All India Bar Examination XV 2020: Read preparation tips here

Bar Council of India will conduct the AIBE XV 2020 exam on January 24 with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

All India Bar Examination XV 2020: Read preparation tips here
shubham.bhakuni | Jan 11, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Bar Council of India (BCI) will conduct All India Bar Examination (AIBE) XV (15) 2020 on January 24. The much-delayed exam will be an opportunity for many law graduates to get the Certificate of Practice required for working as an advocate in any Court of Law in India. AIBE is an open book exam, designed to test the aptitude and legal knowledge required for practising the legal profession in India. And, most importantly, it is mandatory for law graduates to clear the exam. So, here are some preparation tips for AIBE XV (15) that may help in clearing the exam comfortably.
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AIBE preparation tips

Refer to AIBE syllabus

The test paper of AIBE will have questions framed from the AIBE syllabus. So, one must be aware of the official syllabus. Further, the test conducting body has also given the topic-wise distribution of questions and marks. Referring to the syllabus would let you understand the broad framework of the test and you can put your preparation in the right direction. Here are the topics that are included in the AIBE syllabus along with marks distribution.

AIBE syllabus

Subject or Topic

Total number of questions

Administrative Law


Alternative Dispute Redressal including Arbitration Act


Code of Civil Procedure


Company Law


Constitutional Law


Criminal Procedure Code


Cyber Law


Environmental Law


Evidence Act


Family Law


Indian Penal Code


Intellectual Property Laws


Labour and Industrial Laws


Land Acquisition Act


Law of Contract, Specific Relief, Property Laws, Negotiable Instrument Act


Law of Tort, including Motor Vehicle Act and Consumer Protection Law


Law related to Taxation


Professional Ethics and Cases of Professional Misconduct under BCI rules


Public Interest Litigation


Total questions


Follow the right study material

Referring to the right study material makes it easy for the candidates to cover the syllabus. For AIBE, candidates should refer to the standard books instead of going after random books available in the market.

Bare Acts is considered really good for AIBE preparation. However, along with Bare Acts, one may use the book named “Central Civil Acts (101 Important Acts) with Latest Acts, Amendments & Short Comments)” for the preparation.

The Criminal Manual (Cr.P.C., I.P.C. & Evidence) is also an important book which can be used to cover the criminal law section. Some of the other important books and study material for AIBE preparation are mentioned below.

  • Universal Constitution of India

  • Intellectual Property Law by LexisNexis

  • Landmark case laws

  • Legal maxims list

Make handwritten notes

Handwritten notes are very useful for revising various topics in the short span of time. Also, given that AIBE is an open book exam, the handwritten notes can be taken inside the exam hall and referred for answering the questions.

Read legal maxims and prepare case lists

The AIBE paper will have many questions from legal maxims and different cases and judgments. So, one should have knowledge of legal maxims and cases. The case lists can also be carried to the exam centre and referred for answering the questions.

Solve AIBE previous year papers

Solving previous year papers is one of the best ways to understand the test and assess your level of preparation. It is advised that candidates should solve all the available previous year papers of AIBE before going into the examination. The question papers should be solved in a time-bound manner. After solving the paper, you must evaluate your performance and identify the loopholes.

Important things to carry in exam hall

AIBE is an open book exam, so candidates are allowed to refer to the books and study material for answering the questions. Still, every year, many candidates fail to clear the exam because they find it difficult to find answers in the books. To avoid such situation, candidates should carry only those study materials with which they are already familiar.

Candidates may carry Bar Acts, Universal Constitution of India, list of landmark case laws and list of legal maxims along with self-made notes.

The All India Bar Examination was not conducted last year due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Delhi High Court has directed the BCI to hold the present session under strict regulations and issue COVID related standard operating procedures (SOPs) for AIBE XV. The authorities have also planned to conduct the next session of AIBE on March 21, 2021.

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