Haryana Civil Service Examination – Judicial Branch – Syllabus and overview

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

The Haryana Judicial Service Exam is officially called the Haryana Civil Service Examination – Judicial Branch. It is conducted every year by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The notification is published on the High Court’s official website at : highcourtchd.gov.in and / or the website of the state’s public service commission at Haryana Public Service Commission

Haryana Civil Service – Judicial Branch Competitive Examination:

The selection of suitable candidates for appointment in HCS (Jud. Branch) will be made by holding an examination. The examination shall be conducted in three stages namely:-
(i) Preliminary Examination,
(ii) Main Examination,
(iii) Viva-Voce

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination:

The Preliminary Examination shall be of objective type with multiple-choice questions as distinguished from the main written examination which shall be of subjective/narrative type. The OMR Sheets (Answer Sheets) will be scanned by Computer. So there is no provision of re-checking/re-evaluation of OMR Sheets.

The question paper for Preliminary Examination shall be of two hours duration.

It shall consist of 125 questions and each question shall carry 04 marks and for every wrong answer 0.80 mark shall be deducted. There will, however, be no negative marking in respect of un-attempted questions.

The objective type multiple-choice question for the Preliminary Examination shall be from the syllabus for the Main Examination. The candidate shall be expected to have a general and basic over view of the main subjects and also the ability to answer questions on current events of national and international importance, Indian legal and constitutional history and governance. The candidate shall also be tested for his analytical skills and aptitude.

The standard of the question paper shall be of Law graduate level.

The object of the Preliminary Examination is to short list candidates for the Main Examination. No candidate shall be allowed to appear in the Main Examination unless he / she secured minimum 150 marks (read 100 marks for all reserved category candidates) in the Preliminary Examination.

The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination shall not be counted towards final result. Candidates equal to 10 times the number of vacancies advertised, selected in order of their merit in the respective categories shall become eligible to sit in the Main Examination. However, the number shall be subject to variation. If two or more candidates at the last number (the number at the end) get the equal marks, then all of them shall be considered eligible to sit for the Main Examination, warranting the corresponding increase in the stipulated ratio.


The Main Examination shall consist of six papers five written and a viva voce. The description of papers and the syllabus shall be as under:-

Civil Law-1
Code of Civil procedure, Punjab Courts Act, Indian Contract Act, Indian partnership Act, Sale of Goods Act, Specific Relief Act, Indian Evidence Act and Haryana Urban (control of rent and eviction) Act, 1973. – 200 Marks

Civil Law-II
Hindu Law, Mohammadan Law and Customary Law, Law of Registration and Limitation. – 200 Marks

Criminal Law
Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Evidence Act, – 200 Marks

The English paper will be of 200 marks and consist of the following:-
1. English Essay (1000-1100 words) – 100 marks
2. Precis – 25 marks
3. Words and Phrases (Make sentences of the given words and Phrases) – 25 marks
4. Comprehension – 25 marks
5. Corrections – 25 marks

Hindi (in Devnagri Script) 100 Marks

To judge the personal qualities of the candidates. The viva-voce shall relate to the matters of general interest and is intended to test the candidates’ alertness, intelligence and general outlook. it shall be conducted in English. – 200 Marks

(i) Main Examination will be subjective/narrative type. Main Examination will be conducted in English Medium except for language paper.
(ii) Copy of Bare Acts of legislative enactments only shall be supplied.
(iii) Each written paper shall be of three hours duration.
(iv) The standard of the language paper shall be that of Matriculation Examination of the Board of School Education, Haryana.

Language paper (v) for a total of 100 marks, shall comprise the following:-
(a) Translation of an English passage into Hindi : 20 Marks
(b) Explanation of Hindi passage in prose and poetry in the same language : 30 Marks
(c) Composition (essay), idioms and corrections : 50 Marks

Candidates thrice the number of advertised posts including bracketed candidates, if any, in order of merit of Main Examination will be called for viva-voce.

Candidate who qualifies for the Main Examination will have to apply again on separate application form for the Main Examination for which they will be informed through an announcement displayed on Commission’s website.

No candidate shall be credited with any marks in any paper unless he obtains at least thirty three percent marks in it.

No candidate shall be called for the viva- voce unless he obtains at least fifty percent qualifying marks in the aggregate of all the written papers. However, for the candidate belonging to the scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Physically Handicapped and Ex-Serviceman candidates only (but not dependents of ESM) the qualifying marks for this purpose shall be 45%.

Provided that the number of candidates to be called for viva voce in order of the marks obtained in the written examination shall not exceed three times of the number of vacancies advertised. However, if the last candidate to be called for interview is bracketed with the candidates exceeding three times by obtaining equal marks, then all of the bracketed candidates shall be called for interview despite the fact that the number of candidates to be called for interview exceeds three times. The appearance in viva-voce is mandatory.

Provided further that only those candidates shall be eligible to be recruited as Civil Judges/Judicial Magistrates who secure 50% or more marks (read 45% for the scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Physically Handicapped and Ex-Serviceman candidates only, but not dependents of ESM) in aggregate of the marks secured in the main written examination and the viva voce.

Haryana Civil Service Examination – Judicial Branch – Syllabus and overview
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