October 10, 2018
2 years

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?


10 months

Subhan Jain

The most important thing to understand here is that a coaching class isn’t only for getting information at a regular interval. Your coaching centre must understand what it is that UPSC requires of its aspirants. It needs to help you evolve into a more balanced individual with more holistic views. It needs you to transform your outlook to a more analytical and relatable one. Finally, it needs to help you change into a more inclusive and broad minded person.

The other very important function of a coaching class must be to keep you on track, motivated and working smart. Make sure you choose a coaching centre that takes care of this minimum rather than just being a source of information for you.

So once you have found such a coaching centre, what are the criteria you need to look into judge whether the coaching centre is right for you?

1. Content Quality

Check for the quality of the content uploaded for demo purposes. Are they slideshow videos that just show slides after slides with a voice over? Are they just recordings of a classroom session? Don’t forget that you will be paying for online content, so don’t settle for a copy of offline content that is not optimized for online usage.

Also, if the teacher is spending time looking away from the screen and writing on the board, you are not getting the best of that teaching. Even time taken to erase the board is a waste of your time. So check if the videos have been optimized for online viewing. Here is a video fully customized for viewing by an online audience. Take a look!

2. Teaching Style

Notice the style of teaching. Remember, the demo video is probably one of their best videos. So it is a good place to get an idea of the best they have to offer. Ask yourself if the teaching is just listing of information or a real analysis driven by reasoning. Take a look at the video to get an idea of reasoning and analysis based teaching.

3. Current Affairs, are they current?

This is an extremely difficult part of the syllabus to cover because of its dynamic nature and this has about 50% weigh in the exams. The important thing to note here is not whether the information is being provided, but rather, how it is being delivered. Are they analyzing the current events and relating them to the syllabus? Are they giving the relevance of the pertinent static content when presenting the analysis and linking them to understand possible UPSC questions? Here’s a sample UPSC question from 2017.

11 months

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.