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West Bengal Judicial Services Examination: Everything You Need To Know

Hello, aspirants! If you are new here, welcome to Lawctopus Judiciary Corner series.

Lawctopus Judiciary Corner series is designed and created specifically keeping in mind the judicial aspirants who want to gather every bit of correct information about the judicial exams.

And, moving forward with this series, we will be discussing the West Bengal Judicial Services.

What is the eligibility criteria, syllabus and notification regarding the examination- you can find all such information here.

Let’s dive in.

About West Bengal Judicial Services Examination

Judicial exams in West Bengal are conducted for the post of Civil Judge (Junior Division) by the Public Service Commission of West Bengal. Exams are conducted in three stages. These are:

  1. Preliminary (MCQ Type)

2. Final Examination( Conventional Type- Written)

3. Personality Test

West Bengal Judicial Services Eligibility


  1. Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. A degree in law from any University or Institution affiliated to any University recognized by the State or the Central Government.
  3. Enrolment as an advocate in the Bar Council of any State or Union Territory in India on the date of advertisement for the examination.
  4. Candidate must be able to read, write and speak in Bengali (not required for those candidates whose mother tongue is Nepali).


Candidates should not be less than 23 years and more than 35 years of age on the date of the advertisement.

Upper age limit is relaxed for:

  • SC and ST candidates of West Bengal by 5 years. 
  • Non-creamy layer candidates by 3 years.
  • Person with Disabilities having physical disability of 40% upto 45 years.
  • 2 years for candidates in government services for at least two years.

West Bengal Judicial Services Application Process and Fees

Mode for filling the application form is online. A prescribed fee of Rs. 210 with other charges is payable by the candidates other than reserved categories.

Number of Attempts in West Bengal Judicial Service Examination 

No candidate other than the candidates belonging to SC/ST/Bc (Non-creamy layer) of West Bengal shall be allowed to appear in the examination for more than three times. Candidates in reserved categories can attempt the examination not more than five times.

West Bengal Vacancies and Notification 2022

In 2021, notification was released for 14 vacancies with a pay scale of 27,700-770-33090-920-40450-1080-44770. 

For 2022, no such notification has been released yet. To get notified for upcoming vacancies and notification, keep checking the website of Public Service Commission of West Bengal.

West Bengal Judicial Services Pattern of Examination

Preliminary Stage

It is an objective type test containing 200 multiple choice questions. It carries 200 marks and will be of 2.5 hours duration. There is a negative marking for each wrong answer. 

S.No Paper Marks
1 English Composition 30 Marks
2 Personal laws 40 Marks
3 Indian Constitution 20 Marks
4 Law of Contracts and Torts 20 Marks
5 Law of Evidence  20 Marks
6 Civil Procedure Code 20 Marks
7 Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code 20 Marks
8 Personal Law 10 Marks
9 Law of Limitation 20 Marks

Syllabus for English Composition 

Questions will cover synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases, vocabulary test, phrasal verbs, the same words bearing more than one meaning, use of appropriate and qualifying words etc.

Mains Examination

The written test includes two parts. One part is compulsory consisting of eight papers. The other part contains three optional papers of the candidate’s choice. Each compulsory and ptional paper will carry 100 marks and will be of three hours duration.

In all the answer papers of the final examination due credit will be given for proper economy of words combined with clarity and effectiveness of expression and originality of approach.

Note: There shall be no separate qualifying marks for any individual paper or for the Personality Test. The Commission has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in the aggregate.

Compulsory Papers: 

  1. English Composition, essay, Précis-writing;
  2. Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali composition, essay and translation from English into Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali;
  3. General Knowledge, Current Affairs;
  4. Civil Procedure Code;
  5. Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code;
  6. Indian Evidence Act;
  7. Law of Contracts and Torts;
  8. Transfer of Property Act.

Optional Papers (Any Three)

  1. Hindu Law
  2. Muhammadan Law
  3. Jurisprudence and principles of legislation
  4. Indian Law relating to Companies and Insurance
  5. Principles of Equity including the Law of trusts and Specific Relief
  6. Partnership Act
  7. Law of Limitation and Law of Prescription
  8. The Indian Constitution and Constitutional Law

Note: All the answers must be written either in English or in Bengali (unless otherwise directed in the question papers) except in the language papers.

Personality Test (Viva-Voce): 100 Marks

It is a personality test that will judge the aspirants on the basis of clarity of law, personality and the way aspirants answer the questions.

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