Recently, Team Lex Auxilium got an amazing opportunity to interview Ms Tanvi Mathur, RJS Rank 02, 2019. It was indeed a great experience interacting with her and the golden tips she shared is surely going to motivate a lot of students who aspire to appear for judicial examinations.
Q.1. Huge congratulations for your success in Rajasthan Judicial Services Examination! Kindly introduce yourself to our readers.
Thank you very much for the cordial wishes and for giving me a chance to share my experience with the enthusiastic judicial aspirants. I am Tanvi Mathur from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I graduated from Amity University Rajasthan in 2018 with a gold medal in B.A. LL.B. (H). I appeared for the Rajasthan Judicial Services Examination, Civil Judge Cadre, 2018 and cleared the same in the first attempt and secured 2nd rank (overall) in the Examination. I dreamt of becoming a judge ever since I was a child and to achieve that dream at a young age felt unreal. Determination and hard work drove me to be someone my family, faculties, and friends would be proud of.
Q.2. What made you choose law/judiciary as a career option?
I was always inclined towards joining judicial services. One of my maternal uncle is a judicial officer and I have always seen him disciplined and focused on his work. He always aspired me to follow my dreams and supported me when I decided to sit for RJS. My dream of becoming a judge was always supported by my parents who pushed me to pursue my dream career at every path.
Q.3. What was your overall strategy for the Rajasthan Judiciary’s prelims exam and how many hours did you dedicate for the preparations?
Ideally, the preparation for the prelims and mains should go hand in hand since once you clear your prelims there is not enough time to prepare for mains separately. But keep in mind that both prelims and mains require a different set of approach. For prelims, I thoroughly read the bare act first and referred to textbooks for an in-depth understanding of the topic. For language i.e. Hindi and English, I took help of general grammar books and studied them from basic level. I referred to Previous Year Papers of RJS and other state judiciary examinations as well. I tried to solve as many Multiple Choice Questions as I could lay my hands on. I also gave mock tests to evaluate myself and I also made sure to give adequate time to revision. My approach from the very beginning was target based. I made weekly schedule and strictly followed it. I never counted the number of hours I studied.
Q.4. What was your overall strategy for RJS mains?
As mains exam is subjective it requires certain additional things to be taken care of.
i) A meticulous reading and understanding of statutory provision are must along with the knowledge of relevant case laws and judgments. Concept clarity, in recent times, is imperative so cramming up bare acts won’t help. The paper pattern is practical hence it requires application of mind and analytical skills.
ii) Since mains include judgment writing, I read a few judgments to have a better understanding of its contents, method of writing, and the type of language used. I practised writing two judgments per week. Apart from this, questions relating to framing of charge, plaint drafting, etc. are also asked in the exam.
iii) For essay writing, I prepared a few model essays for possible topics and practised writing three to four essays each week which helped me in improvising my writing skills and also prepared me to manage my time well in the examination hall. iv) I tried to solve Past Year Papers which helped me to identify the areas that required more attention. I focused on writing relevant, clear, and precise answers. I believe that each subject forming the part of the syllabus is equally important and one must never take language papers lightly.
Q.5. How did you prepare for the RJS’ interview? Any secret recipe you would like to give?
The interview is primarily a general proficiency and personality test to check the candidate’s suitability for the position of a judge. There is no particular syllabus for an interview. Anything and everything can be asked from a personal and academic background, current affairs, legal knowledge, etc. I brushed my basic concepts of law and other recent judicial developments. I prepared a list of frequently asked questions with truthful answers and practised them in front of mirror and family members who guided me. I gave a mock interview to mitigate the fear of a real interview. My advice for the interview is to be composed, courteous, real, spontaneous, and confident. Simply say no if you are uncertain about any question. Don’t say something that you are not sure about.
Q.6. What were the most important ‘right things/strategies’ you implemented in preparing for the Judicial Services Examinations?
I wrote down my aim – to clear RJS – which helped me to fully commit toward my goal. Then, I made a proper weekly schedule and acted upon it due to which I was able to focus on each subject carefully and systematically. I took small breaks of 20-30 minutes while preparing which aided me to revitalize my body and mind. I also prepared my own notes and kept on updating them from time to time. I kept my references limited and read-only those textbooks whose language I could easily understand. I focused more on self-study. This made my preparation easier. I kept myself updated about the recent judicial developments via newspaper and sites like ‘live law’.
Q.7. What golden tip would you like to give to students who are in college and are aspiring for Judicial Examinations and for students who are preparing for the same?
Judicial Services Examination is not a walk in the park so one has to be dedicated, disciplined, and consistent. Step outside your comfort zone. Stop comparing yourself with others and learn from your mistakes. Small steps each day leads to success. There will be times when you would feel dejected and low. In those times, talk to your family and close friends. Remember, will power defeats all power. You can do it!
Interviewed By: Alivya Sahay