Delhi Judicial Service Examination – Syllabus and overview

Overview and detailed preliminary and main syllabus of the Delhi Judicial Service Examination conducted every year by the Delhi High Court 

The Delhi Judicial Service Examination is conducted every year by the Delhi High Court . The notification is published on the High Court’s official website at : delhihighcourt.nic.in and / or the website of the state’s public service commission (If the exam is conducted by the PSC) at Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board

Delhi Judicial Service Exam is held in three successive stages :-

(i) Delhi Judicial Service Preliminary Examination (Objective Type with 25% negative marking) for selection for the Main Examination, and
(ii) Delhi Judicial Service Main Examination (Written) for selection of candidates for calling for Viva voce.
(iii) The Viva-voce exam

Syllabus for the Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary Examination will be a Screening Test and will consist of one paper of multiple objective type questions carrying maximum of 200 marks. In the Preliminary Examination, questions on general knowledge and aptitude of the candidate, candidate’s power of expression, flair in English, knowledge of objective type legal problems and their solutions covering Constitution of India, Code of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure Code, Indian Penal Code, Contract Act, Partnership Act, Arbitration Law, Evidence Act, Specific Relief Act and Limitation Act will be included.

Minimum qualifying marks in the Preliminary Examination shall be 60% for General and 55% for Reserved Categories i.e. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Physically Handicapped (Blind/Low Vision) /Orthopaedically handicapped/hearing impaired). However, the number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination (Written) will not be more than Ten times the total number of vacancies of each category advertised.

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination (Written) will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.

Syllabus for the Delhi Judicial Service Main Examination

The Main Examination (Written) will include the following subjects (each subject to carry the number of marks shown against it):- Sl.No. Subject Max. Marks
1. General Knowledge and Language 250
2. Civil Law-I 200
3. Civil Law-II 200
4. Criminal Law 200

1. General Knowledge and Language : This paper shall comprise two sections.
Section I : General Knowledge : This is to test the candidate’s knowledge of current affairs etc. (100 Marks)
Section II : Language (Essay, Translation and Precis Writing) : This is to test the candidate’s knowledge and power of expression in English. Credit will be given both for substance and expression. Conversely, deduction will be made for bad expression, faults of grammar and misuse of words etc. There will be two passages for translation, one in English which will be required to be translated into Hindi (in Devnagri Script). The Second passage in Hindi (in Devnagri Script) shall be required to be translated into English. (150 marks)

2. Civil Law-I : Indian Contract Act, Indian Sale of Goods Act, Indian Partnership Act, Specific Relief Act, Hindu Law, Mohammaden Law, Delhi Rent Control Act and Law of Torts. (200 marks)

3. Civil Law-II : Civil Procedure Code, Law of Evidence, Law of Limitation & Law of Registration. (200 marks)

4. Criminal Law : Criminal Procedure Code, Indian Penal Code & Indian Evidence Act. (200 marks)

Viva Voce

1. Viva voce will carry 150 marks. Only such candidates will be called for Viva voce who have obtained 40% marks in each written paper and 50% marks in the aggregate except in the case of candidates belonging to reserved categories i.e. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Physically Handicapped (Blind/Low Vision) /Orthopaedically handicapped/hearing Impaired) in whose case the qualifying marks shall be 35% in each written paper and 45% in the aggregate.

2. A candidate of General Category must secure minimum 50% marks and a candidate of Reserved Category i.e. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Physically Handicapped (Blind/Low Vision) /Orthopaedically handicapped/hearing impaired) must secure minimum 45% marks in Viva voce to be eligible for being recommended for appointment to the service.

3. The marks obtained in the Viva voce will be added to the marks obtained in the Main Examination (Written) and the Candidate’s position will depend on the aggregate of both.

Delhi Judicial Service Examination – Syllabus and overview
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