it could be very difficult to prepare if you're not in India. no books, coaching centers, courses, like-minded ppl, foreign setup, visa and job worries etc
so which part of the world are you in?
please share how are you managing to prepare for the exam?
what are the sources?
how do you keep yourself motivated?
will you be joining at least any test series?
do you worry that there is this small chance of regretting your decision to become an IAS if tomorrow you didn't find it fascinating enough as compared to your life now?
I'll start first -
I m from Singapore. preparing for the exam since October last year. usually I don't get much time to prepare because job. belong to UP. Working here in IT as sales consultant. I was lost initially as to how I should prepare for this. Googled a lot, read forums, articles, followed epapers & other stuff online. Started with NCERT, continued till end of last year. Then I purchased some books online early this year, parents couriered the books here. Still 1/3rd of the books are left
but I m leaving them for now. From today I'm starting the revision and concentrating on prelims. Worried that I superficially know most of the things as described in syllabus but lack deep knowledge & understanding. Maybe revision will help. Still I know it will hurt in mains if at all I can qualify prelims. I started late as this is my first attempt and I do not have many attempts left. Maybe next year I'll be better prepared :P
I had submitted the form already but haven't booked flight tickets yet, will do it most probably in coming weeks. have to apply for leave also aahhh
anybody else from Singapore?