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Tamil Nadu Judicial Service Exam 2020-21

Law Graduates who wish to become members of subordinate judiciary should write the entry-level exam which is the Judiciary exam or the PCS (J)-Provincial Civil Service-Judicial Examination.
This exam is uniformly divided into 3 stages of Preliminary, Mains and Interview, across all States in India.
The State government under the supervision of respective High Courts appoints members of the subordinate judiciary.

The selection process is further dependent on the yearly vacancies/number of seats.

Judicial services offer several attractive features which include handsome perks and privileges including among others- rent-free accommodation, fuel allowances, subsidized electricity and water supplies, telephone allowances, and bursaries for children’s education.


(i) Applicants should not have been born after 01.07.1984 and should not have been born before: (a) 02.07.1971 (in case of reserved category applicants viz. SC / ST / SC(A) belonging to the State of Tamil Nadu) (b) 02.07.1974 (in case of ‘Others’ & applicants from other States / Union Territories) 

(ii) The Persons belonging to the State of Tamil Nadu and belonging to one of the communities viz., Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiars) or Scheduled Tribe or Most Backward Classes & Denotified Communities or Backward Classes and Backward Classes (Muslims), as the case may be, will alone be treated as belonging to the respective communities. The Persons belonging to other States / Union Territories (i.e. except the State of Tamil Nadu) will be treated only as ‘Unreserved Category’, even though they may belong to one of the reserved communities in their respective States or Union Territories. Therefore, they cannot seek either age relaxation or reservation in appointment or fee concession, under any circumstances. They are required to fill up their category as “Unreserved Category (UR)” in the application form and can compete only under “Unreserved Category (UR)”, by paying requisite fee. Applications of other State / Union Territory candidates i.e. except the State of Tamil Nadu, who have applied by citing their communal status in their respective States / Union Territories and without paying prescribed fee and who are age barred will be summarily rejected and no correspondence in this regard will be entertained.

(iii) No special age concession is applicable for Differently Abled Candidates, Destitute Widow and Ex-Servicemen. 

(iv) Must possess a Degree in Law of a University in India established or incorporated by or under a Central Act or a State Act or an Institution recognized by the University Grants Commission / Bar Council of India, or any other equivalent qualification and enrolled as an advocate in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu or in the Bar Council of any other State and must be practising as an Advocate on the date of publication of this Notification and must have so practised for a period of not less than seven years as on such date. 


(A) Preliminary Examination [Objective Type Question Paper in Optical Mark Recognition Paper (OMR Paper)]

(B) Main Examination; and

(C) Viva–Voce Test. 

Preliminary Examination 

Paper – I

Constitution of India, Interpretation of Statutes, Jurisprudence and Legal Phraseology, Legal Maxims, Legal History, Legal Services Authority Act, 1987, Right to Information Act, 2005. Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, Civil Rules of Practice, 1905, The Tamil Nadu Court Fees and Suit Valuation Act, 1955, The Limitation Act, 1963, The Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, The Commercial Courts Act, 2015, The General Clauses Act, 1897, Prohibition of Benami Transaction Act, 2016.

The Indian Contract Act, 1872, The Specific Relief Act, 1963, The Indian Partnership Act, 1932, The Sale of Goods Act, 1930, Easements Act, 1882, The Transfer of Property Act, 1882, The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, Rent Control Law, The Indian Stamp Act 1899, The Registration Act, 1908. The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, Law of Torts, The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, and other Laws relating to Land Acquisition. Personal Laws including Succession Laws, (For Hindus, Muslims and Christians etc.), The Guardian and Wards Act, 1890, Indian Trust Act, 1882, The Family Courts Act, 1984. 

The Trade Marks Act, 1999, The Copyright Act, 1957, The Patent Act, 1970, The Designs Act, 2000, The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, The Employee’s Compensation Act, 1923, other Labour Laws, Income Tax Act, Co-operative Societies Act, The Mental Health Care Act, 2017, Laws relating to Mines and Minerals. 

Preliminary Examination Paper – II 

The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, Criminal Rules of Practice, The Indian Penal Code, 1860, The Indian Evidence Act, 1872. The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. The Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, including latest amendments, The Electricity Act, 2003, The Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Essential Commodities Act, 1955. Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. The Information Technology Act, 2000, The Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, The National Security Act, 1980 The National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 (Amendment) as Act, 2019 Medical Jurisprudence, Central and Tamilnadu State Criminal Minor Acts. General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude, legal reasoning, Test of reasoning and mental ability, Basic Knowledge of Computer, Environmental Laws. 

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