AII INDIA BAR EXAM SYLLABUS
Advocates will be required to answer questions from twenty subjects. The subjects are taken from the syllabi prescribed by the Bar Council of India for the three-year and five-year Ll.B. programmes at law schools in India (as set out under Schedule I to the Bar Council of India Rules).
These subjects are divided into two categories. The Examination paper will comprise at least seven (7) questions from each ‘Category I’ subject, of which three (3) will be Category A questions, and four (4) will be Category B questions (‘Category A’ and ‘Category B’ questions are described in detail below). The paper will also have twenty-three (23) questions from the ‘Category II’ subjects as a whole, and these twenty-three questions will include questions from at least five (5) Category II subjects. All questions from Category II subjects will be Category B questions.
Category I subjects will be tested in Part I of the question paper, and Category II subjects will be tested in Part II of the question paper.
The Category I and Category II subjects are set out below:
Moving forward, this exam will be a bi-annual affair, to be held in April and November of every year. The actual dates will be announced before the application process begins every year.
|Serial Number||Category / Subject||Number of Questions|
|Category I (Part I of the Paper)|
|1||Alternative Dispute Resolution||7|
|2||Civil Procedure Code and Limitation Act||7|
|4||Contract Law, including Specific Relief, Special Contracts, and Negotiable Instruments||7|
|5||Criminal Law I: The Indian Penal Code||7|
|7||Drafting, Pleading, and Conveyancing||7|
|10||Professional Ethics and the Professional Code of Conduct for Advocates||7|
|Category II (Part II of the Paper)|
|12||Administrative Law||23 questions in all, and these questions will include questions from at least 5 subjects in Category II|
|16||Human Rights Law|
|17||Labour and Industrial Law|
|18||Law of Tort, including Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Consumer Protection Law|
|19||Principles of Taxation Law|
|20||Public International Law|
The Bar Council of India has formed an expert committee consisting of the following members to advise and confirm on the manner and conduct of the All India Bar examination:
- Justice P.K. Balasubramaniam (former Judge, Supreme Court of India)
- Mr. M. G. K. Menon (former Chairman, I.S.R.O., and respected policymaker)
- Prof. Najeeb Jung (Vice-chancellor, Jamia Milia Islamia)
- Mr. R. N. Trivedi (Senior advocate and former Additional Solicitor General)