( Mitali Gupta, BSc. (Chemistry), Delhi, Via: E-Mail )
Yes, Mitali, it is entirely possible. It can be prepared well if you are well enough to do so. Many successful candidates prepare it without taking any coaching. Coaching helps you in moving towards right direction in quicker manner and in this examination, you need every aid and assistance.
But not to say, CSE can also be prepared from home. Those who are preparing for the UPSC entrance exam must have good will power, confidence and quality study material. Candidates who appear multiple times to clear the big hurdle have a level of high patience to face any stressful situations.
Here I am providing you some of the preparation tips that would help you in preparing well for UPSC CSE-
Smart Preparation: Hard work always pays, but efforts in the right direction with the right approach at right time never turns into a waste. So, start your preparation in a smarter way as soon as possible.
Practice Mock Tests: Yes, it is true ‘more practice, more marks.’ This strategy turns out to be fruitful for every candidate. Candidates should solve other management exams also. Solving papers and giving mock tests helps in realizing the strengths and weaknesses.
Study Material: Quality study material plays very important role in preparation for exams. Referring many books create confusion in the mind; so stick to some good quality materials which have good concepts in it.
Practice Short Tricks: Solving questions with the long methods is waste of time. For this, there is a better option to go with the short tricks. This saves a lot of time.
Strengthen Your Basics: If you have your concepts clear then you don’t have to worry much on the concepts. Just polish your strengths and work hard on weaknesses. It is very important to be thorough with the syllabus and practice accordingly.
Self-made Notes: Whatever the section is, self-made notes are very helpful during the revision. These notes help in fast grasping the formulae and the concepts.
Time Management: Management of time cannot be made in a day’s practice; it can be improved by die-hard practice. Candidates who have cleared UPSC had a very good time management strategy. They say, it is true, “Practice makes a man perfect” but it is best to say, “Man makes the practice perfect”.
Preparing Notes through Apps and Software: Note taking applications can be installed in our mobiles, computers and laptops. They help us in making notes directly from the websites or different pdf available online and reducing our time of jotting them down or printing them. These apps and software are easy to install and ease the way of convenience in making notes. A simple tap on the phone is all you need to unveil the wealth of knowledge, wherever and whenever you feel like preparing for your exam.
eBooks: eBooks are just like any other books but in digital form. We can store and retrieve unlimited eBooks in our mobiles/computers which are useful for the preparation of the exam. With just a single click, through varied reading apps, eBooks help us in preparing for the exam. They allow us to research about the topics that we are studying by allowing us to link to various other websites. This can save aspirants great deal of time and effort to collect information.Subscribing News Feed through Social Media: Yes, we are taking about Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. Students do not have to say goodbye to these tools when preparing for IAS preparation. These social media tools can be used for preparing for UPSC, if one has good idea about what to subscribe. Subscribing to important news feeds, GK websites will allow the aspirants to receive important feeds in their accounts. In that way they could be updated with the latest happening around the world.