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Breaking: 71% pass All India Bar Exam; 6,300 grads fail/to retake

Just over 71 per cent of candidates passed the first All India Bar Exam (AIBE), according to a Bar Council of India (BCI) press release, which would mean roughly 6,300 graduates enrolled for the exam would have to retake it including Chennai graduates.

According to a BCI press release circulated today [PDF hosted on Legally India servers], BCI chairman Gopal Subramanium said: “The pass percentage for the first AIBE is just above 71%. The pass percentage amongst male and female candidates is nearly the same and I wish each passing candidate all the very best for their legal career ahead.

“Candidates who were unable to pass the AIBE should not lose heart as they will be allowed to take the next AIBE (details of which will be provided shortly) and I encourage them to study hard and take this up as a challenge.”

The release did not state how many candidates not counted in the 71 per cent pass rate did not pass due to non-attendance or failing to achieve the correct score.

The press release added:

The results of the first AIBE can be accessed online through the BCI website (www.barcouncilofindia.org) and candidates can find out their individual result by typing in their Roll No. for the AIBE. State Bar Councils across the country are also being sent a list of the results of the candidates who took the AIBE in their state.

Results can be accessed over the following link, but the BCI website currently appears to be experiencing heavy traffic and is very slow.

Note: For those needing to find out their roll number but unable to access the BCI site due to traffic, you can download the list of roll numbers from Legally India’s server here.

Update 15:27: Approximately 1,600 candidates did not manage to take the exam in Chennai first time around, according to the BCI convenor.

Update 15:59: The BCI convenor said that the final grading for pass marks was a flat 40%. The split of minimum 9 and 31 correction answers from part 1 and 2 respectively, was “subject to Expert Committee Approval” and was not final, said the convenor.

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