The Kerala Judicial Service Munsiff Magistrate Exam is conducted every year by the Kerala High Court. The Kerala Judiciary KHC Munsiff Magistrate exam will be held in two successive stages, viz. Preliminary examination and the second stage has two elements, that are, Final examination and a Viva voce for the post of KHC Munsiff Magistrate. The notification is published on the High Court’s official website at


Kerala Judiciary Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021: Kerala Judiciary | KHC | Munsiff Magistrate

In order to apply for the Kerala Judiciary Exam, the candidates should be eligible in the following criteria:

Citizenship: The candidate should be a citizen of India.

Age Limit: Candidates should be below the age of 35 years as on the date mentioned in the official notification. The upper age limit is relaxable up to 05 years for Scheduled Caste candidates.

Educational Qualification: The candidate should have a Degree of Law from a reputed University. The candidate should also be enrolled as an advocate.

Preliminary Exam: Kerala Judiciary | KHC | Munsiff Magistrate

As per the Kerala Judicial Service Preliminary Examination Pattern, the Kerala pre exam consists of an objective paper of 200 marks. This paper is of qualifying nature and the aspirant has to score above the cut off marks (usually 50%) as released by the authority after the exam. The Kerala Judicial Service Preliminary Examination is of 2 hours. The Kerala Judiciary exam paper has a negative marking, for each incorrect answer 1 mark is deducted.

Syllabus for Preliminary Exam: Kerala Judiciary | KHC | Munsiff Magistrate

The detailed syllabus for Kerala Judicial Service Preliminary Examination | KHC | Munsiff Magistrate is give below:

  • Reasoning and mental ability
  • Legal General Knowledge
  • Constitution of India, 1949
  • The Code of Civil Procedure, 1908
  • The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973
  • The Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • The Law of Contract, 1872
  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881
  • Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • Kerala Building (Lease and Rent Control), Act 1965


Kerala Judiciary Mains Examination Syllabus: Kerala Judiciary | KHC | Munsiff Magistrate

The Kerala Judicial Service Mains exam will have four papers of 100 marks each. Each paper will be held for duration of three hours.


Paper – I

  • English Grammar
  • General Essays
  • Translation of Malayalam depositions/Documents to English
  • Precis Writing


Paper-II- Part A

  • The Contract Act, 1872
  • Limitation Act, 1963
  • The Specific Relief Act, 1963
  • Easements Act, 1882
  •  Kerala Building (Lease and Rent Control), Act 1965
  • The Transfer of Property Act, 1882
  • Hindu Succession Act, 1956
  • Indian Succession Act, 1925
  • Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act, 1939
  • The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881


Paper-II- Part B

  • Kerala Court fees and Suits Valuation Act, 1959
  • Kerala Stamp Act, 1959
  • Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987
  • Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, Ch. X, XI, XXIA & XXIII
  • Kerala Municipality Act, - Ch. IX, X, XXIV & XXV
  • Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881
  • Registration Act, 1908


Paper – III - Part A

  • Indian Penal Code, 1860
  • Indian Evidence Act, 1872
  • Abkari Act, 1967
  • Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954
  • Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005


Paper – III - Part B

  • Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015
  • Kerala Police Act, 2011
  • Probation of Offenders Act, 1958
  • Forest Act, 1927
  • N.D.P.S Act, 1985



  • Code of Civil procedure, 1908
  • Criminal Rules of Practice
  • Framing of Charges/Order in Criminal Miscellaneous Petition/ Judgment writing (Criminal)



Kerala Judiciary Viva Voce Full Details: Kerala Judiciary | KHC | Munsiff Magistrate

The viva-voce test will be held for 50 marks. The marks scored by the candidate in the viva will be added to the final score of Mains exam.



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