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HP Judicial Service Examination - Qualification


Essential Qualifications:

  1. Law Degree: You need to have a law degree recognized by the Bar Council of India.

  2. Citizenship: You must be an Indian citizen.


Age Limit:

  • General Requirement: You should be at least 22 years old but not older than 35 years by the deadline for submitting the online application.


Age Relaxation:

  • For SC/ST/OBC (Himachal Pradesh): There's an age relaxation of 3 years.

  • Other Categories: No age relaxation, except for application fees.


Important Notes:

  • Birth Date Proof: Only the birth date listed on your 10th class certificate or an equivalent document is accepted. Changes to this date won't be allowed later.

  • Accuracy: Make sure to accurately enter your birth date on the application. Mistakes found later could lead to penalties under the Commission's rules.

  • Bonafide Certificate: Bonafide Himachali Certificate in case of reserved category candidates.

Disqualification for Examination:.


No candidates shall be eligible for admission to the examination:-


i. If he/she has been dismissed from any previous service;

ii. If he/she has been convicted of any offence involving moral turpitude or has been permanently debarred/disqualified from appearing in any examination or selection;

iii. If he/she is found either directly or indirectly influencing the selection process in any manner;

iv. If he is a man having more than one wife living and if a woman, has married a man already having another wife; or

v. If he/she is an un-discharged solvent

Scheme of Examination for Himachal Judicial Service


It Consist of three phase: - 

1. Prelims Examination(Objective)
2. Mains Examination(Subjective)
3. Viva­voce (Oral Interview)


Preliminary Examination Overview:

Format: The preliminary exam is objective, with multiple-choice questions.

Papers: There are three papers, each worth 100 marks and lasting one hour:

  1. Civil Law-I

  2. Civil Law-II

  3. Criminal Law


  • Each paper has 100 questions, with 1 mark per question.

  • There's no negative marking for incorrect answers.

Schedule: All three papers will be conducted on the same day.

Syllabus: The syllabus for the preliminary exam is the same as Papers I to III of the Main Examination.

Mains Examination Overview​

A total of 5 paper as mentioned Below totalling 850 marks. 

Important points for Mains:

  • Bare Copies of legislative enactments only will be supplied.

  • Minimum qualifying marks are 40% for each paper except for the Hindi language paper (Paper-V), where it is 33%.

  • To qualify in the main examination, a candidate must obtain 45% marks in aggregate across all papers and at least 33% in the Hindi language paper.

  • The standard of the English Paper shall be that of graduation examination of Himachal Pradesh University.

  • The standard for language paper shall be that of matriculation examination of the H.P. Board of School Education.

Viva-Voce Overview:

  1. Eligibility: Only candidates who pass the Main Written Examination will be called for the Viva-Voce test.

  2. Marks: The Viva-Voce carries a total of 150 marks. These marks will be added to the Main Examination scores for final selection.

  3. Selection: Passing the Viva-Voce doesn't guarantee selection. The final appointment is made by the Government.

  4. Minimum Marks: You must score at least 45% in the Viva-Voce to qualify. Falling short means you haven't passed the competitive examination.

Syllabus For Pre and Mains

The subject and syllabus for prelims examination are same as mains for Paper - I to paper - III.


The mains examination syllabus along with the subject are as below.

Himachal Pradesh Judiciary Prelims Question/Solution

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Himachal Pradesh Judiciary Mains Question/Solution

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Preparation Strategy for Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service



The Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service Examination is a comprehensive and challenging process that requires a strategic approach to succeed. This guide outlines a general preparation strategy to help aspirants achieve their goal of becoming judicial officers in Himachal Pradesh.


Understanding the Exam Structure

The Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service Examination consists of three stages: Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. Each stage demands a focused and methodical preparation strategy:

  1. Preliminary Examination: This stage includes objective-type questions to screen candidates for the Mains.

  2. Mains Examination: This stage tests the in-depth knowledge of law subjects through descriptive answers.

  3. Interview: The final stage assesses the candidate's personality, legal acumen, and overall suitability for the judicial role.


Study Materials and Resources

  1. Bare Acts: A fundamental resource for all law subjects. Thoroughly read and repeatedly revise Bare Acts, focusing on sections, penalties, and provisions.

  2. Standard Textbooks: Use standard textbooks for conceptual clarity and understanding. Create detailed notes from these texts.

  3. Previous Years' Question Papers: Analyse past papers to identify important topics and question patterns. This helps in focusing on frequently asked questions and understanding the examiners' expectations.


Subject-wise Strategy

  1. Major Law Subjects:

    • Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC): Focus on key sections and procedural aspects. Use supplementary materials to clarify complex concepts.

    • Civil Procedure Code (CPC): Understand the linkage between orders and sections. Regularly revise and practice questions to ensure clarity.

    • Evidence Act: Master important sections and their applications. Regular practice and revision are crucial.

  2. Minor Acts:

    • Special Focus: Read minor acts thoroughly, noting important sections, definitions, and provisions.

    • Note-Making: Create concise notes for each minor act, focusing on key points and frequent questions.

  3. Himachal Pradesh Specific Laws:

    • Local Acts: Give special attention to state-specific laws, such as Forest and Wildlife Acts, Excise Laws, etc.

    • Detailed Notes: Maintain separate notebooks for each local subject to ensure focused study and revision.


General Knowledge and Current Affairs

  1. Regular Updates: Stay updated with current affairs through newspapers, magazines, and online resources.

  2. Note-Making: Create notes on current events, especially those related to law and governance.


Answer Writing and Time Management

  1. Practice Answer Writing: Regularly practise writing answers to improve speed and clarity. Focus on structuring answers logically and coherently.

  2. Mock Tests: Engage in regular mock tests to simulate exam conditions and improve time management.

  3. Quality and Quantity: Balance the need for detailed answers with the requirement to cover all questions within the allotted time.


Language Papers

  1. Essay Writing: Practise writing essays on various topics, including legal and general issues. Focus on clear and structured writing.

  2. Translation: Regularly practise translation between English and Hindi to build proficiency and accuracy.

  3. Grammar and Composition: Use resources like Arihant's books to improve grammar and composition skills.


Revision and Consistency

  1. Regular Revision: Create a revision schedule that allows for periodic reviews of each subject. This ensures information retention and clarity.

  2. Consistent Study: Maintain a consistent study routine, balancing between major subjects, minor acts, and current affairs.


Interview Preparation

  1. Legal Knowledge and Current Affairs: Be prepared to discuss recent legal developments and landmark judgments. Stay updated on current events, especially those related to law.

  2. Personality Development: Develop a calm and confident demeanour. Practise speaking clearly and articulately. Mock interviews can help in refining these skills.

  3. Understanding the Interview Process: Familiarise yourself with the format and typical questions asked during the interview. Focus on presenting yourself as a well-rounded candidate with a clear understanding of legal principles and societal issues.


Additional Tips

  1. Positive Mindset: Cultivate a positive attitude and believe in your ability to succeed. Avoid self-doubt and stay focused on your preparation strategy.

  2. Healthy Discussions and Peer Support: Engage in healthy discussions with peers to exchange knowledge and stay motivated. A supportive study group can provide valuable insights and encouragement.

  3. Adaptability and Perseverance: Be flexible in your approach and adapt strategies based on strengths and weaknesses. Maintain perseverance through challenges and setbacks.

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