The National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO) will be conducting the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2019 exam. The CLAT entrance exam is conducted on an annual basis for admission to the various undergraduate and postgraduate level courses offered by different law universities in the country. The CLAT 2019 exam is scheduled to be held on May 12, 2019.
The CLAT 2019 application form link is now open. Interested candidates can now register for the CLAT 2019 between January 13, 2019 to April 15, 2019.
Aspirants will however, have to first ensure that they meet the prescribed CLAT 2019 eligibility criteria. Failing to comply with CLAT Eligibility Criteria at any stage of the selection process will lead to cancellation of candidature. Interested candidates can refer below for the prescribed eligibility criteria for the CLAT 2019 exam.
CLAT 2019 Eligibility for UG Courses
The eligibility criteria for the CLAT 2019 for admission to the undergraduate level courses is as given below:
Age Limit: As per revised rules, there is no upper age limit for CLAT 2019.
- Candidate must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent examination. Candidates appearing in their qualifying examination in April/May 2019 are also eligible to appear in CLAT exam
- Candidates should have passed their Class 12th Board Examination (or Senior Secondary School Examination) from any recognised educational board.
- Candidates need to score at least 45% marks in their qualifying degree to appear in the CLAT 2019. For the candidates belonging to SC and ST categories need to score at least 40 percent marks in the aggregate of subjects.
CLAT 2019 Eligibility for PG Courses
The eligibility criteria for the CLAT 2019 for admission to the postgraduate level courses is as given below:
Age Limit: There is no upper age limit for the post-graduate program.
- Candidate must have an LLB or any other equivalent degree.
- Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2019 are also eligible to appear in the exam. However, they have to show a hard copy of the proof of their passing the qualifying examination in the respective National Law Universities at the time of admission.
- Law aspirants appearing for CLAT LLM Program should have secured a minimum qualifying percentage in qualifying examination (i.e. LL.B./ 5-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/ any other equivalent exam). The minimum qualifying marks vary as per candidate’s category.
CLAT 2019 – Age Limit
As per the Supreme Court, there will be no age bar for UG Program in CLAT 2019. Till previous year the age limit for Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored category was below 20 years of age as on July 01, 2019. And for SC/ ST/ OBC/ Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category candidates, the age limit was below 22 years of age as on July 01, 2019.
CLAT 2019 – Number of Attempts Allowed
As we know, as there is no age limit for CLAT exam so a person can sit for any numbers of attempts in this exam. This means a person is allowed to write as many attempts as he/ she wants to write. The Supreme court has given a free hand to all the candidates in this regard.
Why to check CLAT 2019 Eligibility?
By checking CLAT eligibility a candidate can ensure that whether he is eligible for the exam or not. He can also know about the benefits given to certain candidates such a reservation, fee relaxation, relaxations given to differently-abled people. It will help him to form a clear view about the basic formalities, which can turn out to be crucial with regards to the exam.
CLAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria – FAQs
Question: Has CLAT eligibility criteria changed?
Answer: Yes, the CLAT eligibility criteria had been changed two years back after the Supreme Court order on BCI's age cap. According to the revised eligibility criteria of CLAT 2019, candidates irrespective of their age limit can apply for the NLUs admission test. Earlier, the Bar Council of India (BCI) had put an age bar, following which candidates attaining an age of 20 years or less as on the date of admission year, could only apply for the national-level law entrance exam for undergraduate programmes and those belonging to SC, ST, Other Backward Classes, and Specially-Abled Persons (SAP) were given an upper age relaxation of 2 years, i.e., 22 years of age as on the same date for being considered eligible for CLAT.
Question: Is there any arrangement for Specially-Abled Persons (SAPs)?
Answer: Yes, the specially-abled persons can opt either to arrange for his/ her own scribe or to make request to the CLAT office to provide one for them. In case of the first option, candidates will need to download the scribe declaration form at the time of filling CLAT 2019 application. Moreover, the SAPs will be entitled to a compensatory time of 40 minutes.