CSC: Achieving top slot in the Judicial Services Examination is no small feat; accept our heartiest congratulations on your splendid success.
Yashu Khurana: Thanks to almighty, my parents, and my coaching institute - Ambition Law Institute.
CSC: Can you recall the exact moment when you realized the importance of joining Judicial Services?
Yashu Khurana: During my Law Clerkship with HMJ Sanjeev Narula, I realised the role and importance of Judiciary.
CSC: Finally, at what point of time did you make up your mind to make a career in ‘Judicial Services’?
Yashu Khurana: After comparing my experience of working with Mr. Sanjeev Bajaj, as a trial court advocate and my experience of working as a Law Researcher, I decided that Judicial Services would be the right career option for me.
CSC: You must have read various toppers’ interviews in newspapers/magazines; what inspired you the most? Any particular success story which influenced your journey to this result?
Yashu Khurana: After watching several interviews on YouTube of selected candidates, I realised that the common ingredient in each story was a consistent and hardworking approach to achieve your goal.
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?
Yashu Khurana: The idea was introduced by my parents, but I took a reasoned and informed decision after comparing experience of working with people on both sides of the bench.
CSC: About Interview Boards, many candidates have set different impressions. Do you consider such thoughts help or hinder one’s performance in the Interview?
Yashu Khurana: One can always filter useful information from impression/experience of other people.
CSC: What was your first step after choosing Judicial Services as a career option?
Yashu Khurana: Organising your schedule and finalising your resource material were the first steps.
CSC: Were you confident of your success in this examination and how did you react to this news of your success?
Yashu Khurana: If one gives an honest attempt, then despite the uncertainty of what the result may be one can be satisfied by their effort, irrespective of the result.
CSC: In how many attempts have you achieved this success? How do you visualize your preparation/previous attempts?
Yashu Khurana: This was my first attempt. Preparation is entirely based on maintaining a mental balance because it is a long journey before you get success.
CSC: Were you preparing for other career opportunities as well while preparing for your ultimate goal i.e. Career in Judicial Services?
Yashu Khurana: I have been working simultaneously to augment my knowledge and stay connected with the practical world.
CSC: While the changing economic environment offers immense lucrative career opportunities in various sectors, still what kept you motivated towards Judicial Services?
Yashu Khurana: This service is attractive because of the honour, respect, and stability attached with it.
CSC:What's important and what's not? Share your thoughts and opinions.
Yashu Khurana: What's important is that your fundamentals of legal subjects are clear, you have a strong desire and focus to achieve your dream and you are constantly working to achieve it.
CSC:'Time Management' - is a key factor while doing the preparation as well as in writing in the examination. Did you come across such a problem during this period? If yes, then how did you manage things?
Yashu Khurana: Indeed, time management is a crucial factor in having a systematic approach towards your goal. Preparing a daily schedule helped me in timely preparation of my notes.
CSC:List some of the Magazines, Newspapers, Books, etc. which you read for 'General Studies’ preparation.
Yashu Khurana: Magazines - Civil Services Chronicle and Newspaper - Indian Express.
CSC: How did you prepare yourself for the 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?
Yashu Khurana: Mock Interviews helped a lot, there was a single board.
CSC:Does the educational, financial and demographic status of the family of an aspirant have any impact on the preparation?
Yashu Khurana: Yes, having a sound background obviously changes a lot of things, but in this case it's also difficult to stay focused when you've abundance of resources.
CSC:According to a recent report published by reputed survey agency, Civil Services Chronicle is the largest read Career & Competition magazine. What is your opinion?
Yashu Khurana: Yes, it is a very useful magazine. It is one of the most concise and relevant resource for major current events and general knowledge.
CSC: To whom would you like to give the credit for your success?
Yashu Khurana: I would like to give credit to my family members, my previous boss and my mentor Alok Kumar Ranjan and Team Ambition.
CSC: Thank you very much and wishing you all the best for your future