What is All India Bar Examination?
The All India Bar Examination (AIBE) is an exam to test an advocate’s ability to practice the profession of law in India. The All India Bar Examination (AIBE) was conducted for the first time on December 5, 2010, by the Bar Council of India.
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The Bar Council of India (BCI) awards a “Certificate of Practice” to advocates who clear the AIBE. The certificate will be mailed to the advocate’s address within 30 days of the declaration of the AIBE results.
Candidates who do not clear All India Bar Examination in their first attempt can appear for it the next time and clear it to obtain your Certificate of Practice. Candidates can write the All India Bar Exam only after they have enrolled as an advocate with a State Bar Council. There is no limit on the number of times an advocate can appear for the AIBE.
SC/ST category will not get any benefits for attempting the All India Bar Examination.
This year, 2013, it is the fifth AIBE that is being held. Till 2009, law graduates could start practice after passing their final year law exams and signing up with a local bar group.
According to the BCI (Bar Council of India), the AIBE is not for getting license of Advocate, as believed by all, but for getting a ‘Certificate of Practice’, after getting the license of Advocate. This test will be conducted every six months by the Bar Council of India (BCI), the apex statutory body to regulate the legal education and profession in the country.
Candidates are free to choose an examination centre of their convenience. The test will have 100 multiple-choice questions spread across various subjects.
All India Bar Examination Eligibility Criteria
The All India Bar Examination shall be mandatory for all law students graduating from the academic year 2009-2010 onwards.
Advocates may apply to appear for the All India Bar Examination only after enrolling as an advocate under Section 24 of the Advocates Act, 1961.
Advocates will have to submit suitable proof of the enrollment along with the application form for the All India Bar Examination
All India Bar Examination Exam Format:
The All India Bar Exam (AIBE) will be an open book test. Candidates may bring any reading material or study aid that they choose, such as the preparatory materials provided for the All India Bar Examination, textbooks and treatises, and even handwritten notes.
Advocates will not be allowed to bring any electronic device, such as laptop computers, mobile phones, or any device equipped with a radio transceiver (such as pagers) to the examination centre.
All India Bar Examination Test pattern:
The All India Bar Examination will be a multiple-choice paper.
The questions will be divided into ‘knowledge-based’ and ‘reasoning’ questions, and candidates will be allowed a maximum of three hours and thirty minutes (3 hours 30 minutes) to complete the All India Bar Examination.
The All India Bar Examination will have one hundred (100) multiple-choice questions spread across various subjects.
The subjects are taken from the syllabi prescribed by the Bar Council of India for the 3 years and 5 years LL.B. programmes at law schools in India.