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Tamil Nadu Civil Judge Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th April, 2021
Tamil Nadu Government

Tamil Nadu Civil Judge Exam is conducted by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission to recruit qualified candidates for the posts of Civil Judge within the state.

Civil Judge is a Grade III judicial officer who decides the civil matter. 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, Tamil
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To recruit qualified candidate for the post of Civil Judge
Conducting Body Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)
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TNCJ Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. The candidate

    • Must be a citizen of India,
    • Should possess adequate knowledge to read, write and speak in English and Tamil.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate:

    • Must possess a Degree in Law from a recognised university and must be practising as an Advocate or Pleader for a period of not less than 3 years, or
    • Must be a fresh Law Graduate possessing a degree in Law from a recognized University and must be eligible to be enrolled as an advocate.

  5. Age Limit
    • The age should not be less than 25 years and not more than 35 years for Practising Advocates/ Pleaders and Assistant Public Prosecutors.
    • The age should not be less than 22 years and not more than 27 years for fresh law Graduates of all categories.

    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    Advocates (SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs, BCMs and Destitute Widows) 40 years

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

TNCJ 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

TNCJ 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) 180 mins 0.25 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. 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: Translation Paper
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
2 Paper II: Law Paper I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
3 Paper III: Law Paper II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
4 Paper IV: Law Paper III
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100

Pattern for Viva-Voce

Total marks allotted: 60

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

TNCJ Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary exam

1 Prelims Paper I

Part A

  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1981
  • The Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • The Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • The Constitution of India
  • The Tamil Nadu Buildings (Lease and Rent Control) Act, 1960 and Tamil Nadu Regulation of Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act, 2017 (Tamil Nadu Act 42 of 2017)

Part B

  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Criminal Law (Amendment) Acts
  • The Criminal Minor Acts (including Information Technology Act, 2000; The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012).

Part C

  • General Knowledge (Degree standard),
  • Test of Reasoning and Mental ability (S.S.L.C. standard)

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Mains Paper I: Translation Paper

  • Translation of passages from English to Tamil and from Tamil to English.
  • The passages will be from Pleadings, Depositions, Orders, Judgments and Documents.

2 Mains Paper II: 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 (as Amended)

3 Mains Paper III: Law Paper II

Framing of Issues and Writing of Judgments in Civil Cases.

4 Mains Paper IV: Law Paper III

Framing of charges and Writing of Judgments 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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