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Delhi Judicial Services Exam | Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Delhi Judicial Services Exam - Eligibility Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Delhi Judicial Services Exam 2023 – Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

Delhi Judicial Services Exam Overview

The High Court of Delhi organizes the annual Delhi Judicial Service Exam to appoint Civil Judges. Eligible candidates can apply online to fill vacancies in the Delhi Judicial Service through a three-stage examination process:

  1. Delhi Judicial Service Preliminary Examination
  2. Delhi Judicial Service Main Examination

Candidates who qualify in the Main Examination move on to the viva voce phase. Successful candidates in the viva voce phase are chosen for positions within the High Court of Delhi.

About Judiciary (PCS-J) Exam

The Judiciary exam, also known as the PCS (J) or Provincial Civil Service-Judicial Examination, serves as the entry-level examination for law graduates aspiring to become members of the subordinate judiciary. These appointments are made by the state government under the supervision of the respective high court. The selection of members for the subordinate judiciary is primarily based on their performance in the Judiciary exam.


CitizenshipMust be a citizen of India.
QualificationMust be an Advocate in India or qualified under Advocates Act, 1961.
Maximum AgeNot more than 32 years.
Age RelaxationUp to 5 years for SC/ST candidates, up to 10 years for General category disabled candidates, and up to 15 years for SC/ST category disabled candidates.



Exam Pattern

Delhi Judicial Service Preliminary Examination
TypeObjective with 25% negative marking
Qualifying Marks60% for General, 55% for Reserved Categories (SC, ST, and Persons with Disability)
Selection forMain Examination
Main ExamWritten
Main Exam MarksNot counted in the final order of merit

Important Dates

Application Form Opening for Delhi Judicial Services Exam 202307th November 2023
Application Form Deadline for Delhi Judicial Services Exam22nd November 2023
Delhi Judicial Services Prelims Exam Date 202310th December 2023 (11 AM to 1:30 PM)
Delhi Judicial Services Mains Exam Admit Card ReleaseTo Be Notified
Delhi Judicial Services Mains Exam DateTo Be Notified
Delhi Judicial Services Mains Exam ResultTo Be Notified
Delhi Judicial Services Exam ResultTo Be Notified

Delhi Judicial Services Exam 2023 Syllabus

Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary Examination consists of one paper with multiple-choice questions on the following subjects:

  1. General legal knowledge
  2. Aptitude
  3. Candidate’s power of expression
  4. Flair in English
  5. Knowledge of objective-type legal problems and their solutions
Main Examination (Written)

The Main Examination covers the following subjects, each with its respective marks:

  1. General Legal Knowledge and Language – 250 marks
  2. Civil Law-I – 200 marks
  3. Civil Law-II – 200 marks
  4. Criminal Law – 200 marks
  • Section I: General Legal Knowledge – 100 marks
  • Section II: Language (Essay, Translation, and Precis Writing) – 150 marks
Civil Law-I (Paper II)
  • Includes various acts and laws related to civil matters (200 marks).
Civil Law-II (Paper III)
  • Covers the Code of Civil Procedure, the Indian Evidence Act, and other related laws (200 marks).
Criminal Law (Paper IV)
  • Encompasses the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Indian Penal Code, and other criminal laws (200 marks).

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