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Applications are invited from eligible Indian citizens for selection of the District Judge, as referred to in clause (a) of sub-rule (1) of rule 24 of the West   Bengal Judicial (Conditions of Service) Rules, 2004



Candidates should not be allowed to answer the questions with the assistance of books/ Bare Acts either in preliminary test or in written examination in second phase.

The last date for submission of application is by 4:30 P.M. on 09th day of July, 2020.


West Bengal Higher Judicial Service [Preliminary Examination Question Paper 2019]

West Bengal Higher Judicial Service Examination 2019 [English Paper MAIN]

West Bengal Higher Judicial Service 2017 [English Paper Main]

Essay Topics For West Bengal Higher Judicial Service From Past Years

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West Bengal Higher Judicial Service 2019 [ Dated 12th  April 2019]

Preliminary Examination[objective type questions, 50 Marks, 2 marks each question with 2 negative marks for wrong answering] ———— Current Affairs + General Awareness+ Law papers[ONE HOUR TIME]

The minimum marks required to appear in the written test, in the second phase, is 50% with negative marking in the preliminary test. Successful candidates shall be allowed to appear at the written examination in the second phase.

Written Examination [phase two] 100 MARKS EACH 

1. Translation from Bengali to English
2. Precis Writing.
3. Essay Writing on General Awareness Topics

1. Code of Civil Procedure.
2. Arbitration & Conciliation Act.
3. Limitation Act.
4. Specific Relief Act.
5. Law relating to Intellectual Property.
6. Law relation to Contract.
7. Evidence Act.

1. Code of Criminal Procedure.
2. Indian Penal Code.
3. Negotiable Instruments Act (Sections 138 to 147).
4. NDPS Act.
5. Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act.
6. Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
7. Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.

1. Transfer of Property Act.
2. Constitutional Law.
3. Statutes on Hindu Law relating to Marriage, Succession,
Adoption, Maintenance, Minority & Guardianship.
4. Muslim Law relating to Marriage, Maintenance, Minority & 
5. Indian Succession Act.
6. Guardian and Wards Act.
7. Indian Trust Act.

1. West Bengal Premises Tenancy Act.
2. West Bengal Land Reforms Act.
3. West Bengal Estate Acquisition Act.
4. Bengal Public Demand Recovery Act.
5. Industrial Disputes Act.
6. Motor Vehicles Act.


Candidates should not be allowed to answer the questions with the assistance of books/ Bare Acts either in preliminary test or in written examination in second phase.

Old pattern examination was based on an open book system and followed up to 2017

1. Open Book SystemUse of bare Statutes published by the Government Press without notes/annotation will be allowed at the written examination.

Syllabus :

Paper – I (English Language) : (1) Translation from Bengali to English; (2) Precis writing; (3) Essay writing.

Paper – II : (1) Code of Civil Procedure; (2) Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996; (3) Limitation Act 1963 ; (4) Specific Relief Act; (5) Law relating to Intellectual property; (6) Law relating to easement; (7) Law relating to Contract and Sale of Goods; (8) Registration Act.

Paper – III : (1) Code of Criminal Procedure; (2) Indian Penal Code; (3) Negotiable Instrument Act (Sections 138 to 147); (4) N.D.P.S. Act; (5) Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015; (6) Arms Act 1959; (7) Forest Act with West Bengal Amendment (Sections 52-70).

Paper – IV : (1) Evidence Act ; (2) Transfer of Property Act 1882; (3) Motor Vehicles Act 1988; (4) Employee’s Compensation Act, 1923; (5) Industrial Disputes Act 1947; (6) Constitution of India (Articles 12-51, 214-237); (7) Indian Trusts Act 1882; (8) Hindu Laws relating to Marriage, Succession, Adoption & Maintenance, Minority and Guardianship; (9) Muslim Law relating to Marriage, Succession, Pre-emption, Maintenance, Minority and Guardianship; (10) Indian Succession Act 1925; (11) Guardian and Wards Act 1890.

Paper – V : (1) West Bengal Premises Tenancy Act 1997; (2) West Bengal Land Reforms Act 1955; (3) West Bengal Estate Acquisition Act 1953; (4) Bengal Public Demand Recovery Act 1913; (5) Bengal Money Lenders Act 1940; (6) West Bengal Thika Tenancy (Acquisition and Registration) Act 2001 (7) Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act 1980 ; (8) West Bengal Municipal Act 1993; (9) West Bengal Panchayat Act 1973.

Out of 100 Marks in each paper, 25 multiple choice type questions, 2 number for each with negative marking and 8 questions, out of which 5 broad questions,10 marks for each shall be asked for writing.

2. Viva-voce The Selection Board shall call such number of successful candidates in the written test for viva voce/personality test as it thinks fit strictly according to merit list prepared on the basis of aggregate marks obtained by those candidates but such number in no case should exceed thrice the number of vacant posts.

A three judges collegium shall take viva-voce,  which may continue for 7 to 15 minutes for a candidate

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