Assam Judicial Service (AJS) Grade III exam is conducted by the Gauhati High Court to recruit qualified candidates for the post of Grade – III Judicial Officers. Grade III Judicial Officers refer to the Judicial Officer designated as Civil Judge (Junior Division) to hear the matters fall in the civil jurisdiction and Sub – Divisional Judicial Magistrate & Judicial Magistrate to hear the matters fall in the criminal jurisdiction (as the case may be).
This is one of the coveted exams in the state and like any other competitive exam, this exam also requires proper strategy and planning. If you are also going to appear for this exam, you should go through the following preparation tips very carefully.
1. Know the Details
Most students have the desire to crack an exam in its first attempt. But very few are able to do so. To crack an exam in the first attempt itself you need to take every step very carefully. One of the first steps to be considered before starting to prepare for an exam is to be familiar with the exam.
The AJS Grade III exam is segregated into three parts. These are the Preliminary exam, Main exam and Interview. The Preliminary exam consists of one paper carrying a total of 100 marks. The Main exam consists of five papers. Besides two law papers, the main exam consists of one General knowledge paper and two language papers including English and Assamese.
By going through the previous years question paper, you will be able to be familiar with the exam pattern and marks distribution.
2. Prepare Notes
When you prepare for an exam by making notes, you are able to understand topics in depth. Try to make notes in a comprehensible manner. Keep the sentence short and use easy language so that you don’t have to face difficulty while revising the notes when the exam is near.
Make notes by hand instead of using technological devices like laptops, tablets etc. When you make notes by hand, you are able to understand and remember topics more easily.
3. Collect Study Materials
Choosing the right kind of study material is essential to crack an exam successfully as it is the essential element of preparation. Therefore it is necessary to do research well before collecting study materials.
Buy those books which are good at clearing your basic concepts. A list of some of the books have been mentioned below:
- Indian Constitutional law by M.P. Jain.
- Indian Penal Code by Prof. S.N. Misra.
- Code of Civil Procedure by C K Takwani.
- The Code of Criminal Procedure by S.N. Misra.
4. Keep Revising
Revision is important to retain the information for a longer period of time. Try to include an additional hour for the purpose of revision. Because mere learning of a new topic is not sufficient unless you devote your time to revision. Schedule the time of your revision at your own convenience.
When you keep revising the topics since the initial days of preparation, it will save your time while refreshing the topics when the exam is near. Therefore, revision is equally important as studying a new topic. While revising the topics, you may apply some revision methods including mental association, flashcards etc.
5. Apply PQ4R Method
By applying the PQ4R method, you will be able to understand the topic in depth which also helps you to retain the information for a longer period of time. The PQ4R method refers to Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Recite and Review. Every step of the method has been discussed below:
Preview: In this step, you should take an idea of the subject matter. You should read headers, subheadings and highlighted text.
Question: After skimming the material, ask some questions to yourself to get an idea about the topics. Then you will be able to get an overall idea of the topics.
Read: In this step, read one portion of the topic at a time. Then try to find out the answer to your questions.
Reflect: In this step, go back to the earlier topics if you can’t answer the question.
Recite: You should write down the summary of the topics in your own words. It will help you to retain the information for a longer period of time.
Review: Look over the topics once again and try to answer those questions which have not been answered yet.
Subject wise Preparation Tips
Every subject is different from the others. Therefore, their preparation strategy will also be different. Preparation tips for some important subjects have been discussed below:
6. Procedural Law
Procedural law includes Code of Criminal Procedure, Code of Civil Procedure etc. When you study procedural law like C.P.C, Cr. P.C, you should take the help of practical examples to understand the topics. While studying Cr. P.C., you should also read IPC alongside. Thus you will be able to connect between the two subjects and get the practical perspective of both the subjects.
Instead of cramming the topics try to clear the basic concepts. It will be beneficial for you both from the preliminary and main perspectives.
7. Constitutional Law
The size of the Indian constitution is bulk in nature being the longest constitution in the world. Therefore, many students find it difficult to remember the topics. There are many methods by applying which you can remember the important topics of the constitution very easily. To know about the methods, you can refer to various youtube channels, websites including finology and so on.
8. General Knowledge and Current Affairs
General knowledge is a vast subject and you should prepare for this subject at least for one year before the exam. By going through the previous years question paper, you can get an idea about the relevant topics for the exam.
Read the newspaper and magazine for the portion of current affairs. For the static GK portion, you may read books of Arihant, Lucent etc. When you read the newspaper or magazines, make notes of the important points and keep revising them.
9. Language Papers
In the AJS Grade III exam, there will be two language papers including English and Assamese. To qualify for the language papers, you should focus on improving your writing skill. Read the newspaper every day. By reading the newspaper, you will be able to improve your vocabulary and writing skills.
Being one of the most coveted exams across the state, you will have to go through cutthroat competition to crack the exam successfully. But with hard work, persistence and dedication, you will be able to get a successful result in this exam.
I Hope, the aforementioned preparation tips will help you to get an idea about the preparation tips for this exam.