All the CLAT aspirants are continuously looking for the confirmed information on the changes in the CLAT eligibility criteria this year. And the biggest question that is raising in their mind is whether these changes will persist in the coming days or be restricted to this particular year only. Well! here we are with all the updates. Since, it is important for you to know all that is revolving around CLAT 2018 criteria, here we are discussing CLAT 2018 Age Limit.

Through CLAT, one can get admission to top Law colleges in India. And When it comes to eligibility, the organizing committee of the exam decides the standards on which the candidates are tested and allowed to appear for the exam. The selection process also indicates that for a candidate to appear in the test, it is mandatory to check whether the candidate satisfies all the eligibility conditions.

These conditions usually remain the same, but with the continuous increase in numbers and the desire to improve the quality of the test measures, the authority may implement new changes as found the suitable time to time. A similar case has come up front through CLAT.

CLAT is a centralized test meant to determine admissions to 18 prominent law colleges of India. A candidate who has passed his Higher Secondary Examination (HSE or 12th class) can take admission to integrated undergraduate courses by clearing CLAT. In addition to the academic requirements, there are other points which form part of the Eligibility criteria. One such factor is AGE LIMIT which we are going to discuss now.

Limit on upper age was re-introduced last year. According to age limit criteria, for CLAT UG, candidates should be less than Twenty (20) years of age as on 1st July (UR / NRIs / NRI Sponsored), or less than Twenty Two (22) years of age as on 1st July  (SC / ST / OBC / Specially Abled Persons (SAP)). 

After much controversies, above-mentioned upper age limit was removed. Those even older than stated age were allowed to apply. Now, law aspirants are eager to know fate regarding CLAT 2018 Age Limit.

A lot of discussions has also been going on over social media and other discussion forums that from CLAT 2018 onwards, there will be NO AGE BAR for appearing in CLAT 2018. One of the visitors commented that “There will be no upper age limit in CLAT 2018”. The same has been reported to be notified by The Allahabad High Court in its judgment against the Bar Council of India. The BCI had implemented the upper age limit of 20 years for admission in integrated law courses.

Till 2014, the age restriction was 20 years for candidates who belonged to General Category. This cap was removed in 2015 and 2016. The age bar was reintroduced in 2017 initially, but as of now, it has been removed. According to unofficial websites, 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 category will be considered eligible for applying to Common Law Aptitude Test- CLAT 2018. But, Supreme court has made it clear that NO AGE LIMIT will be applicable from now on.

What Officials has to say?

According to the notification that has been uploaded on the website of CLAT, it states that in the light of the judgment passed by the Honorable Supreme Court’s on 3rd March 2017, any law aspirant can fill the CLAT application form irrespective of his/her age. Therefore, candidates seeking admission to LLB courses would be able to apply to CLAT 2018 without the restriction of age limit.

The order was passed by the Bench headed by Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao Where they clearly expressed their dissatisfaction at the interim measure taken by the BCI to raise the age-limit to 22 years for the 5 year’s course and 45 years for the 3 year’s course. The Bench posted the case for final hearing in the 03rd week of July. and now the final verdict by SC is yet to be declared. Till then, it is to be taken that CLAT 2018 will have NO AGE BAR.

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