CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2018 – CLAT 2018 was conducted on May 13, 2018, in the online mode. The NUALS Kochi (National University of Advanced Legal Studies) has announced the CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria on December 20 along with the notification of CLAT, the Common Law Admission Test. Candidates applying for the national-level law entrance exam needed to read and understand eligibility criteria of CLAT 2018 as it’s quite important. CLAT eligibility criteria 2018 mentions minimum conditions required to fill the application form. Determined by the Common Law Admission Test Committee, CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria specifies academic qualifications, minimum marks, and maximum age required to apply for CLAT 2018. Further, candidates could check here the eligibility criteria for both undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. Each of these law programmes had their respective conditions. Moreover candidates may also note that the CLAT participating NLUs may have some of their specific eligibility criteria for CLAT 2018 admissions. Candidates may note that the candidature of such candidates would have been cancelled even at later stages, if found ineligible.
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CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2018: Importance
Candidates may wonder why it is necessary to understand eligibility criteria of CLAT 2018. Suppose a candidate fills CLAT application form 2018 without verifying the eligibility criteria and during the admission process it is found that the candidate does not fulfil the eligibility, say does not score the minimum required marks. In such case, the candidature of CLAT 2018 applicant would have been deemed to be cancelled as fulfilling the eligibility was mandatory. Moreover, the application fees submitted by the candidate for CLAT 2018 would not be refunded if candidature gets cancelled due to non-fulfilment of the eligibility criteria.
CLAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria: Undergraduate programmes
Candidates who filled the application form for the undergraduate programmes including BA LLB, B.Com LLB and B.Sc LLB across NLUs could check minimum conditions required for CLAT eligibility criteria 2018 as detailed below.
Educational Qualification - Candidates applying for BA LLB, B.Com LLB and B.Sc LLB programmes need to qualify 12th board examination under 10+2 school system.
Candidates needed to score at least 45 percent marks in aggregate of the subjects appeared in the 12th board examination. Moreover, those belonging to SC and ST categories and applying for CLAT 2018 needed to score at least 40 percent marks in the aggregate of subjects.
Age Criteria - According to March 3, 2017, Supreme Court's order, any law aspirant could fill the application form at par revised CLAT eligibility criteria. There is no age bar for CLAT application form as the apex court stays BCI's age policy for this year.
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CLAT Committee is yet to announce new age policy for CLAT 2018 after the Supreme Court stays BCI's age policy. Read here the Supreme Court’s order on CLAT age bar.
Earlier, CLAT committee headed by CNLU Patna in 2017 had re-introduced age criteria under the CLAT eligibility after all universities including NLUs and law schools were sent an order by the BCI to do so. Read what happened!
CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2018: Postgraduate programmes
Candidates who filled the application form for the postgraduate programmes including LLM across NLUs could check below minimum conditions required for CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria.
Educational Qualification - Candidates applying for LLM programmes needed to possess an LLB degree. The undergraduate law degree could be either of three-year or the five-year integrated. The UG law degree needs to be awarded by an institution recognised by the Bar Council of India (BCI).
Candidates needed to score at least 55 percent marks in aggregate of the subjects studied at LL.B degree programme. Those belonging to SC, ST and other reserved categories needed to score at least 50% marks in the final year of LL.B degree examination, to be considered eligible for CLAT 2018 for PG programmes.
Age Criteria - As per BCI’s rules and regulations, there is no age limit specified for appearing in CLAT 2018 for PG programmes. This meant the candidates meeting the aforesaid academic qualification with the minimum marks could apply for CLAT 2018.
FAQs regarding CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2018
Ques: As I am appearing for the 12th board examination this year, will I be considered eligible for CLAT 2018?
Ans: Yes, candidates appearing in the 12th board examination will be considered eligible for CLAT 2018, subjected to the attainment of minimum required marks by the time of admission.
Ques: Will I be considered eligible for CLAT PG 2018, if I am appearing in the final year examination of LL.B degree?
Ans: Yes, you’ll be considered eligible for the CLAT PG 2018, subjected to the attainment of minimum marks required in the qualifying LL.B degree examination at the time of admission counselling.