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This article is dedicated to all the MP judicial aspirants planning to attempt the exam next year. We know, as a judiciary aspirant you want to know what should be the right strategy for the exam. (BTW, the notification for the same has been released. Click here to read.)
Right? Luckily, we have got you covered.
Let’s start preparing.
MP Judicial Services Examination Prelims Preparation Strategy
One suggestion that has been repeated over & again by numerous successful aspirants over the years is to focus on the Bare Acts. This advice is golden, especially when we are discussing MP Judicial Services Examination.
Why do you ask?
Because the majority of questions asked in the prelims examination are from the Bare Acts alone. The MP Judiciary paper is slightly theoretical. So, your strategy should be accordingly.
We recommend that aspirants solve MCQs from question banks or test series available online. The reason being is to train the mind in two things:
- Solve questions faster.
- Work efficiently under pressure.
Time management and accuracy are the two key ingredients in any examination. The better you manage them, the bigger your reward will be.
Link the Subjects
People are so good at remembering the family trees in no time.
Why? Because each member is linked to one another.
The same rule applies to the subjects as well. If aspirants link their subjects with one another, they will grasp more.
Linking and learning the topics in the ambit of the Indian Constitution will certainly prove to be beneficial.
However, the goal is not only to remember information. It is equally important to understand the concepts as well. Memorizing information or sections will only help you in passing the Prelims.
It is not a correct strategy for clearing Mains and Interviews. Every preparation strategy should be wholesome and not standalone. Meaning the goal is to qualify for the exam and not just a few of the stages.
Attempt All Questions
Since there is no negative marking in the examination, the cut-off is sky-high. Aspirants must not leave any questions.
For aspirants to attempt all questions in the examination, they must study everything, especially the local laws and minor Acts. The competition is high. One unanswered question can become the reason for not qualifying for the Prelims.
Know Your Sources
We know Bare Acts are essential. That is why you need to read the Bare Acts at least 3-4 times during preparation.
Apart from that, cover Madhya Pradesh specific general knowledge. Arihant MP GK is a good source to cover that. Wikipedia or other online sources will also do the job.
MP Judicial Services Examination Mains Preparation Strategy
Majorly, six Acts are covered under the first paper that carries 100 marks. For attempting this paper, aspirants must devote 1-2 days to identify the important topics from the previous year’s question papers.
After that, prepare the identified topics followed by other topics that the candidate thinks are important.
A mixed study of Bare Acts and books with previous year question papers will help aspirants know what questions are important from an examination point of view.
Sometimes questions repeat as well, so aspirants will have an edge over the other candidates if they refer to the previous years’ question papers and prepare for them.
Aspirants can also make a synopsis and small handy notes for revision so that they need not carry a book every time they are revising.
It is one of the most scoring papers because aspirants can show their individuality and a stronghold of the language. In law papers, the material is limited & all aspirants are writing similar answers.
Whereas, in the language paper, it is easier for the examiner to distinguish a good answer from an average one because each aspirant writes according to their caliber.
Moving on to the most important question: How should an aspirant prepare for the language paper?
Essays on Legal and Social Issue
One essay question will come on a social topic and another on a legal one. There is only one way to learn to write essays- practice essay writing.
At the beginning, you will realise that sentence formation is not top-notch and the choice of words is average, the information in the essay lacks relevance, etc. And, that is fine.
Reviewing your essay each week and noting down the mistakes is a crucial step that will ensure you are moving in the right direction. Without keeping a track of your answer writing mistakes, you will not know where to improve.
Apart from that, read newspapers and give special attention to topics on the news or articles on state-specific social issues. Monthly magazines are also good sources for upgrading such knowledge.
The same writing rules apply to précis writing.
Write précis every day or every week depending upon the individual preparation strategy. Aspirant, start by noting down English words and using them in sentences. It is an easy practice to improve legal and non-legal vocabulary. Remember, it is a long process & no writing improvement will happen magically overnight.
For the translation, purchase Hindi and English Bare Acts or simply download them. Because the translation is based on the legal language used in the courts, you must know the legal terms in both English and Hindi.
Everyone loves Criminal Law & it is always well prepared & attempted. However, in MP Judicial Services Examination, criminal law includes MP Accommodation Control Act, 1961, and MP Land Revenue Act, 1959 which are ignored by the candidates. Therefore, aspirants fail to qualify for the paper and need to start all over again.
To avoid such circumstances, give equal importance to all subjects and plan your strategy accordingly. The goal is to score well in all papers & it is possible only when equal attention is given to each subject.
For local laws, analyze the previous years’ question papers and see what kind of questions were asked in the examination. Aspirants must also read MP High Court Judgments specifically focused on local laws.
We can conclude that a combination of Bare Acts, previous year question papers, notes, and unlimited revision is the key to cracking this exam.
It is a unique paper because you don’t see judgment writing given that much importance in any part of the exam in India except Chhattisgarh.
Books by PV Naam Joshi and KK Bhadrwaaj are excellent sources for preparing judgment writing. However, practicing judgment writing is a must.
For practice, start by reading the judgments of the courts and see how they write and explain issues. Write at least 2-3 judgments every week. Robin Jeet Singhal’s publication is good for learning judgment writing. You can give your reasoning if you want as you conclude your judgment.
As you get used to the pattern of judgment writing, try to increase your speed because time is limited in the examination.
For framing of charges, aspirants must read the Indian Penal Code attentively. If aspirants write the correct charge, they get full marks. And for wrong change, nothing.
That is why practice is needed. Without it, you cannot clear the examination.
It is the last stage of the exam and a test of personality. Developing personality is a time-taking process. To clear the interview, inculcate specific judge-like characteristics within yourself as you will get interviewed by the Honorable Judges and respected people of the legal fraternity.
Also, prepare MP local laws well to show that you have immense knowledge of the state culture and laws.
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