Supreme Court Rejects Plea Seeking to Reduce AIBE Cut Off Marks

Supreme Court refused to reduce the passing marks for the All India Bar Examination. A three-judge bench said that lowering the existing cutoff marks further would impact the quality of persons qualifying to practice law. More details below.
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Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea seeking to reduce the passing marks for the All India Bar Examination. A bench led by CJI Chadrachud said that that lowering the existing cutoff marks further would affect the quality of persons who are admitted to the bar.
The plea was heard by a three-judge bench of f Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Misra. While dismissing the plea, CJI said "How much more can the cutoffs be lowered? Padho bhai (Study brother)."
CJI told the petitioners that Bar Council of India has decided cut off of 45 percent for the general category and 40 for SC/ST. He remarked that what kind of lawyer will the person be if they cannot score this much. The plea sought to reduce the cut off marks from 40 to 35.
Recently, a RTI reply revealed that more than 50 percent of the candidates failed to clear the 2023 AIBE Exam. Out of the 1, 44, 014 candidates who appeared for the 18th edition of the All India Bar Examination held on December 10, 2023, only 69, 646 students passed as per the information obtained via RTI application. 74, 368 students failed to clear the exam and over 4, 700 students were absent
AIBE 18 Exam was held in offline mode. The answer key for the AIBE 18 exam was released on December 12 and objection window was open till December 20 and the results were declared on March 26, 2024.
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