CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2018 – It is important for each applicant to check the CLAT eligibility norms before applying for the test. Candidates failing to fulfill any of the CLAT eligibility criteria will lead to disqualification of candidature on or before the admission rounds. To appear for CLAT 2018, candidates must have passed their Class 12 or equivalent examination. The CLAT eligibility criteria vary with the category of the candidates. The General/OBC/Specially Abled Persons category candidates must score at least 45% marks while SC/ST category candidates are required to obtain 40% marks in the qualifying exam. Also, the candidates who are appearing in the final year of the qualifying exam are also eligible to appear for CLAT 2018. However, they are required to submit the pass certificate of their qualifying exam at the time of admission. If the qualifying marks are in grades, then candidates are advised to convert it into percentage to make sure they fulfill the CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria. The registration process will commence from first week of January while the test will be held on May 13, 2018. Check this article for complete details on CLAT eligibility criteria 2018.
The CLAT 2018 will be held in a computer-based mode for admission to the 2312 LLB and 604 LLM seats of the 19 NLUs. Candidates failing to meet any of the CLAT eligibility criteria will be disqualified at any stage. Apart from the 19 NLUs, there are various other Law Schools that will be accepting the CLAT score. Thus, law aspirants are advised to visit the official websites of these Institutes and check the CLAT eligibility norms. Once the candidates who fulfill all the eligibility criteria of CLAT can start with the application process.
Complete details on CLAT eligibility criteria 2018 are provided in the table below. The law aspirants applying for the BA LLB, B.Sc LLB, B.Com LLB and LLB programmes of the various NLUs and other law schools must make sure they fulfill the eligibility criteria of CLAT.
CLAT Eligibility Norms 2018
|Education Qualifications||Candidates must pass their Class 12 board or equivalent examination.|
|Minimum marks in the qualifying exam||The Gen/OBC/SAP category candidates must obtain a minimum of 45% in the qualifying exam. If candidates belonging to the SC/ST category, then they must score at least 40% marks.|
|Age||As per the order of Supreme Court on March 03, 2017, the age bar has been lifted until the next hearing. The next Supreme Court hearing regarding this matter is yet to be finalized.|
As per the reservation policy of India, the NLUs will reserve the seats for the various categories. The candidates who have applied for the test under these categories are required to fulfill the CLAT eligibility criteria. Also, the candidates are required to produce the necessary documents at the time of admission at the time of admission at the NLUs. The reservation percentage of the seats at the NLUs are provided in the table below.
Reservation of seats at NLUs
|Category||Seats Reserved (out of total seats)|
|Scheduled Tribes (ST)||7.5 percent|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||15 percent|
|Other Backward Class (OBC)||27 percent|
Once the candidates have fulfilled all the eligibility criteria of CLAT 2018, they can start filling the application form. The CLAT application will be available in online mode only. To start with the application process, candidates are required to fulfill all the necessary details and register for the test. Only after successful registration, candidates will be able to access the CLAT application form. While filling the application form, the candidates must make sure all the details are error free. Any discrepancy in the registration or application details will lead to cancellation of the candidature.
Q: I will be appearing on my Class 12 Board exams this year. Am I eligible to appear for CLAT 2018?
Ans: Yes, you can apply and appear on CLAT 2018. However, you must obtain the minimum qualifying marks.
Q: I belong to the General category and I’ve scored 44.5% on my Class 12 board. Can I still apply for CLAT 2018?
Ans: No, you cannot apply for CLAT 2018. The minimum required marks that General Category candidates must qualify for Class 12 boards is 45%.