CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2017CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2017 – Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna declared eligibility criteria of CLAT 2017 as it announced Common Law Admission Test on December 25, 2016. CLAT 2017 eligibility criteria are minimum conditions as required by the admission test committee for the national level law admission test. CLAT eligibility criteria mention academic qualifications, minimum marks and maximum age attained by the applicants. According to the Supreme Court order, vide date, March 3, 2017, the CLAT Committee is to change eligibility criteria of CLAT 2017. Candidates who wish to appear for the law entrance examination need to read and understand the eligibility criteria before they begin filling CLAT 2017 application forms.

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CLAT 2017 eligibility criteria needed to be thoroughly gone through and understood, as no application fee will be refunded by the examination committee if candidates are found ineligible at later stages of the law admission process. Moreover their candidature also stands to be cancelled in such cases.

Candidates can find here the eligibility of CLAT 2017 for both– undergraduate as well as postgraduate law programmes.

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CLAT Commiittee is yet to announce new age policy for CLAT 2017 after the Supreme Court stays BCI's age policy. Earlier, CLAT 2017 committee headed by CNLU Patna had re-introduced age criteria under the CLAT eligibility conditions after all universities including NLUs and law schools were sent an order by the BCI to do so. Read what happened!

CLAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria for undergraduate programmes

Candidates who applied for undergraduate law programmes including BA LLB, B.Sc LLB and B.Com LLB across the NLUs needed to check here the specific minimum requirements for CLAT 2017 eligibility.


CLAT 2017 Eligibility: Educational qualification

Candidates applied for undergraduate law programmes through CLAT 2017 needed to have qualified 12th board examination after having a basic education from 10+2 school system, in order to be considered eligible for the common law admission test.


CLAT 2017 Eligibility: Minimum scored marks

The minimum mark required in the 12th board examination for appearing in CLAT 2017 is 45% for General and OBC candidates, while that for SC and ST candidates is 40%.


CLAT 2017 Eligibility: Age criteria

According to Supreme Court's order of March 3, 2017, any law aspirant can fill the application form at par revised CLAT 2017 eligibility criteria. There is no age bar for CLAT applications 2017 as the apex court stays BCI's age policy for this year. Click here to read comple story.


Earlier, as per BCI’s order of September 2016, the CLAT committee had re-introduced age bar. The General category candidates who applied for the undergraduate law programmes needed to have attained a maximum age limit of 20 years as on the year of admission and those under OBC, SC, ST and Specially Abled categories were given a relaxation of two years upon the age bar, i.e., they need not be more than 22 years of age as on the aforesaid date. This has came in backdrop of the Supreme Court’s judgment of March 27, 2015; BCI had scrapped age bar for every law applicant. This year the BCI’s ‘no age bar’ policy was challenged and the bar council had to re-introduce the age bar after the apex court reviewed its earlier judgment.



CLAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria for postgraduate programmes

Candidates who applied for postgraduate law programmes including LLM across the NLUs could read below the specific requirements for CLAT PG 2017 eligibility.


CLAT PG 2017 Eligibility: Educational qualification

Candidates will be considered eligible for applying in the postgraduate law entrance exam, only if they possess an LL.B degree under either three-year or five-year integrated law programmes. The LL.B degree must be awarded by any authorized university or equivalent institution recognised by the BCI.



CLAT PG 2017 Eligibility: Minimum scored marks

The candidates belonging to General and OBC category must have scored a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate of the subjects studied at LL.B degree programme. Moreover, those belonging to SC, ST and other reserved categories need to score at least 50% marks in the law graduate degree examination in order to be considered eligible for appearing in CLAT PG 2017.



CLAT PG 2017 Eligibility: Age criteria

At par BCI’s rules and regulations, there is no age limit specified for appearing in CLAT PG 2017, which means any candidates having the aforesaid educational qualification with the mentioned minimum scores can apply for CLAT PG 2017.



Supreme Court official order staying BCI's age bar




CLAT Eligibility Criteria: FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


Ques: As I am appearing for the 12th board examination this year, will I be considered eligible for CLAT 2017?
Ans: Yes, you’ll be considered eligible for CLAT 2017, subjected to attainment of minimum required marks by the time of admission.


Ques: Will I be considered eligible for CLAT PG 2017, if I am appearing in the final year examination of LL.B degree?
Ans: Yes, you’ll be considered eligible for the postgraduate CLAT 2017, subjected to attainment of minimum marks required in the qualifying LL.B degree examination at the time of admission counselling.


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