Guide to All India Bar Examination – Tips & Strategy

The All India Bar Examination (AIBE) is an exam conducted by the Bar Council of India (BCI), which is mandatory for every law graduate to clear for practicing law in any Court of law in India. AIBE is an assessment of legal knowledge and aptitude, conceptual clarity and decision-making skills required to practice law. Thus one must prepare for AIBE (16) in a holistic manner.

Till 2020, AIBE was an open book exam, which allowed candidates to carry books, notebooks, and study material to the exam hall. However, from 2021 the exam pattern has changed, and AIBE is no longer an open book exam. However, candidates can still carry Bare Acts, without notes. Bare Acts are the exact text of a specific enactment by legislature, without interpretation.

With this major change in AIBE, it has become even more difficult for the candidates to clear this exam. Hence, candidates need a full-proof and well-thought strategy to clear the exam. 

AIBE Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Knowing the AIBE exam pattern and exam syllabus is the first step towards an effective preparation strategy. Let’s look at the important AIBE 2022 exam highlights:

Mode of ExaminationPaper-Based Exam
Language Options Eleven 
Duration of Exam 3 hours 30 minutes
Subjects19 law subjects
Type of QuestionsMCQs
Total No. of Questions100
Marking Scheme1 mark is awarded for every correct answer. There’s no negative marking in case of wrong attempts.

Below given is the AIBE syllabus, as specified by the Bar Council of India. The syllabus is vast, and candidates are advised to cover each topic as per the weightage only. 

AIBE Subjects/TopicsNo. of Questions
Constitutional Law10
Criminal Procedure Code10
Indian Penal Code8
Code of Civil Procedure10
Alternate Dispute Redressal Including Arbitration Act4
Evidence Act8
Family Law8
Public Interest Litigation4
Professional Ethics and Cases of Professional Misconduct under BCI Rules4
Administrative Law3
Environmental Law2
Company Law2
Cyber Law2
Law of Tort including Motor Vehicles Act and Consumer Protection Law5
Labour and Industrial Laws4
Law of Contract, Specific Relief, Property Laws, Negotiable Instrument Act8
Land Acquisition Act2
Law Related Taxation4
Intellectual Property Law2

Important AIBE 2022 Preparation Books 

Once you’re well-versed with the AIBE exam pattern and syllabus, the next step is to gather the best study material for the exam. There are ample options available in the market, but it is important for the candidates to consider the best AIBE books for preparation. Here are some best books that candidates can refer for AIBE preparation. 

  • AIBE – Previous years solved papers – By Thakral Law Publications
  • AIBE Solved papers (2011-2019) – By Lovedeep Bangia
  • The Constitution of India Bare Acts with short notes – By Universal Publication
  • Guide to All India Bar Examination –  By Dr PK Pandey

AIBE Previous Year Question Papers and Mock Tests

Attempting previous year’s question papers and mock tests is one of the essential things required to clear the exam. Taking mock tests will not only prepare you for the exam but only help you know the difficulty level of the paper. Therefore candidates must attempt as many question papers and mock tests as possible to ace the exam. 

AIBE Preparation Tips 

Time Management: Aspirants should know how to manage their time effectively while preparing for the exam. They must devote more time to the weaker section and a good amount of time should be left for revision and practicing mock tests. 

Consistency: To clear the AIBE exam in the first attempt, students must be consistent and dedicated throughout their preparation. 

Make Notes: It is always important to prepare short notes while preparing for a topic. So it is easier for the aspirants to revise in the end days. 

Tracking Law Cases and Judgements: As per the previous year’s paper analysis, the questions in the exam are asked from the controversial and landmark law cases of the past one year. Therefore, candidates preparing for the exam must consider these important facts of all such cases. 

Important Topics: While preparing for the exam, it is crucial that students start with topics that hold the maximum weightage. Important topics for the AIBE exam include Criminal Procedure Code, Constitutional Law, Indian Penal Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Act, Specific Relief, Family Law and Law of Contract, Property Laws, Negotiable Instrument Act.


Q1. Is AIBE a tough exam to crack?

Ans. The AIBE is usually of moderate difficulty level. 

Q2. How many attempts are there in the AIBE exam?

Ans. There is no limit to the number of attempts for the exam, which means that candidates can appear for the exam as many times as they want.

Q3. Is there any negative marking in the exam?

Ans. No, there isn’t any negative marking in the AIBE exam. 

Q4. What are the passing marks for the AIBE exam?

Ans. Candidates must score a minimum of 40% aggregate if belonging to a General category, 35% belonging to the SC/ST category in order to clear the exam. 

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