Madhya Pradesh Higher Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

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

Madhya Pradesh Higher Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the High Court of Madhya Pradesh to recruit qualified candidates for the post of District Judge within the state. 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 post of District Judge
Conducting Body High Court of Madhya Pradesh
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MPHJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must practise as an Advocate for not less than seven years on a continuous basis.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the MPHJS 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.

MPHJS 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

MPHJS Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary exam
Stage II: Main exam
Stage III: Viva-Voce

Pattern for Preliminary Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 150

Pattern for Main Written Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: Civil Laws & Procedure
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
2 Paper II: Writing skill and current legal knowledge
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
3 Paper III: Criminal Laws and Procedure
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
4 Paper IV: Judgement Writing etc.
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 50

Candidates have to secure a minimum of 40% marks in viva-voce to be finally selected.

MPHJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • I.P.C., Cr. P.C. & Evidence Act
  • C.P.C.,T.P. Act & Contract Act
  • Constitution of India
  • Specific Relief Act
  • N.D.P.S. Act
  • Limitation Act
  • Negotiable Instrument Act
  • M.P. Land Revenue Code
  • M.P. Accommodation Control Act
  • Hindu Marriage Act, Hindu. Succession Act & Hindu Adoption & Maintenance Act only)
  • SC & ST (Prev. Of Atrocity) Act
  • Motor Vehicle Act (Chapter X, XI & XII only)
  • Court Fees Act, Indian Registration Act & Indian Stamp Act)
  • General Knowledge
  • Computer Knowledge
  • General English
  • Law Lexicon & Maxims
  • Medical Jurisprudence

Syllabus for Main Written Exam

1 Mains Paper I: Civil Laws & Procedure

  • Constitution of India
  • Civil Procedure Code,1908
  • Transfer of Property Act,1882
  • Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • Specific Relief Act,1963 (Chapter I,11 & VI to VIII)
  • Limitation Act,1963 (Part 11 & Ill)
  • Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (Sections -5, 9, 10, 13A,138, 24 to 27)

2 Mains Paper II: Writing skill and current legal knowledge

  • Article on Legal Topic (in Hindi)
  • Summary Writing (in English) (For Summary Writing, a matter like a copy of Plaint, WrittenStatement or Charge Sheet/Complaint may be given and the candidate shall be asked to summarize it into 1/3rd of the matter given)
  • Knowledge of Current Leading Cases (Leading/Latest Supreme Court Decisions and Full Bench Decisions of M.P. High Court since last five years.)
  • Translation from Hindi to English and from English to Hindi

3 Mains Paper III: Criminal Laws and Procedure

  • Indian Penal Code,1860
  • Criminal Procedure Code,1973
  • Evidence Act,1872
  • Negotiable Instrument Act,1881 (Sections -138 to 147)
  • S.C. & S.T. (Prevention of Atrocity) Act,1989 (Sections -2 to 8,14 and 18)

4 Mains Paper IV: Judgement Writing etc.

  • Settlement of Issues
  • Framing of Charges
  • Judgment Writing (Civil)
  • Judgment Writing (Criminal)

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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