Uttar Pradesh Higher Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021

Uttar Pradesh Higher Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the Allahabad High Court to recruit qualified candidates for the posts of Additional District and Session Judge. District Judge and Additional District Judge is a Grade I Judicial Officer who acts in the jurisdiction of civil matters and also acts as a Session Judge in the jurisdiction of criminal matters.

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, Hindi
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidate for the post of District and Session Judge.
Conducting Body Allahabad High Court

UP HJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. A candidate for recruitment to the service must be:

    • A citizen of India, or
    • A subject of Sikkim, or
    • A Tibetan refugee who came over 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 or any of the 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. A candidate must be an Advocate of not less than 07 years’ continuous practice as on the last date fixed for the submission of application forms.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the UP HJS 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/OBC 48 years

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

UP HJS Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application January 20, 2021
Last Date of Application February 19, 2021
Starting Date of Issue of Admit Card March 27, 2021
Date of Preliminary Exam April 4, 2021

UP HJS 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: General Knowledge
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
2 Paper II: Language
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
3 Paper III: Law I (Substantive Law)
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
4 Paper IV: Law II (Procedure and Evidence)
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200
5 Paper V: Law III (Penal, Revenue and Local Laws)
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 200

Pattern for Interview

Total marks allotted: 200

The candidates securing a minimum aggregate of 45% marks in the written examination shall be called to appear in the interview subject to a maximum of thrice the number of vacancies category wise.

UP HJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Written Exam

1 Paper I: General Knowledge

  • History of India and Indian Culture
  • Geography of India
  • Indian Polity
  • Current national issues and topics of social relevance
  • India and the World
  • Indian Economy
  • International Affairs and Institutions and Development in the field of Science and Technology,
  • Communication and space

2 Paper II: Language

  • Essay to be written in English
  • English Precis writing
  • Translation of passage from Hindi to English
  • Translation of passage from English to Hindi

3 Paper III: Law I (Substantive Law)

  • The Law of Contracts
  • The Law of Partnership
  • The Law concerning easements and torts
  • The Law relating to the transfer of property including the principles of equity specifically applicable thereto
  • The principle of equity with special reference to the law of trust and specific relief
  • Hindu Law and Mohammedan Law and Constitutional Law

4 Paper IV: Law II (Procedure and Evidence)

  • The laws of evidence
  • The Criminal Procedure Code
  • Code of Civil Procedure

5 Paper V: Law III (Penal, Revenue and Local Laws)

  • Indian Penal Code
  • Uttar Pradesh Revenue Code, 2006
  • Uttar Pradesh Urban Buildings (Regulation of Letting, Rent and Eviction) Act, 1972
  • U.P. Municipalities Act
  • U.P. Panchayatraj Act
  • U.P. Consolidati0n of Holdings Act
  • U.P. Urban Planning and Development Act, 1973

Syllabus for Interview

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.