The number of students applying for law courses in the State has increased by almost 15 per cent this year. The counselling for the five-year B.L. courses in various law colleges in the State under the Dr. Ambedkar Law University that began here on Monday saw nearly 4,500 candidates competing for 1,052 seats in seven law colleges across the State.
“The competition is quite intense with just one candidate out of every five getting a seat here,” said D. Gopal, former registrar of the university, who is coordinating the single window admission that will go on for four days. He said the number of law applicants in the State was steadily increasing every year.
The process will decide admissions to government law colleges in Chennai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Chengalpattu. The college in Vellore, Mr. Gopal said, offered only three-year courses and hence was not part of the process.
The highest cut-off for the law courses this year was 99.50 significantly more than last year. The admission for open category students closed at 85 per cent this year.
“The pass percentage was higher this year which also contributed to the increase in the number of applications. While all 6,000 printed applications were sold out, over 300 forms had to be rejected due to incomplete data,” Mr. Gopal said.
With nearly 70 per cent of the open category students not turning up for counselling, new cut-offs have also been released, officials said.
Ambedkar Law University was recently granted Rs. 70 crores and separate hostels are likely to come up for girls and boys in Taramani, officials said.