Check here, for all information about the Haryana Judicial Services Exam and complete details of the eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and syllabus.

Check here, for all information about the Haryana Judicial Services Exam and complete details of the eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and syllabus.

Haryana Judicial Services Exam - Syllabus, Eligibility, and Exam Pattern

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). The examination is the entry-level exam for law graduates to become appointed as members of the subordinate judiciary. The members are appointed by the state government under the supervision of the respective high court. The members are appointed based on the Judiciary exam.


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.

Age Limit: Candidates should not be less than 21 years and not more than 42 years.

Reservation: The candidates of reserved categories of Haryana for which no post is available / reserved can apply for the posts of the General category if he/she fulfills all the eligibility conditions i.e. age, qualification, etc. as meant for General category candidates except fees and also attach a scanned copy of his / her caste certificate for claiming fees concession.

The reserved category candidates belonging to other states will compete against the posts meant for General Category and will be considered as General category candidates as there is no reservation and fee concession available for them.

Exam Pattern

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

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 for two hours.

There will be 125 questions and each question will carry 4 marks, with a negative marking – for every wrong answer 0.80 marks will be deducted.

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 the general category and 20% for the reserved category students.)


Preliminary Exam

[The objective type multiple choice questions for the preliminary examination shall be from the syllabus for the Main Written Examination.] The candidate will be expected to have a general and basic overview 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 the 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 be of a level that can be answered by a well-informed person at a graduate level.

Mains 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 in duration. The standard of the language paper will be that of the 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

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