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Gist of the Examination  Regulation

In pursuance of the provisions contained in sub-rule (i) of rule 5 of Order IV, Supreme Court Rules, 2013, the following Regulations are published for general information.
(I) The examination shall be held under the general supervision of a Committee of three Judges of the Court to be appointed by the chief justice of India and to be designated as the Examination Committee; unless otherwise specifically ordered by the said Committee the examination will be held twice a year preferably in May and December.
(2) The examination will be held in the Court Building in New Delhi or at such other place as the Committee may direct on a date to be appointed by the Committee and notified in the Gazette of India.
(3) The examination shall be conducted by a Board of Examiners to be nominated by the Committee, of which Board the Registrar of the Court will be ex officio Secretary.

  • The Committee, on recommendation of the Board of Examiners, shall prescribe the books for study for Papers I to III and leading cases for Paper IV, which will remain in force, until they are revised or modified
  •  Each paper shall carry 100 marks and in order to pass the examination a candidate must obtain a minimum of 50 per cent in each paper and 60 per cent in the aggregate.
  • No advocate shall be eligible to appear at the examination unless he has received training from an advocate on-record of not less than ten years standing for a continuous period of one year commencing from the end of the fourth year of date of his enrollment ending with the 30th April or 30th November of the year of the examination, as the case may be.
  • A candidate who fails an all the papers of the examination shall not be permitted to
    appear in the next examination And a candidate shall not be allowed more than five chances at the examination.

Advocates-on-Record Examination 2017 notification

Examination for the Advocates-on-Record will be held in the Supreme Court Premises, New Delhi on 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th June, 2017

A candidate shall not be allowed more than five chances to appear at the examination. Appearance even in any one of the papers in an examination shall be deemed to be a chance


Paper- I (Practice & Procedure of the Supreme Court)

(i) Relevant provisions in the Constitution of India relating to the jurisdiction of the Court.
(ii) Supreme Court Rules and relevant provisions of Civil Procedure Code, Limitation Act and the General Principles of court fees Act.


Paper- II (Drafting)

1. Petitions for Special Leave and Statements of Cases, etc.
2. Decrees & Orders and Writs, etc.

This is to clarify that the syllabus includes:-

  1. petitions of appeal,
  2. plaint and written  statement in a suit under Article 131 of the Constitution of India;
  3. review petitions under Article 137 of the Constitution of India;
  4. transfer petitions u/s 25 of the Civil Procedure Code;
  5. Article 139 of the Constitution of India and Section 406 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973;
  6. contempt petitions under Article 129 of the Constitution of India,
  7. interlocutory applications including criminal miscellaneous petitions for bail,
  8. condonation of delay,
  9. exemption from surrender,
  10. applications for revocation of special leave, etc.


Paper III (Advocacy and Professional Ethics)

1. The Advocates Act and Cases reported under the Advocates Act, particularly disciplinary proceedings.
2. Cases relating to the Contempt of Court involving Advocates.
3. The Bar Council of India Rules.
4. The Supreme Court Rules, 2013.


Paper – IV (Leading Cases)

Head Notes of the Leading Cases (Paper-IV) will be made available by the Registry to the candidates in the Examination Hall at the time of Examination and the same should have to be returned immediately to the invigilators at the end of the Examination.

2017 Syllabus

1. T.M.A Pai Foundation v. State of Karnataka (2002) 8 see 481: AIR 2003 SC 355
2. P.A. Inamdar v. State of Maharashtra: 2004 (8) see 139
3. Minerva Mills v. Union of India (1980) 3 see 625
4. S.R. Bommai v UOI: 1994 (3) SCC 1
5. L. Chandra Kumar v. UOI: 1995 (1) see 400
6. Supreme Court Advocate-on-record Association v. UOI 1993 (4) see 441
7. Samsher Singh v. State of Punjab: 1974 (2) see 831
8. Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board v. A. Rajappa: 1978 (2) see 213
9. Maneka Gandhi v. UOI: 1978 (1) see 248
10. A.R Antulay v. R.S. Nayak: 1988 (2) see 602
11. Rupa Ashok Hurra v. Ashok Hurra: 2002 (4) see 388
12. Indra Sawhney v. UOI: 1992 Supp (3) see 217
13. Vishaka v. State of Rajasthan: 1997 (6) see 241
14. Pradeep Kumar Biswas v. Indian Institute of Chemical Biology: 2002 (5) see ‘111
15. SBP & Co. v. Patel Engg. Ltd.: 2005 (8) see 618
16. I.R Coelho v. State of Tamil Nadu: 2007 (2) see 1
17. Ashoka Kumar Thakur v. UOI: 2008 (6) see 1

18.CBSE v. Aditya Bandopadhyay: 2011 (8) see 497
19. Swamy Shraddananda (2) v. State of Karnataka: 2008 (13) see 767.
20. Nandini Sundar v. State of Chattisgarh: 2011 (13) see 46
21. Selvi v. State of Karnataka: 2010 (7) see 263
22. Amarinder Singh v. Punjab Vidhan Sabha: 2010 (6) see 113.
23. State of West Bengal v. Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights: 2010
(3) see 571
24. Kihota Hollohan v. Zachillhu: 1992 Supp (2) SCC 651
25. Centre for Public Interest Litigation v. UOI: 2012 (2) SCALE 180
26.ln re: Special Reference No.1 of 2012 2012 (10) see 1
27.Mafatalallndustries Ltd. v. Union of India, (1997) 5 see 536
28Vodafone International Holdings BV v. Union of India, (2012) 6 see 613
29.Zahira Habibulla H. Sheikh v. State of Gujarat, (2004) 4 see 158
30.Malay Kumar Ganguly v. Dr. Sukumar Mukherjee, (2009) 9 see 221
31.M. Nagaraj v. Union Of India (2006) 8 see 212
32.Aruna Ramachandra Shanbhaug v Union Of India (2011) 4 see 454
33.Sangeet v. State of Haryana (2013) 2 see 45.
34.Society for Unaided Private Schools of Rajasthan v Union Of India (2012) 6 see 1
35.S.P. Gupta v. Union of India 1982 (2) SCR 365

36. Kharak Singh 1964 (1) SCR 332
37. O.K. Basu v. State of West Bengal 1997 (1) see 416.
3S.vellore Citizens Welfare Forum v. Union of India 1996 (5) see 647
39. Naga People’s movements of Human Rights v. UOI 1998 (2) see 109
40. State of Maharashtra v. Sangharaj Damodar Ruparwate 2010 (7) see 398
41. Sodan Singh v. New Delhi Municipal Corporation 1989 (4) see 155
42. Ms. Githa Hariharan v. Reserve Bank of India 1999 (2) see 228
43. Danial Latifi v. Union of India 2001 (7) see 740
44. D.S. Nakara v. Union of India 1983 (1) SCC 305


Study Materials

Supreme Court Rules, 2013[ Under Article 145 of the Constitution and with the approval of the President of India]

Supreme Court Practice and Procedure Hand Book

Download – Old Question papers of AOR Exam. for last 10 years i.e. from 2007 to 2016


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