The Odisha Judicial Service Examination is conducted every year by the Odisha High Court – Cuttack. The notification is published on the High Court’s official website at : www.orissahighcourt.nic.in and / or the website of the state’s public service commission (If the exam is conducted by the PSC) at Odisha Public Service Commission
Plan of Odisha Judicial Service Examination :
Direct recruitment to the Cadre of Civil Judges shall be made by the Commission through the Odisha Judicial Service Examination which shall consist of three parts; viz- preliminary written examination, main written examination and interview in the manner provided in the rules and in accordance with the syllabus as specified below :-
(I) The preliminary written examination shall be of one paper carrying 100 marks with duration of one and half hours with objective type questions of multiple choice (I.e. 100 questions of one mark each with negative marks of twenty-five percent of the marks allotted to a question for every wrong answer) on the following subjects and the OMR answer sheets will be scrutinized by computer.
Preliminary Written Examination:
(a) Constitution of India;
(b) Code of Civil Procedure;
(c) Code of Criminal Procedure;
(d) Evidence Act;
(e) Indian Penal Code;
(f) Limitation Act;
(g) Transfer of Property Act;
(h) Contract Act;
(i) Law of Succession (Indian Succession Act and Hindu Succession Act);
(j) Specific Relief Act.
N.B.: The Commission shall call the eligible candidates for main written examination who have secured not less than 35 (thirty-five) per-centum of marks in case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates and 40 (forty) per-centum of marks in case of others in the preliminary written examination.
(II) The main written examination shall be on the following two compulsory papers and three optional papers. Each of the compulsory subjects shall carry 150 marks with a duration of 2 Vz (two and half) hours and each of the optional subjects shall carry 150 marks with a duration of three hours.
A. Odisha Judicial Service Examination – Main Written Exam :
(1) Compulsory Papers.
PAPER -1 for 150 marks
(a) Translation and retranslation of ten lines each
(b) A short essay of about 150 words
(c) Precis writing consisting of 300 words
(d) 1 (one) passage of about 500 words with 5 questions
N.B. – For “Translation and retranslation of ten lines each”, there will be two passages, i.e. one in English to be translated into Odia and another in Odia to be retranslated into English.
PAPER – 2 for 150 marks
(a) The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
(b) The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
(c) The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
(2) Optional Papers.
A candidate may choose any three subjects among the following:
(i) Law of Crime & Law of Torts: — 150 Marks
(ii) Personal Law – 150 marks
(a) Hindu Law
(b) Mohammedan Law
(iii) Law of Property – 150 marks
(a) Transfer of property Act, 1882
(b) Specific Relief Act, 1963.
(c) Indian Limitation Act, 1963
(iv) Law of Contract – 150 marks
(a) Indian Contract Act, 1872.
(b) Sales of Goods Act, 1930
(c) Partnership Act, 1932.
(d) Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881
(v) Jurisprudence and Constitution of India – 150 marks
(a) A candidate shall answer the papers in English unless otherwise’ directed.
(b) The standard of papers shall be that of LL.B. course and in respect of compulsory Paper-I, it shall be that of a degree course.
(c) The Commission shall call the candidates for interview who have secured not less than 45 (forty five) per-centum of marks in aggregate and a minimum of 33 (thirty three) per- centum of marks in each paper in the main written examination.
B. VIVA-VOCE INTERVIEW:
Interview shall carry 100 (one hundred) marks. Questions to be asked in the interview may not ordinarily be outside the syllabus prescribed for the main written examination. In the interview, questions covering broad national and international issues and matters of common interest in the field of Arts and Science may also be asked. Provided that the names of the candidates shall not be included in the merit list unless such candidates secure a minimum of 40% (forty per-centum) of marks in the Interview.