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Kerala Judicial Service Examination Syllabus

Scheme of Examination

The examination will be held in three stages:

  1. Preliminary Exam
  2. Main Exam
  3. Viva-voce

Preliminary Examination

The preliminary examination will consist of one paper of objective type screening test based on the syllabus given below containing 100 multiple choice questions, each question carrying two marks. Maximum marks will be 200 and one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The duration of the preliminary examination will be two & half hours.

Syllabus for the Preliminary Examination

Part A:

  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Indian Contract Act
  • Negotiable Instruments Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Kerala Building(Lease and Rent Control) Act

Part B:

  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Part C:
  • Constitution of India
  • Legal G.K.
  • Reasoning & Mental ability

Main (Written) Examination

The Kerala Judicial Service Examination (Main) will consist of 4 papers of written examination each carrying 100 marks at a total of 400 marks, based on the syllabus given below and viva voce carrying 50 marks. The prescribed duration for each paper will be three hours.

Syllabus for the Written Examination (Main)


  • English Grammar
  • General Essays
  • Translation of Malayalam Depositions / Documents to English
  • Precis writing



  • Indian Contract Act
  • Transfer of Property Act
  • Limitation Act
  • Specific Relief Act
  • Easements Act
  • Kerala Building (Lease and Rent Control) Act
  • Hindu Succession Act
  • Indian Succession Act- Parts V, VI & X
  • Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act


  • Kerala Court Fees and Suits Valuation Act
  • Kerala Stamp Act
  • Legal Services Authorities Act
  • The Kerala Panchayath Raj Act -Ch.X, XI, XXIA & XXIII
  • Kerala Municipality Act -Ch.IX, X, XXIV & XXV
  • Negotiable Instruments Act (except Ch. XVII)
  • Registration Act



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



  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rules of Practice
  • Kerala Civil Courts Act
  • Order in Interlocutory Applications/ Framing of Issues/ Judgment Writing (Civil)
  • Part–B:
  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Rules of Practice
  • Framing of Charges/ Order in Criminal Miscellaneous Petitions/ Judgment Writing (Criminal)

Viva voce

Only those candidates who score the prescribed percentage of marks or more in the main written examination shall be called for viva voce. Viva voce will carry 50 marks