The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has recently declared the results of Civil Services Examination, 2017 (CSE-2017). Durishetty Anudeep has topped the examination. Anu Kumari and Sachin Gupta bagged the second and third position respectively.
Interestingly, top 10 rankers belong to 8 different states including Telangana, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, U.P and Rajasthan. Traditionally, aspirants from across the country had two choices – either relocate to Delhi, the coaching mecca for IAS preparation, or study from a local, typically sub-par teacher in their own town.
The digital wave in India is enabling more and more aspirants to use technology for exam preparation. One example among many is that of Ilma Afroz. She belongs to a small town named Kundarki in district Moradabad (U.P). In such a remote place, there are no options of quality education. Ilma used the help of technology. She assisted her civil services preparation with online courses from the ed-tech platform NeoStencil. Her grit, hardwork and use of technology enabled her to secure All India Rank 217.
Even students who reside in coaching hubs see value in online education. Saumya Sharma (AIR -9) chose NeoStencil’s online courses despite belonging to Delhi. Doing so, she was able to save time travelling to and from coaching centres, and waiting for teachers to start classes.
Ilma and Saumya are not alone. In this year’s results, 2 ranks in top 10 and over 120 overall took online courses from NeoStencil. These candidates were online students of NeoStencil alone who enrolled for one or the other online courses taught by over 60 teachers on the live-learning platform.
This 120 number is from one company alone. If other online players in civil services preparation segment such as Byju’s, Unacademy among others were included, this number is bound to go up. Such increasing number of selections from the online mode is a testimony to the fact that online classes for UPSC exam have emerged as a strong alternative to the traditional preparation methodology. Such ed-tech startups are aiding digital inclusive education and bridging the gap between haves and have-nots by providing aspirants easy and seamless access to the best teachers without the need to relocate or face the hassle of tiring travel. Moreover, existing teachers who have been around for decades are now using such platforms to extend their reach beyond their physical classrooms.
As per Kush Beejal, Co-founder & CEO of NeoStencil, “Our consistent track record year after year shows that we are able to solve a real problem faced by exam aspirants. 100 online selections in 2016, and over 120 in UPSC/CSE 2017 cements the fact that online learning from the best teachers of the country is the way to solve the problem of access to quality education while ensuring learning outcomes”.
NeoStencil is an online marketplace platform. Through its live-learning technology, the company connects India’s top teachers with exam aspirants around the country. Other startups in government jobs preparation include BYJUs, Unacademy and OnlineTyari.