New 16 vacancies for the posts of District Judge in the High Court of Karnataka.

New Delhi: – Online applications are invited in the prescribed form from eligible candidates for 16 vacancies for the posts of District Judge, in the Judicial Service of the High Court of Karnataka.

It is hereby notified that under Article 233 of the Constitution of India read with the provisions of the Karnataka Judicial Service (Recruitment) Rules, 2004 and Amendment Rules 2011, 2015, and 2016, the High Court of Karnataka invites online applications from eligible candidates for filling up of 16 vacant posts of District Judges (14 backlog and 2 new vacancies) by direct recruitment.


  1. Must be the holder of a degree in Law granted by a University established by Law in India;
  2. Must be practicing as an Advocate in the High Court or a Subordinate Court on the last date fixed for receipt of applications and must have so practiced for a period not less than SEVEN years as on such date.

Note: Public Prosecutor/Assistant Public Prosecutor/Government Counsel in full-time employment of the State having not less than seven years of continuous practice immediately preceding the last date fixed for receipt of online applications are also eligible for appointment.

AGE LIMIT: Must not have attained the age of Forty-Eight years in the case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes and ¨sauna– 5 Part – V, 20 2022( 29 1944) BENGALURU, TUESDAY, 20, SEPTEMBER, 2022(BHADRAPADA, 29, SHAKAVARSHA, 1944). 468No. 468 2 Forty-Five years in the case of others, as on the last date fixed for receipt of online applications.

Note: The maximum age limit is relaxed by three years in the case of Ex-servicemen candidates. SCALE OF PAY: ₹51550-1230-58930-1380-63070.

PROBATION: A candidate selected will be initially on probation for TWO years or an extended period, if necessary and he/she must undergo such training as may be specified by the High Court


  1. the Competitive Examination for recruitment of District Judges shall consist of 3 stages namely

(a) Preliminary Examination

(b) Main Examination and

(c) Viva voice:-

(a) PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION: The Preliminary Examination shall be conducted by way of an Objective Type Question Paper with multiple choices of 1½ hours (Ninety minutes) duration consisting of 100 marks. The syllabi for the said examination shall be the following, namely:-

3 Part-A – Civil Law.

Part-B – Criminal Law.

Part-C – General Knowledge (Test of reasoning and mental aptitude)

(b) MAIN EXAMINATION: The Competitive Written Examination for recruitment of District Judges shall consist of:

(i) Written examination of two papers each of three hours duration with 150 maximum marks for each piece – one in Civil Law and another in Criminal Law.

(ii) all candidates must answer at least one of the papers in the English language and in so far as the other paper is concerned, it shall be optional for the candidates to answer the same either in English or in Kannada in which event the said paper shall be answered entirely in the language in which option is exercised.


(i) The viva-voce shall carry a maximum of 50 marks.

(ii) The candidate’s General knowledge, grasp of principles of law, and suitability for appointment as District Judge shall be tested.

(1) Minimum marks for pass in the Preliminary Examination shall be 50 for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and 60 for others.

(2) The minimum marks for pass in each paper of the written examination carrying 150 marks, shall be 50 marks in each paper for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe and 60 marks for others. However, the total marks to be secured for a pass in the written examination shall be 120 marks out of 300 for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe and 150 marks out of 300 for others. To be considered under General Category, a candidate belonging to the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe has to secure the minimum marks prescribed for the General category in the Preliminary Examination, Main Written Examination, and Viva-voce.

(3) From among the candidates who are eligible for Viva-voce as per clause

(2), as far as may be, such number of candidates as is equal to three times the number of vacancies notified, having regard to the number of vacancies in each reserved category, selected in the order of merit, shall be called for Viva voce.

(4) Candidate belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe who obtains a minimum of forty percent and a candidate not belonging to a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, who obtains a minimum mark of fifty percent in the viva-voce shall be eligible to be considered for selection to the posts. 4

(5) Selection of candidates shall be made in the order of merit based on an aggregate of the marks obtained in the Written Examination and Viva-voce test, subject to the Government Orders relating to reservation of posts for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other backward classes. Provided that no candidate has secured less than the minimum marks specified above:

(i) Any paper of the Written Examination shall be eligible for Viva-Voce.

(ii) Any paper of the Written Examination or viva-voce shall be eligible for appointment as District Judge.


No person shall be eligible for an appointment to the service –

(a) Unless he/she is a citizen of India;

(b) If he/she is compulsorily retired, removed, or dismissed from judicial service or service in Government or Statutory or Local Authority or if a candidate after being selected as a Judicial Officer has been discharged from service during the probationary period.

(c) if he/she has been convicted of an offense involving moral turpitude or who is or has been permanently debarred or disqualified by the High Court or the Union Public Service Commission or any State Public Service Commission from appearing for examinations or selections conducted by it or has been removed from its roll by any Bar Council;

(d) If any penalty or punishment has been imposed by the Bar Council or any Disciplinary Authority which in the opinion of Selecting Authority, makes the applicant unsuitable for a judicial post;

(e) If he/she directly or indirectly influence the Recruiting Authority by any means for his/her candidature;

(f) If the marital status of the candidate is bigamous. Those who are desirous of applying for the post of District Judge are required to submit their application online by visiting the High Court website

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