Analysis of fourth AIBE question paper

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The fourth Bar Exam question paper is an interesting specimen. I have been closely following the examination papers being set since the first All India Bar Exam (AIBE) held in 2010 as one of the founders and a strategist at BarHacker. The latest paper is certainly a few notches below the previous papers in several ways. Particularly in the light of the last AIBE paper, which was a major improvement over the first two papers in terms of academic quality, the latest paper looks like a serious lowering of standards.
The fourth Bar Exam question paper is an interesting specimen. I have been closely following the examination papers being set since the first All India Bar Exam (AIBE) held in 2010 as one of the founders and a strategist at BarHacker. The latest paper is certainly a few notches below the previous papers in several ways. Particularly in the light of the last AIBE paper, which was a major improvement over the first two papers in terms of academic quality, the latest paper looks like a serious lowering of standards.
 
I shall explain why I think the standard has not been maintained with examples from the paper itself. However, before that, let me highlight some recent developments with respect to AIBE:
 
1. The syllabus has been changed seven days before the exam. From 20 subjects, the syllabus was reduced to 15 subjects. Incidentally, the Bar Exam Rules notified on the Law Ministry’s website stipulates that the syllabus for the AIBE should be notified 3 months before the exam.
 
2. Unlike 3 previous exams, no study material was provided for AIBE-4. The duration of the exam was brought down by 30 minutes just 7 days before the exam.
 
3. Question pattern has been significantly changed – which was obvious from the sample question paper released by BCI 7 days before the exam. Problem based/ application based questions were discarded in favour of general knowledge type and factual knowledge type questions. Instead of 5 options as was the case in previous exams, only 4 options were introduced. Also, the sample paper was full of typing errors, grammatical mistakes and incomprehensible phraseology – you can see a copy of the sample paper here.
 
4. AIBE remained an open book exam. Students are free to carry any books or any notes as they would like – although there are no recommended set of books for the exam.