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The Harmful Impact of Postponing Judicial Services Exam


Recently, on 4 May 2022, the Supreme Court of India postponed the Haryana Judicial Services (HJS) Mains Exam, which was to be held from 6 to 8 May 2022. The postponement was given on account of the clash of dates between HJS Mains and the Madhya Pradesh Judicial Services Preliminary Examination—2022. At the first instance, it looks like a routine administrative matter, but if looked at carefully, it brings out the serious inconsistencies in the recruitment process and its harmful impact on the candidates. Therefore, this matter requires to be established as a point of conversation considering the soaring unemployment numbers and pending cases in our judicial system.

Judicial services exams for subordinate level in the country are conducted by the respective high courts in coordination with the State Public Service Commissions (SPSCs). It is held in three stages consisting of the preliminary exam, which is a multiple-choice, question-based test. It is qualifying in nature and opens the gates for the mains examination, which is a subjective test consisting of four or, sometimes, five papers, including the ones on language. Marks gained in this step of the examination can make or break a candidate’s dream of joining the judicial services. This is primarily because these marks are added to the final score of the candidate after the third stage, that is, the interview. Hence, the importance of the second stage of the recruitment process is immense and consequently a major source of anxiety for the candidates.

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Updated On : 14th May, 2022
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