AIBE 2021: Exam Dates (Out), Registration (Extended), Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation

AIBE 2021 exam [also referred as the AIBE (XVI) 16] will be conducted on October 24. The exam will be held in offline mode in over 40 cities across India. 

AIBE registration 2021 is underway. Eligible candidates can fill the AIBE registration form latest by September 15. However, the registered candidates can make the application fee payment latest by September 20. Check complete AIBE exam dates 2021.  

What is the AIBE Exam?

All India Bar Examination (AIBE) is a national-level exam conducted by Bar Council of India (BCI). Through AIBE exam, BCI evaluates candidates’ analytical abilities along with basic understanding of law subjects to assess whether the provisionally enrolled advocates or fresh law graduates have the aptitude to practice law in India.AIBE Qualifying Criteria: To clear AIBE, candidates should obtain minimum 40 per cent aggregate if they belong to the General or Other Backward Class (OBC) category and 35 per cent aggregate if they belong to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) category.

Why is it mandatory to clear the AIBE exam?

BCI awards the Certificate of Practice to candidates who clear the bar exam with the above-mentioned minimum aggregate marks. Those who are not able to clear AIBE remain enrolled with the State Bar Council as provisional advocates and not practicing lawyers. Appearing for the AIBE exam is mandatory for all law graduates who have completed their degree in or after 2010. However, advocates who have graduated in the year 2009 or before are exempted from taking the exam to practice law. 

AIBE 2021 Eligibility Criteria 

To take AIBE, candidates need to fulfil the eligibility criteria as mentioned below:

  • Education: Candidates should hold a three- or five-year LLB degree from a recognised institute or university
  • Enrollment with State Bar Councils: 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 2021 Highlights

Exam NameAll India Bar Examination
Exam FrequencyTwice a year
Exam ModeOffline
Exam Duration3 hours 30 minutes
Official Website

AIBE Exam Dates 2021

AIBE 2021 application process is currently underway. Check important AIBE XVI exam dates 2021 below:

AIBE Exam EventsAIBE Exam DatesSalient Features
Online registration26-Dec-2020 to 22-Mar-2021 31-Mar-2021 30-Apr-2021 15-Jun-2021 15-Jul-2021 14-Aug-2021 15-Sep-2021Online registration for AIBE XVI 2021 exam has been extended again. The AIBE registration commenced on December 26, 2020.
Application fee payment26-Dec-2020 to 26-Mar-2021 02-Apr-2021  04-May-2021 20-Aug-2021 20-Sep-2021The last date for application fee payment has been extended again. Candidates can pay AIBE application fee in online mode or through bank challan.
Last date for completion of online application form31-Mar-202105-Apr-202107-May-202125-Sep-2021Registered candidates can complete their online application form on the official website. 
Admit card10-Apr-2021 12-May-2021 04-Oct-2021AIBE admit card 2021 will be released on the official website. 
AIBE XVI exam25-Apr-2021 30-May-2021 24-Oct-2021The revsied AIBE 2021 exam date has been announced. The Law exam will be held in offline mode. 

How to Register for AIBE 2021?

AIBE registration process 2021 has been extended again till September 15. All the eligible candidates can fill the AIBE (16) registration form in online mode on the official website of the exam. 

Candidates who are already registered can pay the AIBE registration fee in online or offline mode. Also, such candidates can complete their online AIBE application form on the official website itself. The AIBE application fee is Rs 3,560 for General/OBC category and Rs 2,560 for SC/ST category. Check out quick steps to fill AIBE (16) 2021 application form below:

  • Visit the official website –
  • Click on the Registration link
  • Fill AIBE registration form 2021
  • Once registered, fill the AIBE application form
  • Upload scanned photo, signature, self-attested enrollment certificate and self-attested photo ID in the prescribed format and size
  • Select test language and give preference for AIBE exam city
  • Pay AIBE application fee in online or offline mode 

AIBE Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2021

Knowing the AIBE exam pattern and syllabus well is the first steps towards effective test preparation. AIBE is a 3.5 hours duration offline exam that is conducted in 11 languages. Questions in the exam are asked from different Law subjects such as Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Indian Penal Code, Evidence Act, Family Law, Law of Contract, etc. Check complete AIBE syllabus.  

AIBE Preparation 2021

In order to crack the All India Bar Examination, it is important for candidates to have a proper preparation strategy in place. However, some of the tips that candidates should keep in mind while planning for AIBE 2021 preparation include:

  • Focus not just on one but all the law topics mentioned in the AIBE syllabus
  • Practice as many previous years’ AIBE question papers and sample papers as possible
  • Devote more time to strengthen weaker subjects
  • Create short notes while preparing a topic
  • Keep a track of important recent law cases and judgements
  • Be consistent in preparation 

Get complete details on how to prepare for AIBE 2021.

AIBE Question Papers

AIBE question papers and sample papers form an important aspect of exam preparation. Candidates must practice as many AIBE sample papers as possible in order to have a good grasp on the exam. Solving AIBE question papers will help you in the following ways:

  • Understand the AIBE syllabus and pattern more effectively
  • Understand the type of questions asked in the exam 
  • Get to know the important topics for AIBE
  • Improve accuracy and time management skills

AIBE Admit Card 2021

AIBE 2021 admit card will be released few weeks before the exam. The admit card will be released in online mode on the official website of the exam. AIBE 16 admit card 2021 will be an importnt document for candidates as without it they will not be allowed to sit for the papaer. 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 password
  • Download the admit card

AIBE Exam Centres 2021

AIBE 2021 exam will be conducted in about 48 cities across India. Candidates can give their preference for AIBE exam cities at the time of filling the application form. Candidates are advised to choose AIBE exam centres carefully as once the application is submitted, they might not get a chance to change their preference. Exam cities in which AIBE exam is usually conducted include:

AIBE (16) Exam Centres 2021
BokaroCochinNew Delhi

Step 1: Apply for AIBE 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 Rs 3,560 for General, OBC, Gen-PWD and OBC-PwD categories and Rs 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 submisison 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 admit card 2021 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 candidatesin due time after which they can obtain it from their state bar councils. 

AIBE Exam Day Guidelines 2021

Candidates should follow the instructions given by the test centre officials on the exam day. Candidates should also follow the AIBE exam day instructions as given on the admit card as under:

1. Candidates should report at the allotted AIBE exam centre at least one hour before the exam timings

2. To avoid the last-minute rush, candidates should check the allotted test centre location and name at least a day or two before the exam day. Candidates should also evaluate the distance and time required to reach the centre.

3. On the exam day, candidates must carry below-mentioned items with them:

  • Two ballpoint pens, the colour should be black or blue ink for marking answers on the OMR sheet
  • AIBE admit card (at least two copies)
  • photo ID proof (original as well as a photocopy) including PAN card/Driving License/Voter ID/Passport/Aadhaar Card/State Bar Council Advocate Enrollment ID
  • Bare Acts

4. Also, candidates should avoid taking the following items to the exam centre:

  • Electronic items such as smartphones, smartwatches, and tablets
  • Jewellery or any other valuables

AIBE Answer Key 2021

AIBE 2021 answer key will be released soon after the exam is over. The answer key will be released in online mode on the official website of the exam. Along with the key, BCI will also release the AIBE 2021 question paper. Candidates will be to check the answer key and question paper for their respective set by clicking on the PDF link on the official website. 

The AIBE result 2021 will be announced soon after the release of the answer key.  

AIBE Certificate of Practice 2020-21

The Bar Council of India is expected to release the Certificate of Practice (CoP) for candidates who qualified the AIBE (15) 2020 in July end or August. BCI will release the list of state bar councils from where all the qualified candidates can collect their CoP. The AIBE CoP will contain details including a candidate’s name, roll number, enrollment number, father’s name, photograph, signature and state bar council name.  

Important AIBE Exam FAQs

Q: When will the next AIBE be held?A: The next AIBE exam, that is, AIBE (16) 2021 will be conducted by BCI on October 24. The BCI released the revised AIBE exam date on August 17. 

Q: How many times is AIBE held in a year?

A: AIBE exam is conducted twice a year by BCI; usually in August-October and March-May.

Q: Is passing AIBE exam mandatory?A: Yes, for the candidates who passed their LLB degree from 2010 onwards it is now mandatory to clear the AIBE examination to practice law as an advocate. The bar councils of all the states are ensuring that the enrolled lawyers appear for AIBE and pass the examination. If any enrolled lawyer fails to pass the bar examination then s/he is debarred from the councils/associations until s/he passes the exam. 

Q: How many times can anyone appear for the AIBE exam?A: Since, it is important for provisionally enrolled advocates to clear AIBE to practice law, for that reason, no limit is applied to the number of times one can take the exam. Candidates can appear for AIBE until they clear the exam.

Q: Is AIBE conducted online or offline?A: AIBE is conducted in offline mode, that is, candidates have to mark their answers on the OMR sheet.

Q: Is AIBE an open book exam?A: Till 2020, AIBE was an open book exam. However, from 2021 BCI has changed this pattern. This means that candidates can no longer take the help of books and study material to attempt/solve the question paper.

Q: Will I be provided books or study material in the examination hall?A: No, the exam centre officials or BCI does not provide any study material for the test-takers. AIBE is no more an open book exam.


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