Punjab Judicial Services Examination: Everything You Need to Know

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Today we bring you the Punjab Judicial Services examination. We will discuss everything from different language requirements to eligibility criteria, etc.

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About the Punjab Judicial Services Examination

Punjab Judicial Services Examination is conducted annually for the post of Civil Judge (Junior Division). Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria can apply for the exam. 

In the Punjab Judicial Services Examination, Prelims comprise of 125 questions, and one-fifth of marks are deducted for every incorrect answer. Candidates applying for Punjab Judicial Services Examination should also be well versed in the Punjabi (Gurmukhi) language. 

Moving on to the Mains examination, candidates need to appear for a total of five papers that last for 3 hours each. Candidates will be required to qualify all papers before appearing for the Interview round which is of 100 marks. 

Finally, the aggregate of Mains and Interview will be taken into account when the merit list will be released.

Punjab Judicial Service Examination Eligibility


1. A Degree of Bachelor of Law from any University incorporated by Law in India or from Universities mentioned below: 

  • Punjab University (undivided)
  • The Dacca University
  • The Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • The Mandalay University of Sindh University in Rangoon/Burma
  • Or should be a Barrister of England or Ireland or a member of the Faculty of Advocates of Scotland.

The expression “Degree of Bachelor of Laws” means a degree entitling a candidate to be enrolled as an Advocate under the Advocate Act, 1961 and the Rules made thereunder.


The candidate needs to know the Punjabi language skills of Matric or its equivalent standard (Reading, Writing, Spoken).


  1. Candidates should not be below 21 years and above 37 years of age on the last date of submission of online application form.
  2. For the reserved categories, the upper age limit is up to 42 years & for all States/Central Government employees, 45.
  3. The upper age limit relaxation provided to Widows, Divorced women, and other Categories of Women is up to 42 years.
  4. The upper age limit has also relaxed up to 47 years for Physically Handicapped persons having domicile of Punjab.

Punjab Judicial Services Examination Vacancies 2022

No vacancy for Punjab Judicial Services has been released for this year yet. 

To get notified about the vacancies in the future, check out Punjab Public Service Commission. 

Punjab Judicial Services Examination Application Process and Fees

Application Process

The application process is online, and candidates must fill out the correct information. Also, any reservation benefit availed by the candidate is to be mentioned in the application form. 


  1. General category and all other reserved categories of other states: Rs. 1000
  2. Female Candidates of general category and other states: Rs. 250
  3. Reserved Category Punjab state: Rs. 250
  4. Physically disabled candidates with 40% disability of Punjab state: Nil

Note: Always read the notification carefully before applying for any exam.

Punjab Judicial Services Exam Syllabus

Preliminary Stage

Paper Type: Objective/Multiple Choice

Number of Questions: 125

Marks for each correct answer: 4

Negative Marking: 1/5

Total Marks: 500

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination

  1. Indian Legal and Constitution History 
  2. Aptitude and Reasoning
  3. Governance
  4. Important current events of International and National,
  5. Mains Law subjects

Note: For Law Subjects, the syllabus is similar for Prelims and Mains.

Candidates need to secure 150 marks (100 marks for reserved categories) in the Preliminary Examination to sit for Mains.

Syllabus for Mains Examination

S.NoSubjectPaper DurationTotal Marks
1.Civil Law Paper-I3 Hours200
2.Civil Law Paper-II3 Hours200
3.Criminal Law Paper3 Hours200
4.English Language Paper3 hours200
5.Punjabi Language Paper3 Hours150

Punjab Judicial Services Examination Syllabus

Civil Law – I (Paper I)

  • The Sale of Goods Act
  • The Code of Civil Procedure
  • The Transfer of Property Act
  • The Punjab Courts Act
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • The Indian Partnership Act
  • The Indian Contract Act
  • The East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act

Civil Law – II (Paper-II)

  • Muslim Law
  • Limitation and Registration Law
  • Customary Law
  • Hindu Law

Criminal Law (Paper III)

  • The Code of Criminal Procedure
  • The Indian Penal Code
  • The Indian Evidence Act

English (Paper IV)

  • Essay writing (1000-1100 words)
  • Comprehension
  • Correction of sentence
  • Précis writing
  • Making sentences with particular phrases and words

Language (Paper V)

  • Translations of Punjabi, which are given in the Gurumukhi script.
  • The only paper with total marks of 150.


Viva-voce consists of a total of 100 marks. To appear for the viva, candidates need to secure 50% qualifying marks in the aggregate of all the written papers and qualify the Punjabi (Gurmukhi) language paper.

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