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West Bengal Judicial Services Examination 2020-21

Law Graduates who wish to become members of the 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.

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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.


(i) A citizen of India or such a person of other nationality as declared eligible by Government of India; 

(ii) A degree in Law from any University or Institution affiliated to any University recognized by the State Government or the Central Government; 

(iii) Enrolment as an advocate in the roll of Bar Council of any State or Union Territory in India on the date of advertisement for the examination; 

(iv) Ability to read, write and speak in Bengali (not required for those candidates whose mother tongue is Nepali) – vide Finance Department’s Notification No.1243-F(P) dated 02.03.2016. . 

(v) Not less than 23 years and not more than 35 years on the date of advertisement for the examination on 04.07.2020 (i.e. born not earlier than 05.07.1985 and not later than 04.07.1997). 

(vi) Upper age limit is relaxable by 5 years for SC and ST candidates of West Bengal, by 3 years for BC (Non Creamy Layer) candidates of West Bengal and upto 45 years of age for Persons with Disabilities having physical disability of 40% and above and by 2 years for candidates who have been in Government service for at least two years. 


Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary Examination will consist of one paper of Objective Type containing 200 Multiple Choice Questions. The paper will carry 200 marks and will be of 21 /2 hours’ duration. The paper will include questions covering the following fields of knowledge : 

  1. English Composition 30 marks 
  2. General Knowledge, Current Affairs and Test of Reasoning 40 marks 
  3. Indian Constitution 20 marks 
  4. Law of Contracts and Torts 20 marks 
  5. Laws of Evidence 20 marks 
  6. Civil Procedure Codes 20 marks 
  7. Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code 20 marks 
  8. Personal Law 10 marks 
  9. Law of Limitation 20 marks 

Syllabus for Preliminary Examination : Questions on English Composition will cover synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases, vocabulary test, phrasal verbs, the same words bearing more than one meaning, use of appropriate and qualifying words etc. 

Final Examination

The Final examination will consist of eight compulsory papers and three papers on optional subjects to be chosen by the candidates from the list of Optional Subjects. Each compulsory and Optional paper will carry 100 marks and will be of three hours duration. 

Compulsory Papers : 

  1. English Composition, essay, précis writing ; 
  2. Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali composition, essay and translation from English into Bengali/Hindi/Urdu /Nepali/Santali ; 
  3. General Knowledge and Current Affairs ; 
  4. Civil procedure Code ; 
  5. Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code ; 
  6. Indian Evidence Act ; 
  7. Law of Contracts and Torts and 
  8. Transfer of Property Act. 

Optional Papers (any three to be chosen) : 1. Hindu Law ; 2. Muhammadan Law ; 3. Jurisprudence and principles of legislation ; 4. Indian Law relating to Companies and Insurance ; 5. Principles of Equity including the Law of Trusts and Specific Relief ; 6. Partnership Act ; 7. Law of Limitation and Law of Prescription ; 8. The Indian Constitution and Constitutional Law. 

Personality Test

100 marks. 

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