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First All India Bar Examination (AIBE) exam next month

The first All India Bar Examination (AIBE) will be held across the country on March 6,2011. Having postponed it from December 5 last year,the Bar Council of India.

Written by Tanu Sharma | New Delhi |
February 8, 2011 7:12:52 am

The first All India Bar Examination (AIBE) will be held across the country on March 6,2011. Having postponed it from December 5 last year,the Bar Council of India (BCI) is all set to conduct the exam next month for over 22,000 applicants to whom the preparatory material has already been sent.

After it was deferred from the original date,the BCI had given two more language options to write the exam — Punjabi and Assamese. Earlier,advocates could write the exam in any of these nine languages — Hindi,Telugu,Tamil,Kannada,Marathi,Bengali,Gujarati,Oriya and English.

All students graduating from academic year 2009-10 onwards need to clear the AIBE (to be held twice a year) in order to practice law in India,as it intends to set a minimum standard for admission to practice law in the country. “If your law degree was awarded prior to 2009-10,there’s no need to appear for the AIBE,” said a BCI official.

Being held for the first time,it aims to assess capabilities at a basic level,according to a statement from BCI chairman Gopal Subramanium.

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The BCI chairman and Solicitor General said,“The BCI has received 22,267 applications for the AIBE and preparatory material has already been dispatched to each of these candidates. Admit cards will be dispatched by February 15.”

Ever since the BCI took the decision to hold the AIBE,it met with strong protests with court cases challenging the legality of the exam. The Union Law Ministry received many representations against holding of the exam. Representatives of various state Bar Councils were also against the decision.

Finalising the methodology,the BCI clarified that an advocate will be termed either pass or fail in the exam,which will have 100 multiple-choice questions drawn from the syllabi prescribed by the BCI for three-year and five-year LLB programmes. A candidate will have to pay Rs 1,300 as fees to appear for the first time. If need be,Rs 700 will be charged for repeat attempts,but that will not include the cost of receiving preparatory material.

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