Gear up preparations for Judicial Services Examinations by following experts' tips and strategies. This post takes you through detailed information on How to prepare for the Judiciary exam. 

You can find each stage of preparation in detail. Watch a video on Judiciary Examination Preparation below by our expert Shubham Upadhyaya, faculty in Judiciary Gold.

Let's get into understanding where to begin, what are the resources, how to study from the resources, and many more. 

How to Make Notes for Judicial Services Examination?

  • From the day you have started preparing for the exam, make a note of all the important terms and definitions. 
  • You can use play cards for making them look attractive and interesting to read. 
  • Use bookmarks for easy identification of topics to study. 
  • Also, noting down questions from each topic can help in getting a cumulation of hundreds of questions. This can be used during revision to solve questions. 
  • This will help in the revision period, as you need not read the entire syllabus once again. 
  • Along with the mock tests and question papers, these notes are of great help. 

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How to Start Preparing for Judiciary Examination in 2021?

Considering this query from many of you, our expert Shubham Upadhyaya has given the following suggestions for the preparation:

  • The first and the basic step to start civil judge exam preparation is that you should start the preparation in a reverse way. Begin with mains exam preparation and then automatically you will be preparing for the prelims examination. 
  • Go through the respective state-wise Judiciary Exam Pattern to know the number of questions asked from each subject and marking scheme. 
  • Read the syllabus for your respective state to know the subjects involved. The subjects vary for each state. 
  • The judiciary exam syllabus for the mains exam is vast. Thus, when you start with preparing for the mains it will be beneficial for you to easily crack prelims as well.
  • Prepare a question bank for every subject both major and minors for the prelims and mains exam. 
  • The major part of the syllabus includes the Constitution of India, Code of Criminal Procedure, and Code of Civil Procedure, Indian Penal Code, and Indian Evidence Act.
  • Prepare a question bank of 50 questions from each major topic of your state judiciary and create 50 HOTS questions. So this question bank will help you to revise at the time of revision.
  • The minor subjects of the syllabus are the Indian Contract Act, Specific Relief Act, and Transfer of Property Act.
  • Prepare a question bank of 25 questions from each topic of your respective state judiciary and create 25 HOTS questions. 
  • After preparation of the question bank immediately start preparing for the mains exam and does not wait for the release of the vacancies. Start the civil judge exam preparation and make conceptual notes in advance before the arrival of the vacancies.

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When to Start Preparing for Judicial Services Exam?

Each of you may have a different way of studying and it also depends on how quickly you grasp things. Here are few suggestions on when to begin the preparation:

  • Generally, it is suggested to begin the preparation at least 2 years to 1 year before the exam commences.
  • This depends on your ability. Some may require just 3-4 months while others require more than that. 
  • Make sure to prepare a proper study plan and follow it accordingly. 
  • Try to complete the planned task for each day without fail as per the respective state-wise Judiciary Exam Syllabus
  • There is nothing to be worried about if studied regularly from the recommended books or materials. 
  • Allot at least 2 hours for each subject. Based on your convenience try to study at least 4 subjects per day.  
  • Watch our video on How to Prepare for Judiciary Examination in 6 Months by Shubham Upadhyay. 

How to Prepare for Judiciary Prelims Exam?

  • You should prepare for the prelims examination on the basics of reverse engineering technique i.e. start from solving MCQs and shiftily move to solve Bare Act questions like the long answer questions. This is because you have already prepared a question bank of both major and minor topics.
  • A preliminary examination is a qualifying exam, you should give as many speed tests as you can from test series and other such practice books. This will help you to enhance your speed and accuracy to solve the preliminary examination.
  • Refer to the highly recommended Judiciary Exam Books that are as per the latest syllabus and pattern. 
  • Start practicing comprehensive test series through which your ability to complete the test and your speed will increase.
  • You must be thorough with the arrangement of the Bare Act. Prepare the index and structure of the topics of prelims examination. By preparing this index and structure of each chapter of the judiciary exam syllabus for prelims become easy for you to identify that from which topic the question has come.
  • You should practice judiciary exam question paper online to enhance your speed and accuracy.

How to prepare for Judiciary Mains Exam?

  • You should practice answer writing in a time-bound manner. Long answers of 10 pages are not accepted by the authorities. They accept comprehensive answers with the point answer.
  • You need to practice at least 2 to 3 answers a day with a timer. By using a timer by your side, you know how much time you are taking to solve one question. 
  • Also, practice at least 2-3 questions from the question bank prepared. 
  • The main key to clear mains examination is to practice answers and write them in a comprehensive answer.
  • You must be thorough with the contemporary legal and socio-legal issues for Essay writing. Because in essay writing you are asked to write an essay on current social issues so you should know all the detail about current social issues. Also, know how to relate this essay topic with the law by knowing the legal information also.
  • In any case, your both the exams of procedure Law or Substantial law don’t go well or any one of them doesn’t goes well so don’t worry. You still have a chance to recover by scoring goods marks in Judgment writing and Translation.
  • You may have scored fewer marks in procedure or substantial law than in judgment writing and translation. But, you need to remember that the marks of judgment writing and translation will be replaced by the marks of the procedure and substantial law.
  • Don't wait for the prelims exam result to start studying from the mains. 50% of the aspirants follow reverse preparation wisely.
  • You should practice Judiciary Examination Question Paper to enhance your speed and accuracy.
  • There are ways for writing answers in mains. You can watch our expert videos on how to write answers in Judiciary Mains Examination. 
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English and Essay Writing preparation Tips

English is one such subject in which students can score more marks. There are many cases where the overall score has been increased due to the marks in English. So, here are a few expert tips and suggestions for better preparation and scoring more marks in English Langauge. 

  • Improve your General Knowledge and English Vocabulary by reading news and watching any news channel at least for 30-35 minutes in a day.
  • This helps in coming across new words and improving your vocabulary. Later, you can find the meaning of these words and know their usage in daily life.
  • Read editorials of any newspapers. You can find at least 5-6 new words in the article. Find out the meaning and know their usage.
  • There is a myth that after cracking prelims, we will begin with the English preparation. But, this is not true. Ensure to begin the preparation well in advance by preserving at least 1-2 hours every day for English.
  • Follow any one book which explains the entire syllabus and grammar. Understand the basic grammar well so that you are well versed in words and tenses. 
  • Write an essay by picking any random topic and know your errors. 

How to Prepare for Judiciary Interview?

  • Remember that interview is not for your knowledge, instead, it is to check your personality, your manners, your behavior, etc.
  • When you are going for the interview you must be confident. Your attitude must be right and decent. You must look like you are the best-suited person for the post.
  • You should be thorough with the Bare Act. You must be clear with all the concepts as it will help you to answer any tricky question.
  • The most important topics to be studied are the recent legal issues and developments in the country. Around 50% of questions will be asked from these topics.
  • Take up as many mock interviews online as possible. This way you can know which type of questions can be asked. Also, you can experience the real-time interview environment. 

Judiciary Examination Preparation Tips from Toppers

Here is the list of tips and tricks suggested by Judiciary Exam Topper. You can watch the video below by one of the toppers for Chattisgarh Civil Judge Examination 2019. 

  • The main Judiciary examination preparation strategy is to focus on your goals and have a planned framework.
  • Make a schedule for studying all the topics as per the syllabus at a certain time.
  • Along with dedication, a minimum of 10-12 hours of study is required. Allot 2-3 hours for reading general knowledge, recent judgments, and newspaper.
  • Practice more and more English and Hindi Langauge papers. With patience and determination, your hard work will be praised.
  • Focusing more on major Acts like CrPC, CPC, IPC, Evidence Act, Constitution, Personal Laws, Mercantile Laws, etc. would definitely reduce your workload and last moment’s anxiety. 
  • Do an internship that is offered to all students in Law schools. A good internship experience adds a lot to the personality. It provides a way to apply the concepts and principles learned in the Institution to situations in the real world. 
  • An interview is basically an assessment for a suitable judge. Interview Board assesses your confidence, ability, and commitment towards the position.
  • The interview is a mix of legal and personal questions. One should have a clear conception of all the law subjects, your background, home town, academics, work experience, recent legal developments, etc. Questions asked were mostly from procedural laws like CrPC, CPC, Domestic Violence Act, family background, general knowledge especially hometown, why the Judiciary.

How to prepare for Judiciary Exams with College?

If you are studying in college and worried about preparation, then here are a few tips to crack the exam. 

  • The first thing to remember is, plan your schedule for preparation and study accordingly.
  • Ensure not to get tensed while preparing after coming back from college. Relax and begin to study the topics after college.
  • Practice previous year's papers during the weekend to analyze your preparation and know which type of questions can be asked.
  • Also, another best way for preparation is to take up a mock test series regularly. 
  • It is obvious that you might get exhausted after attending college, so try to make time and study accordingly. 
  • Also, waking up early and studying late at night can help in better preparation.

Best Books for Judiciary Examination

Ensure to study the topics in-depth from these below tabulated Best Books for Judiciary Exams prescribed by the experts. 

Subject Book Name Author

Jurisprudence
A textbook of Jurisprudence Avtar Krishen Koul

Constitution
Indian Constitutional Law Prof. M.P. Jain

Hindu Law
Modern Hindu Law Dr. U.P.D Kesari

Muslim Law
Outlines of Mohammedan Law Asaf A.A. Fyzee

Contract
Textbook on Law of Contract and Specific Relief Avtar Singh
Law of Torts The Law of Torts Rattan Lal and Dhiraj Lal
Property Law & Easement Property Law Poonam Pradhan Saxena
Crpc Criminal Procedure Code R.V. Kelkar

IPC
The Indian Penal Code Rattan Lal and Dhiraj Lal

Evidence
Law of Evidence Vepa P. Sarthi
CPC Civil Procedure C.K. Takwani

FAQ's

What subjects must be studied for Judiciary Exams?

Most of the basics are taught in the bachelor's degree, however, candidates must study topics that are prescribed in the syllabus of the Judicial Service exam. Some of the important subjects are 

  • Indian Evidence Act
  • Constitution of India
  • Code of Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure code
  • Transfer of property act
  • Jurisprudence
  • Indian Penal Code
  • Procedural Law
  • Substantive Laws

Which are the books that can be referred to for Judiciary Exam preparation?

Subjects

Recommended Book(s)

Criminal Code of Procedure

Rv Kelkar

Indian Penal Code

KD Gaur, Ashok Jain (Dukki)

Indian Evidence Act

Batuk Lal, Ashok Jain (Dukki)

Civil Procedure Code

Ck Thakka (Takwani)

Indian Contract Act

Dr Avtar Singh, Rk Bangia

Sales of Goods Act

Mulla

Indian Partnership Act

Avtar Singh, Rk Bangia, Mulla

Specific Relief Act

Rk Bangia

Indian Limitation Act

Jd Jain (Bare Act)

Hindu Law

Dr Kusum, Dr P Saxena, Dukki

Muslim Law

Faizee, Dukki

Indian Registration Act

Jps Sirahi

Should we focus on Mains or Prelims while preparing?

Candidates must remember that after the prelims exam there will not be more time for preparation. So, it is better if you focus on the mains initially and proceed with preparation. Divide the subjects and study accordingly. 

Can I prepare for Judiciary Exam without coaching?

It completely depends on candidates. If you are finding it difficult to understand concepts, then it is suggested to take up coaching. Through the best Judiciary Exam coaching, you can crack the exam with high score easily. 

How much percentage is required for attempting judicial services exam?

No, minimum percentage is required for attempting State Judicial Services Exam. Candidate must holds an LL.B. degree (either 5 year integrated course or 3 year course) from recognized university.