Manipur Judicial Service Grade – I Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

Manipur Judicial Service examination is conducted by the Gauhati High Court to hire subordinates in judicial services for Grade-I (Practising Lawyers) & Grade-III (Fresh Graduates) positions within the State of Manipur. While Grade-II Judicial Officers are appointed by seniority and departmental competitive examination conducted by the High Court.

A portion of the Grade -I Judicial officers are filled by merit cum seniority basis by the High Court and such a number of vacancies are mentioned in the Examination notification. The Examination is conducted as per the rules given under Manipur Judicial Service Rules, 2005 (as amended).

Grade-I Judicial Officer 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 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 “Grade – I” Judicial Officers for the State of Manipur.
Conducting Body Gauhati High Court

MJS Grade-I Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate must be a citizen of India as defined in Article 5 & 6 of the Constitution of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. To be eligible to appear in the Manipur Judicial Service Grade-I Exam, the candidate must:

    • Be a holder of Degree in Law from a recognized university.
    • Be practising as an Advocate in the Courts of Civil and Criminal jurisdiction, on the last date fixed for receipt of applications, for not less than seven (7) years as on such date.
    • Must have knowledge of State Official language (Manipuri).

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the MJS Grade-I 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
    Other Backward Caste(OBC) 48 years
    Schedule Caste/ Schedule Tribe 50 years

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

Manipur Judicial Service Grade-I Job Prospects

The Judicial system consists of five hierarchies namely- Supreme Court, High Court, District Court, Magistrate Court, and Munsiff Court. Judges are assigned to different court departments based on their qualifications. Some judges operate in their private offices, courtrooms and law libraries. Most of the work includes reading legal briefs, studying legal issues, conducting a hearing with lawyers, and giving the judgment. The responsibility of the judges varies depending on their jurisdiction.

A career in the judiciary is a good option for law graduates or for practising lawyers who are inclined towards public service and have faith in the system of justice.

The candidates who wish to build a career in public service can clear the Judicial Services Exam and perform the following job roles:

  • Magistrate
  • District and Sessions Judge
  • Sub-Magistrate
  • Public Prosecutor
  • Attorney General
  • Solicitors
  • Advocate General
  • Notary
  • Oath Commissioner

MJS Grade-I Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Preliminary Examination To be Notified
Main Examination To be notified

MJS Grade-I Exam Pattern 2021

The selection process of Manipur Judicial Service Grade-I examination segregated into two stages. One stage is followed by another.

  • Stage 1: Main Written Examination
  • Stage 2: Viva-Voce/ Interview

Pattern for Main Written Examination

The Main Written Examination will be of 300 marks comprising three papers i.e. Paper – I, Paper-II, & Paper-III. A total of 300 marks will be considered for raking. All the candidates must obtain 50% or more marks or corresponding grade in the Final written examination to be eligible for Viva-Voce.
The candidates will be called on the basis of 1:3 ratio i.e. 3 (Three) candidates will be called against 1 (one) vacancy for the Viva-Voce.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 General Awareness & English

To test the General Knowledge, Aptitude, Intelligence, Test of comprehension and expression of law, General English and Information Technology.

Merit Ranking Nature Both Objective & Descriptive 180 mins 100
2 Law Paper – I

Expert Knowledge in law is necessary to solve the problems in various fields of law.

Merit Ranking Nature Both Objective & Descriptive 180 mins 100
3 Law Paper – II

To test the writing skills of candidates along with the knowledge of law. The candidate will be given facts on the basis of which the judgement writing skills with the understanding of law is being analysed.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
Total Marks* 300

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

Pattern for Viva-Voce/Interview

Total marks allotted: 50

This is the final stage of the Grade-I examination.

The final evaluation will be based on marks obtained in the Final Written Examination and Viva- Voce. The selected candidates must secure 40% marks in the Viva – Voce/ Interview. However, the final selection shall be made subject to the overall suitability of the candidate, as decided by the High Court.

MJS Grade-I Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Main Written Examination

1 General Awareness & English

  • General Knowledge:
    Indian History, India & World Geography, Indian & World Economy, Current Affairs, Politics, General Science, Technology, Indian Culture, Famous Places in India and World, Famous Personalities, Honours and Awards, World Organisations, Sports, Books and Authors, Days and Years, Inventions
  • General English:
    Synonyms, Homonyms, Antonyms, Direct and Indirect speech, Data Interpretation, Spotting Errors, Passage Completion, Word Formation, Sentence Completion, Part of Speech, Error Correction (Phrase in Bold), Theme Detection, Spelling Test, Fill in the blanks, Sentence Improvement, Sentence Arrangement, Substitution, Joining Sentences, Tenses, Active and Passive Voice, Idioms and Phrases, Para Completion, Translation, Error Correction (Underlined Part), Punctuation, Comprehension, Passage writing, Precis-writing, Essay writing on Legal Topic & General Topic Etc.
  • Aptitude:
    Areas, Averages, Simplification and Approximation, Races and Games, Probability, Numbers and Ages, Quadratic Equations, Odd Man Out, Boats and Streams, Indices and Surds, Pipes and Cisterns, Compound Interest, Permutations and Combinations, Problems on Trains, Problems on LCM and HCF, Volumes, Percentages, Problems on Numbers, Simple Interest, Time and Distance, Mensuration, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Mixtures and Allegations, Simple Equations, Time and Work, Partnership
  • Intellegence:
    Situation reaction test, Number series, Assertion and reason, Logical Venn diagram, Coding-decoding, Data Sufficiency, Blood relations, Sequential output tracing, Puzzle test, Logical sequence test, Direction sense test, Classifications, Inserting the missing characters, Eligibility test, Analogy, Syllogism, Inequalities, Alphabet test, Machine input, Alpha-numerical sequence puzzle, Sitting arrangement, Arithmetical operations, Numbers, ranking, and time sequence test
  • Information Technology:
    Basic computer Knowledge
  • 2 Law Paper – I

  • Group A: Transfer of Property
  • Group B: Civil Procedure code
  • Group C: Criminal Procedure Code
  • Group D: Indian Penal Code
  • Group E: Indian evidence Act
  • Group F: Limitation Act
  • 3 Law Paper – II

  • Constitutional law: Knowledge on various provisions of constitutional law is necessary.
  • Jurisprudence: Questions of Legal theories on Jurisprudence will be asked.
  • Judgement writing: The materials facts of an incident is available in the (enclosed paper book), on the basis of which the students have to write Judgement.
  • Points Related to the Main Written Examination

    The candidates are expected to refer to the relevant decisions of the Apex Court and the High Court while writing answers in Paper-II and Paper – III.

    Syllabus for Viva-Voce/Interview

    There is no specified syllabus for Viva – Voce but the interview is intended to supplement the written examination for testing the general and specialized 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.

    Points Related to the Viva-Voce/Interview

    The final evaluation will be based on merit and strictly subject to the overall suitability of the candidate as per the provisions of Manipur Judicial Service Rules, 2005.