Top 10 Passers: USC grad Karen Mae Calam tops 2016 Bar Exam

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the results of November 2016 exam today, May 3 after the special en banc session. The list of topnotchers (top 10 passers) is now posted on this page.

Top 10 Passers: November 2016 Bar Exam Topnotchers

University of San Carlos (USC) grad Karen Mae L. Calam topped the bar with 89.05%.

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Alanna Gayle Ashley Khio from Silliman University ranked second with 88.95%.

On third spot were graduates of USC and Andres Bonifacio College, tied at 88.8%.

SUMMARY: 2016 Bar Exam Results (updated)

top 10 2016 bar exam

A total of 6,344 law graduates tried the hurdle the the 115th year of the most prestigious professional licensure exam in the country. The series of tests were administered on November 6, 13, 20, and 27 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Espana, Manila.

The top 10 examinees (topnotchers) of the 2016 bar exam are:

Place Name School Rating
1st Karen Mae Calam University of San Carlos 89.05%
2nd Alanna Gayle Ashley Khio Silliman University 88.95%
3rd Fiona Cristy Lao University of San Carlos 88.80%
Athalia Liong Andres Bonifacio College
4th Allana Mae Babayen-on University of San Agustin 88.75%
5th Justin Ryan Morilla Ateneo de Davao University 88.40%
6th Mark Dave Camarao Northwestern University 88.10%
7th Anne Margaret Momongan University of San Carlos 87.80%
8th Jefferson Gomez University of San Carlos 87.70%
9th Nia Rachelle Gonzales University of Batangas 87.50%
Marie Chielo Ybio Silliman University
10th Andre Stephen Liu Silliman University 87.45%


A graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, Rachel Angeli B. Miranda topped the 2015 Bar Examinations with the highest over-all rating of 87.40%. A total of 1,731 out of the 6,605 (26.21%) passed the bar.

In 2014 bar exam, Irene Mae Alcobilla, graduate of San Beda College of Law Manila aced the bar with 85.50% grade.


Bar exam is also the only licensure examination not administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). The 2016 edition had 100% essay-type questions based on bulletin about guide and rules of conduct of bar examinations posted on SC website.

The examination covered the following topics and their associated subtopics, popularly known as the bar subjects: Political Law and Public International Law, Labor and Social Legislation, Civil Law, Taxation, Mercantile Law, Criminal Law, Remedial law and Legal and Judicial Ethics.

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