SC confirms ‘No upper age limit for CLAT’
Apratim Chatterjee, 31 Mar 2015, #CLAT
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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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how many south Indian government universities of clat

ÑÍthesh 7th Dec, 2019

Hello srikanth !!
There are 6 government universities in south india that accepts clat examination.

here is the list of the government universities accepts clat in India as per state wise,you just go through it you will get the profiles of universities.I hope this helps you.

Good luck!!


clat 2020 complete information,preparing to best book.

Bhasakar Ram 7th Dec, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

CLAT exam is an all india common entrance examination to get admission into UG and PG degree programs of can get admission in various universities across india through this examination.the CLAT 2020 exam will be held on 10th may,2020.CLAT 2020 application  form will be available from 1st january,2020 and you can apply through online mode.application fee will be Rs.4000/- for general/obc/pwd/sap and it is Rs.3500/- for sc/ must qualify the class 12 board exam in order to apply for this exam.the exam will be held in offline mode.there will be a total of 120-150 mcq's (for UG) and 150 mcq's (for PG).each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark and 0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer.the duration of exam is 2 hours and total marks is 150.the admit card will be released on 3rd week of april,2020.result will be declared on last week of may,2020.councelling process starts from 1st week of june,2020.the syllabus include the subject areas of english grammar,general knowledge and current affairs,maths,legal aptitude and logical reasoning.for pg programmes,the subject areas are constitutional law,jurisprudence and other law subjects such as criminal law,international law,contract torts,ipr.

the important books to prepare for CLAT 2020 are:

  • word power made easy
  • Butterworths
  • Lexis nexis
  • Analytical reasoning
  • verbal reasoning
  • objectic arithmetic
  • gk today
  • universal's LLB entrance guide.

Hope this information is helpful to you.

thank you.


hey i am in graduation first year can i sit for clat exam during this period??

sumit ranjan 7th Dec, 2019
Hi there hope you are doing great yes you are eligible for or giving clat examination in your first year of graduation. the only criteria you need to fulfil is  that you must have secured at least 45% in your class 12th examination and for SC- ST student it is 40%. hope this will help you .good luck.

clat application fee for general category and application which date to start

Prashant Singh 7th Dec, 2019


CLAT application fees for general category is 4000.

The application/registration online form will start from 1st January 2020.


clat examination last rank of general category

Halry Bhalodia 7th Dec, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

for different colleges and different rounds rank changes.(opening as well as closing rank). i m providing you list for general category for round 1.

NLUs                                            round 1

NLSIU Bangalore                         56-57

NALSAR Hyderabad                   121-128

NLIU Bhopal                                329-361

WBNUJS Kolkata                         206-226

NLU Jodhpur                               295- 351

HNLU Raipur                               561-626

for more details visit the given website:


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