UP High Court conducts the judicial services recruitment drive every year to fill in civil judge posts across the state. The selection process of UP Judiciary is completed in three stages: prelims, mains, and interviews. 

Let us understand the UP Judiciary Exam Pattern and the selection process in detail. This post explains the exam pattern and subject-wise marking scheme. 

There are a total of 6 attempts for UP Judicial Services unless you fulfill the eligibility criteria.

UP Judiciary Exam Pattern 2021

UP PCS J Exam is conducted for recruitment to the post of Civil Judges in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The exam is conducted in three stages, viz,

  • · Stage 1: Prelims,
  • · Stage 2: Mains
  • · Stage 3: Interview.

Students have to write each level to make their way to UP Judiciary Result/ Final Merit List.

UP Judiciary Mock Tests

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UP Judiciary Final Merit List is prepared by calculating the total marks obtained by applicants in their UP Judiciary mains and interview. Marks of Prelims stage are only considered for screening to UP PCS J Mains.

Stages of UP Judiciary UP Judiciary Stages Weightage of UP Judiciary Stages Marks Breakup of UP Judiciary Stages Total Marks of UP Judiciary Stages
Stage 1 of UP Judiciary Prelims Qualifying 150+300 450
Stage 2 of UP Judiciary Mains Qualifying + Considered in Final Merit List 5*200 1000
Stage 3 of UP Judiciary Interview Qualifying + Considered in Final Merit List 100 100

UP Judiciary Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

UP PCS J Prelims is the first stage of the UP Judiciary Exam. It is conducted in pen and paper mode. The exam consists of two papers, including objective-type questions. 

Each paper is conducted for 2 hours. Go through expert-curated UP Judiciary Preparation Tips for subject-wise preparation strategies and tricks. 

UP Judiciary Prelims is conducted for a total of 450 marks. The question paper includes multiple-choice questions. You are shortlisted for the mains session if you secure above the prescribed cut-off marks for the prelims exam by the authorities.

The UP Judiciary Prelims exam consists of 2 papers: General Knowledge and Law. General Knowledge is conducted for a total of 150 marks. The second paper of Law is conducted for a total of 300 marks.

Paper Marks Exam Duration
Paper-1: General Knowledge 150 2 hours
Paper-2: Law 300 2 hours

Questions asked in General Knowledge and Law are derived from the chapters mentioned in UP PCS J Syllabus shared at UP PCS J Notification. We will take a brief look at the UP PCS J Syllabus later in the article.

UP Judiciary Mains Exam Pattern 2021

UP Judiciary Mains is also conducted in offline mode. The Main round is of subjective type, and students must submit their essay-type answers in the answer sheet provided by the commission (exam conducting authority).

UP Judiciary Mains is conducted for 1000 marks. There are a total of 5 subjects with a valuation of 200 marks each. Solve previous year's question papers of UP Judiciary to get an idea about questions asked and difficulty level of the exam. 

If you are secured above the mains cut-off marks, you are eligible for the interview round. UP Judiciary Mains exam is conducted for students deemed qualified in UP Judiciary Prelims.

The exam consists of 5 papers spread over 5 days. The subjects comprising UP Judiciary Mains are General Knowledge, Language, Substantive Law, Procedure and Evidence, Penal, Revenue, & Local Laws.

The exam is conducted in pen and paper mode for 3 hours each.

Paper Marks Duration of the Exam Marks
I General Knowledge 3 HOURS 200
II Language 3 HOURS 200
III Law – I (Substantive Law) 3 HOURS 200
IV Law – II (Procedure and Evidence) 3 HOURS 200
V Law – III (Penal, Revenue, and Local Laws) 3 HOURS 200

Unlike UP Judiciary Prelims, marks obtained in UP Judiciary Mains are considered during UP Judiciary Merit List preparation. Hence it is important to clear the mains session with a high score above the cut-off marks. 

UP Judiciary Interview Exam Pattern 2021

UP Judiciary Interview is the last stage of the selection process. After clearing UP Judiciary Mains, you are called for the interview. The Interview holds a weightage of 100 marks.

UP PCS J Interview is conducted for 100 marks. As the name suggests, the round consists of face-to-face interaction with an interview panel, which provides marks based on their performance in the interaction.

Paper Marks Exam Duration
UP Judiciary Interview 100 -

The interview round of the UP Judiciary Exam, unlike the popular opinion, is not solely the test of your knowledge but instead on your personality and temperament. After clearing the interview round of the UP Judiciary Exam, you are finally recruited as Civil Judges across the state of Uttar Pradesh.

UP Judiciary Syllabus 2021

Here is a glimpse of the UP Judiciary Syllabus for prelims and mains. 

  • The preliminary exam consists of two subjects: General Knowledge and Law. 
  • The mains session includes five papers: general knowledge, language, Law-I (Substantive Law), Law-II (Procedure and Evidence), Law-III (Penal, Revenue, and Local Laws)


Do I have to clear Paper 2 cutoff of UP Judiciary Prelims?

Both the papers shall be an objective and multiple choice in which there shall be 100 - 150 questions respectively. Note: Paper-II of the Preliminary Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

Do I have to clear individual cutoff of all papers in UP Judiciary Mains?

Yes. The commission/ court releases cutoff marks of all the 5 individual subjects of UP Judiciary Mains exam. The candidates have to clear the individual cutoff and the total cutoff of mains to be able to appear for the next round of the process that is the UP judiciary Interview.

How is the final merit list prepared?

The Final merit list of UP Judiciary Exam is conducted on the basis of marks scored by the students in Mains round followed by interview round of the UP Judiciary Exam. The marks scored by the students in UP PCS J Prelims is only considered for the selection of students for Mains level.

How many papers are allotted for UP Judiciary Prelims and Mains Exam 2020?

The prelims exam will be conducted for 2 papers and the mains exam will be conducted for 5 papers.