Sikkim Superior Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
High Court of Sikkim

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

A portion of the Grade -I Judicial officers are filled by merit cum seniority basis by the High Court and such a number of vacancies are mentioned in the Examination notification. The Examination is conducted as per the rules given under Sikkim Judicial Service Rules, 1980 (as amended).

Grade-I Judicial Officer 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 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 Sikkim
Conducting Body High Court of Sikkim

Sikkim Superior Judicial Service 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 Sikkim Superior Judicial Service Exam, the candidate must:

    • Be a holder of Degree in Law from a recognized university.
    • Must be able to communicate in Nepali language or any other language of the State.
    • Candidate must have adequate knowledge of Computers.
    • 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. While for Grade-II officers the period should not be less than five (5) years to compete for the Grade-I officer positions.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the Sikkim Superior Judicial Service Exam 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.

Sikkim Superior 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 practising 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

Sikkim Superior Judicial Service Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Examination To be Notified

Sikkim Superior Judicial Service Exam Pattern 2021

The selection process of Sikkim Superior Judicial Service Grade – I examination segregated into two stages. One stage is followed by another.

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

Pattern for Main Examination

The Main Written Examination will be of 400 marks comprising Two papers i.e. Paper – I & Paper-II. A total of 400 marks will be considered for the ranking. All the candidates must obtain the cut-off marks as decided by the authority 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 Procedural Laws & Local Laws

To test the knowledge of law & intelligence in solving the problems emerged during the process of law.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
2 Substantive Laws

Knowledge in law is necessary to solve the problems in various fields of law.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
Total Marks* 400

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

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 100

The Viva-voce for the direct recruits and on the basis of Annual Confidential reports for 10 years immediately preceding the financial year in which written test is held for the candidates appearing in the limited competitive examination.

Sikkim Superior Judicial Service Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Main Examination

1 Procedural Laws & Local Laws

    Group A: Procedural Law

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Limitation Act
    Group B: Local Laws

  • Property Law
  • Registration Law
  • House Rent & Eviction Law
  • Land Laws
  • Court Fee & Stamp Laws
  • Adoption Laws
  • Civil Courts Act
  • Municipal Laws
  • Interpretation & General Clauses Act
  • Other Local Laws
  • Notification on Issuance of Certificate of Identification
  • Rural Indebtedness Act
  • Language Test : Nepali Language or any languages of the State.

2 Substantive Laws

  • Hindu Law
  • Indian Contract Act
  • Arbitration act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Sale of Goods Act
  • Partnership Act
  • Specific Relief Act
  • General Clauses Act
  • Indian Penal Code and
  • Constitutional Law of India

Points Related to the Main Examination

Only those candidates found eligible on preliminary scrutiny shall be called for Written Examination. The list of candidates whose applications are accepted for taking the examination shall be uploaded in the High Court website.

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.

Points Related to the Viva-Voce

Selection of the candidates shall be made on the basis of the aggregate marks obtained in the written examination and viva-voce and on the basis of Annual Confidential reports for 10 years immediately proceeding the financial year in which written test is held for the candidates appearing in the limited competitive examination.