Karnataka Judicial Service Civil Judge

Pay Scale of Karnataka Judicial Service Civil Judge

Rs. 27,700 – 44,770/-, with usual dearness allowance and other allowances as sanctioned by the government of Karnataka.

Eligibility of Karnataka Judicial Service Civil Judge Exam

  • Applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • Candidate must have acquired a bachelor degree in law from a recognized institute or university.
  • The age of the candidates must be less than or equal to 35 years.
  • The candidates of the SC and ST category will get 3 years relaxation in their upper age.

Pattern & Syllabus of Karnataka Judicial Service Civil Judge Exam

The examination process for Karnataka Judicial Service Civil Judge Exam typically occurs in 3 phases:

  1. Preliminary Exam (Objective type)
  2. Main Exam (Subjective type)
  3. Interview

The marks secured in the preliminary examination is considered only for eligibility for the main examination.

Preliminary Examination

The Preliminary Examination (Screening Test) shall consist of the Objective type questions of 100 marks out of which 90 marks will cover :


  • Code of Civil Procedure, 1908;
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1981;
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882;
  • Indian Contract Act, 1872;
  • Specific Relief Act, 1963;
  • Indian Constitution; and
  • Karnataka Rent Act, 1999.


  • Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973;
  • Indian Penal code, 1860; and
  • Indian Evidence Act, 1872.

General knowledge – Test of reasoning and mental ability.

Main Examination

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
  3. Documents.

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

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.

Interview / Viva-voce Details

The interview / viva voce carries a maximum of 100 marks. The candidates General Knowledge, grasp of principles of law and suitability for appointment as Civil Judge shall be tested.

Computer Test

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 written examination and Viva-Voce.

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