TNPSC Recruitment 2019 for the post of Civil Judge in Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service


Do you wish to become a Civil Judge? Here is a golden opportunity for the fresh law graduates, practising advocates and assistant public prosecutors. The Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) is inviting applications from eligible candidates for the post of civil judge in Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service. Go through this article and get the details like eligibility criteria, selection process and how to apply for the post of Civil Judge.

As per the provisions under the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service (Cadre and Recruitment Rules),2007, TNPSC invites applications for recruitment to the post of Civil Judge in the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service. The total number of vacancies available for the post of Civil Judge including the carried forward vacancies is 176. Eligible candidates can make use of this opportunity and achieve their dream of becoming a Civil Judge. To apply for the post of Civil Judge, check the eligibility criteria and follow the application guidelines and selection procedures mentioned below.

Note: The number of vacancies is approximate and it may vary at any time before admitting the applicants to oral test.

Who can apply?

Candidates who satisfy the following eligibility criteria can apply for the Civil Judge post.

Age limit
  • For assistant public prosecutors and practising advocates/pleaders who belong to SC, SC(A), ST, BC, BCM, MBC/DC and destitute widows categories, the minimum age limit is 25 years(should have completed) and maximum age limit is 40 years(should not have completed) as on 01.07.2019. For all those who belong to other categories, the minimum age limit is 25 years(should have completed) and maximum age limit is 35 years(should not have completed) as on 01.07.2019.
  • For fresh law graduates of all categories the minimum age limit is 22 years(should have completed) and maximum age limit is 27 years(should not have completed) as on 01.07.2019.


Educational qualification and experience
  • The practicing advocates/pleaders and assistant public prosecutors who wish to apply for the Civil Judge post must hold a degree in Law from a recognized Law university in India or any other equivalent qualification and must be enrolled as a member in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu or any other State in India. Also, the applicants must be practising as an assistant public prosecutor or advocate/pleader in any court on the date of Notification for recruitment to the post and must have practised for a period not less than 3 years.
  • The fresh law graduates who apply for the Civil Judge post must have completed a degree in law from a recognized university and must be eligible to be enrolled as an advocate. The reserved category (BC, OBCM, MBC/DC, SC,SC(A), ST) students must have secured 45% marks in Bachelor's degree of law and the open category students must have secured 50% marks.
  • Applicants who have enrolled as advocates but have not practised for 3 years at the Bar Council are eligible to apply for the post of Civil Judge as a fresh law graduate, provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria listed for fresh law graduates.
  • Candidates who have graduated from the academic year 2009-2010(from 01.07.2010) with a degree in law must have passed the All India Bar Examination, conducted by the Bar Council of India. Only candidates who have passed the exam will be eligible for being termed as Practising advocate. This condition is not applicable for candidates who apply under the fresh law graduates.


Other eligibility criteria
  • Applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • Applicant must have good knowledge to speak, read and write in English and Tamil. Those who do not possess knowledge in Tamil are also eligible to apply, but if selected they should pass the Second Class Language Test in Tamil within the period of probation.


How to apply?

Interested and eligible applicants can apply only through online mode via the official websites of TNPSC-www.tnpsc.gov.in (or) www.tnpscexams.in (or) www.tnpscexams.net

Before applying for any post in the TNPSC websites, One Time Registration (OTR) is mandatory and hence the applicants must register only once by paying Rs 150/- as a registration fee. One successful OTR is valid for 5 years from the date of registration. Applicants need to submit all the applications through the one-time registration ID and password.

While registering online for OTR, applicants must upload scanned copies of their photograph, certificates and signature. The uploaded images should satisfy the guidelines and specifications as mentioned in the website. Applicants who have already registered on or before 29th September 2015 can use their existing OTR id and password for submitting the applications and they are privileged to view the already available information and can also update them in the applicant's dashboard.

Note: An applicant cannot create more than one registration ID via OTR. The One Time Registration will not be considered as an application for any post. It is just a collection of information used to maintain an applicant's profile.

To submit the application form for civil judge post, the applicants need to click 'Apply Online' against the Civil Judge recruitment notification mentioned in the TNPSC official website and can apply using the user id and password of OTR. Examination of fee of Rs.500/- must be paid by the applicants via net banking, credit card or debit card. Offline payment is also accepted but those who opted for offline payment while filling the application form must pay the exam fee within 2 days from the date of submission of the online application form. For exam fee concession and other details related to the recruitment process refer to the official recruitment notification released by TNPSC.

Applicants need to fill all the mandatory fields in the form with correct details and must upload all the necessary images and documents with utmost care. Failure in doing so will lead to the rejection of the form. Once an application form is submitted, modifications cannot be done.

After submitting the application form, applicants can save the application in PDF format and can also take a print out of the form for their reference. The print out of submitted application form and other supporting documents need not be sent to the TNPSC office. All the necessary documents will be verified only at the stage of verification.

Applicants are requested to provide a valid mobile number and email id while registering because all the updates regarding the recruitment process will be communicated via email or phone. A request for a change in mobile number will not be entertained and the commission will never take responsibility for the non-delivery of SMS or email. Also, it is the responsibility of the applicants to check the TNPSC website regularly for any updates.

Read the guidelines mentioned in the TNPSC's official recruitment notification of Civil Judge post before filling the application form and follow it strictly to avoid the rejection of the form.

Selection process

After submitting the applications, the commission will validate the application form and will call the applicants to appear for the Written Examination. The hall ticket for prelims/mains exam can be downloaded from the official website one week prior to the exam. The hall ticket will not be sent by post but the intimation regarding the hall ticket will be sent to the applicants via SMS/Email. If the applicants find any spelling mistake or incorrect information in their hall ticket, they can immediately inform the commission for rectification.

As per the selection process of TNPSC, candidates must take a preliminary examination, main examination and viva-voce test. The final selection will be purely based on the merit and hence the total marks obtained by the candidates in the written exam and oral test will be considered. Certificate verification will be done for the selected candidates and the candidates need to produce all the required original certificates and physical fitness certificate for verification.

The final list of candidates who are selected for the post of Civil Judge must undergo training for a period of 12 months as prescribed by the Madras High Court. Also, those who are selected by direct recruitment must pass the Account Test for executive officers within the period of probation.

Preliminary Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The preliminary exam is conducted by the commission to shortlist the candidates. The duration of the exam is 3 hours and the question paper will contain 100 objective type questions. The total mark is for 100. Each correct answer carries one mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The minimum pass mark for SC, SC(A) and ST candidates is 30 marks, for MBC/DC, BC(OBCM) and BCM candidates it is 35 marks and for other category candidates, it is 40 marks. The question paper will be in both English and Tamil.

The preliminary exam will be conducted by the commission at the centres located at Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Salem, Thanjavur, Vellore and Villupuram.

The syllabus of the prelims exam includes the following topics
  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1981
  • The Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • The Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • The Specific Relief Act, 1963 14
  • The Constitution of India
  • The Tamil Nadu Buildings (Lease and Rent Control) Act, 1960 and Tamil Nadu Regulation of Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act, 2017 (Tamil Nadu Act 42 of 2017)
  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Criminal Law (Amendment) Acts The Criminal Minor Acts (including Information Technology Act, 2000; The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012).
  • General Knowledge (Degree standard)
  • Test of Reasoning and Mental ability (S.S.L.C. standard).


Main Exam Pattern and Syllabus

The main exam is purely descriptive and it is divided into 4 papers. Candidates have to attend all the 4 papers. The main exam will be conducted only at Chennai and not at any exam centres outside Chennai. The duration for completing each paper is 3 hours and the total marks for each paper is 100. The 4 papers of the main exam include Translation paper, Law paper-I, Law paper-II and Law paper-III. The minimum pass mark for each paper is 30 % for SC, SC (A) and ST candidates, 35% for MBC/DC, BC(OBCM) and BCM candidates and 40% for other candidates.

In translation paper, candidates have to translate the passage from English to Tamil and from Tamil to English. The passages will be from orders, judgments, depositions and pleadings.

Law paper -I will contain questions from The Indian Evidence Act, 1872; The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908; The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973; Principles of pleading and the Constitution of India (as Amended).

Law paper-II will contain questions related to Framing of Issues and Writing of Judgments in Civil Cases.

Law Paper-III will contain questions related to Framing of charges and Writing of Judgments in Criminal Cases.

Viva-Voce test

Candidates who have secured more than the minimum pass mark for their category will be selected for the viva-voce test which will be conducted at Chennai location. The maximum mark is 60 and all category candidates have to score a minimum of 18 marks in the test. The viva-voce test is conducted to assess a candidate's judgment skills, attitude, knowledge of the law, character, power of communication, administrative skills and other important skills required for the post of civil judge.

Important date and time

  1. Last date for submission of online application: 09.10.2019 till 11.59 p.m.
  2. Last date to pay the fee through bank: 11.10.2019
  3. Preliminary Examination Date: 24.11.2019 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  4. Main Examination: 28.03.2020 and 29.03.2020 (F.N-9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & A.N- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
  5. Tentative month for the publication of preliminary results- January 2020
  6. Tentative month for the publication of main exam results- May 2020
  7. Viva-Voce Test- June 2020


Contact details

In case of any information/guidance/clarification, applicants can contact TNPSC office in person or drop an email or call over the telephone on all working days between 10 a.m. and 5.45 p.m.

Phone Number: 044-25332833 / 25332855
Toll free: 1800 425 1002
Email: contacttnpsc@gmail.com

To get the detailed information regarding the recruitment for Civil Judge post in the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service, applicants are requested to read the instructions available at the TNPSC website www.tnpsc.gov.in


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