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Orissa Superior Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 11th March, 2021
High Court of Odisha

Orissa Superior Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the High Court of Orissa to recruit a qualified candidate for the post of District Judge. District Judge is a Grade I judicial officer who decides the civil matter and when the same Judge decides the criminal matter then he is designated as Session Judge.

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 in the posts of District Judge.
Conducting Body High Court of Orissa
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ODJ Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must be a graduate in law and practice as an Advocate for not less than seven years.

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

ODJ 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

ODJ Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of two stages:
Stage I: Written exam
Stage II: Interview

Pattern for Written Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 100
2 Paper II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 120 mins 100

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 30

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

ODJ Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Written Exam

1 Paper I

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Personal Law
  • Transfer of Property Act,
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Limitation Act
  • Law of Contract
  • Orissa Consolidation of Holdings and Prevention of Fragmentation of Land Act
  • O.E.A. Act,
  • Orissa Land Reforms Act and Law of Motor Accident Claim

2 Paper II

  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • N.D.P.S Act,
  • Prevention of Food Adulteration Act
  • Prevention of Corruption Act
  • Essential Commodities Act,
  • Environment Protection Act
  • Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act
  • Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989

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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