Punjab Civil Service (Judicial Branch) Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

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

Punjab Civil Service (Judicial Branch) Exam is conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates in the posts of Subordinate Judge or Judicial Magistrate. Subordinate Judge or Judicial Magistrate is a Grade III Judicial Officer who acts in the jurisdiction of civil and criminal matters respectively.

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 qualified candidates for appointment in the post of Subordinate Judge or Judicial Magistrate.
Conducting Body Punjab Public Service Commission
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PCS JB Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate for appointment to the service must be-

    • A citizen of India, or
    • A subject of Sikkim, or
    • A subject of Nepal,
    • A subject of Bhutan
    • A Tibetan refugee who came to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon, and East  African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, and the United Republic of Tanzania (formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar) with the intention of permanently settling in India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must obtain the Degree of Bachelor of Law from a recognised university.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the PCS JB 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/BC 40 years

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

PCS JB 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

PCS JB Exam Pattern 2021

This exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary examination
Stage II: Main examination
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
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 0.20 marks will be deducted from the wrong answer. 500

Pattern for Main Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: Civil Law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
2 Paper II: Civil Law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
3 Paper III: Criminal Law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
4 Paper IV: English Composition
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
5 Paper V: Language
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150

Pattern for Viva Voce

Total marks allotted: 100

The marks obtained in the interview will be added to the Marks obtained in the written papers and the candidates’ place will depend on the aggregate of both.

PCS JB Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • Main Subjects of Law
  • Current Affairs
  • Indian Legal & Constitutional History and Governance
  • Reasoning
  • Aptitude

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Mains Paper I: Civil Law

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Punjab Courts Act
  • Indian Contract Act
  • Indian Sales of Goods Act
  • Indian Partnership Act
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Indian Evidence Act

2 Mains Paper II: Civil Law

  • Hindu Law
  • Mohammadan Law
  • Customary Law
  • Law of Registration and Limitation.

3 Mains Paper III: Criminal Law

  • Indian Penal Code
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Indian Evidence Act.

4 Mains Paper IV: English Composition

A choice of six essays on general subjects.

5 Mains Paper V: Language

  • Translation of an English passage into Punjabi
  • Explanation of Punjabi passage in prose and poetry in the same language
  • Composition (Essay, Idioms, Corrections etc.)

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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