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Kerala Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 10th April, 2021
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Kerala Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the High Court of Kerala to recruit qualified candidates for the post of Grade III Magistrate within the state of Kerala.

Grade – III Judicial Officers means the Judicial Officer designated as Civil Judge (Junior Division) on the Civil side and Sub – Divisional Judicial Magistrate & Judicial Magistrate on the Criminal side (as the case may be).

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
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidate for the post of Grade III Magistrate
Conducting Body High Court of Kerala
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KJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate should hold a Degree in Law recognised by the Bar Council of India.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The upper age limit to appear in the KJS 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
    Scheduled Caste 40 years
    Scheduled Tribe 40 years
    Other Backward Class 38 years

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

KJS 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

KJS 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 100 Objective (Multiple Choice) One mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. 200

Pattern for Main Written Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
2 Paper II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
3 Paper III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
4 Paper IV
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
Total Marks* 400

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 50

The cut-off marks in the viva-voce are fixed at 40% for general and OBC candidates and 35% for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

KJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I

Part A

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Indian Contract Act
  • Negotiable Instruments Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Kerala Building (Lease and Rent Control) Act

Part B

  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Indian Evidence Act

Part C

  • Constitution of India
  • Legal G.K.
  • Reasoning and Mental ability

Syllabus for Main Written Exam

1 Mains Paper I

  • English Grammar
  • General Essays (two)
  • Translation of Malayalam Depositions/Documents to English and vice-versa
  • Precis writing

2 Mains Paper II

Part A

  • Indian Contract Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Limitation Act
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Easements Act
  • Kerala Building (Lease and Rent Control) Act
  • Hindu Succession Act
  • Indian Succession Act – Parts V, VI, X
  • Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act

Part B

  • Kerala Court Fees and Suits Valuation Act
  • Kerala Stamp Act
  • Kerala State Legal Services Authorities Act
  • The Kerala Panchayath Raj Act -Ch. X, XI, XXIA and XXIII
  • Kerala Municipality Act – Ch. IX, X, XXIV and XXV, Negotiable Instruments  Act (except Ch. XVII), and Registration Act

3 Mains Paper III

Part A

  • Indian Penal Code
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Abkari Act
  • Negotiable Instruments Act -Ch. XVII
  • The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act

Part B

  • Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act
  • Kerala Police Act
  • Probation of Offenders Act
  • Forest Act
  • N.D.P.S Act

4 Mains Paper IV

Part A

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rules of Practice
  • Kerala Civil Courts Act
  • Order in Interlocutory Application
  • Framing of Issues
  • Judgment Writing (Civil)

Part B

  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Rules of Practice
  • Framing of Charges
  • Order in Criminal Miscellaneous Petitions
  • Judgment Writing (Criminal)

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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