AIBE – BCIs Perspectives on All India Bar Exam

BCIs perspectives on the All India Bar Exam AIBE

As we wait for the announcement for the next edition of the AIBE – All India Bar Exam 2018, this post takes a re-look at a couple of old but interesting videos by the Bar Council of India. These videos date back to July 2010, when the AIBE was just about to be launched.

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These videos give an idea about how and why the the AIBE was instituted. In the first video, Gopal Subramanium, then Chairman of the BCI answers two pertinent questions.

  • What is the Bar Council of India’s agenda for reform of Legal Education in India ?
  • How does the All India Bar Exam fit into this agenda ?

The Chairman also references his visit to Australia and observation of the Education Processes in their Universities and how they have also influenced his thoughts on the way forward for legal education in India.

 

Why is the All India Bar Exam – AIBE held around March every year ?

In the second video, Mr. Gopal Subramanium also clarifies on how the schedule of the AIBE is planned.

He clarifies that the first All India Bar Examination was intentionally scheduled in March 2011 to ensure that law graduates across the country had an equal opportunity to give the exam.

If the exam is scheduled before December, it would provide students from those colleges which release their results early, with an undue advantage.

Typically the National Law Schools release their results around December of every year; whereas most University law colleges release their results around the months of July or August.

 

A Senior Counsel, Mr. Gopal Subramanium became BCI’s chairman as an ex-officio member, by way of his being the Solicitor General.

Among the initiatives that were kicked off during Mr. Subramanium’s tenure were the institution of the All India Bar Exam – as the ‘qualifying exam’ for practicing law in India and the standardization of legal education by regulating Law Colleges across India.

Though this information may be outdated, this BCI notification in the Gazette of India captures the essence of what the AIBE is meant to be:


The Bar Council of India resolution at its meeting held on 30 April to amend Part VI, Chapter III of the Bar Council of India Rules (Conditions for Right to Practice) was published in the Gazette of India on June 12, 2010.

The following resolution was adopted by the Bar Council of India on 10 April 2010 to conduct an All India Bar Examination, the passing of which will entitle an advocate to practice law in India. Consequent to the resolution, the following rules were inserted into Part VI, Chapter III of the Bar Council of India Rules.

RESOLVED that as the Bar Council of India is vested with the power of laying down conditions subject to which an advocate shall have the right to practice, these Rules, therefore, lay down such condition of an All India Bar Examination, the passing of which would entitle the advocate to a Certificate of Practice which would permit him/her to practice under Chapter IV of the Advocates Act, 1961.

9. No advocate enrolled under section 24 of the Advocates Act, 1961 shall be entitled to practice under Chapter IV of the Advocates Act, 1961, unless such advocate successfully passes the All India Bar Examination conducted by the Bar Council of India. It is clarified that the Bar Examination shall be mandatory for all law students graduating from academic year 2009-2010 onwards and enrolled as advocates under Section 24 of the Advocates Act, 1961.

The All India Bar Exam

10. (1) The All India Bar Examination shall be conducted by the Bar Council of India.

(a) The Bar Examination shall be held at least twice each year in such month and such places that the Bar Council of India may determine from time to time.

(b) The Bar Examination shall test advocates in such substantive and procedural law areas as the Bar Council of India may determine from time to time.

(c) Such substantive/procedural law areas and syllabi shall be published by the Bar Council of India at least three months prior to the scheduled date of examination.

(d) The percentage of marks required to pass the Bar Examination shall be determined by the Bar Council of India.

(e) An unsuccessful advocate may appear again for the Bar Examination, without any limit on the number of appearances.

(f) The Bar Council of India, through a committee of experts, shall determine the syllabi, recommended readings, appointment of paper setters, moderators, evaluators, model answers, examination hall rules and other related matters.

(g) The Bar Council of India shall determine the manner and format of application for the examination.

(h) Upon successfully passing the Bar Examination, the advocate shall be entitled to a Certificate of Practice.

Application for Certificate of Practice

11. (1) The Certificate of Practice shall be issued by the Bar Council of India to the address of the successful advocate within 30 days of the date of declaration of results.

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  • Each Mock test - Sample Papers can be attempted unlimited number of times for consistent practice
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After a few years of conducting the exam once per year, BCI conducted the exam twice in 2017.

 

Going forward, we expect this to be continued, whereby the exam is conducted once every six months, ensuring little or no disruption in the careers of students who wish to practice as Advocates.

AIBE – BCIs Perspectives on All India Bar Exam
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