The All India Bar Examination aims to test a lawyer’s competence to practice legal profession in India. It will test a candidate’s analytical abilities and basic legal knowledge. It intends to set a minimum standard for eligibility to practice law. All those students who want to practice law, after completion of their law education, will have to clear the exam. However, a candidate may apply to appear for the exams, only after enrolling as an advocate, under the Section 24, of the Advocates Act, 1961. Also, he will have to submit proof of the same, along with the application form of the exam.
The first All India Bar Examination shall be conducted on December 5, 2010, across India. Further, the exam will be held in the month of April and November every year. The examination fee including the cost of preparatory materials is Rs.1, 300 and the reappearance fee is Rs.700. The examination will be held across the country in several languages, such as Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali.
Law Education: What to Expect in the All India Bar Examination
The question paper will be set by respected members of legal academia and will have 100 multiple-choice questions. The questions will be based on several subjects, taken from the syllabus prescribed by the Bar Council of India, for law education programmes, at Indian law schools. The key subjects are, such as property law, constitutional law, criminal procedure, company law and environmental law. Further, the questions will be divided into knowledge based and reasoning questions. The maximum time limit for the examination will be 3 hours 30 minutes.
The All India Bar Examination will be an open-book exam. Students will be allowed to consult any study material. However, electronic gadgets, such as mobile phones, laptops will be not allowed in the examination centre. Further, no percentage, marks or ranking will be declared in the results. The results will only state whether a candidate has qualified the exam or not.
The application forms for the examination will be available at all State Bar Councils, from July 15, 2010. Further, the model test papers will be available on the Bar Council of India’s official website www.barcouncilofindia.org from August 16, 2010.