Every year, the CLAT exam is administered by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs). The Consortium posts important exam information on its official website prior to the CLAT exam. CLAT exam patterns, CLAT eligibility, and other information are included in the official notification. Candidates must be aware of such information before beginning their preparation. CLAT Eligibility Criteria is the most fundamental detail that a candidate looks for before taking the CLAT exam. Consideration of eligibility informs the candidate whether they are qualified to be considered for admission to various top law schools. The CLAT eligibility criteria for Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses will be discussed in this article.

CLAT Eligibility: Overview

The CLAT exam eligibility includes the following aspects; Minimum educational qualifications, minimum qualifying marks and age limit. To get an overview of the CLAT eligibility criteria, refer to the table below:

CriteriaCLAT Undergraduate CLAT Post Graduate
Educational Qualification12 Standard or an equivalent examination/degree from a recognized board.An LL.B Degree or an equivalent degree/ examination from a recognized university.
Age LimitNo upper age limit No upper age limit
Qualifying Marks50% marks for General/OBC/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates.45% marks for SC/ST candidates50% marks or its equivalent grade for General/OBC/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates.45% marks or equivalent for SC/ST candidates.

CLAT Eligibility: Educational Qualification and Minimum Marks

For Undergraduate Courses

  • For undergraduate courses, +2 examination or equivalent examination marks are considered. The General/OBC/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates must have obtained 50% marks in their +2 or equivalent examination.
  • The SC/ST candidates must have obtained 45% marks in their 12th Standard or an equivalent examination.

However, those appearing for their +2 or equivalent exam in March/April 2022 are eligible to sit for the June 2022 CLAT exam. The only condition is that candidates have to provide proof of passing at admission. If a candidate does not submit the proof of passing, they can no longer be a part of the admission process, thereby losing the seat allotted based on the candidate’s CLAT score.

For Post-graduate Courses

  • For post-graduate courses, the candidate must have an LL.B degree with a minimum of 50% of marks or its equivalent grade for General/OBC/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates.
  • The minimum marks needed in an LL.B degree or any other equivalent degree is 45% marks or its equivalent grade, for SC/ST candidates.

However, the candidates who will give their qualifying exam in April/May 2022 will also be eligible for the CLAT exam in June 2022. The only condition is that candidates have to provide proof of passing at admission. If failing to do so, the candidate cannot proceed with the admission process, thereby losing the seat allotted based on the candidate’s CLAT score.

CLAT Eligibility: Age Limit

Initially, the Consortium of NLUs had set age criteria for appearing for CLAT. The age criteria for CLAT were:

  1. Twenty years of age as of July 01 2022, for general/unreserved category candidates.
  2. Twenty-two years of age as of July 01 2022, for SC/ST/OBC/Specially-abled persons/ persons with disabilities (SAP/PWD) candidates.

However, this year the committee has removed the age criteria. There is no upper age limit for CLAT 2022, which will be held on June 19 2022. Candidates from any category can sit for the exam at any age.

CLAT Eligibility: Nationality

Being a lawyer or having a career in legal studies is a very prestigious and reputed career path. Therefore, there are a lot of candidates who show interest in getting admission to Law schools. While aiming for the Top Law school, most candidates look forward to getting admission to National Law Universities (NLUs). It is not surprising that candidates across the globe are willing to be admitted into the courses at the Indian NLUs. The NLUs give admission to Non-resident Indian (NRI) and Foreign national Category students. 

Candidates taking admission under the NRI/NRI sponsored/Foreign National category must contact the university they are willing to get admission to. The university will notify them about the eligibility, documents needed and other details of the admission process.

CLAT: Tie Breaker

Since thousands of students sit for the CLAT exam, there is an increased possibility that more than one candidate will get the same CLAT score. To break the score tie, NLUs have proposed a procedure. The procedure and the aspects considered during a score tie are different for Undergraduate and Post-graduate courses.

For Undergraduate Courses

In case of a tie in the score, the following order is followed.

  • The candidate with a higher score in the legal aptitude subject will be considered for admission.
  • If the tie in scores persists, the candidate with more age, i.e. the older candidate, will move ahead with the admission process.
  • If the tie persists, a computerised lottery system is used to pick candidates for admission.

For Post Graduate Courses

Tie in CLAT PG score tie can be dealt with in the following ways:

  • The older one will be considered for the admission process among the students involved in the score tie.
  • A computerised lottery system is used if the age criteria do not help.

That is how the tie-breaker mechanism works for the CLAT exam.

CLAT Eligibility: Other Important Details
  1. The candidates who do not meet the CLAT eligibility criteria will not be considered for admission. The CLAT score is put. 
  2. A candidate will be considered for admission only when they have fulfilled the eligibility criteria.
  3. To get admission, the candidates must get minimum qualifying marks in the qualifying examination (12 standard for UG and Final year of Graduation for PG).
  4. The candidates fill out the application form before appearing for the qualifying exam. However, they have to submit proof of passing at admission. They are expected to submit the marksheet/ certificate of the qualifying marks during counselling. Failing to do so can lead to the cancellation of their admission.
  5. The candidates who claim their admission under reserved categories like SC/ST have to submit their category certificates to prove their claim. The certificate confirms that the candidate belongs to a certain category under the constitutional provisions.
  6. Similarly, the domicile candidates also have to produce proof of their permanent residence as claimed.
CLAT: Application Form

Once the eligibility criteria are fulfilled, the candidate can fill out their application form. Each candidate must fill out the application form to register for the exam. The Consortium of NLUs released the application form for CLAT 2022 on January 01 2022. The application form window was open till May 09, 2022. While filling out the application form, the candidates provide their details. These details are needed for the admission process. Once the application forms are filled out, the candidate can sit for the exam. A few days after the application form window is closed, the admit cards are released, and the exam is held. The CLAT 2022 exam is to be held on June 19, 2022.

For CLAT 2023, the exam is to be held on June 19, 2022. For which, the consortiumofnlus will notify CLAT Application Date accordingly

For further CLAT related information, you can visit the official website: or read here.

By Mr Stew

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