CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2021: Check Everything before Applying for the exam

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The Consortium of NLUs has set CLAT Eligibility Criteria. The following factors will determine a candidate's exam eligibility: (a) academic qualifications, (b) age limit, and (c) nationality.
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Candidates should carefully examine the eligibility criteria before applying for CLAT 2021, as each participating NLU has its own set of requirements. If an applicant fails to meet any of the requirements during the admissions process, his or her candidature may be canceled.

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CLAT Eligibility Criteria


CLAT Eligibility for UG Course (LL.B.)

CLAT Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit

As per the revised standards, there will be no upper age limit for UG Program in CLAT 2021.

CLAT Eligibility: Academic Qualification

A candidate must have received the following minimum marks in 12th grade, depending on the group to which he or she belongs:
  • A minimum of 45 percent is necessary for Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories.
  • For the SC/ST category, a minimum of 40% is necessary.

General Criteria

Candidates who will be taking their qualifying exams in April/May 2021 are eligible to take the Common Law Admission Test. They must present proof of passing the qualifying examination when applying for admission; otherwise, they will lose their right to be considered for admission.
At the time of CLAT admission, you must submit the results of your qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2).
In the event of a tie, the following procedure is used to break the tie:
  • Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT 2021
  • Higher age
  • A computerized draw of lots

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CLAT Eligibility for PG Course (LL.M.)

CLAT offers admissions to both national and NRI candidates in the One Year LLM Course offered at various NLUs and other institutes/ universities accepting CLAT Scores. 

CLAT Eligibility: Age Limit

There is no upper age limit set for appearing in the examination.

CLAT Eligibility Academic Qualification

Candidates for the CLAT LLM Program must have obtained a minimum percentage in their qualifying exam (i.e. LL.B./ 5-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/ any other equivalent exam). The marks differ depending on the candidate's category.
  • A minimum of 50% in the Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories is necessary.
  • A minimum of 45 percent in the SC/ST category is required.
  • He or she must have passed or appeared in the qualifying examination's final semester/final year examination on the date of admission.
  • Submit the qualifying examination final result within the time range set by the particular University/Institute. Such candidates are awarded interim admission until then.

General Criteria

In the event of a tie, the following procedure is used to break the tie:
  • Higher age, the tie persists then;
  • Computerized draws of lots will be taken into consideration. 

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CLAT Eligibility Criteria for NRI Students

Candidates in the NRI/ NRI Sponsored category are awarded seats under the NRI Quota. Admissions are handled individually by the concerned universities based on CLAT scores.

Keep the following points in mind:

Candidates seeking admission under the NRI/NRI sponsored category must contact the appropriate university directly for admission requirements, eligibility, required documents, and other related questions.

Admissions at WBNUJS in Kolkata (West Bengal) are based on a variety of factors.

It goes like this:
  • There are a total of 17 seats available for individuals seeking admission to undergraduate programs, but no seats are available for postgraduate programs.
  • Through CLAT Office: The CLAT Office will publish a list of students who are eligible for admission in this category.
  • NRI candidates must submit the following documents at the time of CLAT admission:
  • Copy of the student's valid Indian passport Copy of visas obtained in the previous 12 months
  • A certificate from the local embassy stating that the person is a non-resident alien (NRI/OCI) or has a PIO card.
  • NRI Sponsored Candidates must submit the following documents at the time of admission:
  • Copy of the Sponsor's valid Indian passport Copy of the Sponsor's visas obtained in the last 12 months Certificate from the local embassy confirming that the Sponsor is an NRI/ OCI/ PIO Cardholder
  • An affidavit from the sponsor stating the sponsor's interest in the student's education and desire to pay the student's education for the following five years.

Sponsors for NRI Students

The individual who willingly sponsors students for admission must be a first-degree relative of the student and must be a Non-Resident Indian living overseas.

Students without parents or close relatives who have been taken in as wards by another relative may also be considered for admission. The guardian must have treated the applicant as a ward in accordance with the law. These guardians must provide an affidavit stating their interest in the candidate's education as well as their relationship with the candidate. That person must also be a Non-Resident Indian who lives overseas on a regular basis.

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