When to Start Judicial Exam Preparation?

An aspirant for the Civil Judge Exam but do not know when is the right time to start your preparation? Well, don't get panic!

This post shall guide you through the tips and strategies curated by Shubham Upadhaya, the Product Head at Judiciary Gold.

So, why late? Scroll down the post to know when to start your judicial service exam preparation for better results.

When Should I start Preparing for Judiciary Exams?

If you decide to appear for the Judicial Services Exam, you need to devote time, put effort, sacrifice many things, and have to convince your mind for teh long battle ahead.

There are three different stages when you can start your preparation. Below is the detailed information about when you can start preparing and How to prepare for the Judicial Services Exam.

Pursuing Dual Degree (5 year Law + Graduation)

Talking about those who are pursuing a dual degree (5-year law + graduation), they have ample time to find out which field of law will suit them by carrying out extensive research right from day1 of their college.

The exploration period for you in this category is generally the first 3 years. During the exploration phase, you must try to explore various fields within law such as corporate law, litigation, State PSC, UPSC, etc. and should carry out a detailed analysis of which field would suit you.

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Suppose you find Judicial services to be suitable for your future. In that case, you should start with the preparation for the exact right from the 4th year of your program as it will give ample time to prepare as well as for revision.

Therefore, the last 2 years of your graduation have to be taken seriously. It is because every state has different requirements in terms of subjects, which subjects are considered in their major and minor, local laws, local provisions, etc.

Moreover, you need to focus on the local language of the state you appear for.

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Pursuing Graduation and Law Separately (3+3 years)

Talking about those pursuing graduation and law separately (3+3 years) are also in the same position as the last category because even they have a cushion of 3 years to explore and find the appropriate field within the law to choose for.

Once these 3 years of exploration is completed, you can start with the preparation right from your law college.

Therefore, these 3 years should be devoted to Judicial Services preparation wholeheartedly. In these 3 years, you should get a good hold on law subjects and Important Bare Acts for Judiciary Exams.

Pursuing only Law (3 years)

Those who are pursuing only Law as education for 3 years should have a different approach compared to the ones belonging to the other two while deciding whether to go for Judicial Services or not.

There are two types of people in this category: those who have got campus placement and are currently working in some corporate law firm, self-employed, part of consultancy firm, etc., and the other ones being those who have just completed their law.

The approach is that you need to answer a few questions, which subsequently will clear the picture for you.

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1. Completed Law and having a Job!

If you have a job after completing your law program and if you are considering the option of appearing for the Judicial Services, then the first question you should ask yourself is, “Is I am happy with whatever am I am doing now?” 

Suppose the answer to this question is YES. In that case, you should try to avoid entering into the government exams arena as you may be able to excel in the current field in future because job satisfaction is essential for anyone.

Moreover, you may formulate plans to proceed further and grow in that particular field 20 years down the line.

If you find yourself suitable for the Judicial services, you should go for it. You can either start the Preparation for Judiciary Exam along with the Job or you have an option of leaving the job and start preparing for the exam with complete dedication.

2. Completed Law and planning to pursue Judiciary

Further, suppose you have just completed your law graduation and is still pondering whether to go for the judiciary or not. In that case, you should also be in a position to answer a few questions.

One of the most critical aspects while preparing for the Judicial Service Examination is the requirement of a solid mental state you must possess.

When you start feeling restless and would want to leave, then it is your determination and dedication that pushes you to work harder. This is what every aspirant who wants to make a career in Judiciary should ask themself if they are ready to put in that amount of zeal and commitment.

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You should have the confidence to have that right mindset and mental status required to clear the Judicial Service Examination.

Moreover, if there are other options towards which you find inclined or attracted, then you must explore it in a detailed manner and choice of Judiciary.

After carrying out a rigorous analysis and weighing the pros and cons of all the options, you should be in a position to decide which path to go for.

Preparation Tips for Judiciary Exams

The following are some of the best preparations tips that will help you get an idea about how to crack the judiciary exams on the first attempt.

Once you have made up your mind to start preparation for Judiciary Exam, shortlist the states in which you want to appear. This will immensely help you streamline your preparation accordingly right from the beginning and lead to greater success chances.

After finalizing the states, analyze the previous year Judiciary Exam Question Papers because every state has different requirements regarding subjects, which subjects are considered in their major and minor, local laws, etc.

It is always advisable to follow the Reverse Mechanism technique, which means you should start preparing for mains first and later prelims.

This is so because, while preparing for Mains, you can develop a strong foundation of concepts that prove to be beneficial for you to give Prelims smoothly.

The most crucial step to start preparing for the Judicial Services Examination is to go through the bare acts thoroughly so that you would be able to clear your Prelims with utmost ease.

Make sure that you prepare your notes by yourself as it enhances your understanding of the concepts. Further, you can refer to commentary books to add more to your knowledge.


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

Can I prepare for Judiciary Exams without coaching?

It completely depends on you. 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. 

Is bare Acts knowledge enough for Judicial Services Exams?

Most of the questions asked in the Judicial Services Exams are from the illustrations of bare act. Hence, learning bare act is first step to clear the judicial services exam.

How to prepare for General Knowledge questions asked in Judicial Services exam?

For the static GK use capsules available on the internet or any of Lucent or Arihant’s GK books and for Current Affairs preparation, reading the newspapers regularly is sufficient.

Should I focus on Mains or Prelims while preparing?

You 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.