IAS exam is conducted by the UPSC every year. The number of vacancies have been
around 750 for last few years. However the number of candidates who actually
appear in the exam is between 1.5 to 2 lacs each year. Around 12-13 times
candidates qualify in PT exam to write the mains exam. Therefore the competition
is enormous. So if you wish to prepare and want to significantly increase your
chance of selection be ready for complete devotion for at least one year before
The number of hours of study each day varies person to person and depends on
individual's retention, intelligence and background knowledge level. So it may
range between 6 hrs to 14 hrs everyday.
Coaching institutions are important to give you a direction so that one does
not get deviated during the course of studies because the preparation requires
focused study with a prudent analysis of previous years' questions and current
syllabus. The UPSC seems to be determined to discourage rote learning among
candidates. If any coaching institution claims to give a magical amulet for
success, it is doing so on sly. Do not be ensnared. What you actually gain in a
good coaching institution is a continuous motivation and direction which are
necessary for success in this exam. Rest will depend upon the candidate's own
efforts and overall personality. It is not true that 10/10 of candidates, who
take coaching, succeed; neither 10/10, who succeed, take coaching. It always
depends on candidate own self.
Asstt. Professor (Economics)
SRCC, DU, Delhi
PS: The views expressed above are my own and should not be
misconstrued to inflicting damage upon any entity.