Please introduce yourself to the readers of Judiciary Corner.
Hi! My name is Rishav Dixit, and I have secured AIR 96 in MP Judicial Services 2019 in my 1st attempt.
Giving a little background about myself, I wanted to join the National Defence Academy to become a fighter pilot. However, due to some reasons, I could not join the NDA. After that, I appeared for CLAT, secured AIR 229, and joined NLU, Jodhpur. I pursued B.A.LLB Corporate (Hons.). While studying at NLU Jodhpur, I enjoyed my time doing fun college activities, and I was very much into sports and moot courts.
After that, I managed to secure three PPOs in my 4th year. After graduation, I joined Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and worked as a corporate lawyer for a year. Then I left my job to pursue judicial services full-time.
I prepared for 4-7 months and wrote my first MP Judicial services exam. I was fortunate enough to clear it in my first attempt.
That’s interesting. You had a well-paying corporate job. Where did you get the idea to pursue judicial services? Please tell us about your preparation journey for Judicial Exams?
I always had this idea in my head that I wanted to pursue judicial services.
But I also knew that judicial services are not easy to crack. So to have some financial security, I initially thought I would work for at least two years, and once I have some financial stability, I would start preparing for judicial services.
I got a good job, and I was working full-time, but unfortunately, due to personal reasons, I had to leave the job at end of 1 year.
Then I started my preparation from scratch because, in NLUs, law education does not prepare you for judiciary exams. And once you start working for a corporate firm, you tend to lose the hold on other essential law subjects required to clear the exam.
I studied hard and fortunately cleared my exam on the first attempt.
Did you take any coaching to clear judiciary?
My preparation was more like self-study. But I did take notes from a prestigious institution. However, later I realized that the notes were not up to the mark. I did read from it, but simultaneously, I referred to A.K Jain which is a judiciary preparation book.
The law institution has a set timeline to finish the syllabus which usually takes 1 year. However, I didn’t have that much time. I finished my entire syllabus within 4-5 months. So yeah, I did take the notes but not full-time coaching from any institution.
You are a Judicial Officer in Madhya Pradesh. Was this your first preference?
I am for UP, but I was not interested in that. One thing I would like to say through your wonderful platform is that there is a different preparation strategy for various state exams.
People in the north are eligible for 8-9 states. But that does not mean you start preparing for all states, as it will create chaos, and you won’t be able to focus on one particular state. And the nature of judicial exams is such that unless you don’t focus you can’t clear your exam.
I did my research and created three categories for judicial exams. These are:
- States with more focus on G.K. and GS- Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
- States with conceptual clarity- Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, and Haryana
- States with Bare Act-based exams- Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, and Chattisgarh.
So, if you intermingle with them, you would end up with nothing. By attempting all states, you may manage to clear Prelims, but the approach for the Mains examination of each state is different.
If I had taken Rajasthan and Delhi, both states require different preparation strategies that take you nowhere.
That is why I chose the third category, that is M.P and Rajasthan. Both are Bare-Act based, and some questions are repetitive as well. You can clear these two exams without coaching.
Because it was first in line, I opted for Madhya Pradesh. I had 100 days’ gap between my Prelims and Mains. And I wrote the exam to the best of my abilities.
How many other states have you attempted before MP?
I sat for Rajasthan Prelims and I had one and a half years to prepare for it. I scored 92 out of 100 which is a very good score because by then, I had mastered the Bare-Act-based category. Before I could appear for Rajasthan Mains, the result of MP Judicial Services came out.
Now that you have cleared the judiciary exam. What will happen? Can you walk us through the process? Like training period, first posting, etc.,
Once you clear your examination, you undergo a basic medical procedure. I had my medical exam in Gwalior. After that, police verification happens. This happens immediately, after you clear your exam.
After verification, they give you the call letter and a posting place in Civil Headquarters where I will join as a Judicial Magistrate II Class. There will be ground training for three months, wherein you will sit as a shadow judge under a Civil District Judge.
After that, we go to the academy for one month for institutional training, and this process will continue two more times for one year. Then, we will work as Judicial Magistrate I Class, wherein we will get our independent court.
The exam is conducted in three stages. What was your approach? Did you prepare in stages or your focus was always Mains oriented from the beginning?
One should know that before you appear for Prelims, your entire Mains preparation must be finished. It is the ideal way to prepare for a judicial examination. If, before sitting for the Prelims, your Mains preparation is not done, you are in a tight spot.
My case was a bit different as I had only 4-5 months before my Prelims examination. I prepared my best and left the rest to see what happens. But fortunately, I was able to get a score of 121/150 on my first attempt. Thankfully, I had 100 days to prepare for Mains due to Covid-19. Within 100 days, I prepared translation, essay writing and judgment writing.
But again, I must say the ideal way is to prepare for Mains. It will automatically prepare you for Prelims.
I have heard from some of my friends that the MP Judicial Services written test is lengthy. Is that true?
Yes, the notion that MP Judicial Services is lengthy is true. It is a bare act-based exam. The questions are not very difficult and pretty direct. Having said that, I had very little time to prepare, so I didn’t attempt mock tests, and the first time I wrote an answer was when I sat for the written test.
However, It is not the ideal way to do it. Because this time the pattern changed and the number of questions also increased, I had to speed up, and I somehow managed to complete my paper. So attempt as many mock tests as you can for Prelims as well as Mains.
In terms of the Mains examination, what is the importance of the case laws? Are they essential for clearing the exam?
It is very important to realize that there is a lot of wrong information in the market and that case laws are essential and all. This was not the case with me. In my civil paper for Constitution and Contract, I wrote cases as Constitution is all about the case laws. This rule to some extent, applies to the Transfer of Property. Apart from that, I didn’t write many case laws.
You will be astonished to know that in my Criminal Law paper, apart from the Negotiable Instrument Act, I did not write a single case law in my entire paper, and I scored 57/96, which is a good score. I have compared it with other students, and this score stands out. If you write the Bare Act section correctly and explain the property, even though you didn’t write case laws, it is fine.
In my personal experience, you can score above average without case laws in the MP Judicial Services. Please note that this doesn’t apply to questions specifically asking for case laws.
Many aspirants don’t know how to handle interview questions. Nervousness, anxiety, and, underconfidence are common before the interview. What is your suggestion for them?
My one-step solution for anyone feeling anxious before the interview is to appear for many mock interviews you can. I appeared for the different mock interviews at Rahul’s, Ambition Law, Ahuja, etc. You can try any other mock interview series of your choice.
Any myths you think aspirants have about the judicial examination.
Yes, there are some myths that I like to bust through your reputated platform that I used to follow as a young law student.
- You need to read all the reference books, this book that book, and so on.
You are appearing for a judicial examination where you require studying 8-10 laws in one go. You can’t remember or recall all the information from the reference book before the exam. Aspirants can write what they can revise a night before the exam. You can never revise 15 books together before your exam.
It is a huge myth that you need to study only famous authors’ books like KD Gaur or Takwani. Keep your preparation and notes simple, which you can revise before your exams. We use reference books for moot courts or research papers. Ask yourself how you can read all the books for ten or more laws for the exam.
- Reading newspapers and certain magazines is essential.
I don’t believe in that. To be honest, you are appearing for judicial services and not UPSC. I didn’t give more than 1 month for GS or G.K. or language. For MP Judicial Services, I studied GS/GK for a month. I scored 36/40. For Rajasthan Judicial Services, I scored 30/30 in Language by preparing it for only ten days. I was able to score these marks as I referred to precise material.
I never referred to any newspapers or Partiyogit Darpan. The key is the endless number of revisions.
- Give any state exam coming your way. It will increase your chances of clearing the exam.
This is not true. If I had given other state exams with MP judicial services, I would not have been able to clear my exam. Aspirants, please understand that you need to wisely choose your exam state and prepare for that. You can have a backup as well. But you can only prepare for two exams in a year if it is your first attempt. Yes, with time you can prepare for more than two.
Lastly, three qualities you think are necessary for any aspirant to become a successful judicial officer.
If you can’t detach yourself from things, clearing exams become difficult. For some time, you need to detach, from social media, friends, etc.,
You need to have faith in yourself that you will clear the exam. Self-doubt is common, but you need to keep it in check from time to time.
I put truthfulness before hard work. If you planned to study for 12 hours and feel relaxed that you at least studied for 10 hours or you planned to finish a topic but didn’t, it is a problem. It will be impossible for you to clear the exam if you are not truly following your schedule.
Anything else you would like to say to our readers?
Yes. There is a simple technique to clear Rajsthan and MP Judicial Services. Firstly, revise your notes multiple times. Be it coaching notes or your own. After you are done revising your notes, pick up the Bare Acts and start reading them. If your concepts are not clear, you won’t understand the provisions of the Bare Act. Then PYQ is followed by mock tests.
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