Megha Purohit graduated in 2016 from NUSRL, Ranchi. She hails from Barwasagar, Distt. Jhansi (U.P.). In this interview, she shares her journey throughout law school and academics. She also shares her preparation strategy which helped her to crack M.P Judiciary topper with 87th rank.
Tell our readers about your law school life.
I completed my B.A.LL.B(H) from National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi in 2016 and LL.M in Human Rights from NLSIU, Bengaluru in 2017 with gold medals.
So, I have learnt that law school is all about learning, every moment you will get to know something new which will help you in your future.
Did you have an affinity for academics in law school?
Yes, definitely! Academics was my second favourite profession after judiciary. That’s why I went on to pursue my masters and then qualified NET-JRF in 2018. I have almost 12-13 publications in national, international journals, edited books and websites.
When and why did you decide to go for judicial services?
Cracking Judicial services had been my primary objective throughout which is why I went on to pursue law.
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I believe that judiciary is the only empowering institution where people repose their trust because it has always proven itself as a saviour of individuals’ rights and liberties. Moreover, job satisfaction and dignity of the profession are two other reasons behind opting judiciary as my career.
When did you start your preparation?
After completion of my LL.M, I started preparing for M.P. judiciary in 2017.
Walk our readers through the stages of Preparation.
This examination has three stages i.e. preliminary, mains followed by the interview. The preliminary examination is an objective paper of 150 marks, which includes law of 110 marks, general knowledge of 20 marks, computer of 10 marks and English of 10 marks.
Mains examination consists of four papers i.e. civil and constitutional law, article and summary writing, local laws and criminal laws and last paper is of judgment writing, charge framing and issues framing.
The final stage is the interview, which is of 50 marks and one must secure at least 20 marks to be eligible for the appointment and thus, merit is prepared accordingly.
Which book did you refer for prelims, Mains and Interview?
For prelims, I relied on bare acts, self-made notes and previous years question papers. For static G.K, I referred Lucent and for M.P. specific G.K., I relied on books by Arihant and Punekar publications.
For current affairs, I relied on the Hindu newspaper, online sources and some YouTube channels. For computer, I relied on Lucent’s book and online videos.
For Mains –
- Constitution- V.N. Shukla and J.N. Pandey
- CPC- C.K. Takwani
- TPA- R.K. Sinha
- Contract and SRA- Avtar Singh
- Limitation Act- Bare act
- IPC- Ratan Lal and Dhiraj Lal
- CrPC- Kelkar
- Evidence- Avtar Singh and Batuk Lal
- Negotiable Instruments, M.P. Accommodation and M.P. Land Revenue Code- Bare acts.
For article writing, I relied on the Hindu newspaper and online resources, however for translation paper, I referred to bare acts of diglot edition and previous years papers.
For judgment writing, I relied on class notes provided by my coaching institute and books like K.K. Bharadwaj and P.V. Namjoshi.
Should the candidates read these books cover to cover or does selective reading work?
I’d say that selective reading is the key to success. Judiciary is a competitive examination and in these types of exams, one needs to do both hard-work with smart-study.
A smart study will always tell you what to read and what to skip. Practically speaking, it’s not possible to memorise all the things mentioned in bare acts or any reference books.
Therefore, I would like to suggest everyone that you should go through the past year papers of selective state judicial services examination which you have decided to give, analyse the paper thoroughly, mark the important portions and then study.
Did you take coaching? How would a candidate who cannot afford (considering the high fees) coaching prepare for these exams?
Yes, I did take coaching.
Financial constraints are always an impediment for some of the people. So, I would like to tell you that coaching only helps in building your efficiency which one can build in his/her home itself without a coaching centre if that particular individual is dedicated towards his/her exams.
So, if you have studied law properly during the five/three years of your law course, then you can also opt for self-study. Moreover, coaching provides guidance towards your goal that you can take from YouTube videos also.
Also, one can easily purchase the study material for judiciary of different coaching institutions from the market.
How should candidates tackle huge G.K. syllabus?
Truly, G.K. has a wide range of topics, so analyse the past years papers of that judicial examination to get the idea about the pattern and area from which questions can be asked.
Also, get yourself update every day by reading any particular newspaper, like for me it was, The Hindu. It will not only build your knowledge but will also help you in preparing a list of good vocabs and also in writing skills.
Also, I referred many websites for G.K like G.K. Today, Lead the Competition etc.
How should candidates proceed with subjective questions and interview?
For mains examination, I solved all the previous years question papers and focussed extensively on those areas from which questions are being repeatedly asked.
So, you can also craft your strategy in this manner, but most importantly, writing skills should be your centre point so practice answer-writing for maintaining consistency and perfection in your performance!
For the interview, I think you do not need to prepare much except for boosting your self-confidence. Interview is all about your personality. Also, do not give wrong answers if you don’t know it, so you can skip those questions.
Apart from it, try to get an overview of all the subjects, recent amendments and landmark judgments.
The chances of success being thin, how should candidates tackle setbacks?
Yeah, it’s like a wagering contract 😛 but I believe that we should focus on what is in our hands so keep preparing with full dedication and one day your hard work shall be paid off! So, be patient and motivated because a positive mind will give you a positive result!
What is your success mantra?
I believe if you work hard you will achieve what you have asked for. Have faith upon yourself, be patient with yourself and give your best.
Parting advice to our readers
I’d like to mention my favourite quote of Michelle Obama which kept me motivated 😀
“The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them”.
All the best to everyone! 🙂