Everything about PCSJ Exam

Judge- is the most desired and aspired designation of every law graduate. For every person who is interested in works related to public welfare, the judiciary may prove a worthwhile option for them. Not only is it a way to remain closely connected with the law throughout your professional life, but also one that offers the satisfaction of working for the good of society- an intellectually stimulating profession where you shall command the respect of the common man. But needless to say, every precious and desired goal can only be achieved through utter sweat and blood and with a proper plan and its successful execution. Same principle works in case of Judicial Services Examination too. Hence, let us have a detailed look at its pattern and examination rules.

PCS-J stands for Provincial Civil Service- Judicial Examination. It is basically an entry-level exam for law graduates to get appointed as a member of the subordinate judiciary. Judicial Service (PCS-J) exams are conducted at State level. Each of these State Judicial Services conducts their own recruitment, usually through examinations and interviews. The patterns and exam processes for each state is different. In this Article, I will be talking and briefing about the exam pattern of Uttar Pradesh State.

Uttar Pradesh Judiciary Exam’s selection process consists of mainly 3 stages:-

1. Prelims

2. Mains

3. Interview

All these three stages are qualifying in nature.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Minimum Age- 22 years
  2. Maximum Age- 35 years
  3. There is a separate age relaxation policy for scheduled castes and tribes
  4. The candidate must hold a completed bachelor degree of law from any recognized university of Uttar Pradesh
  5. He must be an enrolled advocate under the provisions of the Advocate Act, 1961
  6. He must be a citizen of India
  7. Must not be a criminal offender
  8. Proficient in Devnagari Script of Hindi Language


The minimum basic salary of a high court civil judge begins from Rs. 26,000 and on an average, he draws a salary of Rs. 80,000 per month including allowances and perks. The salary scale also depends on the years of experience, the person has.

Perks and Allowances:

  • Pension After Retirement
  • Car Facility
  • Phone Bill
  • Travel Allowance
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Water Bill
  • Electricity Bill
  • House Rent Allowance

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UPPSC PCS J Prelims Exam Pattern:

The prelims examination serves as a screening for mains exam. It comprises objective type questions. The marks secured in the preliminary examination are not counted for the final selection. The percentages of qualifying marks vary as per state. The minimum qualifying marks in the preliminary examination is 60% for general and 55% for reserved categories.

 The Preliminary round of UPPSC PCS J consists of Two Papers-

Paper 1- General Studies

Paper 2- Law

General Studies portion mainly consists of following sub-topics-

  • History of India
  • Culture of India
  • Indian Polity
  • Current National Issues and topics of Social Relevance
  • Indian Current Affairs and latest updates
  • World Current Affairs and latest updates
  • Indian Economy
  • International Affairs
  • Institutions and Development in the field of Science and Technology, Communications and Space

Law portions includes the following legal acts and laws-

  • Jurisprudence
  • International Organizations and Current
  • International Affairs
  • Indian Constitution
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Civil Procedure Code
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Law of Contract

UPPSC PCS J Mains Exam Pattern:

Paper 1- General Knowledge

  • Indian History
  • Indian Culture
  • Geography
  • Indian Polity
  • Current National Issues and topics of Social Relevance
  • Indian Current Affairs and latest updates
  • World Current Affairs and latest updates
  • Indian Economy
  • International Affairs
  • Institutions and Development in the field of Science and Technology, Communications and Space

Paper 2- Language

  • Essays
  • Precis
  • Translation (Hindi- English)
  • Translation (English- Hindi)

Paper 3- Substantive Law

  • Contract
  • Partnership
  • Easements & Torts
  • Transfer of Property
  • Law of Trust & Specific Relief
  • Hindu Law & Mohammedan law
  • Constitutional law (most important)

Paper 4- Procedure and Evidence

  • Law of Evidence
  • Criminal Procedure Code
  • Code of Civil Procedure

Paper 5- Penal, Revenue & Local Laws

  • Indian Penal Code
  • The Uttar Pradesh Zamindari Abolition and Land Reforms Act 1951
  • Uttar Pradesh Urban Buildings (Regulation of Letting, Rent and Eviction) Act, 1972
  • Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act
  • Uttar Pradesh Panchayat Raj Act
  • Uttar Pradesh Consolidation of Holdings Act, 1953
  • Uttar Pradesh Urban (Planning and Development) Act, 1973

UPPSC PCS J Interview Pattern:

The interview will be of 100 marks. The suitability of candidates for employment in the Uttar Pradesh Judicial Services will be tested with reference to his meritorious capability and his aptitude knowledge in addition to his overall personality.

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