India has the highest population in the world that is categorized as youth. The youth of India needs meaningful and gainful employment and this leads to requirement and emergence of coaching institutes to help them prepare for Government services.
Coaching institutes for Civil Services Examination have existed for a long period of time. However, these institutes have not been able to churn out the results in a way that had been expected from them.
The reasons for this are far and many and civil services aspirants are at the receiving end of the problems of the coaching industry.
According to the National Skill Development Corporation, there is a sever quality gap and lack of availability of trainers in the vocational education and training sector. The crux of the problem remains to be the quality gap between:
o By the UPSC
o By the aspirant
o By the institutes
Any private organization will work on profit motive and this has become the most important motive of coaching industry. There is nothing bad in having profit motive but one should not compromise the quality of education delivered to the students. The questions are raised not only on the quality of education but also on the overall support system offered to the students. Anyone who is preparing for one of the toughest examination in India should get much more then what they are getting right now.
There is a simple question that can help us solve this riddle. If we ask that which education system (learning-wise) has impacted you more; school education or college education. Most of us will say that it was school education which had a more long lasting impact on one’s learning potential. There are reasons for it and this can be proved using empirical data. During school education, we had supports at multiple level a) Class Teacher, b) homework, c) support from parents and d) regular tests and examination.
The closest analogy for the civil services exam is that it is a race and not just a normal race; it is a marathon. It requires full utilization of your mental and physical faculties for a longer (Minimum 12-18 months) duration of time. Competition is tough and when one third of India teeming 1.25 billion are youth, the journey is tough, really very tough. Over and above this you have to handle a syllabus which will cover anything under the sun. This simply means that anyone who is preparing for the examination will require a lot of support to ace the examination. Sitting in a class of hundreds of the students is not the kind of solution that will give even a good candidate a fair chance to compete.
Civil Services Aspirants will have to be more cautious while selecting a coaching institute. They are not just enrolling for classes to gain the required knowledge but are primarily seeking the structure and guidance that is needed to help prepare them for the toughest examination in India and possibly in the world.
In order to assess the learning system to be subscribed, you need to understand the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the civil services institutes.
What is MUST for the aspirants:
Things to KEEP IN MIND before choosing an institute:
‘THE GOOD’ in Civil Services Institutes:
‘THE BAD’ of the Civil Services Institutes
‘THE UGLY’ of the Civil Services Institutes
What is ‘Missing’ in most Civil Services Insitutes
o To help aspirants plan and stucture their self study
o To enable smart learning and immediate doubt solving
o To summarise the class and study material for better revision
o To practice what you have studies
o Weekly class tests (objective & subjective)
o Subject end tests (objective & subjective)
o Comprehensive semester-end like testing
o Prelims test series in sync with topic coverage
o Mains test series after Prelims
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