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MH CET Law Eligibility Criteria 2023

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : May 5, 2023


Eligibility is as important in any of the Competitive examinations in India. This eligibility is set to determine whether or not the participant's presence is justified in the competition, and if any discrepancy is found they are immediately eliminated and exempted from their claims of candidature in the MH CET Examination.

The MH CET Law Eligibility Criteria is set by the DHE Maharashtra, where the candidate has to abide by the predetermined parameters to be an acceptable candidate and to seek admission in the law colleges across Maharashtra.

This Eligibility Criteria include the restrictive rules regarding nationality, Score, aggregate marking in the latest academic endeavor, etc. This examination is designed and constructed by the State CET authority to enable students to get themselves enrolled in the prestigious law colleges all across Maharashtra in the course of their choice (Either 3-year LLB or 5 years LLB).

And given the competition is constantly rising with each academic year, vulture eye monitoring is important to improve the examination standard.

So be careful about fitting in all the criteria created by the examination authority so that you can proceed further with your application and examination approval.

MH CET Law 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Before jumping to the eligibility criteria prescribed for each category separately, we will look into the generalized Eligibility Criteria set for candidates who don't fall under any specific segments. Also, these Terms and Conditions apply to candidates who will later apply on criterion-based Segments. So let's go through the list of those required traits:

Before proceeding with the MH CET Law Application Form, you must check whether you have satisfied the eligibility or not.

MH CET Law Nationality 2023

The Applicants, irrespective of the choice of their courses, need to be the ones having Citizenship in India even if their parents are NRIs.

MH CET Law Age limit 2023

Candidates, particularly the one who is applying for the 3 years long LLB Course, don't have to fit in the age limit bar as there is no age limit for them.

MH CET Law Eligibility: Qualification

If you are applying for a 5-year LLB course, you must have completed class 12 or equivalent from a recognized university to apply for the entrance exam.

If you are applying for a 3-year LLB course, you must have completed your graduation recognized university.

Those who have finished their final year papers but are awaiting the results to get declared are eligible to apply for the MH CET Law Entrance Exam.

*Candidates looking for the 5 years course are suggested to apply right after their 12th, or they might have to face scrutiny in the counselling round regarding their academic gaps. 

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MH CET Law Eligibility Criteria 2023: Qualification for Domicile candidate of Maharashtra 

Those having Maharashtra Domicile are broadly divided into 5 segments who will be considered as domicile candidates only if they fulfill the term and conditions listed below:

Segment 1 Candidates are the original resident of Maharashtra itself and have shifted nowhere else. 
Segment 2 Both the parents or the parents have the domicile certificate of Maharashtra itself.
Segment 3 Both the parents or either of the parents are employed under the Central Government job and have the Maharashtra Domicile at the time of applying for the MH CET Examination.
Segment 4 Parents, either both or one, have to be State Government employees or in the sector that is now functional under the Maharashtra Government.
Segment 5 Candidates speaking Marathi as their first language and must have cleared the 12th-grade examination from the area which befalls on the disputed Karnataka - Maharashtra Border

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MH CET Law 2023 Eligibility Criteria: Qualification for Students across India 

One common criterion which makes Candidates eligible to fulfill the MH CET Examination form irrespective of their domicile is their nationality.

So every candidate who has identified as an Indian Citizen is welcomed by the State CET Examination council to submit the form, become a part of this Competitive Law Entrance Examination, and win admission to Maharashtra Law Schools.

This is mandatory for candidates hailing from Minority, as well as SC/ST, EWS, and Handicapped Applicants of the MH CET 2023. 

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MH CET Law Qualification for Minority Segment

Any community is considered a Minority in an area where the population of the community is relatively smaller than the other communities dwelling in the same society. This classic could be based on religion, language, or ethnicity.

Hence, every community identified as a Minority under the State legislation of Maharashtra is allowed to apply and be a part of this examination.

As per the Section 2 C of the National Committee of the Minority Act 1992, Segments like Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jain, and Zoroastrians (Parsis) have all been designated the status of minorities in Maharashtra, and the candidates from these backdrops are equally eligible to participate in the examination. 

MH CET Law Qualification for NRI/OCI & PIO Status

Candidates with a background of NRI/ OCI and PIO status don't require applying and contest the competitive examination because they are eligible to appear directly for the CAP round.

However, this depends on their Selection based on their merit. 

Here are a few useful tips to enhance your Logical Reasoning Preparation for the MH CET Law Exam.

MH CET Law Qualification for Candidates having Migrants Status (Jammu & Kashmir)

This category is comparatively vast and includes the candidates who are

  • Brian of the Citizens hailing from the borders area of Jammu and Kashmir or are victims of terrorist Violence but was relocated to a different part of Indian regions from 1990 onwards. 
  • Candidates who are the brains of the officials posted on the prestigious IAS or IPS Segment (Operational under the Central Government) In addition to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) candidates. Additionally, the Candidates hail from the Indian Military background and are specifically deployed in Kashmir. (Their joining has to be of recent date, the candidates with currently deployed parents will be considered under the J&K Category).
  • Children of the Staff of Paramedical, Army, CSF, and BSF, who are all deployed in Kashmir as the terrorism resistance squad, will be considered under the same reservation category. 


*The 2nd and 3rd criteria apply only to the parents as well as candidates themselves who have been living in J&K and their parents are still in the service period 

MH CET Law Qualification: The Academic Achievement

As mentioned earlier, the academic demand of each of the courses is different; hence Students willing to apply in different segments need to have different qualifications in possession to be able to fill the form and submit the same and also to get their candidature entertained further.

Read moreLegal Reasoning Preparation Tips for MH CET Law Exam.

MH CET Law Eligibility requirement for 5 years Integrated LLB

  • The candidates must have a degree That is equivalent to the 12th or SSC, and it should be from the Maharashtra board or the Central Board like CBSE or ICSE board. 
  • Students need to have a minimum percentage of 45% (For the General, OBC, etc.); however, the candidates hailing from the SC/ST section are provided with a relaxation of 5%
  • Brian's who doesn't have a domicile in Maharashtra will fall under the listed OPEN category irrespective of their caste enlistment.
  • Candidates who have appeared for the 12th examination in the years 2022-2023 will be considered eligible if they clear the examination and can get their Marksheet for verification at the time of the CAP with the minimum quoted percentage.
  • Students lacking the basic education from Face to Face mode (10th) and have appeared for 12th from the open board are not the candidates who are likely to get accepted for the MH CET 2023.

MH CET Law Eligibility requirement for 3 years LLB

  • Individuals seeking candidature in this category need to have a Graduation degree in their possession. This has to be obtained from the Central or the State University recognized by the UGC and accredited by NAAC.
  • In the semester, you have to score such numbers, which can make an aggregate of 45% in the final results and 40% for the SC/ ST, or your application will be declined.
  • Candidates awaiting the results are allowed to apply but with the condition of procurement of either the original mark sheet and certificate or Provisional Marksheet and Certificate at the time of Counselling. 

Read more: Paper Pattern for the MH CET Law Exam

MH CET Law 2023 Eligibility Criteria: Seat allotment and Reservation

A fair and Square reservation policy is applicable to all the colleges participating in the MH CET to ensure that fair distribution of seats must occur to promote intellectual equality among different segments of society.

This rule is uniformly applied to all forms of educational departments in Maharashtra, irrespective of the course they offer; those reservation policies are as follows:

  • 85% of the seats will be allocated to the students who have Maharashtra's domicile across all the institution's nature.
  • 10% of seats are allocated to the students who don't have Maharashtrian domicile but are Indian Citizens.
  • NRI/OCI/PIO Candidates secure 5% of the total seats available for admission through the MH CET in all Law colleges Operational in Maharashtra.
  • Completely unaided institutions are liable to provide 65% of their total strength to the students having the Maharashtrian Domicile.
  • Institutions of Minorities have gone under private management, are unaided, and have their 51% seat reserved for respective minority communities.
  • NRI/OCI/PIO has direct claims on the seats at unaided private institutions running in the state of Maharashtra, which involves a 5% defined quota for this category as well. 
Categories of Law School Percentage of seats allocated 
CAP Seats
Domicile Maharashtra  AI Candidature  Reservation for NRI/OCI/PIO  Allotment to Minorities 
Public Institutions (Give Funded) 85% 10% 5% -
Minority Institution (aided) 85% 10% 5% 50%
University & Department  35% 10% 5% -
Govt Institution  85% 10% 5% -

The division and allocation of seats in the University Department across Maharashtra are as follows. 

Categories of Law School Percentage of seats allocated 
CAP Seats
Domicile Maharashtra  AI Candidature  Quota for Minorities Seats under the Institution reservation policy (NRI/OCI/PIO)
Vina Audit Institution (unaided) 65% 15% - 20%
Vina Audit minority unaided institute  MS seat 100% 15% 51% 20%
Self-financed department courses across Universities General degree Universities in Maharashtra  65% 15% - 20%

Frequently Asked Questions

It is stated earlier too that the minimum expected marks that will make anyone an eligible applicant for the MH CET Examination is a minimum of 45% score and 40% for the SC/ST. A grade less than this will face direct rejection and no queries will be entertained. 
Yes, whether or not a candidate has a Maharashtrian Domicile, as long as it has Indian Citizenship then they are eligible to apply for the MH CET Examination.
The new Revised eligibility criteria released by the State CET examination authority States that every candidate having the Domicile of Maharashtra will be exempted from the 45% score cap and will be accepted if they have at least 40% aggregate score in their 12th or Graduation which is considered as an additional benefit for the state's native. 
Yes, irrespective of the management body the MH CET results are acceptable across all the aided-unaided, Public, and Private Law Colleges in Maharashtra, even the University offering law as its department Course considers MH CET score and deems it valid for admission.
Till the 12th it is considered the basic level of education and students are advised to attend in face-to-face mode. If you attend that in Open mode then it questions the credibility you have. Having basic knowledge is critical to establishing your credibility and claiming your candidature. 


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