The Tamil Nadu Judicial Service Examination is conducted every year by the Madras High Court. The notification is published on the High Court’s official website at : www.hcmadras.tn.nic.in and / or the website of the state’s public service commission (If the exam is conducted by the PSC) at Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC)
Selection will be made in two successive stages i.e.,
(i) Written Examination and
SCHEME OF WRITTEN EXAMINATION (DESCRIPTIVE TYPE) AND VIVA-VOCE:-
Paper 1.Translation Paper of 3 hours, maximum 100 marks
Paper 2.Law Paper-I of 3 hours, maximum 100 marks
Paper 3.Law Paper-II of 3 hours, maximum 100 marks
Paper 4.Law Paper-III of 3 hours, maximum 100 marks
Minumim pass marks in each paper will be
SC, SC(A) and ST : 30%
MBC/DC, BC(OBCM) and BCM : 35%
Others : 40%
60 marks maximum – with a minimum passing marks of atleast 18 (for all categories of candidates)
(i) Candidates, who have secured less than the minimum marks specified above in any paper of the Written Examination, are not eligible for Viva-voce. Candidates who have secured less than the minimum marks prescribed for Viva-voce are not eligible for selection.
(ii) The appearances in all the papers at the Written Examination and for the Viva-voce are compulsory.
(iii) The question papers on Law Papers I, II and III will be set both in Tamil and in English. The candidates are given the option of answering the papers either in Tamil or in English.
SYLLABUS FOR THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION AND VIVA-VOCE
(i) Translation Paper: Translation of passages in English into Tamil and Tamil into English. The passages will be from (1) Depositions, (2) Judgements, and (3) Documents.
(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.
(iii) Law Paper – II: Framing of issues and Writing of Judgements in Civil Cases.
(iv) Law Paper –III: Framing of charges and Writing of Judgements in Criminal Cases.
(v) Viva-voce: The candidate’s General Knowledge and Knowledge of law, grasp of Procedural Laws and Principles of Law and his suitability for appointment as Civil Judge shall be tested.