Kerala State Higher Judicial Service Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
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Kerala State Higher Judicial Service Exam is conducted by the High Court of Kerala to recruit qualified candidates for the posts of District and Session Judge within the state of Kerala.

District Judge is the Judicial officer who decides the civil matters and when the same judge decides the criminal matter then he is designated as 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
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidate for the posts of District and Session Judge
Conducting Body High Court of Kerala

KSHJS Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate should be practising as an Advocate for a period of not less than seven years.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the KSHJS examination should be minimum of 35 years and maximum of 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 50 years
    OBC 48 years

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

KSHJS 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

KSHJS 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 75 Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins One mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. 150

Pattern for Main Written Examination

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 150
2 Paper II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 150

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 50

The general and OBC candidates should secure a minimum of 40% marks and SC/ST candidates should secure a minimum of 35% marks for passing the viva voce.

KSHJS Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • Civil laws
  • Criminal laws
  • Constitution of India
  • English language
  • General knowledge
  • Legal aptitude

Syllabus for Main Written Examination

1 Mains Paper I

  • Limitation Act
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Indian Easement Act
  • Family Courts Act
  • Motor Vehicles Act (Chapter X, XI and XII)
  • Laws relating to Intellectual Property Rights
  • Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition
  • Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act
  • Indian Contract Act
  • Arbitration and Conciliation Act
  • Indian Succession Act (Probate, Letters of Administration, Wills, etc.)
  • Personal Laws – Hindu, Muslim and Christian, Guardian and Wards Act
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rules of Practice
  • Kerala Court Fees and Suit Valuation Act and Judgment writing (Civil)

2 Mains Paper II

  • Indian Penal Code
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act
  • Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (PCSO) Act
  • Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
  • Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act
  • Code of Criminal Procedure with special emphasis on the framing of charges
  • Sessions Trial, Bail etc.
  • Criminal Rules of Practice and 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.