Karnataka Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

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

Karnataka Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the High Court of Karnataka to recruit a qualified candidate for the post of Civil Judge. Civil Judge is a Grade III judicial officer who decides the civil matter. When he decides a criminal matter his designation becomes of Judicial Magistrate.

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 post of Civil Judge.
Conducting Body High Court of Karnataka
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KJSE Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must be a holder of a degree in Law from a recognised University and must have been enrolled as an Advocate.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The upper age limit to appear in the KJSE examination is 35 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 38 years
    Ex-servicemen 38 years

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

KJSE 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

KJSE Exam Pattern 2021

The exam consists of three stages:
Stage I: Preliminary exam
Stage II: Main written 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) 100

Pattern for Main Written Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Translation Paper
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 100
2 Law Paper I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 100
3 Law Paper II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 100
4 Law Paper III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 100

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 100

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

KJSE Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary exam

1 Prelims Paper I

Part A

  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1981
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • Indian Constitution, and
  • Karnataka Rent Act, 1999

Part B

  • Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • Indian Evidence Act, 1872

Part C

  • General Knowledge – Test of Reasoning and mental ability

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Syllabus for Main Written Exam

1 Mains Translation Paper

There will be one translation paper and the candidates will be required to translate passages in English into Kannada and Kannada into English. The passage will be from Depositions, Judgments and Documents.

2 Mains Law Paper I

  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • Principles of Pleading and the Constitution of India

3 Mains Law Paper II

Framing of Issues and writing of Judgements in Civil Cases.

4 Mains Law Paper III

Framing of Charges and writing of Judgements in Criminal Cases.

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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