We noticed that the syllabus for the All India Bar Examination has been changed, relatively quietly. There is no new notification on the website for the exam (http://allindiabarexamination.com), but those who click on the syllabus link on the homepage and go through the syllabus carefully will notice that there is some difference. We are not clear exactly when this change took place, owing to absence of a formal notification. Further, on first glance you would not notice a change, since the total number of subjects stays the same at 19, so if you visited the site earlier and took down the old subjects, you might not notice there’s a change until you go through each subject.
We don’t want there to be any chances of you missing it, hence we are writing about the new syllabus.
There are four new subjects which were not there in the earlier versions of the exam - Public Interest Litigation (4 marks), Law Related to Taxation (4 marks), Land Acquisition Act (2 marks) and Intellectual Property Law (2 marks).
The subjects omitted are:
While you may not have questions about jurisprudence, and the scope of Limitation Act and environmental law is severely restricted, questions around Corporate Social Responsibility can feature under the Company Law head, even though it is not a separate subject.
For your reference, here’s a quick comparison of what has happened.
The four new subjects of public interest litigation, taxation, intellectual property laws and land acquisition act will carry 12 questions. Another subtle change we thought worth pointing out is the weightage on Family Law, which will carry 8 marks now. It makes Family Law an important subject from the exam preparation perspective.
How does this impact your preparation? Free Tips
You can deal with this change in two ways.
Whatever you do, you cannot forget the increasing weightage on Family Laws (8 marks). We gave the subject low priority earlier because it carried 4 marks, but it is now an important subject for preparation. One way to prepare for this is to a) familiarize yourself with different bare acts through the Central Civil Acts manual and b) read a little on Islamic Law, just in case there is a question on Muslim Laws.