Kerala Judicial Services Examination: All you need to know

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Kerala Judicial Services exam is conducted by Kerala High Court- Ernakulam every year for recruitment of Civil Judge also called Munsiff Magistrate Exam. The Kerala Judicial Services exam 2022 Prelims Exam has been conducted on 08th May 2022 & Mains Exams 2022 was conducted on 23rd & 24th July 2022 while its result is still awaited.

Those candidates who are interested in becoming Civil Judge (Munsiff Magistrate) in Kerala State and are yet to appear in the examination will have to appear for Kerala Judicial Services Exams 2023. The next Kerala Judicial Services Examination 2023 will be notified by the Kerala High Court- Ernakulam in the upcoming year & the 2023 exam notification shall be available on the website of the Kerala High Court viz. https://hckerala.gov.in/ & on the Kerala High Court Recruitment Portal viz. https://www.hckrecruitment.nic.in/

The eligible candidates interested in appearing for this exam can find the details regarding the upcoming exam notification, exam dates, and exam pattern of the Kerala Judicial Services Exam in this post.

Notification of the Vacancies

The official notification regarding the upcoming vacancies for the post of Civil Judges (Muniff Magistrate) in Kerala Judicial Services Exam 2023 will be notified by the Kerala High Court viz. https://hckerala.gov.in/

Kerala Judicial Services Exam 2023 Important Dates

Events of the Kerala Judicial Services Exam 2023Dates
Publication of Vacancies for the PostYet to be notified
Publication of official notification__
Release of application form__
Date of issuing of admit card
Date of examination
Date of results declaration

Kerala Judicial Services Exam 2023: Exam Pattern

The Kerala Judicial Services Exam 2023 conducted in three stages namely Preliminary, Mains & Interview. The details regarding these stages of the exam are as follows:

S.NoExaminationExam TypeDuration TimeNo. of QuestionsMarks
1Preliminary ExaminationObjective2:30 Hours100200
2.Mains Examination (Paper 1)Descriptive3 Hours43100
 Mains Examination (Paper II) 3 Hours43100
 Mains Examination (Paper III) 3 Hours43100
 Mains Examination (Paper IV) 3 Hours43100
3.Viva- Voce50

Preliminary Examination

  1. The Prelims Question Paper Examination shall consist of Objective type questions.
  2. There will be 100 questions for 200 marks (2 mark Each) with negative marking of 1 Marks for each wrong answer.
  3. Time Duration shall be 2 hours to attempt the paper.
  4. Candidates qualifying the Prelims Exams shall be eligible to appear for Mains Examination.

Mains Examination

  1. Mains Examination consists of four papers & shall be conducted in descriptive answer writing format with 3 hours allotted for each paper
  2. Every paper shall carry 100 Marks each.
  3. The four question papers of Mains Exam shall consist of:
  4. Paper I: General English (100 Marks)
  5. Paper II: Civil Law & Local Laws (100 Marks)
  6. Paper III: Criminal Law (100 Marks)
  7. Paper IV: Framing of Charges & Issues (100 Marks)

Interview Round

Those candidates who clear Mains Exams shall be called for Interview Round which constitute 50 Marks in Total. The final merit will be prepared on the basis of the marks attained by the candidates in the main examination & viva-voce.

Kerala Judicial Services Exam 2023: Exam Syllabus

Preliminary Examination

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

Mains Examination

Paper I: General English (Marks – 100)

  • English Grammar
  • General Essays
  • Translation of Malayalam Depositional
  • Documents to English and vice-versa
  • Precise writing.

Paper II: Civil Law & Local Laws (Marks – 100)

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 Y 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 & XXIII
  • Kerala Municipality Act -Ch. IX, X, XXIV & XXV
  • Negotiable Instruments Act (except Ch. XVII), Registration Act.

Paper III: Criminal Law (Marks – 100)

Part A

  • Indian Penal Code
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Negotiable Instruments Act -Ch. XVII
  •  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 (provisions relating to bail and trial by Magistrates).

Paper IV: Framing of Charges/Issues (Marks – 100)

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
  • The framing of charges/ Order in Criminal Miscellaneous Petitions.

Reference Books For Kerala Judicial Services Exam 2023

Subject RelatedAuthor/ PublisherName of the BookLinks of the Books
Constitution of IndiaMP JainIndian Constitutional LawView Here
 J N PandeyConstitution of IndiaView Here
 Universal’s Constitution of India Bare actBareactView Here
Code of Criminal ProcedureRV KelkarLectures on Criminal ProcedureView Here
 Ratanlal & DhirajlalCode of Criminal Procedure by RV KelkarView Here
 Universal The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973BareactView Here
 The Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (CRPC) Bare Act with AmendmentsBareactView Here
Code of Civil ProcedureCK TakwaniCivil Procedure with Limitation ActView Here
 Avtar SinghThe Code of Civil ProcedureView Here
Indian Penal CodeK.D GaurTextbook on Indian Penal CodeView Here
 Indian Penal Code, 1860BareactView Here
Evidence LawBatuk LalThe Law of Evidence PaperbackView Here
 Dr. Avtar SinghPrinciples of the Law of EvidenceView Here
 The Indian Evidence Act 1872 Bare ActBareactView Here
 The Indian Evidence Act, 1872 Bare Act with Short Notes (Universal Publications)BareactView Here
Indian Contract Act Specific Relief ActAvtar SinghLaw of Contract & Specific ReliefView Here
 Dr RK BangiaLaw of Contract & Specific ReliefPart 1: View Here Part 2: View Here  
Transfer of Property ActPoonam PradhanProperty Law PaperbackView Here
 Dr R K SinhaThe Transfer of Property ActView Here
 Universal Publication (Transfer of Property Act) BareactBareactView Here
Limitation ActJD JainLimitation ActView Here
 Universal Publication (The Limitation Act) BareactBareactView Here
Negotiable Instruments ActUniversal’s PublicationBareactView Here
Indian Registration Act     Universal PublicationBareactView Here
Hindu LawParas DiwanModern Hindu lawView Here
Muslim LawAkhil AhmedOutlines of Mohammedan LawView Here
The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015Universal’s PublicationsBareactView Here
Probation of Offenders ActLawman Series (Kamal Publication)BareactView Here
Protection of Women from Domestic Violence ActN. K. AacharyaCommentary on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005View Here
NDPS ActUniversal Publication (The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985)BareactView Here
Kerala Police ActN Y VenkitThe Kerala Police ActView Here
Kerala Civil Courts ActN AjithThe Kerala Civil Courts Act & The Kerala Small Cause Courts Act, 1957View Here
Kerala Buidling (Lease & Rent Control) ActBobby Mani ThannickalThe Kerala Buildings (Lease and Rent Control) Act 1965:View Here
Indian Easement ActUniversal Publication (The Indian Easement Act, 1882BareactView Here
Kerala Court Fees & Suits Valuation ActPRS India Online Bareact PDFBareactView Here
Kerala Stamp ActKerala Govt Online Bareact PDFBareactView Here
Kerala State Legal Services Authorities ActKerala State Legal Service Authority Act Online editionBareactView Here
Kerala Panchayat Raj ActKerala Govt Online Edition BareactBareactView Here

2022 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Prelims and Mains Paper

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2022 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Mains Paper  View Here

2020 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Prelims and Mains Paper

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2019 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Prelims and Mains Paper

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2017 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Prelims and Mains Paper

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2017 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Mains Paper  View Here

2016 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Prelims and Mains Paper

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2013 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Prelims and Mains Paper

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2012 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Prelims and Mains Paper

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2011 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Prelims and Mains Paper

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2011 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Prelims Paper  View Here
2011 Kerala Judicial Service Examination Mains Paper  View Here

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