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17 Mar 2019

CareerBytes: How much does it cost to prepare for UPSC-CSE?

The cost of UPSC IAS exam preparation

The UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE), also popularly known as the IAS exam, is one of the toughest exams. But with the right preparation and hard work, one can crack the exam.

Before starting their preparation for the UPSC exam, however, many aspirants have a question in their mind about how much it costs to prepare for the CSE.

Here's all about it.

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The cost of UPSC IAS exam preparation

Actual cost depends on the mode of preparation

Before finding out the cost of CSE preparation, it's important to understand that the actual cost depends on the place and mode of preparation one chooses. Also, expenses may be higher/lower than the given estimated cost and vary as per actual cost and one's requirements.

Classroom coaching is not considered an affordable option

Offline coaching

Classroom coaching is not considered an affordable option

Offline classes by coaching institutes offer the best guidance and mentorship. Many aspirants prefer offline coaching when it comes to CSE preparation.

However, classroom coaching isn't an affordable option. The coaching fees for Prelims and Mains can be around Rs. 1,00,000-1,50,000 or more. If someone is moving to another city for preparation, it will at least cost another Rs. 1,50,000 a year for food/accommodation.

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Coaching for Optional subjects and others

Apart from the basic Prelims and Mains coaching, in the offline mode, aspirants may have to get coaching for Optional subjects, Essay paper, CSAT, Languages, test series, current affairs, newspapers, magazines, etc. (as needed) which might cost at least Rs. 70,000-1,00,000.

Online preparation

Online preparation is cheaper compared to offline coaching

Online CSE preparation is considerably cheaper compared to offline coaching classes.

Integrated Prelims and Mains courses and preparation programs typically do not cost more than Rs. 50,000-80,000.

Online test series, mock tests, study material, Optional subject coaching, etc. might cost Rs. 40,000 or lower; one might even find free exam preparatory resources online. Also, aspirants can study at their own pace and convenience.

Cost of necessary books for Civil Services Examination

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Cost of necessary books for Civil Services Examination

Irrespective of whether an aspirant chooses offline or online mode, there are certain books necessary for CSE preparation that candidates should go through. Such books include NCERT textbooks and reference books for subjects.

These might cost Rs. 10,000-15,000 or more (as per requirement). However, one can find soft copies of NCERT books and several reference books online at affordable prices or even for free.

Cost-effective

Online preparation for UPSC CSE is cost-effective

One of the biggest advantages of online preparation is that it is cost-effective compared to coaching institutions. Aspirants who can't afford coaching classes can get study material and other resources at reasonable prices or even free of cost.

Nowadays, information about almost anything is available on the Internet and any dedicated aspirant can crack the UPSC IAS exam even without joining coaching classes.

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Most asked questions

In which language can we take the UPSC exam?

Do I need to apply again if I have uploaded a wrong signature?

If we qualify Prelims but fail in Mains, then do we have to again appear for Prelims the next time?

What are the best websites you can refer to for current affairs?

How can I prepare for UPSC Prelims without coaching?

Which website is best to prepare for UPSC exam?

Is it possible to prepare for UPSC without coaching classes?

What are some books that UPSC aspirants must read?

How many hours should a UPSC aspirant study for in a day?

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In which language can we take the UPSC exam?

Asked 1 day ago by Mahesh More

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The languages in which you can take the UPSC CSE Prelims are Hindi and English. For the Mains, you can select any one of the 22 official languages of India.

Do I need to apply again if I have uploaded a wrong signature?

Asked on 17-03-2019 by Pandurang Jadhav

Answered by NewsBytes

In case you haven't submitted the form, you can easily go back and make the required changes in your form. But if you have submitted your form then you have to submit a fresh online application.

If we qualify Prelims but fail in Mains, then do we have to again appear for Prelims the next time?

Asked on 17-03-2019 by Lakshman Riser

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, in case of an unsuccessful attempt, you have to start with Prelims every time you register yourself for the UPSC IAS exam.

What are the best websites you can refer to for current affairs?

Asked on 17-03-2019 by FAYEJ SK

Answered by NewsBytes

The following are the websites which are useful while preparing current affairs for the UPSC exam: (1) ClearIAS.com, (2) byjus.com, (3) cleariasexam.com, (4) iasscore.in, and (5) jagranjosh.com.

How can I prepare for UPSC Prelims without coaching?

Asked on 17-03-2019 by Clothing Brand

Answered by NewsBytes

To prepare for UPSC Prelims without any coaching, read thoroughly the following topics (1) Plans and policies by NITI Aayog, (2) New Aviation policy, (3) Latest bills and Acts such as Triple Talaq and Constitution (Amendment) Bill, (3) Latest schemes by central and state governments, (4) Details about budget, Rafale-deal and election, and (5) Mou and agreements signed with the US and neighboring countries.

Which website is best to prepare for UPSC exam?

Asked on 17-03-2019 by Vihaan Kapoor

Answered by NewsBytes

The following are the websites which are useful while preparing for the UPSC exam: (1) ClearIAS.com, (2) byjus.com, (3) cleariasexam.com, (4) iasscore.in, and (5) jagranjosh.com. The Apps which are useful while preparing for the UPSC exam are (1) BYJUs, (2) ClearIAS, (3) JagranJosh, and (4)Vision IAS.

Is it possible to prepare for UPSC without coaching classes?

Asked on 17-03-2019 by Ankita Bose

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, one can crack UPSC Civil Services Exam without taking coaching classes as right preparation is all that is required. Here are some tips: 1) Prepare a study timetable, 2) Focus on basics, 3) Study and revise regularly, 4) Practice mock-tests and past years' papers, 5) Regularly read newspapers for current affairs, and 6) Take online courses and test series.

What are some books that UPSC aspirants must read?

Asked on 17-03-2019 by Rajesh Das

Answered by NewsBytes

To prepare for the UPSC exam, here are the books you must read: (1)Manorama yearbook, (2)General Studies by Disha Experts, and (3)Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh. You can prepare for the optional subject by reading these books along with NCERT books till class 12th.

How many hours should a UPSC aspirant study for in a day?

Asked on 17-03-2019 by Ankita Tambe

Answered by NewsBytes

There's no set number of hours that UPSC aspirants should study for. Just make sure whatever time you spend studying, you're completely focused. Focus on getting your basics right, and give preference to the quality of study rather than the number of hours.

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