The Bar Council of India has recently announced that the AIBE XVI Examination will no longer be an open book examination. Candidates appearing for the All Indian Bar Examination (AIBE) XVI 2021 will not be allowed to carry any books, notes to the exam centre. However, they can still carry the Bare acts without notes to the exam hall. Aspirants appearing for the upcoming AIBE examination can check the declaration on the official website, allindiaboardexamination.com.
The notification states “This is to notify that AIBE-XVI onwards No books, notes or study material will be allowed in the examination hall. Candidates can only carry Bare Acts without notes”.
Earlier in this announcement, candidates were allowed to carry textbooks/ study material to the AIBE exam centre. As per this notification, the examination will now not be an open book examination anymore. Candidates can now only carry bare acts without notes. Bare acts are the “exact text of a particular enactment by the legislature”. Bar Council of India’s this step to remove open textbook exam status will take the examination a little tougher.
Moreover, All India Bar Examination is an offline exam. It is conducted for a duration of 03 hours and 30 minutes. In this time duration, candidates have to attempt 02 sections of AIBE exam. Also, aspirants have 11 languages – Bengali, Gujarati, Odiya, Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, English, Telegu. The questions are asked in the format of the multiple-choice questions wherein only one option is the correct answer. The AIBE examination is conducted for 100 questions carrying one marks each. As per the available data, there is no negative marking in the AIBE examination.
To qualify for this examination, applicants have to secure a minimum of 40% marks (37 marks and above) in the All Indian Bar Council Examination. However, the passing marks are relaxable for the reserved category candidate. Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe students have to secure a minimum of 35% marks which are 32 marks out of 100 marks to qualify for the examination.
The examination for All Indian Bar Council assesses the aspirant’s ability to comprehend basic knowledge of Law and their analytical abilities. On qualifying for the examination, candidates are awarded the certificate of practice by Bar Council of India (BCI). However, those who are unable to clear the examination will still remain enrolled with the State Bar Council as advocates but not practising lawyers.