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Punjab Judicial Service Exam 2020-21

Law Graduates who wish to become members of subordinate judiciary should write the entry-level exam which is the Judiciary exam or the PCS (J)-Provincial Civil Service-Judicial Examination.
This exam is uniformly divided into 3 stages of Preliminary, Mains and Interview, across all States in India.
The State government under the supervision of respective High Courts appoints members of the subordinate judiciary.

The selection process is further dependent on the yearly vacancies/number of seats.

Judicial services offer several attractive features which include handsome perks and privileges including among others- rent-free accommodation, fuel allowances, subsidized electricity and water supplies, telephone allowances, and bursaries for children’s education.

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  1. Candidates must possess a Degree of Bachelor of Law of any University incorporated by Law in India or a Degree of Bachelor of Law of Punjab University (undivided), The Dacca University, The Tribhuvan University, Nepal. The Sindh University or of the Rangoon or Mandalay University in Burma, or should be a Barrister of England or Ireland or 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 there under.
  2. Punjabi Language skills of Matric or its equivalent Standard. (Reading, Writing, Spoken)
  3. Candidates should not be below 21 years and above 37 years of age on the last date of submission of Online application Forms.
  4. Upper age limit for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes of all States and Backward Classes only of Punjab shall be up to 42 years.
  5. Upper age limit is relaxed up to 45 years for all States/Central Government employees.
  6. Ex-servicemen of Punjab Domicile shall be allowed to deduct the period of his service in the Armed Forces of Union from his actual age and if the resultant age does not exceed the maximum age limit prescribed for direct appointment to such a vacancy in the Service Rules concerned by more than three years, they shall be deemed to satisfy the condition regarding age limit.
  7. Upper age limit is also relaxed up to 42 years for Widows, Divorced women and certain other Categories of Women.
  8. Upper age limit is also relaxed up to 47 years for Physically Handicapped persons who have domicile of Punjab.


Phase I Prelims

This will be an objective type exam. It consists of 125 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), where each question carries 4 marks. But there shall also be a negative marking of 1.5 marks for each incorrect answer. The candidates are expected to have good command over basic general knowledge, prevailing legal issues, current affairs, Indian and Constitutional history and governance. 

Apart from these, the syllabus for the prelims consists of the same syllabus that is covered under Papers I to IV under the Mains examination.

Phase II Mains Exam

This exam consists of five papers-

Paper I: Civil Law-I ( 200 marks) 

Topics to be covered:

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

Paper-II: Civil Law -II (200 marks)

Topics to be covered:

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

Paper III: Criminal Law (200 marks)

This would include all acts and other legislations coming under criminal law in India., like The Indian Penal Code, The Indian Evidence Act and The Code of Criminal Procedure. 

Paper IV: English ( 200 Marks)

This would consist of questions such as essay writing (1000 -1100 words), precise writing, making of sentences with given words and phrases, comprehensions and sentence corrections.

Paper V: Language ( 150 Marks)

This paper consists of Punjabi in Gurumukhi script. You would have to carry out translations.

Phase III

Viva Voce or Personal Interview

  • The Viva-Voce shall carry 100 marks and the final result shall be prepared on the basis of the Grand Total of the marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination and the Viva-Voce.
  • No candidate shall be called for the Viva-Voce unless he obtains at least 50% qualifying marks in the aggregate of all the written papers and qualifies in language paper Punjabi (Gurmukhi Script). The candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes of Punjab, Backward Classes of Punjab and Physically Handicapped, Punjab shall be called for the Viva-Voce test if they obtain 45% qualifying marks in the aggregate of all written papers and qualify in Language Paper Punjabi (Gurmukhi Script).
  • No candidate shall be considered to have qualified unless he/she obtains 50% marks (read 45% marks for the SC/BC/Physically Handicapped, Pb. category candidates) in aggregate out of the total marks of the written examination and viva-voce.
  • The Viva-Voce shall relate to matters of general interest and is intended to test the candidate’s alertness, intelligence and general outlook. It shall be conducted in English.
  • No candidate shall be considered to have qualified for appointment on the basis of marks secured only in the Main Written Examination unless he/she appears for viva-voce.

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