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HP Judicial Serivices Examination

Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service(HPJS) Competitive Examination conducted by Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission for the appointment of Civil Judges(Junior Division) in Himachal Pradesh. Notification for the online application is issued in the month of July and preliminary exam is held in the first week of September.

The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely
provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

a) A candidate must be a holder of degree in Law as recognized by the Bar Council of India.
b) A candidate must be a citizen of India.
The knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in the State of Himachal Pradesh.
A candidate must have attained the age of 22 years but must not be more than 35 years of age as on the last date prescribed for receipt of applications in the Commission’s Office i.e. 5th July, 2016.
The upper age limit is relaxable by 03 years for S.C. / S.T. and other prescribed reserved categories (OPRC) candidates of Himachal Pradesh.

Candidates are required to visit at http://hp.gov.in/hppsc/ to access the home page of the “ONLINE APPLICATION FILING SYSTEM”.

Scheme of the Examination

The preliminary examination shall be an objective type examination consisting of the following three papers of 100 Marks each:-

  •  Civil Law-I
  •  Civil Law-II
  •  Criminal Law

Each paper shall be of one-hour duration and the examination in all the three papers shall be held on the same day. The syllabus for the preliminary examination shall be the same as provided for
Paper-I to III for the Main examination. The preliminary examination will be held in first week of september.

The Preliminary Examination will be held at SHIMLA and DHARAMSALA in Kangra District (if adequate Nos. of candidates opt for Dharamshala centre).


(i) Main Written (narrative) examination shall be held w.e.f. 15th October, 2016. The date sheet will be put on the website of the Commission. No individual intimation will be given.
(ii) Each paper will last for three hours. The subject and syllabus for main(narrative) examination and marks for each paper shall be as follows:

PAPER-I Civil Law-I: Code of Civil Procedure. Indian Evidence Act, Indian Stamp Act, Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976 and Specific Relief Act. 200 Marks
PAPER-II Civil Law-II: Indian Contract Act, Hindu Law, Indian Limitation Act, Transfer of Property Act and H.P. Urban Rent Control Act. 200 Marks
PAPER-III Criminal Law: Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Chapter-XVII (section 138 to 143) of the Negotiable Instruments Act, H.P. Excise Act-2011 as Applicable to the State of H.P., Wild Life Protection Act and Indian Forest Act. 200 Marks
PAPER-IV English Composition: A Choice from three Essays on General Subjects.
ESSAY: 100 Marks
Translation of Hindi Passage into English: 50 Marks
150 Marks
PAPER-V Language (Hindi):
Hindi (in Devanagri Script) No books prescribed. The paper of Hindi will comprise of the following:-
Translation of English passage into Hindi.-30 Marks
Essay in Hindi on any topic out of three. -50 Marks
Composition (Idioms and Corrections etc.).-20 Marks
100 Marks
Viva-voce (i) Candidates, who qualify the Main written examination, will be required to appear at such
place, as may be fixed by the Commission, for a viva-voce test. The maximum marks for the vivavoce
shall be 150. The marks obtained in the viva-voce will be added to the marks obtained in
the Main written examination for purpose of selection of the candidates.
(ii) The summoning of the candidates for viva-voce test conveys no assurance whatsoever that they will be selected or recommended. Appointment orders to the selected candidates will be issued by the Government.
150 Marks
Minimum Qualifying Marks: (i) No candidate shall be credited with any marks in any paper unless he obtains at least 40
percent marks in that paper, except Hindi language paper (paper-V) in which candidate should obtain at least 33 percent marks.
(ii) No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the written test unless he obtains 45
percent marks in aggregate in all papers and at least 33 percent marks in language paper i.e.
Hindi in Devanagari script.