Kerala Higher Judicial Service
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 /
Syllabi for the Written Test:
Limitation Act, Specific Relief Act, Transfer of Property Act, Contract
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
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
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)
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 &
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.