Samir J Shah, Chief Mentor & Director, JBS Academy, Ahmedabad
Regulation 6 of the CBLR 2013 provides for conducting an examination of applicants for CHA License under Regulation 4 with eligibility criteria specified in Regulation 5 and 6.
The number of applicants each year increases in comparison to earlier years.
This is good and positive sign.
There is an urgent need for a large number of qualified and well read, conversant and professionals CBLR’s especially in the new Export-Import locations i.e. the ICD’s and new ports coming up all over the Country.
Before starting preparations candidates need to ponder on a few realities:
• When was the last time candidate wrote an exam paper?
• Does she / he remember sitting in one place for over 3 hours without gettingup; talking to anyone; no tea/coffee and writing?
• When did the candidate last write in neat handwriting; formulating thoughts as she / he wrote?
For starters please write 4 full scape pages without a break an any topic of your choice – all the questions asked above would become relevant and important to you.
You may tackle this challenge by ensuring that you write at least 15 full scape pages per day from now onwards till your exam.
Please remember this is your biggest obstacle.
It is to be remembered that the exam is of Domain knowledge.
The examiners want to evaluate your ability in understanding concepts; laws; procedures; issues related to the same and have your observations on the same Your knowledge needs to be reflected on the answer sheets.
Regulation 8 gives you a broad syllabus.
• Kindly ensure that you cover the whole syllabus.
• Read up as much material as you may find on each topic.
• Read the same as many times as possible.
• Write as you study.
• Preferably study alone.
• Put in at least 4 hours daily from now onwards on preparations.
• Read up related subjects/topics also – INCOTERMS; WTO; WCO; Customs in the modern times; Evolution of Customs in the liberalized economy of India –these will help you write better, more qualified and structured answers.
While answering it is very important that terminology as provided in the Acts; etc. is used and not colloquial terms or local terms as we use across the Country.
Please freely use terms like “proper officer”, “for the time being in force”, “or similar”, “mens rea”, “ignorance of the law is no excuse”, “imported not import”, “export not exported”, “proactive”, “retrospective”, “prospective”, “principal”,“agent” etc. Names of Acts with the year; Public Notices with full numbers etc. would add value to your answers.
Another question often asked is how much does one write.
There can be no guidelines for the same but the exam is subjective. This would translate to at least one and a half full scape sheets for a 4 or 5 mark question. The others must go proportionately or longer.
This would imply that the total answers should not be less than 30 to 35 sheets if complete justice is to be done while answering the questions.
Needless to add that: write in neat handwriting; time yourself so that the complete papers is attempted; review the paper before handing over.
This leads us to how to write such a ‘long’ short note. Ideally each answer must contain the answer to the basic question; ensure you write the relevant section number or Para number or the relevant public notice under which the same is covered; you may add explanations as well as your observations.
For e.g.: A question on Drawback merits mention additionally of – it is not an incentive; it is under Ministry of Finance; return of drawback with interest in case of non-realization of foreign exchange proceeds etc.