Odisha Judicial Services Examination: Everything You Need To Know


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We dedicate this article to all the Odisha Judicial Services Examination aspirants who are planning to appear for the upcoming exam.

About the Odisha Judicial Services Examination

The Odisha Public Service Commission conducts this exam for the post of Civil Judge(Junior Division).

Odisha Judicial Services Examination ,similar to other judicial exams, happens in three stages:

  • Preliminary
  • Mains
  • Interview

Odisha Judicial Services Examination Eligibility


  1. The upper age of the candidate must not be more than 35 years. To apply for the post of civil judge, the minimum age required is 23 years.
  2. Maximum age is relaxed by five years for candidates belonging to Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe, SEBC, and women candidates.
  3. Ten years relaxation for persons with disability subject to the notification issued under subsection (3) of Section 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016. 

Educational Qualification and Experience

  1. A Candidate must be a graduate in Law of a University or Institution recognized by the Government.
  2. Other candidates who are working on various govt. post can also apply if they fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Other Eligibility Conditions

  1. The candidate must be a citizen of India;
  2. The candidate should be well-versed with speaking, reading, and writing Odia fluently and must have passed an examination in Odia Language equivalent to that of Middle English School standard (Class/Standard-VII) within the last date.
Odisha Judicial Services Examination

Odisha Judicial Services Examination Application Procedure and Fees

The application process for the examination is through an online portal.

  • Candidates will have to pay a non-refundable and non-adjustable fee of Rs. 500.
  • Candidates belonging to SC, ST of Odisha, and persons with disabilities are exempted from payment of this fee.

Odisha Judicial Services Vacancies 2021

The Odisha Judicial Services Examination 2021-2022 will happen this year. 

A total of 53 vacancies were announced on 21.12.2021 by the Odisha Public Service Commission.

S.NoCategoryTotal VacanciesVacancies reservd for Women
2.Scheduled Caste0903
3.Scheduled Tribe1204
5.Persons with Benchmark Disabilities2+2=4
(Two posts carried forward from the previous year vacancies due to non availability.

To get notified about the upcoming Odisha Judicial Exam, click here.

Odisha Judicial Services Examination Centres

Five zonal centers for preliminary examination are Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack & Sambalpur.

The Mains Written Examination may happen either at the above five zones or in the Bhubneswar and Cuttack zones. It will happen only taking into view the number of candidates selected for the said examination.

Odisha Judicial Services Examination Syllabus

The Preliminary exam will consist of one paper that will carry 100 marks with a duration of 1.5 hours of examination with objective-type questions. 

Each question will carry one mark. Also, there is a negative marking of 25% for every wrong answer.

Odisha Judicial Services Prelims Syllabus

1.Constitution of India
2.Code of Civil Procedure
3.Code of Criminal Procedure
4.Evidence Act
5.Indian Penal Code
6.Limitation Act
7.Transfer of Property Act
8.Contract Act
9.Law of Succession (Indian Succession, Act and Hindu Succession Act)
10Specific Relief Act

Note: Candidates who have secured not less than 35% in case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates and 40% in case of others in the Preliminary written examination will appear for Mains Written Examination. 

Odisha Judicial Services Mains Examination

The Mains written examination consists of two compulsory papers and three optional papers. Each of the compulsory subjects carries 150 marks with a duration of 2.5 hours, and each of the optional subjects carries 150 marks with a duration of three hours.

S.NoCompulsory SubjectsMarks
1.Paper-1 General English
a) Translation and retranslation of ten lines each
b) A short essay of about 150 words
c) Précis writing consisting of 300 words
d) 1 passage of about 500 words with 5 questions
2.Paper-2 Procedural Laws
a) The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
b) The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
c) The Indian Evidence Act, 1872

Optional Papers of Odisha Judicial Services

A candidate may choose any of the three subjects among the following:

S.NoOptional SubjectsMarks
1.Law of Crime & law of Torts150
2..Personal Law
a) Hindi Law
b) Mohammedan Law
3.Law of Property: 150 marks
a) Transfer of Property Act, 1882
b) Specific Relief Act, 1963
c) Indian Limitation Act, 1963
4.Law of Contracts: 150 Marks
a) Indian Contraction Act, 1872
b) Sales of Goods Act, 1930
c) Partnership Act, 1932
d) Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881
5.Jurisprudence and Constitution of India150

The Commission shall call the candidates for interview who have secured not less than 45% in aggregate and a minimum of 33% in each paper in the Odisha Judicial Services Mains Written Examination.

Note: The optional subjects for the Mains Written examination, mentioned by the candidate in the online application form, will be treated as final.  

Odisha Judicial Services Viva-Voce

The interview shall carry 100 marks. Questions to be asked in the interview may not ordinarily be outside the syllabus prescribed for the Mains 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.

Note: Names of the candidates will not be included in the Merit List unless such candidates secure a minimum of 40% marks in the interview.

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