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The All India Bar Exam (AIBE) is conducted by the Bar Council of India (BCI), more or less once a year.
20 December 2010

image Colleagues, students, friends and family are mourning the tragic loss of recent Nalsar Hyderabad graduate and legal campaigner Fatehpal Singh who passed away on Friday following a road accident last week.

13 December 2010

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The Supreme Court today allowed the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) transfer petition clubbing together six high court writ petitions challenging the all India bar examination (AIBE) but declined to hear the exam’s constitutional validity just now citing its postponement to March next year.

03 December 2010

Legally India newsletter

This week the Delhi bar council settled what sounded like quite a violent fist and pistol fight between two elected members, allegedly.

02 December 2010

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has published the pro-forma undertaking that 2010 graduates will need sign before practising, agreeing to take and pass the bar exam in future.

30 November 2010

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has circulated a resolution to state bar councils to make 2010 graduates give an undertaking to pass the bar exam before practising law.

29 November 2010

barcouncilofindia.org-bar-examThe Bar Council of India’s website has officially confirmed that the bar exam has been postponed to 6 March 2011, although only shortly afterwards the website went offline after the domain name barcouncilofindia.org was not renewed.

27 November 2010

Legally India newsletter

After a long slumber, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) fired its first warning shot across the bow of corporate India this week, allegedly slapping Kingfisher Airlines with a maximum fine of Rs 1 crore for not having played along with investigations.

21 November 2010

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Latest update: All 2010 law graduates may be able to practise law subject to giving an undertaking they would clear the all-India bar exam within two years, according to a bar council source.

21 November 2010

In an unexpected turn the all India bar examination (AIBE) transfer petition may now be scheduled for hearing by a division bench on or after 29 November according to one authoritative source, with completion of the summoning process making way for adjudication on merits.

19 November 2010


The Legally India poll on what the Bar Council of India (BCI) should do next about the bar exam attracted more than 500 (genuine) voters, with 69 per cent of self-proclaimed grads wanting the exam cancelled in 2010.

A total of 13 per cent want the exam to be scrapped forever, while roughly the same percentage were content with an exam in March, subject to them being allowed to practice until then.

Less than 5 per cent think the BCI should hold the exam on 6 March and not allow graduates to practice until after they pass it.

This is a fairly unexpected result, also judging by the regular comments left on Legally India by disgruntled students. And after all, most graduates can be expected to vote in their own interest and in favour of making their life easier by not having to study for and sit another exam.

Perhaps more interesting than the results, however, was a technical glitch.

Due to a technical error on Legally India, which was entirely my fault, multiple voting was possible on the poll in the first 24-odd hours.

Total votes rapidly climbed to more than 1,200. We fixed the error when we noticed it by consolidating all duplicate votes, reducing the total vote count to only 251 (don’t worry, no legitimate votes were lost, even of multiple voters!).

But on further analysis of the recorded voting data it became blatantly apparent that at least 15 voters had submitted between 50 and 120 votes each. Yes, 120!

And, of the worst offending duplicate voters every -  yes every single one - voted to have the exam cancelled either completely or just for the exam for the 2010 batch. Over and over again.

For the most click-happy voters this process took an average of between 10 and 30 minutes of repeatedly clicking “Vote”, “Back” and “Vote” again, or refreshing the page over and over again.

Now again, let me raise my hands and say that the only reason that this was even possible is because of my own clear and admitted negligence, and you can not expect a poll which allows multiple voting to not get abused.

However, several questions can now be asked, employing some cod psychology.

  1. Do some 2010 grads hate the idea of the bar exam so much they are willing to ‘cheat’ slightly and spend considerable time and effort to try and skew the results?
  2. Why did only those 2010 grads opposing the bar exam from being held spend so much time trying to rig an online poll? Some of those who voted for the other options did vote more than once, but roughly 90% of all of the almost 1000 duplicate votes wanted to scrap the exam.
  3. Do those opposing the exam completely this year or forever have lower moral standards about what, although benign, must have been apparent at the time was ‘cheating’. I.e., is opposing the bar exam the preserve of the ‘bad’?
  4. Do ‘good’ students who do not ‘cheat’ do not oppose the bar exam as vehemently?

Food for thought or random correlation?

And for the avoidance of doubt, no offence intended to any ‘cheaters’, nor is this blog meant to address any of the relative merits of having a bar exam or not having one, nor am I saying that it is wrong or right to oppose or support the bar exam. Nor, just to be clear, do I mean that all bar exam opponents are ‘cheaters’ (clearly not, judging by the poll result). All I looked at here in this blog was the statistical correlation between ‘cheating’ and not ‘cheating’.

Call it an unintentional psychological experiment if you will.

Anyway, should we hold another poll to find out what you think?

17 November 2010

An email from the BCI has confirmed that the bar exam date has been “pushed” and that the body would make a formal statement on 25 November.

16 November 2010

imageState bar councils are planning to hold regional bar exams for each state, as the holding of the all India bar exam has turned into a political circus between the Bar Council of India (BCI), its chairman and the state bar councils. Meanwhile, the BCI will meet in Chennai this weekend (20 November), probably without BCI chairman Gopal Subramanium.

14 November 2010

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: Bar Council of India (BCI) members passed a resolution in the absence of chairman Gopal Subramanium today to postpone the bar exam by three months until 6th March 2011, as the BCI is also understood to have discussed future involvement by Rainmaker.

11 November 2010

The Aurangabad student respondents' counsel in the bar exam Supreme Court transfer petition decided against a second mentioning of an interim stay application after having been declined once before by the Chief’s court, as the Chamber judge is likely to take up the matter for non-prosecution after three months in line with standard procedural practices in the apex court.

10 November 2010

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has again deferred the bar exam writ petition hearing today to 1 December citing inability to take up the matter in view of the ongoing Supreme Court proceedings and transfer petition.

09 November 2010

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The Supreme Court may have set the stage for the next round of proceedings in the All India Bar Exam challenges after completing the summoning process but certainty has continued to elude thousands of law graduates, as only two out of six anti-exam petitioners are still in active pursuit of the case while the other four have become absentee litigants for most intents and purposes.

04 November 2010

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose The Bar Council of India (BCI) has extended the All India Bar Exam registration date, which elapsed last Sunday, by another 15 days to 15 November as the exam is still scheduled to be held on 5 December.

29 October 2010

Legally India newsletter

Hastened by the impending Diwali court holidays and the 31 October deadline to apply for the bar exam, the petitions against the exam in the Supreme Court momentarily picked up speed this week.

29 October 2010

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose An application for stay of the Bar Exam was unsuccessful in the Supreme Court today as the registrar referred the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) failure to serve notices on respondents to a chamber judge, although no substantive hearing will now be possible before the Diwali court vacations end on 8 November.

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