Karnataka District Judge Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
High Court of Karnataka

Karnataka District Judge Exam is conducted by the High Court of Karnataka to recruit qualified candidates for the posts of District Judge within the state.

District Judge is a Grade I judicial officer who decides the civil matter and when the same judge decides the criminal matter he is designated as the Session Judge.These exams focus on Indian legal and constitutional governance and history, current developments of national and international interest, and the analytical aptitude and skills of the candidate.

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, State Level
Exam Medium English, Kannada
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidate for the posts of District Judge
Conducting Body High Court of Karnataka
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KDJE Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must hold a degree in Law from a recognised University and must be practising as an Advocate for a period not less than seven years.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The upper age limit to appear in the KDJE examination is 45 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    SC/ST 48 years

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no attempt restriction for the candidates provided the upper age limit has not been exceeded.

KDJE Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified

KDJE Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary exam
Stage II: Main exam
Stage III: Viva-Voce

Pattern for Preliminary exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 90 mins 100

Pattern for Main exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: Civil Law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150
2 Paper II: Criminal law
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 50

Out of the Candidates who qualify for the written examination, according to the merit obtained therein, candidates shall be called for a Personality test.

KDJE Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary exam

1 Prelims Paper I

Civil Law

  • The Constitution of India
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
  • The Transfer of Property Act, 1882.
  • Indian Partnership Act, 1932.
  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872.
  • The Sale of Goods Act, 1930.
  • Limitation Act, 1963.
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

Criminal Law

  • Code of Criminal Procedure 1973
  • Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
  • The Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985
  • Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
  • The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005

General Knowledge 

  • Indian History.
  • Politics.
  • Geography.
  • Arts.
  • Culture.
  • Economy.
  • Banking.
  • Awards.
  • Sports.
  • International Affairs.
  • Current Events.

Reasoning

  • Cause and Effect
  • Logical Deduction
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Matching Definitions
  • Letter and Symbol Series
  • Essential Part.
  • Artificial Language
  • Data Interpretation
  • Logical Problems
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Statement and Argument
  • Number Series
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Statement and Conclusion
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

Mental Aptitude

  • Profit and Loss.
  • Averages.
  • Interest.
  • Tables and Graphs.
  • Discount.
  • Ratio and Time.
  • Mensuration.
  • Number Systems.
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations.
  • Whole Numbers.
  • Decimals and Fractions.
  • Ratio and Proportion.
  • Percentages.
  • Time and Distance.
  • Time and Work

Syllabus for Main exam

1 Mains Paper I: Civil Law

  • The Constitution of India
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
  • The Transfer of Property Act, 1882.
  • Indian Partnership Act, 1932.
  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872.
  • The Sale of Goods Act, 1930.
  • Limitation Act, 1963.
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.

2 Mains Paper II: Criminal law

  • Code of Criminal Procedure 1973
  • Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
  • The Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985
  • Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961
  • The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005

Syllabus for Viva-Voce

There is no specified syllabus for Viva – Voce but the interview is intended to supplement the written examination for testing the general and specialised knowledge in law & other subjects as well as the abilities to solve the problem during the course of work.

The Board will pay special attention to assess:

  • intellectual curiosity,
  • critical powers of assimilation,
  • balance of judgment and alertness of mind,
  • the ability for social cohesion,
  • integrity of character initiative and
  • capacity for leadership.

The candidate will be expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in his/her subjects of law but also in events which are happening around him/her both within and outside his/her own State or Country.

They must have knowledge in the field of Current Affairs, New Discoveries & Inventions also. The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination, but of a natural, through directed and purposive conversation intended to reveal the candidate’s mental qualities and his/her grasp of problems.

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