The coaching for Civil Services differs from coaching for other courses significantly. It is not something that can be completed in two or three months. It demands a sustained effort for months, like 8 to 9 months in a standard IAS coaching institute is to develop command over its vast syllabus. Thereafter you are required to consolidate upon what you have been taught in the institute.
A good IAS coaching institute empowers you so much in terms of theories, principles, ideas, tools of analysis, etc. that you start connecting to the environmental developments with lot of interest and meaning. It gradually leads to development of your own view, opinion and line of thought on most of the issues around you be it polity, economy, society or culture.
Preparation for IAS or Civil services demands discipline, perseverance, patience and a strong will power besides reasonably good level of intellect.
We have tens of instances where a mediocre student by hard work, scientific management of study material and able guidance made it to the IAS whereas the toppers and gold medalist fail to clear prelims.
Every year, coaching institutes almost resort to a kind of war so as to bring as many toppers as possible within the boundary of their claim and in the process many interesting and inspiring stories of other successful candidates go unnoticed.
What I mean to say that apart from serious study, it is also a game of your attitude towards life. Your nerves, your emotions, your determination all of which are put to rigorous test.
The moment you decide to prepare for IAS you in a way become a ‘winner’ because there are tens of thousands of candidates who fail to think big or to face the phenomenon known as IAS.
Given the ongoing trend of IAS Examination, it is not a matter of consideration whether you prepare for it in Jaipur or Delhi or elsewhere. These days toppers do come from Jammu Kashmir, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Hyderabad and so on…………There is no hard and fast rule. As for instance, in the last few years, Jaipur has returned more selections in Civil Services than others in proportionate terms. Further, results are to seen in relative terms. If Delhi returns 135 successful candidates out of 15 lakh preparing for Civil Services and Jaipur returns 25 candidates out of 35,000 preparing for it………..which one is better?
More than place and Brand, what is important is the quality of teaching and equally important is who the teacher is. Beware of those ‘Delhi based’ brands who have opened their shops in Jaipur, Bhopal, Indore and different parts of the country because they very often come here for brand encashment only with their teachers doing the rounds from one branch to others in different parts of India. For instance you are made to learn history in 8 days with 6 to 7hrs of classes because the teacher has another assignment in Indore, Bhopal, Bangaluru or Hyderabad. Then comes Geography which may be taught by 2, 3 teachers as per the convenience of the institute. It tends to inhibit integrated understanding of the subject and by the time you realize it becomes too late. ‘Tina Dabi’, the first rank holder in Civil Services appears in the advertisement of more than one institute. Do you know which institute she belongs to? Or she had studied in 7 institutes.
No. I mean, you should not get swayed by this false campaign riding piggyback on money. Always meet the teacher in person before you decide to take admission. Good teachers are generally found to be hidden because they focus more on research, study and writing and they lack or they don’t entertain much the ideas related to marketing. In fact they can’t afford to do so.
Therefore think twice before you move ahead.
First of all, you should begin with newspapers and magazines so as develop a very basic interest in the environmental developments around.
Secondly, you should go through any year book to develop basic General knowledge. You may go for Manorama year book /Spectrum/India 2016 etc.
Thirdly, you should go for individual segments of the syllabus like history, geography, economy, polity etc. with the help of NCERT books. It would be better to cover them one by one.
It is at this stage that you can think of joining a good coaching institute. In the course of preparation teachers will give you appropriate suggestion regarding the standard books and materials to be read.
Finally, you are required to assimilate things scientifically to avoid any duplication of notes and to make the material very concise in size yet substantive in content.
In the course of preparation, gradually you develop a distinct intellectual identity of your own.
The nature, content and orientation of RAS examination has changed significantly in recent years because of which rules related to RAS preparation too have undergone changes. Gone are those days when questions were simple and direct and one could easily predict the same. Tailor made Notes could be collected and relevant facts could be mugged up.
Today RAS examination demands far more conceptual understanding of various issues related to society, economy, polity, culture, etc. In other words, it is not enough to have knowledge, you must also be capable of applying the same to environmental conditions.
You should know the what, how and why of the topics you are reading. Begin with the thrust on concept and gradually mug up some relevant facts while approaching prelims.
It is not advisable to prepare your own notes on each and every topic. Facts are available in abundance everywhere. You should know what to collect and how to manage. Notes should be prepared in a very concise manner on substantive topics.
Don’t get scattered amid different subjects which means move component wise. If you are doing polity and governance for example, finish it largely before you move to economy and so on. You should allocate time proportionate to relevance of the subject matter in overall scheme of syllabus. But you must visit at least once the full scope of RAS syllabus.
There is no hard and fast rule that one has to go through the ordeal of joining coaching institute before one makes it to IAS. A good institute no doubt ensures that your hard work and effort do not end up in wrong direction to your detriment. But if it is not possible still you can fight for own, seek help from your friends, relatives and search for good teachers who could give you basic guidance free of cost. You can also avail of many things from website, you can access to online study material and you can learn from experiences of others.
Much depends on your personality and attitude. I don’t say it will be easy to prepare for IAS but at the same time it is not impossible too. You will have to steal and snatch time from your routine activities and to consolidate upon the same. Think positively and plan scientifically.
Do manage with your seniors and colleagues. Joined weekend classes and also seek co-operation from family. Don’t think in terms of hours and days but more in terms of productivity. I think it will work for you and this is not just a motivational answer. Every year many candidates in similar conditions clear IAS examination.
See, there is no hard and fast rule in this regard, yet 7-8 hours of quality study can be sufficient with appropriate increase in the number of hours with the last few months preceding the examination. More important than the number of hours you studied for, is the quality of study. If your internal processing of knowledge formation concept is slow, even 15 hours of study will lead you to nowhere.
I mean there are number of factors which collectively determine your success and failure, what is suitable for one, may not be suitable for others.
There are two main factors to be considered for choosing an optional subject. First your natural inclination for the subject or your interest. Secondly, the extent to which the subject will help you in General Studies in both qualitative and quantitative aspects. For example, if you choose Public Administration as an optional subject it will help you a lot in General Studies. Almost 35%-40% of syllabus of IAS Examination revolves around the current issues like good governance, judicial activism, public interest litigation, state v/s market debate, disaster management, laws and order, civil society and media, foreign relations, district administration, growth and development, public policy and so on. And all these topics do fall within the domain of Public Administration.
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One cannot say specifically about its efficacy and relevance. Yes, if you are in remote areas or you are facing some challenges inhabiting the possibilities of joining regular classes, you can go for it. I mean it is like something is better than nothing.
There is no teacher or institute on this planet which can guarantee your success in this examination. The success is not the outcome of teacher’s effort only, it also depends on the level of commitment, hard work, and discipline shown by the students. One selection is registered where a good teacher and a good student meet each other, rest is commentary.
One of the important areas of engagement, for most of the coaching institute has become the management of success stories. Most of the big brands have a separate department to manage and manipulate the number of selections. As for example, you study the entire General Studies and Optional Subject for 8 months in one institute and for the guidance of interview you join for 10 days only in other institute and you will come to know that the institute which has trained for 10 days holds claim to your success and the one who trained you for 8-10 months is nowhere in the news because such institute may not have aggressive and resourceful marketing department. Beware of such false claims and manipulations.
If you cannot conveyance your parents and assert yourself for a genuine cause how can you think of managing the whole district as district magistrate or collector? I mean this is the first battle you have to win before you think of a bigger one.