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The Supreme Court announced today, March 20, 2013, that the results of the Philippine Bar Examinations held on October 2012 have been released.

October 2012 Philippine Bar Exams

This year’s passing rate is a mere 17.76%, one of the lowest passing rates in the past years. A total of 949 out of 5,343 examinees passed the 2012 bar exams, with graduates from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and UP Diliman topping the October 2012 bar exams.

The complete list of 2012 bar exam passers can be found here.

The exam consisted of multiple choice questions, with a weight of 60%, and essay questions, with a weight of 40%.

A candidate is deemed passed upon obtaining a general average of 75% in the entire examination. The requirement that disqualifies applicants who scored below 50% in any subject  is no longer applied since 2010.

To determine the examinee’s final score, the following weights are applied to each exam subject area:

  • Political and International Law – 15%;
  • Labor and Social Legislation – 10%;
  • Civil Law – 15%;
  • Taxation – 10%;
  • Mercantile Law – 15%;
  • Criminal Law – 10%;
  • Remedial Law – 20%; and
  • Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises – 5%
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Bar Exam Passing Rate

The Bar exam passing rate in previous years is as follows:

  • 2012 — 17.76% (949 passers out of 5,343 examinees)
  • 2011 – 31.94% (1,913 out of 5,990)
  • 2010 – 20.26% (982 out of 4,847)
  • 2009 – 24.58% (1,451 out of 5,903)
  • 2008 – 20.58% (1,310 out of 6,364)
  • 2007 – 22.91% (1,289 out of 5,626)
  • 2006 – 30.60% (1,893 out of 6,187)
  • 2005 – 27.22% (1,526 out of 5,607)
  • 2004 – 31.61% (1,659 out of 5,249)
  • 2003 – 20.71% (1,108 out of 5,349)
  • 2002 – 19.68% (917 out of 4,659)
  • 2001 – 32.89% (1,266 out of 3,849)
  • 2000 - 20.84% (979 out of 6,187)

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