Odisha Judicial Service Exam 2020

Odisha Judicial Service Exam 2020:  The Odisha Judicial Service Examination is conducted each year by the Odisha High Court to recruit suitable candidates for the posts of Judicial Services. All the candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria and are interested in sitting for the examination can submit their application form online available on the official website, i.e. opsconline.gov.in

The candidates have to undergo three stages of the process for selection which will the Prelims consisting of objective questions followed by the Mains. The students who qualify the mains exam will be required to appear for the interview round or the viva-voce round. The prelims exam is usually held within the first two months of the year.

Odisha Judicial Service Exam 2020 - Dates

Have a look at the important tentative dates of Odisha Judicial Service Exam below:

Starting Date of Online Application

September 2020

Last Date of Online Application

October 2020

OPSC Judicial Service Prelims Examination

December first week 2020


Odisha Judicial Service Exam 2020 Overview:

Examination Name

Odisha Judicial Services

Conducting Institute

Odisha High Court


Preliminary, Mains and Interview

Maximum Attempts

6 attempts


Odisha High Court Judicial Service - Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification: The candidate must hold a Graduate Law degree from an Institution or college recognized by the Government of India.

He must have served as Ministerial Officer or Superintendent in the High Court or as a Civil & Criminal Court subordinate to High Court or as an Assistant Law Officer or Translator of the Law Department of Government plus he must have a mandatory Law degree from a University recognized by State Government

He must also hold a service of at least 7 years in the High Court or Civil or Criminal Court as a subordinate to the High Court or in the Law Division.

Age limit: The candidate must be at least 23 years of age with the upper limit of 35 years. However, for the reserved categories like OBC/SC/ST/PWD, the maximum age limit is relaxed by 5 years.

Other eligibility criteria: Candidate must be a Citizen of India. He should be competent to read, write as well speak Odia and must have passed an exam in Odia language that is comparable to Middle English School standard.


Odisha High Court Judicial Service -Application Process:

The candidates interested in giving for the exam for Odisha judicial services while meeting the eligibility criteria must complete the process of application for OPSC Judicial Services Exam as follows:

  • First you need to visit the official website of OPSC, i.e. opsconline.gov.in
  • Go through the form guide on the website to fill the application form.
  • Proceeding, upload a scanned copy of your latest passport-size photo. Along with the photo you will also be required to upload your scanned full sign along with Left Thumb Impression for the OPSC application form online. All the images should be in .jpg format and clearly visible. Candidates can take a printout of the filled online application form for further reference.
  • After submission, candidates will be required to note down the Unique Registration number that comes on the screen and save a copy of application form.
  • On the day of preliminary written exam, the candidates are needed to submit the online form, along with, the print copy of the submitted form and the challan for fee payment.


It is advised that Candidates submit the online application form in advance, to prevent any glitches during the submission. Only the online more of submission is considered by the Odisha Public Service Commission and no other means is applicable. 

Odisha Judicial Service Admit Card 2020

OPSC Judicial Service Prelims Admit Card will be released a couple of weeks before the exam. The Admit cards for the eligible candidates of OJS preliminary written examination or main examination and the confirmation letter for an interview is uploaded over the website opsc.gov.in or opsconline.gov.in. The official website is the primary means of communication through notifications so candidates are required to frequently visit the website for details.

OPSC Judicial Service Exam Pattern

The OPSC Judicial Service Exam comprises three stages - preliminary written examination, main written examination and interview. The preliminary exam is a single paper comprising of 100 marks and a time period of 1.5 hours. The format of the paper is objective type, with each question carrying  1 mark with a negative marking of ¼ marks of total marks of a question for a wrong answer to it.

Prelims exam syllabus:

  • Constitution of India
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence Act
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Limitation Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Contract Act
  • Law of Succession (Indian Succession Act and Hindu Succession Act)
  • Specific Relief Act

General category candidates are required to get a minimum of 40% marks for the preliminary exam to qualify for the Mains Written Examination for OPSC. For Reserved category candidates the qualifying marks are 35 percent. The time allotted for the Preliminary Entrance Test is of two hours.


Odisha Judicial Service Main Exam Syllabus

The main written examination has 2 mandatory papers whereas 3 optional papers. Every compulsory subject is of 150 marks and is given a time of 2.5 hours whereas each of the optional subjects carry 150 marks and a time duration of 3 hours.

The main mandatory papers are of:

  • General English
  • Procedural Laws


Optional exams


Optional Paper 1

  • Law of Crime & Law of Torts
  • Law of Contract
  • Jurisprudence and Constitution of India
  • Personal Law
  • Law of Property


Optional Paper 2

  • Law of Crime & Law of Torts
  • Law of Contract
  • Jurisprudence and Constitution of India
  • Personal Law
  • Law of Property


Optional Paper 3

  • Law of Crime & Law of Torts
  • Personal Law
  • Law of Property
  • Law of Contract
  • Jurisprudence and Constitution of India


Candidates have to answer the exam in English language or as asked. Candidates obtaining over 45% marks overall with and over 33% marks for each paper for the Main Exam qualifies for the OPSC Judicial Services viva-voce or interview round.


OPSC Judicial Services interview Round

The Interview has 100 marks and will gauge the candidates’ knowledge of a range of national as well as international issues along with some matters of public interest for the field of Arts & Science. Candidates have to get a minimum of  40% marks in the interview to make it to the merit list.


OPSC Judicial Service Exam Result 2020

The exam result OPSC Preliminary Exam, Main Written Exam and Interview will be declared on the official website of Odisha Public Service Commission. Candidates are required to visit the official website and click on the Result tab to view their results.


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