HOW TO PREPARE:
Mistakes to be avoided:
How To Start Preparing for Civil Services?
To start the Civil Services Exam preparation, it is not a must to attend any coaching institutes. But good coaching – either online or offline – can be of great help to the candidates for proper guidance and knowledge.
Path 1: IAS Self-Study (Online Coaching and Books)
Self-study can be done at the comfort of one’s own home at less than 1/10th of the amount charged by many coaching institutes. There are no time/space constraints. This type of approach is suitable for working professionals and all others who feel that classroom coaching is unnecessary.
However, while doing self-preparation, if not following a systematic approach by referring right IAS books, prelims mock exams, magazines and websites, one will lose focus.
Follow a good strategy.
Learn what UPSC toppers did.
Adopt a test-based approach to learn faster. Take periodic mock tests to evaluate your performance.
Path 2: IAS Classroom Coaching
We are not against classroom coaching. We respect the services of good teachers.
If you are lucky enough to get a good teacher or a mentor, you can learn a lot from them – directly. If not, you may fall asleep in the class!
If classroom IAS coaching is focused, according to the latest requirements of the UPSC, this approach can quickly place aspirants on the right path. Besides, there will be the advantage of peer learning and competition, mock tests, analysis, etc.
However, classroom coaching for UPSC is very expensive. Many institutes have turned money-making factories.
Time/space constraints, unavailability of coaching outside metros like Delhi, outdated study materials, misguidance, etc. are other problems.