West Bengal Judicial Service Examination

The West Bengal Judicial Service Examination consists of three stages

(i) Preliminary Examination (Objective - MCQs)

(ii) Main Examination (Written)

(iii) Viva-voce – Interview & Personality Test

The Preliminary Examination consists of 200 Multiple Choice objective Questions, each carrying one mark. The time for the overall preliminary exam will be 180 minutes. The Standard of the paper will be of the level of graduation in Law of a recognized University of West Bengal.

The Main examination will have eight compulsory papers and three optional papers. Each compulsory and Optional 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. In other words, quality will be of prime importance; and mere quantity (in terms of the length of the answer) will not fetch higher marks.

The scores from the West Bengal Judicial Service Examination – Main and the Viva-voce will be used to arrive at the final rankings. The preliminary exam scores will be used only for deciding eligibility to appear in the main examination.

The Preliminary Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only for the purpose of selection of candidates for the Final Examination. The marks obtained by the candidates in the Preliminary Examination will not be counted for the purpose of determining the final merit list.

The Final merit list will be prepared on the basis of total marks obtained in the Final Examination and the Personality Test. There shall be no separate qualifying marks for any individual paper or for the Personality Test. The Commission shall have discretion to fix qualifying marks in the aggregate.