Bar Council Written: The mistakes you must avoid

The most awaited exam was held yesterday. With over 11 thousand candidates, the 4 hour written exam of the Bangladesh Bar Council tested the threshold of aspiring lawyers. 

Unlike the MCQ exam, the Bar Council this time decided to go easy on us by setting a relatively easy question paper. Hence common perceptions surfaced after the exam which instilled unnecessary fear among students. Fake experts give you suggestions which not only demotivate you, but such pressure makes you forget even the best of preparations.

Here is top 5 mistakes that a law student makes in the Bar Council Exam

1. The many pages you fill up, the better marks you get.

Such practice goes back to college days when at an exam you didn’t have much information memorised to write on. To make your answer script look full and heavy, you wrote the most irrelevant stuff one can think about. Somehow you managed to get away with it without flunking or anyone noticing.

It is most popular among those who have taken Govt. or board written exams before. In order to fill up pages, they would write about 5-10 sentences in a page at max with huge gaps in between. In addition, they’d request extra sheets and continue their string of literary BS! 

Substituting one topic with another.

If you can relate to the first point, then congrats, you are in the next level of being cheeky. Suppose the 10 mark question you are answering is on ‘Discuss s. 145 of the CrPC.’ Since you dont know what that says and there isn’t any other option, You start by writing “s. 145 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898.. . . ..   blah blah blah and then talk about a completely different topic that you know. That way you fulfil your quota of writing and bluff the examiners. But they somehow miss out on the ‘1’ before the ‘0’ while marking you.

3. Give hundreds of cases in a 15 mark question.

You write past 10 pages on one topic already and take another 5 or so to roll out your case bank. Oh not to mention, the citation for each case, in hopes that the examiners would look up to the books to match them.

4. Ask for help from fellow examinee.

What if you cannot answer a question, you must disrupt other’s flow of writing by seeking help. You know your under strict invigilation, you know you can be silently expelled, yet you want to get others busted for helping you. It’s like ‘If I am gonna die, I’ll drag you along with me!’ kind of mindset. 

5. Chit to Cheat

You bring in to the examination hall small pieces of paper in hopes to memorise your notes in the washroom while the exam is on. You do accordingly by visiting the loo in frequent intervals like you are some diabetic. But coming back walking halfway down the corridor, you don’t remember a thing you just read. Then you repeat the task. And then you realise you’ve got 30 mins left for the exam to end.

Stay away from hearing such advices. The examiners are learned and experienced enough to visualize every strike of your pen while checking answer scripts. They know your exact temperament while you were writing them down, so it is best you give your best shot. The rest depends on how capable your are and their fine sense of judgment.

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