BCI says next AIBE on 26 February 2017, but don't make any bookings just yetBCI says next AIBE on 26 February 2017, but don't make any bookings just yet

According to the Bar Council of India (BCI) official All India Bar Exam (AIBE) website, the “tentative” date for the next bar exam, which is compulsory for law graduates to pass before entering practice, has been set for 26 February 2017, with registration “likely to start” on 6 January 2017:

The tentative Examination Date for AIBE-X is 26 Feb,2017.Online Registration is likely to start on 6th Jan 2017. Kindly visit our website for further updates.

In November 2016, the BCI announced that it had postponed the upcoming AIBE until further notice, with the council having “not yet decided” on a new date.

But for those wanting to begin booking travel arrangements or accommodation, there is little guarantee that 26 February 2017 will be the actual date of the next AIBE going by the BCI’s track record on that front.

The BCI had committed to two to three AIBEs per year, but it has not managed that a single time (read more here).

The previous, ninth AIBE, had been delayed by nearly three months from December 2016 to March 2016 due to apparent issues with the AIBE website. And pretty much every other AIBE has faced delays.

The previous AIBE was held on 6 March 2016, with results having been delayed by five weeks until 20 May 2016.

As we reported earlier this week, it also took the BCI seven months since the last AIBE to begin issuing practising certificates for some states (but excluding Delhi, for instance), with another 3,500 practising certificates still remaining withheld for rather obscure reasons.

The BCI’s lacklustre conduct of the exam had been raised in the Supreme Court in the clubbed petition challenging the legality of the AIBE.

As we have also reported last year, huge question marks remain over whether the multi-crore contract to conduct the exam was awarded honestly to unqualified contractor ITES Horizon Private Limited by BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra.

The contract with ITES Horizon had expired last year, according to an email from Mishra in June 2016, in which he suggested that a new tender would be held to find a new agency to conduct the exam.

We have no information on whether the BCI has taken the help of a third party to conduct the exam.

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Like +0 Object -0 Guest 05 Jan 17, 05:19
Just incredible how MSM is completely silent on the BCI scandals and Mishra continues to be in office. Compare this with MSM coverage on medical council, which eventually saw the body being disbanded, its chairman arrested for taking bribes, and politicians raising the issue in parliament.

Kian you must try and tell MSM to highlight the BCI's failings.
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Like +0 Object -0 Kind ser 05 Jan 17, 20:36
Wad is this MSM you speak of?
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Like +2 Object -1 Guest 06 Jan 17, 10:24
Kian Sir, I request you to please highlight NLU Delhi's refusal to be part of CLAT. This is the scam of the century. The Hon'ble Supreme Court laid down in a PIL that all the NLUs must have a common entrance test like the IITs and IIMs, and CLAT was born. This was done to prevent students from spending money for different entrance tests. NLU Delhi was established after the order and has been arguing that the order does does apply to it. Sir, this is plainly wrong and violates the spirit of the order. Moreover other new NLUs have joined CLAT.

Sir, NLU Delhi is doing this so that they can earn extra money from a separate entrance test. This is very unfair to students. If the media can highlight this then a second PIL can be filed.

Kindly take up this cause on behalf of thousands of students and their parents.
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Like +0 Object -0 Outsider 07 Jan 17, 10:16
NLUD has been able to preserve at least some sort of quality in the entrance test by staying out of CLAT. Unless a permanent CLAT body with competence is formed soon, the top NLUs would be well-advised to follow suit. CLAT as an examination has already been denigrated into a laughable state, merely a racket for coaching centres at present than any meaningful way of gauging aptitude to study law.
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Like +0 Object -0 No name 13 Jan 17, 16:45
I heard it has been postponed again, any updates Kian?
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 13 Jan 17, 17:00
Not sure, but they're already 7 days late with online registrations that were scheduled to start on 6 January ;)
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Like +0 Object -0 No name 14 Jan 17, 20:43
They haven't started yet, is this a usual thing with BCI administration.
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