Delhi Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
Delhi High Court

Delhi Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the Delhi High Court to recruit qualified candidates as a Judicial officer in the state. This exam is conducted to recruit qualified candidates as Civil Judge in the subordinate judiciary. Civil Judge is a Grade I Judicial Officer who acts in the jurisdiction of civil matters and also acts as a Judicial Magistrate in the jurisdiction of criminal matters.

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 qualified candidates in judicial service
Conducting Body Delhi High Court

DJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate should be practising as an Advocate in India or a person qualified to be admitted as an Advocate under the Advocates Act, 1961.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The upper age limit to appear in the DJS examination is 32 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 37 years
    Ex-Serviceman 37 years
    PwD 42 years

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

DJS Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Preliminary exam To be notified

DJS Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary examination
Stage II: Main examination
Stage III: Viva-voce

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) 25% will be deducted for each wrong answer 200

Pattern for Main Exam

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 250
2 Paper II: Civil Law I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 200
3 Paper III: Civil Law II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 200
4 Paper IV: Criminal Law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 200

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 150

Only such candidates shall be called for viva-voce who have obtained 40% marks in each written paper and 50% in aggregate.

DJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • General Knowledge
  • English
  • Constitution of India
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Contract Act
  • Partnership Act
  • Arbitration Law
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Limitation Act
  • Evidence Act

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Mains Paper I: General Knowledge & Language

General Knowledge

  • Geography
  • Economic Scene.
  • Sports.
  • Scientific Research
  • Current Events.
  • History.
  • Culture.
  • General Polity including Indian Constitution.
  • Sports & Games
  • Countries and Capitals.
  • National & International affairs
  • States & Capitals
  • Countries & Currencies
  • Daily News.
  • Famous Personalities.
  • Art & Culture.
  • Current GK


  • Idioms & Phrases.
  • Antonyms.
  • Adverb.
  • Para Jumbles
  • Sentence Corrections.
  • Unseen Passages.
  • Cloze Test.
  • Missing Verbs.
  • Word Formations.
  • Sentence Rearrangement.
  • Articles
  • Grammar.

2 Mains Paper II: Civil Law I

  • Indian Sale of Goods Act.
  • Specific Relief Act.
  • Indian Contract Act.
  • Mohammedan Law.
  • Indian Partnership Act.
  • Delhi Rent Control Act & Law of Torts.

3 Mains Paper III: Civil Law II

  • Law of Evidence.
  • Civil Procedure Law.
  • Law of Limitation
  • Delhi Judicial Services for Criminal Law.
  • Law of Registration.

4 Mains Paper IV: Criminal Law

  • Indian Penal Code.
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Indian Evidence 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.