With our mission to help students choose the right coaching institute, we recently visited Kota, “The Coaching Capital of India“ to know the real, behind-the-scenes ground reality.
From 1984, Kota Coaching has been the pioneer in guiding students to their dream College. But in recent years Hyderabad and Delhi have come into limelight and Kota is fighting to continue its head. So, what is the present scenario of Kota?
10 years ago, there was only Bansal Classes which was renowned in Kota, but now there are many famous coaching institutes in Kota which have come into existence. And even many new ones are popping out every now and then. Coaching in Kota has slowly changed from “Just Studies” to a “Million Dollar Business”. From Coaching Institutions to Teachers, from Hostel owners to simple Snacks Shops, everybody has started to talk the words of money. There are three main aspects of Kota Coaching – Coaching, Hostel and School. I will describe each of these one by one.
With only one dominant institute Bansal Classes before, now there are many good institutes who have risen like Vibrant Academy Kota, Motion IIT JEE Kota, Allen Kota, Resonance Kota etc. All of these are situated in and around Indraprastha Industrial Area. With the best faculty in place, Vibrant, Motion and Bansal have less than 20k students whereas Allen and Resonance have greater than 30k students. By looking at the stats, a simple question comes to our mind that
“Why is there such a huge difference in the number of students in these Institutes?“
One very common misconception people have about these numbers is that the results of the institutes which have more than 30K students, are better. But surprisingly, it’s not the case. Although Allen proclaims to secure AIR 1 in 2016, people skip the fact that it was from Allen’s Jaipur Center and not the Kota Center. The results of these various institutes are comparable and change every year. Moreover, there are some very interesting facts which students and parents generally miss, like Vibrant Academy has produced the All India Girls Topper multiple times in the past few years. And many of the students who are “average” or do not perform good in their respective coaching, join Motion IIT JEE after a few months. What are the reasons behind these?
In an Exclusive Interview with MS Chauhan Sir – HOD of Organic Chemistry and one of the seven Directors of Vibrant Academy, we tried to dig into these facts about Vibrant Academy, Kota:
An Exclusive Interview with Nitin Vijay Sir – HOD of Physics and Director of Motion IIT JEE :
You will find enough information about Coaching Institutes in Kota on the net. But to be able to study sincerely, you also need to get a good and healthy environment in and around your stay. So, picking the right hostel and in the right area is important for you. There are hostels which get cleaned just before the session starts and after they take the advance payment, they start showing their true colors. Beware of them. Good hostels generally include mess with them, so that students don’t have to go to different mess to have their meal. As the Kota coaching years are crucial for you, you need to choose your hostel wisely and carefully.
After visiting many hostels in Kota, these, we would say, are the characteristics of “good hostels“:-
- They have time limit to enter the hostel at night. And they check the rooms if the student is present there or not every night.
- They make sure that none of the residents or other students create any kind of disturbance.
- They take immediate action against any kinds of complaint by the students.
- They inform the parents on any kind of mischief done by the student.
- The hostels which provide mess, ensure that the food is hygienic and good for everybody, because there are students coming from multiple parts of India with different cuisines. There have been cases where hostels provide good food when parents visit the hostels during the time of admissions, but after a few months they start providing bad food.
- Water supply must be 24 hrs. There are a few hostels who give part time water supply. Just check and ask the hostel owners about this and if possible, also ask past residents about this. Moreover, the quality of drinking water must be very good. Many hostels provide highly concentrated chlorinated water, please don’t opt those.
- Electricity supply must be 24X7, and there must be some back up in case the power goes off. There are few areas like Talwandi, Vigyan Nagar etc. which have frequent power cuts during the summer time.
Now coming to where you can find good hostels. There are a few areas around the coaching institutes which have good hostels:
|Location||Avg. Distance from Coaching||Range of Rent/Month||Quality of Rooms & Facilities||Potential Problems|
|Rajeev Gandhi Nagar||< 2km||5k - 20k||Very Good||Very High Rent|
|Talwandi||< 4km||2k - 15k||Bad, Good||Sometimes there is electricity problem.
Power goes off.
During Rainy Season, drains may get blocked and filthy water comes on streets.
|Vigyan Nagar||< 3km||2k - 15k||Bad, Good||Some of the areas are dirty and unhygienic.
Sometimes there is electricity problem.
The power goes off.
|Anantpura||< 5km||2k - 15k||Bad, Good||Some of the areas are dirty and unhygienic.|
If you opt for PGs, you will need to take up a separate mess for your meals. There are both Veg and Non-Veg mess present. The monthly cost ranges from Rs. 1500 – Rs. 5000. They generally give special meals 3 times a week and Sunday nights are off. There is home delivery of food, free of cost.
Nowadays there are hostels tied up with coaching institutes which provide all good facilities but the rents are sky high, as you can guess.
Most of the students who come to Kota after 10th, have the headache of schooling also, to clear 12th CBSE Board. Although you must have taken schooling till 10th very seriously, but in Kota, 11-12th schooling is just for its namesake. You will get much better faculties and facilities in the coaching institutes than in any of the schools. So, the point is that you need to take that school which is good, but one which does not make you worry for useless things and lets you focus on your coaching studies. The best part of most of the schools in Kota is that they let all the things on the student, and they always keep the students informed about any of the important information or dates related to CBSE Board. They are very co-operative.
But is this comfort level given to the students because the schools are “good”? – No, they just want you to take admission and they ask for huge amounts of money for actually doing nothing.
The yearly fees they charge is Rs. 30000 – 50000. So, if you are taking admission for 2 years then it will total up to Rs 60L to Rs. 1 Lakh. Few of the schools include DAV Public School, Global Public School, Modi Public School etc. which are within 3kms from the coaching institutes.
Before taking admission in any of the schools, one must confirm that they will not disturb the student and let him/her focus on his/her coaching studies. Few of the schools try to show that they are serious by giving some extra load on the student, which in turn creates problems for him/her.
This is all about Kota Coaching. It’s completely different from Hyderabad as they have a totally different format. In Hyderabad, every coaching is actually a Junior college i.e., you will complete your schooling in the coaching itself. They have their own Hostels and they have very strict rules for them. The study hours may range from 8am-12pm and then 2pm-9pm. Yes, you need to stay all the day in the coaching itself and they will grill you like anything. So, either they will make you or break you. In Kota this is not so, here you are free to make your own career. Teachers will guide you but not force you.
So now, it’s your decision to choose your coaching wisely. We wish you all the best from Ransphire.
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