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West Bengal Civil Judge eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the West Bengal Judicial Service Examination are as follows:

  1. Nationality: Must be a citizen of India or a person of other nationality as declared eligible by the Government of India.

  2. Educational Qualification: Must hold a degree in Law from any university or institution affiliated to any university recognized by the State Government or the Central Government.

  3. Enrolment as Advocate: Must be enrolled as an advocate in the roll of Bar Council of any state or Union Territory in India on the date of the advertisement for the examination.

  4. Language Proficiency: Must have the ability to read, write, and speak in Bengali. This requirement is not necessary for candidates whose mother tongue is Nepali.


Age Limit: Must be not less than 23 years and not more than 35 years on the date of the advertisement for the examination.


  • Relaxations of 5 years for SC and ST candidates

  • Relaxation of 3 years for BC (Non-Creamy Layer)

  • Relaxation of 45 years for persons with disabilities of 40% and above

  • Relaxation of 2 years for candidates in government service for at least 2 years.


Other Conditions: As per clause 49 of the Advocates Act, 1961, an advocate shall not be a full-time salaried employee of any person, government, firm, corporation, or concern so long as they continue to practice as an advocate.


Upon taking up any such employment, they must cease to practice as an advocate so long as they continue in such employment.

Scheme of Examination for West Bengal Judiciary

The West Bengal Judicial Service Examination is conducted in three successive stages:

  1. Preliminary

  2. Mains

  3. Viva Voce​

Preliminary Examination (MCQ Type):


  • The Preliminary Examination consists of a single paper of Objective Type

  • It contains 200 Multiple Choice Questions.

  • The paper carries 200 marks and has a duration of 2.5 hours.

  • The standard of the paper is of the level of knowledge expected of a graduate in Law.

The paper covers topics such as English Composition, General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Test of Reasoning, Indian Constitution, Law of Contracts and Torts, Laws of Evidence, Civil Procedure Codes, Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code, Personal Law, and Law of Limitation.


Final Examination (Conventional Type – Written):

The Final Examination consists of eight compulsory papers and three optional papers chosen by the candidates.

  • Each compulsory and optional paper carries 100 marks and has a duration of three hours.

  • The compulsory papers cover English Composition, essay, précis writing, Bengali/Hindi/Urdu/Nepali/Santali composition, essay and translation from English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Civil Procedure Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act, Law of Contracts and Torts, and the Transfer of Property Act.


  • Optional papers can include Hindu Law, Muhammadan Law, Jurisprudence, Indian Law relating to Companies and Insurance, Principles of Equity including the Law of Trusts and Specific Relief, Partnership Act, Law of Limitation and Law of Prescription, The Indian Constitution and Constitutional Law.


Personality Test:

Candidates who qualify in the Final Examination are called for a Personality Test, which carries 100 marks.


Additional Notes:

The Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in this stage are not counted for determining the final merit list.

The final merit list is prepared based on the total marks obtained in the Final Examination and the Personality Test.

There are no separate qualifying marks for any individual paper or for the Personality Test, although the Commission has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in the aggregate.


The optional papers available for the Final Examination of the West Bengal Judicial Service Examination are:

  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

West Bengal Civil Judge Syllabus For Pre and Mains

West Bengal Judiciary Mains Question/Solution

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Preparation Strategy for West Bengal Judicial Service Exam


Examination Structure

The West Bengal Judicial Service Exam is known for its rigorous and comprehensive nature, structured into three key stages: the Preliminary Examination, the Main Examination, and the Interview. Each stage requires a distinct approach to preparation to ensure success.


Preliminary Examination Strategy

  • Syllabus Coverage: Begin with a thorough understanding of the syllabus. Focus on essential subjects like the Indian Penal Code, Civil Procedure Code, Criminal Procedure Code, and the Constitution of India. Ensure that you have a robust foundation in these areas as they form the bulk of the preliminary questions.

  • Previous Years’ Papers: Analyse the last 10-15 years of question papers to identify patterns and frequently asked questions. This helps in understanding the examiner's mindset and focusing on high-yield topics.

  • Time Management: Given the limited time between notification and the exam, develop a study schedule that allows for systematic coverage of all subjects. Allocate time for revision and practice tests to enhance time management skills during the exam.

  • Objective Practice: Practise multiple-choice questions (MCQs) regularly. Resources like standard guides and online platforms can be beneficial. Aim to improve accuracy and speed through regular practice.


Main Examination Strategy

  • In-Depth Study: The Main Examination requires a deeper understanding of law subjects. Focus on detailed study of core subjects such as Civil Law, Criminal Law, and Personal Laws (Hindu and Muslim Law). Utilise standard textbooks and notes from reputed law schools.

  • Answer Writing Practice: Develop a habit of writing detailed answers. Practice structuring answers with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. This practice is crucial for managing time during the exam and presenting well-organised answers.

  • Syllabus Completion: Ensure that you cover the entire syllabus comprehensively. Skipping topics can be detrimental as the examination can test any part of the prescribed syllabus.

  • Use of Synopses: Create synopses for each subject, summarising key points, case laws, and sections. These notes are useful for quick revision before the exam.


Interview Preparation

  • Current Affairs: Stay updated with current legal developments, landmark judgments, and significant amendments. Reading newspapers and legal journals regularly will help in this regard.

  • Mock Interviews: Participate in mock interviews to build confidence and improve communication skills. Focus on articulating your thoughts clearly and concisely.

  • Practical Knowledge: Be prepared for situational and practical questions. Review your legal knowledge and understand how to apply it in real-world scenarios.


General Tips

  • Consistent Revision: Regular revision is key to retaining information. Allocate time daily or weekly for revisiting important topics.

  • Health Management: Balancing physical and mental health is crucial. Ensure regular exercise, proper diet, and adequate sleep to maintain high levels of concentration and productivity.

  • Focused Study Groups: Engage in study groups with serious candidates. This provides mutual support, exchange of ideas, and helps in covering more ground efficiently.

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