This is #LuckyKabooter (Shrut Kirti Somavanshi). A lot of people are asking me about what coachings and test series I did in my preparation phase and how helpful they were. I have always respected and supported the idea of doing coachings but not all coachings helped me. Here I have written my account on coachings I did and my experience with them. This is a two-part article. In this part. I’ll talk about coachings. So let’s list them all.
*Subject: (Public Administration)*
I was fresh outta Engineering College having no history or geography with Public Administration so I had to take a coaching. I joined:
1. *Synergy by MK Mohanty* (First Attempt): Mohanty sir helped a lot in building an approach and inculcating an understanding of the subject matter of Public Administration. Let me inform you, he almost spoon-fed the topics to us in Paper 1. Class notes of Paper 1 are still my first source of revision.
However, Paper 2 was lacking in his coaching. 3-4 teachers used to teach (I’m not sure about current situation). I had to prepare it on my own and with the help of my elder brother.
Pros: Great paper-1. Complete justice with the subject.
Cons: Suboptimal paper 2.
2. *M Puri* (Third Attempt): I joined M Puri sir’s class in my third attempt after failing in Mains in the second attempt with a dismal score in Public Administration (P1- 63, P2- 98). I must say Puri sir is a man of immense knowledge in Public Administration, Economics and Current Affairs. But what I didn’t like there was, the tendency to diverge from topics and inability to complete syllabus in time.
Pros: Knowledge flows in classes. A great value addition on a variety of topics.
Cons: Often, divergence from topics. Lag in syllabus completion.
*Subject: (General Studies)*
1. *Vajiram and Ravi*: Like every other ignorant student in his first attempt, I joined Vajiram and Ravi in October batch. Maybe because of the reputation (questionable) it has. I didn’t like any of the classes except some classes by Shabbir sir for Indian Geography. He is a great teacher. I can sum up my experience at Vajiram in a sentence-
“Mera koi value addition nahi hua udhar” (There was no value addition).
Many people join Vajiram and benefit in many ways. I am not questioning anything about it, but surely it wasn’t the case for me. I left Vajiram in late December thinking it as a waste of time. Vajiram is a coaching for students who have time, money and are unable to study diligently at home to complete basic syllabus.
Pros: A coaching where all GS subjects are dealt altogether.
Cons: Slow paced. Low-value addition.
2. *Chokalingam Sir* (Fifth Attempt CSE 2017, Online): I joined Chokalingam Sir’s online classes for Main Exam in my fifth attempt because I didn’t score well in General Studies in the fourth attempt (GS 1- 94, GS 2- 84, GS 3- 86, GS 4- 101).
He dictates important news from the newspaper cuttings which he stores in his famous poly bags. Sometimes, I felt, he forces his opinion on you.
The class was fine. But due to the paucity of time before Mains, I didn’t complete it.
Pros: A detailed analysis of topics for Mains.
Cons: Too much data mongering.
3. *Salamuddin Ansari Sir* (Lukmaan IAS) Ethics case study online class: I did this case study class in my fifth attempt (CSE 2017). The class was fine. I did this class because I never took any class for GS paper 4. So just for the sake of doing a class for Ethics, I did it. The class can be utilized to improve your answer writing in GS Paper 4.
Pros: Low-cost class to improve Case study answers.
Cons: Low yield.
This account is based on my experience only. Others’ experience may vary. I am trying to be truthful to my fellow aspirants, especially new ones. Because I feel responsible to you guys as a lot of you trust me. This is the most honest account I can give.
Shrut Kirti Somavanshi
AIR 157, CSE 2017