1Why does one have to prepare for Mains before Prelims in the academy?
60% of syllabus is same between Mains and Prelims. However, the time that a candidate gets to prepare for Mains once Prelims is cleared is not enough. Therefore, for optimizing results, it is advisable to begin with the preparation of Mains to get an edge over others. The time between Prelims and Mains should be used for revision and updating current affairs.
2Does the academy conduct tests?
The academy conducts regular weekly tests. The copies are corrected by the faculty-in-charge personally and if required, a one-to-one session is also addressed.
3Is it compulsory to take tests?
Yes, the academy takes tests very seriously and no leniency is allowed. Students who do not take up tests are not allowed to attend subsequent classes. Practicing writing tests are as important as attending classes for a successful result.
4Are the IAS Officers available full time at the academy?
Yes they are and can be approached anytime. However, it is advisable to take prior appointment so that the waiting time can be reduced.
5What is the integrated course module?
It is said that the earlier you begin, the faster you get the results. The integrated course module was launched to assist those students who were pursuing an undergraduate degree programme and wanted to prepare for the Civil Services Exam simultaneously. For further details regarding the structure, schedule and fee structure of the course contact the front office at the academy.
6How well does the academy maintain the discipline?
Anarchy never does any good to anyone. The institution strongly believes that discipline is extremely important for the success of any organization. Extensive efforts have been taken to ensure that strict discipline is maintained in the campus and safety of all is ensured. As a part of these measures, bio-metric finger printing machines and CCTVs were installed on every floor.
7Is it possible to clear the exam in First attempt?
Yes it is possible to clear the exam in the First attempt. However, this kind of an output requires corresponding efforts. Consistent preparation and regular test writing can assure one of success even in the First attempt.
8What are the different types of modules that are available for a candidate to select from?
The options available are numerous and are designed specially to help not only those who are pursuing the course full-time but, all for those who are either studying or working. The Academy offers the following batches: a) JUNE BATCH [ongoing]: - REGULAR (Monday to Friday) Regular classes - Tuesday to Friday Monday – Test Day - Morning session - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Evening session - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - WEEKEND (Saturday & Sunday) - With Optional subject - 8:00am to 7:00pm - Without Optional subject - 12:00 to 7:00pm Test to be taken as per convenience but needs to be submitted before Sunday evening. b) AUGUST BATCH [just started]: - REGULAR (Monday to Friday) 9:15 am to 4:00 pm. c) OCTOBER BATCH [admissions open]: - REGULAR – classes begin on 26th, October, 2016 | 9:00am – 4:00pm. - WEEKEND– classes begin on 29th, October, 2016 | 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.
9Why the fees charged for the Regular and Weekend module is same?
The fee charged is same because the number of teaching hours in both the modules is almost the same. In the Regular module, Monday is reserved for the weekly test and therefore, the teaching is done on rest of the four days which makes a total of 3 hours x 4 days = 12 hours of GS classes, with 3 hours of testwriting and another 3 hours for Optional subject class per week. The math for Weekend modulecomes up to 7 hours x 2 days = 14 hoursof GS classes(inclusive of breaks), with 3 hours of test writing and 3 hours of Optionalsubject class per week. Since, the number of hours is almost comparable, so is the fee structure.
10Can the fee be paid in instalments?
The academy does not encourage the practice of paying the fees in instalments as this practice is reflective of the resolve of the candidate. A serious candidate will be prepared to attend the whole course and not drop out for any reason whatsoever. It is this strong resolve to pursue the preparation for the Civil Services Examination that Officers IAS Academy wants to promote. However, considering the amount, Rs. 25,000 can be submitted to block a seat and the rest of the amount can be paid before the classes commence.
11What are the advantages of weekend batch?
The module was introduced to suit the needs of those who were engaged in some other activity throughout the week yet, wanted to pursue the course. It is specially designed to suit the needs of those who are either studying or working.
12Does the Academy provide reading material and reading room facility?
Yes, the academy provides concise, updated and accurate reading material that is relevant for the exams. There is also a fully furbished library and a reading room that can be used on all 7 days from morning 8:00am to 9:00 pm. However, the academy does not provide books by NCERT and outside publishers. These have to be arranged by the candidates themselves.
13What are the educational qualifications of the faculties at the academy?
All of our faculty members are highly qualified. The academy is run by two IAS officers. Other faculty members have either been through interview stage or have cleared other services.
14What happens if one cannot attend classes on a particular day?
Students can obtain voice recordings which are meticulously recorded in high quality for every class conducted.
15Does the academy have any hostel and canteen facility of its own?
As of yet, we do not have any hostel or canteen of our own. However, we do have tie-ups with many hostels and will help our students find suitable accommodation in the city.
16Is the academy closed on Government Holidays?
No, the academy works on all 365 days, keeping in line with the thought that the preparation of the civil service exam does not end till the goal of clearing the exam successfully is reached.