PJS Prelims Test Series

Punjab Judicial Services Exam – Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Aspirants can check out details of Punjab Judicial Services Exam pattern along with the information of eligibility criteria, and syllabus.


Through the Punjab Judicial Services (Judicial) Exam which is actually known as the PCS (Judicial) Exam, candidates can attain the post of civil judge in the subordinate courts of Punjab. Candidates having a degree in law can apply for the Punjab Civil Services (Judicial) Exam.

PCS (J)-Provincial Civil Service-Judicial Examination is the entry-level exam for law graduates to become appointed as members of the subordinate judiciary. The members are appointed by the state government under the supervision of the respective high court. The members are appointed based on the Judiciary exam.


  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor level degree in law from a recognized institute.
  • The age of the candidate should not be less than 21 years and not more than 37 years.
  • The upper age limit for a candidate belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes of all States and Backward Classes of Punjab only shall be up to 42 years.
  • Upper age is also relaxable up to 42 years for Widows, Divorcees, and certain other categories of Women.
  • Physically Handicapped Persons who have domicile of Punjab will be eligible to apply for the examination till the age of 47 years.

Attempts Limit

Under existing rules, candidates of all categories are allowed a maximum of four attempts as per Punjab State Civil Services (Appointment by Combined Competitive Examination) Rules, 2009.

Exam Pattern 

The Punjab Judicial Services Examination is conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission. It is conducted in three stages-

Preliminary exam: This will be an objective type exam. It consists of 125 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), where each question carries 4 marks. But there shall also be a negative marking of 1.5 marks for each incorrect answer.

Mains Exam: A candidate will not be allowed to appear in the Mains exam if he has scored less than 150 marks in the preliminary exam; if he belongs to a reserved category, then the cutoff for mains would be 100 marks.

Interview: This carries a weightage of 100 marks. The interview shall be conducted in English. 


The objective type multiple choice questions for the Preliminary Examination shall be from the syllabus prescribed for the Main Written Examination.

The candidates shall be expected to have a general and basic overview of the main subjects and also the ability to answer questions on current events of National and International importance, Indian legal and constitutional history and governance. The candidates shall also be tested for their analytical skills reasoning and aptitude. The standard of questions shall be of graduate level.

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

  • Main Subjects of Law
  • Current Affairs
  • Indian Legal & Constitutional History and Governance
  • Reasoning & General Aptitude

Syllabus for Mains Examination (Written) 

The object of the examination is to test the practical ability of the candidates rather than the range of their theoretical knowledge. For this purpose, the kind of questions that will be asked will be to give the facts of a typical case and ask the candidate to frame issues, to write a judgment, and to discuss the admissibility of evidence.

The syllabus for each paper is as below:

Paper I – Civil Law

  • Code of Civil Procedure,
  • Punjab Courts Act,
  • Indian Contract Act,
  • Indian Sales of Goods Act,
  • Indian Partnership Act,
  • Specific Relief Act,
  • Transfer of Property Act 1882,
  • East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act 1949,
  • Indian Evidence Act.

Paper II – Civil Law-II

  • Hindu Law (Marriage, Adoption, Inheritance & other personal, family laws)
  • Mohammedan Law and Customary Law, (Marriage, Adoption, Inheritance & other personal, family laws)
  • Law of Registration and Limitation.

Paper III – Criminal Law

  • Indian Penal Code, (IPC)
  • Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC)
  • Indian Evidence Act.

Law Library: Notes and Study Material for Judiciary and Entrance

Paper IV – English

  • English Essay on a given topic (1000-1100 words) – 100 marks
  • Precis Writing- 25 marks
  • Words and Phrases (Making sentences with the given words and Phrases) – 25 marks
  • Comprehension – 25 marks
  • Corrections (Language, Sentence, Spelling corrections)- 25 marks

Paper V – Language

  • Punjabi in Gurmukhi Script, No book prescribed. 100 Marks

Official Link 

For more information, visit https://highcourtchd.gov.in/  or https://www.ppsc.gov.in/

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