5 Sep 2010

All India Bar Examination unravelled

The Law-in-Perspective team heartily welcomes the proposed All India Bar Examination in as much as it seems to be the right was forward towards improving the quality and raising the standards of the Bar and thus ultimately the judicial set-up in the country. The proposal of the examination has been in vogue for long and now the Bar Council of India has unraveled the model paper for the guidance of those appearing in the first-ever examination. 

We took an opportunity to examine the pattern of the proposed examination and are quiet pleased with the way for it is a good mix of the legal branches on which the candidates would be tested and also given the factum of their application in legal sphere. While those with which the interaction of the legal community is considerably higher have been devoted separate sections, specialized branches also find a place even if the number of questions on them may not be do justice. 

The paper, one of three and half hours, would test the candidates on 100 multiple-choice question and allows them to carry any non-electronic material (even hand-written notes) to aid them in the examination. However given the pattern of which the questions are set, we doubt if any material be of direct use to the candidate as most questions (atleast in the Model Paper) are application based and require understanding of law rather than just knowing the text of the legal provisions. 

A dissection of the paper revealed the break-up as under;

PART – I
(QUESTIONS ON ENUMERATED SPECIFIC BRANCHES OF LAW)
(ABOUT 75 OF 100 QUESTIONS)
  1. Arbitration Law
  2. Code of Civil Procedure and Law of Limitation
  3. Constitutional Law
  4. Contract Law
  5. Indian Penal Code
  6. Code of Criminal Procedure
  7. Drafting, Pleading & Conveyancing
  8. Law of Evidence
  9. Jurisprudence
  10. Professional Ethics and the Code of Conduct for Advocates
  11. Property Law
PART – II
(QUESTIONS FROM A MIX OF VARIOUS BRANCHES OF LAW)
(ABOUT 25 OF 100 QUESTIONS)
12.             Writs
13.             Company Law
14.             Family Law
15.             Environment Law
16.             Labour/Industrial Law
17.             Taxation Law
18.             International Law

The Bar Council of India has also provided a two-volume [1] and [2] study material which we feel is more than recommended for the candidates seeking to clear the examination. It is also intriguing to note that no marks are ranks would be made public except inform the candidate as to the success of failure in the examination.

The Law-in-Perspective team wishes all the very best to the candidates appearing in the examination due in exactly a couple of months time from today. :)

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