Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission(HPPSC) has released a notification for H.P. Judicial Service Competitive Examination-2017. The interested candidates applied for the same before the last date ie. January 05, 2018. The Commission conducted a preliminary examination first and then the qualifying candidates will be able to appear in the main examination then the final result will be declared. The useful information of HPJS 2017-18 process is given below on this page such as the number of vacancies, exam dates and other important Instructions.

Latest: The Interview result for the post of Himachal Pradesh Judicial Service Examination (HPJS)-2017 has been released, check it form the “Result” page link given in quick links.

HPJS 2017-18

The Process has been started. Candidates are advised to apply for the exam before the last date. The details regarding the HPJS 2017-18 has been given below. Check the table below for the schedule.

Event Date
Last Date for Online Application Form 05 Jan 2018
Last date of receipt of application form 12 Jan 2018
Prelim Admit Card 27 Feb 2018
Prelim Exam 02 Mar 2018 04 Mar 2018
Prelim Exam Answer Key 04 Mar 2018
Prelim Exam Result 15 Mar 2018
Main Admit Card 3rd Week of Mar 2018
Main Exam 30 Mar to 02 Apr 2018

Vacancy Details

The Details of the posts for civil judge in the pay scale of Rs. 27,700 – 44,770 are as under:

  • Existing Vacancies: 05 [3(UR), 01 (OBC) & 01(PH)]
  • Anticipated Vacancies: 07(UR-06 & S.C.-01)
  • Total: 12

Eligibility Criteria

The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Mere issue of admit card to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission.


  • As on January 05, 2018, a candidate must be a holder of a degree in Law as recognized by the Bar Council of India.
  • A candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • The knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh
    and suitability for appointment in the peculiar conditions prevailing in
    the State of Himachal Pradesh.

Age Limit:

  • A candidate must have attained the age of 22 years but must not be more than 35 years of age as on the last date prescribed for receipt of applications in the Commission’s Office i.e. January 05, 2018.
  • The upper age limit is relaxable by 03 years for S.C. / S.T. and other prescribed reserved categories (OPRC) candidates of Himachal Pradesh.

Application Form

Candidates were required to visit at hp.gov.in/hppsc to access the home page of the “ONLINE APPLICATION FILING SYSTEM”. Before filling up the form, the candidates were advised to read carefully the Notification/Advertisement for the post(s)/Exam(s) and also to ensure that he/she was eligible in terms of the conditions/provisions mentioned in the Advertisement/Notification.

Examination fee:
The candidates are required to pay a fee either by depositing the money in any branch of PNB by cash or by using Visa / Master Card/ Credit / Debit Card. The detail of fee for respective categories is as under:

General / Gen. P.H., Unreserved Category Rs.400/-
SC/ST/Other Prescribed Reserved category of H.P. Rs.100/-

Candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.400/- for General Category / General P.H. and Rs.100/- for S.C. / S.T. / OBC of H.P. by cash at any branch of Punjab National Bank, through an e-challan generated through the above website or by using Visa / Master Card /Credit / Debit Card.

Pay By Cash:

The candidates who opt for “PAY by CASH” mode, should print the system generated e-Challan of Punjab National Bank after applying online for the post through Commission’s website, and Transaction No., Branch Code and date of Receipt given by the PNB on candidate’s copy of e-Challan are required to be updated before the last date in the same Login ID in the Fee Details link. Before applying online, all candidates are advised to go through detailed instructions given on the above-mentioned website.

Through Credit/Debit/Visa Card/Master Card:

The candidates can also pay requisite amount of application fee through Credit/ Debit Card only. Payment Gateway accepts Debit and Credit Cards from VISA and Master Card of any Bank. A link to pay the requisite application fee by this mode is also available on our website.

Admit Card

The provisionally admitted candidates may download the admit cards along with instructions for appearing in the HPJS (Preliminary) examination-2017 from the official website hp.gov.in/hppsc If any candidate appears at a centre other than those indicated by the Commission in his/her Admit Card, the papers of such a candidate will not be evaluated and his/her candidature will be liable to Cancellation.

Scheme of Examination

Preliminary Examination:

The preliminary examination is an objective type examination consisting of the following three papers of 100 Marks each:-

  • Civil Law-I
  • Civil Law-II
  • Criminal Law

Each paper is of one-hour duration and the examination in all the three papers held on the same day. The syllabus for the preliminary examination is the same as provided for Paper-I to III for the Main examination. The preliminary examination held on March 02, 2018. The result of the preliminary examination declared on March 15, 2018, and has been published and also is being displayed on official website of the Commission. No individual intimation is being given to the candidates.

Centers of Examination:

The Preliminary Examination held at Shimla and Dharamshala in Kangra District (if adequate Nos. of candidates opt for Dharamsala centre). The centres of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be cancelled/changed at the discretion of the Commission. Every effort made by the Commission to allot the candidates to the centre of their choice for examination, however, the Commission may, at their discretion allot a different centre to a candidate, when circumstances so warrant.

Main (Narrative) Examination:

  • Main Written (narrative) examination shall be held w.e.f. March 30 to April 02, 2018. The date sheet has been put on the website of the Commission. No individual intimation has been given.
  • Each paper will last for three hours. The subject and syllabus for main(narrative) examination and marks for each paper shall be as follows:
Paper Subject Marks
Paper-I Civil Law-I: Code of Civil Procedure. Indian Evidence Act, Indian Stamp Act, Himachal Pradesh Courts Act, 1976 and Specific Relief Act. 200 Marks
Paper-II Civil Law-II: Indian Contract Act, Hindu Law, Indian Limitation Act, Transfer of Property Act and H.P. Urban Rent Control Act. 200 Marks
Paper-III Criminal Law: Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Chapter-XVII (section 138 to 143) of the Negotiable Instruments Act, H.P. Excise Act-2011 as Applicable to the State of H.P., Wild Life Protection Act and Indian Forest Act. 200 Marks
Paper-IV English Composition: A Choice from three Essays on General Subjects.
Essay: 100 Marks
Translation of Hindi Passage into English: 50 Marks
(The standard for the English paper shall be that of graduation examination of Himachal Pradesh University.)
150 Marks
Paper-V Language (Hindi):
Hindi (in Devanagari Script) No books prescribed. The paper of Hindi will comprise of the following:
Translation of English passage into Hindi: 30 Marks
Essay in Hindi on any topic out of three: 50 Marks
Composition (Idioms and Corrections etc.): 20 Marks
100 Marks
Viva-voce (i) Candidates, who qualify the Main written examination, will be required to appear at such place, as may be fixed by the Commission, for a viva-voce test. The maximum marks for the viva-voce shall be 150. The marks obtained in the viva-voce will be added to the marks obtained in the Main written examination for purpose of selection of the candidates.
(ii) The summoning of the candidates for viva-voce test conveys no assurance whatsoever that they will be selected or recommended. Appointment orders to the selected candidates will be issued by the Government.
(iii) A candidate shall also be required to obtain at least 45% of the marks allocated for the interview, failing which he will be deemed to have not qualified the competitive examination.
150 Marks
(i) No candidate shall be credited with any marks in any paper unless he obtains at least 40 percent marks in that paper, except Hindi language paper (Paper-V) in which candidate should obtain at least 33 percent marks.
(ii) No candidate shall be considered to have qualified the written test unless he obtains 45 percent marks in aggregate in all papers and at least 33 percent marks in language paper i.e. Hindi in Devanagari script.


The result of the preliminary & Main examination will be declared on the official website of  Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission(HPPSC). No individual intimation shall be given to the candidates.

Candidates, who qualify the Main written examination, will be required to appear at such place for a viva-voce test. The marks obtained in the viva-voce will be added to the marks obtained in the Main written examination for purpose of selection of the candidates.

A candidate shall also be required to obtain at least 45% of the marks allocated for the interview, failing which he will be deemed to have not qualified the competitive examination.

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