It is hereby notified to the subscribers that the notice for the Patent Agent Examination has been given out by the India Patent Office. The examination will be held on 4th May and 5th May, 2013 in New Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Nagpur.

Schedule of the examination:
Subject / Paper

Date / Time


Written examination

Paper I – Patents Act and Rules

4th May 2013
10:30 a.m. To 01:30 p.m.


Paper II – Drafting and interpretation of the patent specification and other

4th May 2013
02:30 p.m. – 05:30 p.m.



5th May 2013 10:00 a.m. Onwards , and may be extended to the following day(s), depending on the number of candidates


Pattern of question papers:
1. Paper – I will consist of two parts, i.e. Part A and B.
a. Part A will consist of two parts, i.e. part A1 and A2 and all questions will be compulsory.

i. Part A1, of 30 marks, will have 15 multiple choice questions of two marks each. Each question will have a maximum of six choices and a maximum of two correct choices.
ii. Part A2, of 10 marks, will have 10 true / false type questions of one mark each.
b. Part B will consist of 8 subjective type questions and the candidates will be required to attempt any 6 out of the 8 questions.
2. Paper-II will consist of two parts, i.e. Part A and B.
a. Part-A, of 40 marks, will consist of 6 questions of 10 marks each and the candidate will be required to attempt any 4 questions. The questions will relate to drafting and interpretation of patent specifications and other documents required to be submitted under the Act and Rules.
b. Part-B, of 60 marks, will consist of parts B1 and B2.
i. Part B1 will be compulsory and will consist of 1 question relating to drafting of claims and abstract from a given description of an invention.
ii. Part B2 will consist of 2 questions and the candidates will be required to attempt any 1 question. Out of the two questions, one question will relate to general engineering and the other question will relate to field of chemistry/life sciences.

Essential qualifications:

Citizens of India having completed 21 years of age and possessing a degree in science, engineering or technology from any University established under law for the time being in force in the territory of India or possessing such other equivalent qualifications as the Central Government may specify in this behalf, are eligible to apply for the examination

Where to apply?

Candidates desirous of applying for the examination may visit the official website ( between 11th February 2013 (11:00 a.m.) and 11th March 2013 (05:00 p.m.) and apply online. Detailed instructions will be posted on the said website and applications will be required to be filed strictly in accordance with the said instructions. The candidates will be required to feed the details into the online system and take a printout of the application form. The said application form along with the necessary enclosures and examination fee should reach the following address on or before 25th March 2013 (05:00 p.m.):
The Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks
Boudhik Sampada Bhawan
S.M. Road, Antop Hill
Mumbai – 400037
Applications incomplete in any respect or received after 25 th March 2013 (05:00 p.m.) will not be entertained. The centre for examination will be communicated to the candidates in due course and all the candidates are advised to regularly visit the official website for updates.