How to Prepare for UPSC Law Optional
CHOOSING LAW AS OPTIONAL FOR UPSC :
Great that you have chosen Law Optional for UPSC. We will take care rest for you. It is a promise.
Choosing the right optional subject is one of the crucial factor which determines whether you are in the final list of UPSC rank list or not. Law Optional in UPSC is not a cup of tea for everyone unless one is really interested in it.
A LAW STUDENT CHOOSING NON-LAW OPTIONAL ? But if you are law graduate and if you are choosing a non-law optional subject for UPSC, then your chances of success in the UPSC will decrease. Such a decision is not reasonable after memorizing tons of principles and case law in your graduation.
Then, why some of the law students are misguided into other non-law optional subjects?
It is a myth that law optional is low scoring. After seeing the various Annual UPSC reports, one can easily understand that law optional is one of the top-scoring and successful amongst others. Another area of concern for the law optional subjects is the lack of materials, support or test series. This was a genuine concern until Lawxpertsmv team came into being. As we have produced many toppers from our institute, including AIR 5 Jeydev CS 2019, Neha Jain AIR 14, Shruthee Srinivasan AIR 356 etc..
How can I kick-start my preparation for Law Optional?
1. Acquaint yourself with the syllabus.
2. Read the Previous year Question Papers from 2014-2020 to get a bare idea as to what and how the questions are asked.
THE ULTIMATE PLAN OR STRATEGY FOR UPSC LAW OPTIONAL.
Minimum time duration required to complete the law optional preparation is 4-6 months depending on the intellect of the aspirant. This time period should be divided ideally so as to complete a micro-topic within a single day and revise it on the next day.
For eg : Topic 10 under Law of Crimes is “Offences against Human Body” . And a plan to complete this topic within a day or two would be disastrous. This topic has around 90 sections in it. It has be to systematically divided into multiple topics like
Culpable Homicide and Murder on day 1,
Causing death by negligence & dowry death on day 2,
abetment of suicide on day 3 etc..
Another example, under constitutional law, Topic 2 contains “Fundamental rights”. As we know all that, Article 12-35 cannot be completed in a day. It should be divided like this.
Day 1 – Article 12 ;
Day 2 – Art. 13 ;
Day 3 – Art.14 and so on. Check our site to get a proper idea as to how all the topics of UPSC Law Optional can be divided into multiple micro-topics and be revised within 5-6 months.
RECOMMENDING BOOK LIST FOR UPSC LAW OPTIONAL IS EASY, BUT NOT HELPFUL
Now that, you have done the basics. You should find the materials for kick-start your preparation. This is where it gets tricky for both law and non-law students. A single search on google would reveal you the book list of commentaries and voluminous books in law required for UPSC law optional.
Recommending a book list is an easier task, but would not solve our purpose.
Some would say selective reading of these voluminous books would be done with help of previous year question. This is not really helpful for the students.
UPSC may have repeated some questions, but that does not mean it will always do the same. The repeated question in a single given UPSC question paper would be almost negligible. Then why do we read them? Aren’t they important? Yes, they are important to study the temper of UPSC thereby you understand the intrinsic idea behind each UPSC question and get used to the UPSC style.
Most of the students pursuing UPSC could not get through into final list, because of the rummaging with voluminous books in law.
WHAT NOT TO READ IS THE MANTRA : Fact is most of the students do not clearly know what not to read. Knowing what not to read is the one of the success mantra of the UPSC. Wait, it does not end there. Revising the topic which you have learnt is equally vital. One can agree that limited resources with proper revision is the key – (Check our site, for the materials exclusively prepared for the UPSC law optional which has been recommended by various toppers.)
HOW TO PREPARE REVISION NOTES FOR UPSC LAW OPTIONAL - LIKE A PRO | LOOK AT HOW MR.JEYDEV CS AIR 5 (2019) HAS PREPARED.