Punjab Judiciary Exam Pattern & Syllabus


The Punjab Judiciary Exam is conducted jointly by the High Court of Punjab & Haryana and the Punjab Public Service Commission to recruit civil judges.

Highlights of the Punjab Judiciary Exam

ExamPunjab Civil Service (Judicial) Examination
Conducting BodyPunjab and Haryana High Court
Posts OfferedCivil Judge (Junior Division) –cum-Judicial Magistrate
Official Websitehttps://highcourtchd.gov.in/

Age Limit

  • Candidates should not be below 21 and above 37 years of age on the last submission date of online application forms.
  • The upper age limit for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes of all States and Backward Classes only of Punjab shall be up to 42 years.
  • The upper age limit may be relaxed up to 45 years for Punjab Government employees, its Boards/Corporations/Commissions and Authorities employees, and all States/ Central Government employees.
  • Ex-servicemen of Punjab Domicile shall be allowed to deduct their service period in the Armed Forces of Union from their actual age. Suppose the resultant age does not exceed the maximum age limit prescribed for direct appointment to such a vacancy in the Service Rules concerned by more than three years. In that case, they shall be deemed to satisfy the condition regarding the age limit.
  • The upper age limit is also relaxed up to 42 years for Widows, Divorcees ladies and certain other Categories of Women.
  • The upper age limit is also relaxed up to 47 years for Physically Handicapped persons within Punjab’s domicile.
  • The upper age limit for Divorced women, widows and other specific categories of women is relaxed until 42 years.
  • Allowances in terms of age limit are offered to the ex-servicemen of the Domicile of Punjab.

Preliminary Exam Pattern

  • The duration of the entire examination is 2 hours.
  • The question pattern is objective, with 125 multiple-choice questions.
  • Each question shall carry four marks.
  • The total score assigned to the prelims is 500.
  • Each wrong answer leads to the deduction of 0.20% of the score assigned per question.
  • The topics include current events, aptitude, main law subjects, and constitutional history.
  • No candidate shall be allowed to appear in the Mains Examination unless he/she secures a minimum of 150 marks (100 marks for all reserved category candidates) in the Preliminary Examination out of 500 marks.


  • Aptitude, Analytical Skills, and Reasoning
  • Main Subjects of Law
  • Indian Legal and Constitutional History and Governance
  • Current National and International Events

Mains Examination Pattern

  • There are five papers under the Punjab Judiciary Mains Examination.
  • Papers I to IV shall carry 200 marks each.
  • Paper V shall carry 150 marks.
  • Each written paper shall be of three hours duration.
  • The format of the Punjab Judiciary Mains Examination is narrative.
  • All the papers are conducted in English except for the language paper.
  • The minimum qualifying marks in the language paper Punjabi (Gurmukhi Script) shall be 33%.
  • The standard of the language paper of punjabi (Gurmukhi Script) will be of Matriculation Examination of the Punjab School Education Board or equivalent to it.
  • Only bare copies of Legislative Enactments will be supplied during mains examination.

Mains Examination

Civil Law – I (Paper I)

200 Marks

  • The Sale of Goods Act, 1930
  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • The Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • The Punjab Courts Act, 1918
  • Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Indian Partnership Act, 1932
  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • The East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949

Civil Law – II (Paper II)

200 Marks

  • Muslim Law
  • Limitation and Registration Law
  • Customary Law
  • Hindu Law

Criminal Law (Paper III)

200 Marks

  • The Code of Criminal Procedure,1973
  • The Indian Penal Code,1860
  • The Indian Evidence Act,1872

English (Paper IV)

200 Marks

  • Essay writing (1000-1100 words)
  • Comprehension
  • Correction of sentence
  • Precis writing
  • Making sentences with particular phrases and words

Language (Paper V)

150 Marks

  • Translations of Punjabi, which are given in the Gurumukhi script.

Punjab Judiciary Viva Voce Pattern

  • The Viva-Voce shall carry 100 marks, and the final result shall be prepared based on the Grand Total of the marks obtained by the candidates in the Mains Written Examination and the Viva-Voce.
  • Only the candidates securing at least a 50% score (45% marks for the SC/BC/Physically Handicapped, Pb. category candidates) in all the written papers are eligible for the viva voce.
  • The Viva-Voce shall relate to matters of general interest and is intended to test the candidate’s alertness, intelligence and general outlook.
  • The Viva Voce is conducted in the English language.