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Punjab Judiciary Exam Pattern 2023

Author : Tanya Kaushal

Updated On : June 3, 2023


Reader's Digest: Are you preparing for the Punjab Judiciary Exam 2023? Prepare to ace the exam with a clear understanding of the exam pattern. From the preliminary stage to the mains, this blog provides valuable insights into the Punjab Judiciary Exam Pattern, helping you confidently navigate the selection process.

The Punjab Judiciary Exam is a highly competitive examination that aspiring candidates must crack to enter the esteemed judiciary system of Punjab. To achieve success in this exam, it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of the Punjab Civil Judge paper pattern.

The Punjab Judiciary Exam Pattern 2023 comprises the Preliminary Examination, the Mains Examination and the Interview.

Each stage has its unique format and subjects to be covered. In this blog, we will delve into the detailed exam pattern, highlighting the key aspects of both the Prelims and Mains, providing aspiring candidates with valuable insights to ace the Punjab Judiciary Exam with confidence.

Stages of Punjab Judiciary Examination

The Punjab State Judicial Examination is conducted in online mode, and attempting the exam will be pretty challenging as the aspirants will go through a wide variety of emotions; many students sometimes also get nervous or anxious.

To clear the Punjab Judicial Exam (PJS), it is essential for you to first study the exam pattern before starting with the syllabus to make a proper strategy for yourself. 

The examination of PJS, like any other state judiciary exam, happens in 3 different stages. The Punjab Judiciary examination stages are mentioned below:

  1. Prelims Examination
  2. Mains Examination 
  3. Interview (Viva Voce)

All the essential details about the Punjab Judiciary Exam pattern will be discussed in detail, focusing on the stage-wise exam pattern and syllabus below: 

Punjab Judiciary Exam Pattern: Prelims (1st Stage)

Here is the Punjab Judiciary exam pattern for Prelims Paper:

Examination Stage Preliminary Examination
Question Type Objective type with multiple choices
Mode of Scrutiny Computer-based scrutiny
Duration Two hours
Number of Questions 125
Marks per Question 04
Negative Marking 0.20% deduction (1/5th mark) for each wrong answer
Unattempted Questions No negative marking
Question Standard Graduate level

The subject for this examination is divided into five categories:

  • Main Subjects of Law
  • Current Affairs of National and International Importance
  • Indian Legal & Constitutional History and Governance
  • Analytical Skills
  • Reasoning
  • Aptitude

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Punjab Judiciary Exam Pattern: Mains Examination (2nd Stage) 

Here is the exam pattern for Mains Paper:

Paper Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Paper-I Civil Law 3 hours 200
Paper-II Civil Law 3 hours 200
Paper-III Criminal Law 3 hours 200
Paper-IV English Language 3 hours 200
Paper-V Punjabi Language Not specified 150
  • Paper V shall carry 150 marks, out of which 100 marks shall be for essay writing and 50 marks for language and grammar.
  • Only bare copies of Legislative Enactments will be supplied. v The law papers are required to be attempted in English language only.
  • The minimum qualifying marks in Punjabi (Gurmukhi Script) in the language paper shall be 33%.
  • The standard of the language paper Punjabi (Gurmukhi Script) will be of Matriculation Examination of the Punjab School Education Board or equivalent thereto.
  • No candidate shall be credited with any marks in any paper unless he/she obtains at least 33%.

Note: No candidate shall be called for the Viva-voce test unless they obtain at least fifty per cent qualifying marks in the aggregate of all the written papers: Provided that the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Backward Classes categories shall be called for the Viva-voce test if they obtain forty-five per cent marks in the aggregate of all the written papers.

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 Punjab Judicial Services Exam Pattern: Interview (3rd Stage)

  • The Viva-Voce carries 100 marks, and the final result is based on the combined marks obtained in the Main Written Examination and the Viva-Voce.
  • To be eligible for the Viva-Voce, candidates must obtain at least 50% qualifying marks in the aggregate of all written papers and pass the Punjabi language paper (Gurmukhi Script). For SC/BC/Physically Handicapped candidates, the qualifying marks are 45%.
  • Qualification requires candidates to obtain 50% marks (45% for SC/BC/Physically Handicapped candidates) in the aggregate of the total written examination and Viva-Voce.
  • The Viva-Voce assesses candidates' alertness, intelligence, and general outlook, and it is conducted in English.
  • Candidates cannot be considered qualified based solely on marks secured in the Main Written Examination unless they appear for the Viva-Voce.

Frequently Asked Questions

The merit of the qualified candidates shall be determined by the PPSC according to the aggregate marks obtained in the written papers and viva voce. Provided that in the case of two or more candidates obtaining equal marks, the candidate older in age shall be placed high higher in the order of merit.

The mode of the Punjab Judiciary exam is online. For the Prelims Exam, applicants need to choose one correct answer from the four options and mark it on the screen. Whereas, in the Mains Exam, aspirants have to write the exam in the system with the help of a keyboard.
5 subjects will be asked in the form of Multiple Choice Questions (Objective Type) for the Prelims Exam. The sections from which the questions in the Prelims Exam will be asked are - Main Subject of Law, Current Affairs, Indian Legal & Constitutional History and Governance, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning.
The total duration for the prelims exam is of 2 hours, and as the Mains Exam is a descriptive type exam, candidates will get three hours separately to complete each section of the Mains Exam. 
The limit for the two language papers- General English and Punjabi Language- is the same for these two sections, i.e., 3 hours each. 
The final result is calculated cumulative marks secured in the Mains Exam and Vice Voce by the candidate. The Preliminary Exam is qualified in nature.


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