Hello Aspirants! Welcome back to the Lawctopus Judiciary Corner series.
This article will discuss one of the most crucial questions from the judicial examination point of view. The question is- How should I write my answer?
To some, it may appear as an irrelevant question. Why? Because during the five or three years we spend in law school, we involve ourselves only in research papers, moots, and tons of examinations. We firmly believe that we know everything related to answer writing. Right? Well, not really. Let me tell you why.
Bursting the Bubble of Mains Answer Writing
Believe it or not, law schools do not prepare us for various competitive examinations. People who get selected in Judicial Services avoid writing their answers as a typical law student. Instead, their answers reflect their thought process, knowledge of the law, and its applicability.
Successful aspirants frame the answers in a manner that reflects clarity of legal concepts, filter out relevant information with convincing reasoning to the examiner. So, comparing the answer written by a law student with a judicial aspirant would be like comparing apples to oranges.
But no worries. Every aspirant who ever made it to the merit list and joined Judicial Services started from scratch. You can, too, learn to write your answers just like a successful judicial aspirant.
But truth to be told, it is not a piece of cake. One has to practice consistently for at least 3-6 months. If you are ready to do that, then continue reading to find out how.
The method discussed below for answer writing applies to everyone regardless of the State Judicial Service Examination you are attempting. So be it Delhi Judicial Services (DJS) or Haryana Judicial Examination, it works for everyone.
Mains Answer Writing: Crisp, Precise, and Desirable
Answer writing is an art that you need to master for clearing the Mains examination.
But how do you do that?
The perfect answer has three main essential ingredients. Crisp, Precise, and Desirable. Your answer needs to have these three components as per the question.
You may ask why? It’s simple. Because you start with limited time on your hand when you sit for the exam. You get only three hours to attempt the paper & not following these three components may make you miss two or three questions that can cost you an entire year.
The judicial examination is a race against time & one mistake can make you start again from the beginning. By remembering the Crisp, Precise, and Desirable rule, you will be able to finish your paper on time & your answer will reflect your preparation and preciseness that is very important.
Beating around the bush or mentioning irrelevant information will go against you. Aspirants need to forget the law school method of answer writing. Learn and practice writing only information that is relevant to the topic.
You will be able to incorporate these rules only if you practice answer writing daily. Stop assuming that it will come naturally to you when you sit for the exam. Remember, many times students blank out due to the lack of preparation and practice.
Pattern of Mains Answer Writing
Students don’t face problems when they attempt conceptual and direct questions. However, when it comes to hypothetical questions, they do get nervous. Especially in the Delhi Judicial Service Examination, it is the trend that most questions are hypothetical.
So what should be your strategy to tackle such questions? You can follow the advice of Yashdeep Chahal AIR 1 Delhi Judicial Service Exam, 2019.
He suggests, for answer writing, practice is the key & there is no alternative to it. The answers need to be in a structured manner. For writing answers, candidates need to adopt an analytical approach.
The analytical approach consists of the following stages:
- Find out what exactly is asked in the question.
- Determine the length of the question by marking points. Don’t write 20 marks worth of content in a 5 marker question.
- Don’t start writing answers immediately. Take a moment, make a mental plan of the chronology of the answer, and then write.
- Follow a uniform pattern for all answers. Don’t go around spending much time and effort on one answer and finish the others casually.
- Prepare answers beforehand. For example, if you are studying a specific topic, let’s say Confession, then prepare five marks, ten marks, and twenty marks answers in advance.
Aspirants can try this answer writing method for Hypothetical questions:
- Issues Paragraph
- Position of Law
- Facts & Law
Also, try linking your answer with the Constitution whenever possible. Because the Indian Constitution is the pillar for all the laws, it would make a difference.
Practice for Mains Answer Writing
Learning, Repetition, and Consistency is the key to success in any examination. You need to realize that your paper is going to be very long so you need to manage your time well. Revise everything you studied during the day.
You can try to filter your syllabus into three areas:
- Very important
- Not so important
With this method try to make specific notes of important topics and revise them weekly, if possible. It helps you write the answer as you won’t waste time thinking about how to go about it. As you need to impress the examiner with your answer in a limited time, so it is better to prepare your synopsis in advance.
The fact is that everyone who attempts the Judicial Services wants to pass the exam and become a judge. However, only a few can make it. Why? Because they do the small but important things differently than others. While most follow the standard method of answer writing taught in law schools, few of them change the way they have been taught and clear the exam. So what are you waiting for? Start practicing your answer writing today and see how much of a difference it makes.
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