October 10, 2018
9 months

This is a very important question for any student living in India. Each student preparing for IAS coaching should ask of themselves before selecting a right IAS Coaching Institute in India. But there are other following questions, which you must think before selecting a top ias coaching academy in India,

  • What is the track record of the IAS Coaching in India?
  • How many students have cleared the Civil Service exams?
  • Who are the lecturers and professors constituting the faculty?
  • What are the course fee structure which can offer you quality classes and help you score better in you exam?
  • Do you check out the class timings?
  • Are seating arrangements and classroom infrastructures are good enough?
  • Does the IAS coaching center methodology have a procedure for selecting and classifying students?
  • Does the IAS coaching centre is equipped with a library with good quality of study materials, notes and books?
  • Does the Institute have good student reviews, success stories and positive feedback?


13 hours

Divyanshu Jangid

The first thing we need to understand is that the coaching center will only be a catalyst to your making it to the selection list of UPSC CSE. It can contribute a max of 20% over your preparation to help you to crack the UPSC Exams. However, in a competition as stiff as the UPSC CSEs, it is imperative that you choose the best ally possible to take you those few steps farther.

Most online coaching centers will cover your syllabus between 80 to 90% (many don’t cover specific optional and sometimes don’t cover current affairs). However, it is not only the coverage of the syllabus that will decide a great coach for you. Online centers in general lack in a few aspects listed below:

Content not optimized for online viewing: most online institutes will simply put up slideshow videos or video recordings of classroom teaching. Now this kind of videos is a waste of your time as you are constantly waiting for the teacher to finish writing on the board or to erase the board or to finish explaining to different students of the classroom. The videos at UPSC Pathshala, however, are optimized for online viewing. 

Current affairs are not updated and analyzed: this is actually 2 concerns rather than a single issue. Sometimes you will get current and regular updates of current affairs (weekly booklets and such), but what is missing is the analysis of these events and linking them to the static syllabus so that you can answer questions from both static and dynamic parts of the syllabus by referring to each other. Referring to a current affairs item in your answer on a question about government schemes, for example, would fetch much better marks than just answering the question from the static syllabus.

Teaching style is static: this issue is a product of old material that is rarely updated. Now when you have a static syllabus it is easy to think of it as a standalone unchangeable thing, but the truth is that everyday new information can be added to these static topics. For example, if you are learning about fault lines, are you also being told what the latest news on major fault lines being exposed in Africa is about? 

Not enough tests or not enough up to date relevant tests: this is quite obvious and most aspirants check on this aspect before taking up a course, in case you haven’t consider if the institute is providing up to date, relevant and enough tests to give you enough practice. 40 to 50 tests is usually the norm.

Personalized study plan: Is your coaching institute making a personalized time table and study plan for you? Thus helping you to create realistic long term and short term goals with respect to your preparation? Online UPSC institute like UPSC Pathshala provides you a personalized study plan and helps you stick to it.

Personal Mentors: this is something that most institutes don’t offer. A person to keep you motivated and on track throughout the long preparation schedule. UPSC Pathshala offers excellent mentorship to take you through the long journey of preparing for the UPSC.

Read the complete UPSC pathshala review.