Coachings are done, revisions on full-fledged and just a month remaining for exams. This is a very good time to think about how to present answers in exams. Because no matter how much we have studied till now, if we are not able to present that knowledge in front of the paper checker then it is of no use. The presentation becomes even more important in theoretical subjects like Law. So, let’s talk about how to present answers in law.
How to Present Answers in Law exam?
180 minutes of your examination. The most crucial phase you’ll ever undergo. It is said that hard work pays off. But how will it pay off? We have often heard “Jo dikhta hai wo bikta hai”. It is very important to show the examiner that we have the knowledge they are looking for. So, it is very important to present your paper well. How are we going to do that? This is what we are here to discuss.
Distribution of 3 hours
It is very important to analyze how we are going to distribute the 180 minutes that we are given to write our exams. 20 minutes from those 180 minutes are to be excluded, 15 for reviewing our answers at the end of the exam and 5 minutes that we waste in switching from one question to another or re-reading the questions. Effectively, we have only 160 minutes to complete our 100 marks paper. We get 6 questions in law exams of which the first question is compulsory and we have to do 4 questions from the remaining 5. Which makes it 32 mins per answer or 1.6 minutes per 1 mark.
Types of Questions
We get two types of questions in the Law exam. We are not going to talk about objective type questions, our focus will be on descriptive type questions. There are two types of questions that are asked in the Law exam, one is the direct questions and the other one is Case Studies.
How to present Direct Questions in Law exam?
Direct questions, as the name suggests, are the question directly from a provision. For example, “State the manner of rotation of Auditors. This is a direct question from Section 139(2). We’ll talk about how you are going to attempt such type of direct questions.
- write your answers in points and small paragraphs.
- start the answer with the section number. For example, “According to Sec 139(2) of Companies Act, 2013….”
- if you don’t remember the section number then start your answer like “According to the provisions of Companies Act, 2013….”
How to answer Case Studies in Law exam?
The answer to Case Studies should be divided into four parts. Each part of the answer should tackle different parts of the question. The plus point with case studies is that we are already provided with the conclusion. The manner in which we should present case studies is-
- the first part of the answer should include the provision of Law. Try to quote the Section number if you remember it properly.
- the second part should start with “in the given case” or “in the present case” wherein you’ll describe the conditions given in the question.
- the third part is of analysis. That is, how are you going to compare what is the current condition and what is provided in the provisions of Law, for the similarities and dissimilarities.
- lastly, you’re going to conclude your answer.
Extra tips to present answers in Law
Now you know how to answer the different types of questions that come in the Law exam. Here are some general things to keep in mind which will improve your presentation and help you score good marks in Law-
- Start your paper with your best answer.
- Start a fresh answer from a fresh page.
- Mention the question number in a slightly bigger font, for example, “Answer to Question No. 5 (a)“.
- Must underline the keywords.
- Do not unnecessarily elaborate the answers.
- Attempt 100% paper.
- Do not use short forms such as “GM, BOD, etc” instead use full forms “General Meeting, Board of Directors, etc.”
- Avoid using “message language”.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some common questions that are frequently asked by students on different platforms and there answers to help you score well in exams.
1. Is mentioning Section number important?
Yes. Mentioning the Section number gives you an edge and makes your answers more presentable. It builds a notion in the mind of the examiner that you know the answer and you know what you’re talking about. But avoid mentioning incorrect Section numbers. Only mention the Section if you are sure about it.
2. Should I learn Case Laws?
No, there is no need to learn the case laws for CA Intermediate students. It is important for the CA Final students but not at Inter level.
3. Should I learn Section Numbers for Law exam?
Yes. You should by-heart all the important Sections of different Acts and, as mentioned above, should use them in your answers.
4. What should I do if I don’t remember the Section number?
DO NOT mention the sections if you don’t remember it correctly. Instead, you can start your answers with “According to the provisions of _____ Act…”.
5. Can we write answers in Law in our own language?
Yes, you can. It is somewhat better to write the answers in your language than using the language of the bare act. Writing answers in your language mean you can form the sentences in your own way but MUST include the keywords. Even when you’re writing in your own language you can not skip the keywords or write the keywords in your own language. Do not forget to highlight/underline the keywords.
In life, how you present yourself makes a difference similarly in exams how you present your answers determines how much marks are you going to get. Having the knowledge is of no use if you can’t present that knowledge. These tips will help you to present answers in Law exam in a manner which will help you to score good marks in Law. Follow these tips and let us know what you think about them in the comments below.
We wish you all the luck for your coming exams!