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When should one take coaching for UPSC

When should one take coaching for UPSC?

by Ragini Salampure

You are never late to start something new and work hard to reach your goals in life. The best time for beginning the practice for the UPSC exam is as soon as you decide that you want to be a civil servant. Hence, you will have the motivation, conviction, and thriving to prepare for the exam.

Now, the minimum age for appearing for the UPSC exam is 21, and you may need a few years of practice if you want to crack the exam on the first attempt. The ideal time for starting your practice is after or during your senior higher-secondary school. 

At that time, your age will be around 16, and you have got four years to practice the basics and build up the knowledge. If you are around 16 to 18 years of age and have decided to be a civil servant, this is the best time to join UPSC online coaching classes.

Age is not an issue for appearing for this exam. You can attempt this exam from the age of 21 to 32 years. Some people resign or take a break from their job to prepare for this exam.

How to select a UPSC coaching class/institute?

The institute you choose will decide how much you will learn and practice. The guidance from the teachers will lead you to a successful career in civil service. There are many institutes offering coaching classes online, but you need to choose the one that is the best and right for you.

The present situation calls for tough measures, and the coaching institutions have to take bold steps to teach and train the candidates for the civil service exam. You must select those institutes that are prepared for the online classes and practice tests.

The best way to get to know about a coaching class is to do the following things.

  • Look up the online review of the institute
  • Check whether it is certified by any authority and its reputation
  • Find out the faculties there.
  • The number of candidates passing 1st tier, 2nd tier, and interview, every year.
  • Are the fees affordable/reasonable?

Now that you have checked the basic qualities of a coaching institute, you may go deeper into the research. There are many courses, including your main subject, to be taught, and you may need extra time studying that particular subject. Also, the qualification of faculty is an important factor that affects the final decision.

The coaching institute you choose must have these features or facilities.

Courses and tests:

  • Foundation courses for beginners
  • Regular test series
  • Mock tests
  • Advanced enrichment courses
  • Interview training
  • Coaching in your selected main subject

Additional skill training:

  • Spoken English
  • Grammar and writing practice
  • Communication skills
  • Presentations/speech skills
  • Data and situational analysis practice for interviews and tests
  • Debate skills

Support facilities of online classes:

  • Daily clearing of doubts by teachers
  • Reference books and question bank
  • Special classes in specific subjects if required
  • Special classes from alumni who have joined the civil service

If these facilities are available in your institution, then you join the UPSC online coaching classes there. The pandemic has changed our situation a lot. Hence, the institute needs to provide all the classes and training through the internet. 

Ensure the teachers and management have taken care of the classes conducted online and are equipped with the latest technology. So, be wise and choose the best institute for you.

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