How to prepare for UPSC exam without coaching in 2021 [9 Tips]

Do you really need coaching to clear the UPSC IAS exam or is it possible to pass the toughest examination without going to any coaching Institutes?
 
This type of question usually comes to the mind of the UPSC CSE aspirants when they start their preparation.
 
How to crack upsc in first attempt without coaching
 

So, Don’t worry my friends. You are at the right place. Today in this article I will clear your all doubts regarding how to prepare for UPSC exam without coaching.

 
Read this till last if you really want to crack the toughest exam.

IS COACHING REALLY NECESSARY?

Always remember that the role of coaching institutes in your entire preparation is only 10-15%. You have to do self-study if you want to crack this exam with flying colors.
 
Coaching can assist you, provides you the right direction, but for clearing the exam you have to do self-study.
 
Now coming to those aspirants who always tell that without coaching no one can clear the exam
 
(1) If you are not able to afford good coaching, then don’t get disheartened. In some previous years, there are many candidates who cleared IAS in the t attempt that even without coaching. You also can crack this exam.
 
(2) The only thing you need to do is lots of hard work along with smart work, ruthless determination, consistency, and lots of patience while preparation is expected from you.
 
(3) Technology will play a huge role if you are not relying on any coaching institutes. If you use it wisely and smartly then technology can do wonders for your preparation.
 
(4) Use online resources wisely. You will find that there is no lack of resources available online. You need to choose your resources wisely and balanced them with traditional sources like notes, study materials, and newspapers.
 

SOME TIPS BEFORE STARTING YOUR PREPARATION

Below I have mentioned some points regarding Today in this article I will clear your all doubts regarding how to prepare for UPSC exam without coaching.
 
(1) BYHEART YOUR UPSC SYLLABUS
 
By doing so you can understand what is important from the exam perspective. It will be also easy for you to read articles or news that is only related to your exam.
 
Knowing your syllabus properly will help you in saving a lot of time and gives you the right direction to study. 
 
(2) NCERT FIRST
 
Make sure to complete your Ncert first thoroughly and revise it regularly. Ncert will help you in clearing all your fundamental concepts. Also every year some direct questions are asked from Ncert in prelims.
 
(3) CHOOSE YOUR OPTIONAL WISELY
 
While choosing your optional consider your likings, interest, availability of study materials then go for it. Choosing a suitable optional will increase your chance of cracking the exam.
 
(4) TIMETABLE 
 
Make your own timetable and follow it honestly. Prepare a schedule of what to do daily, what to read, how much to read when to practice answer writing etc.
 
Also, take small from study every week so that you don’t get tired up and give up your preparation. Make a timetable that works for you and doesn’t follow anyone’s timetable blindly.
 
(5) TAKE REGULAR TEST SERIES
 
During preparation testing, yourself is very very important and better than always reading, making notes, and mind maps.
 
Test yourself from time to time so to get an idea about your strong and weak areas. Work on your weak areas and consolidate your strong areas.
 
(6) TRY TO KEEP FEWER RESOURCES
 
Try to read one book multiple times rather than many books or study materials. Make your own notes and keep revising them multiple times.
 
(7) START WITH MAINS ORIENTED PREPARATION
 
 When you start your UPSC preparation it better to start with main oriented rather than only prelims. Mains is more descriptive and takes more time to prepare.
 
One more benefit is you can cover the most important areas which are required for prelims also.
 
So, In the first 5 months, you have to dedicate your time to preparing five key subjects i.e. History, Geography, Polity, Economy, and Ecology.
 
Apart from these five subjects you also have to read another subject i.e Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude, Which is comparatively easy and more scoring.  
 
You have to also stay updated with the current affairs of the various subjects mentioned above.
 
(8) READ NEWSPAPER REGULARLY
 
It is also the most crucial step during your UPSC preparation period. A newspaper will provide you vital knowledge related to current affairs which is a crucial component of the question asked in the exam.
 

(9) HAVE A MENTOR

You don’t need coaching but you need a mentor who will provide you guidance, the right direction, motivate you to study. A mentor can tell you whether you are going on the right path or the wrong path.
 
The mentor can be your teacher, friend, brother, sister, parents, or anyone. The only quality your mentor should have he genuinely wants your better and development.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

(1) Can I pass the UPSC pass on the first attempt?
 
Ans- Yes you can clear the UPSC exam on the first attempt. The only thing you need to do is lots of hard work along with smart work, ruthless determination, consistency, and lots of patience while preparation. 
 
Revision is also the most important weapon during your preparation. It doesn’t matter how much you study but how many times you revise the same thing matters. 
 
(2) Can a weak student crack IAS?
 
Ans- There is a myth that only toppers or intelligent students can crack the UPSC exam. But in 2018 Junaid Ahmad has cracked UPSC with All India Rank 3. He is an average student with basic marks throughout his career. 
 
If you have the determination to do something then no one can stop you whether you are strong or weak.    
 
(3) Is Self-study enough for IAS?
 
Ans- By only self-study, you can crack this exam. Coaching can assist you, provides you the right direction, but for clearing the exam you have to do self-study.
 
(4) Is coaching necessary for UPSC?
 
Ans-  If you have your study materials with you and have the capacity to study your own and will be able to understand the topic then coaching is not really necessary for you.
 
So that’s it. Hope you have liked this article on “Today in this article I will clear your all doubts regarding “how to prepare for UPSC exam without coaching“. 
 
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