State Judicial Services Examinations – In a Nutshell

Overview of State Judicial Services Examination of various States in India

Judicial Services is one of the most prestigious and sought after Government career options in India. There are thirty different Judicial Service Exams that are conducted at a State level, under the aegis of the twenty six High Courts across India. (Some of the Indian states share a common high court, but have separate Judicial Services cadre)

Eligibility

The basic eligibility for Judicial Services is to have a BCI recognized LLB degree and be a practicing advocate for a minimum number of years (usually seven years) .
The number of years of experience, the maximum age limit, and relaxation for specific groups such as SC, ST, in-service candidates, physically challenged and women candidates are prescribed at the State level.

While any Indian citizen domiciled anywhere in India is eligible to appear in the Judicial Services exam of any state, the only barrier can be the requirement to be proficient in the local language of the State. The prelims and the mains exams will have a part which requires the candidate to translate an essay from or to the local language and otherwise demonstrate reading and writing skills.

Pattern of the Exams

Generally, the Judicial Service Exams are conducted in three successive stages – the Judicial Service Preliminary Examination, the Judicial Service Mains Examination and the Viva-Voce test. The Viva can be considered as a personal interview round.

The Preliminary Exam comprises of objective type questions, with or without negative marking. The scores from the prelims are used only for short listing candidates for the Main Examination and not for the final rankings.

The Judicial Services Mains examination is predominantly a subjective exam covering various law topics, general knowledge, reasoning skills and also assessing the reading, writing and comprehension skills of the candidates in English and local language. Some states also include a computer proficiency test as part of the prelims or mains exams.

The overall score and a section wise cut-off from the Mains exam is used as a filter and successful candidates are called for the Viva-voce test.

The final ranking is compiled using the aggregate scores from the Mains and the Viva-voce exams. Successful candidates are inducted into the Judicial Services and undergo the required training and complete the probationary period to become Judges and judicial officers of the state.

Syllabus

The syllabus for the Judicial Services Exams is mostly based on the BCI approved LLB syllabus and customized for different states. More weightage may given to areas such as Civil Law and Criminal Law, as compared to areas like Environmental law. In addition, state specific laws are included in testing areas. e.g. State level Rent Control Acts.

At LawMint.com, we are building the largest database of MCQs, online mock tests and practice exams for the Judicial Services Preliminary Exams.

You can find the details of the syllabus and other specifics of State level Judicial Services Exams articles on LawMint.com at the links below :

State Judicial ServicesConducted byOfficial Website
Andhra Pradesh Judicial ServiceHigh Court of Judicature at Hyderabadhttp://hc.tap.nic.in/
Arunachal Pradesh Judicial ServiceGauhati High Courthttp://ghcitanagar.gov.in/
Assam Judicial ServiceGauhati High Courthttp://ghconline.nic.in/
Bihar Judicial ServicePatna High Courthttp://patnahighcourt.bih.nic.in/
Chhattisgarh Judicial ServiceChhattisgarh High Courthttp://highcourt.cg.gov.in/
Delhi Judicial ServiceDelhi High Courthttp://delhihighcourt.nic.in/
Goa Judicial ServiceBombay High Court (Permanent Bench at Panaji)http://www.hcbombayatgoa.nic.in/
Gujarat Judicial ServiceGujarat High Court – Ahmedabadhttp://gujarathighcourt.nic.in
Haryana Judicial ServicePunjab and Haryana High Courthttp://highcourtchd.gov.in/
Himachal Pradesh Judicial ServiceHimachal Pradesh High Courthttp://www.hphighcourt.nic.in/
Jammu and Kashmir Judicial ServiceJammu & Kashmir High Courthttp://jkhighcourt.nic.in/
Jharkhand Judicial ServiceJharkhand High Court – Ranchihttp://www.jharkhandhighcourt.nic.in/
Karnataka Judicial ServiceKarnataka High Courthttp://hck.gov.in/
Kerala Judicial ServiceKerala High Court – Ernakulamhttp://highcourtofkerala.nic.in/
Madhya Pradesh Judicial ServiceMadhya Pradesh High Courthttp://www.mphc.in/
Maharashtra Judicial ServiceBombay High Courthttp://bombayhighcourt.nic.in/
Manipur Judicial ServiceManipur High Court – Imphalhttp://hcmimphal.nic.in/
Meghalaya Judicial ServiceMeghalaya High Court – Shillonghttp://meghalayahighcourt.nic.in/
Mizoram Judicial ServiceGauhati High Courthttp://ghcazlbench.nic.in/
Nagaland Judicial ServiceGauhati High Courthttp://kohimahighcourt.gov.in/
Odisha Judicial ServiceOdisha High Court – Cuttackhttp://www.orissahighcourt.nic.in/
Punjab Judicial ServicePunjab and Haryana High Courthttp://highcourtchd.gov.in/
Rajasthan Judicial ServiceRajasthan High Courthttp://hcraj.nic.in/
Sikkim Judicial ServiceSikkim High Court – Gangtokhttp://www.highcourtofsikkim.nic.in/
Tamil Nadu Judicial ServiceMadras High Courthttp://www.hcmadras.tn.nic.in/
Telangana Judicial ServiceHigh Court of Judicature at Hyderabadhttp://hc.tap.nic.in/
Tripura Judicial ServiceTripura High Court – Agartalahttp://thc.nic.in/
Uttar Pradesh Judicial ServiceAllahabad High Courthttp://www.allahabadhighcourt.in/
Uttarakhand Judicial ServiceUttarakhand High Courthttp://highcourtofuttarakhand.gov.in/
West Bengal Judicial ServiceCalcutta High Courthttp://calcuttahighcourt.nic.in/
State Judicial Services Examinations – In a Nutshell
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