Guidance for UPSC

How should I prepare for UPSC without any coaching? Part-1


Self Study is one of the ways in which a candidate can qualify for Civil Services. Self Study involves independent decision-making, independent corrections, a lot of self-understanding, a lot of trial and error and learning, a lot of experiments and enormous amount of satisfaction. If one doesn’t repent that they are not able to join any coaching institute, and do not allow themselves to become negative, then it is indeed one of the best learning methods while they prepare for the examination. Self Study has many advantages and limitations as well. The advantages include-

1.Self Study involves a lot of introspection, constant introspection that is enormously helpful in constant up gradation. 2.Self Study involves experimentation and exploration of ones personality to the maximum possible extent. 3.Self Study involves maximum time utilization and management if the candidate so wishes. 4.The candidates do not get an opportunity to get themselves spoiled, or their mindset contaminated and even customized to the directions of coaching institutes. 5.It doesn’t allow the candidate with a noble personality to become infected and influenced by gullible coaches and equally gullible peer group by coming into direct contact. 6.In this era of internet aided information flow and some site offering real quality materials such as Insight, IAS baba, Civils Daily, and some animated lectures, Ensemble and some all as well, it is really going to be a time saving effort. 7.The candidates can surf to find some of the most desirable contents virtually at no price. 8.It saves the candidates, time, money, effort, peace of mind, and health.

While it has some obvious disadvantages

1.The amount of effort a candidate requires to do increases without the aid of coaching institutes. 2.A feeling of deprivation sets in some candidates who may not be able to join coaching institutes. This may have pseudo effect on the candidates. 3.Inability to gauge the level of their preparation and the direction of their movement, whether right or wrong. 4.The dimensions of a topic and the chapter, how much to know, where to stop However there is no method of preparation that doesn’t have its own merits and demerits. In any case if any one is preparing solo and on their own, they must follow some do's and dont's 1.They must begin with Self-understanding; i.e. about themselves, who are they, what do they like, how do they study, what are their strengths and what are their weaknesses. This is a MUST AT THIS STAGE OF LIFE as there will be no other stage where it will be required. 2.Language improvement must be emphasized since everything one imagines, everything one studies everything one learns ultimately has to be written. Inability to write what one has studied will compel the candidates to borrow someone else’s language and this will amount to memorization. Once Memorisation starts, preparation stops, and drudgery sets in. In the absence of language UPSC preparation becomes next to impossible. 3.Balance your perception but must be able to look at the other side of coin. Keep some critics of yours. Take feedback from one or two. Be in a diversified group. Keep meeting your people who are very different from you, not similar to you. 4.Explore options of methods of studies, not always following the beaten track or conventional track. 5.Must finish your school books before you think of anything else. Only those books that you studied. NOTHING MORE. 6.Change your way of studies. Follow this programme. (a) Pick up a chapter. (b) Read and understand it, then learn it from some sites who offer you composite chapter. (c) Comprehend the chapter come what may. Don’t leave ununderstood. (d) Prepare a summary after having read the chapter. (e) Attempt an answer of some questions. (f) Get it checked by an experienced person, (not by your age group people who have made answer checking in a thoroughly wrong manner a very good profession). Remember teachers always are good, and become good when they become older. Younger people are not experienced enough to evaluate you (which is what is done) 1.Compare yourself in intellect with others. Look for an elderly company. 2.Explore online option for education & entertainment- download files arrange them make it systematic. 3.Try to learn from sources other than books, such as observation or discussion or travelling, and write the experiences as if you are writing answers. 4.Be a part of peer learning group. 5.Invest in yourself, invest in quality material, leader material not mass material. Read books that please you not which are popular. Always remember quality is respected it is never popular. Be a collector, on every topic have two books. .Of course there are certain things that you don’t do. These are- 1.Don’t be a follower, don’t have a herd mentality. The world worships only those who are leaders. Herds are never meant for big work. They are like masses who are to be used, abused and are to be abandoned. 2.Dont imitate any topper. His/Her strategy may not suit you at all. They are not always speaking the truth. Remember never to believe anyone when they are angry, or when they are in love or when they are under a bliss of success. 3.Don’t compare you with coaching institutes’ students. You will be better than them ultimately. 4.Dont squander your time in gossip and in rumour mongering, 5.Never take too many advices. Everyone is right everyone is wrong. Follow only those advise what suits your heart. 6.Follow what the toppers suggest. They are there to inspire you not to guide you. 7.Never become a bookworm, Enjoy learning rather studies. If you enjoy, your receptivity, grasping capacity will be always high, your insights will be wonderful and your efficiency sky high. 8.NEVER MAKE A COMPANY OF TOXIC PEOPLE. THROW THEM AWAY FROM YOUR LIFE. THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO KILL YOUR PSYCHE, TIME AND EVEN CAREER. MUST LEARN TO TRACK THEM AND SEPARATE THEM FROM YOUR LIFE. Continued……look for PART-2

What should be my next step after 12th? I want to be an IAS officer.


Before venturing into Civil Services, the students must get themselves acquainted about Civil Services. These acquaintances will include 1.What should you do after 12th to prepare for the IAS exam? 2.Get to know about Civil Services, the nature of Civil Services, the challenges, the prospects from any IAS, IPS, IRS 3.Pick up those subjects that you want to study in Civil Services. These include, Geography, History, Polity, Public Administration, Economics. These subjects are of immense importance to the UPSC syllabus. 4.These subjects will then help you to choose your optional as well. 5.Don’t lose touch with basic maths that you learned in school. This is needed for the CSAT paper in the IAS Prelims.

Now understand your preparation strategy

The students are in the best possible position to prepare for Civil Services examination if they are in their 1st year of graduation.

Advantages that a student has being in 1st year of graduation.

1.His/her mind is uncluttered unlike people who have done their graduation and are undergoing some coaching.’s a fresh canvas on which any picture can be made, anything can be done a clean blackboard on which anything can be written. 3.It is much more easy to mould a student during this period. The flaws in the students can be easily identified and plugged. 4.The students even if they make some initial mistakes can easily get it corrected as they have so much time. 5.It’s easy to shape the personality and do a lot of trial and error to understand oneself. 6.Most of the students actually forget whatever they have learnt during schools after graduation and have to go back to schools and ultimately end up studying at school level only. 7.In any case even students who are doing their coaching, will take take 3 years of time to prepare well and have to go to the basics. This will again compound their difficulty.

How to proceed in three years

In the three years, during graduation, there are certain things that a candidate has to do. The purpose during the entire three-year period has to build a base which can help the students to better their University examination, form a base on which they can build any type of future. At the same time, they have to be seen by their mentor that they do not develop any attitudinal flaws. Thus they · Must, must and must choose a mentor. · Look for sequencing the topics in such a manner that would minimize efforts in learning a particular topic; content and subject.

Phase wise Strategy

A phase wise implementation must begin by identifying the problem of the candidates and filling the gaps that have been left in their school education.

Phase “1” Foundation Stage

This will will comprise of

During this period, the students must train themselves into building social capital, social bonding, reading newspapers, magazines, observe people in editorial and teaching capabilities, etc. and master all school books that they ever studied. All these ingredients are important for the candidates to ease their effort that will be required to gain knowledge in almost every subject a person should know. The essential ingredients have to- · Counsel the parents to bring the best in their child. · Filling the gaps in the education and personality of the candidates. · Improve their language and observation. · Develop in them a balance of perception. · Subject them to Neurolistic-Linguistic Programming (NLP). Thus the most important phase will constitute 1. Complete revision of School books and the practice of their questions and answers. 2. Communication & Body Language Improvement. 3. Language Improvement. 4. Understanding oneself, their parents and teachers. 5. Understanding their surroundings. 6. Learning to make bonds, and social capital. 7. Start Reading Newspapers. 8. Practice basic math and aptitude

Sources And Reading Material 1st Phase

The Prelims and Mains require different approaches of preparation and studies some of the most essential books for Prelims include


*Geography Through Maps - K.Siddhartha & S.Mukherji *Basic Physical Geography- K.Siddhartha & S.Mukherji *Geography for Preliminary Examination- K.Siddhartha & S.Mukherji


*Basic- NCERT history. This includes *10th standard, *12th standard NCERT history on India and World


*NCERT Biology *Science, Technology and Society- K. Siddhartha


*Indian Polity NBT *How our Government works-NBT

Current Affairs

*Times of India *Hindu *Any competition magazine *regular columns with their threads


*Ecology & Environment - K.Siddhartha *Ecology & Environment for Preliminary Examination Vol-I

Practice Question Bank

*For offline books Ensemble Series *Ensemble question bank

Phase “2” Knowledge Stage

The candidates come to learn the basics of the entire syllabus of UPSC chapterwise. This phase must comprise of *Mastery of World Geography, Science and Technology, Geography, Indian and International Economy, International Relations, Indian Polity, Governance, History, Heritage, Culture and Society *Weekly exchange of news and community education. *Learning through various means-Films, Books, Interactions, Parents, Teachers, TV. *Basics of Internet and Social Media to utilize online wealth. *Background of events and World problems. *Socialization studies, principles and applications. *Learning to know the means and mechanism of teaching and learning. *Continue practicing basic maths and aptitude

Online Classes

These classes will help you get 7-8 dimesnsion of a topic with its chapter, its video adaptaion, its summary, its entire range of Q&A, MCQ, every topics current affairs update. There is only one such site in India now and also in the world

Before Advanced level preparation

The advanced level preparation begins thereafter, but the students must acquire certain habits and adaptations. These include 1. Join one of these portals-Insight, IAS baba, 2. Be serious in your studies. Do not study like a college students.. 3. Keep exploring book shops, libraraies, magazines in order to get interested in preparation, and also to know your interest. 4. Must study newspaper daily and keep abreast of the latest happenings in the country and the world. 5. Work on certain skills like communication skills. NEVER indulge in any gossip. 6. Learn how to make notes and start jotting from any source that you read.

Once you have passed the second phase ask this question again on QUORA

Phase “3” Interrelationship stage.

Having gone through the two stages, all the students will be prepared to take to study certain degree of correlation ship between the topics. Elevate the level by adding extra information and analysis. Develop an analytical ability as well and keep expressing it.

Phase “4” After graduation

Now you have one year of time to appear for PT. Start organizing yourself, Start moving step by step picking up each topic and completing it, writing at least one answer from the topic, remembering it and revising it thoroughly as you have to appear in that years exam. This should take at least six month from July to December.

Phase “5” PT Intensive phase with practice.

Having gained enough amount of knowledge, the candidate must take a deep plunge into PT preparation that should comprise of practice and practice and practice and perfecting Newspaper studies.

Phase “6” Mains only phase with Intensive writing practice.

After PT, go for preparation of Mains and focus has to be on appearing in tests and developing analytical abilities. It has to be Revision, analysis and Tests. This is what should become the norm till the mains Examination.

  • Establishing a repository of online knowledge by conversion of his 1500+ articles into a digital form with the use of animation, Virtual reality, Augmented reality, and Immersive technology, to be presented in a documentary form.
  • Establishing an offline university, which introduces the concept of how a career can be assured by mentoring students, by reforming their attitudinal and personality traits for India’s only Career Security Programme.This acts as a precursor to opening an University.