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Haryana Superior Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 4th March, 2021
UPSC

Haryana Superior Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana to recruit qualified candidate in the posts of Additional District and Session Judge. District Judge or Additional District Judge is a Grade I Judicial Officer who acts in the jurisdiction of civil matters and also acts as a Session Judge or Additional 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 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 candidate in the post of Additional District and Session Judge.
Conducting Body High Court of Punjab and Haryana
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HSJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must have been duly enrolled as an Advocate and must have been in practice for a period not less than seven years as on the last date of submission of applications.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the HSJS examination should be minimum of 35 years and maximum of 45 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/BC 50 years
    PwD 55 years

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

HSJS 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

HSJS Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of two stages:
Stage I: Written Test
Stage II: Viva-Voce

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Generally, a Preliminary exam is not conducted for the Haryana Superior Judicial Service. But, keeping in view the number of applications received, the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh may hold a preliminary examination for shortlisting the candidates.

Pattern for Written Test

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: Civil law-I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
2 Paper II: Criminal Law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
3 Paper III: Civil Law II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
4 Paper IV: Language
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
5 Paper V: General Knowledge
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 50
Total Marks* 750

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

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 250

Only the candidates securing 40% or more marks in each paper will be called for viva-voce.

HSJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

The Preliminary exam
(whenever held) consists of objective type questions from the syllabus as prescribed for the written test.

Syllabus for Written Test

1 Paper I: Civil law-I

  • Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • Registration Act, 1908
  • Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • Limitation Act, 1963

2 Paper II: Criminal Law

  • Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985
  • The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
  • Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • Indian Evidence Act, 1872

3 Paper III: Civil Law II

  • Constitutional Law
  • Interpretation of Statutes
  • Hindu Law
  • Rent Law

4 Paper IV: Language

  • English (Consisting of Essay and Precis)
  • Hindi (Consisting of Essay and Precis)

5 Paper V: General Knowledge

  • Indian polity
  • History of India
  • Geography
  • Environmental studies
  • Current events of national and international importance

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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