Upcoming State Judiciary Exams: Notification, Exam Pattern, Syllabus & More

State Judicial Services Exams is one of the most prestigious and coveted exams for law graduates. It is the entry gate to the judiciary in India. Through the State judiciary exam, law graduates can become members of the subordinate judiciary.

In this article, we will look at the upcoming state judiciary exam along with the timelines, exam pattern, syllabus and preparation strategy that is required to crack the judiciary examinations. Let’s get started.

State Judicial Services Examination-Overview

State governments under the close supervision of respective state high courts appoint the members of the subordinate judiciary. The members are appointed on the basis of the State judicial services examination. Law graduates who are qualified to be enrolled as an Advocate under the Advocates’ Act 1961 can apply for this examination. While the age criteria vary from state to state, broadly, candidates between the age of 21 to 35 years can appear for this exam.

The states conducting State Judiciary Exam are as follows:

  • Arunachal Pradesh
  • Assam
  • Bihar
  • Chhattisgarh
  • Goa
  • Delhi
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Haryana
  • Jammu and Kashmir
  • Jharkhand
  • Karnataka
  • Kerala
  • Madhya Pradesh
  • Maharashtra
  • Manipur
  • Mizoram
  • Nagaland
  • Odisha
  • Punjab
  • Rajasthan
  • Sikkim
  • Uttarakhand
  • Uttar Pradesh
  • West Bengal

In this article, we will first look at the broad exam pattern and exam syllabus and then look at the timelines for various upcoming state judiciary exams. Next, we will also cover how to prepare for the state judiciary exams.

State Judiciary Exam Pattern & Exam Syllabus

The state judiciary exam is held in three stages namely, the preliminary exam, main exam and interview round.

  • Preliminary Examination: The preliminary round is the screening round for the main exam. It comprises multiple-choice questions. The score for this round is not calculated in the final merit that determines the final selection.
  • Mains Examination: The main examination is a subjective round comprising three to four papers that vary from state to state. However, the score in this round is added to the score in the interview round to determine the final selection in the State judiciary exam.
  • Interview: The interview is the last and final stage of this examination. Three times of the total number of vacancies are shortlisted for this round. The final merit is prepared on the basis of scores in both Mains and Interview rounds.

As far as the syllabus for State judicial services exam is concerned, it is divided into three main papers: Civil law, Criminal Law and Language paper. While the language comprises 30% of the total weightage, 70% weightage is given to the papers belonging to Law.

Upcoming State Judiciary Exam

The state governments conducted the exam whenever there are enough vacancies in the judiciary services. Hence, the exam timelines are not fixed for every state. The notification for the upcoming state judiciary exam will be published on the official website of each state's judicial services exams. Students are advised to keep a check on the website from time to time. The official website for each state judiciary exam is as given below:

State Judicial Services Official Website Conducted by
Andhra Pradesh Judicial Service http://hc.ap.nic.in High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad
Arunachal Pradesh http://ghcitanagar.gov.in/ Judicial Service Gauhati High Court
Assam Judicial Service http://ghconline.nic.in/ Gauhati High Court
Bihar Judicial Service http://patnahighcourt.gov.in/ Patna High Court
Chhattisgarh Judicial Service http://highcourt.cg.gov.in/ Chhattisgarh High Court
Delhi Judicial Service http://delhihighcourt.nic.in/ Delhi High Court
Goa Judicial Service http://www.hcbombayatgoa.nic.in/ Bombay High Court (Permanent Bench at Panaji)
Gujarat Judicial Service http://gujarathighcourt.nic.in Gujarat High Court – Ahmedabad
Haryana Judicial Service http://highcourtchd.gov.in/ Punjab and Haryana High Court
Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service https://hphighcourt.nic.in/ Himachal Pradesh High Court
Jammu and Kashmir Judicial Service http://jkhighcourt.nic.in/ Jammu & Kashmir High Court
Jharkhand Judicial Service http://www.jharkhandhighcourt.nic.in/ Jharkhand High Court – Ranchi
Karnataka Judicial Service http://hck.gov.in/ Karnataka High Court
Kerala Judicial Service http://highcourtofkerala.nic.in/ Kerala High Court – Ernakulam
Madhya Pradesh Judicial Service http://www.mphc.in/ Madhya Pradesh High Court
Maharashtra Judicial Service http://bombayhighcourt.nic.in/ Bombay High Court
Manipur Judicial Service http://hcmimphal.nic.in/ Manipur High Court – Imphal
Meghalaya Judicial Service http://meghalayahighcourt.nic.in/ Meghalaya High Court – Shillong
Mizoram Judicial Service http://ghcazlbench.nic.in/ Gauhati High Court
Nagaland Judicial Service http://kohimahighcourt.gov.in/ Gauhati High Court
Odisha Judicial Service http://www.orissahighcourt.nic.in/ Odisha High Court – Cuttack
Punjab Judicial Service http://highcourtchd.gov.in/ Punjab and Haryana High Court
Rajasthan Judicial Service http://hcraj.nic.in/ Rajasthan High Court
Sikkim Judicial Service http://www.highcourtofsikkim.nic.in/ Sikkim High Court – Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Judicial Service http://www.hcmadras.tn.nic.in/ Madras High Court
Telangana Judicial Service http://hc.ts.nic.in High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad
Tripura Judicial Service http://thc.nic.in/ Tripura High Court – Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Judicial Service http://www.allahabadhighcourt.in/ Allahabad High Court
Uttarakhand Judicial Service http://highcourtofuttarakhand.gov.in/ Uttarakhand High Court
West Bengal Judicial Service http://www.calcuttahighcourt.gov.in/ Calcutta High Court
State Judicial Services Official Website Conducted by
Andhra Pradesh Judicial Service http://hc.ap.nic.in High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad

How to prepare for State Judiciary Exams

Now, let us look at the step-wise preparation strategy for the state judiciary exam:

Step 1: Select the states you wish to appear for

First and foremost, you should select the states in whose state judiciary exam you wish to appear for. The list of the states that conduct the state judicial services exam is given above.

Step 2: Go through the previous year's papers

Next, go through the previous year's papers to understand what to actually expect in the exam. Since the syllabus and pattern also vary from state to state, you should have a clear understanding of the syllabus and pattern for each of the states you’re applying for.

Step 3: Read the syllabus and prepare a study plan

The syllabus is mentioned in the notification for the state judicial services examination. Hence, go through the syllabus and then prepare a realistic study plan to cover the syllabus exhaustively.

Step 4: Prioritise topics as per weightage in the exam

Glancing through the previous year's papers will also give you an idea of the weightage of each topic in the exam syllabus. Use that to prioritise the preparation schedule of these topics in the study plan.

Step 5: Revise effectively

Ensure that your study plan covers revision as that is the key to retaining the information that you’re regularly studying. Hence, revise effectively while simultaneously preparing for the exam.

Step 6: Write mock tests

Mock tests are the most important part of the preparation strategy. Make sure to write at least 10-15 full-length mock tests for both Prelims and Mains in order to be completely ready to face the exam. Mock test provides simulated experience and thus, prepares you for the actual exam.


Judicial services is one of the most reputed and hence, the most sought-after career options for law graduates in India. If you’re interested in serving the country and ensuring the upkeep and regulation of law and order in society, you should definitely write this exam.

With complete dedication and focus, you will definitely be able to prepare for the exam and excel in it. Should you need further guidance, you can check out the courses offered by PW experts. Our courses will help you in the effective preparation for these exams.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What are the eligibility criteria for state judiciary exams?

Ans. Law graduates who are qualified to be enrolled as an Advocate under the Advocates’ Act 1961 can apply for the lower judiciary services.

Q2. What is the maximum number of attempts in the state judiciary exam?

Ans. There are a total of 6 attempts in this exam.

Q3. Is LLM necessary to apply for the judiciary exam?

Ans. No, it is not mandatory to have LLM for state judiciary exams.

Q4. Are 6 months enough for judiciary exam preparation?

Ans. If you are determined to prepare for the exam, then with the correct guidance and approach, you can definitely clear the judiciary exam.

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