Preparing For Competitive Exams

In this article, there are a few tips for students on what to expect from a coaching institution and how to plan your preparation accordingly.

Students going for preparation of UPSC civil services examination often choose a coaching institute in haste and then they get completely dependent on the civil services exam preparation institute for their success.

Many believe that a student’s success in competitive exams depends on either one of the two factors, his/her self-study or the coaching institute he is admitted. But when the competition faced is something like a civil services exam then the coaching institute becomes an integral part of the IAS exam preparation.

The aspirants often get confused about what to study and what not to study due to the vastness of the course/syllabus of the IAS or other civil services examination. Therefore the expectations of aspirants from their respective coaching increases.

Clarity on Syllabus

An ideal institute provides the clarity of the syllabus that is going to be asked in the examination so that the students know what to study and save time even before starting the preparation thoroughly.

Judicious Course material

The course material offered by the coaching institute must be written in simple and understandable language so that each and every student can understand the sections from their end and face a negligible amount of problems in the UPSC general studies material.

Experienced and Friendly Faculty

A coaching institute is often known for the group of teachers/faculties its features. The faculty or the teachers of the coaching institute must be qualified, knowledgeable and should be made available for doubt clearing sessions for the students, the teachers should be friendly so that the aspirants can get comfortable with them while clearing out the doubts.

Practice Till you are perfect

Another important or I should say the most important part of the preparation is the test series. A well organized and analytical test series enables the aspirants to evaluate themselves and see where the standing in competition at present.


The quality of questions, marking and evaluation procedures must be standard and allow aspirants to get the exact and actual feel of the IAS Examination. All the types of questions must be featured in the test series and all the questions should be from the UPSC general studies material offered by the coaching institute.

Not too expensive

The final point of consideration could be the Fee-structure, it should be reasonable and justified. Institute can also offer scholarships to the students facing financial problems.

These are a few basic features that every civil service aspirant must expect from the coaching institute before joining and starting the preparation for one of the toughest examinations in India.

One institution that is known for its faculty and method of coaching is Vajiram and Ravi Coaching. They offer first-class study material and highly qualified teachers for every subject. These also feature different types of study programs such as Distance learning programs etc. They have an online presence through their interactive website and a 24×7 student on-call support.

Overall with all the features, it can be an excellent institute for the students looking to go for UPSC civil service examinations.