Meghalaya Judicial Service Grade-I Exam 2021
Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus
Meghalaya Judicial Service Examination is conducted by the High Court to hire subordinates in judicial services for Grade-I (Practising Lawyers) & Grade-III (Fresh Graduates) positions within the State of Meghalaya. 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 Meghalaya Judicial Service Rules, 2006 (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.
|Level of Exam||Graduate, State Level|
|Exam Frequency||Once in a year|
|Purpose of the Exam||To recruit “Grade-I” Judicial Officers for the State of Meghalaya.|
|Conducting Body||Gauhati High Court/High Court Of Meghalaya|
MJS Grade-I Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021
- Educational Qualification
A candidate must be a citizen of India as defined in Article 5 & 6 of the Constitution of India.
To be eligible to appear in the Meghalaya 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 a period of not less than seven (7) years as on such date. While for Grade-II officers the period should not be less than five (5) years to compete for the Grade-I officer positions.
However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
|Category||Upper Age Limit|
|Schedule Caste||48 years|
|Schedule Tribe||48 years|
There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.
Meghalaya 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:
- District and Sessions Judge
- Public Prosecutor
- Attorney General
- Advocate General
- Oath Commissioner
MJS Grade-I Exam Important Dates 2021
|Starting Date of Application||To be notified|
|Last Date of Application||To be notified|
|Date of Examination||To be Notified|
MJS Grade-I Exam Pattern 2021
The selection process of Meghalaya 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 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. The candidates must obtain 60% (50% for Reserved Category) 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 merit for the Viva-Voce. Provided the candidates must obtain the cut-off marks decided by the authority to be eligible for Viva-Voce.
|Sl. No.||Name of the Paper/Section||Nature||Nos. of Questions||Question Type||Duration||Negative Marking||Marks|
|1||Paper – I: 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||Descriptive||120 mins||100|
|2||Paper – II: Law Paper – I
Expert Knowledge in law is necessary to solve the problems in various fields of law.
|Merit Ranking Nature||Both Objective & Descriptive||120 mins||100|
|3||Paper – III: 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.
*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.
Pattern for Viva-Voce/InterviewTotal 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 the cut-off marks as decided by the authority 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 Examination
1 Paper – I: General Awareness & English
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
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.
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
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
Basic computer Knowledge
2 Paper – II: Law Paper – I
3 Paper – III: Law Paper – II
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.