Becoming an IAS officer is everyone’s dream including their parents. Spending so much time and money to get through into it
Firstly you should know the trend of the exam and how aspirants preparing all over India. Nowadays aspirants preparing for Civil service exam in fulltime like college studies with or without coaching. More experience gets more success that means starting one’s preparation from 8th standard is preferred now (new trend)
Test Practices eliminates errors & improves time management – attempt some mock tests and do writing practices for mains as well
There is no single reference for IAS preparation; you should cover the syllabus from various sources like NCERT books, subject wise text books, Standard monthly magazine, some websites (Including dept websites) , GOI publications (India Year Book, Yojana etc), TV Debates
Coaching will help you to evaluate your preparation by attending mock tests, evaluation of mains writing practices, group approaches, notes sharing, proper guidance from eminent personalities, guidance seniors, regular motivation, regular follow up etc...
IAS syllabus is base for all civil service exams so that write all UPSC & KPSC exams - one Govt job fix and from there continue your IAS preparation again till the age limit or number of attempt ends.
The number of years or attempts is not a matter, but getting IAS rank is matters for all
Ultimately no one help you in the examination hall to succeed your dream. So practice as much as possible before attempting the exam.
Get IAS rank and serve the nation
All the best.....