All about “All India Bar Examination” (in DETAIL with Preparation Strategy).
(Note: These papers papers & preparatory materials have been made publicly available by the BCI)
Do you know, that even after you pass your LLB exam you cannot start representing clients in courts.
All India Bar Examination is an exam which is mandatory for all those who want to practice law in any court of India as an advocate.
AIBE is a post qualification examination. Which means that this exam is to be taken after you clear your LL.B.
It is conducted once or twice a year.
The Bar Council Of India (BCI) conducts this exam to maintain a good standard of practicing lawyers in the Bar.
Mode of Exam: Offline
Exam Level: National level
Exam Format: Objective (MCQ based)
Marks required to pass: 40 marks
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 .
TO APPLY FOR THE EXAM?
- You need to have a qualified bachelor degree in law either five-year integrated or three-year LL.B. programme.
- Law degree must be awarded by any Indian Institute.
- You must be a citizen of India.
- 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.
ENROLLMENT 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 to submit the said form along with certain documents and pay certain specified fees as part of the enrolment fees to the SBC (which vary from state to state) and to the Bar Council of India as part of the enrolment procedure.
Usually, for enrolling in 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 the dress code of an advocate.
- 2 Demand drafts, one for your State Bar Council and other for the 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.
After you enroll you will receive an Advocate ID Card & Enrollment Certificate issued by respective State Bar Council within few days.
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 the 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 on 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 log in, 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 helpdesk 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 on their website. Login to 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 helpdesk numbers or send them an email.
- Your registration is now complete! Finally, you will log in to the AIBE website once the admit cards are ready.
- Download + print a copy of admit card. If you get stuck anywhere during the process, you can contact AIBE from the Contact Us section on their website.
CLEAR AIBE IN YOUR FIRST ATTEMPT (PREPARATION STRATEGY)
So, First go through the Syllabus,
The syllabus does not contain all Law subjects which you have studied. (Below is an image of the syllabus for the AIBE XIII)
You can see that some subjects have more weightage than the other topics.
Cover those topics first which have more marks, because more questions will be asked from these subjects.
Code of Civil Procedure
Code of Criminal Procedure
Indian Evidence Act
Indian Penal Code, etc
Usually contain more marks, which would be almost 60% of total marks.
Some people just skip some subjects because they carry very less marks. But I would suggest, don’t do that. At least TRY to cover all subjects. Because, it may happen that you may not get an answer of a subject, so here you can try answering questions from other subjects too. But, if you completely skip the subject then there is no chance.
But, if you start your preparation VERY LATE, the best way is by leaving subjects which have very few marks allotted for the exam, so that you can focus on those which carry more marks.
How much time will you give for preparation? At least give it a month.
How many mock tests are you going to take, schedule your time accordingly.
Start preparing from the day you decided.
Dedicate some time everyday. Whatever may happen don’t skip, at least give half an hour for preparation per day. Don’t break the consistency.
Set Milestones & Targets. Make sure that you achieve it on time.
Though it is an open book exam, you must know exactly from which Act is the question asked. If you go through the books directly on the exam day then you will get confused. Even if you get the answer you may not complete the exam on time.
Plus, there are certain areas of law which are overlapping over certain parts and are not completely separable.
Therefore, Bare Acts are a must for this exam, just go through it, especially the index part. Because for many questions you will get answer straight from the index itself, and you don’t have to go through the chapters/sections of that bare act.
Please do not try to memorize the structure of the bare act or section numbers, that is totally unnecessary and waste of time at this stage. Also, it is not necessary to read each provision of the act.
You should only familiarize yourself with the contents of the bare act, read the chapter heads and read the section headings. So, that when you read a question you can easily locate from which Act is the question asked.
Collect Bare Acts for all the subjects, if you are buying then I would suggest you to buy manuals, ex:Criminal manual. Because such manuals contains a set of multiple bare acts around 5 to 10 in one book itself.
Like Criminal Manual you can get sets for Environmental Law(consisting of Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Forest Acts), for IPR(consisting of Copyright, Trademark, Designs Acts), for Family Law(consisting of Hindu, Muhammedan, Parsi & Christian Law) etc.
So, you will not have to carry individual bare acts. This will help you to carry all your study material easily.
But, you don’t have bare acts for everything.
Ex- Torts, Drafting, Pleading & Conveyancing, etc.
So, start gathering notes for such subjects well in advance from your friends & teachers.
You don’t have to mug up stuff. But, you need to practice. Start practicing previous year question papers of AIBE.
Practice in order to learn how quickly you can find answers & not to memorize answers.
Make a rough calculation as to how much time will you get to answer each question. Time yourself accordingly and solve the papers so that your speed improves.
Then, check your answers and correct the wrong ones. Solve as many question papers as you can, at least 3-4.
I have seen many MCQ books people use for practice. It contains around 1000 MCQs or more. But, that would be very time consuming and quite unnecessary. Instead just go for previous year question papers.
You can get a copy of previous year question papers with its answer keys below. (Note: These papers & preparatory materials have been made publicly available by the BCI)
The below download will include –
- Question papers of AIBE (4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 & 12).
- Answer keys of all Question papers.
- Model Question Paper & its Answer key which was published by BCI when the first AIBE was declared.
- Preparatory Materials (Book 1 & 2) which was published by BCI when the first AIBE was declared.
On the exam day
Carry only necessary things like your study materials, a water bottle, pens and a writing pad.
In your study material, go for bare acts & your notes. AVOID commentaries, as they are heavy and take too much space.
Reach the centre at least before an hour. Because, before entering the centre their staff will take some time to check your credentials.
3 ways to answer any Question
1. By referring Study Material – First go to the index of the Act, if you don’t find the answer there then go through the chapters & sections.
2. Memory – If you are hundred percent confident about an answer, then go for it. You can re-check it after your complete paper is over.
3. Elimination method – If you don’t know the answer, but you are 100% percent sure that 3 of the options are not the answer, then eliminate them and select the remaining option. Select that option which according to your probability is most likely the correct answer.
Attempt all questions, because there is no negative marking over here.
I followed the above plan and cleared the exam in my first attempt. There are many courses available online, which are good and you can opt for them too.
But, if you don’t want to spend money on it, then you can follow the above plan.
If you truly follow it and practice, then there are hardly any chances of your failure.
After you appear for AIBE, results will be declared within few months. You will only come to know that you are passed or failed in the exam, they don’t disclose your marks.
Then, you will receive a “Certificate of Practice” from the Bar Council of India.
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
The site is not updated regularly. Therefore, some information on it may be outdated.
Keep yourself updated through their official website for any type of changes regarding the exam.
Contact them if you are clueless about something and really need help. They usually do reply within 1 working day (personal experience).
All India Bar Examination is comparatively an easy exam, provided you make a proper preparation plan & stick to it.
So will you enroll into a course or manage to clear this exam on your own preparation & self study?? Tell me your answer in the comments below.
All the best for your exam..!!