Smart measures to get set for judiciary examination .
Assessment in the form of quizzes and mocks, apart from reading and understanding the concepts is a must, writes Shweta Devgan
The respect, aura and a perfect opportunity to make a difference in the society, coupled with close to 50,000 countrywide vacancies makes the subordinate judiciary a great career option for law graduates. Conducted by the respective state public service commissions under the guidan- ce of various high courts, this rigorous competitive exam test candidates at three levels: Pre- lims, Mains and Interview. Be- low are the components of can- didate's preparation strategy.
Clarity of thought: Before starting preparation, one should be clear about their goal and create a mental space dedica- ted towards putting in at least 6-8 hours daily for preparation.
Identify state judiciaries: Shortlisting the state judiciaries that one should prepare for is important. Now candidates are making smarter choices by shortlisting at least three state judiciaries. Have a base plan: One must consistent pace rather follow a than rushing towards the end
Having a plan in place towards balancing law subjects with languages and general awareness, and knowing which subjects are to be studied together, is important. Itis equally impottant to have a backup option in mind while starting preparation. An early mover has a defi- nite advantage in this aspect.
Add layers to preparation: A mere mechanical reading of the text is often not an effective exercise. One must learn to connect the dots amongst various concepts. The judiciary exams across states are now evolving and deviating from standard patterns that have been followed for years.
Thus, one should be aware that rote learning is no longer a solution and constant assessment in the form of quizzes and mock tests apart from reading and understanding concepts is sine qua non.
First attempt to be the best: Appearing for the examination just for the sake of it, is not a good idea at all and often leaves a candidate demotivated. One should consciously prepare for their first attempt with a focus to qualify for the exam and should not hesitate from taking guidance or positive peer support where necessary. Any candidate putting sincere efforts over a reasonable period of time can achieve success albeit with proper gui- dance. Good mentorship can go a long way in charting the course of preparation of an aspiring judicial officer. (The author is head, Test Preparation Courses at Law-
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