Mr. YASHU KHURANA
76th Rank In Madhya Pradesh Judicial Services Examination - 2019
An Exclusive Interview


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 endeavors.


Mr. KASHISH MATTA
27th Rank In Madhya Pradesh Judicial Services Examination - 2019
An Exclusive Interview


CSC: Achieving top slot in the Judicial Services Examination is no small feat; accept our heartiest congratulations on your splendid success.

Kashish:Thanks to almighty, my parents and my mentor Alok Kumar Ranjan Sir.

CSC: Can you recall the exact moment when you realised the importance of Judicial Services?

Kashish: The dream to join judicial service was always there in the back of my mind from the initial phase of law school. However, it took concrete form from fourth year of law school.

CSC: Finally, at what point of time did you make up your mind to make a career in Judicial Services?

Kashish: I took starting steps in the direction of Judicial Services Examination during the final year of my law school.

CSC: Was Judicial Service a planned decision or your parent’s wish? Did you keep in mind some time frame for the examination preparation and number of attempts?

Kashish: It was my own self-made decision to pursue law and prepare for Judicial Services Examination. However, my family always supported and encouraged me to follow my passion.

CSC: About Interview Boards, many candidates have set impressions. Do you consider such thoughts help or hinder one’s performance in the Interview?

Kashish: The Interview Board consists of Hon'ble High Court Judges and experienced legal luminaries. The purpose is to evaluate and test the personality of the candidates, to test their legal acumen and also to check the calmness of a candidate. I was confident about interview process.

CSC: What was your first step when you were really serious about making a career in Judicial Services?

Kashish: The first step was to get right guidance and a solid road-map to reach my desired destination, i.e., to clear Judicial Services Examination.

CSC: In how many attempts have you achieved this success? How do you visualise your preparation/previous attempts?

Kashish: It was my 3rd attempt.

CSC: Were you preparing for other career opportunities as well while preparing for your ultimate goal, i.e., Career in Judicial Services?

Kashish: No, I prepared only for Judicial Services.

CSC: While the changing economic environment offers immense lucrative career opportunities in various sectors, still what kept you motivated towards Judicial Services?

Kashish: The faith of public in the Institution of Judiciary and the pious function of justice dispensation continued to inspire me at every stage of this preparation.

CSC: What's important and what's not? Share your thoughts and opinions.

Kashish: The following are important:

  1. Regular revision of concepts and notes.
  2. Keeping oneself upgraded about legal updates and recent developments.
  3. Keeping oneself motivated and enthusiastic throughout the journey.

CSC: ‘Time Management’ is a key factor while preparing as well as in writing examination papers. Did you come across such a problem during this period? If yes, then how did you manage things?

Kashish: Time management is a key-factor in clearing any examination. Completing the whole question-paper within limited time-frame and with qualitative answers is required to clear the examination.

CSC: List some of the magazines, newspapers, and books which you read for General Studies’ preparation?

Kashish: (1) News Paper - Indian Express

(2) Website - Live Law

CSC: How did you prepare yourself for Interview?

Kashish: I appeared in few Mock Interviews before the actual interview. It helped me in finding out short-comings and improving the same.

CSC: What is the importance of medium of examination for exams like Judicial Services Examination?

Kashish: One must opt for that medium in which one is comfortable to express and communicate.

CSC: Does the educational, financial and demographic status of the family of an aspirant have any impact on the preparation?

Kashish: The family support is instrumental in achieving the desired goal. A person from humble back-ground also has equal chances to succeed in the competitive examinations.

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?

Kashish: Yes, it is a resourceful magazine; a good consolidation of relevant knowledge and current-events.

CSC: To whom would you like to give the credit for your success?

Kashish: To my parents, my family (especially my nephew, master Divyam), my friends and my mentor - Shri Alok Kumar Ranjan Sir along with entire Team of Ambition Law Institute, Delhi.

CSC: Any suggestion/advice you would like to give to the future aspirants?

Kashish: I strongly suggest every aspirant to have an immense faith in his or her capability and pursue their dreams with full vigour and to never come under pressure and do not give up.

CSC: Thank you very much and wishing you all the best for your future endeavours.


Ishank
15th Rank In Uttarakhand Judicial Services Examination - 2020
An Exclusive Interview with


CSC: Achieving top slot in the Judicial Services Examination is no small feat; accept our heartiest congratulations on your splendid success.

Ishank: Thanks a lot.

CSC: Can you recall the exact moment when you realized the importance of Judicial Services?

Ishank: Since childhood I was inspired from my father as he was also posted as Civil Judge (JD) at U.P.

CSC: You must have read Toppers’ interviews in newspapers/magazines; what inspired you the most? Any particular success story which influenced your journey to this result?

Ishank: I was inspired from one of the aspirant of Judicial Examination and my colleague from Ambition Law Institute. Alok Sir always encouraged me a lot to achieve what I always aspired.

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?

Ishank: Both. No, as such there was no time frame, rather I enjoyed the time while I was preparing for Judiciary.

CSC: About Interview Boards, many candidates have set impressions. How do you see such thoughts – whether they help or hinder one’s performance in Interview?

Ishank: These are unnecessary; be honest with your interviewers.

CSC: What was your first step when you were really serious about making a career in Judicial Services?

Ishank: In 2016, I appeared for my first Examination for U.P. Judiciary and when my Preliminary Examination got cleared, I became more serious about Mains Examination and further process.

CSC: Were you confident of your success in this examination and how did you react to this news of your success?

Ishank: I was confident because I have guidance from my father and also from Alok Sir (Director of Ambition Law Institute), so I followed their pattern and lead on.

CSC: In how many attempts have you achieved this success? How do you visualise your preparation/previous attempts?

Ishank: In Uttarakhand Judicial Services Examination, this was my 2nd attempt.

CSC: Were you preparing for other career opportunities as well while preparing for your ultimate goal i.e., career in Judicial Services?

Ishank: No, I only set my goal for Judiciary.

CSC: While the changing economic environment offers immense lucrative career opportunities in various sectors, still what kept you motivated towards Judicial Services?

Ishank: As I mentioned earlier, only thing that motivated me to go for Judiciary is my parents’ wishes and my respect for the work of Judiciary.

CSC: 'Time Management' is a key factor while preparing as well as in writing the examination. Did you come across such a problem during this period? If yes, then how did you manage things?

Ishank: I had set my time limit to complete every question within 2 to 3 minutes.

CSC: List some of the Magazines, Newspapers, Books, etc. which you read for 'General Studies’ preparation.

Ishank: Civil Services Chronicle (English) and The Hindu Newspaper.

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?

Ishank: Preparation for Preliminary Examination will help you till last stage so be in continuance of your Prelims preparation. My Interview lasted for 15-17 minutes.

CSC: What is the importance of medium of examination for exams like JSE?

Ishank: It doesn't matter what medium you choose.

CSC: Does the educational, financial and demographic status of the family of an aspirant have any impact on the preparation?

Ishank: Yes, it matters a lot.

CSC: To whom would you like to give the credit for your success?

Ishank: At first to almighty God, then my parents and then Ambition Law Institute and Alok Sir.

CSC: What are your Hobbies?

Ishank: Sports, collection of recent case laws and reading law digests like SCC weekly.

CSC: Any suggestion/advice you would like to give to the future aspirants.

Ishank: Read Bare Acts properly and solve as many questions as you can.

CSC: Thank you very much and wishing you all the best for your future endeavours.


Preeti Jha
Rank-1 Chhattisgarh Judicial Services Examination - 2020


C.S.C.: Achieving top slot in the Judicial Services Examination is no small feet; accept our heartiest congratulations on your splendid success.

Preeti: Thanks a lot.

C.S.C.:Can you recall the exact moment when you realized the importance of Judicial Services?

Preeti: I always had interest in Judicial Services. However, when I started practising in Chhattisgarh High Court, I realized the prestige and responsibilities of Judges.

C.S.C.:Finally, at what point of time did you make up your mind to make career in ‘Judicial Services’?

Preeti: After completing my graduation in Law, I started preparing for Judicial Services.

C.S.C.:You must have read Toppers’ interviews in newspapers/magazines; what inspired you the most? Any particular success story which influenced your journey to this result?

Preeti: I used to read Toppers’ interviews and it always inspired and motivated me.

C.S.C.: 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?

Preeti: It was both a planned decision as well as my parent's wish. My mindset towards JSE was that until I achieve success I would continue my preparation.

C.S.C.:About Interview Boards, many candidates have set impressions. Do you consider such thoughts help or hinder one’s performance in Interview?

Preeti: Yes, up to some extent it mentally prepares us for the interview.

C.S.C.:What was your first step when you were really serious about making a career in Judicial Services?

Preeti: I went through the syllabus and divided my time for all subjects which I had to read together.

C.S.C.: Were you confident of your success in this examination and how did you react to this news of your success?

Preeti: Yes, upto certain extent I was confident of my success. However, getting 1st rank was beyond my imagination. It was a mix of joy and surprise.

C.S.C.:In how many attempts have you achieved this success? How do you visualize your preparation/previous attempts?

Preeti: In 2nd attempt I achieved this success. My previous attempt made me aware of my weak points so, it was a great help.

C.S.C.:Were you preparing for other career opportunities as well while preparing for your ultimate goal i.e. career in Judicial Services?

Preeti: No, I was fully focused towards Judicial Services Examination.

C.S.C.:While the changing economic environment offers immense lucrative career opportunities in various sectors, still what kept you motivated towards Judicial Services?

Preeti: The immense respect and prestige of judiciary.

C.S.C.:'Time Management' - is a key factor while making preparations as well as in writing examination papers. Did you come across such a problem during this period? If yes, then how did you manage things?

Preeti: Yes, during preparation for mains, I faced this problem. To overcome with it, I used to put alarms for specific intervals every day and tried to complete practice papers of Ambition Law Institute in that time frame only.

C.S.C.: List some of the Magazines, Newspapers, Books, etc. which you read for 'General Studies’ preparation.

Preeti: One Hindi and English newspaper every day, along with monthly magazine of Civil Services Chronicle.

C.S.C.: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?

Preeti: For interview, I made panel at home which consisted of my parents and brother. I faced the Board of Hon'ble J. M.M. Shrivastava Sir. My interview went quite smoothly and it lasted for about 15-20 minutes. Maximum questions were from law and few from current affairs.

C.S.C.:What is the importance of medium of examination for exams like JSE?

Preeti: In my opinion, candidate's medium does not affect his or her preparation in JSE.

C.S.C.:Does the educational, financial and demographic status of the family of an aspirant have any impact on the preparation?

Preeti: Yes, upto some extent it impacts on JSE preparation. However, it is not hindrance in getting selected for aspirants.

C.S.C.:According to a recent report published by reputed survey agency, Civil Services Chronicle is the largest read Career & Competition magazine. What is your opinion?

Preeti: In my opinion, Civil Services Chronicle is one of the most useful competition magazines. It gives us all important details in a single book.

C.S.C.: To whom would you like to give the credit for your success?

Preeti: Credit goes to my Papa, Ma, my Brother, my Teachers, entire Team of Ambition Law Institute, my seniors and God for success.

C.S.C.:Any suggestion/advice you would like to give to the future aspirants.

Preeti: I would like to give them my best wishes and advise them for continuous motivation till success.

C.S.C.:Thank you very much and wishing you all the best for your future endeavors.


Simranpreet Kaur
Rank 1 (Sports Category) In Punjab Public Service Commission 2021


CSC: Heartiest congratulations to you from Civil Services Chronicle for your success. How are you feeling about it?

Simranpreet Kaur: Thank you Sir. It's a great feeling as the hard work put in has reaped fruits.

CSC: What is your inspiration behind your success? Whom do you give credit for your success? What is the role of family and others (teacher, friends) in your preparation and success?

Simranpreet Kaur: My inspiration for becoming a PCS officer was my parents who introduced the idea of Civil Services to me. This was further realised when I was awarded for representing India in the World

Cup in Skeet Shooting on the Sports Day of my School and the chief guest was a sports person and a Civil Servant. This really inspired me to take up Civil Services.The role of my family has been a major one given the fact it's the family support which gives emotional strength in this journey and teachers who motivate you and help you become better in the respective subjects.

CSC: What strategy one should follow for preparing General Studies for Prelims & Mains? Did you integrate your Prelims and Mains preparation or was it separate?

Simranpreet Kaur: The preparation of Civil Services is an integrated one for both Prelims and Mains. Step one is thoroughly understanding the syllabus and analysing the previous years’question papers.

Followed by that one has to decide whether one requires coaching or not and depending upon their strengths and weaknesses formulate a strategy accordingly. Tests are really important for each stage of the examination as it helps one identify the areas which need more attention.Both mains and Prelims are covered together, however a few months before each stage of examination one has to shift the focus of preparation to the exam specific stage.

CSC: How much time did you devote for Prelims, Mains, Interview, and Optional? How did you manage your time in both prelims and mains examinations?

Simranpreet Kaur: It is nearly two years of preparation. I decided to prepare in an integrated way hence initially I prepared for both mains and prelims together. As my prelims was scheduled on 13th February, 2021, I gave three months before the exam completely to it.Followed by that in 1st April, 2021 to 8th April 2021, I had my mains hence a dedicated focus to it.Followed by that on 15th May, was my Interview hence the focus was to more an interview specific preparation.

CSC:Did you prepare notes? How helpful are the notes? What is your advice on notes making?

Simranpreet Kaur: For some subjects I had prepared notes like the mains specific topics and some even for Current Affairs, however they were prioritised on the basis of importance of the issues with regard to the exam.They were really helpful as the revision before the exam became quite easy.I believe, making notes or not is a personal choice, however in my opinion they are important as some days before the exam it becomes extremely difficult to revise from a large number of sources.

CSC: Tell us something about preparation of essay paper.

Simranpreet Kaur: I had practiced certain essays before the Mains exam and got them evaluated by my teachers and incorporated their suggestions in the exam. The knowledge of other four papers can be beautifully utilised in the paper with a touch of literature.

CSC: What was your style of writing in the exam? How was it distinct from the general writing style? How did you develop this writing style?

Simranpreet Kaur: My writing style was of - Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. However I used paragraphs, points, diagrams, etc. depending upon the demand of the question.I had developed the writing style by practicing a few questions after every subject was completed, then getting my answers evaluated by the teachers and incorporating their suggestions.

CSC: How did you prepare for interview? Which types of questions were asked in the interview? Did you answer them all? Was there any specific area they emphasised upon?

Simranpreet Kaur: My interview was mainly focussed on the Detailed Application Form (DAF) and on newspapers, along with some important contemporary issues and State specific information.I had prepared for the same and attended a few mocks and incorporated few suggestions. The questions were mostly State-oriented and factual and very less opinion-based.I was able to answer most of the questions and they asked some village specific questions which I was not able to answer.

CSC: What do you think about importance of coaching in the preparation of this examination?

Simranpreet Kaur: Coaching plays a very important role in giving direction to prepare for this examination and after that it's the self-study which helps one consolidate the learning on subjects. However, again, it’s a personal choice. One has to decide depending upon his/her abilities.

CSC: What is the role of Civil Services Chronicle in your success?

Simranpreet Kaur: I referred to Civil Services Chronicle magazine for some topics of current affairs to fill in the gaps.


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