Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) has published the short notification for TNPSC Civil Judge exam 2019 today. As per it, TNPSC will release application form for the direct recruitment of Civil Judge to Tamil Nadu Judicial Service, on September 9, 2019. The application form will be available at one or more of the official websites namely tnpsc.gov.in, tnpsc.exams.net, tnpsc.exams.in. As per the short notification published today, the last date to apply has been fixed as October 9, 2019. Therefore exactly one month’s window will be available for the registration process.
TNPSC Civil Judge Exam 2019 will comprise of a preliminary and a main exam. The preliminary exam will be held on November 24, 2019 in the forenoon session. Whereas mains exam will be conducted on March 28, 2020, and March 29, 2020 in both forenoon as well as afternoon sessions.
Leading dailies in Tamil Nadu carried the short notification as advertisement no. 555. Detailed notification no. 25/2019 will be available on the official websites with the application form on Monday. Detailed notification will indicate important details pertaining to the recruitment and exam such as educational qualification, age limit, reservation, examination scheme, fee payment, and other information.
It is anticipated that fresh law graduates as well as those practicing law will be invited to apply for the recruitment process. The recruitment will be governed by the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service (Cadre and Recruitment) Rules, 2007.
TNPSC Civil Judge exam was held last year as well, for 320 vacancies. Last year, the essential qualification for Civil Judge aspirants was separately defined for fresh law graduates, and practicing advocates. It was prescribed, that a fresh law graduate should have a degree in law, be eligible to be enrolled as an advocate, his or her law degree must have been obtained within the last three years. It was further required that open category candidates have 50% in bachelor’s degree, and SCs, SC(A)s, STs, MBCs/DCs, BCs(OBCMs) and BCMs should have 45%.
Law degree holders enrolled in Tamil Nadu Bar Council or any Bar Council and either practicing as advocate / pleader having practiced for at least three years, or be an assistant public prosecutor with three years experience as an advocate / assistant public prosecutor were also allowed to apply for the Civil Judge post.
Whereas examination pattern and syllabus will be notified in the detailed notification. Last year, the preliminary exam was of two hours and 100 marks. It was an objective test. Minimum passing marks in it were set as 30 for SC, SC (A), ST, 35 for MBC, DC, BC (OBCM), BCM, and 40 for all others. Whereas mains was a descriptive test.
In mains, there were four papers namely translation, law paper-I, law paper-II, law paper-III, each of three hours and 100 marks. Then there was a viva voce test for 60 marks. Again minimum passing marks was 30% for SC, SC (A), ST, 35% for MBC, DC, BC (OBCM), BCM, and 40% for all others. Interview passing marks was set as 18.
Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service consists of nine categories. They are District Judge (Supertime Scale), District Judge (Selection Grade), District Judge (Entry Level), Senior Civil Judge / Chief Judicial Magistrate / Chief Metropolitan Magistrate / Metropolitan Magistrate (Assured Career Progression scale – II Stage), Senior Civil Judge / Chief Judicial Magistrate / Chief Metropolitan Magistrate / Metropolitan Magistrate (Assured Career Progression scale – I Stage), Senior Civil Judge / Chief Judicial Magistrate / Chief Metropolitan Magistrate / Metropolitan Magistrate, Civil Judge (Assured Career Progression scale –II Stage), Civil Judge (Assured Career Progression scale –I Stage), Civil Judge.