Ref. No. 41/1034
In the name of Allah the most gracious the most merciful
The answer to your question is as follows:
‘Alim’ means a person who has deep and comprehensive Islamic knowledge. In our time, the one who completed the customary syllabus of Islamic sciences from a reliable madrasa is called ‘Alim.’
And Allah knows best
Darul Uloom Waqf Deoband
This answer was collected from the official website of Darul Uloom Deoband Waqf. The institution is based in India and the answers are provided in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh.