To cope with the 5400 plus vacancies in judges’ posts in the lower judiciary, the Union Law ministry has joined forces with the Supreme Court to conduct a pan India examination. The exam will recruit around 6000 judges as a one-time measure.
It is not yet declared if UPSC or any other central agency will be involved in conducting the test keeping in mind the local languages for candidates who opt for a particular state, separately for district judges & subordinate judges in Union Territories and state. It is clear that an all-India merit list will be prepared on the main selection process.
A directive is required to be issued by the Supreme Court before the process to organize the exam is finalized. This was scrutinized before by several states and high courts but a fresh start has been initiated by CJI Ranjan Gogoi who wants to increase the number of judges to bring down the huge pile of pending cases in district and subordinate courts, which sums up to a whooping 2.78 crore.