I am publishing the questions that were asked in the preliminary examination of Munsiff-Magistrate for the Kerala Judicial Service conducted on January 9, 2010. The exam questions were a bit different from its past versions. So many candidates struggled to get through it. The conduct of the exam was also different. Two marks were awarded for each correct answer and one mark minus for each wrong one. In the last version four marks were awarded and one marks minus for each wrong answer. This time pen was used instead of pencil. So even if one need to correct an answer wrongly marked, he may not do so. The questions were tricky. 'True' and 'Partly true' were among the options along with 'False' and 'none of the above'. It is very evident that elimination on a high scale was on the agenda. But there might be a risk. This is no ordinary examination where serious screening for concentration like in bank exams required. So many brilliant scholars of law may fail to find a place only due to the nature and conduct of examination. They must get an opportunity to correct the wrong answers. If accidentally someone marked a wrong answer, he has the authority to correct it, but for the use of pen. Many find it very difficult and pitiful. But seldom can be said regarding the loss of standard in the questions. The questions were practically well founded. The one who has deeper touch with the profession might find it easier. So some found that there is no place for the young buddies. They studied whole heartedly each and every provision of law. The tricky nature of questions like in the bank exams and using of pen to darken the bubbles is not a fair thing at all. The judiciary don't need any one like bank managers. They need someone who knows the provision. Train them. Teach them. But do not tease them with such questions. One thing is true. Most of the rightful candidates fail due to the nature of questions and mostly with the nature of marking answers. What will be the fate of judiciary. No one needs to train a bunch of candidates who may have darkened every circle without even reading the questions. Select the right ones through a proper test. Do not be harsh. Train the best than the worst.
The following questions do not really look like the questions. But those who have really gone through the question paper will memorise the questions if they read the important segments given below. Best wishes.

  • Criminal Procedure Code
1. 437;denial of bail; identification by witness
2. 257-acquittal
3. 468; limitation for offences upto 3 years
4. Confession of co-accused when relevant.
5. 173(8); is prior permission needed for further investigation
6. Custody; hospitalised for 16 days; 3rd day custody application.
7. Investigation includes what?
8. 326 to 323 after conviction.
9. 311; examination after evidence over by Court
10. 457; property not produced before Court; disposal
11. Case exclusively triable by Sessions Court; what procedure
12. 167; is the accused to be produced
13. 164; confession to magistrate; what are the requirements
14. Plea bargaining
15. Absence of accused in trial
16. 319 of CrPC; adding accused
17. Wrongly taken cognizance; will it vitiate
18. Suspension of sentence; 2 years
19. 195; without considering; cognizance taken;181
20. 156(3); can magistrate direct any senior officer to conduct investigation

  • Civil Procedure Code
1. Res sub judice-institution whether barred
2. 152; any time & no injustice to parties- true ; partly true
3. Res judicata- possession; title; different cause of action
4. Money suit; JD died; EP for arrest &detention; legal; illegal
5. Amendment of pleadings; whether 151 be used
6. O9R7; date of continuance when order set asides
7. Partition suit exparte decree against many defendants; only one applied to set aside; procedure
8. O1 R8; numerous persons; more than one etc
9. O 7 R 11; appeal; revision etc
10. Abatement of suit; judgement validity
11. JD partly paid the amount which was not recorded by court

  • Indian Evidence Act
1. 14 Evidence Act; killed by shooting
2. To prove a fact; whether a particular number of witness to be examined
3. Bond; required money
4. TIP; whether substantive evidence
5. 27 recovery; what
6. Admission in a previous suit
7. Attesting witness died; how to be proved
8. Estoppel; what when with the knowledge of two parties
9. Possession of article soon after theft-114(a)
10. Inscription on stone; whether a document

  • Indian Penal Code
1. What is Wrongful gain
2. Trespass; hand inserted-house trespass
3. Ring lying on the road; takes it; whether any offence
4. Shows gun; extortion; robbery
5. Abets to murder. Not murdered; any offence-abets
6. Walled space; what offence; confinement
7. Punishment of imprisonment for non-payment of money-65;1/4
8. Offence; 40
9. 149 IPC
10. 34 IPC
11. What offence can be done with immovable property? Theft; Extortion; Misappropriation

  • Negotiable Instruments Act
1. Promissory Note- after 1 year
2. Holder in due course
3. Negotiation-backside
  • Indian Contract Act
1. Ratification; minor; major
2. Agency; termination
3. Novation
4. Specific period no intention; 6 months specified
  • Transfer of Property Act
1. Dominant heritage-easement
2. Transfer to defeat creditors-voidable
3. Gift; 90 rupees; compulsorily registered
4. Part performance
5. Mortgage deed mistaken; sale deed; whether binding
6.Section 43 

  • Specific Relief Act
1. 6; whether title material
2. Specific performance; when compensation would not be entitled
3. 34; declaratory decrees; can Court go beyond
4.  Unilateral
5. Is court bound to grant specific relief merely because it is lawful to do so; No

  • Kerala Building Lease&Rent Control Act
1. Ceasing to occupy; 6 months
2. Subletting; partnership
3. Building destroyed by fire
4. Tenant died; joint tenants; co-owners; legal heirs
5. Landlord contested; Tenant has another building; Who has the burden

  • Constitution
1. Right to education
2. Amendment; Kesavananda bharti; Minerva mills; golaknath
3. Union and state assemblies derive their authority from where
4. SC/ST public employment; 15;16
5. Disqualifying of members
6. Constitutional review commission
7. Election candidate’s disclosure
8. Anti defection
9. Population/planning
10. How many languages?
11. Article 20
12. Quorum; 1/10th

  • Legal GK/Reasoning/Others
1. Planets;moons;stars
2. Reign in hell
3. Time barred debt
4. Hepatitis
5. Munnar; library
6. Tort; unliquidated means
7. Day; colour discrimination
8. Two arguments; limit the ministers; democracy

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