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Kerala Judiciary 2023 Notification & Exam Dates

Author : Tanya Kaushal

Updated On : December 28, 2022


Reader’s Digest - What do you get when you mix the hot and humid climate of Kerala with the judicial system of India? The Kerala Judiciary Exam! This exam might make you curious, but you can take solace by reading this detailed blog!

As with all other judicial examinations and recruitment processes followed in other states, the Kerala Judicial Service shares many similarities yet retains some unique characteristics.

In the recently published notification by the Kerala High Court serial no: 08/2022, the Authority has announced 11 vacancies (which may rise if the requirements increase in the inner courts) published on 20/10/2022. For these vacancies, no promotion will be given rather the selection is going to take place through the Direct recruitment process.

The Kerala Judicial Service Commission has not yet concluded this examination. The expected date for 2023-24 recruitment is yet to be announced. To prepare for the upcoming recruitment in the Kerala Judicial Department, you must know everything about the process involved.

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Story Behind Kerala Judicial Services Exam

Jewel Paul was one of the in-service lawyers who wanted to become a Judge and retain heights in his legal career. Since the day the vacancy notification popped up, he was extremely excited about the upcoming challenge, which was midway through his pedestal of acquiring a judicial job.

Hence, he went through the notice repetitively to avoid even a single mistake. So that he doesn’t skip even the minute details and then set to begin his preparation, as was stated in the notification itself.

Lastly, by following all the steps meticulously and religiously, he finally acquired what he had wished for all this while. A job as a District Judge in Thrissur, Kerala. But what is that information? And why are they so important? We will know it all in the below sections.

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How To Apply for the Kerala Judicial Service Exam 2023? 

While applying for the Kerala Judicial Service, you need to follow a few guidelines and steps for the successful submission of your form, which should not get subjected to rejection. So, what are those steps? Let's cast a glance together.

Step 1: Visit the official website and click "New Applicant."

Step 2: Click on the "Munsiff Magistrate" link to start the application procedure.

Step 3: Following culmination, the prospect will be transmitted an Application Number via SMS/e-Mail.

Step 4: Continue to Step 2 of the application and upload the picture and signature.

Step 5: Enter all pertinent personal and academic data.

Step 6: Ascertain all of the data you've written down and then commune the Final Submission button.

Step 7: If relevant, reimburse the application expenses.

Step 8: Earn a replica of the application form for forthcoming usage.

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Kerala Judiciary Vacancy 2023

The Authority has announced 11 vacancies (which may increase if the requirements in the inner courts increase) in the recently published notification by the Kerala High Court serial no: 08/2022, published on 20/10/2022.

There will be no promotion for these positions; instead, the candidates will be chosen through a direct recruitment process. Also, the Authority has exceeded the age limit to 50 years for candidates with deaf & dumb as well as orthopedically disabled candidates.

Notes: Kerala Judicial Authority has declared that Female candidates will be given preference over male candidates.

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Kerala Judiciary Admit Card 2023

Admit cards are the most important documents which you need to carry while you go for writing your examination. So, make sure you download it (and don't forget to make 2-3 copies of it, encase you misplace one, you won't have to panic at the last moment)

Steps to download Kerala Judiciary Admit card 2023

Step 1: Because you won't be intimidated by other sources, go to the official website and see if your admit card is available for download. (Email, text message, etc.)

Step 2: Examine the download link for the admit card. It is only available on the website under the Public Notice section.

Step 3: When you find that link, use your verified credentials to log into your account.

Step 4: Now enter the CAPTCHA l/security code, followed by the information listed above.

Step 5: After successfully logging in, you will be able to view your admission card. Print a hard copy after downloading it in pdf format.

Kerala Judiciary Result 2023

No one can resist the final results. At least those who have participated in the examination. So, what will be the first thing you are going to do once you receive the news of the declaration of the result? You will rush to check it right? So, we are sharing the information using which you can download the Kerala Judiciary Results 2023. 

Steps to Download Kerala Judiciary Results 2023

Step 1: All you have to do is to visit the official website of Kerala High Court with this link hckrecruitment.nic.in

Step 2: Upon landing on the landing page you will come across the "What's New" bulletin board.

Step 3: look for the results notification under this segment and once you come across the same click on it.

Step 4: Proceed further by Downloading the PDF file. Encase you have your name on the merit list then keep a copy of it for reference to the next step. 

Kerala Judiciary Analysis 2023

When you will go through the question of Kerala Judiciary, you will find that the questions set by the Authorities do have a moderate difficulty level. You can say that the legal part will be easy but GK and GS will demand more effort.

And given that Kerala Judiciary is not a technical examination hence Maths and Reasonings were also easy. However, for a few of you, it can come across as a distressing one because the Mains paper has Elaborate Questions, which call for a good understanding of law and Jurisdiction. Apart from that, if you have good writing skills then it will work as a bonus. 

Kerala Judiciary Exam Pattern 2023

"Kerala Judicial Service Examination consists of three stages: Preliminary, Mains and Interview, and each Examination have its respective pattern." With this, we mean that there is a separate pattern for the Prelims and Mains Examination and you have to develop a good understanding of each of these. 


The primary component is made up entirely of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) divided into three sections: Part A, Part B, and Part C. This paper will be worth 100 points distributed in the following ratio: 40:30:30, with each correct answer worth 2 points. It is worth a total of 200 points.

Furthermore, for each incorrect attempt, you will receive a -1 (negative marking) from your final score. It will last two hours and thirty minutes. You will proceed to the main papers if you qualify for this round. Furthermore, the vacancy ratio is ten to one.

Segment  No of Questions  Aggregate Score  Time Stamp 
Sec 1 100 200 2.5 hours 
Sec 2
Sec 3


Once you clear the Preliminary examination with flying colors, you have to move to the next step, the Mains examination. The interesting part is that it is neither completely subjective nor objective. There is a mix of questions.

The Mains have 3 parts in each paper where part 1 carries 15 MCQs for 15 marks. Rest Part 2 & Part 3 has elaborate Questions, which can be answered in a Descriptive and Narrative manner. Each Paper carries 100 marks, and you are expected to score at least 45% in each paper to crack the nutshell.

Sequence  Score  Time Duration 
Paper I

100 marks each 

3 hours for each paper (total 12 hours) 
Paper II
Paper III
Paper IV

Viva Voce

For the Viva round, you have to trust your knowledge and the diverse knowledge you have accumulated during the trials and Court sessions. No matter if you are a Prosecutor or Defender or a New Graduate, what matters is the confidence and Knowledge you have. Also, you have to be socially cohesive because this is what is considered a leading characteristic of a public servant. So tips to remember:

  • Be confident
  • Accumulate varieties of knowledge on different Legal cases. 
  • Exhibit your mental, social, and emotional development. 

Kerala Judiciary Preparation Books

A few iconic books to refer to for different topics. 

  • Bare Act, Negotiable Instrument act by Universal Publication
  • Modern Hindu law by Paras Diwan
  • Outlines of Mohammedan Law by Akhil Ahmed
  • Bare Acts' The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015
  • Probation of Offenders Act by Bare Act (lawman series)
  • Commentary on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 authored by N.K Acharya
  • (The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985) by Bare Act
  • The Kerala Police Act by NY Venkat
  • The Kerala Civil Courts Act & The Kerala Small Cause Courts Act, 1957, presented by N Ajith
  • The Kerala Buildings (Lease and Rent Control) Act 1965 by Bobby Mani Thannickal

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Books published by Bare Act:

The Indian Easement Act, of 1882

Bare Act 
Kerala Court Fees & Suits Valuation Act
Kerala Panchayat Raj Act
Kerala State Legal Services Authorities Act
Kerala Stamp Act

Kerala Judiciary Preparation Books Preparation Tips

Follow the tips to prepare for Judiciary Exams for below:

  • Begin as early as possible, because the more time you invest, the better your preparation will be.
  • Seek professional help in preparation because the right guidance will reap you the best results.
  • Rely on resources that are credible sources. Notes from seniors can do the best trick in this. 
  • Take mock tests and analyze your performance regularly for monitoring and improving your preparations. 
  • Lastly, put faith in your preparations and remain confident and hopeful for a better future. 

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Kerala Judiciary Eligibility 2023

What shall we answer here: What quality must you possess to become a suitable candidate for Kerala Judicial Service? The eligibility requirements of the Kerala Judicial Service are pretty distinct, and if you don't ponder the details of it, you might miss the major terms and conditions, which can lead to a loss in the Kerala Judicial Service.

So basically there will be two types of recruitment. The Direct one will invite applications from all the candidates who are not eligible for transfer. And another one is the transfer, which you can also assume is a promotion. Now let's see the eligibility for each of the criteria separately. 

Direct appointment

To become eligible for direct recruitment, you need to possess a few mandatory qualities, or else you will be rejected outright by the Kerala Judicial Service. This enlistment Includes four parameters: Age, Qualifications, Experience, and Nationality. Let's know each one in detail. 


  • You should be a minimum of 21 years and a maximum of 34 years by appearing in the examination. 
  • If you belong to SC/ST/FEMALE/PwD quota, you will be relaxed in age between 3-5 years as per the state reservation protocol. 


  • A degree in LLB (Either Hons or Integrated) should have been procured from the University, recognized by UGC, and accredited by the Bar Council of India (BCI).
  • You must have no paper remaining for appearing. It means your results should contain a score for all the past papers with no back remains. 


  • Ideally, you are expected to have a minimum of 5 years of experience for the District Judiciary Exams (ADPO) and seven years of expenses are required for becoming a High Court judge. 


  • You should be of Indian Nationality, and you must possess at least one Government document citing the same. 
  • Also, if you are a Domicile candidate (resident of Kerala), then make sure to produce your residential certificate because Domiciles are given reservations over candidates from other states. 

Physical and Character affirmations 

  • The applicant for the position should be of a promising personality.
  • Should be in good health and free of physical ailments that would disqualify him/her for the position.

Appointment following Transfer

  • You have to acquire a law degree from the BCI-recognized University. If you haven’t obtained your degree from a recognized university, then you will not be considered eligible for the Music - Magistrate post.
  • You also have to be an enrolled advocate under the state bar council to receive a transfer according to the Feeder categories listed as SI. Nos (1) to (8).
  • You should not have exceeded the age bar of 54 while completing step 2 (Interview) of the appointment procedure.
  • One who is not serving in the judicial segment currently but has been employed previously as an advocate, Music, etc. 
  • The post should be held for the prescribed number of years, and a higher-paying position in the future will be made to the appointed officer.

Kerala Judiciary Reservation Policy for General Recruitment 

If you are from SC/ST/PwD, then this information will be useful for your reference. 

  1. You will be given reservation in the direct recruitment process under the Part II of the Kerala State and Subordinate Service Rules from 14 to 17 of 1958.
  2. In the Transfer recruitment, you will be given preference under Rule 5 (3) of Judicial Services Rules, which were introduced in 1991 by the States. 
  3. 1% of the total reservation will be allocated if you hail from the category of Locomotor disability section.
  4. However, you need to produce a genuine certificate from the concerned authorities because your documents will go through several rounds of verification for the authenticity check. 

Pre-training for Kerala Judicial Service

A very appreciative approach has been taken by the Kerala Judicial Service Authority to train the underprivileged candidates (SC/ST and OBC) to give them a pre-training before the mains and Viva Voce round. However, this training session will be short-term and available only for those candidates who have cleared their Preliminary Examination.

So, if you have pre-cleared and belong to any of the above categories, you will benefit from it. Also, this training session is provided with 0 fees; hence, you have to pay nothing to become a part of this training guild. 

Expected Cut-off in the Kerala Judicial service 

Correspondingly to any other competitive examination, the direct recruitment process of the Kerala Judicial Service Examination has a cut-off score enlistment. So, you must remain aware that anyone who surpasses the prerequisite cut-off score will be considered the ideal candidate for the Kerala Judicial Service. 

  • If you hail from the General Category, you must obtain 40% in the Pre and Mains, and your overall score should be more than 45%. (hence try to score as maximum as possible, don’t stick to 40%).
  • If you are from the SC/ST/PwD, you will be given a 5% relaxation in the overall score. 

Kerala Judicial Service Examination syllabus 


Part A 

Part B 

Code of Civil Procedure 

  • Code of Conduct for Criminal cases.
  • IPC (Indian Penal Code)
  • IEA (India Evidence Act)
Indian Contract Act 
Negotiable Instrument Act 
Transfer of Property Act 
Specific Relief Act
Kerala Building (Lease and Rent Control Act)

Part C

  • Focus on the Indian Constitution, its major acts, amendments, changes, its history, and evolution over time. All major Acts and Codes have to be mentioned. 
  • Concentrate on all legal terminologies and current events affecting domestic and global law in GK and GS. The evolution of law from both an Indian and a global perspective is also discussed.
  • Reasoning and Mental Abilities needed to be covered by learning various topics which include high-end reasoning abilities such as pattern, direction, sitting arrangement, blood relation, and legal reasoning (comprehending the passage).

Mains: Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3 & Paper 4

It has the most extensive syllabus possible, divided into four sections. It covers several important topics. Make it a point to learn them all.

Paper 1

  • Essays (On Social, Political, Geopolitical, Socio-political, or legal topics) 
  • Grammar (English language Vocabulary, and Passage Comprehension) (English language Vocabulary, and Passage Comprehension).
  • Documents/deposits to English and vice versa.
  • Precise/Summary Writing.

Paper 2

Topics to read - Part A Topics to read- Part B
Indian Contract Act  Kerala court fees and suit valuation act
Transfer of Property Act  Kerala Stamp Act 
Limitation Act Kerala State Legal Service Authority Act
Specific Relief Act The Kerala Panchayat Raj Act - Chapter 10, 11, 21A
Easement Act Kerala municipality act chapter 10, 14 & 15
Kerala Building Act (Rent and Lease Control) Negotiable Instruments Act (except Ch 17)
Hindu Succession Act  Registration Act. 
Indian Succession Act - Parts 5, 6 & 10 __________
Discussion on Muslim Marriage Act __________

Paper 3

Topics to read - Part A Topics to read- Part B
Indian Penal Code, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act,
Indian Evidence Act, Kerala Police Act
Abkari Act, Probation of Offenders Act
Negotiable Instruments Act -Ch. 15 Forest Act
The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. N.D.P.S. Act (provisions relating to bail and trial by Magistrates).

Paper 4

Topics to read - Part A Topics to read- Part B
Code of Civil Procedure Code of Criminal Procedure,
Civil Rules of Practice Criminal Rules of Practice,
Kerala Civil Act, Framing of charges/Orders in Criminal 
Order in Interlocutory Application Framing of Courts issues/Judgment writing (Civil) Miscellaneous Petitions Judgment writing (Criminal) & Kerala Judicial Service


From this blog, you must have gathered all the crucial information for Kerala Judicial Service Examinations. Starting from the application process and ending at the Cutoff, we have covered all the essentials for your reference. Hence, once you go through the blog, you will gather information on eligibility, reservation, training, and many more. So, keep learning, keep growing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the expected date of the 2023 Kerala Judicial Service Examination?

From where we can fill out the form for direct recruitment in Kerala Judicial Service?

What are the minimum score requirements for qualifying for the Kerala Judicial Service Examination?

What is the mandatory qualification and experience requisition for Kerala Judicial Service?

Is there any provision of guidance or training for the candidates to clear the Mains and Viva Voce?

Where can we find the Kerala Judiciary Admit Card for download?

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Is there any provision of guidance or training for the candidates to clear the Mains and Viva Voce?

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Where can we fill out the direct recruitment form in Kerala Judicial Service?

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