Hello aspirants! Welcome back to the Lawctopus Judiciary Corner series.
As we say goodbye to the year 2021, we know the New Year will bring numerous new opportunities. For judicial aspirants, one such opportunity would be the announcement of UKPCS(J).
Due to Covid-19, there has been a delay of a whole year and chances are that candidates will soon be notified about the Uttarakhand Judicial Services Examination.
But judicial exams are no joke and cannot be cleared within a span of 30 days. There is so much to learn and understand. You don’t want to waste time waiting for the notification to release before you pick up your books.
Be wise and start as early as possible.
After doing tons of research, we have created a masterpiece strategy that you can follow to prepare for the Uttarakhand Judicial Services Examination.
Mind you though, without your own efforts and hard work, you cannot possibly crack the exam even if you take coaching.
To know about the UKPCS(J) exam pattern, read the previous article “Everything you need to know about Uttarakhand Judicial Examination“.
So let’s get started!
Uttarakhand Judicial Preliminary Examination
Gone are the days when candidates used to strategize their preparation in stages.
From UPSC to Judiciary Aspirants, everyone studies for Mains, and a month or two before Prelims shift their focus to it. This method helps in not only clearing Prelims but Mains as well since the time to prepare for Mains after qualifying the first round is hardly a month.
So how should you go about it?
Let’s find out.
Sorting Out the Syllabus
Every judicial exam in India requires specific attention to certain subjects depending upon the state to state.
For Uttarakhand, special attention is needed on International Law and Jurisprudence. These two subjects are important from the UKPCS(J) point of view.
It is necessary that before making notes and gathering your books and Bare Acts, candidates sort out their syllabus, make a list of topics that will require more attention, and the deadlines for each subject so that you don’t spend all your time on it.
Conquering your syllabus at the very beginning will help you in knowing what the important subjects and topics are and where you need to focus more. Analyzing one’s potential and weak points is crucial.
This way you are creating a foundation for your examination journey. Not only will you manage your time and syllabus but can also check your progress throughout the examination.
Pratiyogita Darpan, Ghatna Chakra, Live Law, Bar and Bench, Lucent’s General Knowledge are excellent sources to prepare for general knowledge.
Other than that, keep updating yourself every day with the new legal developments. It is advised to make proper notes of Amendments, judgments of the court, or any other relevant information so that you can revise every day.
For Constitutional law and developments, one can start with a special edition of Pratiyogita Darpan. Candidates can also check online political science lessons to understand the basics of the subject.
Even though the G.K Part is of only 50 marks but when it comes to the finish line, every single mark matters.
What can be done to maximize a candidate’s chances of making it through the Prelims stages?
Well, start with Bare Acts.
Yes, we know you have read this a thousand times. But it is the Guru Mantra for clearing the examination. Without Bare Acts, you cannot move forward.
The reason is simple. By reading the Bare Act, you learn the language of the law that has been drafted by the legislature itself. It helps you in understanding the core of the law rather than content.
For filling content, you can refer to any standard book on the subject. But, to know the law, Bare Acts are the only way.
Another important factor in clearing the Prelims is knowing your topics well. For example, topics like Public international law, Human Rights, Neutrality, Extradition, Jurisprudence, Constitutional, etc., are essential for clearing both Prelims and Mains examination.
It is important to know the core of subjects otherwise all answers will look similar during the examination.
Say Yes to Mock Tests
Udisha Singh Rank 1, 2019 UK Judiciary Exam said in an interview that during examination many candidates get confused as they don’t solve previous years question papers and MCQs.
This is especially true for first-time candidates. It is easy to feel blank and helpless as you sit for the exam. So, before actually attempting the paper, you need to prepare your mind and body for the examination by solving mock tests papers.
Not just that, go through previous years’ question papers and mark the important topics that were asked in the previous years. After that, prepare them first by making notes, studying from informative sources, and multiple revisions.
Uttarakhand Mains Examination
The Present Day
Whatever information candidates have gathered from their preparation will finally be used here. That is why it is essential to make proper notes from the very beginning to avoid last-minute preparation.
Everything from recent case laws, reforms, current affairs, and legal developments. Jurisprudence, international law, neutrality, and the Indian Constitution can be asked.
As the syllabus is quite vast, it is essential to study from limited primary sources and revise daily for remembering the information for a longer period.
We must make it clear that this paper is not going to be easy. The level of judging a candidate’s grip on legal language is higher than the average exam.
Hindi translation is tough even for Hindi-speaking individuals as the language paper tests your legal language.
So what can be done?
Candidates can purchase or download major Bare Acts such as the Cr.P.C, CPC, IPC, and Evidence in Hindi and English to familiarize themselves with the legal language.
For Précis Writing, purchase any book available in the market and practice daily. It is the only way to improve your writing skills. Candidates must also study newspaper editorials to improve vocabulary and the art of writing.
Remember candidates if you think you can prepare a language paper just a week before the exam, then you are living in a bubble. Don’t underestimate this paper. Devote 1-2 hours every day practicing your answer writing and legal language.
To know more about Mains answer writing read this.
Law: Paper-I Substantive Law
Even though candidates have studied these subjects in law school, by no means they are going to be easy to attempt.
Continuously reading and understanding the Bare Act is very important. Understand each keyword of the section and try to incorporate it in your answers.
It is crucial to make a list of subjects and set a timeline so that candidates can devote a specific amount of time to all subjects according to their importance and length.
For example, some subjects like the Transfer of the Property Act, Hindu, and Mohammedan Law will require extra time and focus, so make sure to have a flexible timetable. Read everything but give special attention to important topics and subjects. Candidates need to learn to prioritize and manage their time as well.
Law: Paper-II Evidence and Procedure
Procedural laws are the most important laws when it comes to court practice. As a judge, one cannot slack on these laws.
And, yes it takes time to understand and memorize completely. This is why revision is important so that candidates can remember crucial information for a longer period of time.
Read Bare Acts followed by standard textbooks.
Law: Paper-III Revenue & Criminal
Often times local laws/revenue is completely disregarded. That is not the correct way to prepare this paper. Give equal weightage to Revenue and Criminal law.
U.P Zamindari Abolition and Land Reform Act can be covered by Bare Acts and Ayan Maurya or Taufiz Raza’s book. For IPC, KD Gaur or Ratanlal and Dhirajlal with the Bare Act would suffice.
Some Tips and Tricks that will surely help you in clearing your Judicial Examination
- Read and analyze PYQ papers.
- Practice Mock Tests to learn elimination method.
- Special Focus on Jurisprudence and International Law .
- Have limited resources and revise unlimited.
- Keep your preparation Mains oriented and when prelims are near shift total focus on that.
Uttarakhand Judicial Examination Interview/Viva-voce
It is the last stage of the examination, so be sure to dress up well in a professional manner. Be careful with providing false information or trying to act smart with the panel. If the candidate doesn’t know the answer to the question then politely mention that.
Before your Viva-voce, it is advisable to go through the CV so that you can answer questions based on your education and career. Many candidates fumble during the interview when asked where they graduated from or which school they went to.
Apart from that, reading the newspaper and keeping up with the current affairs will surely help. Don’t memorize the information, rather understand it so that you can explain it well if asked.
Basic Knowledge of Computer Operator Practical Examination
Anyone with basic knowledge of computers can qualify for the exam. Candidates need to get a minimum of 40 marks and that’s it.
Questions are based on Ms. Office, Windows, and Internet, etc.,
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