AIBE - All India Bar Exam

AIBE 2015 - The All India Bar Examination acronym as AIBE is conducted to test a law graduate’s ability to practice the profession of law in India. The motive behind conducting this exam is to assess capabilities of the prospective advocates at a basic level, and is intended to set a minimum standard for admission to the practice of law.

Important:- The first All India Bar Examination shall be mandatory for all law students graduating from the academic year 2009-2010 onwards.


All India Bar Exam Eligibility

Candidates may apply to appear for the All India Bar Examination only after enrolling as an advocate under Section 24 of the Advocates Act, 1961 and will have to submit suitable proof of such enrolment along with the application form for the All India Bar Examination.


All India Bar Exam Syllabus

All India Bar exam consists of twenty subjects. The subjects are taken from the syllabi prescribed by the Bar Council of India for the three-year and five-year LL.B. programmes at law schools in India.

These subjects are divided into two categories. The Examination paper will comprise at least seven (7) questions from each ‘Category I’ subject, of which three (3) will be Category A questions, and four (4) will be Category B questions (‘Category A’ and ‘Category B’ questions are described in detail below).

The paper will also have twenty-three (23) questions from the ‘Category II’ subjects as a whole, and these twenty-three questions will include questions from at least five (5) Category II subjects. All questions from Category II subjects will be Category B questions.

Category I subjects will be tested in Part I of the question paper, and Category II subjects will be tested in Part II of the question paper.

The Category I and Category II subjects are set out below:

Category I (Part I of the Paper)    

S.No  Category / Subject 
 No. of Ques.
1 Alternative Dispute Resolution  
2 Civil Procedure Code and Limitation Act 
3 Constitutional Law  
4 Contract Law, including Specific Relief, Special Contracts, and Negotiable Instruments
5 Criminal Law I: The Indian Penal Code 
6 Criminal Procedure
7 Drafting, Pleading, and Conveyancing
8 Evidence 
9 Jurisprudence 7
10 Professional Ethics and the Professional Code of Conduct for Advocates 7
11 Property Law 7

Category II (Part II of the Paper)  

Administrative Law
13 Company Law
14 Environmental Law
15 Family Law
16 Human Rights Law
17 Labour and Industrial Law
18 Law of Tort, including Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Consumer Protection Law
19 Principles of Taxation Law
20 Public International Law


Note: The AIBE will be in 9 languages Hindi, English, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Telgu, Marathi, Kannada & Tamil. The candidate can choose according to their convenience & study material provided will be based on the chosen language.

It will consists of 23 questions in all, and these questions will include questions from at least 5 subjects in Category II.


All India Bar Exam Pattern

The All India Bar Examination will have one hundred (100) multiple-choice questions spread across various subjects. The correct answer would have to be marked out in the Optical Mark Recognition (‘OMR’) format answer sheet provided. These questions will be divided into ‘knowledge-based’ and ‘reasoning’ questions, and advocates will be allowed a maximum 3 hours 30 minutes to complete the All India Bar Examination.

The All India Bar Examination will be ‘open-book’, which means that advocates may bring in any reading materials or study aids that they choose, such as the preparatory materials provided for the All India Bar Examination, textbooks and treatises, and even handwritten notes.

However advocates may not bring in any electronic devices, such as laptop computers, mobile phones, or any device equipped with a radio transceiver (such as pagers) at the examination centre.

The results generated after the answer scripts are corrected will simply state whether an advocate has or has not qualified for practice (that is, whether the advocate has passed or failed the All India Bar Examination); no percentage, percentile, rankings, or absolute marks will be declared.

The preparatory materials shall contain model question papers and an examination guide for the All India Bar Examination; aside from this, model question papers will be available on the website of the Bar Council of India ( The preparatory materials are being prepared with inputs from well-respected members of legal academia.


All India Bar Exam Dates

AIBE will be a bi-annual affair, to be held in February and November of every year. The actual dates will be announced before the application process begins every year.


All India Bar Exam Fee

Participating advocate would have to pay Rs.1,300/- (Rupees One Thousand Three Hundred Only) as fees to appear for the All-India Bar Examination. This fee amount will include the cost of receiving preparatory materials.

However advocates appearing more than once for the All India Bar Examination will be required to pay only Rs.700/- for repeat attempts, which amount shall not include the cost of receiving preparatory materials for the All India Bar Examination. The application form shall contain details of manner of payment of the fees for the All India Bar Examination.


All India Bar Exam Test Centres

There are no fix test centres for AIBE in fact candidates will be free to choose an examination centre of their convenience.


All India Bar Exam Contact Details

Bar Council of India
225, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase-III
New Delhi – 110020

Telephone Nos.:011-49225000, 011-32402082

Telefax No.:011-41036283


E-mail ID: [email protected]
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