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Karnataka Civil Judge
Civil Judge (Junior Division)

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Karnataka Civil Judge

Eligibility and age limit


A. Direct Recruitment:-

(a) Must be holder of a Degree in Law granted by a University established by Law in India and must have enrolled as an Advocate.

(b) Must not have completed as on the last date fixed for receipt of applications, 38 years of age in case of SC/ST and 35 years of age in the case of others.

(c) For Ex-servicemen candidates, relaxation of three years in the upper age limit.


B. In-service Candidates:-


  • Have a Law Degree from a recognized university in India.

  • Be under 43 years old if you belong to the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe categories, or under 40 years old for all other candidates, as of the application deadline.

  • Be currently working in any capacity in the High Court or District Judiciary, regardless of your role.

  • Assistant Public Prosecutors and Additional Government Pleaders in the Department of Prosecutions and Government Litigation can also apply.

Disqualification for Appointment


No person shall be eligible for appointment to the service –


(a) unless he/she is a Citizen of India;


(b) if he/she is compulsorily retired, removed or dismissed from Judicial Service or from service in Government or Statutory or Local Authority or if a candidate after being selected as a Judicial Officer has been discharged from service during probationary period.


(c) if he/she has been convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude or who is or has been permanently debarred or disqualified by the High Court or the UPSC or any State PSC from appearing for examinations or selections conducted by it or has been removed from its roll by any Bar Council.


(d) if any penalty or punishment has been imposed by the Bar Council or any Disciplinary Authority which in the opinion of Selecting Authority, makes the applicant unsuitable for a judicial post.


(e) if he/she directly or indirectly influences the Recruiting Authority by any means for his/her candidature.


(f) if the marital status of the candidate is bigamous.

Scheme of Examination for Karnataka Judiciary


(1) The Competitive Examination for recruitment of Civil Judges shall consist of 3 stages i.e.,


(a) Preliminary Examination

The marks secured in the Preliminary Examination is considered only for Eligibility for the Main Written Examination.

(b) Main Written Examination and

Number of Papers: 4

  • Translation Paper

  • Law Paper I

  • Law Paper II

  • Law Paper III

(c) Viva-Voce


The detail marking scheme and minimum Marks required are given Below

Karnataka Civil Judge Syllabus For Pre and Mains

Preliminary Examination Syllabus:

  • Part-A:

    • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908

    • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881

    • Transfer of Property Act, 1882

    • Indian Contract Act, 1872

    • Specific Relief Act, 1963

    • Indian Constitution

    • Karnataka Rent Act, 1999

  • Part-B:

    • Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973

    • Indian Penal Code, 1860

    • Indian Evidence Act, 1872

  • Part-C:

    • General knowledge

    • Test of reasoning and mental ability

Main Written Examination Syllabus:

  • Translation Paper (Maximum Marks 100):

    • Translation of passages in English into Kannada and Kannada into English. Passages will include Depositions, Judgments, and Documents.

  • Law Paper I (Maximum Marks 100):

    • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908

    • Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973

    • Indian Evidence Act, 1872

    • Principles of Pleading

    • Constitution of India

  • Law Paper II (Maximum Marks 100):

    • Framing of Issues and writing of Judgments in Civil Cases.

  • Law Paper III (Maximum Marks 100):

    • Framing of Charges and writing of Judgments in Criminal Cases.

Additional Components:

  • Viva-Voce (Maximum Marks 100): This assesses the candidate's general knowledge, grasp of law principles, and suitability for appointment as a Civil Judge.

  • Computer Test (Maximum Marks 25): This evaluates the candidate's knowledge of computers. Marks obtained in this test are considered for ascertaining the suitability and computer knowledge of the candidates but are not aggregated to the total marks obtained in the Main Written Examination and Viva-Voce.

Karnataka Judiciary Prelims Question/Solution


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Karnataka Judiciary Mains Question/Solution


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Preparation Strategy for Karnataka Civil Judge Examination


Preliminary Examination Strategy

The Preliminary stage consists of objective-type questions. Here’s how to prepare effectively:

  • Thorough Understanding of Bare Acts: Focus on reading and understanding the bare acts of key subjects like the Indian Constitution, IPC, CPC, CrPC, and Evidence Act. This foundational knowledge is crucial for answering multiple-choice questions accurately.

  • Standard Books and Commentaries: Use reputed commentaries and textbooks for deeper insights. Recommended books include J.N. Pandey for Constitutional Law, Takwani for CPC, and K.D. Gaur for IPC.

  • Regular Revision and Practice: Make concise notes and revise them regularly. Practice previous years' question papers and take mock tests to familiarize yourself with the exam pattern and improve time management.

Mains Examination Strategy

The Mains exam requires descriptive answers and a good grasp of legal language. Effective preparation involves:

  • Answer Writing Practice: Regularly practice writing answers to previous years' questions. Structure your answers with clear headings and subheadings, and include relevant case laws to support your answers.

  • Detailed Study of Acts: Use standard textbooks and commentaries for in-depth understanding. Make detailed notes, especially on important case laws and legal principles.

  • Current Affairs and Legal Developments: Stay updated with current legal developments by reading newspapers, legal journals, and following online legal news portals.

Language Proficiency

  • English Language Skills: Enhance your proficiency in English, focusing on legal terminologies and translation skills. This is essential for the exam.

  • Reading and Understanding: Regularly read English newspapers and legal texts to improve comprehension and vocabulary.

Interview Preparation

The interview stage assesses the candidate’s personality, legal knowledge, and general awareness. Preparation tips include:

  • Mock Interviews: Participate in mock interviews to build confidence and improve articulation. Practice answering questions clearly and confidently.

  • Personality Development: Work on overall personality development. Be honest and genuine in your responses, as interviewers appreciate authenticity.

  • Current Affairs and General Knowledge: Stay updated with current events and general knowledge, especially related to legal matters.

Time Management and Consistency

Balancing study time effectively is crucial. The candidate emphasized setting daily or weekly targets and ensuring consistency in preparation.

  • Daily Study Routine: Create a study timetable that includes all subjects and stick to it. Adjust study hours based on personal preference, whether it’s early morning or late at night.

  • Breaks and Leisure: Include short breaks in your study schedule to avoid burnout. Engage in activities that relax and rejuvenate you.

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