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The Bar Council of India has announced recently that from All India Bar Examination-XVI (AIBE-XVI)onwards, no books, notes, or study material will be allowed in the Examination Hall.

Though as stated in the notification, candidates are allowed to carry Bare Acts without notes. Bare Acts are the exact text of a particular enactment by the legislature without interpretation.

The official notification released by BCI read as:

“This is to notify that All India Bar Examination-XVI (AIBE-XVI) onwards, no books, notes, or study material will be allowed in the Examination Hall. Candidates can carry bare acts without notes.”

The council conducted the All India Bar Examination as an open book exam and carrying study material to the examination hall was also allowed till AIBE- XV.  However, BCI’s latest decision to restrict candidates from using books while appearing for the exam may take the exam tougher.

The said notification can be accessed on the official website

The  All India Bar Examination-XVI (AIBE-XVI)is scheduled for  April 25, 2021 while AIBE-XV was held on, i.e. January 24, 2021.

AIBE (XVI) pattern 2021

According to AIBE (XVI) 2021 Notice, exam will be conducted on April 25, 2021. The application form was released on December 26, 2020 and the last date to submit the application form is until March 31, 2021. Click here to download the AIBE XVI Schedule.

A “Certificate of Practice” will be issued by the BCI to the qualified candidates. Candidates interested in pursuing career in law must note that according to BCI, the AIBE sets a minimum benchmark for admission to the practice of law. At least 40 per cent of total marks for general candidates and 35 percent of the total marks for SC and ST candidates is mandatory in order to qualify for the examination.

Candidates can check AIBE XVI (16) pattern 2021 in the table below:

Mode of Examination Offline
Language Options Eleven
Duration of Examination 3 hours 30 minutes
Types of Questions MCQ
Total Number of Questions 100
Total Marks 100
Negative Marking No

AIBE XVI Syllabus 2021

The questions will be taken from 19 subjects. These subjects are divided into two categories, i.e. category-I and category-II. Candidates must also go through the previous year question papers to cover the syllabus. Candidates can check the complete syllabus here:-

S. No. Topic/Subject Number of Questions
1. Constitutional Law 10
2. I.P.C (Indian Penal Code) 8
3. Cr.P.C (Criminal Procedure Code) 10
4. C.P.C (Code of Civil Procedure) 10
5. Evidence Act 8
6. Alternative Dispute Redressal including Arbitration Act 4
7. Family Law 8
8. Public Interest Litigation 4
9. Administrative Law 3
10. Professional Ethics & Cases of Professional Misconduct
under BCI rules
11. Company Law 2
12. Environmental Law 2
13. Cyber Law 2
14. Labour & Industrial Laws 4
15. Law of Tort, including Motor Vehicle Act and Consumer
Protection Law
16. Law related to Taxation 4
17. Law of Contract, Specific Relief, Property Laws, Negotiable
Instrument Act
18. Land Acquisition Act 2
19. Intellectual Property Laws 2
 Total 100
One Year LL.M for This Session: BCI

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