Supreme Court Clerkship Now Open to Non-NLU Grads: 3 Hour MCQ Test on English, General Awareness and Law + Interview

Following a Public Interest Litigation filed by Phaguni Nilesh Lal, a graduate of Army Institute of Law, Mohali, the Supreme Court of India has revised its eligibility criteria for engagement of law clerks.

Important excerpts from the official notification here:

Essential Qualifications

(i) The candidate must be a law graduate (as on the date of appearing at interview) having a Bachelor Degree in Law (including Integrated Degree Course in Law) from any School/College/University/lnstitute established by law in India and recognized by the Bar Council of India for enrolment as an Advocate.

(ii) Candidate studying in the fifth year of the Five-Year Integrated Law Course will also be eligible to apply subject to furnishing proof of acquiring Law qualification at the time of interview/before taking up the assignment as Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant.

(iii) The candidate must have knowledge of computer including retrieval of desired information from various search engines/processes such as
Manupatra, SCC Online, LexisNexis, Westlaw etc.

The Written Test for Recruitment of Law Clerks 

Since large number of applications are expected to be received from eligible candidates all over the country, method of Screening shall be followed for filtering the candidates and, for the said purpose, a National Level Written Examination shall be conducted at four major cities across the country, i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata, at Test Centres to be notified from time to time.

The duration of the Written Test will be of three hours.

The Question Paper for the Test will contain 150 questions with multiple choice answers.

Each question shall carry 1 mark.

There shall be negative marking and 0.25 marks shall be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Minimum qualifying marks for the said Written Test has been prescribed as 60% in aggregate with minimum 5000 marks for each of the two Sections.

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The Question Paper for the Written Test shall have the following components:

Section I 

Questions relating to General English and General Aptitude/Awareness: 50 marks


Question relating to Indian Constitution, Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Civil Procedure Code and Indian Evidence Act etc: 100 marks

Personal Interview

A Committee of Hon’ble Judges constituted by Hon’ble the Chief Justice will interview the eligible candidates. The Interview will carry 30 marks with 15 marks being minimum qualifying marks.

In addition to being a General Interview, the candiates will also be asked questions relating to Law.

The full notification is here.


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