Syllabus for Delhi Higher Judicial Services Examination 2019 with study materials

  1. The candidates applying for the Delhi Higher Judicial Services examination should ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination, for which they are admitted by this Court viz. Preliminary Examination (objective), Main Examination (written) and the viva-voce shall be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.
  2. If on verification at any time before or after the Preliminary Examination (objective), Main Examination (written) and the vivavoce, it is found that the candidate does not fulfill any of the eligibility conditions, his/her candidature for the examination shall stand cancelled without any notice or further reference.
  3. Rule 11 of the Delhi Higher Judicial Service Rules, 1970 referred to in the Application Form.

Delhi Higher Judicial Services

Direct recruitment in Delhi Higher Judicial Service by holding Delhi Higher Judicial Service Examination in two successive stages:-

­(i) Delhi Higher Judicial Service Preliminary Examination (objective type with 25% negative marking) for selection to the main examination; and

(ii) Delhi Higher Judicial Service Main Examination  (Descriptive) for selection of candidates for Calling for Viva-voce.

The Syllabus for the Preliminary (Objective) Examination shall be as follows:­

SYLLABUS OF PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION  The Preliminary Examination shall include questions on

  1. General Knowledge,
  2. Current Affairs [Study materials]
  3. English Language,
  4. Constitution of India,
  5. Evidence Act,
  6. Limitation Act,
  7. Code of Civil Procedure,
  8. Criminal Procedure Code,
  9. Indian Penal Code,
  10. Contract Act,
  11. Partnership Laws,
  12. Arbitration Law,
  13. Specific Relief Act,
  14. Transfer of Property Act,
  15. Sale of Goods Act,
  16. Negotiable Instruments Act,
  17. Indian Succession Act,
  18. Hindu Succession Act,
  19. The Prevention of Corruption Act,
  20. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act(POCSO Act),
  21. The Recovery of Debts and Bankruptcy Act (DRT Act),
  22. The Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act (SARFAESI Act),
  23. Motor Vehicles Act, Industrial Disputes Act,
  24. Payment of Wages Act,
  25. Workmen‟s Compensation Act,
  26. Minimum Wages Act,
  27. Factories Act,
  28. Payment of Gratuity Act,
  29. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act,
  30. Commercial Courts Act,
  31. Provident Funds Act,
  32. Information Technology Act (IT Act)
  33. Trade Marks & Copyright Laws.

The Syllabus for the Main (Descriptive) Examination shall be as follows:­

Paper -I General Knowledge & Language –This is to test the candidate`s knowledge of

  1. current affairs etc.
  2. and power of expression in English.

Credit will be given both for substance and expression. Conversely deduction will be made for bad expression, faults of grammar and misuse of words etc. [150 Marks]

Paper-II Law -I

  1. Constitution of India,
  2. Code of Civil Procedure,
  3. Indian Evidence Act,
  4. Limitation Act,
  5. Registration Act,
  6. Commercial Courts Act,
  7. Court Fees Act
  8.  Intellectual Property Laws      [200 Marks]

Paper-III Law -II

  1. Transfer of Property Act,
  2. Indian Contract Act,
  3. Sale of Goods Act,
  4. Indian Partnership Act,
  5. Specific Relief Act,
  6. Arbitration Law,
  7. Personal Law, [Study materials – Muslim Law  – Family Laws]
  8. The Recovery of Debts and Bankruptcy Act (DRT Act),
  9. The Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of SecurityInterest Act (SARFAESI Act),
  10. Motor Vehicles Act,
  11. Labour Laws
  12. Banking Laws.          [200 Marks]

Paper -IV Law -III

  1. Indian Penal Code,
  2. Criminal Procedure Code,
  3. Indian Evidence Act,
  4. The Prevention of Corruption Act,
  5. The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act,
  6. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act,
  7. Information Technology Act,
  8. Negotiable Instruments Act
  9. The Prevention of Money-Laundering Act       [200 Marks]

The duration of Paper I shall be 2 hours and of Papers II, III and IV shall be 3hours.

  • Indian Evidence Law was given twice, emphasis should be given for Civil Evidence and Criminal evidence for the respective papers.


VII.   Viva-Voce will carry 250 marks. A candidate of general category must secure minimum 50% marks and a candidate of reserved category i.e. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disability (deaf and hard of hearing) must secure minimum 45% marks in viva-voce to be eligible for being recommended for appointment to the service. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of an assessment of marks obtained in the Main (Written) Examination and Viva Voce.

Clause XII, XIII, XIV and XV of Appendix to Delhi Higher Judicial Rules, 1970 read as follows:


There shall be no re-evaluation of answer sheets in respect of Preliminary Examination and Mains Examination. No request for re-evaluation of answer sheets shall be entertained and the same shall be liable to be rejected without any notice to the candidates.


The candidature of candidates found using unfair means of any nature by exercising or attempting to influence the result of the examination at any stage of the Examination, i.e., Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination or Viva Voce, shall be summarily rejected without any further notice to the candidates. Moreover, such candidate shall be debarred from the future Examination for such a period as may be decided by the High Court, which shall ordinarily be not less than three years.


All Examination material including OMR answer sheets relating to Preliminary Examination, answer sheets of Main Examination, award sheets of viva voce, etc. in relation to each recruitment examination for Delhi Higher Judicial Service (25% direct recruitment quota) will be destroyed one year after the declaration of the final result. However, if any litigation pertaining to any examination is pending before any Court, and the question/issue involved in the lis touches upon the answer sheets of the candidate (s) i.e. totalling, evaluation, re-evaluation, etc., the Registry shall preserve such answer sheets before initiating the process of destruction in terms of the above decision