Each university has their own policies and rules whether to allow or cancel the degree of the candidate based on the number of attempts, failures and duration. Generally, after failing for 5 consecutive attempts his/her degree will be cancelled and shall be notified the same to the candidate. Since it has been very long, 22 years (1st year of your BA) in your case, I guess the university will not allow you to clear or attend your backlog.
But please do contact your university authorities and ask them. Since you haven't pursued further, I am assuming your original certificates are with them which will be given after you cancel your degree or complete it. I guess the latter one is not possible and you need to get your previous original certificates such as 1oth, 12th etc., from them as soon as possible. If they allow you to write the exam, then it is quite a blessing. Do contact them for further information.
Dr. V. Shashikanth