Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Exam

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examination | Syllabus, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, and Application

Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission conducts Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examination to recruit the candidates for the posts of Civil Judge Junior Division.

This is an entry-level examination for law graduates to get appointed in the subordinate judiciary. The examination consists of Preliminary Examination (Screening Test), Main (Written) Examination, and a Viva Voce/Interview.

Eligibility

  • As on mentioned date in the advertisement, a candidate must be a holder of degree in Law as recognized by the Bar Council of India.
  •  A candidate must be a citizen of India.

Desirable Candidates

The knowledge of customs, manners, and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the State of Himachal Pradesh. 

Age Limit

  • Minimum 22 years, Maximum 35 years
  • The upper age limit is relaxable by 03 years for S.C. & OBC category candidates of Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examination Pattern

The breakup for the Himachal Pradesh Judiciary Exam Pattern is given below.

Stage I – Preliminary Exam (Objective Exam)-300 Marks

Stage II – Mains Exam (Written)-850 Marks 

Stage III – Viva Voice (Interview)-150 Marks

Syllabus

Prelims – 300 Marks

  • In Prelims, there will be 50 questions of two marks in each paper.
  • There is no negative marking for wrong answers.
  • Each paper duration will be of one hour. 

Civil Law-I

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Indian Stamp Act
  • Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976
  • Specific Relief Act.

Civil Law-II 

  •  Indian Contract Act
  • Hindu Law
  • Indian Limitation Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • H.P. Urban Rent Control Act.                                                                            

Criminal Law

  • Indian Penal Code
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Chapter-XVII (section 138 to 143) of the Negotiable Instruments Act
  • H.P. Excise Act-2011 as Applicable to the State of H.P.
  • Wild Life Protection Act and Indian Forest Act.

Mains  

Mains (Written) examination is carried out to test the practical abilities of the candidate and his overall understanding of the subject. Each paper will last for three hours.                                                                    

PAPER-1:  Civil Law-I – 200 Marks

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Indian Stamp Act
  • Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976
  • Specific Relief Act.

PAPER-II: Civil Law-II – 200 Marks

  • Indian Contract Act
  • Hindu Law
  • Indian Limitation Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • H.P. Urban Rent Control Act.

PAPER-III: Criminal Law – 200 Marks

  • Indian Penal Code
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Chapter-XVII (section 138 to 143) of the Negotiable Instruments Act
  • H.P. Excise Act-2011 as Applicable to the State of H.P.
  • Wild Life Protection Act and Indian Forest Act.

PAPER-IV: English Composition – 150 marks

  • A Choice from three Essays on General Subjects.- 100 Marks
  • Translation of Hindi Passage into English- 50 Marks

(The standard for the English paper shall be that of the graduation examination of Himachal Pradesh University.)

PAPER-V: Language (Hindi) – 100 Marks

  • Translation of English passage into Hindi- 30 Marks
  • Essay in Hindi on any topic out of three- 50 Marks
  • Composition (Idioms and Corrections etc.)- 20 Marks

(The standard for the Hindi paper shall be that of the matriculation examination of Himachal Pradesh University.)

Interview/Viva Voce – 150 Marks

A candidate shall also be required to obtain at least 45% of the marks allocated for the interview, failing which he will be deemed to have not qualified for the competitive examination.

Selection Criteria

  • No candidate shall be credited with any marks in any paper unless he obtains at least 40 percent marks in that paper, except Hindi language paper (paper-V) in which candidate should obtain at least 33 percent marks. 
  • No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the written test unless he obtains 45 percent marks in aggregate in all papers and at least 33 percent marks in language paper i.e. Hindi in Devanagari script.

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