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CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

CLAT Eligibility 2017- CLAT 2017 is being conducted by Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU). CNLU Patna declared eligibility for CLAT 2017. CLAT Eligibility enlists details about nationality, age criteria, academic qualifications and marks required to apply for CLAT.

Eligibility for CLAT is decided by National Law University on rotational basis each year. Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can proceed towards filling CLAT Application Form. It can be filled on the official website i.e. clat.ac.in from January 01, 2017 onwards.

Here are the highlights of CLAT Eligibility:

  • A candidate must have a minimum aggregate of 45% marks in class 12th qualifying examination for admission to LLB programs and an aggregate of 50% marks in graduation for admission to LLM programs.
  • There is a 5% relaxation of marks for SC, ST, OBC and PwD candidates.
  • The maximum age requirement to appear in CLAT is 20 years for LLB course. 2 years of relaxation is given to candidates belonging to SC/ST Category.
  • There is no bar on age for candidates opting for LLM Course. 

CLAT 2017 is scheduled for May 18, 2017. The exam is a national level entrance exam organised rotationally by 18 NLUs (National Law University). CLAT is conducted to grant admissions to LLB and LLM courses offered at various law universities in India.


CLAT Eligibility for UG Course (LL.B.)

CLAT offers admissions to both national and NRI candidates in undergraduate law program in well-known National Law Universities across India. Candidates must fulfill the following CLAT eligibility criteria to participate in the examination:

CLAT Eligibility on the basis of Age Limit

  1. They must be below Twenty (20) Years of age as on July 01, 2017 in case of all Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates.
  2. They must be below Twenty-Two (22) years of age as on July 01, 2017 in case of SC/ST/ OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category candidates.

CLAT Eligibility on the basis of Academics

Candidates must satisfy the following educational criteria to appear for the examination: As regards minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2), they must have secured:

  • A minimum of 45% marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
  • A minimum of 40% marks in case a candidate belongs to SC/ST Category.

CLAT Eligibility - General Criteria

  • Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2017 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT 2017 examination. However, they will be required to submit an evidence of their successfully clearing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they will lose their right to be considered for admission.
  • The result of qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of CLAT Admission Procedure, failing which they will be ineligible for admission to the course.
  • In case of equal marks, the breaking of tie will be by the following procedure and order as under: 
    (i) Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT 2017. 
    (ii) Candidate older in age will be preferred.
    (iii) Computerised draw of lots.

Note: Candidates must convert their grades (if any) into percentage for appearing in CLAT 2017.

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CLAT Eligibility for PG Course (LL.M.)

CLAT 2017 enables candidates belonging to India and countries other than India to seek admission in postgraduate law programs in the National Law Universities across India. The following eligibility for CLAT must be fulfilled by them to appear for the examination:

CLAT Eligibility on the basis of Age Limit 

  • There is no upper age limit for the candidates appearing in CLAT 2017 to pursue post-graduate programs Thus, candidates of all ages are eligible to give the examination.

CLAT Eligibility on the basis of Educational Criteria 

Aspiring candidates must have secured a minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e. LL.B./5-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/ any other equivalent exam) as under:

  • A minimum of 55% marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
  • A minimum of 50% marks in case a candidate belongs to SC/ST Category.
  • They must have passed/appeared in the final semester/final year examination of the qualifying examination on the date of their admission. 
  • In case, a candidate who has appeared in the qualifying examination, they must submit their final result of qualifying examination within the time frame prescribed by the respective University/Institute. Till then such candidates may be given provisional admission.

CLAT Eligibility - General Criteria

In case two or more candidates secure equal marks, there exists a tie. The breaking of tie will be by procedure and order as under: 
(i) Higher age will be preferred first, if still the tie persists then;
(ii) Computerized draw of lots will be taken into consideration. 

Note: If the candidate fails to submit the proof they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.

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CLAT Eligibility for NRI

Candidates aspiring the seats under the NRI quota must consider that the seats under NRI/NRI Sponsored Category in all the participating universities except WBNUJS, Kolkata, West Bengal, shall be filled by the concerned universities independently on the basis of CLAT merit. The admissions are not carried out through CLAT office.

Check Here CLAT Seat Allotment 2017

Candidates are advised to contact the concerned university directly for admission formalities, eligibility, documents required and other related queries for seeking admission under NRI/NRI sponsored category.

The detailed information regarding admission under NRI/NRI Sponsored Category in West Bengal National University Juridical Sciences, Kolkata is mentioned below:

  1. There is a total of 17 seats for the candidates aspiring for admissions in the undergraduate courses whereas there are no seats available for post graduate program.
  2. Through CLAT Office: CLAT Office will issue the list of students eligible for taking admission under this category.
  3. Documents required by the NRI Candidates at the time of CLAT Admission Procedure:
  • Copy of Valid Indian Passport of the Student
  • Copy of Visas obtained in the last 12 months
  • Certificate from the local embassy stating that the person is a NRI/OCI or PIO Card

4. Documents required by NRI Sponsored Candidates at the time of admission:

  • Copy of Valid Indian Passport of the Sponsor
  • Copy of Visas obtained in the last 12 months by the Sponsor
  • Certificate from the local embassy stating that the Sponsor is a NRI/ OCI or PIO Card
  • An affidavit by the sponsor indicating the interest shown in the education affairs of the student and willingness to fund the education of student over the next 5 years.

Sponsors for the NRI Sponsored Students

a) The person who willingly sponsors candidates for admission is required to be a first-degree relation of the student and shall be residing abroad as a Non-Resident Indian.

b) In case the student has no parents or near relatives or taken as a ward by some other nearest relative, such students also may be considered for admission. The guardian must have legally treated the applying candidate as a ward. Such guardian shall file an affidavit mentioning the interest in the education of the candidate and also their relationship with the candidate. It is mandatory for that person to also be a Non-Resident Indian and ordinarily residing abroad.


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