Preparing for Civil
Services without Coaching
Why does the Coaching Matter?
Given the craze for the
civil services, the market for
civil services examination has grown out of bounds. We see different
coaching institutes spread in clusters, in different cities. However, before
joining a coaching institute, it is important to analyze the significance of the
coaching institutes, in the preparations for civil services examination.
Most of the IAS coaching
institutes attract the aspirants by claiming their success records and
comprehensiveness of the study materials. However, what a new aspirant fails to
notice is the true nature of these institutes. It is an error to join any
coaching institute by observing the success statistics presented by them.
Generally, the proportion of the successful candidates, to the total number of
students enrolled under the coaching institutes, is microscopic.
Secondly, the success in
the IAS exam is not defined by the popularity or fee structure of an institute,
but by the effort and hard work of the aspirant. Thus, while many of the
candidates clear the civil services exam through various coachings, many others
crack it without any regular coaching classes.
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Thus, IASEXAMPORTAL tries to
clear the confusion about the significance of the coaching institute, and
whether an aspirant should join the regular coaching classes or not.
What does the Coaching Institutes Do?
Every coaching institute
claims to provide a comprehensive coverage of the
covered under the civil services examination. However, only a few actually
provide a foundational base to the civil services aspirants. Generally, most of
the institutes quickly go through the main topics asked under the civil services
examination, without attempting to lay a foundational understanding of the
different concepts. This leads to a fractured development of the knowledge base
of an aspirant. This seriously affects the candidate, by creating confusions and
misunderstandings in the
Generally, the coaching
institutes bombard the students with huge collection of notes and articles and
expect them to go through each of them carefully. However, this does not help
the student community. Any aspirant can prepare by himself, if he is to read
everything available in the market. The task of a coaching is to guide and
direct the aspirants through the ocean of resources available in the market.
Thus, we would highly
recommend, for the serious candidates, to judge a coaching and its course
structure, before joining such classes. A poor coaching can lead to the wastage
of your priceless time, by indulging you in useless mind-boggling exercise for
irrelevant papers and material.
Choose your coaching option
judiciously. Do not let the market rumors come over your mind. Most of the
coaching institutes use massive marketing strategies to attract the budding
aspirants. However, a poor coaching institute could ruin the opportunity for an
aspirant by furthering him on a wrong path.
Coaching Institute Marketing
Claim 1: We Provide a
Comprehensive Coverage of the
Fact: The Coverage comprise of Tonnes of study material, that
they expect you to read, with understanding!!
Claim 2: Most of the
Questions were asked directly from our Sample Papers.
Fact: Providing Thousands of questions would give you these
questions, even if the percentage of questions asked is as low as <0.5%
Claim 3: We Give
comprehensive Coaching for all the subjects.
Fact 1: The course is crafted for a particular section of
student community, which might not be suitable for all.
Fact 2: The syllabus cover the latest facts and brief notes,
while giving nothing to clear the basics. This leaves you without any
Claim 4: We provide
Books, Bags, Tablets, etc, etc, etc...
Fact: Are you here for coaching or is it a Supermarket!! Do
not come under such Hoax assertions.
JAGOO GRAHAK JAGOO!!
What to do then?? The Right Strategy
Understand a simple fact,
that you are the best teacher of yourself. No external coaching can be better
than a devoted self-study. However, you might consult some experts, when faced
with confusion and complexity. IASEXAMPORTAL presents a rational approach for
deciding on the questions of the right coaching.
A Coaching expects you to
study the course, being taught everyday, regularly. Because of the limitations
of time, the coaching institutes are forced to rush through the syllabus of the
civil services examination. Therefore, you might find yourself lagging behind
the coaching's speed of tackling with the syllabus.
A analysis of various civil
services aspirants, by the IASEXAMPORTAL, showed that most of the candidates are
unable to keep up with the pace of the coachings. Thus, by the end of their
coaching classes, most of the students are unable to link with the different
courses, that have been taught to them. This results in great confusion and
Also, it is not guaranteed
that one would be able to clear all the concepts and facts, through the coaching
classes. In a class-hall of 150-300 students, it becomes difficult to establish
a communicative environment. Thus, most of the student, in the coaching classes,
are often, unable to absorb the lectures, thus, failing the whole purpose
Thus, a more rational
strategy is to opt for the
of the coaching institutes. A Correspondence course allows you to go with the
syllabus, at your own pace and comfort level. Also, make sure that the
correspondence course offers you the opportunity to contact the reliable
experts, to help you in clearing the concepts and confusions. Remember, it is
important to plan your strategy before going for the preparations.
A wisely planned correspondence course material can help you in covering the
syllabus for the exam with minimal stress. Whereas, it is highly irrational to
dig deep into the available resources on the subject, without considering their
relevance for the exam.
Secondly, if you have all
the concepts and basic knowledge of the course, you would not like to spend your
precious time going around the coaching institutes. Instead, you must get some
quality notes, that are updated, and embellish your foundations. Going to the
coaching classes would not be a rational strategy for such candidates, as these
classes are crafted from the perspective of a fresh aspirant, who needs to be
told about the 'ABC' of the subject. Since you have attained a basic knowledge
of the various concepts, you would want to reinforce your strengths and work on
One must understand that
all coachings have a perspective, that might not suit to the needs of someone,
who has a grasp of different concepts and disciplines. Thus, it is highly
recommended that you must fabricate you own study plan, and merely get the
resources from a reliable source.
1. For Beginners- before
joining any coaching look carefully at the course structure and other
details. Join only if it suits your needs. Otherwise, you might choose to go
for correspondence notes from a good source,and prepare by your own.
2. For Those with some knowledge
and Experience- joining the coaching institutes might not be useful
for you. Since you have already gone through the coaching experience, you
should now devote your time in self-studies. However, you might choose to
take help from the experts from time to time.
3. For the Senior Players-
Coaching would be a waste of time for you. Since you have enough experience
with the UPSC, you can create a strategy for your own. Coaching classes
would only waste your time in going through the same process over again.
4. Certain coaching
institutes teach for a certain section of the aspirant community. For
instance, some coachings excel in guiding the aspirant with science
background, while some deal with the aspirants coming from social sciences
background. Thus, before Joining a coaching, because of its Brand-name, do
some research about it. Your decision can make a lot of difference.
IASEXAMPORTAL has come up with
a series of study
material for the IAS aspirants. We also provide
assistance for the aspirants, to help them in moments of confusion and
difficulty. You may freely contact us, to help you in choosing a right strategy,
specially suited to your needs and requirements.
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We wish you All the Best for the