The much controversial All India Bar Examination will have one hundred (100) multiple-choice questions spread across various subjects. The subjects are taken from the syllabus prescribed by the Bar Council of India for the three-year and five-year LL.B course. These subjects are divided into two categories: the first comprises subjects that may be considered ‘foundational’ in nature, those that form the basis for large areas of law; the second comprises other subjects, which a new entrant to the legal profession must also have a basic understanding of.
The All India Bar Examination shall be structured with multiple-choice questions (that is, the correct answer would have to be marked out in the Optical Mark Recognition (‘OMR’) format answer sheet provided, and no writing of an answer would be required. These questions will be divided into ‘knowledge-based’ and ‘reasoning’ questions, and advocates will be allowed a maximum of three hours and thirty minutes (3 hours 30 minutes) to complete the All India Bar Examination. The emphasis throughout is on assessing an advocate’s understanding of an area of law, rather than on the ability to memorise large texts or rules from different areas of law.
Advocates will be required to answer questions from twenty subjects.
Category I (Part I of the Paper) includes, Civil Procedure Code and Limitation Act, Constitutional Law, Contract Law, including Specific Relief, Special Contracts, and Negotiable Instruments, Criminal Law I: The Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure, Drafting, Pleading, and Conveyancing, Evidence, Jurisprudence, Professional Ethics and the Professional Code of Conduct for Advocates, Property Law.
Category II (Part II of the Paper) includes Administrative Law, Company Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Human Rights Law, Labour and Industrial Law, Law of Tort, including Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Consumer Protection Law, Principles of Taxation Law, Public International Law.
The exam can be given in English, Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, and Oriya languages. A Certificate of Practice shall be issued by the Bar Council of India, to the address of the successful advocate within 30 days of the date of declaration of results.