Ultimate Strategy for Acing the UP Judicial Service Examination


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For the UP Judiciary, no official notification for 2021 has been released yet. However, by the end of the year or the beginning of 2022, vacancies can be released.

But are you going to study after the notification is released? Or do you want to join the select few who prepare and practice each day?

If you fall under the second category, then welcome aboard. This article will discuss the correct preparation strategy to clear the UP Judicial Services examination. 

However, before you start, we suggest you read the previous article on “Everything you need to know about the UP Judicial Service Examination.” It discusses the phases of the judicial exam, eligibility, negative marking, and the syllabus for the UP Judicial Services.

If you have already done that, then let’s proceed.

UP Judicial Service Prelims Examination Tips

Know what to Read. 

Many judicial aspirants fail to clear the examination merely because they don’t manage their syllabus from the very beginning. 

Your syllabus is the foundation of your preparation. Without knowing what to read, it will collapse. Many aspirants who prepare without strategy suffer mental exhaustion as the syllabus is vast.  The reading a night before the exam short trick doesn’t work here or while preparing.   

So what do we suggest?

First thing first, read your entire syllabus at least twice. Then, before you start picking up the books, divide the syllabus into smaller achievable parts. Target each part of the syllabus every day, consistently. 

Remember to Divide and Conquer. You don’t want to be on the borderline. Your preparation should be in a way that you can revise the relevant information over and again. Analyzing the previous year’s question papers is a beneficial way to know what topics are important.

Now that we know how to filter out the necessary information, let’s see each section carefully.

General Knowledge

Candidates fear General knowledge. Not because it is more complex than law subjects but because they try to mug up everything in one go. 

Well, if that is you, then please stop. The General knowledge section can be  high scoring if you know how to attempt it. 

G.K. consists of two parts i.e., Static and Current Affairs. For the Static portion, you can refer to books such as Lucient or Chronicles. 

For Current Affairs, read Ghatna Chakra. It is unavoidable from the UP Judicial Services Examination’s point of view. The content of the book will prepare you not only for Prelims but Mains & Interview as well. Newspapers such as The Hindu, E-Drishti, Pratiyogita Darpan are important too. Other sources such as Study IQ, Bar and Bench are good digital options to know the legal affairs. 

Tips and Trick for the UP Judicial Services Exam GK Section

  • Read at least 6 to 8 months’ worth of Current Affairs. 
  • For Static G.K, analyze Previous Years Question Papers to understand the difficulty level of questions.
  • Revise your notes regularly. 
  • If possible, incorporate relevant digital media platforms as well.

Special Tip: Rank 1 UP Judicial Services Exam 2018, Akanksha Tiwari, swears by the method of revision. She recommends that candidates should “Study Limited but Revise Unlimited.” It is extremely helpful when the syllabus is extensive & you have limited time to prepare for it. 


Many aspirants ask successful judicial aspirants about the importance of Bare Acts & it is guaranteed they will tell you the same thing. 

BARE ACTS ARE IMPORTANT! The reason being is to familiarize oneself with the language of the law. 

So does that mean standard books are not important? No, of course not. The problem with reading from standard textbooks alone is that you understand the concept only. Crucial information like index, footnotes, sequence of the Bare Act, and language of the law is often disregarded.

We recommend that you study Bare Acts time and again. Yes, law books will help you understand the concept. However, Bare Acts contain hidden gems that sometimes are directly asked in the Prelims. 

Another rule for successfully clearing Prelims is the Previous Years Question Paper. Never neglect the power of the Previous 10 Years’ Question Papers. They will prepare you for the pattern and language of the questions that come in the exam. They will also assist you in putting together relevant topics from an examination point of view.

Practice MCQs every weekend and try to quiz yourself on the subject that you read. As we know PCS (J) is a race against time and if you are not fast enough, you won’t reach the finish line. Practicing MCQs on a daily or weekly basis will prepare you to win the race. 

Special Tip: Decide your primary sources of preparation and study them only. Compact, limited sources, and notes are your buddies during revision before the prelims. 

UP Judicial Service Mains Examination Tips

It has been seen that one of the reasons for not clearing a competitive exam is the lack of basic exam pattern understanding. Aspirants who don’t qualify in the first stage focus on all the wrong things. Their sole focus is on clearing one stage at a time instead of overall performance. Because of that, even if they qualify for the Mains, they lack preparation and are eventually outperformed by other candidates.

Can it be prevented? Absolutely.

From the beginning, your mindset should be to sit for the Interview & your preparation strategy should be around that. 

The method of studying for Prelims and then for Mains is outdated. Candidates who secure good ranks focus their mindset on qualifying for the exams and not stages.

General Knowledge

If you have seen the syllabus, then you must know that the G.K section in Mains holds equal importance with other law subjects. And, many students make the blunder of not giving equal weightage and preparation time to it as they would give to other law subjects.

The result? They cannot clear this paper and fail to qualify. All the hard work goes down the drain because of one subject. 

To avoid this situation, give attention to G.K as much as you would to a law subject. Consistently read Ghatna Chakra. If it seems difficult to begin with then start with NCERT to build a basic understanding.


If you look at Previous Years Question Papers then you would see a pattern. Most Essay topics are repetitive and based on but not limited to Education, Women and Violence, Terrorism, Corruption, etc. You can prepare these essays in advance to save time during answer writing as the Language section is lengthy. We advise framing the layout of topics from Current Affairs and Essay books that you think are important.

One tip that would upgrade your regular essays is including current affairs. For example, if the topic is “crime against women” then, including the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, the Me too movement, etc., will make your essay different, diverse and relevant. It will also showcase your understanding of the topic and the ability to relate it to real world events. 

Special Tip: Practice essay writing every week for 1 hour before the exam to ace the language paper.    

Law – Paper III (Substantive Law)

There are two components of attempting substantive law. The first one is how much concept clarity you have of your subjects. Secondly, how well  you can filter out the relevant information during answer writing. 

First, let’s talk about concepts.Clarity of concepts is essential in answer writing, especially while  attempting hypothetical questions where the application of the law is required. Merely writing the answer is not enough. The answer needs to have relevant legal provisions incorporated into it. 

How can you ensure your answer is not lacking anything important? By Incorporating legal changes and developments. Always know the relevant case laws, specifically the leading ones. Prepare important topics and write down leading case laws for that topic. For example, your answer on Constitutional amendments is not complete without the Keshavnanda Bharati case. 

The second part is answer writing. Law students assume that the way they have written their college exams, following the same writing style will magically make their answer better. They cannot be more wrong. Nothing makes your answer more substandard and unsatisfactory than college-style answer writing. 

Why do we say that? Read our “Mains Judicial Examination: The Art of Answer Writing” to understand.

Law – IV (Procedure and Evidence)

We are going to let you in on a secret for this one. We can predict the important questions that will most probably come in this exam. Would you believe us? Probably not, right? Well, nothing predicts more accurately about the upcoming exams than Previous Year’s questions. 

Previous year’s question papers can become your best friends if you take a day or two to analyze them. Note down important topics that came in the last exam. Chances are they will repeat. 

Still not convinced? Devpriy Saraswat Rank 38 UP Judicial Services Exam 2018 in his interview with Delhi Knowledge Track emphasized the value of solving the Previous Year’s Question Papers. 

Apart from that, take the help of flowcharts and diagrams to understand procedural law. Focus more on definitions in CPC and Crpc and try to co-relate them in the answer. Revision is the key as both procedural laws are exhaustive. 

Blend both methods and make notes with flowcharts and revise them over and again. 

Law – V (Penal, Revenue, and Local Laws)

Every year aspirants fail to qualify for their judicial exams on the first attempt because they don’t prepare well in advance for Revenue and Local Laws.  Questions on local laws are not only in Mains but the Interview as well, specifically in UP PCS(J). 

There are plenty of books aspirants can refer to prepare for Local Laws and Revenue. Refer to books by R.R Maurya or Mohomad Taufiz Raza on Local Laws. 

To avoid  last minute panic, prepare Revenue and Local Laws beforehand, from Prelims only if you can. It is advised not to take this section lightly as one mistake can cost you your whole year.

To study Penal laws various standard books are available. Bare Acts with books like GD Gaur or KL Vibhuti will cover your Penal Laws’ syllabus. 

UP Judicial Service Interview/Viva-Voce Tips

Finally, you have made it to the last stage. So what should be your next move? Well, to put it simply, practice effective communication and revise what you have studied so far. 

We know the position candidates work tooth and nail for is a prestigious place that requires continuous learning. So revise every day, read the newspaper not just to crack the exam but for incorporating the habit which is a must in a Judge. 

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