Judiciary FAQ

What is the eligibility criterion for appearing in Judicial Services Examination(Civil Judge)?

Candidates must hold LL.B. degree (either 5 year integrated course or 3 year course) from a recognized university for appearing in Judicial Services Examination, which is being carried out by different States.

Is there any minimum percentage required for appearing in Judicial Services Examination (Civil Judge)?


What is the pattern of Judicial Services Examination?

    The exam takes place in 3 stages:
  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Viva-Voice or Personal Interview.

Is there any provision for negative marking in Judicial Service Examination?

It depends from State to State. Most States have no negative marking system.

Can a practicing lawyer appear in the Judicial Service Examination?

Yes but JATF provide the facility for full time serious aspriants.

What is the minimum and maximum age limit for appearing in Judicial Services Examination (Civil Judge)?

It is different for different States. However, in general, the minimum age limit is 21 years and the upper age limit is 35 years. Below is the State wise list for age limit:

Sate Age Limit
Delhi Must not have completed 32 years of age.

What subjects one need to study for Judicial Service Examination (Civil Judge)?

There are certain common subjects that come in almost all the States. They are:

  • Code of Civil procedure
  • Code of Criminal procedure
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • The Constitution of India
  • Hindu Law (Hindu Marriage Act, Hindu Succession Act, Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, and Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act)
  • Muslim Law
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Registration Act
  • Limitation Act
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Indian Contract Act
  • Indian Partnership Act
  • Sales of Goods Act
  • Law of Torts
  • English
  • Apart from these subjects, all States have some local/additional subjects. Some States also have General Knowledge and Current Affairs as a subject.

Are there any number of attempts?

In UP, there are 4 attempts. And in all other states, one can give exam till he/she reaches the maximum age limit provided by the respective State.