Interview with Mr. Vaibhav Soni

Vaibhav Soni is a law graduate from 2015 who hails from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He secured 7 th rank in Rajasthan State Judicial Services examination in 2016.

Please Introduce yourself to our readers..

I completed my graduation (B.A.LL.B. course) from Nirma University in 2015 and thereafter I worked with Gujarat industrial Development Corporation as a legal expert and I prepared for the RJS while doing my job. Presently I am an additional Civil Judge in Pali, Rajasthan. My preparation journey of Judicial Services examination started 3 years back. I prepared for the examination in 2015 and 2016. In my first attempt, I could reach till the interview stage but could not qualify it. But in 2016 I could crack the interview as well and got 7th rank.

It is a common myth that judicial aspirant must be someone of a very high IQ or should be very intelligent to get through these examinations. A lot of students before even appearing for the exam consider themselves as a misfit for this examination. What opinion do you have on this?

It is definitely a myth to prejudge yourself before appearing for any competitive examination. IQ is not the barometer, I can say this with conviction because even I was of this mindset. And things changed when I appeared for the first time in Rajasthan Judicial Services examination and could crack it and qualify for the interview. I was also an average student in the College and School. Also, this e-learning process has made it very easy for the aspirants to gather all the information & core materials from anywhere to their door-steps. Smart work in detecting the approach of the exam framers will give more edge than the IQ I think. Even for aspirant who are in 5 year LLB Course can access such material from Applications and websites and start preparing early these days. It used to not be this way earlier.

Do you have any tips or story to motivate the aspirants those who may be struggling
personally, academically or financially in any way during this journey.

I do not have any specific story to share, in fact clearing this examination has given me motivation that If you think about getting anywhere, it is not difficult. You just need to give consistent effort inch by inch. You have to be focused on your target. Everyone should be motivated to clear the examination because it is a reputed job and there is a social recognition for it. It’s a good permanent government job and you can get it just after your graduation. The plus point is you need not get into practice and get that experience. So, it’s definitely the perk of this job.

While you were enlightening us through your journey, you said self-study seems sufficient and you do not need excessive coaching or lectures, Do you believe that any person, who does not have the finances to for full-fledged coaching, is he/she capable of clearing judicial services examination?

Definitely! A good point of this judicial service examination is that you have a definite course structure, particular statues are being asked that too in all the state examinations. So, if you have prepared the major portion of the law, which is particularly limited statutes, I believe self-study is sufficient for the preparation because there is a limited course module which you have to study. In addition to that I would like to also mention that if you are studying in a group, may be
in your college or maybe after graduation, a group of 4 to 5 people and sitting together and discussing about various subject topics, understanding the pattern of the paper, it is more than sufficient. You need not attend classes to understand the core of the subject. The major subjects are already covered during graduation. Minor subjects are similar, you just need to read, understand and remember.

What are the most important three to four strategic to-do’s that aspirant should always keep in mind?

It is the major part of the preparation or for any competitive examination. You must know that how you are approaching this particular examination.

1. You have to be very precise in seeing the previous year papers because once you see them and analyse the type of questions being asked, how they’ve been framed, what is being regularly asked by the examiner, then you can definitely have an edge. The course module is limited, but still there are numerous provisions and numerous things mentioned in the statue. The statute is not in the form of a textbook which is to be read and understood, it is basically law, so what needs to be gathered is what questions are being particularly asked in previous papers, since many people haven’t attended courts. So, it is important to focus on previous year papers and understand the nature and the pattern in which questions are being asked.

2. Secondly, what I believe and follow is what our parents, grandparents say, that more you write, more you learn. In this exam, you need to memorise certain things; writing and learning will give you an edge and is a must in to-do list.

3. One must be very cautious while preparing for the preliminary examination, and it must not be taken lightly. There are numerous Question Banks available in the Apps and the E-learning process has given so much edge that student can refer to the question banks and their explanations also.

What are the common mistakes that a Judicial Aspirant should try to avoid, especially since there could be exams lined up post pandemic ?

I believe, the major problem is that people want to cover 100% syllabus and like they want to get 100% efficiency in whatever they are doing. So, this creates time management problem for them and get shaken up by the numerous statutes, provisions etc. I believe person should not focus to get 100% marks or to know everything but should aim that he should get around 60% marks & focus on the core areas which are being regularly asked.

Similarly, I also see people concerned various textbooks on a particular subject and keep on reading various books. But while I was preparing, I limited myself only to the statues and bare acts and when I was not able to understand or needed elaboration, only for those points I consulted the textbooks. So what I believe, for the majority of the procedural part, one must only limit themselves to the statutes. It will save time and additional information will burden
your mind. Examiner does not want you to explain elaborately either.

Another myth is that one needs to learn all statute word by word, section by section, what I believe is the major mistakes people make. So, if you are able to mention the elements of the provision, illustrating it and know the principle behind it. These mistakes is what people make and I even I made in my first attempt.

What advice would you like to give to students in their LLB Curriculum ? What should they do right now to not waste many years of preparation later?

It is good that so many students are so focused on judicial services in their preliminary years. I would like to suggest that, they can get through with the major subjects and procedural laws, substantive laws which are being asked in all judicial services examination. They can consult the professors and also practice answer writing for the mains examination. There are various instances when the students get to participate in the debate competitions and moot courts. This helps to nourish their personality. You have to face the interviewer which will be judged by the 3 High Court judges or whatever the quorum is. You should be aware about the happenings of the country & the legal developments. I would also suggest them to be a part of a group and discuss topics together.

Why did you choose Judicial Services over the fancy corporate jobs? What should be the drive for Judicial Services ?

I would like to mention here that I did not choose basically. I did internships in law firms in Delhi, Mumbai etc and realised that I am not happy in this job and wanted to live in Rajasthan only. Practicing was a very good option but I thought that I don’t have a background. Also in COVID 19, I’ve witnessed lack of job permanency in corporate jobs. Judiciary on the other hand offers permanency. It is a settled job, with good pay with perks, accommodation and in addition you get a work satisfaction. In the law firms I don’t think people get recognition so early as compared to Judicial Services. When you are judging a particular case, people will know you. It is a purpose driven job till 5pm, you don’t have to worry about anything, there is a peace of mind. It is all about how you perceive it, You get to be in rural areas
or Tehsils, you may not get a fast-forward metro life, if you are ok with it, then it is really a nice job.

What do you think is the secret to clearing Rajasthan Judicial Services in terms of the syllabus pattern, from Prelims to Mains and Interview?

1. The basic thing is that you have to know the pattern and how the questions are being asked. Not only from the major subjects, but from minor & local statues.
2. Also, the Hindi, English, Essay papers are very scoring. I would also like to mention that presentation is also very important. The examiner might give you an extra mark. Even if you know the law but not able to present it well, it will fetch you less mark.
3 Also focus on Rajasthan GK at least the superficial understanding of state, festivals, traditions,
geography etc.

What questions were asked for you in the Interview?

In my interview, the funny thing was that in both the interviews, I was asked similar type ofquestions from Disposal of Property Provisions 451- 459 and in my first attempt I did not the answer also it was very easy. It was the first Question fired at me and I had completely lost control of my interview forward. So it is important to be cautious, to remain calm in theinterviews even if you don’t know answers. I was also asked about demonetisation, my hobbies etc. and tested on my general awareness of happenings around.

We at Edzorb Law ( while sharing live images ) provide personalised guidance, & propagate smart and strong conceptual learning with continuous innovation to utilise small pockets of time. How do you think smart learning plays an important role for aspirants from different parts of the country who do not have access to coaching institutes?

I see the screen, I see that it is very innovative, informative and to the point. This modus of preparation was not there when I was preparing. Such e-learning platforms has given an edge and efficiency to the aspirants. Visual and pictorial thing is very necessary for memorising because reading is not as effective. I think, it is a very nice initiative to help learn the course module in an such an easy way, at any place in the country. I think otherwise, the people are stuck up in the

Orthodox system of preparation that leaves them behind. This is the contemporary way of preparing for judicial services and will definitely add up to the efficiency.

A lot of audience members are posting this last Question. How to deal with judgement
writing?

 It is a good question since it is not being taught in the 5 year LLB course and now for the examination, one has to prepare. For this, there are various e-court website from where you can refer to any particular district or any particular state and download judgments from the website. You can see and understand the format. Read more and more judgements of the lower court
because lower court judgments are different from the High Court judgments. So, you learn how they are being articulated. There are books available which you can refer or read online.

Would you like to add anything for the aspirants from your side?

 At last, I just like to add that a person who is preparing for judicial service must not think that it is difficult. That is not the case. Your consistent efforts and your smart work can take you through this examination. Do not prejudge yourself, do not fear the exam. A person who is giving his 100% efforts and is consistent can definitely get through it. Consistency is the key and you should go inch by inch and focus on smaller steps.

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