Well, If you are searching on google for an answer to this question you are probably looking for a YES ..
Lets see if its actually possible …
There are basically two important factors for a person to be an achiever
- Individual will power
- Determination. .
This has to be fuelled up with lot of hardwork and sincerity .Key to success is proper mentor ,right study material and guidance
Now coming to your question ,can I clear KAS/IAS without coaching /online training .
Why the percentage of people clearing KAS/IAS with self study is very less?
Some common reasons based on multiple research and studies are :-
- Our education system does not provide us with skills or guidance on how to clear competitive exams like KAS/IAS .They are structured more towards students preparing for engineering or medical entrance.
- A huge % of students are completely unaware of the whole profession,exam pattern and preparation method.
- Lack of guidance from a mentor either at home or at college .Basically there is no one to give them proper guidance and motivation
- Syllabus for these exams is extremely vast and students get completely confused .
- Selecting the right optional subject is critical and this needs guidance from experienced mentors.
Most of us are aware of the importance of reading a book. Similarly in KAS/IAS preparation having a mentor is equally important . Training classes can share burden with students and help them to prepare well.It’s therefore important to ensure you select the best coaching /training for you.
Few points to be considered while selecting training online /offline
Training institute should be well updated and versed with current pattern.These competitive exams are very dynamic and UPSC committee keeps reviewing pattern regularly . Trainers should be ready to change method and continuously upgrade pattern of teaching.
Top coaching centres are very expensive and self study if well done can be a cost saver .Self study has to be coupled with good content and lots of hard work .Online coaching classes can be of help as they give good content and a lot of practice tests.
How to start self study ?
Firstly you need to be consistent in your effort and be ready for a lot of hard work.Self study requires a lot of discipline .You should be motivated always and should be clear on your goal.
Every candidate has a unique way of preparation for exams.We can however work on a general framework based on our research .
Know about the Exam well
Before you start your preparation,be thorough with details about exam .Online courses support well for such information.Their portals and blogs are regularly updated with information on notification ,eligibility ( age /qualification etc ) ,exam date ,application form setc .
Collect required content for the exam
Syllabus understanding is the starting point .Many online trainers give a very clear understanding of syllabus .You can watch these videos at the comfort of your home and get proper clarity .They also guide you about the resources and study material .
Follow Government websites like, Income Tax Department, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs, etc. for authentic information. These websites are periodically updated with the latest information and annual reports. Gather and analyze previous year Exam question papers (at least last 5 years).
Here is the link of some sites which you can use as reference while doing self study :-
Setting up a time table for studies & having clear goals
First step is to set up a time table .You can set up the time table by taking syllabus as reference .Exam syllabus has to be divided into main topics and sub topics and time table designed accordingly .Proper time needs to be allocated to each topic and sub topic.Also there has to be time kept for revision and practice test .Online classes cover all the above points in depth .They use technology for helping students to manage time table without any stress.
Stick to this plan and follow it religiously for the rest of your preparation period.
Current Affairs is critical and has to be updated regularly.
Current Affairs is the most important paper for KAS/IAS exams.It’s very important for you to develop a habit of reading the newspaper everyday .Along with knowing facts its important to have an understanding of topics .You should also be able to analyse the news .Online training classes provide a lot of videos on these methods and are well structured .
Regular practice test & performance reports
Tracking performance and monitoring results regularly is critical.You need to constantly measure your preparation level .Taking regular test is important .Online classes provide test series and regular weekly test to check your preparation level.Detailed performance reports are shared .Analytical approach for preparation with proper use of technology is helpful for aspirants.
It gives you an idea of your strength areas and work on weak areas.These test also test your speed and accuracy .
Limit yourself with your other commitments
It’s important to be fully dedicated and give your 100%.You can have few social outings and pursue some hobbies .But you need to concentrate fully and ensure you avoid any major distractions .This is important as the syllabus is vast and need more dedication.
Study and be part of online groups
It’s good to be part of study groups it will help you in your preparation.Networking with self study groups gives you a broader perspective .It helps you to analyse better and understand gaps.You can discuss your doubts ,success methods and take reference.Its a very encouraging and fruitful method to sharpen your knowledge .
It’s important to be physically and mentally fit for aspirants .KAS/IAS preparation takes years and can be quite draining and stressful .it’s equally important to have good sleep and eat healthy too.Many students meditate and join yoga classes also for better concentration .
Hence we can conclude that if you have the access to right study material ,method and support then you can self study .But if you need study material,knowledge on right method and proper guidance then definitely you need to join coaching /training These online coaching classes bridge the gap and help you to do your planning with perfection. ..
Wish you great success!!