Jammu and Kashmir Higher Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

Jammu and Kashmir Higher Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir to recruit qualified candidates for the post of District Judge within the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Grade – I Judicial Officers means the Judicial Officer designated as District-Judge & Additional District-Judge on the Civil side and Sessions-Judge & Additional Sessions-Judge 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 candidates for the posts of District Judge
Conducting Body High Court of Jammu and Kashmir

J&K HJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate must be a permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir State and a Citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must possess a degree in Law from a recognised University and must be practising as an Advocate for a period of not less than seven years.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the J&K HJS 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/OBC 47 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 HJS 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 HJS Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of two stages:
Stage I: Written exam
Stage II: 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
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 80
2 Paper II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 80

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 40

Only the candidates who obtain 60 % or more marks in the written examination shall be called for the viva-voce test in the ratio of three candidates for one available vacancy.

J&K HJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Written exam

1 Paper I

Part I

  • Essay- Precis writing
  • Constitution of India and Jammu and Kashmir
  • legal Maxims.
  • Translation of passage in Urdu to English

Part II

  • Judgment Writing on Civil Original & Civil Appellate side
  • laws relating to Partnerships, Contracts and Arbitration. Jammu and Kashmir Transfer of Property Act 1977 {1920 A.D.), Jammu and Kashmir Houses and Shops Rent Control Act 1966, Jammu and Kashmir Agrarian Reforms Act 1976, Jammu and Kashmir Evacuees {Administration of Property) Act 2006, Jammu and Kashmir Alienation of land Act 1996 {1938 A. D.) and Jammu and Kashmir Specific Relief Act 1977 {1920 A. D).
  • the law relating to compensation under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988
  • laws relating to Marriages, Divorce and Succession governing Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Part III

  • Jammu and Kashmir Code of Civil Procedure
  • Laws relating to the acquisition and requisition of immovable property in the State of Jammu and Kashmir
  • Laws relating to Guardianship, Succession Certificate, Probate and Letters of Administration in the State of Jammu and Kashmir
  • Laws relating to the Eviction of unauthorized occupants from public premises under the Acts in force in the State of Jammu and Kashmir

2 Paper II

Part I

  • Jammu and Kashmir Code of Criminal Procedure.
  • Ranbir Penal Code.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Probation of Offenders Act 1966, Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2013 and
  • Jammu and Kashmir Protection of Children against Sexual Violence Ordinance, 2018.

Part II

  • Judgment Writing on Criminal Original and Criminal Appellate side
  • Jammu and Kashmir Evidence Act (Svt.), 1977
  • Penal Laws in force in the State relating to Arms, Enemies and Terrorist related activities

Part III

  • Jammu and Kashmir Civil Service Regulations
  • Financial Code.
  • Medical Jurisprudence
  • Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act, 2006 and Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances 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.