Thursday, July 31, 2014

RMLNLU Lucknow 2014 Placement Statistics

RMLNLU Lucknow places 45 out of 150 graduates in 2014

Ramlu recruits: Catching on
RMLNLU Lucknow reached a record high in its annual placement graph with 45 out of its 150 graduates this year finding jobs with law firms, companies, banks, think tanks and legal process outsourcing companies (LPO).
15 students secured jobs through campus placements: the largest number (7) got jobs from legal process outsourcer (LPO) Pangea3, and others with HDFC bank (2), LPO OSC Gurgaon (1), publisher Eastern Book Company (3) and companies Torrent Power (1) and Torrent Pharma (1).
The remaining 30 were given pre-placement offers (PPO) or independently secured job offers.
“The Recruitment Process for the current batch started in April, 2013. Out of the batch strength of 150 students, 80 students registered for the process. As of June 2014, almost 70 students have received at least one offer from various organizations,” according to an email from RMLNLU’s Internship and Placement Committee for 2014.
Last year, RMLNLU Lucknow’s graduating class of 140 received 50 job offers - 20 from LPOs and nine independently. In 2012 25 out of 154 secured jobs, while the very first batch of 71 bagged 13 jobs.
Editor’s note: We are reaching out to other 2014 recruitment committees who have now graduated. Please get in touch with us at to arrange sharing the final figures.

Law Firms

16 students bagged law firm jobs, six of whom secured PPOs. Amarchand Mangaldas and Wadia Ghandy were the top recruiters among 14 law firms.
Accepted offers
Amarchand Mangaldas
2 (All PPO)
Wadia Ghandy
2 (1 PPO)
ALMT Legal
Phoenix Legal
PDS Legal
1 (PPO)
1 (PPO)
Singhania & Singhania
1 (PPO)
Suri & Suri Law Offices
1 (PPO)
Universal Law Offices
KK Sharma Law Offices
Intellect Law Offices
Wadhwa & Co
Source: Legally India ;  By Prachi Shrivastava Friday, 18 July 2014, 16:48 

CLAT 2014 Top Law colleges in India: NLU Jodhpur catches up to NLIU as NUJS nabs 3 'from' NLS

The margin between NLU Jodhpur and NLIU Bhopal is negligible this year, according to an analysis of the preferences of candidates taking the 2014 Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT), while NUJS Kolkata has narrowed the gap slightly towards Nalsar Hyderabad in second place.
As in previous years, Legally India has compiled a “Super 30 Score” by averaging the all India CLAT rank of the 30 highest scoring candidates admitted to each university.
There has been no change in the Super 30 rankings of the top eight-preferred national law schools – NLSIU Bangalore, Nalsar, NUJS, NLIU, NLU Jodhpur, GNLU Gandhinagar, HNLU Raipur and RMLNLU Lucknow.
However, although NLIU Bhopal is still in fourth place in the CLAT preferences, Bhopal’s Super 30 was only 4.2 ranks ahead of Jodhpur this year, compared to a lead of 47 ranks last year.

Three potential NLSites ‘defect’ to NUJS

NLSIU Bangalore still scored 55 out of the top 60 CLAT scorers this year, however, this year the sixth and seventh rankers opted for NUJS. Rank 31 and 37 went to Nalsar Hyderabad, meanwhile, as rank 47 also opted for NUJS.
However, between rank 61 and 103, all candidates opted for Nalsar with the exception of the 67th and 102nd rank who went for NLU Jodhpur and NLIU Bhopal respectively.
From rank 104 NUJS dominates the preference rankings, with NLIU Bhopal and NLU Jodhpur beginning to make more regular appearances.
The rankings are illustrated in the charts below, which plot the all India CLAT rank of everyone admitted to each law college against each other. A lower line in the chart signifies that CLAT takers have preferred the college over another in their choice.

Younger NLU’s incoming CLAT ranks

Amongst the younger schools, RGNUL Patiala climbed two Super 30 ranks ahead of Nuals Kochi and CNLU Patna.
Nuals stayed in the same position but CNLU fell three places to twelth in the table.
NLU Orissa climbed one rank, while the newest national law schools NUSRL Ranchi and NLUJA Assam traded places at the bottom of the rankings.

Super 30 ranks & data

 2014 Super 30 rank‘13 rank2014 Super 30 score2014 Highest general list rankGeneral list places '14*2013 Super 30 score2012 Super 30 pref2013 Highest general list rank2012 Highest rankFounded
NLSIU Bangalore1117.215315.51111987
Nalsar Hyderabad2272.5314971.7230111998
NUJS Kolkata33109.7677120.7349201999
NLIU Bhopal44199.910253169.14791031997
NLU Jodhpur55204.16773216.6588782001
GNLU Gandhinagar66294.2129109321.961962192003
HNLU Raipur77397.239186400.173222702003
RMLNLU Lucknow88406.527082427.892383292006
RGNUL Patiala911516.829768586.5104932082006
Nuals Kochi1010555.239736553.582011902005
NLUO Orissa1112634.944339623.3112773232009
CNLU Patna129677.856856545.5123033132006
NUSRL Ranchi1314772.759047797.7133454902010
NLUJA Assam1413799.363231790.1146674082009
*Some figures are approximations. Methodology: Super 30 is the average of the top 30 India CLAT ranks admitted to each college. The All India CLAT rank is calculated from every CLAT taker admitted to national law schools.

Source: Legally India
By Kian Ganz Thursday, 17 July 2014, 17:52 Pre-law student

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

IIT admissions need simpler approach

A simplified selection process for IITs is the need of the hour.

A simplified selection process for IITs is the need of the hour.
It is once again that time of the year when the broadsheets are flashed with one and sundry ads of coaching institutes, proudly proclaiming the success of their wards in the just concluded IIT-JEE Joint Entrance Exam – arguably one of the toughest entrances at the undergraduate level. The pages are in sync with passport sized photographs of cherubic youngsters barely 16-17 years of age and the customary ‘All India Rank XYZ’ secured by them alongside their names and the brand choice of the coaching institute neatly mentioned in tone and graphic.
For the youngsters, flush with their success, the admission process remains a carefully wrapped mysterious gift pack, which they must unravel and open with utmost care, lest they end up with a course and a stream not entirely of their liking or in the vicinity of their comfort zone. If one has a middle of the rungs rank then it calls for deft maneuvering to submit one’s ‘choices online.’ Now, this is no mean task and the IITs to be fair, give an easily downloadable online brochure that gives the numerous rules, regulations and guidelines for filling up the choices by the successful candidates. A cursory glance through the brochure reveals as much as it conceals. The choice of streams and courses form an impressive list and it becomes a hobson’s choice really as to how to rank the choices available at your disposal. How does one decide to go in for say BE (Mechanical) at IIT Mumbai or BE (Civil) at IIT Delhi or BE (Electronics) at IIT Madras? Further, how does a 16 year old, just out of school discern amongst these myriad career choices that ultimately will have a bearing on his or her future career? However, careful selection and consideration, can greatly affect the admission in stream of  one’s choice, if one correlates it with one’s rank in the JEE based on last year ranks of the last person getting admission in that course and stream.
To illustrate this, let’s consider a case of student who manages a rank close to the 6500 mark. What kind of options would be open to him or her and how must he or she go about negotiating the ‘choice of stream’ admission process conundrum? Let’s say the student is a bright one and diligently goes through the brochure that mentions the rank of last person securing admission in last year’s JEE. Now, such a student hypothetically has the following three probable choices to choose from. These are B.Architecture at IIT Kharagpur, B.Architecture at IIT Roorkee and offbeat courses like B.Design at IIT Guwahati.
However, there is a catch and it is that the candidates desirous of seeking admission to these three courses must sit for a separate ‘Aptitude Test’, if they so wished. Thus, such a student must again appear for a second aptitude test in one of the IITs closest to his or her home. If at all “a student’s interest did not lie in these unconventional courses” he or she could very well alter his or her choices at the time of the admission process by giving newer choices. Such a move would come with inherent “risk of uncertainty” involved – if he or she chooses a course preferred by higher ranked individuals, he or she would be automatically and algorithmically be eliminated by computersand the software programmes at the co-ordinating IIT conducting the ‘Online admission process.’ Thus, BE Electonics or Computers looks a distant dream and 5-year BSc Integrated Course in Physics, though achievable, has invariably lesser ‘high paying’ career options attached to it. So what should the student do?
Should he or she forgo ‘Brand IIT’ irrespective of course and stream of choice or settle in for the lower ranked, other NITs or even the high in fees demanding private institutes that will ensure an engineering degree even if it comes with a prohibitive price tag attached to it?
Let’s say the student decides to ambivalently try his luck and sit for the second aptitude gauging test. Here, again the coaching institutes beckon him and after siphoning off a few thousand rupees provide the much toted ‘sample test papers’ for the aptitude test. A bit of googling also gives enough sample test papers of NATA and SPA which has such questions as:
1. Imagine yourself to be shrunk to the size of an ant. You are placed inside a geometry box and now you have to sketch out any internal view of your surroundings. Draw it as best as you can and use pencil for shading.  (Test of Visual and Spatial Ability)
2. What is the formulae of porcelain used in making bone china mugs? Plasticine? (Test of Diverse Knowledge)
3. Visualise yourself in an aircraft sitting by the window. As the plane takes off, sketch what you see from the aircraft window. (Test of Angles and Sizes and Curvature)
4. Draw a spice rack for a visually disabled person. You can place any masala out of these : Turmeric, Salt, Pepper, Red Chilly, Coriander, Astoefida, Cumin – all in powder form except Cumin seeds.  (Common Sense and Utility Test)
5. A rope is tied upto halfway of the top hull from the deck of a boat. Onset of flood means that water starts rising at the inflow rate of 100 cc per minute. After how many hours, minutes and seconds, will the water touch the rope? (IQ Test)
Reasonable confident of tackling the ‘interest led’ questions in the Aptitude Test, our student goes and gives the second exam. As luck and hard work and the ‘well-oiled success machines’ behind the scenes make it possible for the prospective student to clear this hurdle as well.  The student to ensure success in the ‘choice test’ would have to rank B.Arch or B.Des as 1st and 2nd choices and then the rest of the conventional engineering courses such as electronics and communications, civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical and so on and so forth, if he or she has to have a more than fair chance of getting selected in the said courses. This slight catch escapes the mind of even the brightest of students who plunge in for course just out of their reach in the ‘choice-rank’ correlation test.
However, there are a lot of well-wishers who influence choices. If a student listens to such advice and fills the choices giving first preference to computer engineering, electronics, mechanical and the nth streams on display in brochure, does he or she stand a chance of realistic selection through elimination?  Let’s say the student then places B.Design of Guwahati at 72 rank and B.Architecture at Roorkee and Kharagpur at 144 and 156!!! Probabilistically, it is clear than Rank 1, 2 and 3 in choices had anything but B.Architecture and B.Design. Does the student still have a chance of getting selected in say B.Des, given the ‘error of judgement’ that has been induced in his or her choice as a result of the well-meaning advice? Or would this blunder in filling the choices incorrectly leave the IITs few seats ‘unfilled’ at the end of the rigorous selection process? From the ‘product’ point of view, does B.Des at IIT-G make for a better choice than say BE from Institute of Engineering and Technology at Lucknow? What is the trade-off involved from choice and career point of view here? Unfortunately, unlike linear regression and correlation models, there are no real or imaginary ‘line of best fits’ here that can take care of the outliers and predict future outcomes safely. Even the method of seeing last year’s ranks and then filling choices as per “what you are most likely to get” is not foolproof and based on the premise that last year’s rank-choices will in all probability will follow this year’s ‘normal curve’ in selection process. Thus, this too is based on assumption but in the absence of other data, seems most plausible and correct with a reduced margin of standard error in the offing.
The question that IITs must answer is whether such a selection process justifies the ‘all round performance’ that they seek to gauge in a prospective student? Does the frequent changes in selection yardstick such as giving weightage to Class XII board performance ‘tests significantly’ the worth of the intended product that might have bungled the boards due to the incessant pressure for preparing for the Joint Entrance? If parents, teachers and coaching institutes are involved in filling choices, then is it the correct method of pre-selecting students? What about students from far flung rural areas who may not have access to such ‘quantitative bent of mind’ or ready ‘coaching class’ help? Must they lose always then, even if they have a rank higher than say 6500? The need of the hour then, is for transparency in IITs selection process and ensuring that students understand the many facets of selection and elimination beforehand itself rather than fall prey to such ‘methods in selection’ and learning by doing. How often have we heard of students who cleared IIT but failed in Boards? Or for that matter the ‘numerous drop year’ cases who sit out 1 or 2 years to again eliminate their mistakes or hope to get the desired stream choice next time round? Isn’t there a fair psychological cost involved in the psyche of such students who were nearly there? More importantly, must the students alone pay the price for such misdemeanour? What about the numerous students who then opt for a BCom or a BSc, if they fail to break the jigsaw in the second attempt as well? A clear selection methodology and introspection is the need of the hour on the part of the IITs. And we are not talking about just merit here. A selection process must be fair so that both the selected and the one who missed it, do not feel adversely about the final outcome. Or worse, are forced into a career by default option because of ostensibly pressing the wrong buttons on the course matrix.
For the students, as you will see life is a strange path in which success or failure is not fixed even if you make the ‘wrong choices’. The only thing that determines this is yourkarma – what you did when you were required to make and take your decision. There is much satisfaction in knowing that you gave it everything, not 99.99% but 100% and leave the result in the hands of the almighty.
And if the IITs have an ear to the ground, “please for a change think from the product point of view. In your case the product is not a ‘vegetable’ or a ‘pre-designed robot’, but a normal human being with normal fallacies and infallacies. A simplified selection process is the need of the hour. Keeping seats vacant year after year smacks of selection incompetency and mismatch in what a student desires, what he or she is capable of and what he or she ultimately gets.”
How to rank your choices?
What are the lessons from this real life story to the prospective students?
1. Do not think that “wishes can be horses and therefore beggars can ride.” Although, last year’s ranks may not replicate this year, in the absence of any other selection method and based on most probable pattern, it is best to see what the last person securing your rank last year got in the seat allocations. Make these your 1, 2, 3 and so on choices as the chances of you getting this is much higher than conventional high rankers choice streams of regular engineering courses.
2. Read the brochure carefully. If possible sit for the aptitude test, if your rank is not so good.
3. Do not leave the filling of choices for the eleventh hour, the internet connection might be down or electricity could go off just when you are uploading your form, making you lose precious seconds and miss the deadline.
4. Remember once uploaded there is no way you can “revisit” or ‘correct’ your filled in choices.
5. Go by your rank and what the person securing your rank got admission in, say, last year. This is not a foolproof method but the most probabilistic and likely method of selection.
6. Asking you to fill your choice is a method of ‘elimination’. If you fill the choices incorrectly, you lose out, no one else will. Therefore, it is paramount that you fill in the choices as per what you feel is best for you.
7. Listen to advice of elders – parents, class teachers, coaching institute instructors, friends and peers. However, weigh their advice and temper it in light with your own leanings, interests and focus areas. Then fill your choices. It is ironic that students have to fill choices scarcely knowing what it will lead to at the end of the tunnel.
8. After first year there is provision of branch change open to just top 10 per cent top performers within each course in every IIT. So even if you have missed the bus, who knows it might be waiting for you at another corner subject to perseverance and diligence.
9. Be open-minded and willing to look beyond conventional courses. The world, thankfully, is not run by engineers alone. Even if you do not get engineering stream, remember it is not the end of the world or curtains for your career. Who knows it might just save you from an academic catastrophe – what if you got what you wanted and found it too tough and therefore plugged in exams? Would you be happy then?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Chetan Bhagat : An insightful confession

Hello. 3 Idiots. Kai Po Che. 2 States and today, Kick.
Sometimes, I look back and wonder, how on earth did all this happen? I remember my days at the bank in Hong Kong, and getting a performance review from my boss, telling me I don't deserve to be promoted. That I lacked something, while everyone else was ok. I remember thinking I need a drink, and wanting to get pissed drunk at his treatment of me. But right then, another thought came to me. Let me express my hurt in another way. And so I started a book, about three friends in an Engineering college.
Six books, five films and a hundred columns later, today as I see Kick release in more screens than any other film ever, I wonder. What if I had chosen the path of getting drunk to cope? What if I had not written that first sentence? What if I had believed my boss, who said I lacked something vital? Thank you God for giving me the strength and wisdom at that moment.
All of us are told we aren't good enough. Sometimes we believe it also. But don't. Because nobody, not even you, knows what you are capable of. The criticism will never stop, ever. As I write this, many on twitter must be posting hate tweets about me, telling me how useless I am. But all I want to tell them is this. Buddy, I heard that one before. And it is because I heard that is why I am where I am today.
Congratulations to the entire hard working team of Kick for the big release today.
And thank you boss. Thank you so much for not promoting me.
Chetan Bhagat.
25 July 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

JEE Main 2014 Seat Allocation Schedule by CSAB-2014 :

S.N. Event Duration
ONLINE Registration, filling up the 
July 8*(Tue)– July 12(Sat), 2014, 5 PM
*Subject to AIR declaration by CBSE.
2. Locking of Choices July 10(Thu), 2014 - July 12(Sat), 2014, 5 PM
3. 1st round of seat allotment. July 14, 2014 (Mon)
Reporting at the Reporting Centers
against 1st Round July 14(Mon) – July 17(Thu), 2014, 5 PM
5. 2nd Round of seat allotment July 19(Sat), 2014
Reporting at the Reporting Centers
against 2nd Round July 19 (Sat) – 21(Mon), 2014, 5 PM
7. 3rd Round of seat allotment July 23(Wed), 2014
Reporting at the Reporting Centers
against 3rd Round July 23(Wed) –25(Fri), 2014, 5 PM
Surrendering of seat at RC by those
candidates, who are not satisfied with
allotted seat
July 23(Wed) –25(Fri), 2014, 5 PM
Reporting at Allotted Institute those who
are satisfied July 23(Wed) - 26(Sat), 2014, 5 PM
11. Modification of Choice for 4th Round July 23(Wed) - 26(Sat), 2014, 5 PM
12. 4th Round of seat allotment July 28, 2014 (Mon)
Reporting at the Allotted Institute against
th Round July 28(Mon) – 31(Thu), 2014, 5 PM
14. Result declaration for Internal sliding August 02(Sat), 2014
Spot round: Online Registration, online
Choice filling, online choice locking &
online Fee Payment
August 2(Sat),-August 5(Tue), 2014, 5PM
16. Spot round – Seat Allotment August 8(Fri), 2014
Reporting at the Allotted Institute against
Spot Round August 8(Fri)-12(Tue), 2014, 5PM
18. Admission Closed August 12(Tue), 2014, 5 PM