More Than 50% Candidates Failed AIBE 2023, RTI Reply Reveals

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Only 69,646 out of 1,44,014 candidates who appeared for the 18th edition of the All India Bar Examination (AIBE 18) held on December 10, 2023, passed, according to information obtained through a Right to Information (RTI) application. The RTI reply, filed by Shibu Babu, disclosed that a total of 1,48,781 students registered for the exam, with 74,368 failing and over 4,700 absent. This means...

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Only 69,646 out of 1,44,014 candidates who appeared for the 18th edition of the All India Bar Examination (AIBE 18) held on December 10, 2023, passed, according to information obtained through a Right to Information (RTI) application.

The RTI reply, filed by Shibu Babu, disclosed that a total of 1,48,781 students registered for the exam, with 74,368 failing and over 4,700 absent. This means only 48.36% of candidates passed.

The results of AIBE 18, announced on March 26, 2024, followed the release of the Final Revised Answer Key on March 21, 2024. The revised key included significant amendments, with 7% of the questions withdrawn and 5% of the answers amended, resulting in a 12% overall change in the provided answers.

Regarding the AIBE 18 answer key and results, BCI clarified, “after the withdrawal of 7 questions the result is based on 93 questions instead of 100 questions. Following this adjustment, the passing marks for the General OBC category have been calculated as 45 percent of 93 marks, rounding up to 42 marks. Similarly, for the SC ST disabled category, the passing marks have been calculated as 40 percent of 93 marks, rounding off to 37 marks.

This decision was made by the High-Level Monitoring Committee after careful consideration of all objections received from various candidates of AIBE-18. Subsequently, the decision of the High-Level Monitoring Committee was also approved by the Council,” it added.

While addressing queries about the absence of candidates' scores on their AIBE scorecards, the BCI stated in its reply, stating that such information does not fall under the RTI Act's definition of information.

The BCI also did not provide data on the queries related to the pass percentages and failure rates of candidates across 24 state bar councils, referencing a Supreme Court decision [Supreme Court Cases 2011 Vol 8 page 505 para g CBSE and Anr. Vs. Adhitya Bandopadhyay and Ors.,] according to which a Public Authority is also not required to furnish information which requires the drawing of inferences and/or making of assumptions.

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