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FAQs on the Patent Agent Exam

The Patent Agent Exam is an exam conducted by the Government of India to select professionals as Registered Patent Agents. After qualifying the examination, these professionals can start practising as Patent Agents and help corporates and individuals in filing patents.

The Patent Agent Examination in India is conducted by the Office of The Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks under the Indian Patents Office, Government of India.

  1. Anyone, who is a citizen of India, and has completed 21 years of age.
  2. Anyone who has a degree from an Indian educational institution in the field of Science, Engineering, or Technology.
  3. The final year students also are eligible to appear in the Patent Agent Exam.

The Indian Patents Office does not follow any fixed frequency for conducting the Patent Agent Exam. The last exam was conducted in 2018. There was no exam in 2019. There is going to be one in 2020. You cannot predict when the next exam would be conducted.

If the applicants to the Patent Agent Exam are high in 2020, and the Patents Office selects too many Patent Agents this year, then the next exam might be several years away – you never know! Our advice would be to give it your best shot this year and not wait for another exam.

As per the government notification, the Patent Agent Exam is going to be conducted this year on Sunday, the 28th of June 2020.

And don’t forget: The last date to register for the Patent Agent Exam in 2020 is the 25th of March 2020.

The Patent Agent Exam comprises of  two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2, followed by Viva-voce. 

Paper 1: Objective (100 marks) – Testing the understanding of the Patents Act

Paper II: Subjective (100 marks) – Situation based questions and drafting a model Patent application

Viva-voce: Candidates, who secure a minimum of 50 in both the papers, will be called for viva voce (50 marks)

Paper 1: 3 hours

Paper 2: 3 hours

Viva-voce: 10-40 minutes


The Patent Agent Examination is a paper based exam.

As per the website, the average salary of a Patent Agent in India is Rs.5 lakhs per annum – as of March 2020. Depending on your qualification and experience, your salary could go upto 20 lakhs per annum & beyond.

The Patent Agent Examination is a paper based exam.

The last date to register for the Patent Agent Examination 2020 is the 25th of March 2020, 05:30 pm.

The fees to register for the Patent Agent Examination is Rs.1600. This amount has to be remitted online along with the online application. There is no offline mode of application.

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