The Bar Council of India (BCI) has published sample questions for the upcoming 9 December All India Bar Exam (AIBE), while having changed the number of questions per topic.

The sample question paper is now available on the official bar exam website, via a link at the top of the page. [click here to download PDF]

Apart from the purely legal-knowledge-based questions of the three first AIBEs, the model paper now published by the BCI also includes questions that require general and historical knowledge relating to the law and the constitution.

The BCI did not publish information on whether the pass marks for the exam had changed or any other details.

Some excerpts from the sample paper (BCI’s suggested answers in bold):

The structure of Indian Constitution is? Federal in form and unitary in spirit.
A)  Federal in form and unitary in spirit.
B)  Unitary.
C)  Unitary in form and federal in spirit.
D)  Purely federal.

In whose time period, the Panchayats were given the Constitutional status?
A)  Rajiv Ghandhi.
B)  Chandrashekhar.
C)  V.P. Singh.
D)  P.V. Narsimha Rao.

Arbitration is akin to:
A)  Panchayat
B)  Lok Adalats
C)  A form of conciliation
D)  Both (a) and (b)

Who described the Part III of the Indian Constitution as “most criticized part of the Constitution”?
A)  Jawahar Lal Nehru.
B)  B.R. Ambedkar.
C)  Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
D)  B.N. Rau.

For appointment of a Special Public Prosecutor, how many years of experience is required as a practicing Advocate?
A)  7 years.
B)  10 years.
C)  15 years.
D)  5 years.

The Supreme Court has held in a case that Mrs. Sonia Gandhi,the President of Congress(I) is not an Italian citizen,
but is an Indian citizen under:
A)  Article 10.
B)  Article11.
C) The citizenship Act, 1955
D)  None of the above.

New syllabus & subject weightings

Category / Subject # of questions
Constitutional Law 10
C. P. C. 10
Cr. P. C. 10
Evidence 8
Law of Contract, Specific Relief, Prop. Laws, Spl. Contract N. I. Act 20
I. P. C. 6
Jurisprudence 3
Professional Ethics & Cases of Professional misconduct under B.C.I. rules 4
ADR + Arbitration Act 4
Limitation Act 2
Company Law 4
Family Law 4
Labour + Industrial Laws 6
Administrative Law 3
Law of Tort, including Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Consumer Protection Law 6

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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 bogus 2012-11-30 21:39
Bullshit! this exam is bullshit! and so is the question paper. Please tell me why I need to know the answer to most of these retarded questions in order to practice law?
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 PIL 2012-11-30 21:50
Has anyone read the questions? Lets leave the grammar mistakes aside. What is with the kind of questions first and the options? Some questions have ridiculous answers. For instance for Question 45 one of the options is simply 'NOT!'
BCI I have a MCQ for you:
Question: What does the AIBE seek to test?
A) Patience
B) Wealth
C) Frustration
D) All of the above
I am sure anyone who has gone through the sample paper will choose D!!
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Bobo 2012-11-30 22:07
BCI's suggested answer to the Arbitration question is wrong. Lok Adalats is also akin to arbitration. Fail!
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 correction 2012-12-01 15:01
Quoting Bobo:
BCI's suggested answer to the Arbitration question is wrong. Lok Adalats is also akin to arbitration. Fail!


Lok adalat is akin to conciliatory proceedings. Go study
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 lawyer 2012-12-03 02:59
Yes Lok adalats decisions are binding and final just like arbitration. But I think difference is that arbitration is a contractual remedy. That is why most correct ans seems A. But in any event it doesnt resemble conciliation even though Lok Adalat members may be called conciliators.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 YABE 2012-12-03 19:11
oh well! there are a dozen other such lame questions if one ever has the patience to go through all 100 :(
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Seriously!! 2012-11-30 22:10
u gotta be kiddin me!!
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 A Supreme Lawyer 2012-12-01 02:57
Has the Bar Council of India lost its brains???? A bar exam is supposed to test the student on their knowledge of the law not the history of the law and general knowledge.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Advocate Chill 2012-12-01 07:45
I think Derek O'Brien has done an awesome job designing the exam. I especially like the obscure cricket questions. Much better than those fusty old legal queries on the prior AIBE!

Good show, BCI, and kudos to test techies at the venerable ITES Horizon.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 shabana 2012-12-01 09:44
how could bar council change the syllabus in last moment??????
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -1 Maverick 2012-12-01 11:01
The questions are just outrageous. How will knowing the exact date of CrPC coming into force ascertain my competence as a lawyer.

This is what happens when you give entrust a government body with something. The questions reflect our educational system which has always emphasised on roting rather than analysing stuff. This will make sure that students fromm symbi and amity who have always believed in mugging rather than understanding do better than the national law school students!

This will only take the standards of the legal system down
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Recommend! +3 Objection! -0 Patna Lawyer 2012-12-01 12:31
Just had a dream last night that all executive members along with chairman of BCI are writing this bar exam and then have failed!
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Dazed and Confused 2012-12-01 12:53
Has the BCI made the admit cards available for download? Can you give the link? These guys are leaving everything to the last minute.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Dazed and Confused 2012-12-01 12:54
Has the Bar Council made the admit card availa me for download? Can someone provide the link?
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Recommend! +5 Objection! -0 load of crap 2012-12-01 13:53  interesting
This section will only benefit the mugpots from villages in BIMARU who are simultaneously preparing for IAS.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 lawyer 2012-12-03 02:48
I wish someday you prepare for IAS. And I hope it changes the way you think.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 dellusion 2012-12-01 16:23
From which book he has prepared these questions from?
I was asked to study the prep material of AIBE 2012(Bharat's book on sure success of AIBE and JCJ)book, and surprisingly the book does not contain most of these sample questions that have been put up. Also, I had called AIBE a few days back, they told me that they'll let me knw by Nov end as to which book I need to refer to and also told me that once they had uploaded the sample questions(which they have), I would get a sense of the paper pattern... I don't understand as to why cant they simply tell us to refer to this book and tell us that this is what the paper pattern shall be? Why wait for such a long time?
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Mr. Adv. 2012-12-01 16:35
I think BCI is busy in making money out of this AIBE Exam instead to doing anything to make this exam a logical and good exam, they just wish to do it only for the sake of doing to prove that whatever they do is right and they can impose their thoughts on new comers. They should change the constitution of BCI to make it NGO charge exam fee as donation and let new lawyers work so they can earn some money for them to pay this fee. Doctors don’t have to give exam after passing MBBS to get registered as doctor whereas they handle more critical role then lawyer and constitution of MCI (Medical Council of India) & BCI are almost of same nature. Doctors are professional like us then why only lawyer knowledge needs to be tested. It’s a bad show run by BCI and only motive is to make money and nothing else.
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Recommend! +6 Objection! -1 Devottam 2012-12-01 18:23  interesting
Instead of bitching about all these questions, has anyone cared to view all of the paper holistically? Individual questions are only part of checking overall aptitude. Next you screamers will be saying the CLAT is also BS and so those who get into NLS are also lottery winners?? Even the CLAT questions come across as weird but thwy do a great job sorting out the best. Opinons are like assholes, everyone has one.
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Recommend! +4 Objection! -0 Dazed and Confused 2012-12-01 19:34
Quoting Devottam:
Instead of bitching about all these questions, has anyone cared to view all of the paper holistically? Individual questions are only part of checking overall aptitude. Next you screamers will be saying the CLAT is also BS and so those who get into NLS are also lottery winners?? Even the CLAT questions come across as weird but thwy do a great job sorting out the best. Opinons are like assholes, everyone has one.


You miss the point. Changing the syllabus and test pattern nine days before the exam is patently unfair. In addition, someone will likely launch a PiL and obtain a stay order on the exam. This late disclosure is simply shocking and indefensible.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Zing 2012-12-01 22:43
Why wait for some one to file a PIL, why dont you file it.

I would have to wait another six months to do it.
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -1 Come on 2012-12-02 00:19
You miss another point. This is a BAR EXAM. It is an exam for the entry into a legal profession for adults. CLAT is a different exam, CLAT is for high school students wanting to study law. There is a huge difference between the two. This exam is supposed to test your professional competence, and not your aptitude (like the CLAT). So, don't hide behing being "holistic" -- no body is criticizing CLAT, but this exam is bullshit. I am surprised that nobody cares enough to file a PIL.
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Recommend! +5 Objection! -1 Devottam 2012-12-02 16:06
Quoting Come on:
You miss another point. This is a BAR EXAM. It is an exam for the entry into a legal profession for adults. CLAT is a different exam, CLAT is for high school students wanting to study law. There is a huge difference between the two. This exam is supposed to test your professional competence, and not your aptitude (like the CLAT). So, don't hide behing being "holistic" -- no body is criticizing CLAT, but this exam is bullshit. I am surprised that nobody cares enough to file a PIL.


BCI made it clear in the beginning that this was not to be a rote-learning based exam. So in a way it is similar to CLAT. Maybe you low-rankers think that the day on which CrPC came into force is irrelevant, but try going and saying that to a senior counsel and watch how they kick your butt. I think this is a welcome change from those IAS / IIT type exams or even the NYC bar exam (which I failed simply becos I didnt mug up volumes of useless info). All those whining on this page are total losers. Hint: Tell us your CLAT rank before posting comments
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 FYI 2012-12-03 19:10
yes I have gone through the paper in totality! apart from the fact that it is unfair to change the syllabi a week before the exam and adding questions based on legal history,there are also several mistakes in the paper. let me point out one such mistake,see question no 30. all options pertaining to this question are INCORRECT! sorry state of affairs.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 FYI 2012-12-03 19:12
After having gone through the paper in totality,let me tell you that apart from the fact that it is unfair to change the syllabi a week before the exam and adding questions based on legal history,there are also several mistakes in the paper. let me point out one such mistake,see question no 30. all options pertaining to this question are INCORRECT! sorry state of affairs.
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Recommend! +2 Objection! -0 Dazed and Confused 2012-12-02 18:05
Have the testing locations been notified yet? Can anyone provide a link to download the Admit Card?

Let's just get on with this charade. LI - Consider daily posts on the BCI's daily AIBE prep activities until the exam. Consider setting up a Live Blog post that can be updated through the day on the 9th. There will be riots, unjust exclusions, cheating, etc....
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Law Firm 2012-12-03 00:29
@ Devottam: You may have a point, but don't you think your opinions are slightly biased by the fact that you have a good (according to you) CLAT rank!
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Recommend! +4 Objection! -0 Dazed and Confused 2012-12-03 06:24
Devottam is bereft of any rationality. Taking pride in a CLAT score and disparaging the New York bar exam is beyond juvenile.

The NY Bar exam is objective, rigorous and covers an established syllabus in a format that is disclosed well in advance and changed only on adequate notice. Devottam is correct that preparation for it resembles mugging. U.S. legal education involves almost no mugging at all, since it employs the Socratic method of philosophical exploration; the bar exam consequently is designed to test whether you can study up the bits and pieces of the law in a focused manner for a few months, then move on and start your professional life. No one in the U.S. would spend three to five years mugging their way through law school. Think about how that contrasts with our experiences here.

Devottam will next want to see our CBSE mark sheet before he allows us to post.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Devottam 2012-12-03 17:15
Quoting Dazed and Confused:
Devottam is bereft of any rationality. Taking pride in a CLAT score and disparaging the New York bar exam is beyond juvenile.

The NY Bar exam is objective, rigorous and covers an established syllabus in a format that is disclosed well in advance and changed only on adequate notice. Devottam is correct that preparation for it resembles mugging. U.S. legal education involves almost no mugging at all, since it employs the Socratic method of philosophical exploration; the bar exam consequently is designed to test whether you can study up the bits and pieces of the law in a focused manner for a few months, then move on and start your professional life. No one in the U.S. would spend three to five years mugging their way through law school. Think about how that contrasts with our experiences here.

Devottam will next want to see our CBSE mark sheet before he allows us to post.


dude, gimme some of the stuff youre smoking in the "Socratic method of philosophical exploration". Lolz
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Recommend! +3 Objection! -0 Dazed and Confused 2012-12-04 05:57
Sorry, Devottam, totally drug and irony free. You've obviously never sat in a real U.S. law class, especially a 1L class like contracts or torts, or you'd know what I'm describing. I'm not sure you cleared your attendance requirement here, either, judging from your confessed inability to mug up BAR/BRI for a few weeks.

But you can pick up a nice Limca GK Quiz Book for the AIBE and read about Socrates. I am sure it will increase your knowledge.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Om son of Soem 2012-12-04 20:36
Quoting Dazed and Confused:
Sorry, Devottam, totally drug and irony free. You've obviously never sat in a real U.S. law class, especially a 1L class like contracts or torts, or you'd know what I'm describing. I'm not sure you cleared your attendance requirement here, either, judging from your confessed inability to mug up BAR/BRI for a few weeks.

But you can pick up a nice Limca GK Quiz Book for the AIBE and read about Socrates. I am sure it will increase your knowledge.


Dazed and confused should change his name to dazed and buggered. Because buggered in exactly what the study of law has done to him. If his statement is true let him say what his sources are. I know devotttam is from two of the finest law schools in the world. And he doesn't say this bull for the sake of it.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -1 lawyer 2012-12-04 09:52
Devottam has a valid point indeed but just because the US has a flawed system does not mean we have to brainlessly copy it. The UK has a better structure though.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 @ Om and Lawyer 2012-12-10 11:38
You are both fools or alter egos of Devottam. If Devottam is a graduate of a N-lawschool and has taken the NY Bar after completing a US LLM, his comments are really silly except that he is right in saying that the effective date of CrPC is important. For a 24 year old, referring to CLAT rank is really kiddish.
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 Om son of Soem 2012-12-10 17:09
Quoting @ Om and Lawyer:
You are both fools or alter egos of Devottam. If Devottam is a graduate of a N-lawschool and has taken the NY Bar after completing a US LLM, his comments are really silly except that he is right in saying that the effective date of CrPC is important. For a 24 year old, referring to CLAT rank is really kiddish.


@dazed and confused

You are a freshly graduated guy or gal who has just given his or her AIBE. What the hell do you know about the overseas bar exams??? Have you sat for one?? Are u commenting simply cos its cool to comment about others? Dev has had the guts to admit he didn't pass his NY Bar and also gave the reasons which I agree with, having also done an overseas LLM but having not attempted the bar. Its ridiculous that a clown like you who is not even qualified to practice law in india is trying to disparage others comments on the New York Bar. Next you will be guiding us on the rules of procedure of the German constitutional court??

Every jackass. Just out of college is a real authority these days.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 User 2012-12-03 15:01
Is it me or does this link not work?
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Recommend! +1 Objection! -0 ash 2012-12-03 18:20
It is very absurd that this entire examination procedure is transparent. the applicant not not even informed till date that whether any study material will be provided and the sample question paper uploaded in the site is entirely a new one and we are expected to make the preparatory materials of our own within this short span. the entire procedure is like a hurry burry decision but expecting the law graduates to come out with flying colours. we the students to provide others the basic information but we ourselves lack for the same for our exams.
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 Confused!!! 2012-12-08 17:59
To my astonishment....not even one...but all the questions in the sample paper are either framed improperly or are answered incorrectly...for reference plz see q. 96 and 93... And 93 is not even a question...how can a regd office be "situated" in an aoa or moa...or in any book for that matter...
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Recommend! +0 Objection! -0 anil 2013-11-10 18:11
read one of the legendary person B R Ambedkar
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