Strategizing for Judicial Services Examinations – by Harshit Sharma, Civil Judge-cum-JMFC, RJS

Mr. Harshit Sharma has been selected for the post of Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrate First Class, Rajasthan Judicial Services (RJS). He has also previously secured a CLAT PG all India rank of 15 in 2019 and then 23 in 2020, and qualified the UGC NET exam.

As a part of Lawctopus’ Free Webinar on ‘Acing Competitive Exams in Law: CLAT PG, UGC NET, Judiciary’ dated January 18, 2021, he has prepared this brief guide, especially focusing on the books one can refer to while preparing for Judicial Services Examinations.

PREPARATION GUIDE FOR JUDICIARY

With my aim of helping aspirants in achieving their goal I am making this preparation guide to crack the competitive exams in the field of law. I hope you will find this material helpful. Still, I would suggest you to use your personal discretion while choosing books.

Sources for Judiciary Exam

Go through all the bare acts given in the syllabus. Once you have read bare acts then move towards standard commentaries on the subject. By standard commentaries I mean the student edition of the book. Here I am providing a list which I found useful. But again its your personal choice depending upon the author’s way of writing the book, your budget & any other relevant consideration.

  • R. V. Kelkar or C.K. Takwani for CrPC
  • PSA Pillai or Ratanlal & Dhirajlal for IPC
  • Poonam Pradhan on Family and Property Law
  • C.K. Takwani for CPC
  • Vepa P. Sarthi or Batuk Lal for Evidence
  • Avtar Singh or R.K. Bangia for Contract
  • Avtar Singh for Specific Relief Act
  • C.K. Takwani for Limitation Act
  • R.K. Bangia or R&D for Torts
  • K. Khergamvala for Negotiable Instruments Act
  • P. Massey on Administrative Law
  • K. Jain (Dukki) for Constitution, Interpretation of Statutes, Sale of Goods, Partnership, Registration, LLP
  • For acts like Domestic Violence, Motor Vehicle, Consumer Protection, Probation of Offenders Act, Juvenile Justice, Arbitration, Local State Specific Acts, bare acts are sufficient along with important cases.
  1. If you have habit of making notes then do make them.
  2. Follow Live Law or Bar & Bench regularly.

For practicing MCQ’s you can refer to:

  • A. Rashid’s Book on MCQ’s for Judicial Services
  • Singhal Publications Previous Year Pre-Paper Solved Book

For practicing Mains Answer Writing:

  • Solve Past Year Papers
  • Test Series prepared by any coaching or your course teacher

It is important to get your answer scripts checked by your teachers or seniors.

For Judgement, Order Writing & Charge Framing refer to Singhal’s Book on Judgement Writing or any other book that you find useful.

Strategy

Always start with major subjects and then move towards minor ones. If you are targeting different judiciaries then this will help you a lot because major laws are the same everywhere. You just need to prepare for the state-specific acts along with some minor acts additionally.

Answer Word Limit

Mostly, you are provided with the word limit. If not then follow this:

  • For 2 Marks: Max. 20-30 Words
  • For 3 Marks: 50 Words
  • For 5 Marks: Around 120-150 Words
  • For 10 Marks: Roughly 2-3 pages

Try to keep your answers short and to the point. The paper is lengthy and if you give more time to a particular question then chances are that you will not be able to attempt another question with higher weightage. Completing the paper itself is a big achievement. Save yourself some time and energy for long answers.

Importance of Case Laws

They help you earn brownie points. However, don’t worry even if you have a tendency to forget them. It is okay as long as you remember the section or rule number and are applying correct reasoning and interpreting correctly. But try to remember the case laws on important topics. Some questions are completely based on a particular case. So, to solve these types of questions, you need to remember the case.

Mocks

The more the number of mocks you would give, the better will be your answer-writing skills. But before moving towards the process of writing answers, try to complete the course thoroughly at least two-three times. Also, always analyze your mocks. The best way is to tally them with what is provided in the commentaries.

Writing Answers

First, give an introduction of the topic asked in the question. Then provide the law applicable. The next step is to analyze or interpret the law and mention a case law on the point. Finally, provide a conclusion or critique depending upon the question. Try to give maximum information in minimum number of words.

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To get in touch with Mr. Harshit Sharma, you could check out his LinkedIn page HERE.

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