Bar examiningBreaking: Around 63 per cent passed the 8 January 2012 All India Bar Exam (AIBE) out of more than 25,000 graduates who enrolled, said the Bar Council of India (BCI) today.

According to statistics released by the BCI, 24,844 candidates registered, of whom 23,452 appeared for the exam.

Only 14,740 passed – or 63 per cent – which is 6 per centage points lower than the pass rate of the previous bar exam of August 2011.AIBE: Percentage distribution of pass marks (X axis)AIBE: Percentage distribution of pass marks (X axis)

BCI chairman Ashok Parija said in today’s press release: “I am happy that the AIBE for all candidates was conducted in Tamil Nadu this time. As the AIBE is getting more entrenched it is also acquiring the characteristics of a standardised testing mechanism. […] The pass percentage of repeat candidates (who did not clear the earlier AIBEs) is lower than that of fresh candidates.”

The statistics reveal that out of 19,925 first-time test takers, 61 per cent passed, but only 30 per cent passed out of 3,527 repeat candidates.

Almost half the number of women as men took the exam (7,952 women as against 15,500 men), but pass rates were almost identical for both genders.


The pass rate in the English language exam, which was taken by the majority (14,209 candidates), was 72 per cent, which was only exceeded by the 61 out of 71 (86 per cent) of Bengali test takers who passed.AIBE pass rates by languageAIBE pass rates by language

By far the worst pass rates were in the Kannada and Telugu languages, where only 32 and 31 per cent passed respectively. The Hindi pass rate – an exam taken by 3,764 candidates – was just under 60 per cent.

The vast majority of marks in the rough bell curve distribution were around the 70 per cent mark, with the highest grade appearing to have been around 90 per cent.AIBE state-wise marks distributionAIBE state-wise marks distribution

Stated differences

Maharashtra and Goa saws the highest participation (4,119 with a pass rate of 61 per cent), followed by Tamil Nadu where the exam was successfully held throughout for the first time (55 per cent of 3537 passed).

In Karnataka and Delhi just over 2,000 candidates appeared each, though pass rates between the two states were wide apart at 47 per cent and 85 per cent respectively.

In West Bengal, just under 90 per cent of 1,217 candidates passed.

In Bihar the pass rate for 279 graduates was a massive 97 per cent, nearly matched by Jammu & Kashmir’s 96 per cent of 132.


The next bar exam would happen in May or June 2012, said today’s press release, with a precise date being “intimated shortly”, while the next academic year would have dates fixed and announced on 31 March 2012.

The publication of the results was delayed by 15 days due to a writ petition against the exam in the Calcutta High Court, with Legally India reporting the BCI chairman’s promise on 8 February that AIBE results would be out within seven days.

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BarHacker analysed the third bar exam on 10 January 2012 and predicted a pass rate of 60 per cent.

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Like +3 Object -1 Goldust 15 Feb 12, 13:32
How can the vast majority of marks be around 70 if the pass percentage is 63%??? Looking at the data, it seems that the x-axis needs to be reversed. Otherwise, nearly 85% of the candidates have got marks in the 60-80 range. Surely that can't be right!
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Like +1 Object -1 kianganz 15 Feb 12, 13:44
You are very right, we should have spotted that: the graph looks completely off if the pass percentage is 40%. Mmmm...
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Like +1 Object -1 Oh Kian... 15 Feb 12, 13:51
"By far the worst pass rates were in the Kannada and Telugu languages"

your FB page says 'Tamil, Kannada'.

I'm not sure whether to take offence.
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Like +4 Object -0 AKumar 15 Feb 12, 17:32
Biharis seem to be the brighest lot here.
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Like +2 Object -1 viren 15 Feb 12, 18:29
Legally india your barhacker material is being distributed for free. Leak from Hyederabad. Everyone had the same xerox copy of the bar hacker material. I think youll should look into it.

Did not need the material...I got 76 without it !!!!

People who wrote the material in kannada were just guessing the answers ..shows what type of lawyers they are.I saw this in my exam hall in bangalore
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Like +0 Object -0 Dhruv 15 Feb 12, 22:18
Thanx a lot for the update, the BCI never responded to our
our query but you got it through your efforts from time to time
thanx again.
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Like +0 Object -0 2G 15 Feb 12, 22:59
Its obvious that the corrupt lawyer unions in Bihar + commie lawyer unions in Bengal are manipulating the exam so that their people can pass. A PIL should be filed at once.

The average pass rate for English and vernacular should not be more than 30% which is what happens in the west,
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Like +0 Object -0 Bar exam clearer 16 Feb 12, 12:59
It's laudable that the bar exam is improving the quality of lawyers entering the profession, however the conduct of the exam has to be made more stringent. In one of the centres that i was taking the exam in Delhi, cheating was rampant, n everyone was filling in more than half their sheets by copying from other people. I cannot comment regarding all the other centres, however from my conversation with candidates from other centres in delhi, the environment there was the same. Hence if the correct intent of the bar exam has to be followed, the implementation of exam should be made more stringent.
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Like +0 Object -0 well wisher 17 Feb 12, 22:44
Congratulations to Krishna Shorewala for topping the bar exam!
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Like +0 Object -0 anon 19 Feb 12, 09:44
Quoting well wisher:
Congratulations to Krishna Shorewala for topping the bar exam!

How do you know he topped? how much did he get?
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Like +0 Object -0 mohammad afroz athar 25 Feb 12, 11:18
who told you that Krishna Shorewala topped the exam. whereas nothing is to know about who top the exam.
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Like +0 Object -0 mohammad afroz athar 25 Feb 12, 11:17
who got the highest marks in chhattisgarh. or what is the highest marks obtained in C.G.
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Like +0 Object -0 well wisher 27 Feb 12, 20:06
@8.1, 8.2
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Like +0 Object -0 Wha? 06 Mar 12, 15:06
97% in Bihar!? Some one fix the leak already..
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Like +1 Object -0 Adv. 06 Mar 12, 15:25
I am sorry but why are people surprised by 97% pass result in Bihar. Accept the fact that we are hardworking people. We can win 5 crores in KBC when no one else does and crack UPSC..Bar Exam is a cakewalk. For the record I (a bihari) had scored 82 a year back.
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Like +0 Object -0 aaa 14 Mar 12, 13:50
The results which are withheld are not being released, though the candidates have rectified the mistakes like, providing documents which were not submitted earlier/ providing Demand drafts etc. The results are informed over phone, when the candidates call, but as regards updating the site the standard reply is "will be updated on Saturday" (three or four Saturdays have gone - still BCI officials are consistent in giving this reply!)
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