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)
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.
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 Services||Conducted by||Official Website|
|Andhra Pradesh Judicial Service||High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad||http://hc.tap.nic.in/|
|Arunachal Pradesh Judicial Service||Gauhati High Court||http://ghcitanagar.gov.in/|
|Assam Judicial Service||Gauhati High Court||http://ghconline.nic.in/|
|Bihar Judicial Service||Patna High Court||http://patnahighcourt.bih.nic.in/|
|Chhattisgarh Judicial Service||Chhattisgarh High Court||http://highcourt.cg.gov.in/|
|Delhi Judicial Service||Delhi High Court||http://delhihighcourt.nic.in/|
|Goa Judicial Service||Bombay High Court (Permanent Bench at Panaji)||http://www.hcbombayatgoa.nic.in/|
|Gujarat Judicial Service||Gujarat High Court – Ahmedabad||http://gujarathighcourt.nic.in|
|Haryana Judicial Service||Punjab and Haryana High Court||http://highcourtchd.gov.in/|
|Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service||Himachal Pradesh High Court||http://www.hphighcourt.nic.in/|
|Jammu and Kashmir Judicial Service||Jammu & Kashmir High Court||http://jkhighcourt.nic.in/|
|Jharkhand Judicial Service||Jharkhand High Court – Ranchi||http://www.jharkhandhighcourt.nic.in/|
|Karnataka Judicial Service||Karnataka High Court||http://hck.gov.in/|
|Kerala Judicial Service||Kerala High Court – Ernakulam||http://highcourtofkerala.nic.in/|
|Madhya Pradesh Judicial Service||Madhya Pradesh High Court||http://www.mphc.in/|
|Maharashtra Judicial Service||Bombay High Court||http://bombayhighcourt.nic.in/|
|Manipur Judicial Service||Manipur High Court – Imphal||http://hcmimphal.nic.in/|
|Meghalaya Judicial Service||Meghalaya High Court – Shillong||http://meghalayahighcourt.nic.in/|
|Mizoram Judicial Service||Gauhati High Court||http://ghcazlbench.nic.in/|
|Nagaland Judicial Service||Gauhati High Court||http://kohimahighcourt.gov.in/|
|Odisha Judicial Service||Odisha High Court – Cuttack||http://www.orissahighcourt.nic.in/|
|Punjab Judicial Service||Punjab and Haryana High Court||http://highcourtchd.gov.in/|
|Rajasthan Judicial Service||Rajasthan High Court||http://hcraj.nic.in/|
|Sikkim Judicial Service||Sikkim High Court – Gangtok||http://www.highcourtofsikkim.nic.in/|
|Tamil Nadu Judicial Service||Madras High Court||http://www.hcmadras.tn.nic.in/|
|Telangana Judicial Service||High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad||http://hc.tap.nic.in/|
|Tripura Judicial Service||Tripura High Court – Agartala||http://thc.nic.in/|
|Uttar Pradesh Judicial Service||Allahabad High Court||http://www.allahabadhighcourt.in/|
|Uttarakhand Judicial Service||Uttarakhand High Court||http://highcourtofuttarakhand.gov.in/|
|West Bengal Judicial Service||Calcutta High Court||http://calcuttahighcourt.nic.in/|