- HCS Toppers Interview
CSC. : Achieving top slot in the Judicial Services Examination is no small feat; accept our heartiest congratulations on your splendid success.
Ans: Thank you so much.
CSC. : Can you recall the exact moment when you realized the importance of Judicial Services?
Ans: When I was in Campus Law Centre during 2nd Semester, many of my classmates were preparing for judicial services. At that time I did a thorough research about judicial services and decided to prepare for this exam.
CSC.. : Finally, at what point of time did you make up your mind to make career in ‘Judicial Services’?
Ans: While doing Law, I realized that Judicial Service is a very noble service one can think of. Immediately after realizing this, I joined Ambition Law Institute where I got guidance of Mr. Alok Kumar Ranjan who guided me well. After that I became more firm w.r.t. judicial services.
CSC.: You must have read topper’s interviews in newspapers/magazines; who inspired you the most? Any particular success story which influenced your journey to this result?
Ans: The never give up attitude of most of the Toppers inspired me the most. Their constant hard work with more focus on making a smart strategy helped me in utilizing the time more efficiently.
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?
Ans.: JSE was definitely a planned decision complimented with my parent’s wish to make a secure & noble career. I always, tried to prepare with the best strategy to clear the examination in the first attempt itself.
CSC..: Describe the exact moment when you came to know about the importance of Judicial Services?
Ans.: While doing Law, I used to read judgments of Hon’ble Supreme and High Courts. It helped me to realize the impact of judgments on great number of people. The more I read judgments the more it helped me to realize the importance of judicial service. Also in Ambition Law Institute, Mr. Alok Kumar Ranjan used to inculcate the same in class room lectures.
CSC. : About Interview Boards, many candidates have set impressions. Do you consider such thoughts help or hinder one’s performance in Interview?
Ans: One should not fall into any pre-conceived notions about interview Board. Candidates should rely on their hard work only as that will help them to sit confidently in the interview
CSC.: What was your first step when you were really serious about making a career in Judicial Services?
Ans: The first step was to get guidance about judicial services, as I am from non law background. For that I joined Ambition Law Institute which provided me the exact required guidance for the same.
CSC.: Were you confident of your success in this examination? How did you react to this news of your success?
Ans: Yes, I was always confident that sooner or later I will get the result of my hardwork. If at some moment I felt low, my parents and my brother and also my friends stood by me in those low moments. I was elated with the news.
CSC.: In how many attempts have you achieved this success? How do you visualize your preparation/previous attempts?
Ans: For Haryana Judicial Service this was my 1st attempt. Apart from Haryana judiciary, I gave Delhi judicial service exam also.
CSC.: Were you preparing for other career opportunities as well while preparing for your ultimate goal i.e. career in Judicial Services?
Ans: No, I was fully focused on judiciary exam. The only aim which I kept in my mind was to clear the exam. If for some reasons I could not clear the exam, my next step used to be to analyze my strategy for the exam, rather than switching to some other career option.
CSC.: While the changing economic environment offers immense lucrative career opportunities in various sectors, still what kept you motivated towards Judicial Services?
Ans: For this I will give credit to my parents and my brother. The environment of my home where I always saw my father working for 18 hours a day. My mother who taught me the art of reading and learning things. My brother who constantly motivated me to remain focused towards judicial service. Nothing attracted me more than to be part of judicial service. Many Hon’ble judges are also the reason for this focus.
CSC.: What’s important and what’s not? Share your thoughts and opinions.
Ans: Patience is important while hasty preparation is not. One should never lose his/her patience if they are not able to clear this exam in their initial attempts. Rather one should always have faith in him/her despite many unsuccessful attempts.
CSC.: ‘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 time?
Ans: Yes,'Time Management' is the key. While I was in Ambition Law Institute, Alok Kumar Sir always told us that the answers should be very specific. One should answer what the question has asked and not unnecessary things.
CSC.: Was Judicial Services Examination a planned thing for you? Had you thought of some time frame for this examination?
Ans.: Yes judicial services examinations was a planned thing. My focus was to give my best in the examination. I always tried to give best and to clear the exam in that very attempt.
CSC.: List some of the Magazines, Newspapers, Books etc. which you read for ‘General Studies’ preparation.
Ans : For Magazines I read Civil Services Chronicle, for News Papers I read Hindu as well as Indian Express.
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?
Ans: For interview my strategy was to be thorough with the Law Subjects as well as to be aware of the current events and also with the recent judgments of Hon’ble Supreme court as well as of the Hon’ble High Court. Interview board consisted of 9 members including Hon’ble High Court judge and Hon’ble HPSC members.
CSC.: What is the importance of medium of examination for exams like JSE?
Ans: It’s not the form but substance which matters. Medium of examination is the mode of expressing your knowledge only.
CSC.: Does the educational, financial and demographic status of the family of an aspirant have any impact on the preparation?
Ans: In my opinion these factors do not play any impact on the preparation, as candidates having different backgrounds are clearing the same exam. Hard work and smart strategy is the key to success in this exam.
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?
Ans: Civil Services Chronicle is without any doubt the best magazine.
CSC.: What is the secret of your success?
Ans: Constant hardwork and patience with faith in myself, the constant support and motivation of my parents, brother, friends, campus law centre and Ambition Law Institute (particularly of Mr. Alok Kumar Ranjan).
CSC.: Any suggestion/advice you would like to give to the future aspirants?Ans.: Never lose patience if you are not able to clear exam in one or two attempts, just revisit your strategy and make fruitful changes in it.