What Are The Judicial Service Exam

Judiciary is a great career option if :

  1. You have inclination towards Public Service.
  2. You intend to contribute directly to a fair, just system and greater good of society.
  3. You want to stay in an intellectually stimulating profession, simultaneously being in touch with the laws.
  4. You want to remain in a profession which is dignified and commands respect of people.

How to be a part of the Judicial Services ?

You can get into the he judicial services at two stages of your life i.e. Judiciary has two levels of entry :



  1.  If you are a fresh law graduate :

 Lower Judicial Services

  • Conducted by the respective State Public Commissions.
  • Applicants must have a B. degree from a recognized university in India
  • Applicants must be enrolled as an Advocate under the Advocates’ Act 1961
  • Posted as Member of sub-ordinate judiciary.
  • Benefit – No experience required. Secured Employment this early in your career.
  • Cons – Promotions are time based.
  • Age – between 21 to 35 years of age
  • Final Year Candidates can also appear
  • Citizen of India

 Not the right option if : You harbour dreams of becoming a High Court, Supreme Court Judge or desire hastened position up the ladder.

  1. If you have few years experience in litigation :

Higher Judicial Services –

  • Applicants must have a LL.B. degree from a recognized university in India
  • Must have a prescribed minimum of seven years of litigating practice
  • Posted as ADJ ( Additional District Judge )
  • Benefit – Accelerated Promotions.
  • Cons – Late security, Competitive Exam Preparation quite late in life.
  • Age may vary from state to state
  • Citizen of India
  1. Basic Exam Structure for both Exams :
  • Preliminary Examination
  • Mains 
  • Viva-Voce/Interview
  1. Basic Syllabus for both Exams :
  • Civil law
  • Criminal Law
  • Language Paper
  • Some States – GK, General Science, Current Affairs
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