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Kunal Angirsh (IFoS Rank 2) on Coachingwallahs

These are the views of Kunal Angrish (AIR 2, IFoS 2014 batch). I am merely hosting it. Thanks to him for coming up with this. He may be reached at https://www.facebook.com/kunal.angrish.5

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AS YOU CHOOSE A COACHING INSTITUTE……

Following pointers are written to cater those who have just started their preparation for the exam and are looking forward to enroll at a coaching institute.

– There is no co-relation (direct or inverse) between number of ads in newspaper and quality of the coaching institute.

– Don’t believe that all the selected students that the coaching institutes show in their print ads come out of their classroom programme. The list generally gets longer because of the selected candidates from the mock interview sessions conducted by the various coaching centers. The number of candidates selected from the classroom coaching might tell you a very different story.

– There is no point that you blindly believe in stuff like ‘unki ladki ne wahaan se coaching kithi, IPS ban gayi’. If you are about to put your money and (to some extent) future in the hands of a coaching institute, you have to get a good background check. You may well try and find out the ‘shining stars’ they exhibit in their ads on Facebook and ask for an honest feedback. Believe me, those who clear the exam have gone through their ordeals and in most cases would be happy to help. You can then try to make a broad consensus from the feedbacks of the very same ‘shining stars’. However, do not form an opinion on the basis of a single observation. Try to ask from at least four-five different people.

– It is obvious to infer that what matters with a coaching institute is not the absolute number of students successful in the exam but the conversion rate. Of course, they don’t provide data on the same (but you may at least try to inquire it).

– It is advisable that you try and coax the institute for payment of coaching fee in installments (many of them will simply not allow it, but wherever manageable, try to pay in installments to minimize the loss in case of disappointment).

– It is always better to opt for coaching schedules that are flexible. There might be different coaching institutes excelling in different things. E.g. a coaching institute might have a great foundation programme but the test-series might be better somewhere else. Your enrollment at a center should not be a barrier in case you wish to join a course somewhere else.

– You have all the right in the world to ask for a demo class. If they refuse it, they are already doing badly at GS-paper IV (Ethics). But the decision to join a coaching institute should come from performance in the class-room and not at reception.

– In the end, even if you find a great coaching institute, depending solely on it will not take you anywhere. The exam in its present form requires a careful application of the knowledge gained. This requires conceptual clarity which can only be had by a personalized understanding of topics.

KUNAL ANGRISH, AIR-2, INDIAN FOREST SERVICE,2013.

Oh Poor Coachingwallahs…

Looks like my post on my personal experience with the coachingwallahs has unsettled quite some nerves at their end.

After the post, I began to be bombarded with some nasty comments in the comments section – all apparently coming from different different aspirants. I couldn’t understand it until I checked my email. I ve put the settings in my blog that if anybody makes a comment, I get an email notification.

Below I am producing the screenshots of some of these nasty comments… The good thing is, in the email, apart from the comment content, the IP address of the commenter also comes… And I found out, as you can see below in the screenshots, all the nasty comments came from ONE SINGLE IP. hahaha… Oh poor coachingwallah… One single coachingwallah was putting all these nasty comments (and I leave it to the readers to guess / find out who this coachingwallah is). Notice the IPs in the screenshots below

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Then I just did a sanity check that not all comments (sane ones as well as nasty) were coming from same IP addresses .. mebbe wordpress server puts its own IP… But no.. it turned out that the sane comments were all coming from different IPs i.e. different people…

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So my message to coachingwallahs… you do your best to fool innocent aspirants taking my name… I don’t have the resources to match your marketing prowess, but I will do my best to guide them on the right path… So stop messing with me…

Coachings – The Good and The Bad

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are purely personal and may be wrong from someone else’s perspective.

Hi, I am writing this post so that no one gets misguided in my name by the various advertisements being put by the coaching institutes. My aim is just to prevent students from wasting their money n time and tell wot I found good n bad even though some of these coachings may become unhappy with me.

1. Vajiram classroom coaching: I joined their classroom coaching in 2012 but found it to be an utter waste of my time. So left it within a couple of weeks and never went again. What they taught could be studies by self in less than half the time.

2. Baliyan’s Insight classroom coaching: This was the only classroom coaching I found good and upto standards. I also liked his approach. I joined history optional coaching there.

3. Lalwani’s Axiom for Economics: Again an utter waste of time and money. He doesn’t teach more than half the things n wotever is taught is mostly lacking needed depth. I used to go to the classes only coz I had baliyan’s class after him n coz I travelled from Gurgaon to Delhi for the classes.

4. Sriram classroom: total waste… Attended 3-4 lectures only. His printed notes are good.

5. Vajiram interview: Liked the one on one sitting with raveendran sir and their panels last year. But this year their panel was very bad with some arrogant former IFS officer at head.

6. Samkalp interview: Good panels. Took 2 mocks.

7. Chanakya interview: Very good panel. They made me realise what areas to focus on this year. Many of their questions were asked in actual interview in sone form or other.

8. Vision Ias test series: I joined test series for GS n Essay and found them very good. They conduct the test series professionally n their notes are good too. 1 ques I could answer only by studying from their notes.

9. Synergy test series: I joined only test series. It is good and feedback professional but unka staff bhaav bahut khata hai and is uncooperative with students.

10. Sri Chaitanya interviews: good panel and good mock.

11. HYDERABAD study Circle: I joined mock interview and was a very good n professional experience.