Preparing for civil services exam from home is not that easy. Many a times we doubt our abilities. We are not sure whether we are going in the right direction or not. The coaching institutes has created such an air that it has come to be believed that cracking CSE is next to impossible without taking their service.
when we are preparing from home without taking service of any coaching institute we are like a ship without a captain. it is because we lack information about what to study, how to study, how much to study, how to write good answers etc. but in the age of internet, it is not a big handicap. we can overcome this problem with the help of internet. almost all information regarding cse is readily available here.
concentrating on studies is not easy if there are kids at home. we are also expected to give a considerable amount of time for socializing. such things can not be completely avoided. chose your study time during night to minimize the impact of kids and socialization.
another problem is self-doubt. coaching institutes are not indispensable for success in ias exam. many candidates have qualified without coaching. upsc is striving to reduce the role of coachingwalas by making the nature of questions dynamic and unpredictable. a new ias aspirant has same footing as that of a veteran ias coach. both are in dark. the ias coaches have only no of years of experience and nothing more to offer.
the coaching institutes are a business. their business survives due to the feeling of insecurity of the candidates. they are are like nirmal baba. they do not have any magic for success. they are in this business after failing and exhausting all their attempts. they themselves were cheated sometimes in their own times by some other bogus institutes.
do not feel tempted by their glossy ads in newspapers, magazine etc. the journey of an ias aspirant is very long and tedious. keep yourself motivated. follow a systematic approach to study. learn from your previous mistakes. use internet for clearing your doubts. learn from the strategies adopted by the toppers.
put aside all your doubts. concentrate on your preparations. believe that you are moving in the right direction. take care to study only the relevant study materials. practice and practice a lot. there is no secret mantra for success. the number of hours spent on study table matters. hard work is sure to be rewarded with sweetness of success.