CLAT to Have No Age Limit: HC Passes Interim Order After PIL by NLSIU Students

A PIL by Kshitij Sharma and Abhishek Rao (two 1st year students of NLSIU Bangalore) for removal of the age limit for CLAT aspirants has borne results.

The division bench of  Hon’ble Rajasthan High Court comprising of  Acting Chief Justice Sunil Ambwani and Justice Prakash Gupta  has passed an interim order removing the maximum age limit i.e. 20 years for General and 22 years for SC/ST candidates for appearing in  the Common Law Admission Test conducted for admission into 16  National Law Universities across India.

It has also directed the CLAT body that the HC’s interim order be placed on the CLAT website.

The Chief Justice observed that one cannot be prevented from obtaining quality legal education because of his age as even Bar Council rules for legal education have also withdrawn the age criteria for legal education in India.

The court observed that a large population in India still lives in rural areas where the average age of passing out senior secondary is 19 years or 20 years and thus those students are left with no opportunity to seek admission into the NLU’s.

RMLNLU Lucknow which is organizing CLAT 2015 will file its reply by March 12.

Read the interim order HERE.

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  1. Now can we remove the age limit for civil services too? It would especially help general category students who find it hard as it is to get public sector jobs due to reservation.

  2. Khud Guru says:

    CLAT, unlike the international SAT exam, includes 25% weightage for General Knowledge. About half of this section is devoted to Static General Knowledge.

    Static General Knowledge of a human being grows and expands with age due to wider exposure, experience and knowledge acquisition in a variety of domains.

    This is the only reason why scientifically-designed Global Talent Search exams such as SAT — whose scores are recognized by all top universities of the world — do not include a test of static general knowledge.

    And this is also the only reason why even the Indian Civil Services exam has an upper age limit — because it tests static general knowledge.

    If CLAT has no upper age limit, then the test of static general knowledge must be eliminated.

    If not, then unfortunately, the test is rendered unscientific and incapable of identifying the best talent — which is the sole purpose and motive for holding this all-India exam.

  3. True and substantial Justice, finally.
    Matches expectation of various candidates.

  4. akahay lodhi says:

    this is something unexpected happened but thank god that there is no age limit for clat.
    It is a great news for the students like us. who will be 20 before clat2015 feeling very excited ..:) 🙂 #akshay lodhi

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