After NEET Approval, Demands for 27% OBC Reservation in Law Colleges Surface

New Delhi, 10 January, 2022: Recently, the government has approved a 27% reservation quota for medical admissions of Other Backward Classes (OBC) category students. Now, law aspirants belonging to the OBC category have also put forward their demand for a similar reservation quota, for admissions in law colleges through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).ย 

Note: Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralized national level entrance test for admissions to 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. Most of the private and self-financed law schools in India also use these scores for law admissions.

Demand for OBC Reservation in CLAT 2022

  • Various student groups have written to the Prime Minister regarding taking strict measures for the implementation of Other Backward Classes (OBC) reservations in the All India Quota seats in the Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) courses at the National Law Universities.ย 
  • The All India OBC Students Association or AIOBCSA has also urged the government to address this issue seriously and direct the National Law Universities (NLUs) to offer admissions under the All India Quota and implement the OBC reservation with full force.

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  • Currently, some NLUs do not offer admissions under the All India Quota (AIQ) seats and do not follow any specific reservation criteria in AIQ as well. Reservations for SC and ST category students are also not followed.ย ย 
  • Out of 23 NLUs, only Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, National University of Study in Research in Law, Ranchi, and Dr. BR Ambedkar National University, Sonepat have completely implemented 27% OBC reservations in AIQ.ย ย ย ย 
  • Hence, the OBC Students Association has addressed the need to have a common reservation policy for law admissions offered under the All India Quota.ย 
  • The body has asked the Union Government to consider the implementation of a proper reservation for CLAT aspirants belonging to the OBC category.ย ย 

Also Read: CLAT Syllabus โ€“ Syllabus Guidelines, Subjects and Format

What is CLAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria?

  • The candidate must have completed LLB (5-year or 3-year) from a university recognised by the Bar Council of India (BCI).
  • Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in April or May 2022, are also eligible to apply for CLAT LLM 2022. However, such candidates will have to produce proof of their qualification at the time of counselling and seat allotment.
  • There is no prescribed age limit for appearing in CLAT 2022. The candidates can appear in CLAT UG/PG as many times as they want.

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