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Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service

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 29-Jul-2023

Introduction

The Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service Exam is a Competitive Exam conducted every year by the Himachal Pradesh High Court for recruitment to the posts of Civil Judge Junior Division.

  • The Himachal Judiciary exam pattern consists of the following three phases:
    • Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)
    • Written Main Examination (Subjective Type)
    • Personality Test

Eligibility Criteria

  • A candidate must be a holder of a degree of Bachelor of Law recognized by the Bar Council of India.
  • A candidate must have attained the age of 22 years but must not be more than 30 years of age as on the last date prescribed for receipt of applications.
  • The upper age limit is relaxable by 3 Years for SC/ST and OBC candidates of Himachal Pradesh.

Prelims Syllabus

  • As per the Himachal Judiciary Exam Pattern, the preliminary examination shall be an objective type exam consisting of the following three papers:
    • Civil Law-I
    • Civil Law-II
    • Criminal Law
  • Each paper is conducted for 100 marks, and each paper is one hour long.

Note: All three papers' examinations shall occur on the same day.

Prelims

Civil Law I

100 Marks

    • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
    • Indian Evidence Act, 1872
    • Indian Stamp Act, 1899
    • Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976
    • Specific Relief Act, 1963

Civil Law II

100 Marks

    • Indian Contract Act, 1872
    • Hindu Law
    • Indian Limitation Act, 1963
    • Transfer of Property Act, 1882
    • H.P. Urban Rent Control Act, 1987

Criminal Law

100 Marks

    • Indian Penal Code
    • Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
    • Chapter XVII (sections 138 to 143) of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881
    • H.P. Excise Act-2011 as Applicable to the State of H.P
    • Wildlife Protection Act and the Indian Forest Act, 192

Mains Syllabus

The syllabus of the Himachal judiciary mains exam consists of five descriptive papers:

  • Paper 1 - Civil Law 1 (200 Marks)
  • Paper 2 - Civil Law 2 (200 Marks)
  • Paper 3 - Criminal Law (200 Marks)
  • Paper 4 - English Composition (150 marks)
  • Paper 5 - Language (Hindi) (100 marks)

Mains

Civil Law - I

200 Marks

    • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
    • Indian Evidence Act, 1872
    • Indian Stamp Act, 1899
    • Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976
    • Specific Relief Act, 1963

Civil Law – II

200 Marks

    • Indian Contract Act, 1872
    • Hindu Law
    • Indian Limitation Act, 1963
    • Transfer of Property Act, 1882
    • H.P. Urban Rent Control Act, 1987

Criminal Law

200 Marks

    • Indian Penal Code, 1860
    • Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
    • Chapter-XVII (section 138 to 143) of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881
    • H.P. Excise Act, 2011
    • Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and the Indian Forest Act, 1927

English

150 Marks

    • Essay – You must choose from three essays on general subjects.
    • Translation of Hindi Passage into English

Hindi Language

100 Marks

    • Hindi (in Devanagari Script) No books prescribed
    • Translation of English passage into Hindi
    • Essay in Hindi on any topic out of three
    • Composition (Idioms and Corrections etc.)

    Interview

    • Last stage is Interview (viva-voce) which is of 100 Marks.
    • In order to be eligible to take the personality test, candidates for the Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service must first demonstrate that they have achieved success in passing the mains examination.
    • The candidate’s personality will be given a score out of a possible 150 marks based on the score.
    • In order to determine who will be chosen, the scores that candidates received on the personality test will be added to the scores that candidates received on the mains examination.
    • In order to be granted a letter of appointment, you need to obtain a score in the interview that is at least equal to 45% of the total marks available.