CLAT Eligibility 2024: Age Limit, Educational Qualification, Minimum Marks

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Anjum Khan
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Updated on May 23, 2023 21:06 IST

CLAT eligibility criteria 2024 for five-year LLB, and LLM courses are prescribed by the Consortium of NLUs for academic requirements, minimum marks, and age limit. Read the updated CLAT exam 2024 eligibility requirements here.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2024: The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) will be share latest CLAT 2024 eligibility criteria for undergraduate and postgraduate courses anytime soon. CLAT 2024 application process is expected to begin from June 2023 onwards as per the latest notification of Consortium. Candidates interested in admission through CLAT 2024 must check the eligibility criteria for five year-LLB and LLM courses respectively. The eligibility criteria for CLAT mentions the educational criteria, minimum marks, as well as age limit, that an aspirant must fulfill in order to secure a seat among National Law Universities in India. Moreover, the top colleges accepting CLAT scores will have similar eligibility criteria for admission. The CLAT Consortium follows the eligibility criteria for law courses as prescribed by the Bar Council of India, which is the regulatory authority for legal education and professional standards in India. The CLAT Consortium verifies the eligibility of shortlisted candidates during the counselling process, and candidates need to submit the supportive documents ensuring their eligibility for admission. In this article, detailed CLAT 2024 eligibility criteria is mentioned, and candidates can check it before filling the application form to avoid disqualification at a later stage in the exam.   

Latest Update:

CLAT 2024 Application forms should be filled in accordance with the eligibility criteria or candidates may be declined admission on the grounds of ineligibility. CLAT 2024 will be held on December 3, 2023, in a pen-paper based test mode. CLAT 2024 scores will be used for admission to academic year 2024-2025.

CLAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria for UG Law Courses

Parameters that candidates need to meet in order to fulfil CLAT eligibility criteria for undergraduate (UG ) level law courses are mentioned below:

BCI standards for undergraduate law courses is as stated, "Bar Council of India may from time to time, stipulate the minimum percentage of marks not below 45% of the total marks in case of general category applicants and 40% of the total marks in case of SC and ST applicants, to be obtained for the qualifying examination, such as 2 Examination in case of Integrated Five Years’ course or Degree course in any discipline for Three years’ LLB course, for the purpose of applying for and getting admitted into a Law Degree Program of any recognized University in either of the streams.

Provided that such a minimum qualifying marks shall not automatically entitle a person to get admission into an institution but only shall entitle the person concerned to fulfill other institutional criteria notified by the institution concerned or by the government concerned from time to time to apply for admission.

CLAT Educational requirements

  • Candidates should clear Class 12 with minimum 45 per cent aggregate (applicable for candidates belonging to General/ Other Backward Class (OBC)/ Person with Disability (PwD)/ Non-Resident Indian (NRI)/ Person of Indian Origin (PIO)/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) category)
  • Candidates should clear Class 12 with minimum 40 per cent aggregate (applicable for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) category)
  • Candidates appearing for their Class 12 board examinations in March/April are also eligible to apply for CLAT 2023 exam. However, such candidates need to produce proof of passing Class 12 or equivalent exam at the time of admission. Candidates unable to produce the evidence shall forfeit their right of admission through CLAT 2023 exam

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CLAT 2024 Eligibility: Age Limit 

The exam authorities and universities in India set upper or lower age limit for admission to their courses. However, to cater a large number of law aspirants, BCI capped the age restriction the five-year LLB course admission. Therefore, now CLAT consortium follows the same for CLAT eligibility criteria. 

  • There is no upper age limit to appear for the CLAT 2024 exam as well.
  • This means that candidates belonging to any age group can apply for the law entrance exam

CLAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria for LLM Course

Postgraduate (PG) law programme in which candidates can secure admission through CLAT  exam is LLM (Master of Law). Basic criteria that candidates need to fulfill in order to meet CLAT eligibility criteria for LLM course are mentioned below:

CLAT 2024 LLM Academic Eligibility

  • Candidates belonging to General/ OBC/ PwD/ NRI/ PIO/ OCI category should possess an LLB or equivalent degree with minimum 50 per cent aggregate
  • Candidates belonging to SC/ ST category should possess an LLB or equivalent degree with minimum of 45 per cent aggregate
  • Candidates appearing for the final year examination of their qualifying degree are also eligible to apply for CLAT

CLAT 2024 LLM Eligibility: Age limit

Given that, there is no age limit for five-year and three-year LLB courses, BCI has relaxed age limit for LLM course admission as well. Therefore, 

  • There is no upper age limit to apply for the CLAT PG exam as well.
  • However, candidates securing same rank and marks in CLAT LLM will be given preference, if they are higher in age than the others.

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FAQs for CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2024

Q: Is the 45 per cent in Class 12 board exams required as an aggregate percentage to meet CLAT eligibility criteria?

A: Yes, you need to score minimum 45 per cent aggregate in Class 12 in order to be eligible for CLAT 2024. 

Q: Is there any age restriction for CLAT 2023 exam?

A: No, there is no such CLAT age limit for aspirants. Candidates belonging to any age group can appear for CLAT exam. However, it may be noted that BCI had earlier introduced an age limit for the CLAT exam, but later Supreme Court directed the BCI to remove the age restrictions on legal education. 

Q: Am I eligible, if I passed Class 12 with Science subjects?

A: Yes, candidates belonging to any educational stream (ScienceCommerceHumanities) are eligible to apply for CLAT 2023 exam. 

Q: How many times can I appear for the CLAT exam?

A: Currently, there is no restriction on the number of times you can appear for CLAT. There is no prescribed age limit as well to appear for the CLAT exam.

Q: Am I eligible, if I passed Class 12 with Science subjects?

A: Yes, candidates belonging to any educational stream (ScienceCommerceHumanities) are eligible to apply for CLAT 2023 exam. 

Q: I am a student belonging to a reserved category. Which documents do I need to submit along with CLAT 2024 application form?

A: You need to submit your relevant category certificate issued by the competent authority along with the application form. Other documents that candidates need to submit along with CLAT 2024 application form are scanned photograph and signature.

Q. When will the CLAT 2024 exam be conducted ?

A. As per the latest announcement by the Consortium, CLAT 2024 will be conducted on December 3, 2023. Moreover, the exam is to be held in December every year now onwards. Read here full story on CLAT to be held once in a year, and in December month

Q. Can I apply for CLAT 2023 if my Class 12 results are awaited?

A. Yes, candidates whose Class 12 results are not declared at the time of filling application form are eligible to apply. They need to select 'Result Awaited' in the educational requirements section of the CLAT 2024 application form. 

Q. Is there any minimum marks requirement for qualifying CLAT 2024?

A. No, CLAT Consortium has not mentioned any minimum marks or minimum cut off marks for CLAT 2023. However, candidates securing higher marks and ranks will be given preference for admission. 

Q. For how long is CLAT score eligible?

A. The CLAT score is eligible for a period of one year only. Candidates who fail to secure admission in top colleges can apply once again for securing a seat in the next admission cycle. Their CLAT score will expire when the application process for next admission cycle begins. 

Q. What is the tie-breaking method to be eligible for CLAT admission process?

A. Candidates securing marks in the CLAT exam, will be ranked in the merit list on the following parameters:

  • Higher scores in the Legal Aptitude section of CLAT exam
  • Higher in age than other candidates
  • Computerized draw of lots (based on academic qualification)

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