How to Pass the AIBE – All India Bar Exam

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What is the AIBE – All India Bar Exam ?

The first step is to understand what the AIBE is all about. As the old saying goes – First, know your enemy. Before we move into the prep strategy, we should understand what are we preparing for.

The AIBE is a multiple choice, objective type exam, with no negative marking. It is based on the standard LLB syllabus and the subject-wise marks break-up is published by the Bar Council before the exam.

It is an open book exam – you can carry in any printed material or hand-written notes.

AIBE is a pass-fail exam. You don’t get any all India rank.

Your objective is to score 40% if you are in the General / OBC category or 35% if you are in the SC / ST category.

It doesn’t matter whether you score 99% or 40% in the exam – you will get the same ‘Certificate of practice’.

Who are you competing with ?

In other exams like CLAT PG, you are competing with other candidates for a seat in an NLU. In the AIBE, you are competing with yourself.

You are competing with the question paper – since you need to score at least 40%.

You are competing with time – since you need to answer the questions within the three-hour time limit.

What should be the objective of your prep strategy?

You need to score a minimum of 40% in the exam – which means that at the least, you should answer 40 questions correct.

You will also need to add a ‘margin of safety’ of at least 20 marks.

The objective of your prep strategy is to answer at least 60 questions correctly. Aim for at least 60% and you will comfortably clear the exam. Even if some of your answers are incorrect or the questions themselves are taken out.

Analysis of the most recent AIBE question paper

We analyzed the AIBE XIV question paper to see how the questions are designed.

  • 53 questions could be answered with the help of the bare acts or the constitution
  • 35 questions would require general legal awareness.
  • 12 questions were case based

 

In theory, if you carry copies of all the bare acts as per the syllabus; and the Constitution of India, you can easily pass the exam.

The challenge is in identifying which bare act to refer and how to find the right page or section. All within the limited amount of time you have.

This is where LawMint mock tests are very helpful. With regular practice, you will be able to quickly go to the correct act and section. Answering the required number of questions correctly within the limited amount of time you have for each question.

The Golden Rule – Answer all questions !

This is one critical aspect that we stress upon. You have 100 questions – with 4 options each – and there is no negative marking. Therefore, you should answer all questions.

Even if you don’t know the answer to a particular question, follow this sequence.

  1. First try to eliminate any obviously wrong answers.
  2. Choose the best option from the remaining choices.
  3. If you are completely unsure – just pick any answer randomly.

 

Even if you answer all the questions randomly, the probability is that you will score at least 20 marks.

The AIBE time management strategy

You have 3 hours or 180 minutes for 100 questions – which is quite sufficient.

When you are in the final 20 minutes of your exam, just go to the answer sheet directly. Mark one answer randomly for all the unanswered questions.

The last 10 minutes of the exam should be used to ensure that you have filled in all the required fields correctly. Such as your name, registration number, question paper version.

Also ensure that you have not marked two answers for any question – else, you will not get any marks for that question.

The first pass – second pass strategy

Remember, the objective is to answer 50 – 60 questions correctly; and mark an answer to all the remaining questions – so, manage your time accordingly.

AIBE First Pass answers

Go through the entire question paper first and answer all the ‘general awareness’ or ‘case based’ questions. Since you don’t have to refer to anything – you either know the answer; or you don’t.

If you know the answer – mark it. If you don’t know the answer – guess it.

You should not spend more than 30 seconds per question – which is enough to read the question and answer choices and mark the answers.

Identify the reference acts

During your first pass through the question paper, you can also note down the act or article to refer for the ‘act based’ or ‘constitution based’ questions.

For example – mark all constitution based questions as ‘CN’ in the question paper or note down the question numbers in any space in the material you are carrying. Similarly, mark ‘IPC’ or ‘CPC’ against the relevant questions.

This segregation will help you in saving a lot of time.

AIBE Second Pass answers

After you have finished going through all the questions once; we will move on to the questions that require reference to the bare acts.

You can make use of the time that you have saved in the first pass questions.

Once you open the Constitution of India, you can answer all the questions that are marked ‘CON’. Similarly, you can answer all the ‘IPC’ or ‘CPC’ based questions in one sequence. – Otherwise, you may waste a lot of time in opening and closing the reference material.

The questions in the paper are mostly grouped together by subject; but there may be several stray questions that are mixed up in other subjects. For example – you may find one Evidence act based question in the middle of a group of CPC questions. Since the questions are shuffled in the Sets ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ – read carefully.

Which books should you carry to the AIBE exam ?

Ideally, you should carry all the printed bare acts as per the syllabus.

At the least carry printed copies of the following :

  • I. P. C (Indian Penal Code)
  • C. P. C (Code of Civil Procedure)
  • Cr. P. C (Criminal Procedure Code)
  • Constitution of India
  • Evidence Act
  • Indian Contract Act
  • Specific Relief
  • Negotiable Instrument Act

 

Together, these subjects cover around 50% of the marks in the exam; and they account for a significant part of the act based questions.

How to print the bare acts for AIBE ?

Download the latest versions from the India Code website.

Get the bare acts printed on A4 size sheets, two pages per sheet and use double sides printing.

It will cost you a few hundred rupees – but consider it as an investment in your future.

We have made things a little easier for our LawMint Mock Test users and complied all the essential bare acts into one pack.

Don’t get disqualified !

Remember, you can practice for up to two years without clearing the AIBE and the exam is conducted twice in every year. There is no limit on the number of attempts – so do not do anything stupid and get disqualified !

The reasons for disqualification can be intentional or unintentional.

The most common reasons for unintentional disqualification are :

  • Not filling the application form properly
  • Missing the required documents
  • Not attesting the documents as instructed
  • Incomplete details in the answer-response sheet
  • Question paper and answer sheet ‘Set code’ mismatch. (i.e. student failed to mention the question paper Set code ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ or ‘D’ in the answer sheet.)

 

The main reasons for intentional disqualification are :

  • Not following the instructions in the test center (e.g. communicating with others during the exam.)
  • Trying to copy or cheat.Trying to help other candidates.
  • Carrying any electronic devices – phones, smart-watches etc. into the exam hall.

 

Remember, the Bar Council can permanently disqualify candidates in severe cases. Don’t create problems for yourself.

It is OK if you fail. You can retake the exam after six months.

All the best for your AIBE preparation. Do check out our mock tests pack. If you have any questions or comments – please post below.

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AIBE XVI (16) - Mock Tests - Sample Papers & Previous Papers Online Practice Pack :

  • Twelve Previous AIBE Question Papers - AIBE IV to AIBE XV
  • Seventy Five Full-Length AIBE Mock Tests - Sample Papers  from a Question Bank of over 9500+ AIBE specific questions
  • Each Full Mock Test is designed as a Model Paper
  • 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.
AIBE All India Bar Exam Mock Tests, Previous Papers, Important Bare Acts, Syllabus, Books


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