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170 sit for April solicitors exam, to remain as tough as ever

A total of 170 candidates are sitting the coming Bombay solicitors examinations next month, although after only 6 per cent passed the last round of the tests the tests will not be made easier.

Of the 170 candidates sitting the exam between 19 and 30 April, around 30 are taking the test for the first time.

However, candidates who have first attempted to take the test in 1992 are also sitting these April exams, for which each of the subjects will be held on alternate days.

In the most recent October 2009 exams only 11 out of 186 articled clerks passed.

"It is not Twenty20, it is a full cricket game of five days," said Bombay Incorporated Law Society secretary and examiner-in charge Dawood Mandviwala.

"I don’t want to make anything easier - I want to make it more competitive," added Mandviwala, explaining that while some lawyers have requested the solicitors exams to include vivas or multiple choice questions, he believes this would dilute the quality. "We want students to exercise their minds."

"During British time, if you wanted to practice in law first you had to pass an exam to qualify yourself to the standard," he explained. "Today what happens is very unfortunate – any person who attends any course of law can attend any court."

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