It always seems impossible until it’s doneNelson Mandela
Ms Ashlesha is a Judicial Officer serving at the Rajasthan Judicial Services (RJS). She got 69th Rank & hails from Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh. She is an alumnus of Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur. UFLS congratulates her and presents her interview.
How did you gravitate towards the law?
My father has done LL.B so it was his idea and he motivated me to pursue law. I found it interesting too so I gradually decided to go for it.
Did you focus only on academics in college life?
No, I participated in MUNs and moot court competitions as well. Law school provides an excellent opportunity to do internships in various law firms and High courts and I encashed the opportunity. I enjoyed my college life with friends so it was a balanced experience.
What made you choose to serve the judiciary; did you not get tempted by the fancy corporate jobs or by independent practice?
I started my career as an Associate Advocate in a Delhi based law firm, SS Rana & Co. I served there for one year and realised that should try for the judiciary. The reason that I didn’t go for judiciary directly after college is the fact that I was not confident if I will be able to crack the examination but then I saw a friend working hard and getting into MP judiciary. This motivated me to pursue the judiciary.
How Rajasthan Judicial Services Exam is Different from Chhattisgarh Judicial services exam?
Seats in Chhattisgarh judiciary are comparatively less. The major difference is in the exam pattern in the mains examination. Chhattisgarh judiciary asks judgement writing and translation but Rajasthan judiciary asks theoretical questions, practical questions, judgement and order writing as well as essays in Hindi and English language.
Coming from a small city in Chhattisgarh was it a bit difficult for you when you appeared for Judiciary? (Is small town became any problem?
The small town was never a problem. I got good exposure to HNLU and it helped me develop my personality. I was quite comfortable working and getting along with colleagues in a law firm and it somehow helped me in my preparation for the judiciary. So it doesn’t matter if you belong to a big city or a small town. Your hard work, dedication and perseverance matter the most.
When should a person ideally start preparing for the judicial services exam?
As early as possible. The moment one decides to go for the judiciary, he or she should start the preparation. It helps in saving time and cracking the exam at a younger age. Though it’s never too late to chase a goal. In my case, I decided to go for it after one year of my graduation and it turned out well.
How many hours did you devote to the judicial services in terms of your preparation daily?
I never counted hours. But I divided my time according to the syllabus and subjects. I used to give time to current affairs, language, translation and law part on daily basis. It didn’t get monotonous that way. Somedays, I studied for 8-10 hours and somedays for 4-5 hours. It was according to the need of the hour.
What was your study pattern, the mode of study (online, offline, etc.)?
I did coaching from Rahul’s IAS, Delhi so I got the study material from there. I prepared my notes according to the class lectures and got the recent judgement and landmark judgement from coaching itself. Though I prepared for current affairs online from the YouTube channels “StudyIq” and “wifi study”.
Any specific strategy for dealing with the various case laws?
You need not memorize every case law. Just remember the landmark ones and the recent ones especially in the constitution. I focused more on the reasoning part which helped me writing answers in the mains examination.
How to clear the judiciary in one attempt?
A good strategy can help in cracking the exam on the first attempt. You need to be focused on the exam pattern. Follow the previous year papers and get acquainted with the pattern and prepare accordingly. Also, prepare the questions which are asked in the recent examination of other states.
What if somebody has decided at the end of her college to sit for judiciary & he/she has to clear in one go? What’s your take?
Of course, you can clear the examination in one go even if you decide to sit after the end of college. Your dedication matters. As I said earlier I decided to go for judiciary after my college and Rajasthan judiciary was my first attempt so it doesn’t matter when you decide. If you are serious and hard working you can do it.
Do you think that judges also have a social life and can be active on social media like supposing a person who loves to post travel stories and also had a dream for the judiciary in one go? He clears in one go but is confused so what could be your point of view if you had been in that person’s place?
I believe judges are human beings and they also have a social life. They are free to post travel stories and there is nothing wrong with it as far as it is decent and not hurting the sentiments of any group or community. Though, judges should refrain from giving an opinion on controversial topics and subjudice matters as it tends to reflect the biasness.
What would be your tips to those aspirants who are preparing for this exam?
If you are serious about it then give full devotion to the preparation. It requires a lot of patience and hard work. Give up everything that is distracting you and be focused. Make a timetable and try sticking to it. Make small targets for days and weeks and accomplish them. Remember, consistency is the key to success. Do not give up if you fail. Find out your flaws and work on them. Keep improvising and you will get through it. Good luck!