Each state has its own local laws. Thus, every state judicial exam contains a few local laws in its syllabus.
If we take a look at the Rajasthan judiciary syllabus, there is Rajasthan Rent Control Act, SC/ST Act, and more. In Himachal Pradesh, there is the Stamp Act, Forest Act, Wildlife Act, and others.
Likewise, every state has three to four local laws for regulating state affairs. Covering local acts for judicial exams is important for prelims as well as the mains examination.
Moreover, a judge of a state is expected to have good knowledge of local acts in order to dispense fair judgment.
Local laws in judicial exams carry a substantial weightage of marks. Generally, twenty to thirty percent of questions come from local acts. Avoiding local laws in the examination can cause a hindrance in scoring good marks.
How to Prepare Local Laws for Judiciary Exams
A candidate preparing for judicial services examination, finds himself or herself under immense stress and pressure. Reading, understanding, and revising law subjects takes time. Candidates feel there is inadequate time to prepare for local laws after covering the core subjects.
Here are some ways which can help in your judiciary exam preparation.
1. Allocate a reasonable and appropriate time for every subject. It is vital. You cannot put your focus, time, and energy only on selective subjects.
Each subject has its own importance. For example, a subject that only carries 5 marks in the exam cannot be given more importance than a subject that carries long questions of 20 marks.
2. Make a schedule or a timetable and work according to it. Distributing subjects day-wise can make your work easy and convenient.
3. Local laws can be covered only through bare acts. There is no requirement for any reference books or guides. Reading bare acts properly is more than enough.
4. The questions from local laws are not that tough. If you read it 2-3 times, you will be able to answer them easily. While reading local acts, try to make short notes which you can revise before exams.
5. Always highlight essential words and lines while reading the bare act. You can remember a section only by a word or a sentence if you have the highlights in mind.
6. The preliminary questions from local acts are quite easy and not much twisted. They can be easily answered by using some logic and memory.
7. Revision is the golden key for any service or exam. The more you revise, the more you feel confident in that subject. Local laws are generally read when the exam is near. So, from that point of view, they require more revision.
8. Local acts of any state are not very lengthy. A local Act may be completed in even a day. But never speed up the process to study a new thing because you are looking to save time for revision. If you do not understand the concept well, there is no point in revising it.
9. At the end moment, go through all the points and words you have highlighted earlier. This can speed up your revision, and you will be able to generalise concepts in your mind.
10. If you think that a local law carries only 3-4 marks in the exam and is quite lengthy, then you may decide to leave it for the purpose of preliminary. Studying smart is the real strategy. Plan your time wisely.
Previous Year Question Paper for Local Laws.
Kindly check the syllabus of the state for which you are preparing. Make a list of local laws that need to be covered. Go through the previous year’s question papers. They will give you an idea as to how questions are framed and how many questions have been asked from a particular local act.
Some states like Madhya Pradesh issue allocation of marks to every subject in their syllabus. Therefore, it is better to take ideas from previous year papers.
Smart study is preferred over hard work. For a local act, stick to its bare act book and nothing else. For the purpose of the mains examination, you can add important case laws for framing your answers up to the mark.
The local bare acts are also available on official websites in pdf form. Download and study from there. Local laws are scoring subjects if written well in the mains exam. They can secure your name on the merit list.
Arushi has written this article. She is the editor at WritingLaw.