Exam Date


Application Date

2020-12-26 to 2021-03-26

Result Date

Exam Description

AIBE (All India Bar Examination)


AIBE is a national-level study undertaken by the Bar Council of India to determine whether the right to practice law is available to provisionally licensed advocates or new law graduates. The exam is an open book examination that tests the analytical capabilities of applicants along with a basic understanding of law topics.


Entrance Exam Highlights




Organized by



University Level Exam


Once a year

Official Website

Mode of Registration


Exam Mode


Total Questions

100 Questions

Negative marking




Exam pattern

Multiple choices based questions

Score Validity

6 months


Important Dates for AIBE XVI:




Availability of online registration window

26 December 2020

Last date of online application form submission

22 March 2021

Availability of AIBE XVI admit card

10 April 2021

AIBE XVI exam date

25 April 2021

Release of AIBE answer keys

To Be Announced

Filing objections on the answer keys 

To Be Announced 

* The Council reserves the right, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, to extend the said review date.


Eligibility Criteria for AIBE


In order to take AIBE, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements as stated below:

  • Applicants with a three-year or five-year LLB degree are required to join the AIBE programme.
  • Pursuant to Section 24(1)(f) of the Advocates Act, 1961, all applicants must be registered as advocates with their respective State Bar Council.
  • For students taking the test, there is no upper age limit or lower age limit.


Application form for AIBE (XVI)


Phase 1 - AIBE (XVI) 15 Online Registration (XVI)

For online registration, candidates need to enter the following details:

  • Advocate ID Card
  • Enrollment certificate
  • Scanned photo and signature
  • Category certificate
  • Disability certificate 

Phase 2 - Filling up the application form

Phase 3 - Upload Documents






10KB- 50KB




Self-Attested Enrollment Certificate 



Self-Attested Photo Id



Phase 4 - Pick Language Test & Test Center

  • Next, 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.
  • Furthermore, for the list of 44 test cities, candidates need to send three preferences.
  • Aspirants will need to pick the language of the AIBE question paper from the
  1. Assamese
  2. Bengali
  3. English
  4. Gujarati
  5. Hindi
  6. Kannada
  7. Marathi
  8. Oriya
  9. Punjabi
  10. Tamil
  11. Telugu

Phase 5 - Application Fee Payment 


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)

Phase 6: Fee Payment Status and Uploading Challan

Phase 7: Application form submission 


Exam Pattern for AIBE XVI




Exam mode

Paper-Based Test

Exam duration

3 hours 30 minutes

Test medium

11 languages


19 law subjects

Total questions

100 questions

Type of questions

Multiple choices based questions

Marking Scheme

One marks per question

No negative marking in case of wrong attempts


Sectional Weightage for AIBE XVI


Weighted from the topics will be the question paper containing 100 MCQs as below:

Subject Questions per subject
Constitutional Law 10
Indian Penal Code 8
Criminal Procedure Code 10
Code of Civil Procedure 10
Evidence Act 8
Alternate Dispute Redressal Including Arbitration Act 4
Family Law 8
Public Interest Litigation 4
Administrative Law 3
Under BCI law, professional integrity and cases of professional misconduct 4
Company Law 2
Environmental Law 2
Cyber Law 2
Labour and Industrial Laws 4
The Motor Vehicles Act and Consumer Rights Law, including the Law of Tort 5
Contract Rule, Clear Relief, Land Rules, Negotiable Instrument Act 8
Law-Related Taxation  4
Land Acquisition Act 2
Intellectual Property Law 2
Total 100


Cutoff Marks for AIBE XV


The cut off marks for AIBE 14 after elimination of incorrect questions are as follows:


AIBE Cut off

Pass Criteria

General and OBC category

36 marks

40% of total marks i.e. 91 marks

Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST)

31 marks

35% of total marks i.e. 91 marks


Factors affecting AIBE cut off


The reasons/factors influencing the cut off marks are listed below as per the cut off analysis of the past years:

  • 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