No lawyer clears district judge recruitment exam
Majority score negative marks
In a shocking revelation, not a single advocate out of the 3,562 lawyers who applied for direct recruitment to the post of district judge have been able to clear the preliminary examination conducted by the Madras High Court. What is more, a majority of candidates have scored negative marks, the highest score being 13.5 out of 150.
On January 13, the High Court as well as the State government issued a joint notification calling for applications from practising advocates, pleaders, Assistant Public Prosecutors and civil judges as well as senior civil judges aged between 35 and 48 years, and with a work experience of more than seven years, for direct recruitment of 31 District Judges.
The selection was to be made through three successive stages with the first being a preliminary examination followed by a main examination and then a viva voce. The preliminary examination conducted on April 7 consisted of two papers containing 150 multiple choice questions in each paper. Paper I was related to civil laws and paper II concentrated on criminal laws.
It was made clear that every correct answer would be awarded one mark and that half a mark would be deducted for every wrong answer. Further, the minimum qualifying marks for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates was fixed at 45 out of 150. While Backward Class candidates had to score 52.5, the qualifying marks for unreserved category was fixed at 60.
One of them had scored as low as -43.5.
This made none of them eligible to even attend the main examinations, scheduled to be held on May 25 and 26, and consisting of much tougher requirements of writing judgments, translating texts and writing essays on current developments in law. The main examination was to be conducted in four papers of 100 marks each.