get into, general candidates require at least 93 to have a shot, while domicile candidates will require 85+.

Over 60,000 students sit for CLAT, vying for just 2,200 NLU seats. To get a high rank and land a place in these coveted colleges, you need a strategic approach to your CLAT 2025 preparation. You can crack this elusive test only with the proper guidance, mentorship, and teaching. At IMS Get.Set.Law, both our Live Online and Classroom programs, give you access to four 1-on-1 sessions with experienced mentors to build personalized learning pathways for you. These comprehensive 12-month programs are designed by NLU graduates themselves, giving you an edge over your competitors. You can also choose to give the IMS Get.Set.Law test series comprised 30 proctored SimCLATs with detailed video solutions and score analyses. With IMS, you’ll be better prepared to reach your target score and get into a top NLU.