The Haryana Judicial Services Exam is officially called the HCS Judicial Branch Examination or also 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 cadre of Haryana Civil Service (Judicial Branch).
Eligibility and Age Limit – Haryana Civil Judge Junior Division / Judicial Magistrate
Education / Academic Qualification
The candidate must have completed a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from a Government & BCI approved University in India or must be an Advocate enrolled under the provisions of the Advocate Act, 1961 entitled to practice in the High Court or Courts subordinate thereto.
Must have completed the age of 22 years (Minimum) and must not have completed the age of 35 years (Maximum) as on the specific date mentioned in the official advertisement of the year.
There are various age relaxation terms and conditions for reserved and special category applicants. Refer to the official advertisement of the year for details.
Overall Scheme of Haryana Civil Service Judicial Branch Competitive Exam
The examination will be conducted in three distinct stages :
(i) Preliminary Exam – Objective Questions / MCQ based
(ii) Main Exam – Written Descriptive / Narrative type
(iii) Viva-Voce – Personal Interview
Syllabus for Haryana Civil Judge Junior Division Preliminary Exam
The Preliminary Examination will be of objective type with multiple-choice questions. The question paper for H.C.S (Judicial Branch) Preliminary Examination will be of two hours.
There will be 125 questions and each question will carry 4 marks, with negative marking – for every wrong answer 0.80 mark will be deducted.
There will, however, be no negative marking in respect of un-attempted (un-answered) questions.
The objective type multiple-choice question for the Preliminary Examination will be from the same syllabus as indicated for the Main Examination (See the details below).
The candidate will be expected to have a general and basic over view of the main subjects and also the ability to answer questions on current events of national and international importance, Indian legal and constitutional history and governance. The candidate may also be tested for his analytical skills and aptitude.
The standard of the question paper will be of Law graduate level. I.e. the standard LLB syllabus that is prescribed in BCI approved law colleges across India. Any general, analytical or aptitude questions will of a level that can be answered by well informed a person at a graduate level.
The objective of the Preliminary Examination is to short list candidates for the Main Examination.
To be shortlisted for the main exam, a candidate has to secure a minimum of 150 marks (100 marks for all reserved category candidates) out of the total 500 marks in the Preliminary Examination. (I.e. The minimum eligibility marks will be 30% for general category and 20% for the reserved category students.)
Note : Candidates who qualify will have to fill-in the application forms for the main exam separately.
Syllabus for Haryana Civil Judge (Junior Division) Main Exam:
The Main Exam will consist of five written papers with descriptive or narrative / essay type questions. Each written paper will be of three hours duration. The standard of the language paper will be that of Matriculation Examination of the Board of School Education, Haryana. The syllabus for each paper is as below :
Paper-1 – Civil Law-1 – 200 Marks
- Code of Civil procedure, (also touching upon the Limitation act.)
- Punjab Courts Act, (As applicable to Haryana)
- Indian Contract Act,
- Indian partnership Act,
- Sale of Goods Act,
- Specific Relief Act,
- Indian Evidence Act,
- Haryana Urban (control of rent and eviction) Act, 1973.
Paper-II – Civil Law-II– 200 Marks
- Hindu Law (Marriage, Adoption, Inheritance & other personal, family laws)
- Mohammedan Law and Customary Law, (Marriage, Adoption, Inheritance & other personal, family laws)
- Law of Registration and Limitation.
Paper-III – Criminal Law – 200 Marks
- Indian Penal Code, (IPC)
- Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC)
- Indian Evidence Act,
Paper-IV – English – 200 Marks
- English Essay on a given topic (1000-1100 words) – 100 marks
- Precis Writing- 25 marks
- Words and Phrases (Making sentences with the given words and Phrases) – 25 marks
- Comprehension – 25 marks
- Corrections (Language, Sentence, Spelling corrections)- 25 marks
Paper-V – Language – Hindi (in Devnagri Script) 100 Marks
- Translation of an English passage into Hindi : 20 Marks
- Explanation of Hindi passage in prose and poetry in the same language : 30 Marks
- Composition (essay), idioms and corrections : 50 Marks
(i) Main Examination will be subjective/narrative type.
(ii) The Main Examination will be conducted in English Medium except for language paper.
(iii) Copy of Bare Acts of legislative enactments may be supplied. (Candidates cannot carry any material into the exam hall.)
No candidate will be called for the viva- voce unless he obtains at least fifty percent qualifying marks in the aggregate of all the written papers. However, for the candidate belonging to the scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Physically Handicapped and Ex-Serviceman candidates only (but not dependents of ESM) the qualifying marks for this purpose will be 45%.
Haryana Civil Service (Judicial Branch) Viva-Voce – Personal Interview – 200 Marks
The purpose of the personal interview / viva-voce is to judge the personal qualities of the candidates. The viva-voce will relate to the matters of general interest and is intended to test the candidates’ alertness, intelligence and general outlook. it will be conducted in English.
The appearance in viva-voce is mandatory to be considered for the final selections.
Candidates will be eligible to be recruited as Civil Judges/Judicial Magistrates if they secure 50% or more marks (read 45% for the scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Physically Handicapped and Ex-Serviceman candidates only, but not dependents of ESM) in aggregate of the marks secured in the main written examination and the viva voce.
Refer to the current year’s official announcement for the complete details.