All about AIBE (All India Bar Examination)
AIBE is a post qualification examination. Which means that, this exam is to be taken after you clear your LL.B.
This exam is mandatory for all those who want to practice law in any court or tribunal of India as an advocate. It is conducted once or twice a year.
The Bar Council Of India (BCI) conducts this exam to maintain a good standard of practising lawyers in the Bar.
Mode of Exam: Offline
Exam Level: National level
Exam Format: Objective (MCQ based)
It’s an open book examination. BCI allows you to carry all your study material. Example: Bare Acts, books, notes, etc. except for anything in the electronic form. So students carrying huge bags of study material is a common sight at any AIBE exam center 😀 .
Who can apply for the exam?
- You need to have qualified bachelor degree in law either five-year integrated or three-year LL.B. programme
- A law degree awarded by any Indian institute
- A citizen of India
- You must be enrolled with any State Bar Council and must possess an Advocate ID Card & Enrollment Certificate (issued by the State Bar Council)
- If you belong to any of the reserved categories (SC/ST/EBC/PwD) then you need to have the respective certificates for claiming the reservation
Enrolment in your State Bar Council (SBC)
For enrolment in your SBC you have to first buy a form for the same from your respective SBC after payment of the form fees with a receipt of the fees paid.
Then you have submit the said form along with certain documents and pay certain specified fees (which vary from state to state) to the SBC as part of the enrolment fees and Rs.150 to the Bar Council of India as part of the enrolment procedure.
Usually for enrolling into your State Bar Council the requirements are:
- Passing Certificate of your Graduation.
- Mark sheets of your Law examinations.
- Address proof.
- An Undertaking in case of any gap in regular education.
- Passport size photographs in dress code of an advocate.
- 2 Demand drafts, one for your State Bar Council and other Rs.150 DD for Bar Council of India.
Apart from the above, some requirements may vary from state to state. All the required documents must be attested. While, there are some states which may accept the documents without attestation.
HOT tip-Make soft copies of all your imp documents, because you will need it while filing the application form.
Online Application Procedure
- Go to the allindiabarexamination.com website. Click the ‘Register here’ link on the left side menu of the home page.
- Fill the Registration Form, upload your documents. Enter your Enrolment number (Your State Bar Council Enrolment number) with the State Code accurately, as per your Enrolment Certificate. Use your current and active mobile number, email address in the AIBE form.
- ‘Save’ after completion – on last page. After that your AIBE Registration Number & Password will be generated and sent to your mobile number & email ID.
- Check your email ID for AIBE Registration number & Password. Note these details in your pc or mobile. Also, take a print-out for your records.
- Go to the home page of allindiabarexamination.com. Click on the ‘Login Here’ link on the left side menu of the page. Enter your Registration Number & Password. Click on the ‘Login’ button.
- After you successfully login, you will see your registration details. Double check all the details. Click on the ‘Print Challan’ button to print the State Bank of India payment slip. If your details are incorrect, contact AIBE help desk numbers or the official email address for corrections.
- After clicking on the ‘Print Challan’ button, you will see the SBI payment challan. Take a print out of the challan.
- It takes around 24 hours after registration, for challan details to get activated for payment.
- Complete the payment in the bank and retain the sealed & signed Candidate copy of the challan with you. (You can also keep a soft copy of the challan as a picture on your mobile phone.)
- Scan the document. Keep a soft-copy of the document ready for upload into the AIBE website.
- Wait for at least 24 hours, for AIBE to update the SBI payment details in their website. Login into your account. On your profile page where you see your Registration details, click on the ‘Upload Challan & Details’ button. Upload page will appear.
- Upload the soft-copy of the challan and enter the ‘journal number’, ‘branch code’ & ‘date of challan’ exactly as mentioned on the student copy of the challan copy. Click the ‘submit’ button.
- Go back to the Registration details page. Click on the ‘Application Form’ button. Take a print out of the complete Application Form for your reference.
- Double check your details, photograph & signature on the application form. If there are any errors or missing details, kindly contact the AIBE help desk numbers or send them an email.
- Your registration is now complete! Finally, you will login to the AIBE website once the admit cards are ready.
- Download + print a copy of admit card.
One very important doubt which arises in the mind of every fresh law graduate is that…
Can I practice law immediately after completing my LLB, without clearing the AIBE ?
- Yes, you can. After LLB, you will have to enroll yourself in the rolls of your State Bar Council. You will receive a ‘Certificate of Enrolment’. Then you have to submit an Undertaking to your SBC as per the guidelines of BCI provided here – http://www.barcouncilofindia.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Undertaking-for-Provisional-Practice.pdf, after which you can start your practice. In addition, you will have a two-year window to clear the AIBE and continue practicing law.
If you do not clear the AIBE within two years from the date of enrolment with the State Bar Council, you will have to stop practicing law.
You can continue to take the next AIBE exam. You can recommence your law practice after you clear the AIBE and receive the ‘Certificate of Practice’ from BCI.
All other FAQs related to AIBE are provided on the below link
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