There could be more competition for law seats in the state this year.
More candidates are scoring high in the common entrance test (CET) for the five-year bachelor of law course (LLB), according to data from the state Common Entrance Test Cell.
The highest score this year is 134 out of 150. Of the 14,559 candidates who took the test, 295 crossed the 112-mark and 1,099 scored more than 100. Colleges said the scores have significantly shot up compared to last year.
“The cut-offs for admission will rise as students have performed better. I believe it will also improve the quality of students who take up law ,” said Lax mi kantD wive di, principal, J it end ra Law College, Vile Parle.
There's another reason for the stiff competition this year. More aspirants took the test —34% more than last year’s 11,000. A common entrance test for law courses was introduced for the first time last year, but confusion among students about the new process meant more than 6,000 of the 10,000 seats were left vacant. Experts said the growing demand for law courses in Maharashtra is in part being driven by aspirants from outside the state. Dwivedi said law aspirants across the country were looking at Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, as a preferred destination for legal education. Law colleges in the state reserve 15% seats for students from outside. But most of these students aspire for a select few — ILS Law College in Pune and Government Law College (GLC) in Mumbai. Aditya Roongta, a GLC student who analysed CET results over two years said, “Students who appeared for the national CLAT also took CET. Most of the high scorers are from outside Maharashtra. ”Ashok Yende, in-charge director at University Law School at MU suggested the state should increase the quota to accommodate more students from outside the state.