"Padho Bhai", CJI Chandrachud tells lawyers while refusing to lower AIBE cut-off

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CJI has also emphasized on the importance of maintaining standards in the legal profession

The Supreme Court today rejected a petition to lower the cut-off marks for All India Bar Examination (AIBE).

“Padho bhai!”, the Chief Justice of India told the petitioner before it while dismissing the plea.

The bench also comprising Justices Pardiwala and Manoj Misra added that lowering the cut-off will hamper the quality of lawyers who are admitted to the Bar Council for practice.

Currently, the AIBE cut-off marks are set at 45% for general category candidates and 40% for SC/ST candidates.

Notably, in the year 2023, more than 50% of candidates who appeared for the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) 18, failed to pass the same.

Bar Council of India, which conducts the AIBE, has also revealed that a total of 1,48,781 candidates had registered for the exam, out of whom 1,44,014 appeared.

Case Title: Ranjeet Singh and Another vs. Bar Council of India