Ultimate Strategy for Acing the Haryana Judicial Services Examination

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Hey, aspirants! Welcome to the Lawctopus Judiciary Corner series.

This article is dedicated to all the Haryana Judicial Services Examination aspirants looking for a strategic plan for their next exam.  

Important Note

It is advisable to read the released notification of the Haryana Judicial Services Examination and mark the important dates and information properly beforehand. Because of examination stress, many candidates miss out on crucial information.

So be sure to check all the necessary details related to Judicial Examination.

Haryana Judicial Service Examination Format

Every state conducting the examination requires a strategy to score good marks and make it to the final list. Be sure to get the hang of the syllabus and prepare accordingly.

There are three stages of the Haryana Judicial Service Examination. These are:

  • Prelims
  • Mains 
  • Interview

So let’s see the stages individually.

Haryana Judicial Services Examination Preliminary Stage

The Preliminary Stage requires the candidate to attain minimum passing marks to appear for the next stage. For Haryana Judicial Services, aspirants need a minimum of 150 marks for General and 100 for Reserved Category to qualify for Mains. 

[Please Note: 150 is only qualifying marks. Candidates will need to secure a place in the Cut-off List as well to appear for Mains.]

So what should be your strategy? Read below.

Bare Acts

To clear any Judicial services examination, Bare Acts are the key ingredients to your success. If you aren’t well versed with the language of the Bare Act, Index, Section number, the object of the section, and why the Parliament made the law in the first place, then your chances of clearing Prelims are as good as none. 

Successful aspirants clearing the examination in the first attempt swear by the method of reading Bare Acts before anything else. Under no circumstances you should skip this step. 

Remember candidates, you need to do the smart work as the examination pressure builds naturally when the Prelims are near. 

Mock Tests

Merely reading the Bare Act won’t suffice as practicing what you know is essential. Knowledge without practice is useless. 

So be sure to attempt as many mock tests as you can. Plenty of Universal Publication books are available for Prelims. Try solving one mock test every day to get a stronghold of the subject. 

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

You can secure your seat in the Mains if you carefully attempt the Current Affairs section. Why do we say ‘carefully’? Because there is a negative marking of 0.80 for every wrong answer. 

Frequently, candidates lose out on marks because of not staying in touch with the current affairs and legal development in India & internationally. Live Law, Bar & Bench, Study IQ, Pratiyogita Darpan are excellent sources of keeping a tab on all the legal news.

Also, be sure to take notes of the relevant information that seems important from the examination point of view. Consistently reading newspapers will also keep you updated. 

Analytical Skills, Reasoning, and Aptitude

You can prepare this portion from any of the competitive books available in the market. You can also check out CLATalogue to prepare for the reasoning and aptitude section. Candidates will find enough helpful material to start their preparation. 

CLATalogue will assist you in preparing for the Analytical Skills, Reasoning, and Aptitude section. If you practice the material available here, you won’t require a separate preparation strategy or book to attempt the Aptitude section in the exam.

Haryana Judicial Services Examination Mains (Written Paper)

Law 

There are majorly five subjects that will take most of your time regardless of the states. These are CPC, IPC, CrPC, Evidence, and customary laws. Not only are these four subjects scoring, but most questions are asked from them. 

Especially in Haryana Judicial Service Examination, Hindu Law plays a vital role. While preparing for the customary laws, know the leading case laws of essential topics. 

The reason is that the questions based on customary laws require the aspirants to illustrate the answer with the support of leading case laws. With the help of it, you will surely score good marks. 

Try to co-relate the major law concepts with the Constitution as it is the primary source of these laws. Combine your study with Bare Acts and standard textbooks.

Tricks and Tips for Haryana Judicial Services Examination

The trick is to tackle the five subjects by dividing them into parts so that you revise every day and not lose touch. 

Create a list of the most important topics in each subject and start preparing them. 

These subjects are lengthy and a bit of a handful, if you don’t prepare in advance. For best results, revise every night and give mock tests during the weekend. This method is beneficial to remember a lot of detail for a longer period.

Speaking of subjects, understanding the concepts is the essential requirement not only for Mains but Interviews as well. 

While you prepare, don’t focus on memorization of concepts and finishing the syllabus. First, filter your syllabus into three areas. These are very important, important & not too important. Then, make specific notes of important topics. It will help you in answer writing.

Secondly, study properly, revise topics and understand the concepts rather than memorizing them. Take help of previous years’ question papers as they will tell you the pattern of the examination.   

Aspirants, do not forget to revise everything studied during the day. The judicial examination is a race again time as the paper is lengthy. 

Language

Most times aspirants take the English & Essay section lightly and end up writing low-quality answers that portray a lack of preparation. 

The English & Essay section also requires much of your attention to secure a good rank in the merit list. 

To start your preparation, do a continuous reading of editorials in newspapers like the Indian Express and The Hindu Editorial to expand your vocabulary. Reading editorials will help you gain a different perspective for essay writing and prepare you to write precisely. Be sure to provide references of current affairs in your essay to reflect knowledge of the topic.

Because our medium of study has mostly been in English, we have lost touch with Hindi grammar and vocabulary. However, you can’t leave this section at god’s mercy. 

So to prepare for the Hindi & Hindi Essay you can buy Arihant Nibandh Mala. Reading e-newspapers available in Hindi every day for 1 hour would be sufficient. Try practicing English to Hindi and Hindi to English translation.  

Interview/ Viva-Voce

You cleared your Mains examination & this is the last stage. However, most candidates are not able to pass the interview stage due to various reasons. The reason is lack of self-confidence, not having clarity of legal concepts and current affairs and not being able to justify their carer gap or post-qualification. 

So what can you do on your part to prepare for your interview? Begin by having a clear perspective about your life from graduation. Try to reflect on the past decisions. 

It is important to keep track of legal and current news. It will build your confidence and overall personality. Remember, the initial two stages have judged your memory power. The last stage tests your personality and attributes. 

Read more articles relating to judiciary exams here.

Disclaimer: We try to ensure that the information we post on Lawctopus is accurate. However, despite our best efforts, some of the content may contain errors. You can trust us, but please conduct your own checks too.

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