Odisha Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
Odisha Public Service Commission

Odisha Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the Odisha Public Service Commission to recruit a qualified candidate for the posts of Civil Judge. Civil Judge is a Grade III judicial Officer who decides the civil matters and when he decides the Criminal matter he is designated as a Judicial Magistrate.

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 candidate for the posts of Civil Judge
Conducting Body Odisha Public Service Commission
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OJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must have an LL.B. degree from a recognised University.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the OJS examination should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 35 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 40 years
    OBC 38 years

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

OJS 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

OJS 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
Objective (Multiple Choice) 90 mins 1/4th of the marks will be deducted for each wrong answer. 100

Pattern for Main exam

The candidate will have to select any of the three optional papers from the following:

  • Law of Crime and Law of Torts
  • Personal Law
  • Law of Property
  • Law of Contract
  • Jurisprudence and Constitution of India
Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General english
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
2 Paper II: Procedural Laws
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
3 Optional Paper I

This is the first paper of optional subject

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
4 Optional Paper II

This is the second paper of the optional subject.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
5 Optional Paper III

This is the third paper of optional subject.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100

Pattern for Personality Test

Total marks allotted: 100

Out of the Candidates who qualify for the written examination, according to the merit obtained therein, candidates shall be called for a Personality test.

OJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • Constitution of India
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Act
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Limitation Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Contract Act
  • Law of Succession (Indian Succession Act and Hindu Succession Act)
  • Specific Relief Act

Syllabus for Main exam

1 Mains Paper I: General english

  • Translation and retranslation of ten lines each.
  • A short Essay about 150 words.
  • Precis writing consisting of 300 words.
  • 1 (one) passage of about 500 words with 5 questions.

2 Mains Paper II: Procedural Laws

  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872

3 Mains Optional Paper I

See the table given below in the note.

4 Mains Optional Paper II

See the table given below in the note.

5 Mains Optional Paper III

See the table given below in the note.

Points Related to the Main exam

Sl. No Optional Subjects Syllabus
1. Law of Crime and Law of Torts

Law of Crime

  • Abetment, Criminal Conspiracy
  • Offences against Human Body
  • Offences against Property & Documents
  • Offences relating to Women
  • Defamation & Attempt to commit offences

Law of Tort

  • Parties
  • Defences
  • Nuisance and Negligence
  • Defamation and Malicious Prosecution
  • Liability
  • Trespass
  • Remedies
  • Consumer Protection Act, 1986
2. Personal Law
  • Hindu Law
  • Mohammedan Law
3. Law of Property
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • Indian Limitation Act, 1963
4. Law of Contract
  • Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • Sales of Goods Act, 1930
  • Partnership Act, 1932
  • Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881
5. Jurisprudence and Constitution of India
  • Introduction
  • Schools of Jurisprudence
  • Purpose of Law
  • Sources of Law
  • Legal Right: The Concept
  • Concept of Persons
  • Possession: The Concept
  • Ownership: The Concept
  • Concept of Title
  • Property: The Concept
  • Liability
  • Obligation Nature and Kinds
  • Procedure

Syllabus for Personality Test

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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