Whether to join any coaching centre or rely on self study- answer of course is self study. IAS preparation is not rocket science, those things come in exam which are very easy to understand and can by comprehend from standard text books.At the end we have to crack the exam and joining or not joining is not issue of superiority or inferiority.
Joining Coaching centers have many pros and cons :
Besides this coaching centers at Delhi are very expensive, they exhaust the hard earned money of your parents by convince you that once you take admission in xyz institute, the institute wale themselves will book the tickets for Massoorie. Apart form this, coaching institutes initially teaches good but later just try to wind up the syllabus.
Staying there, one also faces problems we have already discussed above.So Please do not attract by their fancy advertisements like this year topper is from our institute, This year topper Ira Singhal wrote something interesting about the institute form which she took coaching. Also, as many institutes provides freebies like free test and organize seminars, asks us to register and once we participate we are their students.
But still you feel that you cannot cope up without coaching.You should note following points :
||You need to be regular and attend all the classes.
||You joined the coaching because you were having doubts regarding concept clarity and syllabus coverage so never ever hesitate to ask the questions from the faculty.
||You have paid money so you have every right to demand the good faculty and full coverage of syllabus.
||Make friends, they are essential in this journey but need not to have network like munna bhai.
||Whatever be taught in class, read those topics form books regularly, do not solely on coaching.
1. So it seems that self study is best with above advantages .But self study also have some requirements. First of all, erase this form your mind that you have not taken coaching and you are behind the others by thinking this you yourself demotivating yourself.
2. No need to make I m legend movie, remain in touch with other UPSC aspirants and frequently visit the Forums and make a group for group study.
3. you need to do the frequents assessments of your study agendas whether you are on right track, do not deceive yourself.
4. you also need to have restraint on yourself like need to bring your consistency and avoid focus on other things and adopt ho jayega attitute