How to pass the AIBE – All India Bar Exam

An analysis of how to prepare and easily pass the AIBE - All India Bar Exam.

This is one of our most popular articles; which is essentially an answer to an oft asked question – “ How to pass the All India Bar Exam ?

While new LLB graduates will still be relatively fresh and familiar with their LLB syllabus, practicing advocates who have to take the Bar Exam after several years of practice may be out of touch with the academic aspects of the topics that are outside their regular practice areas. From their perspective, the above question will be more pertinent, since the objective is to clear the AIBE without interrupting their practice.

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There are two ways to look at the entire preparation process for the AIBE – All India Bar Exam :

The first approach is to consider the AIBE XI preparation as an opportunity to brush up on the various topics you have studied during your LLB. This approach is also useful if you are preparing for the Judicial Services Exams or taking up LLM entrance exams. Here, you will study all the 19 to 20 areas covered in the exam syllabus.

The second approach is to lower your target – to just clear or pass the AIBE, with the least possible effort. This approach is useful if you are already a practicing lawyer or intend to take up a corporate job. This will be a more focused study of only the most essential topics to pass the AIBE.

LawMint prep courses are designed for both of these approaches. Our ‘Essentials’ courses covers the AIBE syllabus in such a way that you will spend the least amount of time and effort to clear the exam.

Our ‘Comprehensive’ courses covers the syllabus in depth and also helps you simultaneously prepare for State Judicial Services and LLM Entrance Exams of various Universities.

Before moving ahead, let us understand the format and the pass criteria for the All India Bar Exam.

  • The AIBE is an Open book, MCQ – Multiple Choice Question based examination
  • There will be 100 questions of 1 mark each, to be answered in 3 hours and 30 minutes (210 minutes in total)
  • To pass the exam, you will need to score 40% i.e. You will have to correctly answer at least 40 questions
  • There is no negative marking; as long as you have at least 40 correct answers, any number of wrong answers will not affect your scores
  • Since the results will only be a Pass / Fail and no specific scores will be given to candidates, you can simply target to correctly answer anywhere up to 50* questions and safely ignore the rest.

* Though you will need only 40 correct answers to pass, we recommend an additional buffer of at least 10 questions to account for any eventualities

Next, let us understand syllabus and the patterns of the All India Bar Exam

  • The questions will be from 19 – 20 areas of Law, that are part of the 3 year and 5 year LLB syllabus – approved by the BCI
  • Of the above areas, there are some topics which have a higher weightage than others. (Read our article on the evolution of the AIBE syllabus for in-depth analysis.)
  • The following nine topics account for 65% of the total marks i.e. 65 questions out of the total 100
    (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,
    (6) C.P.C – Code of Civil Procedure,
    (7) Constitutional Law,
    (8) Family Law,
    (9) I.P.C – Indian Penal Code.
  • These five topics cover 23% of the questions and are relatively straightforward
    (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 newly included topics from AIBE X 2017 which cover 12% of the exam are
    (1) Intellectual Property Laws,
    (2) Land Acquisition Act,
    (3) Public Interest Litigation,
    (4) Law related to Taxation.

What should you focus on ?

  • Theoretically, if you focus on and master the topics which have a higher weightage, you should clear or pass the AIBE ; but there is a caveat: Higher weightage means that the questions can be from relatively obscure sections of the bare acts or on interpretations of the act. So focusing only on these nine topics is very risky.
  • On the other hand, the topics which have lesser weightage have questions covering the main parts of the act or are relatively simpler ‘interpretive’ questions.

So the most ideal approach is a low-to-high approach, where we start off by focusing on the topics with the lower weightage. Study the bare act, understand the overall structure of the act and then attempt at least 100 questions from each topic.

Next we move on to the areas with higher weightage. These will require a more in-depth study since the questions here will more likely be interpretive and from case laws – not a straight bare-act based.

Subjects (From All India Bar Exam X & XI Syllabi)Questions
Company Law2
Cyber Law2
Environmental Law2
Intellectual Property Laws2
Land Acquisition Act2
Administrative Law3
Alternative Dispute Redressal including Arbitration Act4
Labour & Industrial Laws4
Professional Ethics & Cases of Professional Misconduct under BCI rules4
Public Interest Litigation4
Law related to Taxation4
Law of Tort, including Motor Vehicle Act and Consumer Protection Law5
Evidence Act8
Family Law8
I.P.C (Indian Penal Code)8
Law of Contract, Specific Relief, Property Laws, Negotiable Instrument Act8
C.P.C (Code of Civil Procedure)10
Constitutional Law10
Cr.P.C (Criminal Procedure Code)10

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.
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The bottom line is that the best way to prepare for the AIBE – All India Bar Examination  is practice, practice and more practice. Just take as many mock tests as possible and analyse your results. Focus on your ‘weak areas’ and you will sail through the AIBE exams!

Your comments and feedback are welcome. Check out the evolution of the AIBE syllabus to understand how the exam has evolved over the years.

How to pass the AIBE – All India Bar Exam
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