Haryana Judiciary Exam

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The Haryana Judicial Services Exam is officially referred to as the Haryana Civil Judge Junior Division Exam. This competitive exam is held by the Haryana High Court for recruitment for the Civil Judge Junior Division or Judicial Magistrate posts in the of Haryana Civil Service Judicial Branch.

Setting forth towards the journey of becoming a Civil Judge by giving the Haryana Judiciary Exam requires top-tier preparation and should be the aim for each and every student as it is a commitment one must make in the hopes of securing the post of a judge.

In this blog post, we will understand in detail about the Haryana judiciary exams.

Notification -

On January 1, 2024, the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) released the notification for the hiring of Civil Judges (Junior Division) in the Haryana Civil Services (HCS)-Judicial Branch (JB). The HPSC publishes the HPSC HCS 2023–24 Notification PDF on its official website, hpsc.gov.in.

Now let’s take a look at the eligibility criteria for the Haryana Judiciary Exam in a comprehensive manner.

Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria for the Haryana Judiciary Exams -

In order to be qualified to appear for the Haryana Judiciary exam, the candidate in question must have already procured their LLB degree from a Bar Council of India recognized university or must be an advocate as per the provisions of the Advocate’s Act, 1961.

It is important to be a graduate student of a certified and recognized university/college as the latest bar council of India notifications do not acknowledge any degree obtained online or is of a distant educational format for the Judiciary Exams.

The candidate must also fall within the age limit as prescribed by the officials of the Haryana Judiciary Exam which is minimum of 22 years of age and maximum of 35 years of age for Haryana Judiciary Applicants. Once the prerequisites have been adhered to, the candidate can initiate their practice towards cracking the Haryana Judiciary Exam.

The Haryana Judiciary exam will be divided into 3 stages –

• Preliminary Exam – Objective Questions / MCQ based.

• Main Exam Written Descriptive/Narrative type.

• Viva Voce – Personal Interview

The pattern for the Haryana Judiciary Exams –

Preliminary Exams -

The preliminary exam for the Haryana Judiciary Exam will consist of objective type questions with an MCQ format and will have a time limit of 2 hours. This exam can be considered as a screening test for judiciary, and it is only of a qualifying nature, which means the marks obtained in the judiciary exam are not taken into consideration for the final selection.

The questions for the exam will comprise of questions from current events of national and international importance, Indian legal &constitutional history and governance etc.

Each question is to carry +1 mark if the correct option is chosen whereas a deduction of -0.25 marks will be faced by the candidate in case of an incorrect answer. A minimum of 150 marks is to be obtained in order to clear the exam out of the 500 total marks. The same is 100 marks for people belonging to the reserved category.

After clearing the Haryana judiciary prelims exam, a list is released inviting the candidates who have qualified for the prelims exam in order to appear for the judiciary mains exam.

Mains Exam -

The judiciary mains exam will consist of 5 written papers each containing comprehension/descriptive type questions whilst having 3 hours for each paper. The candidate needs to secure at least 50% marks in the aggregate of all written papers in order to be called for the Viva Voce exam.

The 5 papers will have the following syllabus –

Paper 1

  • • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • • The Haryana Urban (Control of Rent and Eviction) Act, 1973
  • • The Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • • The Indian Partnership Act, 1932
  • • The Sale of Goods Act, 1930
  • • The Specific Relief Act, 1963

Paper 2

  • • Customary Law
  • • Hindu Law
  • • Mohammedan Law
  • • The Limitation Act, 1963
  • • The Registration Act, 1908

Paper 3

  • • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • • The Indian Penal Code

Paper 4

  • • Comprehension (25 marks)
  • • Corrections (25 marks)
  • • English Essay (100 marks)
  • • Précis Writing (25 marks)
  • • Words and Phrases (25 marks)

Paper 5

  • • Composition (essay), idioms and corrections (50 marks)
  • • Explanation of Hindi passage in prose and poetry in the same language (30 marks)
  • • Translation of English passage into Hindi (20 marks)

After clearing the judiciary mains exams, the final stage is the viva-voce or the interview stage. The candidates, after clearing the judiciary mains exams, prove that they have sufficient knowledge of law and so, in this stage, the candidates’ communication skills and legal knowledge are assessed in terms of recent developments and landmark cases.

Interview / Viva Voce -

The Viva Voce/ interview stage of the Haryana Judiciary Exam is conducted to analyse the personality of the applicants and to see if they are a good fit for the position. It aims to test the candidate’s alertness, intelligence and general outlook.

After the interview stage for the judiciary, a final merit list is prepared as per the aggregate of the mains and interview score of the candidates, thereby welcoming the new judges to undergo a training period.

Upon clearing the Haryana Judiciary Exam in whole, will the applicant be eligible for the post of a civil judge in the Haryana Public Service Commission.

You may refer to our collection of Haryana Judiciary Previous Year Question Papers HERE

Conclusion –

The Haryana Judiciary Exam is not an easy feat to clear. The exam is highly competitive in nature and has very less seats as compared to the number of aspirants attempting to crack the exam and fighting for the seats. However, it is a very prestigious position once attained as it a highly reputable position to acquire by any legal aspirant.