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All India Bar Examination 2021

By Bar Council of India, New Delhi

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  • The Bar Council of India was established by Parliament under the Advocates Act, 1961.
  • Bar Council of India sets the standard for legal education across the country.
  • AIBE is a national-level examination conducted by the Bar Council of India to assess whether provisionally enrolled advocates or fresh law graduates have the aptitude to practice law.
  • Earlier, the exam was conducted as an open book test in which candidates were allowed to carry study material inside the exam hall. 
  • However, from 2021 onwards, candidates will only be allowed to carry Bare Acts without notes inside the test centre.
  • The exam will no more be held as an open-book examination. 

Exam Highlights

Language / Medium of Instruction

11 languages including English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Oriya, Assamese, Punjabi

Exam Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Based Questions

Exam Frequency

Twice a year

Official Website


Application Details
  • AIBE application form 2021 submission will end on March 22
  • The registered candidates can complete their AIBE application form latest by March 31. 
  • The last date to register online for AIBE 2021 exam was February 21. However, the Bar Council of India (BCI) extended the application dates by about a month. 
  • Candidates can fill the application form for AIBE 2021 on the official website of the law exam. 
  • Before applying for the exam, candidates must ensure that they AIBE eligibility criteria. 
  • The AIBE XVI application form was released on December 26, 2020. The AIBE XVI 2021 exam will be held on April 25.
  • Candidates can pay the application fee for AIBE 2021 in offline mode only using the fee challan of the State Bank of India (SBI). The application fee challan will be provided on the applicant`s dashboard itself. candidates have to download the fee challan and pay the application fee at the nearest SBI branch.

How to apply for AIBE (XVI) 2021?

  • Step 1 - Online Registration for AIBE XVI
    • Visit the official website of AIBE-http://www.allindiabarexamination.com 
    • The online registration can be done with the following details: 
      • Advocate ID Card
      • Enrollment certificate
      • Scanned photo and signature
      • Category certificate
      • Disability certificate 
    • Once, the details above are filled click on `I agree` for acknowledgment and `Accept` to register and proceed for application 
  • Step 2 - Filling up the application form
    • Candidates need to fill the personal information in the form:
      • Name
      • Gender
      • Father’s/husband’s name
      • Date of birth
      • Permanent address
      • Email ID
      • Mobile number
    • They need to provide their academic qualification details as under:
      • Name of the college
      • The course duration of LLB
      • Graduation stream
      • Admission year and pass out year of the LLB degree
      • Master`s degree/any other qualification (if available)
      • Enrollment number (as mentioned in enrollment certificate)
    • Once all details are filled in, candidates need to click on the Next button.
    • Register a valid E-mail Id to receive AIBE 2019 Registration Number and Password on it 
  • Step 3 - Upload Documents
    • Log in again with the provided ID and password and upload the documents mentioned below:






10KB- 50KB




Self-Attested Enrollment Certificate 



Self-Attested Photo Id



  • Step 4 - Select Test Language & Test Centre
    • Aspirants need to fill in details such as Candidate type (Fresh or Repeat student), Category (General/OBC/SC/ST), and also mention if they have any disability.
    • Candidates need to give three preferences for the list of 44 test cities.
    • Aspirants need to select the AIBE question paper language from –
      • Assamese
      • Bengali
      • English
      • Gujarati
      • Hindi
      • Kannada
      • Marathi
      • Oriya
      • Punjabi
      • Tamil
      • Telugu
    • Step 5 - Application Fee Payment 
      • The application fee of AIBE XVI can be paid in offline mode by only using the SBI bank challan at the nearest branch.
      • Candidates can download the auto-generated bank challan of SBI Bank as per their selected reserved category.
      • They have to visit their nearest SBI branch at least 24 hours after AIBE registration to pay the application fee.
      • The fee challan will have three copies - one for the bank, one for BCI, and one for the candidates.
      • The bank official will keep their copy and BCI`s copy, and handover, the remaining copy to the candidates with their stamp, journal number and bank code. 
    • Step 6: Fee Payment Status and Uploading Challan
      • Candidates need to visit the official website of AIBE again after they have deposited the application fee at the SBI branch at least after 24 hours.
      • They need to upload their SBI Bank Challan and fill up details like journal number, branch code, and date of payment receipt. 
    • Step 7: Application form submission 
      • Candidates have to download their submitted application form once all the steps above have been completed.
      • Candidates need not send the hardcopy of the AIBE XVI application form to the official address, as it needs to be submitted in online mode only.
      • Candidates need to download it for future references. 

Fee Structure

  • Candidates can download the auto-generated bank challan of SBI Bank as per their selected reserved category.
  • They have to visit their nearest SBI branch at least 24 hours after AIBE registration to pay the application fee.
  • The application fee can be paid in cash along with bank charges as under:


Application Fee (in INR)

All categories i.e. General/OBC/Gen-PWD/OBC-PWD

Rs. 3,560 (including Rs. 60 bank charges)

SC/ST/SC-PWD/ST-PWD categories

Rs. 2,560 (including Rs.60 bank charges)

  • The fee challan will have three copies - one for the bank, one for BCI, and one for the candidates.
  • The bank official will keep their copy and BCI`s copy, and handover, the remaining copy to the candidates with their stamp, journal number, and bank code. 

All India Bar Examination (AIBE) XVI is scheduled to be held on April 25. Meanwhile, Bar Council of India (BCI) conducted AIBE 15 on January 24, 2021, across India at more than 45 test cities. All India Bar Examination (AIBE) was held from 10 am in pen-paper based test mode. After the examination, the expert team of Edunews was able to observe the question paper series wise and offer the following comments.

AIBE 2020 Exam Analysis:  All India Bar Examination (AIBE) 15 was conducted as an open book exam, however, candidates found it difficult to attempt the examination since, it is not confirmed from where the questions would be asked. The question paper carried 100 multiple-choice questions based on 19 law subjects and the test paper was printed in 11 languages which candidates could select based on their preference. Questions figured on the fundamentals of law, Hindu Marriage Act, Muslim law, Contract Act, CrPC, IPC, recent talaq, writs, case laws, precedents, CPC, IPR, PIL, taxation laws, labour laws, constitutional law, torts, property laws, negotiable instruments, ADR, Companies Act, Land Tribunal, Indian Evidence Act, etc. 


AIBE XVI 2020 Result is expected to be released soon on the official website of BCI probably in the third week of March, 2021.  The cutoff marks for both general and reserved categories will also be released by BCI once the results are out. General candidates who score 40% marks and reserved candidates who score 35% marks will be considered qualified for AIBE XV 2020. Candidates qualifying the exam will be issued the `Certificate of Practice` (COP) from Bar Council of India. After the declaration of the result containing the names of all qualified candidates, BCI will publish merit list of AIBE 2020. 

COP will mention the following details: 

  • Candidate`s Roll Number 
  • COP Number
  • Candidate`s Name
  • Candidate`s Father Name
  • Enrollment Number 
  • State Bar Council as enrolled with
  • Candidate`s Photograph 
  • Candidate`s Signature

AIBE XVI 2020 Answer Key has been released on January 30, 2021. Candidates who appeared for the exam held on January 24, 2021 can check the result and download the answer key from the official website by entering their login credentials.



Constitutional Law

Indian Penal Code

Criminal Procedure Code

Code of Civil Procedure

Evidence Act

Alternate Dispute Redressal Including Arbitration Act

Family Law

Public Interest Litigation

Administrative Law

Professional Ethics and Cases of Professional Misconduct under BCI Rules

Company Law

Environmental Law

Cyber Law

Labour and Industrial Laws

Law of Tort including Motor Vehicles Act and Consumer Protection Law

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

Law-Related Taxation 

Land Acquisition Act

Intellectual Property Law

AIBE 2021 Events AIBE Dates 

AIBE 2021 registration


26 Dec `20 -

22 Mar `21

Completion of AIBE 2021 online form


26 Dec `20 -

31 Mar `21

Last date for fee payment

26 Mar `21

Online release of admit cards

10 Apr `21

AIBE XVI exam day 25 Apr `21


Date Description
20-12-2020AIBE 2021 registration
22-03-2021Last date for AIBE registration
26-12-2020Completion of AIBE 2021 online form
26-03-2021Last date for fee payment
10-04-2021Online release of admit cards
25-04-2021AIBE XVI exam day
31-03-2021Last date for completion of AIBE 2021 online form

AIBE 2021 Eligibility Criteria 

  • Candidates holding three-year or five-year LLBdegree are eligible for appearing in AIBE.
  • All candidates must be enrolled as an advocate with their respective State Bar Council, under Section 24 (1) (f) of Advocates Act, 1961.
  • There is no upper age limit or lower age limit for candidates taking the exam.

Factors affecting AIBE cut off

As per the past years cut off analysis, listed below are the reasons/factors affecting the cut off marks:

  • Minimum passing criteria for AIBE
  • Number of candidates reporting the discrepancies in the answer keys
  • Total discrepancies verified and rectified by BCI
  • Questions removed from result evaluation

Let us understand how each factor changes AIBE cut off marks:

Factors affecting AIBE cut off


Minimum passing criteria

BCI indicated minimum passing marks for each category as under:

·         General/ OBC category – 45% marks

·         SC/ ST category – 35% marks

Number of candidates reporting the discrepancies in the answer keys

The more candidates report errors/ discrepancies on the answer keys, question papers are cross-checked and corrective measure are taken by BCI

Total discrepancies rectified by BCI

BCI verify the objections raised by candidates and if the objections are found valid it will take action accordingly

Total questions removed from final result evaluation

Before announcing the results, BCI publish a clarification on the answer keys mentioning the total number of question found with errors and hence, removed from the final result evaluation

AIBE 2020 Expected Cut off

Based on minimum passing marks criteria, the expected cut off is as under:


AIBE 14 expected cut off

General/ OBC category


SC/ ST category


AIBE Previous Years Cut off

After the removal of wrong questions the cut-off marks for AIBE (14) 2019 are so:


AIBE Cut off

Pass Criteria



40% of total marks i.e. 91 marks



35% of total marks i.e. 91 marks

Hence, according to the cut-off marks, the General and OBC category candidates obtaining a minimum of 36 marks and more will be considered `PASS`. For SC/ ST category, candidates obtaining 31 marks and more will be considered `PASS` and eligible for COP. BCI will issue `Certificate of Practice (COP)` to all AIBE 14 qualified candidates. 

AIBE Previous Years Cut off

AIBE exam



Reason for low cut off
AIBE 13 cut off 39 34
  • 2 questions were rejected after candidates reported discrepancies
  • The final result was evaluated out of a total of 98 marks
AIBE 12 cut off 38 33
  • 5 questions were rejected after candidates reported discrepancies
  • The final result was evaluated out of a total of 95 marks

AIBE cutoff 2020 will be released by the Bar Council of India (BCI) along with the declaration of the result in the third week of March 2021. AIBE cut-off 2020 mentions minimum marks that candidates need to obtain for clearing the examination. 

  • BCI will conduct the AIBE exam in 45 cities across India. Candidates can select up to three test centres based on their preference from the below-listed cities










New Delhi




































  • AIBE 2020 result date has been postponed by the Bar Council of India (BCI).
  • Earlier, the AIBE result was scheduled to be out in the first week of March 2021.
  • However, as per the latest notification, the result will now be announced in the third week of March.
  • The results of AIBE 2020 will be published on the official website of the exam only
  • Candidates can check their qualifying status for AIBE 2020 by logging in on the official website.
  • Candidates who obtain 40% marks out of total scores (35% marks for SC/ST categories) will be considered AIBE 2020 qualified. 
  • BCI will award a Certificate of Practice (COP) to candidates who will qualify for the examination. 

Cut off marks: To clear AIBE and qualify for Certificate of Practice (COP), candidates need to score at least 40 marks out of a total of 100 marks, if belonging to the General/ OBC category and 35 marks if belonging to SC/ST category.

Certificate of Practice

All candidates securing minimum qualifying marks and above will be awarded COP by BCI. Candidates can obtain their COP from their State Bar Council itself. 

Steps to Check AIBE 2019 Result

Candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to check the result:

  • Visit the official website of AIBE - http://www.allindiabarexamination.com/ 
  • Click on the link for AIBE 2020 result 
  • Enter AIBE roll number and date of birth (Date-Month-Year format)
  • Click on the “Submit” button
  • View and download AIBE 2020 result

Details on AIBE Scorecard 2019

AIBE 2019 result and scorecard will contain the following information related to the candidate:

  • Name 
  • Roll number 
  • Date of birth
  • Category
  • Qualifying status
  • Marks obtained

Rechecking AIBE Answer Sheets

  • Candidates can get their answer sheets rechecked by BCI by requesting within the specified dates.
  • Rechecking can be done via offline and online modes
  • Answer sheet rechecking online:
    • Visit the official website of AIBE 15 - http://www.allindiabarexamination.com/ 
    • In the new tab, put in your roll number and request OTP on the registered mobile number
    • Enter the OTP received on the mobile number and proceed to book a slot (date and timings) for an appointment with BCI for `answer sheet rechecking`.
    • Candidates then have to visit the official address of BCI for answer sheet rechecking, and also need to pay the fee of Rs 200 in cash there itself.
  • Answer sheet rechecking via offline:
    • For rechecking of the answer sheet in offline mode, candidates need to download the request form from the official website. 
    • fill in all the details including, name, email address, contact number, and Demand Draft details 
    • The Deman Draft should be drawn in favour of `Bar Council of India` and to be payable at New Delhi. 
    • After filling the form, candidates need to enclose it with DD and send it to the address below: 
    • BCI will declare or send details of the answer sheet rechecking within seven working days of receiving the application form. 
  • Answer sheet rechecking by students themselves: 
    • Candidates can request rechecking their AIBE answer sheets themselves.
    • They need to book a time slot to visit the Bar Council of India, New Delhi.
    • They need to send the same application by mentioning YES against the question ` Will you visit BCI for rechecking?`.
    • The council will inform candidates about the availability of the time slot once the application is received.
  • Candidates should note that BCI will not provide or allow candidates to take a copy of their answer sheet under any circumstances. Candidates can only refer to AIBE official answer key available on the official website for rechecking purposes if required. 
Admit Card
  • The Bar Council of India (BCI) will release the AIBE 2021 admit card on April 10.
  • Candidates appearing for the AIBE exam can download the admit card by login with details such as their registration ID and date of birth.
  • AIBE 2021 will be conducted on April 25 in pen-paper-based test mode and this will be the XVI (16) bar examination.
  • AIBE (XVI) 2021 admit card will be available in online mode only on the official website of AIBE. 
  • AIBE Admit card 2019 is a mandatory document for appearing in the examination.
  • Candidates should carry at least one valid photo ID along with their admit card for appearing in the AIBE exam. 

Steps to download AIBE Admit Card 2019

  • Visit the official website of AIBE 2019 - http://www.allindiabarexamination.com/
  • Click on the “Admit Card (AIBE-XIV)” link 
  • Enter AIBE 2019 registration ID and password
  • Click on the “Submit” button, admit card will appear on the screen
  • Cross-check the below-mentioned details on the admit card, if errors found report it to the exam helpdesk and also, download the admit card (keep a copy for future reference)

Details on AIBE Admit Card 2019

Candidates downloading the admit card need to cross-check the details mentioned on it:

Information on Admit Card


Candidate` details

Name, roll number, photograph and signature, and reserved category

AIBE exam details

Date and timings of the examination as well as reporting time on the exam day

Allotted test centre details

Exam centre location, name and important instructions for the exam day

Helpdesk for AIBE Admit Card 2019

Candidates can report the discrepancies to the exam authority on the below-mentioned helpdesk:

Helpdesk Medium


Phone Number

9804580458, 011-49225022, 011-49225023

(Monday to Saturday, between 10:00am - 5:00pm )

Email address

[email protected]

Documents to carry along with AIBE admit card 2021

  • Candidates should carry any of the following Photo Id proofs along with their admit card on the exam day:
    • Voter ID
    • Aadhaar Card/ Enrollment Slip
    • Passport
    • Driver`s License
    • Advocate Enrollment ID with State Bar Council

 Exam Day - Conduct and Guidelines

  • 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
  • Candidates should report to the exam centres at least one hour before the exam timings.
  • To avoid the last-minute rush, candidates are should check the allotted test centre location, name as well as evaluate the distance and time required to reach, at least a day or two before the exam day.
  • On the exam day, candidates must carry the 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)
    • A photo ID proof (original as well as one copy) including PAN card/ Driving License/ Voter ID/ Passport/ Aadhaar Card/ State Bar Council Advocate Enrollment ID
    • Bare Acts
  • 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

Bar Council of India
21 Rouse Avenue Institutional Area ITO,
Near Bal Bhawan
New Delhi - 110002.


Phone No.:  9804580458, 011-49225022, 011-49225023 (between 10:00am to 5:00pm)

Email: [email protected] 

Official Website: http://www.allindiabarexamination.com/

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