The Karnataka Judicial Service Examination is conducted every year by the Karnataka High Court. The notification is published on the High Court’s official website at : hck.gov.in and / or the website of the state’s public service commission (If the exam is conducted by the PSC) at Karnataka public service commission
The Competitive Examination for recruitment of Civil Judges ( Karnataka Judicial Services ) shall consists of 3 stages i.e.,
(a) Preliminary Examination *
(b) Main Written Examination and
* The marks secured in the Preliminary Examination is considered for Eligibility for the Main Written Examination. i.e. Candidates will be shortlisted for the main examination basis their ranking in the preliminary exam.
(a) Karnataka Judicial Service Examination – Preliminary
The Preliminary Examination shall be conducted by way of Objective Type Question Paper consisting of 100 marks and the syllabi for the said examination shall be the following, namely:-
Part-A – Code of Civil Procedure, 1908; Negotiable Instruments Act, 1981; Transfer of Properly Act, 1882; Indian Contract Act, 1872; Specific Relief Act, 1963; Indian Constitution; and Karnataka Rent Act, 1999.
Part-B – Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973;
Indian Penal code, 1860; and Indian Evidence Act, 1872.
Part-C – General knowledge – Test of reasoning and mental ability.
(b) Karnataka Judicial Service Examination – Main
(i) Translation Paper (Maximum Marks 100)
There will be one translation paper and the candidates will be required to translate passages in English into Kannada and Kannada into English. The Passages will be from (1) Depositions, (2) Judgments and (3) Documents.
(ii) Law Paper I (Maximum Marks 100)
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.
(iii) Law Paper II (Maximum Marks 100)
Framing of Issues and writing of Judgments in Civil Cases.
(iv) Law Paper III (Maximum Marks 100)
Framing of Charges and writing of Judgments in Criminal cases.
(c) Karnataka Judicial Service Examination – Viva-voce (Maximum Marks 100)
The candidates General Knowledge, grasp of principles of law and suitability for appointment as Civil Judge shall be tested.
(d) Karnataka Judicial Service Examination – Computer Test (Maximum Marks 25)
The test of knowledge of computers shall carry maximum 25 marks and such marks secured by the candidate shall be considered for ascertaining the suitability and computer knowledge of the candidates and shall not be aggregated to the total marks obtained in. the main written examination and Viva-Voce.
Note: Regarding (b) and (c), such of those candidates who desire to answer in Kannada may do so.
(e) Minimum Marks to qualify for the Karnataka Judicial Services :
(i) Minimum marks for pass in the Preliminary Examination shall be 50 for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and 60 for others.
(ii) Minimum marks for pass in each paper of the Main Written Examination shall be 40 for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and 50 for others.
(iii) Minimum marks for pass in the Viva-Voce shall be 40 for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and 50 for others.
Provided that no candidate who has secured less than the minimum marks specified above:
(i) in any paper of the Main Written Examination shall be eligible for Viva-Voce.
(ii) in any paper of the Main Written Examination or in viva-voce shall be eligible for appointment as Civil Judge.
(f) In order to be considered under General Category, a candidate belonging to a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe has to secure the minimum marks prescribed for General Category in the Preliminary Examination, Main Written Examination and Viva-Voce.