Exclusive: The Bar Council of India (BCI) reconfirmed that the fourth All India Bar Examination (AIBE) will be held on 25 November with no chances of postponement. The council will conduct the exam internally and has hired Noida-based IT implementation and delivery company ITES Horizons for additional help, because none of the tendering third party agencies to conduct the exam could be finalised.
BCI’s previous AIBE contractor Rainmaker will not be conducting the exam this time.
BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said: “The date is very much final, no postponement. Rainmaker is not there this time, tenders were invited, interviews were held and after thorough consideration we have taken this decision. The council will conduct the exam. We are taking the help of some other boys we have engaged.”
The BCI had first notified on its website on 22 June that the fourth AIBE will be conducted in August, but had removed the words “to be held in August” from its notification somewhere between 22 and 24 June.
“There may have been a mistake on the part of the office but we are going to hold it in August,” said Mishra at the time.
The council had called for tenders from third party expert agencies in that notification.
On 1 August the BCI said that the exam was not likely to be conducted before October because three months of preparation for the conduct of the exam were required. It had received expressions of interest to conduct the exam from four organisations including Rainmaker.
On 21 August Legally India reported that the regulator had passed a resolution again, as in 2010, allowing graduates to practice in courts provisionally since the exam was not likely to be conducted before October or November. Graduates had to fulfil the additional formality of submitting a pro forma affidavit undertaking to practice provisionally until they qualify the AIBE.
On 5 September, around 7:30 PM the BCI notified the final date of 25 November for the exam, but barely an hour later some alleged that the notification had “disappeared” from the website. A few hours later the notification was seen to be back up again, but it was again not visible early next morning.
Mishra told Legally India today that he was not aware that the notification disappeared from the website twice since Wednesday.
BCI secretary Jogi Ram Sharma confirmed that the notification was not taken down by the BCI. “Must’ve been due to non-functioning of the website,” he said.
The third AIBE was held in January this year.