Delhi Judicial Services Examination: Everything You Need to Know

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Hey Aspirants! Welcome back to the Lawctopus Judiciary Corner Series.

It is an open secret that every Judicial Aspirant wants to sit for the Delhi Judicial Services Exam. Delhi Judicial Services Examination or, DJS is like the rite of passage for aspirants. Your examination journey is not complete without attempting the exam at least once.

Because Delhi is the first preference of most aspirants, the level of competition also increases. Other than the large number of aspirants applying for the limited vacancies, the questions asked in the exam are significantly tougher than other states’ exams. 

However, that doesn’t imply that other states’ exams are easy to crack. Judicial exams, in general, are difficult to crack without understanding the exam pattern and making preparation strategies. 

So, before you lock yourself in your room and study aggressively, take some time to read about the exam. 

About the Delhi Judicial Services Examination

Delhi High Court annually conducts the examination for the post of Civil Judge (Junior Division). There is no minimum year of practice required to take the exam.

Delhi Judicial Services Eligibility

  • Aspirant needs to be a citizen of India.
  • He/She can be a practicing advocate or qualified to be registered as an advocate under the Advocates Act of 1961.
  • For General Category, the aspirant should not be more than 32 years of age on the 1st January following the date of commencement of the examination. 
  • For categories other than general, age relaxation is between 5 to 15 years depending upon the category.

Delhi Judicial Services Vacancies 2022

For 2022, Delhi Judicial Services have a total of 186 positions for the post of Civil Judge (Junior Division).

Delhi Judicial Services Application Process and Fees

The application form is available in an online format. Aspirants need to fill the required form with correct information, upload scanned passport size photos, pay the application fee and submit. 

Aspirants must take a printout of the application for future reference. There is no need to send the hard copy of the application.

General Category – Rs.1000/-

Reserved Categories- Rs. 200/-

Delhi Judicial Services Exam Notification 2022

Delhi Judicial Services Examination 2022 notification is out. To get notified about the upcoming examination visit

Delhi Judicial Services Exam Attempts

Different states in India have prescribed a number of attempts. Some states do not have maximum attempts criteria. In DJS, you get a total of 6 attempts.

Delhi Judicial Services Exam Stages and Syllabus

In every Judicial Services, examination stages are the same. They are:

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

Delhi Judicial Services Examination Prelims

It is one of the qualifying rounds where aspirants need to attain more than the cut-off marks to be qualified for the next round. However, just because it is a screening stage, doesn’t mean it will be easy to clear. 

The Preliminary Examination will be a screening test of qualifying nature and will consist of one paper of multiple choice questions carrying a maximum of 200 marks.

0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.The preliminary examination consists of the following subjects:

  • Power of Expression and flair in English
  • General Legal Knowledge
  • Constitution of India, 1950
  • Criminal Procedure Code, 1973
  • Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • The Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008
  • The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012
  • The Commercial Courts Act, 2015
  • Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996
  • The Limitation Act, 1963
  • Indian Contract Act, 1872

General candidates have to secure a minimum of 60% marks and the reserved category candidates such as Scheduled Tribe/Scheduled Caste, Physically Handicapped, and other category candidates have to secure a minimum of 55% marks.

Delhi Judicial Services Examination Mains Syllabus

The Main Examination (Written) will comprise four papers. Each paper will carry the maximum marks as mentioned below:

  1. Essay & General Knowledge and Language

Section 1: General Legal Knowledge (100 Marks)

This is to test the candidate’s knowledge of current legal affairs etc.

Section 1: Essay, Precis Writing & Language(Translation) (150 Marks)

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 Hindi and English.

  1. Civil Law-1 (200 Marks)

The Indian Contract Act, Specific Relief Act, Mohammedan Law, Hindu Law, Sale of Goods Act, Law of Torts, , Delhi Rent Control Act, Transfer of Property Act, The New Delhi Municipal Council Act, 1994, The Delhi Municipal Corporation Act and the Commecial Courts Act.

  1. Civil Law-II (200 Marks)

Law of Evidence, Law of Registration, The Code of Civil Procedure, Law of Limitation, The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, The Trade Marks Act, 1999 and the Copyright Act, 1957

  1. Criminal Law (200 Marks)

The Code of Criminal Procedure, The Indian Penal Code, The Indian Evidence Act, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, The Negotiable Instrument Act, The Sexual Harrassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) and The Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Children, 2015.

Delhi Judicial Services Examination Interview

This is the final round that carries 150 Marks. Aspirants securing 40% marks in the Mains and 50% aggregate will be allowed to sit for the Interview.

Categories other than General are required to secure 35% in each written exam and 45% marks in aggregate to be called for the Interview round.

Because the type of questions depends upon the interviewer, there is no guide that one can read to ace the interview. A few tips that can ease your interview process are knowing the legal and non-legal current affairs, and having solid knowledge of legal concepts as Delhi Judiciary focuses more on conceptual clarity.

In the interview round you are being judged on your presence of mind, clarity of law and ability to comprehend questions, and quality of answers. So ensure that you prepare accordingly.

Want to learn more about judicial services exams? Click here.

Disclaimer: We try to ensure that the information we post on Lawctopus is accurate. However, despite our best efforts, some of the content may contain errors. You can trust us, but please conduct your own checks too.

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