UPSC IAS Online Course – Is online coaching the right way to prepare for CSE 2021?
Aspirants preparing for the UPSC Civil Service Examination depend on coaching institutions and are accustomed to the physical classroom format of coaching. However, with the COVID pandemic related lockdown restrictions imposed by the government for educational institutions, conducting classroom coaching is not possible in the near future.
As lockdown restrictions are eased for educational institutions, it will in all likelihood be with many social distancing caveats that will need to be ensured by institutes. In this case, it will not be viable for a large majority of CSE 2021 aspirants to afford quality counseling/coaching in a traditional classroom format.
To provide an alternative solution to face-to-face classroom coaching, Rau’s IAS study circle has launched INTERACTIVE ONLINE coaching. Rau’s IAS Study Circle is the oldest civil service coaching institute in India and has created a tremendous legacy with its consistently outstanding results over the years.
Let’s understand the effectiveness of online coaching in IAS exam from Mr. Abhishek Gupta, CEO of IAS Rau study circle.
Rau’s IAS Study Circle pioneered classroom coaching for the UPSC Civil Service Examination in 1953. After the COVID pandemic, Study Circle launched online courses. Tell us about the evolution of the institute from a purely offline IAS coaching institute to an offline + online IAS coaching institute.
Rau’s IAS study circle was founded by Dr. S.Rau in 1953 when a group of students approached him to teach political science. Today, the study circle has grown into a large and unique team of scholars and academics who teach and provide an atmosphere conducive to student learning and development.
We pride ourselves on our guiding principles, which empower students to understand the basics and encourage them to question facts/theories rather than just accepting them.
Our emphasis on the application of knowledge and writing skills gives all of our students the competitive edge needed to pass the civil service exam. We give our students a framework of preparation, clear direction and exact resources to follow. We stay with all our students as mentors to solve their doubts – in and outside the classroom.
Our effort is not only to teach, but also to reassure them of our unwavering support and dedicated mentorship throughout their journey to LBSNAA.
Today, the Study Circle is known to be the most specialized institution of its kind in the country, with the rare and gratifying distinction of having 1/3 of the country’s officials who have passed through its portals.
Throughout this nearly seven-decade journey, the Study Circle has been at the forefront of teaching and development. In pursuit of the same goals, we recently launched our GSI Hybrid/Online course. In this course, teaching is delivered through interactive online lectures that are streamed live. We have a unique online learning platform called elearn.rauias.com through which students access these live lectures.
What are the benefits/advantages of this interactive online course? Who will he help?
For traditional classroom coaching, students must travel to campus, but with online coaching, counseling is available within the safe confines of their home. This aspect of security has become very important now more than ever. COVID has changed our way of life.
Please understand that the learning needs of all UPSC aspirants are the same while they come from different backgrounds and hence their approach to studies is different.
• Some aspirants may have to juggle work, college, and family life, which can make it difficult to juggle that with time-limited physical classes.
• Some may reside in remote areas and travel to campus to attend physical classes six times a week, which is inconvenient.
• Another issue may be that for some, learning outcomes may be thwarted by societal distractions and they would like to study via another medium to stay focused.
• Some may have a unique learning style and pace.
Rau’s IAS GSI hybrid/online course offers students a unique way to juggle the demands of their daily lives with their limited time and other resources, while being able to prepare for the IAS exam and learn more. excel in achieving their goals.
Generally speaking, working professionals, parents, international students, students with disabilities, and students located in remote areas can benefit most from the hybrid/online course.
Additionally, during these pandemic conditions, any students who wish to socially distance and study from the safety of their homes can also take advantage of our hybrid course.
The flexibility we are offering especially for this year is that students can switch from the hybrid course (online) to the on-campus course (offline) after confinement!
Rau’s GSI Hybrid course is a cost-effective solution that meets the needs of all aspiring UPSCs.
How is this hybrid/online GSI course different from the offline face-to-face course? How did you leverage technology to deliver this online course?
In fact, there is no difference between our online course and the conventional offline course, except that the mode of course delivery has changed from a physical course to an online course. In this online course, students can interact with the instructor in exactly the same way as they would in a normal offline course. In fact, I would say that online education has an added benefit. And that is, the availability of all live lectures thereafter as recorded lectures. So
a student has the opportunity to watch these lectures as many times as they wish. It is a method of reinforced learning.
Coming to the second part of your question, technology has certainly improved many aspects of our teaching methodology:
• Greater accessibility: Our interactive online courses are now available everywhere with just one click. Aspirants can get quality counseling without traveling to our campus or worrying about social distancing restrictions. Technology has greatly expanded access to education.
• Increased flexibility: Technology has freed students from having to attend practice sessions at specific times, which is often impossible due to work or family responsibilities. Video backup of our interactive online lessons makes it easy for students to catch up on lessons if they missed them. Study materials are available online and students have the freedom to study and complete class assignments whenever their schedule allows. As long as they finish the job within the time allotted, it’s up to them to plan the use of their time.
• Increased interactions between teachers and students: Class time is no longer the only opportunity for students to ask their teachers questions and request information. Instead, they can take advantage of class forums to ask questions of their teachers anytime, rather than having to wait for the next class when the question is no longer fresh in their minds. Students can also participate in group discussions and share what they learn with each other.
Technology provides many tools that teachers can use to enhance student learning. But, technology by itself cannot produce any benefit for either the instructor or the student. We need to integrate technology into education.
Education requires “high quality guidance” from instructors. Technology is “just” a medium. High-quality guidance can be delivered effectively by instructors using technology to improve student learning outcomes through active student engagement, collaborative learning, and frequent feedback to gauge student uptake. ‘education.
Teaching online requires different techniques and tools. Without the physical connection, teachers will need to be clearer about setting expectations for virtual attendance as well as the skills needed to deliver a lesson digitally.
We have trained our teachers to use educational technology to teach and resolve doubts. They use real-time assessments and their analysis to obtain relevant information to assess the level of knowledge and skills of students.
We have integrated technology into our teaching and curriculum. Our online courses allow students feel like in class.
What advice would you give to aspirants preparing for CSE 2021?
We all know that time is running out. It won’t be pragmatic to wait for normalcy to return and then start preparing for CSE 2021. There are so many unknowns at this point. No one knows when the lockdown will be lifted. If removed, all restrictions will be imposed to maintain social distancing norms. The institutes will have to meet the standards and this will certainly have an impact on the availability of vacant places in the courses. This will in turn have an escalating effect on tuition fees. With this in mind, it will be realistic to consider the option of adopting the IAS online mode of learning.
Also, don’t let this negative cycle of confinement affect you. Lockdown also means no distractionsso, use this time to your advantage.
Online coaching is the way to go as it offers flexibility and convenience among many other benefits. And, with the IAS de Rau, there is the assurance of an excellent quality of education.
Learn more about the GSI Hybrid (Online) Program here http://bit.ly/IAS2020-21