Civil Services Chronicle January 2023

Abhinav Kumar - 1st Rank (EWS Category)AIR - Bihar Judicial Services Examination - 2021

CSC: Achieving top slot in the Judicial Services Examination is no small feat; accept our heartiest congratulations on your splendid success. Abhinav: Thank you, I would like to especially thank Alok Kumar Ranjan Sir and entire Team members of Ambition Law Institute, Delhi. CSC: Can you recall the exact moment when you realized the importance of Judicial Services? Abhinav: Yes. It is due to the fact that I was closely engaged with State Legal Services Authority and National Legal Services Authority; I had the opportunity to meet various judges. They inspired me about the profession and life of a judicial officer. CSC: Finally, at what point of time did you make up your mind to make career in ‘Judicial Services’? Abhinav: Initially, I was preparing for UPSC. Eventually, through proper counselling I was convinced that I can be a good judicial officer. CSC: Was JSE a planned decision or your parent’s wish? Did you keep in mind some time frame, for the examination preparation and number of attempts? Abhinav: Never, It was my first sincere effort which resulted into success. CSC: Describe the exact moment when you came to know about the importance of Judicial Services? Abhinav: It was during the Covid 19 pandemic that posed unprecedented stress to career prospects for many people. That was the time when I genuinely realized how crucial it was for me to clear judicial services examination which is indeed the 1st priority for every law student. Thus, it was the exact moment for me. CSC: About Interview Boards, many candidates have set impressions. Do you consider such thoughts help or hinder one’s performance in Interview? Abhinav: Yes, it does. In fact, in my case, it was very important and effective as well. CSC: What was your first step when you were really serious about making a career in Judicial Services? Abhinav: I started with the fundamental concepts of law and sticking to the planned strategy that was made by me during the course of the preparation. CSC: Were you confident of your success in this examination and how did you react to this news of your success? Abhinav: Yes, I was sure that I will clear the examination just after the interview got over. It was definitely a wonderful news that brought moment of joy for all my loved ones. I convey my sincere gratitude to my professors and seniors for helping me throughout this journey. CSC: In how many attempts have you achieved this success? How do you visualize your preparation/previous attempts? Abhinav: This was my first sincere attempt where I was dedicated and focused towards my goal and accordingly I prepared for my examination. The only key to success was religiously following the self- made strategies which was made during the course of preparation. CSC: Were you preparing for other career opportunities as well while preparing for your ultimate goal i.e. Career in Judicial Services? Abhinav: Yes, I was pursuing PhD in law. Simultaneously, I was also associated with teaching and working as columnist for various reputed newspapers. CSC: While the changing economic environment offers immense lucrative career opportunities in various sectors, still what kept you motivated towards Judicial Services? Abhinav: Economic hindrances do not stop you from achieving what you strongly desire when your efforts are made in the right direction. CSC: What's important and what's not? Share your thoughts and opinions. Abhinav: According to me, it is your self-made strategies and the preparation framework that you consistently follow to achieve your desired goal. CSC: List some of the Magazines, News Papers, Books, etc. which you read for 'General Studies’ preparation. Abhinav: I was reading Indian Express, Civil Service Chronicle Magazine for Current Affairs and some statics books related to various topics and subject matter regularly. CSC: How did you prepare yourself for Interview? When and which Board did you face? How did your interview go on, how much time it lasted and what were the questions asked during the Interview? Abhinav: I have taken the guidance from Ambition Law Institute that really helped me to understand the intricacies of how to prepare for an interview. I also worked personally on my resume and issues related to law that are currently in news, latest Judgments and recent legal development for the interview. CSC: What is the importance of medium of examination for exams like JSE? Abhinav: My medium was English and it totally depends upon an individual and his ability to understand and learn the subject matter. Thus, the medium of examination did not pose any hindrance for me. CSC: Does the educational, financial and demographic status of the family of an aspirant have any impact on the preparation? Abhinav: I don’t think so. Your passion, efforts and ability to never give up on your dreams ultimately make it possible to achieve your goals. CSC: According to a recent report published by reputed survey agency, Civil Service Chronicle is the largest read Career & Competition Magazine. What is your opinion? Abhinav: Civil Service Chronicle is one of the best magazines for current affairs and it definitely helps the students to simplify their current affairs preparation. CSC: What is the secret of your success? Abhinav: My secret is to stay positive, being very confident, trying to have clarity over subject matter and the ability to never give up on my dreams. CSC: To whom would you like to give the credit for your success? Abhinav: There are many people in my list. First of all, my parents, my friends, some of the seniors and Ambition Law Institute that constantly helped me in staying positive and to stay focused towards my goal; and I would specially like to acknowledge the contribution of Alok Kumar Ranjan Sir who through their innovative methods of teaching developed the proper understanding of law in us. CSC: Any suggestion/advice you would like to give to the future aspirants. Abhinav: Focus on every stage of your preparation, be thorough with your bare acts and simultaneously prepare for answer writing. Take good care of your mental health and prepare with a positive attitude. CSC: Thank You very much and wishing you all the best for your future

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