( Mitali Gupta, BSc. (Chemistry), Delhi, Via: E-Mail )
CSC: 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 to the rightful 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 combat any stressful situations.
Here are some of the preparation tips that would help you:
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 help 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:Do not go for solving questions with long methods that 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 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. They say, it is true, “Practice makes a man perfect” but it is best to say, “Man makes the practice perfect”.