Age no bar for LLB – CLAT age limit rule revised

No Bar- CLAT age limit rule revised

Great news for Law aspirants! SC removed the cap from CLAT age limit.

Finally, CLAT authorities have made the necessary changes and now a student above 20 years in case of  general category and 22 years in case of reserved categories are eligible for Common Law Aptitude Test- CLAT. Aspirants can find the full information over here.

Yes! a stay order has been passed by Supreme court on the Bar Council of India’s-BCI notification, which stated that the students above 20 years of age are not qualified for seeking admission to the five-year integrated law courses. Supreme court has made it clear that no age limits can be applied to aspirants seeking to study law in the country.

According to Supreme Court’s order passed on 3rd March, 2017, any law aspirant can fill the CLAT application form irrespective of its age. Read, points to ponder while filling CLAT’17 application form. Even as BCI pleaded that it had decided to relax the age limit by two years for such courses, SC ordered the BCI that no CLAT age limit should apply to law aspirants seeking to study LLB. A Bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao clearly expressed its dissatisfaction at the interim measure taken by the BCI to raise the age-limit to 22 years for the five-year course and 45 years for the three-year course.

As per BCI’s order of September 2016, the CLAT committee had re-introduced age bar. Read, CLAT’17 age limit clarified. The General category candidates who are applying for the undergraduate law programmes needed to have attained a maximum age limit of 20 years as on the year of admission and those applying under OBC, SC, ST and Specially abled categories need will be given a relaxation of two years upon the age bar, i.e., they should not have attained a maximum age of 22 years as on the aforesaid date.

The Bench posted the case for final hearing in the third week of July.

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  1. sir but clat 2017 official site shows eilgblity as 20 yrs only…..then how it is possible to apply…and the last date is 31st march….????????sir how we would be able to apply????

  2. So will clat 2017 have an age limit? If no, when will the site get updated because as of now it’s still showing an age bar of 20 years

  3. In the above passage its written that the Bench of Justices showed their dissatisfaction by the interim measures taken by the BCI, so does that mean that the age limit could be changed by CLAT 2018 and it could again be restricted to 20 for GENERAL category and 22 for the reserved category.

  4. Is it likely that the 2018 CLAT will have an age limit? I am 20 now in open category and I intend to give CLAT another try. Can you please give me your best opinion?