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‘Very bad result’: Pass rates in Bombay solicitors exam plummet to 2%

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Exclusive: Only four out of 205 candidates have passed the latest Bombay Incorporated Law Society’s solicitors exam, with two first-timers clearing the cut-off marks. This is even lower than the 6 per cent who passed the previous two examination sessions.

“It was a very bad result,” said the Bombay Law Society’s secretary and examiner-in charge Dawood Mandviwala. “The thing is, people are concentrating on one or two subjects: most people who are doing corporate law, are not doing litigation, and people who are doing litigation are not doing corporate law.”

In this October 2010 exam a total of 71 first-time candidates sat for the exam and 134 candidates took the exam for at least the second time. The result will be announced at 5pm today (21 December).

Mandviwala explained: “A candidate needs 50 per cent marks to pass in any subject and 60 per cent marks in aggregate - only the candidates who clear in first attempt are eligible for ranks and awards if any. This time the highest score is 373, i.e about 62 per cent.”

A first-timer scored the top mark of 373 points out of 600, with the other three passing candidates achieving 366, 360 and 360 points respectively.

In the April 2010 exam the top mark was also 373 points, with the other 10 passing grades having been scattered between 360 and 369.

This time a total of 205 candidates took the test, which is higher than the previous two sessions of 171 test-takers in April 2010 and 186 in October 2009. A total of 11 candidates or 6 per cent passed those respective previous exams, with the April-May 2009 exams seeing a pass rate of 11 per cent with 14 successful candidates.

This October session only two-first time test-takers and two multiple-time test takers passed the exam, whereas in April 2010 all passes were by those who had sat the exam more than once.

Legally India published solicitors exam papers in June.

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