Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service (Judicial) Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
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Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service (Judicial) Exam is conducted by Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates for the posts of Munsiff/Civil Judge within the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Grade – III Judicial Officers means the Judicial Officer designated as Munsiff/Civil Judge (Junior Division) on the Civil side and Sub – Divisional Judicial Magistrate & Judicial Magistrate 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 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 candidate for the posts of Munsiffs/Civil Judge.
Conducting Body Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission

J&K Judicial Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate must be a permanent resident of the State and a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate should have:

    • A Bachelor of Laws from a recognised University.
    • A Barrister of England or Northern Ireland or a member of the Faculty of Advocates in Scotland or holds any other equivalent law degree recognised by the Government of India.
    • Three years of practice at the bar and must produce a certificate to this effect from the District Judge within the local limits of whose jurisdiction he has practiced at the Bar.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the J&K Judicial examination should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 35 years.

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

J&K Judicial 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

J&K Judicial Exam Pattern 2021

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

Pattern for Written Exam

The written examination shall include compulsory and optional papers and every candidate shall take all the compulsory papers and three out of the optional papers mentioned in the table of the syllabus.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
2 Paper II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
3 Paper III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
4 Paper IV
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
5 Paper V
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
6 Paper VI
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
7 Optional Paper I

This is the first optional paper

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
8 Optional Paper II

This is the second optional paper.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
9 Optional Paper III

This is the third optional paper.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
Total Marks* 900

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

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 140

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

J&K Judicial Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Written Exam

1 Paper I

  • English Essay
  • Translation from English into Urdu or Hindi and vice versa.
  • Precis.

2 Paper II

  • General Knowledge
  • Indian Constitution Law and Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir State

3 Paper III

  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Evidence Act
  • Ranbir Panel Code.

4 Paper IV

  • Financial Code Volume I & II
  • Kashmir Service Regulation Chapters III to XIII and XXII and XXIII
  • Rules and orders for the guidance of Subordinate Courts (Civil and Criminal) and Circular orders issued by the High Court.

5 Paper V

  • Civil Procedure Code
  • Limitation Act
  • Jammu and Kashmir Registration Act.

6 Paper VI

  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Right of Prior Purchase Act
  • Houses and Shops Rent Control Act

7 Optional Paper I

See the table given below in the note.

8 Optional Paper II

See the table given below in the note.

9 Optional Paper III

See the table given below in the note.

Points Related to the Written Exam

Syllabus for the optional Papers:

Papers Subjects
I.  Hindu Law, Mohammedan Law,
Customary Law of the State
  • Hindu Law: Concept of Hindu, Sources, Schools of Hindu Law, Marriage, Hindu undivided family, Maintenance and Adoption, Inheritance and Succession, Hindu Minority and Guardianship, Family Courts Act ,1984.
  • Mohammedan Law: Concept, Sources of Muslim law, Marriage, Maintenance and Adoption, Inheritance and Succession.
  • Customary Law of the State
II. Law of Companies and Insurance Law
  • Law of Companies: Company and its Nature and Scope, Procedure for Incorporation of companies, Prospectus, Shares and Debentures, Members and Membership Rights, Management and Administration of Company, Oppression and Mismanagement, Amalgamation and winding up, Corporate Governance.
  • Insurance Law: Understanding and Managing Risk, General Principles and Concepts of Insurance, Insurance Contract and Indian Market Conditions, Regulatory Environment – Specific Legislations, Regulatory Environment – General, International Regulatory Framework, Life Insurance – Practices, Procedures, Life Insurance & Pension Products, General Insurance, Ethics and Corporate Governance Framework for Insurance Companies.
III. Principles of Equity including the Law of Trusts and Specific Relief
  • Principles of Equity: Nature of Equity, History of Courts of Equity, Relations of law of Equity, The maxims of equity, Different Equitable remedies.
  • Trust: Essentials of Trust, Trust and contract, Power, condition, charge and personal obligations, Private Trusts, Public Trusts, Appointments, Retirement and removal of Trustee, Rights, Power, Discretion and control of Trustees, Trust property and Beneficiary, The Administration of Trust, Liability for Breach of Trust, Constructive Trusts.
  • Specific Relief: Specific Relief Act, 1963
IV. Jammu and Kashmir Contract Act, Law of Torts
  • Jammu and Kashmir Contract Act: Communication, acceptance and revocation of proposals, Contracts, Voidable Contracts and Void Agreements, Contingent Contracts, The Performance Of Contracts, Certain Relations Resembling Those Created By Contract, Consequences of Breach of Contract, Indemnity and Guarantee, Bailment, Agency.
  • Law of Torts: Nature & Definition, Negligence, Nuisance & Nervous Shock, Defamation, Trespass, Malicious Prosecution, Strict, Absolute & Vicarious Liability, Remedies under Law of Torts, Consumer Protection Act& Motor Vehicles Act.
V. Suits Valuation Act, Court Fee Act, Stamp Act, Agriculture Relief Act, Excise Act and Rules
  • Suits Valuation Act: Suits Relating to Land, Power of State Government to make rules determining value of land for jurisdictional purpose, making and enforcement of rules, Court-fee value and jurisdictional value to be the same in certain suits, Determination of value of certain suits by High Court.
  • Court Fee Act: Chief Controlling Revenue Authority, Fees on documents filed in High Court, Procedure in case of difference as to necessity or amount of court-fee, Fees in Other Courts and in Public Offices, Probates, Letters of Administration and Certificates of Administration, Process-Fees, Mode of Levying Fees.
  • Stamp Act: Stamp Duties, Adjudication as to Stamps, Instruments not Duly Stamped, Allowances for Stamps in Certain Cases, Reference and Revision, Criminal Offences and Procedure, Supplemental Provision.
  • Agriculture Relief Act: Suits and other proceedings, the accounts of principal and interest, Agriculturist-debtors may sue for accounts, Instalments.
  • Excise Act and Rules: Levy and collection of duty, Power of Central Government to charge excise duty, Valuation of excisable goods for purposes of charging of duty of excise, Valuation of excisable goods with reference to retail sale price, Power to grant exemption from duty of excise, Non-reversal of CENVAT credit, Registration of certain persons, Restriction on possession of excisable goods.
VI.  Land Revenue Act, Tenancy Act, Land Alienation Act, Land Acquisition Act
  • Land Revenue Act: Record of Rights and Annual Records, Procedure for making records, Supplemental Provisions, Rights of the Government in Mines and Minerals, Presumption as to ownership of forest and waste lands, Compensation for infringement of
    the rights of any person.
  • Tenancy Act: Fair rent, Procedure for determination of fair rent, Bar against passing and execution of decree and orders for ejection, Special provision for recovery of possession of house to members of Armed Forces of the Union, Duties of landlord, Notice on landlord to perform duties, Repeal and savings.
  • Land Alienation Act: Permanent Alienation of Land, Temporary Alienation of Land.
  • Land Acquisition Act: Acquisition, Reference To Court And Procedure Thereon, Apportionment Of Compensation, Payment, Temporary Occupation Of Land, Acquisition Of Land For Companies.

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.