2022 Bar Exam Result: Topnotchers

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) released the results of 2022 bar exam, including the list of topnotchers on Friday, April 14.

2022 Bar Exam Result: Topnotchers, Excellent Passers

SC successfully conducted the 120th Philippine bar exam on November 9, 13, 16, and 20, 2022 in 14 local testing centers nationwide. A total of 9,183 out of 10,006 examinees took the challenge of the grueling exams for future lawyers.

The highest court said results will also include the announcement of the successful Bar passers who garnered the 30 highest total averages.

UPDATE: University of the Philippines College of Law alum Czar Mathew Gerard Torres aced 2022 bar exam with 88.8083%. The top 5 examinees with the highest scores came from the UP, Bar Chair Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa announced.

In the 2020/2021 Bar Examinations, SC moved away from the tradition and released list of exemplary passers (those with 85-90% rating) and excellent passers (higher than 90% grade). In addition, the court also recognized law schools with candidates with exemplary performance. SC clarified that modifications to the bar exam were pro hac vice (meaning, for this occasion only) because of the pandemic and a natural calamity.


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In the previous exams, simultaneous with the release of successful bar passers, Supreme Court also announced the list of topnotchers.

In the 2020/2021 bar exam, the high court hailed 14 bar takers for their excellent performance. University of the Philippines (UP) has four excellent passers, while Ateneo de Manila University and University of San Carlos (USC) have two each.

In the 2019 bar exam, Mae Diane Azores of the University of Santo Tomas in Legaspi aced the bar with a rating of 91.0490%.

In the 2018 exams, Sean James Borja of the Ateneo de Manila University aced the bar with 89.306%. University of San Carlos (USC) alum Marcley Augustus Nau-El followed with 87.53%. Other schools in the top 10 spots were University of the Philippines and De La Salle University – Manila.

In the 2017 bar exam, graduates of provincial law schools dominated the list of topnotchers. Mark John Simondo of University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod, Negros Occidental led the passers with a grade of 91.05 percent.

In the 2016 exams, all topnotchers came from the provincial schools, a first without the usual top-performing NCR-based schools. USC’s Karen Mae Calam topped the list with a rating of 89.05%.

Meanwhile, UP College of Law alum Rachel Angeli B. Miranda earned the top spot in the 2015 Bar Examinations with a rating of 87.40%.

Here’s the summary of topnotchers during the past bar exams:

2020-2021 No top 10 list (but named 14 excellent passers)
2019 Mae Diane Azores University of Santo Tomas – Legaspi 91.05%
2018 Sean James Borja Ateneo de Manila University 89.31%
2017 Mark John H. Simondo University of St. La Salle – Bacolod 91.05%
2016 Karen Mae L. Calam University of San Carlos 89.05%
2015 Rachel Angeli B. Miranda University of the Philippines 87.40%
2014 Irene Mae B. Alcobilla San Beda College – Manila 85.50%
2013 NIelson Pangan University of the Philippines 85.80%
2012 Ignatius Michael D. Ingles Ateneo de Manila University 85.64%
2011 Atadero, Raoul Angelo D. Ateneo de Manila 85.54%


The Philippine bar examination is a professional exam not handled by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). It is exclusively supervised by the Supreme Court.

The SC conducts the Bar examinations pursuant to Article VIII, Section 5 of the Constitution which provides that it shall have the power to promulgate rules governing the admission to the practice of law.

Some Filipino lawyers say the bar exam is hard because it is centralized on wide-range bar subjects, with the expected annual passing rate of 20% to 30%.

— The Summit Express