AIBE Certificate of Practice 2023-24 - Download COP at AIBE SCOPE

The Bar Council of India is expected to release the AIBE 18 Certificate of Practice (CoP) soon. BCI had declared the AIBE 18 result on March 26, 2024. Meanwhile, the AIBE 17 COP has been dispatched to all the respective state bar councils and qualified candidates can collect their AIBE Certificate of Practice from their state bar councils. Candidates would also be able to download the AIBE certificate PDF from the official AIBE app- AIBESCOPE. Howeveer, the online CoP is only for reference purposes for any subsequent corrections in the actual CoP. The online Certificate of Practice does not hold any validity.

What is Certificate of Practice (CoP)

AIBE Certificate of Practice (CoP) is awarded to advocates who successfully clear the All India Bar Examination (AIBE). The Certificate of Practice mentions important details such as name of the candidate, enrollment number, enrollment date and other related information. The AIBE CoP is a document every advocate must obtain in order to practice law in the courts in India. The authority to conduct the AIBE exam is with the Bar Council of India (BCI). AIBE is a national-level exam that is conducted to check the capability of candidates willing to practice law in India. AIBE 18 was conducted on December 10, 2023. The AIBE exam is conducted in 11 languages and the appearing candidate needs to select only one language as per their preference.

BCI Dispatches COP for AIBE 17 to respective State Bar Councils

The Bar Council of India issued a press release on its website on April 12, 2024 notifying AIBE 17 students that the AIBE Certificate of Practice has been dispatched to all state bar councils. Students who qualified the AIBE 17 exam can collect their AIBE COPs from their respective state bar council. In case of any queries or assistance related to the collection of COP, candidates must contact their respective state bar councils directly.

BCI Notification for AIBE Online CoP

The Bar Council of India stated in a notification that the online Certificate of Practice issued through the AIBESCOPE app is meant for the sole purpose of viewing details. The AIBE online CoP is issued only for requesting correction in their particulars such as names, father's name, and enrollment number and for crosschecking particulars from State Bar Councils. These online CoPs are non-printable and non-downloadable.

Purpose of Certificate of Practice AIBE for advocates

The primary purpose of issuing a certificate of practice to advocates is to:

  • Ensure that non-practising advocates or advocates shifting to another profession or business are shifted to the list of non-practicing advocates.

  • Get the control of State Bar Councils as well as other elected bodies under the Advocates Act.

  • Have direct communication and contact with the practicing advocates.

  • Also to ensure that all candidates who have enrolled after 2010 appear in the All India Bar Examination (AIBE).

  • Ensuring that all the benefits offered to the advocates are enjoyed by only practicing advocates.

Who can apply for a Certificate of Practice?

The certificate of practice rules applies to advocates whose names appear on the list of State Bar Councils. The following persons are excluded from the rules:

  1. Advocates who had enrolled but whose name has been transferred to the list of non-practicing advocates.

  2. Advocates on record (Supreme Court practicing advocates).

  3. Senior advocates.

AIBE Rules for Certificate of Practice

  • No candidate shall be allowed to practice without passing the All India Bar Examination conducted by the BCI.
  • The AIBE shall be conducted at least twice every year.
  • The Bar Council of India will determine the manner and format of the AIBE exam.
  • A candidate unsuccessful in AIBE can appear for the qualifying exam as many times as they want.
  • The Certificate of Practice will be issued by the BCI to the official address of the AIBE passed candidate within 30 days of the announcement of results.
  • The CoP shall be issued by the BCI under the signature of the Chairman, Bar Council of India.

Benefits of AIBE Exam 2024

The Bar Council of India (BCI) conducts the AIBE examination to check the analytical and logical skills of the candidates along with some understanding of the law. Some of the benefits of AIBE 18 are:

  • The AIBE exam evaluates the candidate’s knowledge and skills that are required for admission to the practice of law.
  • This exam also checks the logical abilities and knowledge of the law of the candidate.

  • The applicant after clearing the exam successfully gets the ‘Certificate of Practice’ from the Bar Council of India.

  • Applicants can appear for the bar exam in their location as it is conducted in 40 cities in India.

  • Also, the candidates can select the language they are comfortable with as it is conducted in 11 languages.

  • BCI also allows candidates to take bare acts which is a big help for candidates.

  • The BCI has prescribed no age limit to clear the exam.

  • There is no limit on the number of attempts. If the candidate fails to clear the AIBE exam they can appear for the exam till the time they clear it.

  • The AIBE exam is conducted twice a year.

Apply for the AIBE Exam 2024

To apply for the AIBE examination candidates must adhere to the following norms:

  • Candidates must have a qualified bachelor's degree in law either BA LLB or LLB programme.

  • The law degree must be from an Indian institute recognized by the Bar Council of India (BCI).

  • Candidates must be an Indian citizen.

  • Most importantly the candidate should be successfully enrolled with the State Bar Council in India and should have an ‘Advocate ID card’ and ‘ Enrollment Certificate’ (that is issued by any State Bar Council).

  • Candidates should appear within 2 years from the date of getting enrolled with the State Bar Council. The enrollment with State Bar Council is just a provision enrollment and failure to appear for the exam will lead to cancellation of provisional enrollment. The candidates then again need to do enrollment with the State Bar Council as the enrollment will stand canceled for non-appearance of the exam.

How can advocates get ‘Certificate of Practice’?

Candidates to get a AIBE cop must follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. First of all, enroll with the State Bar Council (explained below).

  2. Apply online for the AIBE examination (process explained below).

  3. Appear for the AIBE examination.

  4. Get the cut-off scores for the AIBE exam.

  5. The Bar Council of India Certificate of Practice download will be available from the Bar Council of India website.

  6. The candidates will be sent a piece of information by registered post stating that their name is enrolled in Bar Council of India. They can then visit their respective State Bar Council to receive the Certificate of Practice (CoP).

How to Enroll with the State Bar Council?

To enroll with the State Bar Council one must first purchase the form from the respective State Bar Council. Then, pay the form fees with the receipt of paid fees. The procedure to enroll with State Bar Council is:

  • Candidates after getting the required form must submit it along with the required documents.

  • They must also pay the specified enrollment fees that include separate funds.

Some of the documents required for enrolling in the State Bar Council are:

  1. Law Graduation Passing Certificate

  2. Law examination mark sheets for all semesters

  3. If there is any gap in the regular education some undertakings should be given to candidates.

  4. Passport size photographs advocate dress code.

  5. Demand drafts one for the State Bar Council and the other for the BCI.

Some of the requirements vary from state to state - some states ask for self-attested documents for candidates whereas some accept documents without self-attestation.

Online application procedure for AIBE exam

Candidates should know the procedure to apply online for the AIBE examination:

  1. Candidates should first visit the AIBE website.

  2. Then click on the menu ‘Register here’.

  3. Fill out the registration form and then upload all the required documents.

  4. Enter the state bar council enrollment number along with the state code as per the enrollment certificate.

  5. After completing, click on ‘save’.

  6. After the successful registration, an AIBE Registration number and password will be generated.

  7. After 24 hours after registration, challan details are activated for payment.

  8. Complete the payment in the bank of Rs. 3560 fees.

  9. The payment can be done through online mode or SBI challan.

  10. If a candidate selects a particular payment option they won’t be allowed to change it.

  11. The candidates after completing the entire process can save their login details for further reference.

  12. They can download the application form for AIBE XVII (17) exam using the login credentials offered at the time of registration.

How to obtain State Bar Council Enrollment

Candidates must complete their state bar council enrollment in order to be eligible to appear for AIBE exam. Candidates will only be awarded the AIBE CoP after enrollment with their respective state bar councils. The steps to obtain state bar council enrollment has been given below:

  • Log on to the official website of your respective bar council. The official links of different state bar councils will also be given below in this article. Students need to click on "Sign Up"or "New Registration" option on the State Bar Council's website.
  • Next, students need to complete the basic registration by entering details like name, mobile number, email address, etc. Students will be sent their login credentials to their registered email address or number.
  • Candidates will then be required to log in and enter more details like their personal, academic, communication, employment and other information.
  • Students will also be required to upload certain documents like their academic records, photograph, signature etc in the specified format.
  • The final step of AIBE State Bar Council enrollment is the payment of registration and enrollment fee. Students need to pay the required fee in their preferred mode of payment.
  • Click on the "submit" button and take a copy of the acknowledgement.
  • Next, report to your State Bar Council in proper dress with all the documents for verification. Candidates are also required to appear before the enrollment committee for the enrollment ceremony.

List of State Bar Councils in India

State Bar Councils

To Enroll

Bar Council of Delhi

Bar Council of Delhi Enrolment Link

Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh

Bar Council of AP Enrolment Link

Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim

Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim Enrolment Link

Bar Council of Bihar

Address: High Court Building, Bar Council Bhawan, Patna. Bihar

Phone No. 0612 – 2504125, 2504823 (Fax) Mobile No.: 09431648559 Email: bsbcpatna@gmail.com

Bar Council of Chhattisgarh

Candidates need to visit the council premises in person for enrollment.

Address: New High Court Premises, Bilaspur, Bodri, Chhattisgarh 495225

Bar Council of Gujarat

Bar Council of Gujarat Enrolment Link

Bar Council Of Himachal Pradesh

Candidates need to visit the council premises in person for enrollment. Enrolment forms can be obtained between 10 am - 1 pm on all working days.

Address: High Court Complex, Ravenswood, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh 171001

Jharkhand State Bar Council

Jharkhand State Bar Council Link

Bar Council of Karnataka

Bar Council of Karnataka Enrolment Link

Bar Council Of Kerala

Bar Council of Kerala Enrolment Link

Bar Council Of Madhya Pradesh

Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh Enrolment Link

Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa

Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa Enrolment Link

Odisha State Bar Council

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Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana

Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana Enrolment Link

Bar Council of Rajasthan

Bar Council of Rajasthan Enrolment Link

Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Enrolment Link

Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh

Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh Enrolment Link

Bar Council Of Uttarakhand

Bar Council of Uttarakhand Enrolment Link

Bar Council Of West Bengal

Bar Council of West Bengal Enrolment Link

Bar Council of Tripura

The candidate may visit the council premises in person and collect and submit the enrollment form.

Address: High Court Complex, New Capital Complex, Lichubagan, Agartala, Tripura – 799010

Tel: 97741-35198, 97745-14069

Bar Council of Manipur

Enrollment forms can be obtained from the Bar Council office.

Address: High Court of Manipur, At Imphal, Mantripukhri– 795002

Bar Council of Manipur

Enrollment forms can be obtained from the Bar Council office.

Address: High Court of Meghalaya, MG Road, Shillong-793001, Meghalaya

Fax: 0364-2500064

State Bar Council Enrolment Fees

Fee ComponentFee amountMode of Payment

Enrolment fee to be paid to respective State Bar Councils

Rs. 600

  • The payments for each entity has to be made using separate demand drafts.

  • So, don’t make a draft of Rs. 750 and pay to either of the two entities!

Fee towards Bar Council of India (BCI)

Rs. 150

The fee component mentioned here is as per information provided on Bar Council of India (BCI) website

State Bar Council Enrollment - Key Points

  • Candidates must have enrolled with their respective state bar councils in order to be eligible for appearing in the AIBE 19 exam.
  • Most of the state bar councils in India conduct online enrollment. However, some councils still use the online enrollment procedure.
  • Candidates must have completed their 3-year of 5-year LLB to enroll in their respective state bar council.
  • The Advocate Act of 1931 gives state bar council right to create their own rules for enrollment.
  • Candidates must upload their state bar council enrollment certificate to be eligible to receive CoP.

Consequences of not Having certificate of Practice

An advocate with no certificate of practice shall be considered a non-practicing advocate :

  • Not appear in any court of law or tribunal or hearing for any legal purpose.

  • Not be a member of the bar association.

  • Cannot cast their votes in any elections of the bar associations.

  • Cannot participate and receive benefits under the welfare schemes of advocates.

How to upload enrollment certificate for AIBE after result?

Candidates who did not upload their enrollment certificate at the time of registration can upload their enrollment certificate through the registration portal. To upload their enrollment certificate, candidates will have to log in to the AIBE registration portal. Upon logging in to the registration portal, candidates will get an option to upload their enrollment certificate. Candidates will be required to upload the enrollment certificate in the specified format.