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All India Bar Exam (AIBE): Free guide on how and what materials to study [sponsored post]

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Sample Excerpts from BarHacker Material (© reserved by BarHacker)

Step 1 – Prioritizing the subjects and creating a study plan

A quick glance at the new syllabus will indicate that not all subjects carry equal marks. Focus on the crucial subjects. Leave out those which are not there in the new syllabus. Subjects which carry very few marks may be studied last if you have time left.

a) Subjects which are not there in the new syllabus, but were there in the previous syllabus

(Note: You do not need to study these at all)

· Public International Law

· Taxation

· Human Rights

· Environmental Law

· Drafting, Pleading and Conveyancing (though some parts of drafting and pleadings may be covered under CPC)

b) Subjects which should be studied last (i.e. only if you have time to study before the exam)

Since you have less time to prepare, the best way to optimise your preparation is by leaving subjects which have too few marks allotted for the exam for the last, so that you can focus on those which carry more marks.

· Limitation Act – 2 marks

· Administrative law – 3 marks

If you don’t have sufficient time, even by leaving out these two subjects, you will only lose 5 marks if you are not able to answer any question on these subjects in the exam (assuming the BCI follows the announced marks allocation under the new syllabus and limits the questions asked on these subjects to 5 marks).

This leaves you with 13 subjects to study. Within this set of 13 subjects, prioritise your study.

c) Critical subjects

Focus on the critical subjects first, that is,subjects that carry the most marks. Which subjects are those?

1. Contract (20 marks in total)

2. Constitutional Law (10 marks)

3. Civil Procedure Code (10 marks)

4. Code of Criminal Procedure (10 marks)

5. Evidence (8 marks)

6. Indian Penal Code (6 marks)

These subjects carry 64 marks in total.

If you study these 6 subjects properly, and attempt them with 65% accuracy in the examination hall, you will score over 40 marks, i.e. you will pass. In the absence of any detailed syllabus from the BCI, we have tried to compile a tentative list of concepts which you must prepare for the 6 subjects pointed out above. These are mentioned in Annexure A. You should go about learning these concepts first.

For practise on the remaining subjects, you can go through the old BCI materials and practice from the old mock tests on BarHacker.

d) After studying the critical 6 subjects mentioned above, you can then proceed with the second set of 7 subjects, as below:

· Law of Tort, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Consumer Protection Law

Tort law is very important (it carries 6 marks as per the new syllabus). Having a basic conceptual understanding and taking the right carry-in materials (discussed below should be helpful).

· Labour + Industrial Laws

· Family Law

· Company Law

· ADR + Arbitration Act

· Professional Ethics

For preparation of these subjects, see list of reading material at the end of Part B.

Step 2 – Know the techniques to answer the questions

In sum, there are only 3 ways you can answer a question (this includes all the types of questions in Part 1 of this report) –

1. By referring to bare acts

2. By referring to commentaries

3. From memory

If this was like any other exam, you would have had to rely on your memory to answer all the other questions.

Thankfully, unlike any other exam, the Bar Exam is an open book exam. Therefore, you should be able to look for more efficient techniques to answer such questions.

Answering from memory is the least efficient technique with low rewards, and imposes the largest burden at the time of preparation (imagine having to read each of these subjects exhaustively and to memorise important stuff). There is also no guarantee that questions will be asked only from what you have studied, or that you will be able to recall the answers. Therefore, since this is an open book exam, your goal should be to answer as many questions as possible by being able to quickly refer to bare acts and commentaries for the questions.

Now, we will address how to answer questions by referring to bare acts. For the purpose of the discussion below, you should keep Part I of this report, containing different kinds of questions handy.

5 out of the 11 types of questions mentioned in Part 1 can be comfortably answered by referring to bare acts. You will be surprised to know that such questions comprised over 60% of the new model bar exam paper. This means more than 60% questions can be answered relying on the study material you carry – while you may still be able to answer the rest based on your existing knowledge and through educated guesses even when you don’t know or can not look up the correct answer.

A. How to use bare acts

Most bare acts have an index at the beginning of the act. Go through the main index page of the bare acts first. You can then browse through the entire bare act as well to reinforce the structure in your mind. Start with the essential bare acts (i.e. for the 6 subjects listed above), go through the index page of the bare act, the chapter headings and the section headings (i.e. marginal notes).

Please do not try to memorize the structure of the bare act or mug up section numbers, that is totally unnecessary and waste of time at this stage. Also,it is not necessary to read each provision of the act. You should read when the provision deals with concepts, or where situation-based questions can be framed from there (e.g. jurisdiction related questions in CPC, or questions related to the ingredients of a particular offence in IPC). You should only familiarise yourself with the structure of the bare act, the chapter heads and read the section headings, so that you know which issues are addressed in the bare act, and which are not.

We will explain how bare acts can be used to answer the important questions.


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