The All India Bar Examination [AIBE] came into existence in the year 2010 through a notification passed by the Legal Education Committee and the Bar Council of India. The main objective of the All India Bar Examination [AIBE] is to examine an Advocate’s capability to practice the profession of law in India.
Upon successful completion of the AIBE, candidates are awarded a “Certificate of Practice” which entitles them to practice law in India. Also, it is to be noted that the All India Bar Examination [AIBE] is a post-enrolment qualification and is only open for candidates who have enrolled themselves at their rspective State Bar Councils. To clarify further, a law student can get enrolled as an advocate, even form a law firm, but cannot practice before a Court of law without clearing the All India Bar Examination [AIBE].
The All India Bar Examination [AIBE] is conducted across 39 cities [as of now] and offers candidates the freedom to select their examination language from any of the 11 different languages offered. The exam [AIBE] contains 100 multiple-choice-questions [MCQs] and is an ‘open book exam’.
According to the information provided by the Bar Council of India [BCI] in response to an RTI application filed by an Advocate, more than 55,000 advocates had appeared in the first three AIBEs:
All Indian Bar Exam I
All Indian Bar Exam II
All Indian Bar Exam III
The ninth All India Bar Examination [AIBE IX] was originally scheduled to be held on December 13, 2015 but was later postponed to 06 March, 2016. The registration deadline for the same was extended till 10 February, 2016.
Important Dates [AIBE IX]
10 Feb 2016: Registration Closes
11 Feb 2016: Last Date for Payment of Challan
13 Feb 2016: Last Date for Completion of Online Form
25 Feb 2016: Online Release of Admit Cards
06 Mar 2016: All India Bar Examination in various cities across India.
The syllabus for AIBE IX is same as that of the previous two AIBEs – VII & VIII. It is to be noted that in June 2014 the syllabus for AIBE VII was revised and 4 new subjects were added to the old syllabus. Additional details as well as the syllabus for AIBE IX can be accessed here.
Sample Paper and Material [Provided to Advocates appearing in the First All India Bar Examination]
Advocates who appeared for the earlier three AIBEs were provided with sample papers and materials. The same can be downloaded from here. However, it should be noted that BCI has drastically changed the syllabus and pattern of AIBE from 2012 onwards and this material has thus become outdated.
Chairman of the Bar Council of India, Gopal Subramanium, speaking about the role of the All India Bar Examination [AIBE] in the Bar Council’s agenda for reform of legal education.
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