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2011 All India Bar Exam postponed to 8 January 2012, previous practice certificates ‘being printed’

The All India Bar Exam (AIBE) will be held on 8 January 2012, after the Bar Council of India (BCI) had originally scheduled the exam for December 2011 in its 4 September 2011 resolution.

As reported by Legally India in September, candidates would be allowed to practice in courts if they sign an undertaking to pass the coming AIBE.

According to a BCI statement posted on its website yesterday:

The next All India Bar Examination (“AIBE”) will be held on January 8, 2012. The AIBE can be taken by (i) all candidates who failed to clear the earlier AIBE (ii) new candidates who wish to take the AIBE. In addition the AIBE will also be conducted in Tamil Nadu on the same date for all candidates who were registered to take the AIBE on March 6, 2011 and July 24, 2011.

Registration for the AIBE will open on October 7, 2011 and close on December 7, 2011. Candidates who wish to take the AIBE on January 8, 2012 can apply for the same by picking up application forms from a State Bar Council ("SBC") from October 8, 2011 onwards, or by registering online (full details of the same will be available on the BCI website from October 7, 2011 onwards).

Keeping in mind the fact that newly registered lawyers would like to begin their practice quickly, the Bar Council of India has decided that for the purposes of the AIBE to be held on January 8, 2012 alone, newly enrolled advocates will be permitted to conditionally practice law in India subject to clearing the AIBE in January, 2012 and furnishing an undertaking to the concerned SBC. State Bar Councils ("SBCs") across India are being informed of this decision and the SBCs will also be kept completely updated on the final number of advocates undertaking the AIBE on January 8, 2012 as well as the results of the same, so that they can serve as points for dissemination of information to newly enrolled advocates.

Future exams would be held twice per year in September/October and March/April, according to the BCI release.

Furthermore, the statement added that: “Certificates of Practice for all candidates who successfully cleared the AIBE held on July 24, 2011 are currently being printed etc. and will be available for collection from the concerned SBCs from October 10, 2011 onwards. Candidates are advised to contact their concerned SBC where they have enrolled and collect their Certificates of Practice from October 10, 2011 onwards.”

Download BCI press release here.

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