Civil Services Preparation at home is very much possible. Coaching is neither required nor should be desired and I say this as a successful ex aspirant.
Civil Services Preparation
Civil Services Exam is one of the most coveted in the country. That is why one has got to remain 100% focused, follow the most efficient preparation strategy and have access to the most beneficial resources (both online as well as offline).
I’d like to elucidate the entire Civil Services Preparation step wise so that you are able to comprehend it well –
UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in three phases –
Stage 1: Preliminary Examination (Objective)
Stage 2: Main Examination (Subjective)
Stage 3: Interview (Vocal)
There are 2 papers in Prelims –
Paper I tests you on General Studies and Paper II tests you on Aptitude.
There are 9 papers in Mains –
Indian Language (Qualifying)
General Studies – I
General Studies – II
General Studies – III
General Studies – IV
Optional Subject Paper 1
Optional Subject Paper 2
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Since the official syllabus does not give much detail of the topics to be studied under each subject it is expected to gain knowledge of them that should be slightly below the graduation level but definitely above the high school level. Any aspirant who has a grip over General Studies can be sure of good spot in his/her exam. Mastering GS is an essential component of Civil Services preparation.
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In addition to books and other resources , make sure to visit the following websites –
Selecting the most relevant IAS Mains Optional goes a long way in helping a student score well in Civil Services Mains Exam.
4 Things to Avoid While Choosing an Optional
- “My Friends and Family have suggested it.”
Do not choose an optional because a friend or a family member suggested it.
2. “Most students opt for it.”
Do Not opt for an optional just because it is what most of the aspirants have chosen.Believe it or not many serious candidates fall prey to this and waste attempts before they even realize it and still many realize it after exhausting their attempts.
3. “Its a high scoring IAS Mains optional”
Candidates have cleared this exam with almost every optional and not just with the so called high scoring optional. In UPSC there is no high scoring-low scoring optional but only a paper, an innocent examinee and a ruthless examiner. High scoring-Low scoring optional is a myth.
4. “The topper chose this subject last year”
Don’t let your judgment be guided by the optional chosen by the previous year toppers. Probably they topped the examination because they did not base their choice of options on the subjects chosen by still past toppers.
Going through the last five year papers (at least 5 years) will familiarize you with the kind of questions asked in the examination.
One thing you have to understand here is that UPSC will NEVER repeat a question.
So don’t mug up questions. It’ll be of no use. What will be of use is the fact that the ‘type’ of question might get repeated. Going through past year’s papers will will make you understand the scope of the questions being asked. So when you study different subjects, you will keep that in mind.
Civil Services preparation is not just about hard work. It’s a combination of both hard work and smart work.
STEP 6 – ENROLL YOURSELF IN A TEST SERIES
Once you have got a good grip over a large part of the syllabus, get enrolled in a good test series. Attempt regular mock tests.
Also, it is expected of you to go through at least five year previous question papers in detail.
Remember hat you don’t have to go to Delhi (as many perceive) to crack Civil Services.
There are numerous online test series available. If you have access to mock tests in your city, good. If not, get yourself enrolled online. The key here is to practice as much as you can. I insist , you get enrolled in test series of more than one agency. The more sources you practice from , the better it will prove for you.
All the best for your preparation. Put your heart and soul in it.
Quizzes for General Studies Preparation below