Bar Council of India (BCI) has finally began the registration process for the 10th edition of All India Bar Examination (AIBE) from January 16th, a good 10 days after the original schedule. And in the development, the council has also moved the exam date a month forward to March 26th from earlier set February 26th, 2017. That being said, the exam date i.e., March 26th is still tentative, so don’t get high hopes until it gets fixed.
The examination is compulsory for law graduates to pass if they want to enter practice. The next set date is still not coming with full assurance given the track record of Bar Council of India with relation to the examination. It was the BCI that committed itself to conducting exams two to three times a year yet it has not managed to fulfil its commitment a single time.
The last All India Bar Examination was held in March 2016 after being delayed by three months from December 2016. It was every All India Bar Examination that faced similar issue and most were attributed to problems in the AIBE website. Even the results were delayed by five weeks with delays happening for exams to be conducted.
The BCI has been surrounded by many questioning its bad approach regarding conducting examination. Moreover, the petitions in the Supreme Court has raised the legality of the examination. The accusations do not get confined till here. The contract which was given to ITES Horizon Private Ltd to conduct these exams looms over the question of being fair or unfair. The multi crore contract is being said to have been unfairly given to the contractor by the BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra. The contract had ended last year and an email by the BCI Chairman suggested that a new tender would be held to find a new agency to conduct the exam.