CLAT Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021: Age Limit, Educational Qualification

Apr 7, 2021 | Law

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The Consortium of National Law Universities and Schools establish the CLAT eligibility criteria 2021. The eligibility criteria for CLAT 2021 are also subject to the rules prescribed by the Bar Council of India (BCI). Apart from the common CLAT eligibility criteria for 2021, the candidates must also go through the eligibility criteria finalished by each of the participating NLUs, as it may differ for each institute. The exam is going to be held on #from_date, and the application process for the same has been going on since Jan 1, 2021. 

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

The CLAT 2021 examination is held every year, for providing admission to various UG, as well as PG courses. The exam is given by candidates who are willing to pursue LLB, or the integrated LLB and LLM program. The eligibility criteria specifies the minimum requirements prescribed by the authorities to appear for CLAT 2021. 

CLAT UG 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility criteria for CLAT UG 2021 can be found below:

  • CLAT Educational Qualification: It is mandatory for the applicants to clear their 12th class board examinations with a minimum score stated as per their respective category. 
CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Qualifying Marks
Category Minimum Aggregate
Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled 45%
SC/ST 40%
  • CLAT Age Limit: There is no upper age limit to write the CLAT 2021 exam, as per the rules prescribed by the Bar Council of India.

Note: Candidates that are appearing for their Class 12 examinations in the April/May 2021 have to submit proof stating that they have successfully cleared the qualifying examination with the admissable scores, at the time of admission. If a candidate fails to do so, the exam authority reserves the right to cancel the admission of the candidate effective immediately.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria for NRI students

Candidates in the NRI category, as well as NRI sponsored candidates can apply through the NRI quota. The admissions will be carried out by the appropriate universities on the basis of the CLAT merit list.

The documents required by the NRI candidates at the time of admission are as follows:

  • Copy of candidate's valid Indian passport
  • Copy of visas obtained in the 12 months preceding
  • An NRI/OCI or PIO certificate issued by the local embassy

The documents required by the NRI sponsored candidates at the time of admission are as follows:

  • Copy of the sponsor's valid Indian passport
  • Copy of visas obtained by sponsor in the preceding 12 months
  • An NRI/OCI or PIO certificate issued to the sponsor by the local embassy
  • An affidavit stating the sponsor's interest in the educational affairs of the candidate, and a willingness to sponsor their education for the next 5 years

NRI Sponsor Requirements

NRI sponsors have to keep the following points in mind, before applying for CLAT 2021:

  • The sponsor has to be a first-degree relative to the candidate.
  • The sponsor has to reside abroad as a non-resident Indian.
  • In case the candidate has no parents or near relatives, the candidate needs to be a legal ward of the sponsor.
  • The sponsor needs to submit an affidavit stating his/her/their interest in the educational affairs of the candidate, and a willingness to sponsor their education for the next 5 years.

CLAT Application Form 2021

Once a candidate has thoroughly checked the CLAT 2021 eligibility criteria, they must go ahead and fill in the application form. The CLAT application form 2021 was released on Jan 1, 2021. The last date to submit the duly filled CLAT 2021 Application Form is Jun 15, 2021. Candidates have to visit the official consortium website in order to fill in their applications. They will be required to fill in their personal details, academic details, their preference of National Law Universities, and their category details among other things. 

CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria FAQs

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

A. There's no limit on the number of times the candidate wishes to give the CLAT exam. 

Q. I had Commerce and Mathematics in 12th grade. Can I still appear for this exam? 

A. Candidates must meet the minimum eligibility requirements specified by the Consortium of NLUS. Candidates from all the streams (Science, Humanities, and Commerce) can appear for this exam, as long as they secure 45% marks in 12th grade (40 for some reserved categories). 

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