AIBE – Evolution of the All India Bar Examination Syllabus

evolution of the AIBE all india bar exam syllabus

The AIBE- All India Bar Examination, conducted by the Bar Council of India (BCI) has become a prerequisite for practising law in India.

The advantage of an open-book exam like the AIBE is that you can carry in the essential reference material. The disadvantage is that with such a vast syllabus, it becomes unproductive if you end up carrying full-version material for all the subjects.

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Just imagine carrying with you all the text books from your three or five year LLB – since that is the syllabus of the AIBE!

The best approach would be to understand the patterns of the question paper and the weightage given to each area. Topics with the most number of questions are likely to have questions taken from relatively obscure sub-sections of the bare acts. Topics with just two odd questions are likely to be tested on the main and prominent sections of the act or on the high level understanding of that law.

We analysed the syllabus from the last six iterations of the exam – AIBE XII (12) 2018, AIBE XI (11) 2017, AIBE X (10) 2017,  AIBE IX (9) 2016,  AIBE VIII (8) 2015 and AIBE VII (7) 2014.  The papers from 2011 to 2013 have not been considered for this analysis due to the change in pattern and syllabus from 2014 onward.

As the exam has evolved, the BCI has been fine-tuning the AIBE syllabus based on the changes made to the prescribed LLB syllabus, followed by all Universities in India; and also to make it more relevant with the real-world scenario that a practicing lawyer is likely to face.

Given that the entire contents of a 3 or 5 year LLB are compressed within 100 multiple choice questions, it is certainly a challenge to decide the weight-age for each topic.

This is how the AIBE – All India Bar Examination syllabus has evolved over the years:

 Topic / Subject2014
VII
2015
VIII
2016
IX
2017
X
2017
XI
2018
XII
Administrative Law333333
Alternative Dispute Redressal including Arbitration Act444444
Cr.P.C (Criminal Procedure Code)101010101010
Evidence Act888888
Professional Ethics & Cases of Professional Misconduct under BCI rules444444
C.P.C (Code of Civil Procedure)555101010
Constitutional Law555101010
Family Law222888
I.P.C (Indian Penal Code)666888
Company Law444222
Cyber Law555222
Environmental Law555222
Labour & Industrial Laws666444
Law of Contract, Specific Relief, Property Laws, Negotiable Instrument Act151515888
Law of Tort, including Motor Vehicle Act and Consumer Protection Law666555
Public Interest Litigation – – –444
Intellectual Property Laws – – –222
Land Acquisition Act – – –222
Law related to Taxation – – –444
Corporate Social Responsibility222 – – –
Jurisprudence333 – – –
Limitation Act222 – – –
Public International Law555 – – –

The following five topics have seen no change in weightage. Together, they account for 29% of the total marks – (1) Administrative Law, (2) Alternative Dispute Redressal including Arbitration Act, (3) Cr.P.C (Criminal Procedure Code), (4) Evidence Act, (5) Professional Ethics & Cases of Professional Misconduct under BCI rules.

The weightage for these four topics has been increased; to the extent that they now account for 36% of the exam – (1) C.P.C – Code of Civil Procedure, (2) Constitutional Law, (3) Family Law, (4) I.P.C – Indian Penal Code.

If we focus on the above two groups, they will cover 65% of the exam; which is more than sufficient to clear the AIBE!

The weightage for these five areas has been reduced, though they still cover 23% of the exam – (1) Company Law, (2) Cyber Law, (3) Environmental Law, Labour & Industrial Laws, (4) Law of Tort – including Motor Vehicle Act and Consumer Protection Law, (5) Law of Contract, Specific Relief, Property Laws, Negotiable Instrument Act.

Four areas have been newly added into the exam, to replace four areas which have been dropped out.

The new inclusions which cover 12% of the exam are (1) Intellectual Property Laws, (2) Land Acquisition Act, (3) Public Interest Litigation, (4) Law related to Taxation.

Dropped from AIBE X – (1) Corporate Social Responsibility, (2) Jurisprudence, (3) Limitation Act, (4) Public International Law

The last changes in the syllabus were in 2017, with the AIBE X, post which there have been no changes in the  syllabus for AIBE XI (2017) and XII (2018).

Overall, the syllabus now seems to be moving more towards the areas of law that will be handled by a majority of the practicing lawyers in India; especially when they are starting off their careers.

 

The areas where the weight has been reduced or which have been dropped completely are those which are predominantly managed by corporate ‘Legal Officers’ or by senior lawyers specializing in these areas.

AIBE XIII (13) Mock Tests - Sample Papers & Previous Papers Online Practice Pack :
  • Nine Previous AIBE Question Papers - AIBE IV to AIBE XII (2014 to 2018)
  • Fifty Full-Length AIBE XIII (13) Mock Tests - Sample Papers  from a Question Bank of over 9500 AIBE specific questions
  • Fifty Mini-Mock Tests - 25 Questions each, for quick practice sessions
  • Each Mock test - Sample Papers can be attempted unlimited number of times for consistent practice
  • This practice pack is complete online and can be accessed anytime - anywhere via Smart phones, Laptops, Desktops and Tablets
  • Note : No hard-copies are included.
Inclusive of all taxes

Pay through Credit-Debit cards, Net-Banking, UPI or Wallets
We use PayTM & Instamojo gateways for secure payments

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