Vinod Kumar Chaurasia graduated and post-graduated from Department of law, Banaras Hindu University in 2009 & 2011. After preparing for some time, he attempted Uttar Pradesh Higher Judicial Service Examination, 2018 whose result came on 28th March, 2019 and he qualified. At present he is working as Directorate of Prosecution in the GOVT. OF NCT OF DELHI at Prosecution Branch, Patiala House Courts Complex, New Delhi and incharge of state cases in the special court constituted to look after cases against elected MPs/MLAs.
We got an opportunity to take an interview to ask the preparation strategy for the Higher Judicial Services Examination.
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How would you like to introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Vinod kumar Chaurasia. I originally belong to village: Sitapur, Post- Sadaha, Tehsil- Patti, District- Pratapgarh Uttar Pradesh. I completed my matriculation from Y.N.H. Intermediate College Pratapgarh U.P. and Higher Secondary from MPIC Mahadev Nagar Pratapgarh U.P. I completed my graduation from Humanity (Hindi, English and Political Science) from Singramaw Post Graduate College affiliated with V.V.S. Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, U.P.I did my Law graduation and Post-graduation from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi UP.
I was born and brought up at above typical village with utmost humble background. I have deep interest in reading and writing books on related subjects and more.
What are your feelings and had experienced after qualifying the Exam?
Definitely result came as dream come true, a sigh of huge relief. It gave me feeling of satisfaction and responsibility. Previously it was dream now it gave sense of duty and accountability.
To whom you want to give credit for your achievement?
This list is very long- how hard endeavor I can make but it would be always incomplete. In short I credit this to my mother Smt. Saraswati Chaurasia who after the demise of my father played pivotal role like iron lady. God Mahadev and my most revered Goddess Saraswati! the Goddes of knowledge. My all teachers from first class to higher education deserve most credit. My elder brother Sh. Ramchandra Chaurasia and Sh. Anil kumar Chaurasia always supported me mentally and financially at all level of education. Dr. Balmukund Chaurasia (ADJ) and Sh. Siyaram Chaurasia (ACJM) always motivated me and gave necessary input.
One single name who deserves most credit out of endless list is my mentor and Guru Dr. S.K. Singh sir. Dr. S.K. Singh sir always inspired me and supported me mentally and financially.
After marriage my wife Manju Kumari Chaurasia (ACJM/CJSD) has always kept me motivated for this post. She always gave me necessary legal input particularly on civil and local law side apart from practical approach of both above areas.
I shall be failing in my duty if I do not express my gratitude to all my loving village people, my colleagues at Patiala House Court in Delhi and well-wishers of Banaras Hindu University particularly faculty of law.
What made you to go for Judiciary, especially HJS?
After becoming part of BHU and faculty of law in particular, I realized my indebtedness to my countrymen whose contributions by way of their taxes make institutions like BHU run and students like me from down trodden can continue their study. The judicial service is not service in the sense of ’employment’. The judges are not employees. As members of the judiciary, they exercise the sovereign judicial power of the State. They are holders of public offices in the same way as the members of the council of ministers and the members of the legislature. When it is said that in a democracy, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary constitute the three pillars of the State, which intends to convey that the three essential functions of the Stale are entrusted to the three organs of the State and each one of them in turn represents the authority of the State. The Judges, at whatever level they may be, represent the State and its authority unlike the administrative executive or the members of the other services. The members of the other services, therefore, cannot be placed on par with the members of the judiciary, either constitutionally or functionally. Thus autonomy of work, independence and freedom from political pressure unlike IAS/IPS do face attracted me most toward Judicial services particularly Higher Judicial Services.
What are your qualifications?
I completed my matriculation from Y.N.H. Intermediate College pratapgarh U.P. and Higher Secondary from MPIC Mahadev Nagar, Pratapgarh U.P. I completed my graduation from Humanity (Hindi, English and Political Science) from Singramaw Post Graduate college affiliated with V.V.S. Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, U.P. Lastly Law graduation(2006-2009) and Post-graduation(2009-2011) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi UP. I was also awarded Junior Fellowship (JRF) from UGC in Dec 2010.
How was your preparation, was it going simultaneously with your litigation practices or otherwise or if so how much time you devoted for your preparation?
I practiced as an Advocate in the district and session court Varanasi from 24.09.2009 to 5th April , 2016. Thereafter, I joined Directorate of Prosecution in the GOVT. OF NCT OF DELHI on 6th April 2016 and presently posted as such at Prosecution Branch, Patiala House Courts Complex, New Delhi and incharge of state cases in the special court constituted to look after cases against elected MPs/MLAs. Definitely I prepared for this prestigious posted along with my regular court routine. I regularly devoted some determinate amount of time which I had after family and regular court.
For how much time you have been into litigation?
As stated above over all as of now it’s almost 9 and half year.
As you were practicing before then how you decided to join judiciary was that your preference or mean while decided to do?
I had planned it initially to join judicial services and had no other idea in mind. I joined Delhi prosecution only with single mind that I will join HJS as APP can appear/participate HJS.
In how many attempts you qualified and what was your strategy regarding preparation?
For HJS it was my first attempt as before that I had not attained minimum age as required for this service. I had appeared/ participated for lower judiciary up to 2013, after that I had only single idea in my mind.
Does coaching helps in qualifying or self-study is sufficient?
Coaching may be good for those candidates who did not study well in LLB/LLM and did not understand basics of syllabus. Those who have resources can go for it. But I personally believe self study, focus on syllabus of particular competition is gist and sine qua non to get success. I believe in self study and yes I did it and it’s more than competition actually requires.
As you have given exam for Higher Judiciary, so what were the criteria?
Unlike lower judiciary exam, HJS demands practical knowledge from aspirants in all fields of syllabus. Knowledge of actual court practice requires at mains and interview level. Knowledge of recent case laws pronounced by respective Honable High Court and Honable Supreme Court can also give you edge over other participants.
Is there any background of legal services at home or got motivation from anywhere else?
No. My wife (Manju Kumari Chaurasia (ACJM/CJSD) and I are first generation in the field of law. Dr. Balmukund Chaurasia (ADJ) and Sh. Siyaram Chaurasia (ADJ) always motivated me and gave necessary input. Both are like my elder brother and from same above village. Particularly my Alma Mater (Banaras Hindu University) law school produces every year more than 100 Judges and I am only one of them.
What role does technology plays in preparation?
Advancement of technology has influenced all walks of life and law can’t remain aloof from it. It plays very important role. Now you can access, find or order books, magazines, journals relating to case laws of your choice. Now you can access free videos on you tube. You can access any case from your hostels or residence by just finger tip. This was not the case when we were pursuing our law.
How you managed to divide time for various subjects while preparing?
Each subject and each stages of examination requires different treatment regarding quantum of time. Particularly during preparation of mains examination one should devote time according to no of questions that are asked from different subjects.
How was your interview experience?
Interview board was very cordial and kind. Their lordship gave adequate time to answer questions. All treated me very sympathetically. Interview over all was very good entire atmosphere was very cordial.
Any suggestions for future aspirants for preparation regarding reference of books and anything else?
Believe in yourself. Have faith in God/Goddess as God/Goddess is very kind. Do not indulge in any activity that can invite court proceedings or registration of case against the candidate, otherwise whole exercise may prove to be futile. Be consistent and regular reader of the syllabus for which one is preparing for. One should have leading books on each subjects, solved good guide, bare act of the entire comprised syllabus. Law syllabus is very comprehensive so habit of mugging up things is very dangerous. One should develop understanding of application of the law for which it has been created by legislature or by Honable High Courts and Honable Supreme Court. It may take time but it certainly works.
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