(Syllabus) Kerala Higher Judicial Service Examination ( District Judge )

Kerala Higher Judicial Service Examination

Kerala Higher Judicial Service Examination ( District Judge )

Mode of Selection: The Kerala Higher Judicial Service for selection of candidates for appointment as District and Sessions Judges shall consist of written and viva-voce. The written test shall consist of three papers, each paper carrying a maximum of 200 marks. The duration of each paper will be three hours. General candidates and candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes securing not less than 50% marks and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes securing not less than 40% marks in each paper of the written exam shall alone be eligible for being called for viva-voce. Maximum marks for viva-voce shall be 50. The merit list of successful candidates will be prepared on the basis of the total marks obtained in the written exam and viva-voce. If the number of applicants is disproportionately large vis-à-vis the number of posts to be filled up, the High Court may shortlist the candidates by their length of practice at the Bar and such short listed candidates alone will be called for the written exam. However, such short listing will not be applicable to the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe.

Syllabi for the Written Test:

PAPER–I: Limitation Act, Specific Relief Act, Transfer of Property Act, Contract Act, Partnership Act,Buildings ( Lease and Rent Control ) Act, Acts relating  to Local Bodies, Revenue Recovery Act, Family Courts Act, Trade Marks Act, Copy Right Act, Arbitration and Conciliation Act, Succession Act (Probate, Letters of Administration, Wills etc. ) Mental Health Act, Torts with special emphasis on Motor Vehicles Act, Personal Laws (Hindu, Muslim and Christian), Information Technology Act, Guardian and Wards Act, Telegraph Act (Provisions relating to compensation).

PAPER–II: Indian Penal Code, SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Electricity Act (relevant provisions), prevention of Corruption Act, Indian Evidence Act, Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, Abkari Act and Forest Laws.

PAPER–III: Part A – Code of Civil Procedure, Civil Rules of Practice, Civil Courts Act, Court Fees and Suits Valuation Act, Stamp Act (State and Central) Judgment writing (Civil).

PART–B: Code of Criminal Procedure with special emphasis on framing of charges, Sessions Trial, Bail etc, Criminal Rules of Practice, Judgment writing (Criminal), Writing a Précis in English from a Malayalam passage.

Scheme of the Preliminary Examination:

The preliminary examination will consist of one paper of objective type screening test based on the syllabi given below containing 100 multiple choice questions, with each question carrying four marks. Maximum marks are 400 and one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The duration of the preliminary exam will be two hours. The preliminary exam is conducted for short listing the candidates and the marks obtained in the preliminary examination will not be counted for determining the final order or merit of the candidates. Cut off mark prescribed in the preliminary examination for qualifying for the main written examination is 40% for general candidates and 35% for candidates belong to SC/ST category. Only those candidates who are declared by the High Court to have qualified in the preliminary examination will be eligible for admission to the main written examination provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main exam Short list of candidates selected for the main exam will be published by the High Court.

Syllabi for the Preliminary Exam:

Part A - Code of Civil Procedure, Negotiable Instruments Act, Transfer of  Property Act, Contract Act, Specific Relief Act, Building (Lease and Rent Control) Act.

Part B - Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code, Indian Evidence Act.

Part C - General Knowledge. Test of Reasoning and mental ability.

Scheme of the Mains:

a) Written exam:

The Main examination will consist of 5 papers of written test carrying a total of 900 arks, based on the syllabi given below and viva-voce which carries 100 marks. Paper I of the written examination carries 100 marks and the each of the remaining four papers carries 200 marks. The prescribed duration for each paper will be three hours. Cut off marks in the main written tests 40% in each paper for general candidates with an over all minimum of 45% of the total marks in the written test. For candidates belonging to SC/STs category the cut off mark shall be 35% and 40% respectively. Fraction of half or more than half shall be regarded as full marks and less than half shall be ignored.
b) Viva voce: Only those candidates who score the prescribed percentage of marks in the main written test hall be called for viva-voce. The viva-voce is meant to assess the candidate's General Knowledge, grasp of general principles of law, Analytical ability and suitability for appointment as Munsiff-Magistrate. The cut off marks in the viva-voce is 30% for general candidates and 25% for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste and Schedules Tribes category. Fraction of half or more or more than half shall be regarded as full marks and less than half shall be ignored. The marks secured by the candidates in the viva voce shall be added to the total marks secured by them at the written test (Main) and the names of all those candidates shall be arranged in the respective lists on the basis of the total marks secured by them.

Syllabi of the Written ( Main)

PAPERS SUBJECTS

Paper - I: English Grammar, General essays (two), Translation of Malayalam Depositions / Documents to English and Precis writing ( English)

Paper - II : Code of Civil Procedure, Civil Rules of Practice, Limitation Act, Contract Act, Partnership Act, Specific Relief Act, Court Fees and Suit Valuation Act, Stamp Act (State & Central), Civil Courts Act, Law relating to ADR And Building (Lease and Rent Control) Act.

Paper - III: Transfer of Property Act, Panchayat Raj Act, Municipalities Act, Family Courts Act, Revenue Recovery Act, Negotiable Instruments Act (except Ch.XVII), Easements Act, Registration Act and Personal Laws - Hindu, Muslim & Christian.

Paper - IV: Part A: Code of Criminal Procedure, Criminal Rules of Practice, Information Technology Act, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. Part B: Indian Evidence Act, General Principles of Criminal Jurisprudence.

Paper - V: Indian Penal Code, Police Act, Abkari Act, Probation of Offenders Act, Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, Forest Act, N.D.P.S. Act, Negotiable Instruments Act - Ch. XVII.