The Bar Council of India (BCI) has finally decided to conduct the third All India Bar Examination (AIBE) as per the scheduled date i.e. on January 8, 2012.
On January 2, 2012, two practicing lawyers filed a written petition in the Delhi High Court seeking to scrap the AIBE. These lawyers argued that they were enrolled as Advocates with the Delhi Bar Council in 2011 and undergoing training before several Courts, Tribunals and other authorities.
Further, they cited that the Calcutta High Court has stayed the result of the previous two exams conducted by BCI, as their exams rules 9, 10 and 11 are required to be analyzed by the court. The BCI had also announced on July 12, 2010 that all newly enrolled members in the Bar Councils will have to appear for an exam if they want to be enrolled as regular member. This rule has also been challenged in the Supreme Court and a hearing on this issue will be done in February.
The third AIBE will be conducted as per the scheduled date from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. Candidates must ensure that they reach the examination centre in advance as entry to the examination centre will not be allowed after 11:15 am.
The exam will assess capabilities at a basic level, and is intended to set a minimum standard for admission to the practice of law in India; it addresses a candidate’s analytical abilities and basic knowledge of law. All students graduating from academic year 2009-10 onwards will have to clear the exam to practice law in India.