Indian students prefer online coaching over offline lessons


  • Students rely on online education for competitive examinations – JEE, NEET, GATE, SSC and bank exams, a survey by education platform Gradeup has shown.
  • Live lessons allowed students to interact with co-learners and teachers and get their questions resolved instantly.
  • The online education industry is expected to reach 9.6 million users by 2021, up from 1.6 million in 2016, according to a KPMG report.

Indian students seem to prefer online training programs over classroom coaching, thanks to live sessions and ease of access.

Students rely on online education for competitive examinations – JEE, NEET, GATE, SSC and bank exams, according to a survey by education platform Gradeup.

No less than 90% of respondents prefer to take online coaching. Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have the maximum share of students choosing them. This trend can be attributed to the growing participation in live sessions and recorded lectures, which allow students to study from home.

“‘Gradeup Classroom – Live Classes’ was able to fill several gaps regarding student preparation for exams, with measurable results; expert teachers, structured study plans and instant student-teacher interaction. It improved the overall learning experience with more interactive learning,” Gradeup co-founder Shobhit Bhatnagar told Business Insider.

Live classes allowed students to interact with co-learners and teachers with instant query resolution. In fact, almost 20% of students are willing to shell out more money to benefit from online sessions.

“It has had a significant impact on students in Tier 3 and 4 cities. Although they have limited access to coaching centers or find the fees out of reach, with live online classes, they have now access to the best teachers and courses wherever they are,” added Bhatnagar.

For example, Vedantu, an online tutoring platform strives to provide a personalized experience for its students using artificial intelligence tools. The platform has live teachers to explain the concepts.

“It’s like an audio-visual whiteboard that provides space for interactive learning and teaching at the same time,” said Anand Prakash, co-founder at The Better India.

The bigger picture

Technology has revolutionized the education sector in India. “Students use these self-learning apps alongside their regular studies. Times are changing and so is the learning style of children,” Sangeeta Singh, principal of Delhi Public School told The Tribune.

Online education platforms, including Internshala, Byju’s and Coursera have transformed the online learning space in India. Overall, the online education industry’s user base is expected to reach 9.6 million by 2021, up from 1.6 million in 2016, according to a KPMG report.

The scope of online training is not limited to school coaching and competitions. Given the need to adapt to the changing demand for skills in the labor market, e-learning has helped job seekers acquire new skills.

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