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The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) recently conducted Phase – 1 of its examination to fill approximately 610 vacancies of Civil Judge, Junior Division (Entry Level). The number of vacancies were astonishingly high this time as compared to the previous year vacancies. The examination was conducted on 16th December, 2018 in 2 shifts: Morning Shift and the Afternoon Shift. The examination was a bit of surprise considering the previous years questions, leaving students in a state of topsy turvy.

The paper had a negative marking of ⅓ mark and also required the Aspirants to score a minimum of 40% in the below mentioned two papers.

Exam Pattern and Analysis.

The Phase-1 of UP Judicial Service Examination was divided in two parts:

  1. General Knowledge (Morning Shift)
Total Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Provided
150 150 2 hours


This paper covered the widest possible area ranging from Current Affairs to Static General Knowledge (GK). It had Indian History and Culture, Current National and International Affairs, Indian Economics, International Organisations, Science and Technology, Information Technology and Space. The part that stood out in this was Indian History and Economics.


  1. Law (Afternoon Shift)
Total Number of Questions Maximum Marks Time Provided
150 300 2 hours

This area was spread across 10 subjects:

Sr. No. Subject
1.       Jurisprudence
2.       International Organisations
3.       Current international affairs
4.       Indian Constitution
5.       Transfer of Property Act
6.       Indian Evidence Act
7.       Indian Penal Code
8.       Civil Procedure Code
9.       Criminal Procedure Code
10.  Contract Act


The paper was a mix of Provision-based questions and Application-based questions. What stood significantly out was the number of questions based on the recent 2017-18 Supreme Court judgements. The questions on International Organisations needed an in- depth study of the subject especially that of International Court of Justice and International Statutes.

Overall Conclusion:

The paper was no cake walk and needed a good understanding of the subjects involved especially the first paper of GK. Given thse amount of the seats notified, the paper was expected to be difficult. There was no repetition of questions from previous years as such, but nonetheless they would have been handy for time management.

Overall, the difficulty of the paper ranged between Medium to Difficult. For one to ace this examination, an in-depth study of the Bare Act and the understanding of main concepts were important. Moreover, one shall have exceptionally good command over Current Affairs (National and International) and Static GK. Case-laws played a defining role in the law paper and a thorough understanding of the recent judgements would have come handy to anybody who had kept himself/herself updates.


The results have been declared on the official website of UP Public Service Commission. The answer key has also been published on their official website.


This analysis is made by Srishti Goel, Law Graduate. Alumna of ILS Law College, Pune.

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