West Bengal Judicial Services Exam 2023 - Selection Process, Eligibility, Vacancy & More

Author : Shashwat Srivastava

Updated On : November 16, 2023

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Reader's Digest - West Bengal Judicial Service Examination 2023 is over and results are now declared. How did you do? Feel free to check this knowledgeable blog on the selection process, vacancies, preparation tips, the pattern, result information & more! 

The West Bengal Judicial Service Examination is one of the most prestigious examinations in India. It is the gateway to the coveted position of a Civil Judge in the judicial service of the state of West Bengal. This exam is conducted by the West Bengal Public Service Commission (WBPSC) and is highly competitive.

The examination is divided into three stages – Preliminary, Main and Viva-Voce. The WBPCS tests the candidate's knowledge of the law, legal reasoning and judgment, and legal writing skills.

After two years, West Bengal Public Service Commission released the notification for WBJS 2023 exam recruiting 29 Civil Judges. 

  Key Contents:

  • West Bengal Judicial Service Exam overview and its stages.
  • Recruitment for 29 Civil Judges, eligibility criteria.
  • Important dates: Notification, Application, Prelims, Mains.
  • Exam pattern: Prelims, Mains, Personality Test.
  • Syllabus: Prelims covering legal topics.
  • Mains with compulsory and optional papers.
  • Preparation tips: syllabus understanding, weak areas, practice.
  • Admit cards, exam centers (Kolkata, Darjeeling).
  • Result checking and previous year's cut-offs.

 West Bengal Judiciary Notification 2023 

The High Court of West Bengal released the notification on the official website for West Bengal Judicial Service Examination, 2022. 

Your minimum age should be less than 23 years, and the maximum should be 35 years to be eligible for the WB Judicial Service Exam 2023. 

Age relaxation will be provided for SC/ST/BC category. The WBJS examination will be held in three stages: Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test.

West Bengal Judicial Service Exam Dates 2023

Let us have a look at the table below to know the important events related to the WBPSC examination:

Events Dates (Tentative)
Release Date of Notification December 2022
Starting Date to Fill the Online Application Form 10 January 2023
Last Day to Apply  31 January 2023
West Bengal Prelims Exam Date 26 March 2023
West Bengal Final Exam Date 3 May 2023 - 13 May 2023
Declaration of Final Result 10th August 2023

West Bengal Judiciary Examination 2023 Vacancy List

This year, the West Bengal Public Service Commission released 29 vacancies.

Check out the table below to know the previous year's category-wise Judiciary Vacancy for the post of Civil Judge:

Category Clear Vacancies Anticipated Vacancy
Unreserved 08 10
Scheduled Caste 01 02
Scheduled Tribe 01 01
OBC (A) 01 02
OBC (B) 01 01
PwD Category 01 01
Total 12 17
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West Bengal Civil Judge Salary Structure

The West Bengal Civil Judge High Court salary ranges between Rs. 27,700 to Rs. 44,700 monthly. Apart from the West Bengal Civil Judge Salary, you will be entitled to many benefits and allowances such as House Rent Allowance (HRA), travel allowance, dearness allowance, and travel allowance. In the initial joining, the basic pay will be Rs. 27,700.

  • After that, the increment will be Rs. 770 per year until the basic salary reaches Rs. 33,900. Once it goes to 33,900, the increment will be Rs 920 per year until the salary gets Rs. 40,450.
  • The total amount of salary in the initial level is around 58,839, including 27,700 (Basic), 29,639(dearness allowance) + 1500 (medical allowance).

West Bengal Judiciary Eligibility Criteria 2023

The Eligibility for WBPSC Recruitment 2023 is based on age limit, qualification, and nationality.  You must fulfil the required eligibility criteria to apply for the exam.

  • A citizen of India or such a person of other nationality as declared eligible by the Government of India
  • A degree in Law from any University or Institution affiliated with any University recognized by the State Government or the Central Government
  • Enrolment as an advocate in the roll of the Bar Council of any State or Union Territory in India on the date of advertisement for the examination
  • Ability to read, write and speak in Bengali (not required for those candidates whose mother tongue is Nepali)

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West Bengal Judiciary Application Form 2023

The application form can be filled out only in online mode. If you are willing to apply for the exam, fill out the West Bengal Judiciary Application Form on or before the last date.

  • Visit the official website of WBPSC.
  • On the Home page, click the "WBJS Application Form" link.
  • You will be directed to a new page with an option as 'enrol yourself'; click on it.
  • You will get the enrollment form, where you must fill in all the details, such as your name, address, contact details, etc.
  • Click on the "sign up" button.
  • You will receive an OTP to the registered mobile number or email address.
  • You will receive the enrollment number on your screen if the process is successful.
  • You will need to re-login to the website using your login credentials.
  • Enter all details like personal information, eligibility, qualification, and others.
  • Upload a scanned signature and photo as per the specifications.
  • Pay the required fee for your application as per the category.

Application Fee

  • For General Category - Rs. 210
  • For SC/ST/PwD Category - No Fee

West Bengal Judiciary Exam Pattern 2023

As per the Judiciary Exam Pattern, three stages are involved in the selection process for the West Bengal civil judge post: Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test. 

Preliminary Exam Pattern

The Preliminary Examination will consist of one paper of Objective Type containing 200 Multiple Choice Questions. The paper will carry 200 marks and be 1 /2 hours long.

Check out the table below to know the prelims exam pattern of the West Bengal Judiciary Exam:

Subjects Marks
English Composition 30
General Knowledge, Current Affairs and Test of Reasoning 40
Indian Constitution 20
Law of Contracts and Torts 20
Laws of Evidence 20
Civil Procedure Codes 20
Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code 20
Personal Law 10
Law of Limitation 20
Total 200

West Bengal Mains Exam Pattern

  • The main examination will consist of eight compulsory papers and three optional papers.
  • Each paper is conducted for a total of 100 marks.

Viva-Voce/Personality Test

You will be shortlisted for the viva-voce/personality test only if you qualify for the Prelims and Mains exams. The personality test is conducted for a total of 100 marks. 

The merit list will include the final examination score (Mains Exam) and the personality test.

West Bengal Judicial Services Examination 2023 Syllabus

Before starting the preparation, it is essential to go through the detailed syllabus and plan your practice accordingly. The detailed West Bengal Judiciary Exam Syllabus for prelims and mains exams is below.

Prelims Exam Syllabus

In the prelims exam, you will be tested on the following topics:

General Knowledge Indian Evidence Act Constitution of India Code of Civil Procedure
Criminal Procedure Code Transfer of Property Act Principle of Hindu Laws Principle of Muslim Laws
Indian Penal Code Jurisprudence Personal Law -

Mains Exam Syllabus

The Final examination will consist of eight compulsory papers and three papers on optional subjects to be chosen by the candidates from the list of Optional Subjects. Each compulsory and Optional paper will carry 100 marks and will be of three hours duration

Check out the table below to know the syllabus of the WB judicial service exam 2023:

Paper 1 - Compulsory
English Composition Bengali
General Knowledge Civil Law
Criminal Law Contract Law
Transfer of Property Act -
Paper 2 - Optional Papers
Hindu law Muslim Law
Jurisprudence and Principles of Legislation Indian Law relating to Companies and Insurance
Principles of Equity, including the Law of Trusts and Specific Relief Partnership Act
Law of Limitation and Law of Prescription Indian Constitution and Constitutional Law

Note: The standard of examination in the Law papers (Compulsory and Optional) will be that of the LL.B. Degree of Calcutta University. All answers must be written in English or Bengali (unless otherwise directed in the question papers) except in the language papers. 

West Bengal Judiciary Preparation Tips 2023

You can follow the West Bengal Judiciary Preparation Tips below to enhance your preparation for the upcoming exam:

  • Firstly, it is important to be aware of the detailed syllabus and pattern of the exam.
  • After knowing the syllabus, make a list of subjects in which you are weak and strong.
  • Start studying these topics from the right books that cover all the topics as per the latest syllabus.
  • Start your preparation with easy topics and then proceed to difficult topics.
  • Make sure to read newspapers, magazines, and columns as it will help improve your English and General Awareness and keep them updated about what is happening worldwide.
  • Solve West Bengal Judiciary Question Papers weekly, as this will help improve your time management and problem-solving skills.
  • Take up mock tests every week to analyze your preparation levels.

West Bengal Judicial Services Exam Books 2023

You can refer to the following Judiciary Exam Books while preparing for the WBJS examination:

Subject Name of the Book Author
Constitution of India  Introduction to the Constitution of India Durgadas Basu
Civil Procedure Code  Civil Procedure with Limitation Act C.K.Takwani
Indian Penal Code  Commentary on the Indian Penal Code Hardcover Gaur K.D
Criminal Law Code of Criminal Procedure CrPc Bare Act
Transfer of Property Act  Property Law Paperback Poonam Pradhan Saxena
Indian Contract Act The Key to Indian Practice Sir Dinshaw Fardunji Mulla
Indian Evidence Act Law of Evidence Paperback Vepa P.Sarathi & Abhinandan Malik

West Bengal Judiciary Admit Card 2023

West Bengal Judicial Services Commission will release the admit card two weeks before the exam. You can able to download the WBJS admit card only in online mode from the official website. 

The details mentioned on admit card include the following:

  • Your Name
  • Date of Birth
  • User Id/Registration Number
  • Category
  • Exam Date and Time
  • Exam Center
  • Signature & Photograph
  • Exam Day Instructions

You can contact the following numbers for any queries or information from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM:

  • (033) 2262-4181 [Related to Offline Payment]
  • (033) 4003-5104 [Related to Online Payment]
  • For Technical Support - (033) 2419-7715;  (033) 2419-8187; (033) 2466-1540

Judiciary Mock Tests

Judiciary Mock Tests

West Bengal Judiciary Exam Centers 2023

The West Bengal Judicial Services Exam will be held this year in Kolkata (Code 1) and Darjeeling (Code 2). You will be allowed to appear at Darjeeling Centre only if you belong to Kalimpong District and three Hill Sub-divisions of Darjeeling, viz., Darjeeling Sadar, Mirik, and Kurseong.

The Final Written Examination will be held in Kolkata. The personality test will be held in the Public Service Commission, West Bengal office.

West Bengal Judicial Services Exam Result 

The result will be uploaded on the official website of WB PSC. You must enter your registration number and password to check the result.

Follow the steps mentioned below to check your West Bengal Judiciary Result:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the "WB Judiciary Result" link.
  • Login to the account using login credentials.
  • The result will be displayed on the screen.
  • View and download the result for future reference.

West Bengal Judiciary Previous Year Cut Off

The cut-off marks will be released after the declaration of the results. Check out the table below to know the previous year's cut-off marks for West Bengal Civil Judge Recruitment:

Category  Cut off
General 72.64
B.C.- A 64.24
B.C.- B 72.64
SC 72.64
ST 52.42
PWD 54.37

Key Takeaways

  1. West Bengal Judicial Service Exam is highly prestigious and competitive, conducted by WBPSC.
  2. It consists of three stages: Preliminary, Main, and Viva-Voce, testing legal knowledge and skills.
  3. 29 Civil Judge vacancies were announced for the latest recruitment.
  4. Eligibility requires age, law degree, Bar Council enrollment, and Bengali language proficiency.
  5. Important dates include Notification, Application, Prelims, and Mains.
  6. The exam pattern involves multiple-choice questions (Prelims), compulsory and optional papers (Mains), and Personality Test.
  7. Preparation tips advise understanding syllabus, focusing on weaknesses, solving papers, and staying updated.
  8. Admit cards can be downloaded online, containing crucial exam details.
  9. Exam centers are located in Kolkata and Darjeeling.
  10. Results and cut-off marks will be accessible on the official website.
  11. Previous year's cut-off marks serve as a reference.

We hope this blog solves all your doubts about the West Bengal Judicial Services Exam. Ensure success with the best Judiciary online coaching. Happy Reading!

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