SCI JCA – Important Dates, Eligibility and Vacancy

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The Supreme Court of India often decides and rules on issues of national relevance and importance as the highest body governing law and order in the country. Further, the Supreme Court is often frequented by the country’s top lawyers and the cases are presided over by the best judges in the country. Keeping in mind the volume and importance of cases that come to the Supreme Court of India, the court often requires staff to assist it with matters. Accordingly, in order to fill such vacancies, the Supreme Court often releases notifications regarding recruitment for such vacant positions. One such position is that of Junior Court Assistant (“JCA”) for which the Supreme Court of India conducts the SCI JCA exam. This blog will discuss all the relevant details for the SCI JCA exam including the selection process, eligibility criteria, fees, etc. 

ParticularsRelevant details
Conducting BodySupreme Court of India
Frequency of examBased on vacancies
Selection processWritten test, computer knowledge test, typing test and descriptive test followed by an interview
Number of vacanciesTo be notified 
Official website

Exam Dates for SCI JCA 2023

The dates or vacancies for SCI JCA 2023 are yet to be notified. However, based on previous years’ dates, we have prepared the below list of tentative dates:

EventTentative Date 
Notification release dateJune 18, 2023
Application start dateJune 18, 2023
Last date to applyJuly 10, 2023
Release of admit cardSeptember 15, 2023
Date of online testSeptember 26, 2023

Notwithstanding the above, candidates should keep an eye out for official notifications on the official website for confirmed dates of examination. 

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Syllabus for SCI JCA

The syllabus for the SCI JCA exam is quite vast and requires intense concentration and hard work on the part of the candidates. The detailed syllabus is discussed below:

General EnglishAntonyms, Synonyms, Vocabulary, Sentence structure, Idioms and phrases, Fill in the blanks
General AptitudeAnalogies, Verbal reasoning, Cause and effect, Coding and decoding, Logical deduction, Theme detection, Cause and effect
General KnowledgePolitical science, Famous places, Music and literature, International issues, Artists, Indian culture, Important dates, Current affairs
Computer KnowledgeComputer fundamentals, MS office, Internet usage, Operating system
Descriptive TestPrecise writing, Comprehension passage,  Essay

*This syllabus is not exhaustive. Candidates should wait for the official notification on the official website for the exam scheduled for 2023.

Exam Pattern for SCI JCA

The exam pattern is discussed below:-

Duration of
Two (2) hours
Total QuestionsOne hundred and twenty-five (125)
Total marksOne hundred and twenty-five (125)
Marking schemeOne (1) mark for each correct answer and a deduction of 1/4th mark for each incorrect answer
Language of examEnglish

However, in addition to the written objective exam, there is also the typing test and descriptive type questions, the details of which are discussed below:

TestTime duration 
Typing testTen (10) minutes
Written descriptive testTwo (2) hours

It is also pertinent to note here that three (3) per cent of mistakes are permitted during the typing test.

Eligibility Criteria for SCI JCA

In order to take the exam, candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria first. The eligibility criteria for the SCI JCA are as follows:

  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • The candidate must possess a typing speed of at least thirty-five (35) words per minute.
  • The candidate should have completed his/her bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognised and registered university in India. ]
  • Candidate should not be younger than eighteen (18) or older than thirty (30) on the last date of the application process.

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Application Process for the SCI JCA

Candidates can register themselves for the exam online on the official website by filling out the application form and submitting the necessary documents. Once the process form and document submission have been completed, candidates can pay the requisite fee. After that, candidates will be eligible to receive the admit card. 

Fees for the SCI JCA Exam

The fee for the SCI JCA examination is noted below:

Category Fees
GeneralINR Five hundred (500)
SC/ST/PWDINR Two-hundred and fifty (250)

Selection Criteria

Candidates wishing to seek admission will have to go through a two (2) stage process of the examination and interview. Upon clearing both these stages, shortlisted candidates will be selected for the posts.

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SCI JCA Vacancies 2023

The total vacancies for Junior Court Assistants in the year 2023 are yet to be notified. The official notification stating the total number of vacancies will be released on the official website. Since the total number of vacancies in the year 2022 was two hundred and ten (210), we expect the number of vacancies to be around two hundred (200) in 2023. 

SCI JCA Salary

A fundamental question which would arise in every candidate’s mind would be how much they will be making in the event they are selected for the position of Junior Court Assistant. The initial basic pay for a Supreme Court of India Junior Court Assistant would be INR Thirty-five thousand and four hundred rupees (INR 35,400) per month. 

Recommended Books for Preparation

The candidates must base their preparation on books that cover most if not all, aspects of the syllabus. Accordingly, here is a list of recommended books for the SCI JCA exam:

  • Singhal’s guide to Supreme Court and High Courts law clerk cum research assistants examination by Singhal Publications
  • Supreme Court of India: Junior court assistant/Senior personal assistant/Personal Assistant/Steno/Junior Clerk, etc recruitment guide by R. Gupta
  • General Knowledge by Arihant Publications
  • General Knowledge by Lucent Publications
  • Objective General English by S.P Bakshi

In addition to the above, candidates should pick up additional literature based on the syllabus. 

SCI JCA Mock Test

Candidates can, to strengthen their preparation, use the mock tests available on third-party websites such as example and TestBook. Download the mock test given in the below-mentioned table.

Mock TestsDownload
Mock Test 1Click Here
Mock Test 2Click Here

These mock tests will help candidates identify the gaps in their preparation while also helping them time their exam-taking abilities. 

SCI JCA Previous Year Question Papers

The previous year’s question papers can also be found on TestBook’s website. Further, we have also shared a previous year’s question paper below for the candidates to prepare for the exam. 

Candidates can use these question papers to check the pattern of the exam and test their preparation and knowledge. Ideally, candidates should attempt these once they have finished their preparation.

Preparation Tips 

The Supreme Court, as stated above, is the apex court in India and the highest form of the judiciary in our country. Many consider working with the apex court honour and the competition is likely to be high. Here are a few of our preparation tips to set you apart from the competition:

  • Set daily goals and do your best to achieve them every day.
  • Take some time off from preparing and exercising to refresh your body and mind.
  • Read the newspaper regularly to keep yourself updated with the latest news and developments.
  • Prepare your written notes. These will also come in handy during the last day of revision.
  • Clear your doubts well in advance and do not leave them for the last day.
  • Be thorough with the syllabus and do not leave anything behind.
  • Dress formally in black and white for the interview.
  • Be confident during the interview and answer politely and in a respectful manner.
  • Practice as much as possible for the typing test to improve your typing speed and also reduce the scope of errors. 

SCI JCA Answer Key

Once the exam has been conducted, the answer key for the students will be made available on the official website. Candidates can visit the website to tally their answers. 


While it is difficult to determine the cut-off beforehand since it will depend on variable factors such as the number of vacancies, number of candidates, etc., we have prepared a tentative cut-off based on previous years. The tentative cut-off is noted below:

Category Expected Cut-Off
GeneralSeventy (70) to Eighty (80)
OBCFifty-five (55) to Sixty (60)
SCFifty (50) to Fifty-five (55)
STForty-five (45) to Fifty (50)


Is there a negative marking in the SCI JCA exam?

Yes. There is a deduction of one-fourth of the marks for every incorrect answer.

How many vacancies will be there in the SCI JCA in 2023?

While the total number of vacancies for the year 2023 are yet to be notified, the number is expected to be around two hundred (200) based on vacancies notified in the previous years. 

What is the salary for a Junior Court Assistant?

The basic entry-level salary for a Junior Court Assistant is INR Thirty-five thousand and four hundred rupees (INR 35,400) per month

What is the cut-off for clearing the SCI JCA exam?

While the cut-off for the SCI JCA exam 2023 is yet to be notified, the cut-off based on previous years for the general category would be around seventy (70) to eighty (80) marks.

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