A. Congrats on your success in the Rajasthan Judicial Services Examination! Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Thank you! And thanks for providing me this opportunity to connect with your readers 🙂
Hello everyone, I am Monika Choudhary from Bharatpur, Rajasthan. I have secured Rank 3 in Rajasthan Judicial Services Examination 2017 in my first attempt.
I studied law at ILS Law College, Pune and graduated in 2017. Meanwhile, I also undertook Company Secretaries course, which I completed in 2016.
I began preparing for Judicial Services examination right after finishing the college.
B. What made you choose judiciary (RJS) as a career option?
I always knew what I wanted to do but I never knew how. So I was open to new experiences and opportunities. During law school, I did my internships in law firms and even pursued CS. But the more I explored, the more I realized that judicial services was answer to the ‘how’.
I desperately wanted to be instrumental in the change I wanted to see in the world and judiciary would allow me to do just that.
C. What’s the pattern of the RJS exam?
Like most judicial services exam, RJS exam comprises of three levels- objective type Preliminary Examination, Written Mains Examination, and Interview.
The preliminary exam of RJS is a hundred marks paper without any negative marking. Out of which seventy percent weightage is given to law subjects and remaining comprises Hindi and English grammar.
Mains consists of four papers; Law paper I and Law paper II (each three-hour duration) and English and Hindi essay papers (each two-hour duration).
1. What was your overall strategy for Rajasthan Judiciary prelims?
There were four pillars to my preparation: Bare Acts, Text books, Previous year papers and Mock test papers.
Syllabus for mains and pre is quite similar, hence I did not prepare for them separately. However, my mindset and approach for each level was very different.
For whole one month before the prelims exam of Rajasthan Judiciary I restricted myself to bare Acts and self-notes and followed a simple mantra- Revise, Revise and Revise.
During this period I diligently attended as many mock tests as possible to get the understanding and feel of the exam.
2. What was your overall strategy for RJS mains?
For the Rajasthan Judicial Services Examination, as I mentioned earlier prelims and mains don’t require separate preparation, I would only mention additional things that I did for the mains.
Firstly, I did not try to prepare perfect notes at once (Rome wasn’t built in a day! 🙂 ), I kept on updating my notes and revised them regularly.
Secondly, RJS mains being a written type paper I practiced solving as many previous year question papers as I could lay my hands on. It not only helped me understand areas that needed more attention but also equipped me to manage my time well in the examination hall.
Moreover, certain portions such as judgement writing, essay writing only form part of mains syllabus.
Essays asked in Rajasthan Judiciary can be divided into categories such as Rajasthan and it’s culture, Legal Topics, Contemporary socio-economic issues etc. I prepared model essays for probable topics and practiced writing three to four essays per week.
In retrospect, in my preparation for the Rajasthan Judicial Services Examination, I feel this should ideally be done before prelims itself.
3. How did you prepare for the Rajasthan Judiciary interview?
Who knows you better than your family and friends? They were my guiding stars during interview preparation. Based on the feedbacks I received from them, I worked on the areas that needed improvement.
In addition to that mock interviews proved to be of great help as they alleviate my doubts and fear of actual interview.
Interview-based questions in the Rajasthan Judicial Services Examination can be divided into parts such as Personal and academic background; current and general knowledge; and Legal knowledge. For all these I prepared a list of FAQs with short and honest answers and revised them regularly.
I also watched UPSC mock interview on youtube to get further insights.
To sum up, the key to a successful interview is to understand your strengths and weakness, & work over it. Don’t be afraid to state your opinion, DON’T give generic answers and be spontaneous.
4. Please share your book list for all subjects of RJS prelims and mains.
I referred to following standard books for my preparation for Rajasthan Judiciary-
Constitution: MP Singh
Contracts/Partnership/Specific Relief: Avatar Singh and Bangia
Transfer of Property Act: RK Sinha
Family law: Poonam Pradhan
IPC: PSA Pillai
Hindi Essays (Raj): Rajasthan Adhyayan, RBSE
Hindi Grammar: Vyakaran Rachna, RBSE
Previous year papers: Universal’s Guide to Judicial Service Examination
I would like to issue a caveat here- reading these books end to end is very time consuming and unnecessary, instead a selective approach should be adopted.
4.B. Rajasthan Judiciary Exam has many local laws. How did you prepare for these subjects?
In preliminary as well as mains of RJS, all the questions from local laws are asked directly from bare acts, therefore a thorough reading of bare acts should suffice.
Furthermore, one need not remember all the sections but only the important ones such as those of appeal, various land records, grounds for eviction etc.
Same goes for other minor act, such as Domestic Violence Act, 2005; Protection of Child from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 etc.
However, I fortified my understanding of these laws by referring to landmark cases such as Shreya Singhal v Union of India, Harsora v Harsora etc.
5. What were your ‘secret sauce’ recipes, if any? 🙂
A movie I watched postulated that our mind is kind of a dam. More often than not, you have to open the floodgates.
If it becomes too much, just take an evening walk (I ended up exploring entire jaipur) or watch movies that puts up such riveting theories. After all, hitting a refresh is important not just for computers.
6. For your preparation for the Rajasthan Judicial Services Examination how long did you prepare and how many hours did you put in?
I started preparing for judiciary in September 2017 and appeared for mains in September 2018, so roughly it involved twelve months.
Initially, I tried to put in a fixed number of hours every day.
However, it was hard to put six hours on days like Diwali but easier to put eleven hours on a regular Wednesday.
So, I broke up syllabus in modules and set up weekly and monthly targets instead.
7. What were some challenges you faced/mistakes you made during your RJS preparations, and how did you overcome them?
I dreaded writing Hindi essay, I was out of practice and writing a full-length essay on a topic is already hard enough.
I overcame this challenge by reading the hindi newspaper and practicing writing a few pages daily.
8. What were the most important ‘right things/strategies’ you implemented during your Rajasthan Judiciary preparations?
What really worked for me was the cliche’ stuff that I read in the interviews of people who had cracked competitive exams. Such as- Keeping things simple. Limiting the study material. Sticking to a schedule. Staying positive etc.
I figure it is cliché because it really works. It did for me.
9. Did you take coaching from anywhere for the Rajasthan Judiciary exam?
I took coaching at JKILS, Jaipur. It helped to clear my concepts and complete the syllabus in a time-bound fashion. Moreover, it provided me with much needed regular mock tests.
However, joining any coaching is not a pre-requisite for cracking judicial examinations. Coaching can only facilitate, in the end it’s your effort that really counts.
10. How was your RJS interview and what sort of questions were asked?
It was a good experience. My interview lasted for about 25 minutes and I was asked approximately 15 questions.
Some of the questions that I can recall are as following:
General question such as-
Why did you pursue CS?
Opinion based questions such as-
What is your opinion on Sabrimala Temple issue and Triple Talaq Judgement.
What are your views on quality of legal education in India?
Purely legal questions such as-
Difference between “Due process” and “procedure established by law”.
Difference between culpable homicide and Murder.
What are exceptions to Section 300, IPC?
What is the most important ingredient in offence of conspiracy?
State two judgements related to conspiracy.
What are provisions as to Receiver in CPC?
What do you understand by Inherent powers of High court?
11. Anything else you’d like to tell our readers who are preparing for the Rajasthan Judiciary Exam.
NEVER LOSE IT.
Whatever you want to call it; Maina. Ambition. Hope. Faith. Conviction. There might be times when there is not enough of it. There might be times when you hit the rock bottom.
Do not hesitate in asking for a helping hand. Whoever lifts you up. Friends. Family. Yourself.