On 26 October, 2018, Indian National Bar Association hosted a full-day workshop titled ‘The Future Art of Success in UPSC & Judiciary Exams’ at Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi. In the workshop bureaucrats, Judges and Academia got together to discuss the opportunities for judiciary and UPSC aspirants.On 26 October, 2018, Indian National Bar Association hosted a full-day workshop titled ‘The Future Art of Success in UPSC & Judiciary Exams’ at Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi. In the workshop bureaucrats, Judges and Academia got together to discuss the opportunities for judiciary and UPSC aspirants.
The workshop was organized by INBA together with Juris law academy. Juris Law Academy is an association that imparts knowledge and training to future jurists, aspiring judges and academicians. The workshop’s aim was to provide a platform where a panel of eminent judges, IAS/IPS officers, academicians could discuss the opportunities for students and guide them on to the right path for their esteemed carrier. A strong participation was seen at the workshop with more than 300 Judiciary and UPSC aspirants registering themselves for the workshop. The purpose of the workshop to bring together a variety of students to learn about and identify opportunities for UPSC and Judiciary was successful with the participation of students from different backgrounds. The students were provided with a kit containing prospectus, notepad and pen provided by Juris academy. The workshop was inaugurated by a welcome speech Ms. Bhawna Gandhi, Chairperson, Students Section, INBA. The entire guest panel was felicitated and invited to the Dias.
The keynote speech was delivered by –
- Shri P.K Malhotra, Indian Legal Services.
Sir talked about the challenges faced by their generation and lack of resources that are in existence these days. He explained how to make the most of all the resources provided to the students. He talked about changes in the legal education and profession. Sir talked about various opportunities that are available in the legal profession and he put emphasis on legal education, no matter the profession.
- Sh. Harshvardhan, Indian Revenue Services, Income Tax Commissioner
Sir initiated by guiding the aspirants to first analyze the aptitude in them for the UPSC and Judiciary examination. He suggested that if the ultimate goal is to appear for the exam then go for it as early as possible. The importance of being updated with the current news and choosing the appropriate subjects during the studies were emphasized. Failure is not the end; he motivated that hunt for the ‘Why’ in failure and work upon it. Development of prudent thinking process is of utmost important and not extra ordinary people are required and selected in civil services as per the requirement of the duty.
- Sh. Bharat Chugh, Former Judge and Advocate
He started with an interactive session and polling about the various legal professions. He was a former judge and put the audience in the seat of judge and asked them to imagine the experience he shared of being a Railway Judge and his first day experience of a case in which there was a poor boy selling tea in the train which had to be penalized under the Railways Act, 1989. This incident moved him and stuck him between professional authority and moral obligations of a judge. Through his session, he highlighted about what is being a judge, how is it being a young judge and of what kind a judge has to be.
- Shri Abhay Pratap, Retd. Judge, Professor, Faculty of Law, DU.
The session started with an interaction with audience. He focused on the pattern of study for the competitive examinations; the bare acts are the best material to study law. In India, there are many acts which are very old but their interpretations have been updated according to the need of the society. Hard work is a necessity to be inculcated in any aspirant to pass the examinations. The personality shall be disciplined of a person and ones who cannot stay disciplined should not go for a Judge profession. He told about that different pattern of examinations in different states, so focus is a must to deal and decide about which state examinations an aspirant wants to appear for. He briefed about the marking scheme of Judiciary examination.
- Prof. Rajiv Khanna, Director, Faculty of law, SGT University
Sir started which emphasis on not relying upon YouTube channels and Google for studying law. He remarked that Bare Acts are the Bible or Gita for judiciary aspirants. The actual law is bare act and all other sources is mere interpretations. For aspiring to be a civil servant or judicial officer, having an analytical mind and drawing logical conclusions from things is required.
- Shri Naresh Grover, Advocate, Delhi High Court & Director, Juris Law Academy
Sir gave various tips for the judiciary and UPSC examination. He also suggested that reading the law should be done from original sources only. The conceptual clarity of basic infrastructure of law is of utmost importance.
An interactive session of Questions & Answers with the audience was held after all the panelists have spoken. Various interesting questions were put up by the audience and answered by the panelist.
The balance of the day consisted of interactive group and plenary discussions which identified but not limited to:
- The major approach towards UPSC and judicial exams;
- important contextual considerations;
- The necessity of building aptitude approach.
All the doubts regarding subject selection, appropriate selection of books, compilation of PIB and NIOS, proper pattern of creating summary were resolved in this workshop.Later on in the evening, National Crime Report against Women & Delhi Police Survey and a book by INBA ‘Law & Her’ were launched enlightening us with the need of making safe environment for women’s of all ages. Followed by felicitation ceremony and congratulating former office bearers of INBA for their par excellence performance and their crucial contribution to INBA. Core committee member of INBA were congratulated and presented with reward by Smt. Preeti Bhardwaj. The workshop was successfully concluded by Vote of Thanks by Shri Kaviraj Singh, Secretary General, INBA and High Tea.
By-Abhinav Jassal, Neha Bargotra, Priyam Kamra and Tanishka Grover
Student Reporters- INBA