Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examination: Everything You Need To Know

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Adding another article to our Lawctopus Judiciary Corner series, here is everything you need to know about the Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services examination. 

However, before applying, make sure to read ALL the relevant information.   

About Himachal Judicial Services Examination

Himachal Judicial Services Examination is like any other judicial examination conducted to fill the post of Civil Judge (Junior Division) by the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services preliminary stage consists of three papers and each paper carries 100 marks. Please note that there is no negative marking at this stage.

The Mains examination has a total of five papers. Three papers are based on the syllabus of law while the other two are language-based.

Only those candidates who fulfill the eligibility criteria should apply. See the eligibility criteria down below:

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examination EligibilIty

  1. The candidate must be a degree holder in law as recognized by the Bar Council of India;
  2. Must have attained the age of 22 years but should not be more than 35 years of age as on the last date prescribed for receipt of applications in the commission’s office;
  3. Age relaxation of 3 years for SC and OBC category candidates of Himachal Pradesh;
  4. Candidate must know customs, manners, and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Vacancies 2021

For 2021, no official notification has been released yet regarding the number of vacancies. To get notified about HPPSC(J) vacancies and other related information check the official website of the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission.

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examination Application Process and Fees

Application Process

Visit the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission website and apply through it. After that, aspirants must send an application form via post to the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission. 

Application Fee

  • General Category: Rs. 400
  • SC, OBC, and Other prescribed reserved categories of H.P: Rs. 100

Note: It is important to read the notification carefully before filling up the form and payment of the fee.

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examination Centers

The Preliminary Examination centers are Shimla, Mandi, and Dharamshala in Kangra District. On the other hand, Mains are conducted majorly in Shimla.

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examination Pattern

Preliminary Stage

Candidates will attempt three papers. And, each paper carries 100 marks. Paper duration is 1 hour for each paper & all three are conducted on the same day.

S.NoPapersMarksTime
1.Civil Law-I1001 Hour
2.Civil Law-II1001 Hour
3.Criminal Law1001 Hour

Syllabus of Civil Law-I & II and Criminal law is the same as Mains examination in Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services.

Mains Examination

Each paper will last for three hours.

S.NoSubjectMarks
1.Civil Law I
Code of Civil Procedure, Indian Evidence Act, Indian Stamp Act, Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976, and Specific Relief Act.
200
2.Civil Law II
Indian Contract Act, Hindu Law, Indian Limitation Act, Transfer of Property Act, and H.P. Urban Rent Control Act.
200
3.Criminal Law
 Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Chapter-XVII (Section 138 to 143) of the Negotiable Instruments Act, H.P. Excise Act-2011 ad applicable to the State of H.P., Wildlife Protection Act and Indian Forest Act.
200
4.PAPER – IV
English Composition: A Choice from three Essays on General Subjects.
ESSAY: 100 Marks
Translation of Hindi Passage into English: 50 Marks
150
5.PAPER – V Language Hindi (in Devanagari Script)
Translation of English passage into Hindi: 30 Marks
Essay in Hindi on any topic out of three: 50 Marks
Composition (Idioms and Corrections etc): 20 Marks 
(The standard for the language paper shall be that of Matriculation examination)
100

NOTE:

  • For the Mains examination, no marks shall be awarded unless 40% marks are secured in each paper, except Hindi language paper (paper- V) in which the candidate should obtain at least 33% are scored.
  • For a candidate to qualify for the Mains Examination, he/she must have obtained 45% marks in aggregate in all papers and at least 33% marks in Paper V.

Interview 

The last stage of Judicial exams is Viva-voce. In Himachal Pradesh Judicial Services Examination, the interview round carries 150 marks.

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