The Odisha Judicial Service Examination is conducted by the Odisha High Court, and the Odisha Public Service Commission. The examination is held every year to recruit civil judges. Aspiring candidates can check out the detailed information regarding the recruitment process to the Odisha judicial service exam 2021.

  • The total number of Judiciary Vacancies declared for the post of the civil judge is 51. More detailed information about the vacancy list is displayed.
  • The OPSC OJS notification was released on the official website on the 13th of November, 2019.
  • The application form was available from 19th November 2019 to 18th December 2019. Candidates had to file the form online.
  • The preliminary examination for the Odisha Judiciary was held on 2nd February 2020.
  • This post contains comprehensive information on the exam dates, eligibility criteria, selection process, syllabus, and other necessary information about the Odisha Judicial Service.

Odisha Judiciary Highlights 2021

Examination - Odisha Judicial Service Examination

Posts offered – Civil Judge

Conducting Body – Odisha High Court or/and Odisha Public Service Commission

Salary – 27,700 – 44,770 INR monthly

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Number of Vacancies - 51

Release date of the official notification – 13th November 2019

Location of the job - Odisha

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Odisha Judicial Service Notification 2021

The OJS notification 2021 is displayed by the exam officials on the official website of the conducting body. It is essentially an official document that offers detailed information about the Judiciary examination. It is vital that all the aspiring candidates go through the notification in detail before filling out the application form. The OPSC OJS notification was released on November 13, 2019. The process of submitting the application form started from 19th November 2019. 

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Odisha Judiciary Exam Dates 2021

Listed below are some of the important exam dates of the Odisha judiciary recruitment 2021.

Date of release of notification- November 13, 2019

Initial date of submitting the application form – November 19, 2019

Last date for the submission of the application form – December 18, 2019

Date of the Preliminary Examination – February 2, 2020

Date of the results of the preliminary examination – February 20, 2020

Date of the main examination – Not yet released

Date of the final result – Not yet released

Odisha Judicial Service Vacancy List

For the recruitment of civil judges, 51 vacancies were declared by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC 2020). The table given below provides detailed information on the vacancy list of the Odisha Judiciary Service Exanimation 2020.

Category No. of vacancies for women Total no. of vacancies
Un-reserved 07 22
Scheduled Caste 03 08
Scheduled Tribe 04 11
S.E.B.C. 02 06
Persons with benchmark disabilities (a. Low vision and blindness b. Hard of hearing and deaf) 01 4 (2+2)

Odisha Judiciary Salary Details 2021

The salary of a civil judge for the Odisha High Court ranges from 27,700 to 44,770 INR per month. The candidates are also provided with dearness allowance and many other allowances. These allowances are accredited by the Odisha government.

Odisha Judicial Service Eligibility Criteria 2021

Aspirants interested in appearing for the OJS OPSC exam must ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria. Check out the elaborated Judiciary Eligibility Criteria before submitting the application form.

Educational Qualifications

  • The candidate must have a degree in law (graduation) from any of the recognized Indian law universities.
  • Candidates who are assistant law officers or superintendents or translators of the law department of government or civil/criminal court sub-ordinates to the High Court or ministerial officers in the High Court can also apply, provided they fulfill certain criteria. The candidates must be – a) Less than or 39 years of age as per the date provided in the notification.
  1. b) Have a graduate degree from a recognized law university.
  2. c) He/she has done service that qualifies under the Odisha Civil Service (Pension) Rules, 1992 in the Law department, or any criminal or civil court sub-ordinates to the High Court or the High Court for at least seven years on the last date of submitting the application form online.
  3. d) Has a recommendation from the respective authorities of appointment.

Age Limit for OPSC Recruitment for Civil Judge

  • The lower and the upper age limits are 23 and 35, respectively, as per the date provided in the notification.
  • The upper age limit for departmental candidates is 39 years of age.
  • The maximum age limit for candidates under the Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Castes, women, and SEBC is extended for five years.
  • The upper age limit for candidates with disabilities is relaxed by ten years.
  • The birth date provided in the high school or equivalent certificate will be accepted.

Other Necessary Qualifications

  • Candidates must be an Indian Citizen.
  • Aspirants must have the ability to read, speak, and write Odia fluently and must pass an examination of the Odia language, which is equivalent to the standard of Middle English school on the last date of submitting the application form online.
  • Candidates must possess a good character and be devoid of organic defects and physical infirmity. He/She must also be of sound health.
  • Government servants, temporary and permanent, are eligible for the examination, provided they fulfill the age criteria and can produce a "No objection Certificate" from the appointing authority.
  • Candidates, who have more than one living spouse, are not eligible for receiving the appointment letter until the state government has exempted the case, for any reason.

Odisha Judiciary Application Form 2021

Aspirants must check out the eligibility criteria before proceeding to fill up the application form of the Odisha judiciary. The application form must be submitted by the online mode. The process of submission of the form started from 19th November 2019 and ended on 18th December 2019. Check out the details given below so that you can fill the form without any mistakes.

  • Interested candidates must apply via the official website of the Odisha Public Service Commission. The official website is The form must be submitted online, and submission via any other modes will be rejected.
  • Before starting to fill up the application form, the candidates are advised to take a thorough look at the instructions given and the guidelines provided for uploading signature, photograph, and left thumb impression.
  • The latest color photograph of passport size must be scanned, along with the left thumb impression and signature for the uploading. All the three scanned images must be in the jpg format and must be absolutely identifiable.
  • Aspirants must keep at least two more copies of the photograph uploaded for the application form.
  • The candidates must obtain a printout of the final version of the application form for use in the future.
  • The printout of the online challan is essential for the payment of the fee.
  • After the application form is submitted, a unique Registration ID will be displayed on the screen as well as on the upper portion of the application form. It must be noted and the application form along with the registration ID must be kept in a safe place.
  • For confirmation of the payment of the examination fee, the print out of the latest application form filled, and the OPSC's part of the challan must be submitted.
  • Another date will be announced on, which the candidates must submit all the required documents that prove the eligibility of a particular candidate for the exanimation.
  • Aspirants are advised to submit the application form as quickly as possible to avoid mishaps at the last minute.

Odisha Judicial Service Examination Pattern 2021

The OJS OPSC Exam is conducted in three parts – the preliminary examination, the main examination, and the viva voce. You can look at the information given below and get yourself acquainted with the Judiciary Exam Pattern before appearing for the examination.

Odisha Judicial Service Preliminary Examination Pattern

  • The preliminary examination consists of one paper, with a total score of 100
  • The format of the question paper is objective.
  • There are 100 Multiple Choice Questions given in the paper.
  • Each question is given a score of 1 mark.
  • The total time for the exam is one and a half hours.
  • Allocation of negative marking for every wrong answer is 0.25% of the total score assigned per question.
  • The preliminary examination covers ten subjects.

Odisha Judicial Service Main Examination Pattern

  • The main examination consists of three optional papers and two compulsory papers.
  • The three optional papers are assigned a score of 150.
  • The time allocated for the optional papers is three hours.
  • The two compulsory papers are assigned a score of 150.
  • The duration of time for the compulsory papers is two and a half hours.
  • The answers must be given in the English language.
  • The format of the question paper is subjective.

Odisha Judicial Service Viva Voce Pattern

  • The total marks assigned for the viva voce is 100.
  • The questions asked will be based on current affairs across the globe, the syllabus given, and common interest in the areas of science and arts.

Odisha Judicial Service Examination Syllabus 2021

The syllabus for the OJS exam 2021 must be studied in great detail for the clearance of the examination. Candidates seeking to gain recruitment can take a look at the Judiciary Exam Syllabus given below.

Odisha Judicial Service Preliminary Examination Syllabus

  • Contract Act
  • Constitution of India
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Law of Succession ( Hindu Succession Act and Indian Succession Act)
  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Evidence Act
  • Limitation Act

Odisha Judicial Service Main Examination Syllabus

Compulsory Papers

General English (Paper – 1)

  • An essay with a word count of about 150 words.
  • One passage with a word count of 500 along with five questions.
  • Two passages to be translated of about ten lines for each. One is given in English and has to be translated in Odia, and the other is given in Odia and has to be retranslated into English.
  • A precis writing of about 300 words

Procedural Laws (Paper – 2)

  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973

Optional Papers

Five different subjects are given. As per the OPSC recruitment 2021, candidates are allowed to choose any of the three as their optional papers for the main examination. However, once you file the application form with the selected optional subjects, no further changes can be made.

  • Jurisprudence and Constitution of India
  • Law of Torts and Law of Crime
  • Law of Property
  1. I) Indian Limitation Act, 1963
  2. II) Transfer of Property Act, 1882

III) Specific Relief Act, 1963

  • Personal Law
  1. I) Mohammedan Law
  2. II) Hindu Law
  • Law of Contract
  1. I) Partnership Act, 1932
  2. II) Indian Contract Act, 1872
  3. II) Negotiable Instrument Act, 1881
  4. IV) Sales of Goods Act, 1930

Odisha Judicial Service Viva Voce Details 2021

More intricate details about the procedure of viva-voce for the Odisha Judiciary Recruitment are provided below.

  • For the candidates to be eligible for the viva voce, he/she must obtain 45% of the score in aggregate in the main examination.
  • The candidates must also obtain at least 33% of the total score in each paper of the main examination.
  • The questions asked in the interview may include the syllabus of the main examination, current events of both national as well as international importance, and areas of common interest in Science and Arts.

Odisha Judiciary Selection Process 2021

The selection of candidates for the OPSC Judiciary Recruitment 2021 is done in each stage. The marks obtained by the candidates are compared against the cut-off, and the results are declared. Aspiring candidates must pass each of the stages in order to receive the letter of appointment for the post.

  1. Preliminary Examination – The initial stage of the Odisha Judicial Service Examination is the preliminary examination. The examination has a total score of 100. Candidates who have obtained at least 40% are qualified for the next stage – the main examination. However, relaxation is offered to the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste. These candidates have to secure at least 35%.
  2. Main examination – The next stage for the recruitment of the Odisha Judiciary is the main examination. The total score for the examination is 750. The candidates who are enlisted for the viva voce round have to obtain a minimum percentage of 33 in each paper of the main examination. He/she also has to secure at least 45% of the score in aggregate.
  3. Viva Voce – The final stage for OPSC recruitment is the viva voce. In this round, the candidates are tested for their personality, general awareness, sharp presence of mind, and suitability for the post. The interview has a total of 100 marks. To make it to the final result list, the candidates must obtain at least 40% of the total score in the interview.

Odisha Judicial Service Admit Card 2021

One of the most important documents which are required to sit for the Civil Judge Exam Odisha 2021 is the admit card. The conducting body of the examination releases the admit card on the official website prior to the date of the examination.

  • The candidates can gain access to the admit card from the official website of the conducting body.
  • No other modes (courier, post, newspaper, etc.) will be used for the availability of the admit card.
  • The admit cards for the preliminary, mains and the viva voce are published separately.
  • The importance of the admit card is paramount as it contains the name of the aspirant, his/her roll number, venue of the examination, etc.
  • The admit card must be carried by the candidates to the venue of examination without fail.
  • The safety of the admit card must be given top priority.
  • Multiple copies of the admit card must be made for safety purposes and it must be ensured that it remains in a good condition till the candidate is recruited for the post.

Odisha Judicial Service Examination Result 2021

Information regarding the result of the OJS OPSC examination is provided below. Check it out to know how you can gain access to the relevant information without any hassle.

  • Individual results for the preliminary examination, main examination, and viva voce are displayed by the conducting body of the examination.
  • The results for all three stages are displayed on the official website of the Odisha Public Service Commission.
  • Upon clicking on the result tab and typing in the required information, the candidates will be able to see the results declared.
  • The result for the judiciary examination is available in the format of a PDF.

Odisha Judiciary Probation Period 2021

The candidates who are selected in the final result by the OPSC are required to serve a probationary period. Detailed information regarding this aspect is elaborated here.

  • The candidates must serve a minimum of two years of probation period.
  • Under certain circumstances, the probationary period may be extended, but it is done only under the orders of the High Court.
  • The termination of candidates serving the probationary period can be done without giving any specific reason.
  • After the completion of the period of probation, the candidates are given confirmation of their posts by the High Court and the Administrator.


What is the application fee for the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination?

The application fee for the candidates appearing in the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination is 500 INR. The aspirants must take a printout of the final form submitted and the online challan. The challan is used for the payment of the fee at any of the branches of the State Bank. However, candidates under the category of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes of Odisha, and Persons with at least 40% of permanent disabilities are exempted from this specific fee. But, the persons with disabilities have to attach the disability certificate along with the application form.

What are the books that you can follow for the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination?

There is a wide range of books that you can study for the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination. With the aid of some of the books, you can appear for the exam with more confidence. You can follow the Odisha Judicial Services (preliminary) Examination by Showick Thorpe, Universal's Guide to Judicial Service Examination by Gupta Vinay, all the bare act books, etc.

Which newspapers are the best for the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination?

Newspapers are a vital source of information regarding the current events occurring across the nation as well as the globe. The newspapers that you can follow for enhancing your general knowledge area include the Hindu, the Times of India, The Indian Express, etc. If you want to be knowledgeable about the local news, you can study the Odisha Samaya, Sambad, Dinalipi, Pragativadi, etc.

What are the preparation tips that you can adopt for cracking the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination?

If you are determined to crack the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination at the first attempt, you must take adequate measures. First of all, you need to obtain all the necessary books and notes that will facilitate you in knowing about the topics given in minute details. Next, you must focus on time management. While appearing for the exam, managing the time is utterly crucial. Then, you must discuss what you are studying with friends or family as you require different sets of opinions on the same topic.

Is the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination tough to crack?

Whether the candidates find the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination easy or tough depends entirely on the candidates. The matter is subjective, and hence, has varying answers. The examination might seem quite easy to one and extremely difficult to another. However, extreme determination and focus are needed to clear this examination. You must be prepared for long hours of study. Several coaching platforms are available that assist in the clearance of the examination. You can take their help if you find it difficult to prepare on your own.

How many attempts can be made to pass the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination?

The total number of attempts that you can make to clear the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination is six. Candidates must also be aware of the upper and the lower age limit before making any attempts to appear for the Odisha Judiciary Service Examination. In the Odisha Judiciary, the lower age limit is 23 and the maximum age limit is 35.