Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service Competitive Exam is conducted by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates for the posts of Civil Judge within the state. Civil Judge is a Grade III Judicial Officer who acts in the jurisdiction of civil matters and also acts as 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, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidate for the posts of Civil Judge
Conducting Body Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
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HPJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. A candidate must be a holder of a degree in Law as recognised by the Bar Council of India.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the HPJS examination should be minimum of 22 years and maximum of 35 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/OBC 38 years

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

HPJS 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

HPJS Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary exam
Stage II: Main exam
Stage III: 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: Civil Law-I
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 60 mins 100
2 Paper II: Civil Law-II
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 60 mins 100
3 Paper III: Criminal Law
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 60 mins 100

Pattern for Main Exam

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: Civil Law II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
3 Paper III: Criminal Law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
4 Paper IV: English Composition
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
5 Paper V: Language (Hindi)
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
Total Marks* 850

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

Pattern for Viva-voce

Total marks allotted: 150

The marks obtained in the viva-voce will be added to the marks obtained in the Main written examination for purpose of selection of the candidates.

HPJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I: Civil Law-I

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Indian Stamp Act
  • Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976
  • Specific Relief Act.

2 Prelims Paper II: Civil Law-II

  • Indian Contract Act
  • Hindu Law
  • Indian Limitation Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • H.P. Urban Rent Control Act

3 Prelims Paper III: Criminal Law

  • Indian Penal Code
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Chapter-XVII (section 138 to 143) of the Negotiable Instruments Act
  • H.P. Excise Act-2011 as Applicable to the State of H.P.,
  • Wild Life Protection Act and the Indian Forest Act.

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Mains Paper I: Civil Law-I

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Indian Stamp Act
  • Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976
  • Specific Relief Act.

2 Mains Paper II: Civil Law II

  • Indian Contract Act
  • Hindu Law
  • Indian Limitation Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • H.P. Urban Rent Control Act

3 Mains Paper III: Criminal Law

  • Indian Penal Code
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Chapter-XVII (section 138 to 143) of the Negotiable Instruments Act
  • H.P. Excise Act-2011

4 Mains Paper IV: English Composition

  • Essay
  • Translation of Hindi Passage into English

5 Mains Paper V: Language (Hindi)

  • Translation of English passage into Hindi
  • Essay in Hindi on any topic out of three
  • Composition (Idioms and Corrections etc.)

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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