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Qualifying Examination for Indian Nationals Holding Foreign Law Degrees

Schedule, Guidelines and Syllabus for the 19th Qualifying Examination for Indian Nationals Holding Foreign Law Degrees

The 19th Bar Council of India Qualifying Examination for Indian Nationals Holding Foreign Law Degrees is scheduled from 18th December, 2023 to 23rd December, 2023 from 11.00 AM to 02.00 PM in the premises of the Bar Council of India at 21, Rouse Avenue, Institutional Area, New Delhi-110002.

There shall be 6 physical papers of 3 hours each and of 100 marks each spread over 6 days. The exam will begin at 11 am and conclude at 2 pm.


The paper subjects and sequence are as follows :-

Sl. No. Date & Time of the Examination Paper
1. Monday, 18.12.202311.00 AM to 02.00 PM Constitution of India
2. Tuesday, 19.12.202311.00 AM to 02.00 PM Contract Law & Negotiable Instruments Act
3. Wednesday, 20.12.202311.00 AM to 02.00 PM Company Law
4. Thursday, 21.12.202311.00 AM to 02.00 PM Civil Procedure Code and Limitation Act.
5. Friday, 22.12.202311.00 AM to 02.00 PM Criminal Procedure Code
6. Saturday, 23.12.202311.00 AM to 02.00 PM The Indian Legal Profession and Code of Ethics.

For candidates who have appeared in the examination previously and have one or two or more subject papers to clear, this examination is giving an opportunity of re-examination to all those candidates, who have not cleared all the papers in previous exam. They are required to appear only in that subject paper in which they are required to clear/pass on account of them being unable to appear for the said subject paper, previously, or having appeared for the same, have been unable to pass in such subject paper/exam previously.

i)      A.     No bare acts and books, including question answer guides, notes etc. shall be allowed for the following three papers

1       Constitution of India (Paper-1 on 18.12.2023),
2       Contract Law and Negotiable Instruments Act (Paper-2 on 19.12.2023)
3       Company Law (Paper-3 on 20.12.2023)

ii)     B.  Only individual bare acts (not digests) (as available in the market, preferably with least short notes) shall be allowed for the following 3 papers.The bare acts, which may be allowed, should not bear any notings by pen/pencil, chits as per the past practice and decision of Committee.No books, including question answer guides, notes shall be allowed 

4       Civil Procedure Code and Limitation Act, (Paper-4 on 21.12.2023)
5       Criminal Procedure Code (Paper-5 on 22.12.2023) and
6       The Indian Legal Profession and Code of Ethics (Paper-6 on 23.12.2023).

(iii)     All mobile phones, watches/gadgets having internet connectivity are to be surrendered before the exam along with all bare acts, books, guide books, notes etc of the nature  which are not allowed to be kept during the exam with the candidates as  per above guidelines.

(iv)     Any candidate having been found in possession of the same, or found cheating, using unfair means, talking during exams to other candidates, will have to surrender his/her paper and be debarred from the exam and/or be given a fresh answer sheet to write his/her paper etc at the discretion of the invigilator.

Candidates should ensure to carry the  Admit cards, photo identity proof, (Passport/Aadhar) Original mark sheets/degree certificates/other documents of the candidate in original for the exam.  The Invigilator has the right to examine them and the same shall have to be produced on demand.  If the same is found to be discrepant etc. at any stage in the future too, the candidature and the results of the exam is liable to be cancelled and nullified.

The last date of submission of application form is 30th November, 2023 which may be sent through email on acadcommitteebci@gmail.com. The fee link shall be sent to  candidates upon successful assessment of forms of candidate/s. The last date of payment of fee is 07.12.2023.

The syllabus and application form of the examination is attached herewith.

Controller of Examinations

Application Form for Exam

Syllabus for Qualifying Examination

Sample Question Papers

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