Complete Syllabus of Bar Council Enrollment Examination 2020

To be an advocate in Bangladesh a candidate must pass in the three-step examination procedure, known as Bar council Enrollment examination or Advocateship enrollment examination.

The steps are;

  1. Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)
  2. Written Examination
  3. Viva

Follow this “Steps Towards Advocacy” article to know in detail about the procedure of Bar Council; It discussed Qualifications, Intimation submission, Registration card receiving procedure, Payments, Form fillup for examination with example and image.

Mark distribution of these examination and complete syllabus is given below with other details.

Be a Lawyer attend the Bangladesh Bar Council Enrollment Examination

Mark distribution based on the topic of MCQ of examination are given below with details information (Act, Section, Order, topics, time etc)

Total time: 1 Hour
100 MCQ = 100 Marks [1 mark each, negative marking is also applicable .25 for each wrong answer]

Group A

(i). The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (Act No. V of 1908)                             20 Marks

01Scope and application of the Code of Civil Procedure1
03Jurisdiction of civil courts6
04Meaning of suits of civil nature9
05Res judicata and Res subjudice10,11
06Place of suing15
07Institution of suits and proceedings15-20,264
08Transfer of suits22-24
09Judgment and decree3320
10Execution of decree36-42,74
11Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Arbitration and Mediation in appeal89A
12Appeal96 to 106, 107,11341, r 1-6 & 43 r113
17Inherent power of the courts151
18Parties to suits1
20Pleadings and amendment of pleadings6
22Written statement and set off8
23Appearance and Non-appearance of parties9
24Examination of parties10
25Discovery and inspection11
26Admissions, production, impounding and return of documents12,13
27Settlement of issues and disposal of suits14
29Hearing of the suit and examination of witnesses18
31Death, marriage and insolvency of parties22
32Withdrawal and compromise of suits23
33Security for costs- Commission,25,26
34Suits involving interpretation of the Constitution27A
35Suits in particular Cases: Suits by and against government or public officers, Suits by and against aliens and foreign rulers, Suits by or against corporations, Suits by or against trustees, executors and administrators, Suits by or against minors and lunatics, Suits relating to public nuisance, Suits relating to public charities27,29,31,32
36Various kinds of Suits: Representative Suit, Inter-pleader Suit, Pauper suit, Money Suit, Title Suit etc.Order. 1 r.8, Or. 7 r. 2, Or. 33
37Interim Orders: Arrest and attachment before judgment, Appointment of receiver, Temporary injunctions38,39


(ii). The Specific Relief Act, 1877 (Act No. I of 1877)                                      10 Marks

01Specific Relief how given5
02Nature of preventative relief6
03Recovery of Possession of Property8, 9,
04Specific performance of contracts12 to 30
05Rectification of the instruments31
06Rescission of contracts35-38
07Cancellation of the instruments39-41
08Declaratory decrees42
09Injunction: Temporary and Perpetual Injunction, when such injunctions are granted and when refused; provisions relating to mandatory Injunction52 – 35

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Group B

The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (Act No. V of 1898)                             20 Marks

01. Definitions
02.Constitution and powers of criminal courts6 – 21
03.Arrest, escape and retakingS. 46 – 67
04.Processes to compel appearance
05.Processes to compel the production of documents94 – 105
06.Prevention of offences – Security for keeping the peace and for good behaviour106 – 126
07.Temporary order in urgent cases
08.Dispute as to immovable property145 – 148
09.Information of offence
10.Information to the police and their powers to investigate154 – 176
11.Diary of proceedings in investigation and Report of police officer172, 173
12.Proceedings in prosecutions: the jurisdiction of the criminal courts in inquiries and trials177 – 199
13.Complaints to Magistrates & commencement of proceedings200 – 203, 205
14.Trial of cases by Magistrates
15.Summary trial
16.Trial before the courts of sessions265A – 265L
17.General provisions as to inquiries and trials, Trial in absentiaS. 337 – 352
18.Compoundable offences and non-compoundable offences
19.Appeal404 – 431
20.Revision, Reference435 – 442
21.Procedure in cases mentioned in section 195476 – 487
22.Directions of the nature of a habeas corpus491
23.Supplementary provisions regarding public prosecutor492 – 495
24.Bail, bailable offence and non-bailable offences496 – 502
25.Commission for the examination of witnesses503 – 507
26.Transfer of cases
27.Special proceedings (omitted)
28.Inherent power of High Court Division561A


Group C

The Penal Code (Act No. XLV of 1860)                                                  20 Marks

01.Essential elements of an offence Not prescribed in the Penal Code
02.General explanations
03.Acts done by several persons in
04.Punishment: its objectives and limits
05.General exceptions
06.Right of private defense107-120
08.Criminal conspiracy
09.Offences against the state
10.Offences against the public tranquilityS. 141-160 S. 161-171
11.Offence by or relating to public servants
12.Contempt of the lawful authority of public servants
13.False evidence and offences against public justice
14.Offences relating to coin and government stamps
15.Offences relating to weight and measurement
16.Offences affecting public safety, convenience, decency and morals
17.Offences affecting the human body299-304
18.Offences against property378-462
19.Offences relating to documents and to trade or property marks478-489
20.Offences relating to marriage493-498
22.Criminal intimidation503-510
23.Attempt to commit offences511



The Evidence Act, 1872 (Act No.1 of 1872)                                                15 Marks

01.Interpretation clause
02.Facts in issue and relevancy of factsS. 5 – 16
03.Admission and confessionS. 17 – 31
04.Statement by persons who cannot be called as witnessesS. 32, 33
05.Statements made under special circumstancesS. 34 – 39
06.Oral Evidence
07.Documentary evidenceS. 61 – 73
08.Public documents and private documentsS. 74 – 78
09.Presumption as to documentsS. 79-90
10.Exclusion of oral evidence by documentary evidence-S. 9-100
11.Production and effect of evidence
(a) Burden of proof –
(b) Estoppels

S. 101 – 114 S. 115 – 117

13.Examination of witnesses S. 135 – 166


Group – E

The Limitation Act, 1908                                                                     10 Marks

01.Objects, interpretation and application of the limitation Act, 1908
02.DefinitionsS. 2
03.Limitation of suits, appeals and applicationS. 3 – 11
04.Legal disability, Suspension of limitationS. 6,7
05.Computation of period of limitationS. 12 – 25
06.Grounds of extension and exemption of period of limitationS. 13, 14, 15 & 16
07.Effect of fraud and acknowledgement of limitationS. 18, 19
08.Effect of paymentS. 20
09.Exclusion of time in legal proceeding
10.Continuing breaches and wrongs
11.Acquisition of right to easementsS. 26
12.Adverse possession
13.Waiver of limitation
14.The First Schedule


Group – F

Professional Ethics, Bar Council Order & Rules, Legal Decisions and Reports 10 Marks

01.Legal profession and social responsibilities
02.Lawyers and public interest
03.Confidentiality, transparency and accountability of a lawyer
04.Oath of an Advocate
05.Canons of Professional Conduct and Etiquette
06.Composition and functions of the Bangladesh Bar Council
07.Difference between Bar Council and Bar Association
08.Constitution, jurisdiction and procedure of Bangladesh Bar
09.The Bangladesh Legal Practitioner and Bar Council Rules, 1972
10.Legal decisions and law reports

Mark distribution and question ratio of Written examination and time are given below:

Question (7 out of 13)

Group Subject Number of questions to be answered Marks Time



(i) The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908

(Act No. V of 1908)

Two out of three15 x 2 =3004 Hours


(ii) The Specific Relief Act, 1877

(Act No. I of 1877)


The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898

(Act No. V of 1898)

One out of two15 x 1 =15

The Penal Code

(Act No. XLV of 1860)

One out of two15 x 1 =15

The Evidence Act, 1872

(Act No. I of 1872)

One out of two15 x 1 =15

The Limitation Act, 1908

(Act No. IX of 1908)

One out of two15 x 1 =15

Professional Ethics, Bar Council Order & Rules, Legal Decisions and Reports

One out of two10 x 1 =10
Total 100


Image: Viva

Syllabus for Viva

There is no separate syllabus Bar Council enrollment viva but generally following are emphasized

  1. Topics from MCQ syllabus
  2. Question from your case diary
  3. Practical sides of the practice
  4. Information about senior and concerned Bar (Local bar where the candidate has practised as an applicant lawyer)
  5. Basics of law
  6. Personal information. etc

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