A petition was filed by a practicing advocate Devina Sharma seeking relaxation in the upper age limit of the Delhi Judicial Services Exam. The petitioner was born in April 1989 and was not eligible to apply for the DJS examination as she was beyond the age limit of 32 years as of 1st January 2022.

The petitioner said that ‘The Last Examination was held for the year 2019 and thereafter was not held for two successive years, that is, 2020 and 2021 on perhaps on account of the global pandemic, that is, COVID-19. Had the said examination been held in either of these two years, the petitioner would have been eligible to appear in the examination in these years, which are preferably required to be conducted each year in terms of the Delhi Judicial Services Rule, 1970.’

This year, the last date of submission of the application is March 20, the preliminary exam is scheduled for March 27. And after listening to the plea, the Delhi High Court ordered for the postponement of the exam and rescheduled the date of receiving applications after the next date of hearing leading to postponing of the exam date as well.

The Bench said that the petition is further listed before another division bench seized of a similar petition challenging the minimum age limit of 35 years for appearing in the Delhi Higher Judicial Services Exam (DHJS), 2022, subject to orders of the Chief Justice. Therefore, the petition is now listed to be further heard on April 7th, 2022.

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