To get a headstart with scaling the hierarchy of central government job, the IAS (UPSC CSE) exam is the most prestigious gateway. The exam is conducted to recruit officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS). The preparation is a demanding process owing to the huge syllabus and extreme competition. It becomes tougher if the aspirant is a working professional. Not everybody wants to prepare full time by leaving a job, but clearing the IAS exam demands that level of dedication and perseverance. Online IAS preparation is a boon for working professionals aspiring to join the elite Indian Administrative Services as they don't have to risk their job and can prepare side by side for this competitive exam.
For IAS (UPSC CSE) 2021, the prelims exam will be on June 27, 2021 and the Mains exam will be on September 17-22, 2021.
Almost all the renowned coaching institutes, known for preparing the brigade of IAS officers year after year are now providing online courses in their offerings. The reason behind this is the excessive demand of IAS aspirants who can't afford to make their way into the classrooms but are keen to appear for the exam. So online courses by these institutes make it easier for the applicants to access study material, videos, and mock tests (depending on the course). Research must be done before applying for any course and one must opt for the one that fits in requirements. And the best part of these online courses is that unlike a classroom where you can have access to the mentor for a stipulated time, one can view the material available online any time of the day based on one’s own convenience.
With the introduction of smartphones, mobile apps have taken over our lives. Educational apps have completely revolutionized the way people learn, and the IAS Exam segment isn’t untouched by this phenomenon. Working professionals can revise and study while being at their workplace and also save their effort and time of going in the classroom. Pop-ups are also given in these apps in the form of messages about any latest updates related to IAS exam which keeps the candidate well-informed and updated. Also, these apps provide a filtered list of current affairs that will be helpful for working professionals who can't read in detail due to their 9-6 job.
YouTube is not only for entertainment - it is a very good educational tool as well! Working professionals aspiring to be IAS can also take the help of YouTube and make it a reliable partner in their preparation journey. Many educationalists post their videos or run channels to educate people on what exactly IAS is all about, how to prepare, what to prepare, and every minutest detail that a candidate requires for clearing IAS. This is one of the cheapest modes as it costs almost negligible.
Also, apart from studying, aspirants can view the motivational videos of previous rank holders, their take on the exams, and learn from their experiences. YouTube will also benefit them in learning about particular concepts and sometimes even questions.
Be it online preparation or offline, mock tests deserve the highest priority while preparing for the IAS exam. Working professionals may not be able to make their way to coaching centres to appear for mocks, but they can definitely buy online mock tests and attempt them at any point of the day. Working professionals must keep an aim of giving at least 2 mocks a week and spend the rest of the week analyzing the performance in those 2 mocks and revising the related concepts. Aspirants must note that there are many sites offering mock tests so make a wise choice while opting for a mock tests program. One must choose the mock tests that match or is at least close to the level of the IAS exam.
Apart from mock tests, previous years’ IAS exam papers can also be found on the internet and all the aspirants must solve them. The benefit of solving past papers is that it gives a realistic view of the exam and prepares an aspirant for the difficulty level of the exam they may face on the D-day. It also helps the candidates to know which topic has been given more weightage in recent years so that special attention is given to that topic while preparation.
So working professionals, throw aside your doubts and opt for online IAS preparation by India’s top teachers to achieve your goal!
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.