Tamil Nadu District Judge Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 12th October, 2021
Tamil Nadu Government

Tamil Nadu District Judge Exam is conducted by the High Court of Madras to recruit qualified candidates for the posts of District Judge. District Judge is a Grade I judicial officer who acts in the jurisdiction of civil matters and acts as Session Judge in the jurisdiction of criminal matters.

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 District Judge
Conducting Body High Court of Madras
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TNDJ Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

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

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must possess a Degree in Law and must be practising as an Advocate for not less than seven years.

  5. Age Limit
  6. The age of the candidate to appear in the TNDJ 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/SC(A) 48 years

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

TNDJ 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

TNDJ Exam Pattern 2021

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

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 1/4th (0.25) mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. 150
2 Paper II
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 180 mins 1/4th (0.25) mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. 150

Pattern for Main Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: Law Paper I
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
2 Paper II: Translation and Essay Writing
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
3 Paper III: Law Paper II
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 100
4 Paper IV: Judgment Writing
Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 180 mins 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 viva-voce exam.

TNDJ Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam

1 Prelims Paper I

  • Constitution of India, Interpretation of Statutes, Jurisprudence and Legal Phraseology, Legal Maxims, Legal History, Legal Services Authority Act, 1987, Right to Information Act, 2005.
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, Civil Rules of Practice, 1905, The Tamil Nadu Court Fees and Suit Valuation Act, 1955, The Limitation Act, 1963, The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, The Commercial Courts Act, 2015, The General Clauses Act, 1897, Prohibition of Benami Transaction Act, 2016.
  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872, The Specific Relief Act, 1963, The Indian Partnership Act, 1932, The Sale of Goods Act, 1930, Easements Act, 1882, The Transfer of Property Act, 1882, The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, Rent Control Law, The Indian Stamp Act 1899, The Registration Act, 1908
  • The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, Law of Torts, The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, and other Laws relating to Land Acquisition.
  • Personal Laws including Succession Laws, (For Hindus, Muslims and Christians etc.), The Guardian and Wards Act, 1890, Indian Trust Act, 1882, The Family Courts Act, 1984.
  • The Trade Marks Act, 1999, The Copyright Act, 1957, The Patent Act, 1970, The Designs Act, 2000, The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999
  • The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, The Employee’s Compensation Act, 1923, other Labour Laws, Income Tax Act, Co-operative Societies Act, The Mental Health Care Act, 2017, Laws relating to Mines and Minerals.

2 Prelims Paper II

  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, Criminal Rules of Practice, The Indian Penal Code, 1860, The Indian Evidence Act, 1872. The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
  • The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, including latest amendments, The Electricity Act, 2003, The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989,
  • The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
  • Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
  • The Information Technology Act, 2000, The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, The National Security Act, 1980 The National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 (Amendment) as Act, 2019 Medical Jurisprudence, Central and Tamilnadu State Criminal Minor Acts.
  • General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude, legal reasoning, Test of reasoning and mental ability, Basic Knowledge of Computer, Environmental Laws.

Syllabus for Main Exam

1 Main Paper I: Law Paper I

  • Constitution of India, Interpretation of Statutes, Jurisprudence and Legal Phraseology, Legal Maxims, Legal History, Legal Services Authority Act, 1987, Right to Information Act, 2005.
  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, Civil Rules of Practice, 1905, The Tamil Nadu Court Fees and Suit Valuation Act, 1955, The Limitation Act, 1963, The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, The Commercial Courts Act, 2015, The General Clauses Act, 1897, Prohibition of Benami Transaction Act, 2016.
  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872, The Specific Relief Act, 1963, The Indian Partnership Act, 1932, The Sale of Goods Act, 1930, Easements Act, 1882, The Transfer of Property Act, 1882, The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, Rent Control Law, The Indian Stamp Act 1899, The Registration Act, 1908
  • The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, Law of Torts, The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, and other Laws relating to Land Acquisition.
  • Personal Laws including Succession Laws, (For Hindus, Muslims and Christians etc.), The Guardian and Wards Act, 1890, Indian Trust Act, 1882, The Family Courts Act, 1984.
  • The Trade Marks Act, 1999, The Copyright Act, 1957, The Patent Act, 1970, The Designs Act, 2000, The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999
  • The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, The Employee’s Compensation Act, 1923, other Labour Laws, Income Tax Act, Co-operative Societies Act, The Mental Health Care Act, 2017, Laws relating to Mines and Minerals.

2 Main Paper II: Translation and Essay Writing

  • Writing Skill
  • Essay Writing on General topic and Current Developments in Law and Translation

3 Main Paper III: Law Paper II

  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, Criminal Rules of Practice, The Indian Penal Code, 1860, The Indian Evidence Act, 1872. The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
  • The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, including latest amendments, The Electricity Act, 2003, The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989,
  • The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
  • Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
  • The Information Technology Act, 2000, The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, The National Security Act, 1980 The National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 (Amendment) as Act, 2019 Medical Jurisprudence, Central and Tamilnadu State Criminal Minor Acts.
  • General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude, legal reasoning, Test of reasoning and mental ability, Basic Knowledge of Computer, Environmental Laws.

4 Main Paper IV: Judgment Writing

Judgment Writing

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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