New Delhi: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has said that approximately 1,20,000 advocates are going to appear for the All India Bar Exam (AIBE)-XV (15) which is scheduled to be held on January 24 at 154 centres in 52 cities of the country. Also Read - AIBE Exam 2019: Bar Council of India Releases All India Bar Exam Results at allindiabarexamination.com

To pursue a career as a lawyer or advocate, clearing the AIBE is a prerequisite. AIBE is a national-level examination conducted by the BCI to assess whether provisionally enrolled advocates or fresh law graduates have the aptitude to practice law. Also Read - Tis Hazari Clash: Undertrials May be Made Witnesses, Delhi High Court to Hear Matter Shortly

During the last exam, around 9 centers had been cancelled owing to reports of usage of unfair means. This time, the candidates who had appeared and given the exam on such centers, have been mostly shifted to other centers, said the BCI. Also Read - 'Lawyers Wanted Revenge,' Police Clarify After Clash Between Cops, Advocates at Delhi's Tis Hazari Court

“No fee has been charged from such candidates this time. Though usage of mobile phones, electronic gadgets are not allowed during the exam, however, as an additional measure, signal Jammers shall also be used at approximately 50 centers in order to further ensure that no one in the vicinity is able to use phones or gadgets. It is further made clear that the period from March 24, 2020, to March 31, 2021, had been exempted owing to the pandemic Covid-19 from being counted within the period of two years (with effect from enrolment as an Advocate) for clearing/passing the All India Bar Exam,” BCI said in a statement.

Therefore, candidates who have shown/expressed their inability to appear in this exam within the prescribed period, owing to pandemic related reasons or otherwise can appear in the next exam, which is slated to be held in the month of March/April 2021.

It is to be noted that though a candidate has filed a writ case challenging the All India Bar Exam, however, his prayer for an ad-interim stay on AIBE-XV (scheduled for 24th January 2021) has not been allowed by the Supreme Court.