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Nagaland Judicial Service Grade-I Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 10th April, 2021
UPSC

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

Some vacancies of Grade – I judicial officers are also filled by merit cum seniority basis by the High Court, the number of such vacancies was mentioned in the examination notification. The examination will be conducted as per the rules given under Nagaland Judicial Service Rules, 2006 (as amended).

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 analytical aptitude and skills of the candidate.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Under 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 Nagaland.
Conducting Body Gauhati High Court
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NJS 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 Nagaland 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. Except for Grade – II officers, they should have been in the cadre of Grade – II for a period of not less than five(5) years to compete for Grade – I officers.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the NJS 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
    Schedule Caste 48 years
    Schedule Tribe 48 years

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

Nagaland 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 practicing 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

NJS 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

NJS Grade-I Exam Pattern 2021

The selection process of Nagaland Judicial Service Grade – I examination segregated into three stages. One stage is followed by the another.

  • Stage 1: Preliminary examination
  • Stage 2: Main examination
  • Stage 3: Viva – Voce/ Interview

Pattern for Preliminary Examination

The Candidates will have to appear in a Preliminary Examination(objective type multiple choice) of 100 Marks.

However, the High Court reserves the right to fix the cut-off marks in the Preliminary Examination and call only those candidates to appear in the Final written examination who obtain the cut-off marks as may be fixed by the High Court.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Preliminary Paper

To test the General knowledge, Current Affairs, Mental Ability and Knowledge of law.

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 100
Total Marks* 100

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

Pattern for Main Examination

The Main Written Examination will be of 300 marks comprising five papers i.e. Paper – I, Paper-II, & Paper-III. A total of 300 marks will be considered for raking. All 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.

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper – I: General Studies

To test the General Knowledge, aptitude, intelligence, test of comprehension and expression of law, General English and Information Technology.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 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 Descriptive 180 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.

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 strictly subject to the cut-off marks as mentioned in the Exam notification.

However, the final selection shall be made subject to the overall suitability of the candidate, as decided by the High Court.

NJS Grade-I Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination

1 Preliminary Paper

  • General Knowledge
  • Aptitude
  • English
  • Basic Knowledge in computer subject
  • Constitution of India
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Civil Procedure Code
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Limitation Act
  • Legal Theories of Jurisprudence
  • Arbitration and Conciliation Act
  • Indian Contract Act
  • Family Law
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Motor Vehicle Act
  • Industrial and Labour Law
  • Land Acquisition Act
  • Law relating to Trust
  • Indian Registration Act
  • Court Fees Act

Syllabus for Main Examination

1 Paper – I: General Studies

  • 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 Paper – II: Law Paper-I

  • Transfer of Property
  • Civil Procedure code
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Indian evidence Act
  • Limitation Act
  • 3 Paper – III: 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 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.

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