The Civil Services Examination conducted by the UPSC or the Union Public Service Commission is one of the most difficult competitive exams in the country. Every year lakhs of candidates take the examination with only a handful, about a thousand, making it through. The success rate has always been this dismal. This accounts for aspiring candidates trying to find and devise new ways to make the cut this time around. And the online method of learning is fast becoming a favourite all candidates concerned.
Studying online is really the way to go. Offline studying or book-related knowledge is fast losing favour among aspiring candidates. Here is a list of 7 reasons why offline learning is overrated in today’s world and age:
- Too many books and irrelevant material
With the UPSC exam being as big as it is, new guidebooks and books for secondary reading come out every day, all with the self-advertisement of being indispensable to UPSC preparation when in fact that is not the case. The markets are flooded with books and guides that are full of irrelevant material and unhelpful matter. Instead of running the risk of choosing badly, studying online selectively is a safer bet.
- Not updated knowledge
Any book must wait until its next publication to update information regarding the contents, whereas information online is more often than not updated regularly. It is easy, and convenient to update information online, which automatically makes it the better choice. Especially with topics like current affairs which are prominent parts of the CSE syllabus updated information is much preferable to outdated knowledge.
- Costs more
Offline studying, with its books and coaching institutes and fees for said coaching institutions, cost much more than online studies. Most of the material available online is free. Study portals specifically designed for UPSC more often than not offer buyable packages, where the student can choose which portions of the syllabus he or she needs help on, and accordingly gain access to the material.
- Time factor
The time factor is a significant drawback of the offline studying method. Coaching classes and institutions have specific times in the daytime hours. Many candidates who are preparing for UPSC while studying for an academic degree or working a part-time job alongside their preparation do not always get a time slot accessible to them. With the online method, they all have a chance to prepare properly. Online methods are available in the hours of the night as well, which is helpful for candidates who cannot manage other hours. The availability and accessibility of material for all twenty-four hours of the day in the online system is a great advantage for many aspiring candidates.
- Less extensive
With constant updates and infinite source material, studies online are much more extensive than their offline counterparts. The office system has a fixed purview, which is constantly superceded by the online system with its constant updates. The knowledge contained in books and imparted in coaching classes hardly match up to the online courses and methods of study.
- Not personalised
The offline system is hardly ever personalised and allows no interaction. The online portals, on the other hand, allow you to study, test yourself and offer additional help in the parts that you have failed to comprehend or understand. This personalised attention is a serious win for the online system that is lacking in the offline method. The knowledge in books or coaching classes is designed to cater to the masses as opposed to the individual, and in the age of high competition personal attention to detail is desirable.
- Storage issues
One important issue that offline studying has is the loads of books and study material that it leaves behind. Online methods only take up space on your computer whereas offline studying seems to take up more shelf-space in your room than necessary, which will eventually need to be cleared. Especially once the exams are over they account for no real use and effort is needed in order to clear them.
All these factors show how the offline system of studying for competitive exams is actually overrated and the online courses and studies are the route to take.