August 12, 2022

How to Ace UPSC Exam without Coaching

The Union Public Service Commission exam, more popularly known as the UPSC exam is one of the toughest yet most attempted exams in India. This exam is conducted each year by the UPS Commission, which was formed to recruit candidates to top government services like IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. It recruits candidates for both civil and defence services. 

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The Union Public Service Commission exam, more popularly known as the UPSC exam is one of the toughest yet most attempted exams in India. This exam is conducted each year by the UPS Commission, which was formed to recruit candidates to top government services like IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. It recruits candidates for both civil and defence services. 

Incase of the civil service exam, the selection is based on a three-level exam: Preliminary exam (objective type), Main exam (written test), and Personality test (interview).  

And with the IAS mains coming soon, that is, on 16th September 2022, we have compiled for you a list of tips that can help you ace your exams without the help of a coaching class. 

How can I pass UPSC exam in first attempt without coaching?

  1. Be time-bound
  2. Know the syllabus
  3. Follow/ Develop a hobby
  4. Keep up with the world
  5. NCERT books are your new best friends
  6. Develop writing skills

1. Be time-bound

No matter what exam, surely you might have heard of the tip to make a timetable and diligently stick to it. However, with the UPSC exam, we take it a notch higher and suggest you make a daily, weekly and monthly timetable. Learn, revise and revise again is the mantra to be followed. 

2. Know your syllabus

UPSC exam veteran

Well, doesn’t this go without saying?! Can’t go in blind. You need to know full well what your syllabus is and then work on covering it right. The way to go about it is to Divide and Conquer.  

You need to divide your vast portion into smaller and simpler chunks and have to go on completing and cognizing it. 

3. Follow/ Develop a hobby

UPSC exam isn’t all about mugging up information. One very important part of it is the interview round when your personality has to stand out for you to qualify. And the book knowledge will do you no good here. Hence, you have to work on enhancing your skills and being a better and more enticing version of yourself. Inshort don’t just work on your brain but on your personality as well. 

Develop Hobbies

Here’s what you can do:

  • Make it a habit to read a book out of the course at least once a month. This would help you see things from more perspectives than one and would also help you project your ideas and opinions better. Furthermore, it also enhances your writing skills. 
  • Surround yourself with witty and opinionated people and indulge in quality discussions and debates to help yourself see different points of view.
  • Follow those passions of yours. Sing, dance, learn that musical instrument you liked and enhance your skills.     

4. Keep up with the world

Current affairs are to be kept up with. Watch news regularly, and be updated with the latest changes, advancements and happenings of the world. Make sure to make notes of the same, for you can be asked about any of it at any time. 

Tip: Choose one standard paper and don’t change your source last minute for that only creates unnecessary confusion.

Furthermore, also make sure to keep up with the changes brought about in your graduation subject’s domain. 

5. NCERT books are your new best friends

NCERTs are a great source of information as it provides you with all the basic concepts and theories. Moreover, the source is definitely reliable as NCERT is a branch of the government. IAS Arunraj, from 2014, cracked the UPSC exam on the first attempt without coaching and bagged the 34th rank. He is said to have focused entirely on NCERT books. 

Hint: Previously UPSC has asked questions directly from NCERT books. So start your IAS training with these. 

6. Develop writing skills

Habit of writing

IAS exam is descriptive in nature, it requires you to have analytical, critical and communication skills. It’s not only about how much you know but it’s important to know how creatively and skillfully you write it all in 3 hours. That is what determines the outcome of your exam.    

Final Thoughts

Well, apart from these, a few more things go without saying. That is, to solve older papers and mock test papers to keep practising, to avoid learning new things at the last minute and confusing yourself. And ofcourse, to stay positive regardless of how out of control things seem at the moment. Also be sure to have healthy food and sleep habits, so that you do not end up affecting your health.

Lastly, make proper notes and start forming questions and quizzing yourself.

Follow these few simple tips and you would easily be able to ace your UPSC exams with or without any coaching classes.  

Surely, eachone’s abilities and grasping power is different, but it all narrows down to an applicant’s dedication, determination, willpower and of course belief in oneself. With that add lots of hardwork and the right steps (like the tips mentioned above), and we are sure you can crack it!

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Syeda Ruqayyah Banu
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