The upper age limit for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) has once again been restored to 20 years for Unreserved Categories and 22 years for the SC, ST and OBC categories. One month back, the Bar Council of India passed a resolution to fix the upper age ceiling of the CLAT 2017 applicants to be 20 years, which has now been given a ‘go-ahead’ by the CLAT core-committee. It must be noted here that the upper age ceiling for CLAT applicant was 20 years till the year 2014. However, the limit was quashed by a Supreme Court order in 2015.
This year, the Common Law Admission Test will be conducted by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna. CLAT is an all India level entrance exam which is conducted for the candidates who aspire to pursue Undergraduate and Postgraduate law courses such as LL.B and LL.M. This year, sixteen reputed law universities of the country will conduct the exam.
Mr. S.P. Singh, the Registrar of CNLU, said that due to the quashing of the upper age limit of the CLAT applicants, a host of practical issues were being faced by the law universities. According to some newspaper reports, Mr. Singh said, “Teaching a group of older students is very different from teaching school pass-outs. In some classes, the age difference among various sections of students was huge. There were problems in adjusting at the hotels too.”
He further mentioned that it was observed in a large number of cases that the older students had migrated to law schools after they had failed to get admission in other professional courses. He went on, “If there is an age limit for medical or engineering joint entrance examinations then there should not be any except for CLAT.”
In order to ensure free and fair examinations, compulsory CCTV coverage has been proposed at all examination centres by the CLAT core committee. Regarding the fair conduct of the exams, some newspapers reported that Mr. A. Laxminath, V.C. of CNLU and convenor of CLAT 2017, said, “It will be an additional security measure. Cameras will be installed at 160 examination centres across 60 cities for the two-hour online test.”