Punjab Superior Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

Punjab Superior Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana to recruit qualified candidates in the posts of Additional District and Session Judge within the State of Punjab and Haryana. Additional District and Session Judge is a Grade I 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 in the posts of Additional District and Sessions Judges.
Conducting Body High Court of Punjab and Haryana.

PSJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
    • The candidate must have been duly enrolled as an Advocate and must have been in practice for a period of not less than seven years as on the last date of submission of application.
    • The candidate must have passed the matriculation examination with Punjabi as one of the compulsory or elective subjects or any other equivalent examination in the Punjabi language, specified by the government from time to time.

  4. Age Limit
  5. The age of the candidate to appear in the PSJS 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
    SC/ST/BC 50 years
    PwD 55 years

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

PSJS Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Exam To be notified

PSJS Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of two stages:
Stage I: This stage consists of 5 papers of descriptive/objective type.
Stage II: This stage consists of viva-voce or 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: Civil law I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
2 Paper II: Criminal law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
3 Paper III: Civil law II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
4 Paper IV: Language
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
5 Paper V: General Knowledge
Merit Ranking Nature 100 Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins 50
Total Marks* 750

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

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.

PSJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Written Exam

1 Paper I: Civil law I

  • Indian Contract Act, 1872: Introduction, Agreement, Capacity to Contract, Free Consent, Consideration, Limitations on Freedom of Contract, Discharge of a Contract and Remedies for the Breach Thereof.
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908: Introduction, Suits in General, Suits, Trial of suits and Execution of Decrees, Appeals, Reference, Review and Revision, Special suits.
  • Registration Act, 1908: Registration Establishment, Registrable documents, the time of presentation, the place of registration, Presenting Documents for Registration.
  • Specific Relief Act, 1963: Recovering possession of property, Specific Performance, Injunctions, Declaratory Decrees, Preventive Relief.
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882: Interpretation clause, Enactments relating to contracts to be taken as part of Contract Act, Transfer of property defined, What may be transferred, Persons competent to transfer, operation of transfer, oral transfer, condition restraining alienation.
  • Limitation Act, 1963: General Provisions as to the Bar of Limitation and Extension of the prescribed time, Legal Disability, exclusion of time etc, Acquisition and Extinguishment of Proprietary rights by the virtue of limitation.

2 Paper II: Criminal law

  • Indian Penal Code, 1860: Essential Elements of Crime, Abetment, Criminal Conspiracy, Offences against Human Body – I, Offences against Human Body – II, Offences against Property & Documents, Offences relating to Women, Defamation & Attempt to commit offences.
  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act, 1985: Authorities and Officers, National fund for control of drug abuse, Prohibition, control and regulation, Offences and Penalties, Procedure, Forfeiture of illegally acquired property.
  • The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988: Appointment of special judges, Offences and Penalties, Investigation into cases under the Act, Attachment and Forfeiture of Property, Sanction for Prosecution and other Miscellaneous Provisions.
  • Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973: Introduction, Initiation of Criminal Case, Investigation, Bail, Pre-Trial Proceedings, Trial, Rights of Accused and Victims.
  • Indian Evidence Act, 1872: Relevancy of Facts, Admissions, On proof, Production and Effect of Evidence, Estoppel, Witnesses, Examination of Witnesses, Improper admission and rejection of evidence.

3 Paper III: Civil law II

  • Constitutional law: The Union and its Territory, The Union and State Executive, Parliament and State Legislatures, Legislative Power of the Executive (Ordinances),Union and State Judiciary, Distribution of Legislative Powers, Freedom of Trade, Commerce and Intercourse, Emergency Provisions.
  • Interpretation of statutes: Introduction, Rules of Statutory Interpretation, Aids to Interpretation, Commencement of Statutes, Interpretation with reference to the subject matter of Statutes, Interpretation of Constitutional.
  • Hindu law: Introduction, Concept and Sources of Hindu Law, Modern and Ancient, Two Principal Schools of Hindu Law, Marriage, Hindu undivided family, Inheritance and Succession, Law relating to Hindu Minority and Guardianship, Family Courts Act ,1984.
  • Rent law: Recovery of possession in case of limited period tenancy, Remedy against cutting off or withholding essential supply or service, The Slum Areas (Improvement and Clearance) Act, 1956.

4 Paper IV: Language

For Haryana

  • English: Essay and precis
  • Hindi: Essay and precis

For Punjab

  • English: Essay and precis
  • Punjabi: Essay and precis

5 Paper V: General Knowledge

  • Indian polity
  • History of India
  • Geography
  • Environmental studies
  • Current events of national and international importance

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.