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Delhi Higher Judicial Services Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 1st March, 2021
Delhi High Court

Delhi Higher Judicial Service Examination is conducted by the Delhi High Court to recruit qualified candidates in the posts of judicial services. Higher judicial officers are those who are appointed as District-Judge & Additional District-Judge on the Civil side and Sessions-Judge & Additional Sessions-Judge on the Criminal side (as the case may be).

These exams focus on Indian legal and constitutional governance and history, current developments of national and international interest, and analytical aptitude and skills of the candidate.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit Judicial Officers in higher judicial services.
Conducting Body Delhi High Court
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DHJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. To be eligible to appear in the Delhi Higher Judicial Services Exam, the candidate must:

    • Have an LL.B Degree from a recognised university
    • Must practise as an Advocate for not less than seven years in the Courts of Civil and Criminal jurisdiction.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The upper age limit to appear in the DHJS examination is 45 years.

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

DHJS Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified
Date of Result To be notified

DHJS Exam Pattern 2021

Delhi Higher Judicial Services Exam Consists of three stages
Stage I: Preliminary examination
Stage III: Main examination
Stage III: Viva-voce/Interview

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 25% negative marking for each wrong answer. 150

Pattern for Main Examination

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper – I: General Knowledge & Language
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 150
2 Paper II: Law -I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
3 Paper III: Law II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
4 Paper – IV: Law III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
Total Marks* 750

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Viva Voce

Total marks allotted: 250

A candidate of general category must secure minimum of 50% marks and a candidate of reserved category i.e. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disability (deaf and hard of hearing) must secure minimum of 45% marks in viva-voce to be eligible for being recommended for appointment to the service.

DHJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • General Knowledge
  • Current Affairs
  • English Language
  • Constitution of India
  • Evidence Act
  • Limitation Act
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Indian Penal Code
  •  Contract Act,
  • Partnership Laws,
  • Arbitration Law,
  • Specific Relief Act,
  • Transfer of Property Act,
  • Sale of Goods Act
  • Negotiable Instruments Act
  • Indian Succession Act,
  • Hindu Succession Act,
  • The Prevention of Corruption Act,
  • The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act),
  • The Recovery of Debts and Bankruptcy Act (DRT Act),
  • The Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act (SARFAESI Act),
  • Motor Vehicles Act
  • Industrial Disputes Act,
  • Payment of Wages Act,
  • Workmen‟s Compensation Act,
  •  Minimum Wages Act,
  •  Factories Act,
  • Payment of Gratuity Act
  • The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act
  • Commercial Courts Act,
  • Provident Funds Act,
  •  Information Technology Act (IT Act)
  • Trade Marks & Copyright Laws.

Syllabus for Main Examination

1 Mains Paper – I: General Knowledge & Language

This is to test the candidate‟s knowledge of current affairs etc. and power of expression in English. Credit will be given both for substance and expression. Conversely deduction will be made for bad expression, faults of grammar and misuse of words etc.

2 Mains Paper II: Law -I

Constitution of India, Code of Civil Procedure, Indian Evidence Act, Limitation Act, Registration Act, Commercial Courts Act, Court Fees Act and Intellectual Property Laws.

3 Mains Paper III: Law II

Transfer of Property Act, Indian Contract Act, Sale of Goods Act, Indian Partnership Act, Specific Relief Act, Arbitration Law, Personal Law, The Recovery of Debts and Bankruptcy Act (DRT Act), The Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act (SARFAESI Act), Motor Vehicles Act, Labour Laws and Banking Laws.

4 Mains Paper – IV: Law III

Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Indian Evidence Act, The Prevention of Corruption Act, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, Information Technology Act, Negotiable Instruments Act and The Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Syllabus for Viva Voce

There is no specified syllabus for Viva–Voce but the interview is intended to supplement the written examination for testing the general and specialised knowledge in law & other subjects as well as the abilities to solve the problem during the course of work.

The Board will pay special attention to assess:

  • intellectual curiosity,
  • critical powers of assimilation,
  • balance of judgment and alertness of mind,
  • the ability for social cohesion,
  • integrity of character initiative and
  • capacity for leadership.

The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his/her subjects of law but also in events which are happening around him/her both within and outside his/her own State or Country.

They must have knowledge in the field of Current Affairs, New Discoveries & Inventions also. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination, but of a natural, through directed and purposive conversation intended to reveal the candidate’s mental qualities and his/her grasp of problems.

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