It is a strategic decision you need to take to uplift your preparation level.
However, not everyone join coaching institutes and among the successful candidates, you can find numerous candidates who achieve success with self-help.
After analyzing your strengths and weaknesses, you can clearly establish which areas need attention and to put up an improved performance, do you need help from coaching institutes or not?
If yes, then for which subject, areas of syllabus you need to join coaching institute.
When the level of competition is growing and the kind of surprises the changing pattern of questions asked in examination throws, it is a wise decision to seek expert advice if you require or feel necessary.
More so, if you have just started preparing for coming civil Services Examination and have paucity of time to complete the syllabus.
You have many institutes across India offering coaching for various courses catering to CSE aspirant’s needs. Specific courses are available for Preliminary and Main Examination for General Studies, Aptitude Test, Optional Subjects, Essay and even for interview guidance.
Looking at your immediate requirements, it is practically impossible to attend classes for General Studies (Prelims+Mains), CSAT and optional subject simultaneously.
Even, the changes that have just come in the domain of General Studies (Main Examination) require a complete new approach to cover these effectively.
So, join coaching for those subject/s which you feel essential. Manage you time well and break it in such a way that only a few hours are devoted for coaching as you have a major task in hand
Nevertheless, with evolving needs now you have options available where some institutes can get you modules for particular section of General Studies.
Likewise, you have short duration courses designed to cater to your specific needs related to your Optional subjects. Then you have Test Series and Practice sets which help you in evaluating your performance.
As the new-look Preliminary Examination demands, you have many institutes offering on-line/off-line Practice Sets which will help you in developing speed and accuracy.
Prioritize your needs and plan out your strategies in such a way that you are able to manage the coaching institute load with your regular study plan and move forward steadily.