All India Bar Exam (AIBE) Pattern, Syllabus & Model Papers

All India Bar Examination Sample Papers

This blog post of mine follows an earlier blog article titled: All India Bar Examination (AIBE) 2010: Notification, Eligibilities & Forms which tells you that if you are a law graduate passing out in academic year 2009-10 or later, you must clear the AIBE exam before you can begin to practice in the court of law.
While that blog post introduces you to the AIBE exam, telling you what are the eligibilities, where to find the forms along with the schedule dates of AIBE 2010, this blog post would help you prepare for the exam with study materials – it would give you the AIBE exam pattern and than go on to give you the syllabus and sample papers for AIBE.
All India Bar Exam Pattern:
AIBE would have 100 multiple-choice (objective type) questions from 20 subjects. Duration of the exam is 3-n-half hour.
The 20 subjects in AIBE paper is split into two categories: Category-1 & Category-2: the first comprises subjects that may be considered ‘foundational’ in nature, those that form the basis for large areas of law. The second comprises other subjects, which a new entrant to the legal profession must also have a basic understanding of. The 100 AIBE questions will be divided into ‘knowledge-based’ and ‘reasoning’ questions. You can have a fair idea about the pattern of All India Bar Exam from following table:

All India Bar Exam Pattern

Further All India Bar Exam would be an “Open-book’ exam, you are allowed to bring any prep-materials (such as the prep-material provided by AIBE, textbooks and treatises and even handwritten notes). But electronic gadgets such as laptop, cell-phones etc. would be barred.
The emphasis throughout is on assessing an advocate’s understanding of an area of law, rather than assessing how much he/she can cram up – memorizing large texts or rules.
Also AIBE result would just say you – whether you have passed or failed – BCI would not declare percentage, percentile, rankings, or absolute marks.
All India Bar Exam Subjects:
There are 20 subjects in AIBE exam – 11 in Category-1 and 9 in Category-2. You can find below the name of the subjects along with number of questions from each subject below:
All India Bar Exam Category-1 Subjects (Part I of the Paper):

All India Bar Exam Category 1 Subjects

There will be 7 questions from each Cat-1 subject. So total Questions: 11 x 7 = 77.
All India Bar Exam Category-2 Subjects (Part II of the Paper):

All India Bar Exam Category 2 Subjects

There will be total 23 questions in Category II subject. This will include questions from at least 5 subjects out of 9 subjects as given above.

All India Bar Exam Syllabus:
AIBE exam syllabus would be those prescribed by the Bar Council of India for the 3-year and 5-year Ll.B. programme at law schools in India (as set out under Schedule I to the Bar Council of India Rules).
All India Bar Exam model papers:
This would be the first ever Bar exam to be conducted by Bar Council of India – hence if you are looking for previous years question papers of AIBE, you can not find them anywhere.
However, there is good news for you: BCI would send you the model papers for All India Bar Exam in address specified by you in the application form from 16th August to October 1st week, 2010. You can also download the AIBE Model question papers in this BCI All India Bar Exam website from August 16, 2010 onwards.
Hope above information on All India Bar Exam helps you in preparing for the exam. I would be on the lookout for more study materials for AIBE exam and post the same here. So keep visiting this blog. Best wishes!

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