Compared to the previous year, CLAT 2017 witnessed a 13 percent increase in the number of applications. Dr. A. Laxminath, Convener of CLAT 2017 revealed that around 51,000 applications have been received for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2017. Last year, a total number of 45,041 candidates applied for the national level law examination.
Mr. Laxminath further revealed that around 45,000 candidates have applied for CLAT UG programme and around 6,000 candidates have applied for CLAT PG programme. He indicated that the number of state-wise and gender-wise applicants would be revealed soon.
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He was of the opinion that the reason for the increase in the number of applications was Supreme Court’s decision to put a stay on BCI’s age bar proposal. The decision of Supreme Court was a sigh of relief to the aspiring candidates who are above 20 years of age. Therefore, the number of applications have increased for CLAT UG programme.
Last year, out of 45,041 candidates who applied for CLAT examination, 23,517 were male candidates and 21,520 were female candidates. Interestingly, four students belonging to the transgender community also submitted the applications for CLAT UG programmes.
Earlier, Bar Council of India had imposed an upper age limit to CLAT 2017 examination. As per BCI, the upper age limit for the candidates belonging to General Category was 20 years and 22 years for SC/ ST/ OBC categories. BCI issued an official notification regarding the same on November 10, 2017. In March 2017, the Supreme Court imposed a stay on BCI’s age criterion.
CLAT 2017 will be conducted in an online mode. The online process for CLAT 2017 concluded on March 31, 2017.