SC confirms ‘No upper age limit for CLAT’
Updated on Mar 31, 2015 - 12:44 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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The Supreme Court of India has ruled in favour of Allahabad High Court order confirming 'no upper age limit' for the national level law entrance exam, CLAT held annually for admissions to the five-year integrated law programmes in 16 NLUs. Thus, the apex court on Friday; March 27, 2015 dismissed an appeal made by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), which challenged Allahabad High Court order. The Allahabad High Court has earlier directed the RMLNLU to remove the upper age limit of 20 years for candidates appearing in CLAT 2015.

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The Allahabad High Court Order

Justice Shashi Kant Gupta of Allahabad High Court passed the order following a writ petition of Devasheesh Pathak and 20 others who had challenged the upper age limit criteria published in the advertisement issued by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow, which is conducting CLAT 2015. Justice Gupta in his order of February 26, 2015 had said, “The University cannot go beyond the statutory provisions as have been laid down under the Advocates Act and the Bar Council of India Rules. Thus, the CLAT organizing university went beyond the power envisaged under the Act by prescribing 20 years as the maximum age limit for CLAT 2015.”

RMLNLU had appealed the Supreme Court of India against the judgment of Allahabad High Court. However, with CLAT 2015 Applications closing on March 31, 2015; the Supreme Court Bench of Justice V. Gopala Gowda and C Nagappan dismissed the appeal made by RMLNLU against the Allahabad High Court order.

Even, the Bar Council of India (BCI) on September 28, 2013 had scrapped the maximum age limit for five-year integrated law programmes. However, CLAT 2015 Online Application system was not upgraded before March 16, 2015 at par the decision of the BCI.

What Now ?

RMLNLU officials have confirmed that they are accepting CLAT 2015 Applications without the upper age limit. Dr. J.D. Gangwar, CLAT 2015 Co-Convenor in conversation with Careers360 said, “CLAT 2015 Application Form system has been modified. CLAT 2015 Applications are being accepted without the maximum age limit of 20 years in case of general candidates and 22 years for SC/ST category.”

He also informed that this has been effective from March 16, 2015. Dr. Gangwar said, “Prior to March 16, as low as eight applications were rejected for the age bar constraint. But we have personally mailed them to apply again for CLAT 2015 Application Form. Their application fees were credited in their accounts.”

On CLAT 2015 application numbers, the Co-Convenor informed that over 44000 applicants have been registered for CLAT 2015 and this would go beyond 50000.

About CLAT

CLAT is a national level law entrance exam conducted on rotation by the 16 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their undergraduate including BA LL.B programmes for as many as 2164 seats distributed among the participating NLUs. Last year as many as 31231 candidates had registered for CLAT. CLAT 2015 is to be conducted online on May 10, 2015.

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First Posted on: March 28, 2015

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Can I study llm in abroad after Finishing llb @ christ University??

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I m from an engineering background can I appear for this exam ??? and my what is the minimum percentage required in graduation to appear for this??

Shubham Dhane 25th Feb, 2020


Yow will get admission in LLB after bachelor's in Engineering.For admission in LLB through CLAT a candidate must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent and must have passed bachelor's degree in any discipline.General candidates must have 45% in degree for SC/ST it is 40% from a recognised board or university.

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jse clat ke paper ka pattern change hua hai to ab current affairs aayenge so hum pichle ek saal ki news kaise padhe is there any easy way or something we can do because my boards r going on and how m gonna study the news and current affairs of whole last year in 20 days need a quick nd urgent rply

hrithik jain 25th Feb, 2020


I can suggest you some tips which will help you in preparing better for the same:

1. Check out the last year questions papers: it will help you to analyze a pattern and types of questions they ask in the Paper.

2. Take all the monthly magazine for the whole year: this will help you to read the news faster.

3. Check out the current affairs website/e-paper to get bulletins or short summary of the affairs.

4. Write down notes (but it might take longer time so do it as per the time limit)

5. Make sure that you complete a good amount of reading in a day. Do not go on for reading and remembering the whole news. Look out for a pattern of reading the current affairs which will help you in the exam as you have less time and a lot of syllabus to cover.


what should I fill in clat from in %column best of 5 Or best of 6 because in class 12 I had 6 subjects in which I cleared 5 subjects accept physics and got declared pass by cbse and also have passing certificate.?

Yastika Kumar 25th Feb, 2020

Hi Abhishek,

A pass ceritficate issued by any educational board certifies that the candidate has cleared all subjects scoring passing marks and is eligible to take up degree courses in other institutions. Since you have it you should proceed with completing the application.


how I can manage my school and clat preparation by myself Right now I m in class 11 and the time when I will give my clat I have to prepare for my boreds also??

Srishti jha 24th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant, I hope you are doing good.

It's good to know you are interested in CLAT . But yes, clearing boards with marks is more important , but now take just 1 hours extra to prepare for CLAT. But after giving 12th exam, make to get into a crash course of CLAT . This will really help you a lot.

I hope this helps.

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