Himachal Pradesh District Judge Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
High Court of Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service District Judge/Additional District Judge exam also known as Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service Competitive Examination for the cadre of District Judges/Additional District Judges is conducted by the High Court of Himachal Pradesh to recruit qualified candidates for the posts of District Judges/Additional District Judges. District Judge is a Grade I Judicial Officer who acts in the jurisdiction of civil matters and also acts as a Session Judge 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 the 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 for the posts of District Judge/Additional District Judge
Conducting Body High Court of Himachal Pradesh
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H.P. District Judge Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. A candidate must be an Advocate of not less than 07 years’ continuous practice as on the last date fixed for the submission of application forms.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the H.P. District Judge examination should be minimum of 35 years and maximum of 45 years.

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

H.P. District Judge Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Written Exam To be notified

H.P. District Judge Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Written exam
Stage III: Viva-voce

Pattern for Written Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: Criminal Law including Special Law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 200
2 Paper II: Civil Law including Local Laws of Himachal Pradesh
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 200
3 Paper III: Constitutional Law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 200
4 Paper IV: General Knowledge including English Composition
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 200

Pattern for Viva-voce

Total marks allotted: 300

Out of the Candidates who qualify for the written examination, according to the merit obtained therein, candidates shall be called for viva-voce.

H.P. District Judge Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Written Exam

1 Paper I: Criminal Law including Special Law

  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • The Criminal Procedure Code, 1973
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1986
  • The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
  • The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989
  • The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954
  • The Indian Forest Act, 1927

2 Paper II: Civil Law including Local Laws of Himachal Pradesh

  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • The Guardian and Wards Act, 1890
  • The Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956
  • The Land Acquisition Act, 1894
  • Indian Succession Act, 1925
  • Chapter X, XI and XII of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988
  • The Himachal Pradesh Rent Control Act, 1987
  • The Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972
  • The Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue Act, 1953
  • The Himachal Pradesh Village Common Lands (Vesting and Utilization) Act, 1974

3 Paper III: Constitutional Law

  • Theory of Constitutional Law
  • Constitution of India

4 Paper IV: General Knowledge including English Composition

General Knowledge

  • History
  • Geography
  • Current affairs

English Composition

  • Drafting
  • Writing articles
  • Essays

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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