All India Bar Exam – AIBE


The Bar Council of India (BCI) will release the notification for AIBE XVII (17) anytime soon. Along with the notification, AIBE XVII (17) registrations 2022 will also begin on the official website –  AIBE 2022 application forms will be available in online mode only, and candidates should be enrolled with a state bar council to obtain an enrollment ID to apply for the exam. Generally, the AIBE notification is released in March-April, however, for AIBE XVII (17) 2022 notification, the Bar Council of India is deciding upon some crucial factors of AIBE including eligibility criteria, AIBE exam pattern, and AIBE exam mode.

Latest updates:

  • July 23:  BREAKING! AIBE XVII (17) 2022 mode of examination changed.
  • July 04: AIBE 2022 notification to be out soon, But when?
  • April 25: BCI to allow other professionals to enroll as provisional advocates on qualifying AIBE?
  • March 30: BCI issues COP to AIBE XVI qualified candidates through Mobile application.

The exact details of AIBE 2022 will be available once the notification is released. However, candidates can expect the following changes in AIBE 17:

  • Candidates pursuing ‘other profession’ i.e. other than law domain, will be allowed to take AIBE examination, and register as advocate provisionally. This may change AIBE eligibility criteria 2022.
  • BCI will implement strict testing parameters for AIBE 2022, which means candidates may not be allowed to carry any reference material including Bare Acts.
  • Negative marking scheme will be introduced from AIBE 2022 onwards.

These changes will be confirmed once the AIBE 17 notification is released. BCI has already issued ‘Certificates of Practice’ to AIBE XVI qualified candidates via AIBESCOPE mobile application. Candidates preparing for AIBE XVII (17) can get here all updates and crucial information regarding the upcoming examination.


All India Bar Examination (AIBE) is a national-level exam conducted by the Bar Council of India (BCI) for law graduates who want to practice in a court of law. Both 3-year LLB and 5-year LLB graduates are eligible to appear in the AIBE exam. Candidates who qualify in the AIBE exam are issued COP certificates that allows the candidates to practice law in a court of law in India. Without the COP certificate, one cannot practice law in Indian courts.

AIBE 2022 Highlights

Check out the table below to know the key highlights for AIBE (17) 2022 exam.

Features Details 
Exam nameAll India Bar Examination (AIBE)
Conducting bodyBar Council of India (BCI)
Exam levelNational
Exam frequencyOnce a year
Exam feesINR 3,560 (General/ OBC category) and INR 2,560 (reserved category)
Eligibility3 -year or 5-year LLB from a recognized law institute/ university
Exam purpose
  • The AIBE is a certification exam to earn the Certificate of Practice (COP)
  • The COP is mandatory for practicing law in India.
Mode of examPen-and-paper exam, and to be conducted in CBT mode as well
Question typeThe question paper will include 100 objective-type questions.
No. of test cities53 exam cities all over India
Exam helpdesk no.+91- 9804580458
Exam website




AIBE XVII exam date  To be notified



Exam duration3 hours 30 minutes


To take AIBE, candidates need to fulfill the AIBE XVII (17) eligibility criteria as mentioned below:
  • Education: Candidates should hold a three- or five-year LLB degree from a recognized institute or university
  • Enrollment with State Bar Council: Candidates should be enrolled as advocates with their respective State Bar Councils, under Section 24 (1) (f) of Advocates Act, 1961
  • Age bar: There is no upper or lower age limit to apply for the exam

AIBE Eligibility Criteria Overview

Take a look at some of the key elements for AIBE eligibility criteria:

ParameterEligibility Criteria
Qualifying examA law degree examination, be it a five-year LLB course, three-year LLB course, or LLM course.
Minimum marks in qualifying examNo minimum marks in academic qualification mandatory to be eligible for AIBE exam.
Age limit for AIBE examNo upper age or lower age limit to be eligible for AIBE.
State Bar Council Registration/EnrollmentEnrollment ID issued by State Bar Council is mandatory.



The AIBE exam is aimed at judging candidates’ understanding of law subjects and whether they are fit enough to practice in a court of law. It may be noted that questions in the AIBE exam 2022 will be asked from 11 topics, but each of these topics carry different weightage. For example, only two questions are asked from Company Law, but there are 10 questions from Constitutional Law. These are aspects you need to be aware of to ace the AIBE exam.

AIBE Syllabus

BCI has specified the topics for the bar examination that candidates should not miss at any cost. Check the table below mentioning the topics and weightage:

Topics (or subjects)
Number of questions
Administrative Law3
Alternative Dispute Redressal including Arbitration Act4
Code of Civil Procedure10
Company Law2
Constitutional Law10
Criminal Procedure Code10
Cyber Law2
Environmental Law2
Evidence Act8
Family Law8
Indian Penal Code8
Intellectual Property Laws2
Labour and Industrial Laws4
Land Acquisition Act2
Law of Contract, Specific Relief, Property Laws, Negotiable Instrument Act8
Law of Tort, including Motor Vehicle Act and Consumer Protection Law5
Law related to Taxation4
Professional Ethics and Cases of Professional Misconduct under BCI rules4
Public Interest Litigation4
Total questions100


Exam Pattern 2022

If you are conversant with the AIBE exam pattern, you can cut down on silly mistakes not only during exam preparation, but even during the exam. So, take some time out to go through the AIBE (17) exam pattern 2022 described below:

AIBE Exam FeaturesDetails
Exam modeOffline mode
Exam typeAIBE is no longer an open book exam.

Not allowed: you are not allowed to carry books, notes and written material inside the exam hall

Allowed: Bare acts without notes are allowed.

Exam duration3 hours 30 minutes
Test medium11 languages (Assamese, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, English, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Punjabi)
Total questions100 questions
Type of questionsMCQs
Marking SchemeOne mark per question (negative marking to be introduced this year onwards)



Application Fee:

  • Candidate can pay application from fee through Online mode.
  • For that candidate can use SBI Challan facility, Credit Card, Debit Card and Net Banking payment gateway for transaction of application fee.
  • The offline application fee must be submitted within 24 hrs of registration.

Following are the application fee structure of AIBE 2022 Application Form:

CategoryApplication Fee


The Bar Council of India conducts the All India Bar Examination as per the process below:

Step 1: Apply for AIBE XVII exam

Candidates first need to apply for the AIBE exam in online mode on the official website of BCI. AIBE application process majorly includes three stages – registration, application form filling and application fee payment. AIBE application fee is INR 3,560 for General, OBC, Gen-PWD and OBC-PwD categories and INR 2,560 for SC, ST, SC-PWD and ST-PWD categories. The fee payment can be done in two modes – online (using Net Banking, Debit Card, Credit Card) and offline (using bank challan).


Step 2: Download AIBE admit card

After successful submissions of application, candidates are issued AIBE admit card to appear for the examination. They need to download the admit card from the official website of BCI by using their registration ID and password. AIBE XVII admit card  will contain all important details about the exam such as test date, time, centre address, etc.

Step 3: Appear for AIBE exam

Candidates have to appear for the examination at the allotted AIBE test centre in pen-paper based test mode. Earlier, AIBE was an open book examination so candidates could carry their study material including books, notes, etc. inside the exam hall . However, from 2021 onwards, AIBE is no longer an open-book exam.

Step 4: Check AIBE answer key

Once the exam is over, BCI releases the AIBE answer key on its official website for candidates to check their answers. The Council first releases provisional and then final answer key for the exam. Through AIBE answer key, candidates can have the correct estimation of the score that they can secure in the exam.

Step 5: Check AIBE result

After the final answer key is out, BCI declares AIBE result on its official website. Candidates can check their AIBE exam result on the official website by using their roll number and date of birth.

Step 6: Get AIBE Certificate of Practice (COP)

Finally, candidates who qualify for the bar examination are awarded with the Certificate of Practice. BCI notifies the availability of COP to the qualified candidateship due time after which they can obtain it from their state bar councils.

AIBE 2022 Application Fee

Candidates filling up the application forms of AIBE XVII (17) 2022 must pay the fee for their respective categories as under:

CategoryApplication Fee (in INR)
General/OBCINR 3,560 (including INR 60 bank charges)
Gen-PWD/ OBC-PWDINR 3,560 (including INR 60 bank charges)
SC/ST/INR 2,560 (including INR 60 bank charges)
SC-PWD/ST-PWD categoriesINR 2,560 (including INR 60 bank charges)
EWS/ WomenINR 3,560 (including INR 60 bank charges)

AIBE Admit Card 2022

BCI will issue admit cards for AIBE 17 applicants only. The admit card will be available to candidates in online mode on the official website of the exam. AIBE 2022 admit card is an important document for candidates as without it they will not be allowed to sit in the exam. It contains information like roll number, date and time of the AIBE exam, and reporting time. In addition, it also contains COVID-19 related guidelines that the candidate needs to follow on the day of the exam.

Check quick steps to download the AIBE admit card below:

  • Visit the official website of AIBE
  • Click on the admit card download link
  • Login by entering registration number and date of birth
  • Download the admit card

AIBE Exam Day Guidelines

To ensure there is no untoward incidents on exam day that may derail your chances of qualifying the AIBE exam, take some timeout to learn the exam-day guidelines which are described below. Note that you can also find these guidelines mentioned on your AIBE admit card.

  1. Last-minute exam tips – Do quick revision of important points. Don’t read any new topics as it will create undue pressure and eat into valuable revision time.
  2. Reporting time – Report at the allotted AIBE exam center at least an hour before commencement of exams.
  3. COVID-19 related guidelines – Wear a mask at all times, carry sanitizers and maintain social distancing.
  4. Carry these items with you – Two black (0r blue) ballpoint pens to mark answers on OMR sheet, admit card, photo ID, and Bare Acts
  5. Avoid taking these items to the exam center – Electronic items like smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets; Jeweler or any other valuables
  6. Before exam-starts – Follow the instructions given by the invigilator and carefully read the instructions given in the question booklet.
  7. Taking the exam – Start with the easy questions first; this way you will ensure you don’t miss out on sure-shot marks. Also, if you are not able to solve a question, don’t get stuck and panic. Rather stay calm, move on to the next question. Once you are done with the rest of the questions, come back and give it a second shot.
  8. How to do time management – Time seems to fly when you are taking an exam! But if you want to slow it down and ensure you are able to attempt all the 100 questions, you need to declutter your mind and stay focused. Don’t let the mind linger; also get rid of the negativity. Keep saying to yourself I can do it. Once the exam paper is infront of you, take one one question at a time; don’t look or think too far ahead. Stay in the moment. Remember the composure you show now is going to reap rich rewards. Follow the tips mentioned in the earlier point: start with the easy questions and then move on to the rest; don’t waste time on difficult questions (especially at the start).



Answer Key 2022

The BCI will publish the answer key of AIBE XVII within a week after conducting the bar examination. Candidates who will appear for AIBE 2022, would be allowed to submit their grievances regarding the answer key in online mode. Thereafter, a final answer key will be released for AIBE XVII along with the results. The final answer key will be prepared after considering all the feedback and comments of candidates against the provisional key AIBE 2022. The final key cannot be challenged any further, and the key mentioned in it will be considered the correct answers to the questions asked in the AIBE XVII question paper.


BCI will declare AIBE 2022 results within two months of conducting the examination. Candidates will be able to check their qualifying status for AIBE XVII at the official website Candidates can check their AIBE results 2022 by entering their enrollment number and date of birth. The results would simply contain the qualifying status of the candidate (qualified / not qualified).

How to check AIBE XVII results 2022

  1. Go to the official website of AIBE XVII
  2. Click on the result link in the notification bar of the website, and a login window will open up in new tab
  3. Enter your roll number and date of birth as registered for AIBE 2022
  4. On successful login, the result would be displayed on screen.
  5. Download and take a printout of the result.


The dates of AIBE 17 will be announced anytime soon. Candidates can check the tentative AIBE XVII exam dates in the table below:

AIBE XVII (17) Exam EventsAIBE Exam DatesSalient Features
Online registrationAnytime soonOnline registrations will begin on the official website.
Application fee paymentTo be notifiedApplication fee to be paid online or using bank challan.
Last date to complete application formTo be notifiedCandidates have to fill and submit their application form along with application fee before the last date.
Issue of AIBE 2022 admit cardsTo be notifiedBCI will issue admit card to candidates who applied for AIBE XVII exam in online mode.
AIBE XVII exam dateTo be notifiedCandidates who applied for the exam have to appear for AIBE XVII at the allotted test centers.
Release of provisional answer keyTo be notifiedContain correct answers to questions asked in the exam, and candidates can cross-check their responses with the help of this key.
Objection filing against provisional keyTo be notifiedCandidates can raise their concerns regarding the answer key on the official website of the bar examination.
Declaration of AIBE XVII resultsTo be notifiedThe results of AIBE XVII will be announced on the official website. Candidates would be able to check their qualifying status via AIBESCOPE mobile application as well.
AIBE XVII answer sheet re-checkTo be notifiedCandidates will be given a chance to get their answer sheets verified by the exam committee if they have doubts regarding their results and marks.
Release of final answer keyTo be notifiedA final answer key will be published with corrections regarding the questions rejection/ deletion. It will affect AIBE XVII result and qualifying status of the candidates who took the exam.
Certificate of Practice for AIBE XVIITo be notifiedCandidates can collect their COPs from their respective bar councils or download pdf file through mobile app – AIBESCOPE.


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