[Strategy] UPSC Civil Service Exam (Part 4 of 5): Time Management, Coaching, optional subjects

[Strategy] UPSC Civil Service Exam (Part 4 of 5): Time Management, Coaching, optional subjects

  1. Act IV: Conquering your own brain
  2. Doubt: Should I join coaching class or not?
  3. Option one: You study back home without Coaching
  4. Option two : You go to Delhi to attend coaching.
  5. If You join a class
  6. #1 don’t take mock tests lightly
  7. #2 Classmates are not your enemies
  8. #3 clarify your doubts
  9. #4 follow up action immediately
  10. #5 Never remain absent
  11. If you don’t join a class
  12. #1: don’t feel guilty
  13. #2: Self control
  14. #3: Company
  15. Doubt: Optional subjects will be removed or not?
  16. Doubt Hindi Medium aspirant
  17. Doubt Non-Hindi, Non-English Medium aspirant
  18. Doubt: Inferiority complex
  19. Future Candidates Still in College
  20. Doubt: Taking a job / PG
  21. Doubt: Working Professionals: Leave the job or not?
  22. #A: you leave the job
  23. #B: you can’t leave the job
  24. #1: Rent a room close to office
  25. #2: Burn the midnight lamp
  26. #3 Use pendrive
  27. #4 Use mobile
  28. Time  Management
  29. Mood swings
  30. Technical doubts

Act IV: Conquering your own brain

  • You already know the mindset of your enemy: Act I
  • you already know the weapons required to defeat him: Act II
  • you already know how to effectively utilize the weapons: Act III

but before you defeat him, you must conquer your own brain, cleanse it from all the doubts and weaknesses. Else you cannot concentrate in studies. The first and foremost doubt, faced by every new player:

Doubt: Should I join coaching class or not?

Answer is: If you’ve the time, money and mood, join them, else don’t feel  guilty or inferior about it.

I’m copy pasting the Cost comparision by Mr.Gokul G R (IAS, AIR 19, CSE-2010)

Option one: You study back home without Coaching

1. General Studies

  1. Books : Rs. 3000 – 4000
  2. Newspapers : Rs. 250 monthly ( Total : 6000 for 2 years; you will anyway subscribe, whether you are preparing or not)
  3. Periodicals : around 1500
  4. Internet Net connection : 250 per month ( Total : 6000; you will anyway subscribe, whether you are preparing or not)
  5. Total Cost : Around 17000 ( over 2 years )
  6. Total Extra cost : Rs. 6000 maximum (minus newspaper and net )

2. Optionals:

  1. Books: 4-5 books for humanities optionals  ( Mostly Indian Authors). Total cost : Not more than Rs. 3000.
  2. 7-8 books for science optionals. Total cost: Not more than Rs. 5000 ( If you are not downloading pirated copies).
  3. Total Extra cost : Rs. 14000 ( Highly liberal estimate and spend over 2 years). Use library, old books and you can bring that down to a few thousand rupess.

Option two : You go to Delhi to attend coaching.

1. Coaching fees :

  • G.S : Rs, 50,000
  • Optionals : Rs. 30,000 each
  • Total : Rs. 1,10,000 (spot payment)

2. Periodicals, newspapers, net for personal use : Rs. 13,000 over 2 years.

3. High rent and cost of living : Around 10k every month.

Total extra Cost : Around 3 Lakhs ( Conservative estimate; multiply with no.of  failed attempts, extra fee for extra coaching etc).

And even after paying such huge, exorbitant costs, the quality of teaching ( as i get to know from fellow aspirants) may not always be up to the mark.

–End of copy paste.

If You join a class

Types of coaching class sirs

Type of teacher Your action
  1. He is awesome at teaching. Doesn’t talk anything except teaching. From Day 1 to last day, his teaching quality remains the same.
Keep noting down whatever he says- atleast in ‘summery’ form. Even if it given in the books, note down because that will help you in quick revision.
  1. Initially he teaches some topics over which he has good command (monsoon, fundamental rights etc) so students feel he is good. But once the fees are deposited…He comes late. During the lecture, He wastes too much time citing how awesome he is, how he knows everything about UPSC and all other personal side talk. (which is usually a sign that he doesn’t have rock solid command over the subject, hence trying to brainwash you.) And when time is over but topic is incomplete, he’d say “read it in my printed material/books”.
Curse yourself that you joined his class.Make friends with some serious players in his class and do group study/discussion.
  1. Some retired Professor. He teaches stuff in way too much detail like it is a college lecture. Too much details and Ph.D from academic point of view.
Just note down any important fact/fodder material, else Curse yourself that you joined his class.

In case you wonder why Type#2 teacher behaves in such bad way, Won’t it hurt his long term business prospects?

  1. No it won’t. He’d simply setup shop in a new city or change his brand name. Besides, people usually don’t drag him to consumer court, so he never changes his ways.
  2. And he’s good at marketing tricks, so he’d keep getting new sacrificial lambs every year.

And never join a coaching class only because the ad says XYZ topper was from their class, such ads are usually false or half-truths!

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