Additional Sessions Judge Examinations: Qualification and New Revised Syllabus

Additional Sessions Jude Examinations: Qualification and New Revised Syllabus


(1) An advocate who possesses a degree in Law from a recognized university entitling him/her to practice the profession of law or is a Member of the Faculty of Advocates of Scotland;

(2) A practicing advocate of Lahore High Court and the Courts subordinate to the Lahore High Court with the minimum practice of ten years (ten years’ practice as an advocate shall be counted from the date when the advocate became registered member of any Bar Association under Rule 7.10 read with 7.12 of The Punjab Legal Practitioners and Bar Council Rules, 1974.)


Not less than 35 years and not more than 45 years.


BS-20 plus admissible allowances.


(1) Three percent (3%) quota reserved therein for disabled persons as envisaged by Displaced Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance, 1981 as amended by Section 2 of the Punjab Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) (Amendment) Act, 2015.

(2) Five percent (5%) reserved for minorities in the light of Government of the Punjab Notification No.SOR-III(S&GAD)1-35/93, dated 27.03.2010.


Candidates who have already applied pursuant to advertisement No.01/2016/Rec. & Exam., dated 16.10.2016 need not apply afresh but they will appear in the new syllabus mentioned in this advertisement. Candidates who do not want to appear in the examination due to revision in the syllabus, shall inform the office in writing by 31st October 2017 and have their examination fee refunded. The examination will be held with effect from 16th January 2018.

Read about ASJ Exam  here


The Lahore High Court, Lahore has revised this Syllabus for Additional Sessions Judge Examination on 04th January 2022.

The written examination shall consist of eight papers. A candidate shall answer all papers in English except Paper VII. The time allowed for each paper shall be 3 hours. The subjects and maximum marks allocated to each paper shall be as under:-

Paper 1: Criminal Law-I (Marks: 100)

Criminal Law paper one contains the following books:

  • The Pakistan Penal Code 1860
  • Cyber Crimes:
  1. The prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016
  2. The Electronic Transactions Ordinance, 2002
  3. The Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010
  4. The Anti-Money Laundering Rules/regulations, 2008/2015
  • Illegal Dispossession Act, 2005
  • The Control of Narcotics Substances Act, 1997
  • The Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997

Paper 2: Criminal Law-II (Marks: 100)

Criminal Law paper two contains the following books:

  1. The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898
  2. The Juvenile Justice System Act, 2018
  3. Medical Jurisprudence
  4. The Police Order, 2002
  5. The Police rules, 1934 (Chapters, XXII, XXIV to XXVI)

Paper 3: Civil Law-I (Marks: 100)

Civil Law paper one contains the following books:

  1. Contract Act 1872
  2. Guardian and Ward Act, 1890
  3. Limitation Act 1908
  4. Muslim Family Laws (Pakistan)
  5. Punjab Pre-Emption Act 1991
  6. Punjab Rented Premise Act 2009
  7. The Specific Relief Act, 1877
  8. The Defamation Ordinance, 2002

Paper 4: Civil Law-II (Marks: 100)

Civil Law paper two contains the following books:

  1. The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  2. The Court Fee Act 1870
  3. The Qanun-e-Shahadat Order, 1984
  4. The Registration Act 1908
  5. The Punjab Land Revenue Act 1967
  6. The West Pakistan Land Revenue Rules, 1968

Paper 5: Constitution and High Court Rules & Order (Marks: 100)

Question about Constitution of Pakistan 1973 and the Rules of High Court will be given in paper 5 and the following books are for this purpose:

  1. The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973
  2. Rules and Orders of the Lahore High Court, Lahore Volumes I, II, III, & IV
  3. The Punjab Civil Courts Ordinance 1962

Paper 6: English (Marks: 100)

The sixth paper will be on English Language and comprehension. In this paper, English literature, grammar, correct use of sentences, etc will be given, and the following are particular of this paper:

  1. English composition with translation and grammar
  2. Precis and Comprehension
  3. English Essay

Paper 7: Urdu (Marks: 100)

The sixth paper will be on Urdu Language and comprehension. In this paper, Urdu literature, grammar, correct use of sentences, etc will be given, and the following are particular of this paper:

  1. Usage of English Legal terms in Urdu
  2. Urdu composition and grammar
  3. Comprehension
  4. Urdu Essay

Paper 8: General Knowledge (Marks: 100)

The seventh paper is about General Knowledge. This paper is designed to test the ability of the candidate to that how much he is capable G.K, Pakistan Study, etc. the following topics will be given in this paper:

  • Every Day Science
  • General Knowledge
  • Pakistan Affairs
  • Islamiat / Ethics for Non-Muslims

Viva Voce (Marks: 300)

The Final Interview or Viva-voce will be conducted for those candidates who will get success in the written part of this examination. The Viva Voce will comprise of different things such as Psychology test, Interview before a penal of 5 to 7 people. In this, the mental ability and the work confidence also how you will handle the pressure during this job will be tested. Viva is of 300 Marks and you have to get 50% marks to get success.


Suggested Readings for the Post of Additional District & Sessions Judge for Papers VI, VII, and VIII.

Paper 6 English

  1. The Conquest of Happiness (By Bertrand Russell)
  2. Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs
  3. Longrnart Phrasal Verbs Dictionary

Paper 7 Urdu

  1. Shikwa Jawab-e-Shikwa (Allama Iqbal)
  2. Awaz Dost (Mukhtar Masood)

Paper 8 General Knowledge

  1. Pakistan: A Study of its Constitutional History (1957-1975) by Justice (Reid.) Masud Ahmad
  2. Constitutional 86 Political History of Pakistan, 2nd Edition by Hamid Khan,
  3. The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Ayesha Jalal
  4. Introduction to Information Technology 2005 ITL., Education Solutions Limited,
  5. The Emergence of Pakistan by Chaudhary Mohammad Ali
  6. Government and Politics in Pakistan by Mushtaq Ahmed 
  7. Pakistan in the 20th Century by Lawrence Ziring
  8. Asan Fiqah Part 1 (Maulana Muhammad Yusaf Islahi)
  9. Asan Fiqah Part 2 (Maulana Muhammad Yusaf Islahi)
  10. Din-o-Shariyat (Muhammad Manzoor Naumani)

Paper-1 Civil Law & Constitution

  1. The Constitution of Pakistan 1973
  2. The Civil Procedure Code 1908
  3. The Qanun-e-Shahadat Order 1984
  4. The Specific Relief Act 1877

Paper-2 Criminal Law & English Essays

  1. English Essays
  2. The Pakistan Penal Code 1860
  3. The Code of Criminal Procedure 1898
  4. The Qanun-e-Shahadat Order 1984

Download the Revised Syllabus 2022 in Pdf here.

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