With the latest technology coming into play, internet reach and speed has grown incredibly. Coaching for JEE (Main and Advanced) which has predominantly been in offline mode is now starting to get online. And as we all know nothing can beat technology, so is the offline coaching mode.
But has the Online mode of preparation for JEE already replaced the Offline Mode, that consists of Coaching Institutions for JEE like Allen, Bansal, Vibrant and FIITJEE? No, certainly not. But will it, some day? Yes, certainly.
In the recent years the internet reach in India has increased dramatically. Most of the Indian cities and many of the villages are now connected with 3G/4G network, which has paved the path for Online education, including JEE preparation. Few of the offline coaching institutes for JEE have started their online courses also, but most of them are yet to taste the online heat. On one side while Online institutes are trying to make their way into this coaching sector, the Offline institutes are willing to maintain their dominance.
So, Where do they stand against each other? And which mode is better for you?
In the following lines, I will discuss in details about each aspect.
Experience of Teachers : As offline coaching classes have been there for a long time, the faculties teaching there have many years of experience. Few coaching institutes like Allen, Fiitjee, Vibrant Academy have faculties with 10+ year experience. So, they know exactly how to guide a student to crack the competitive exams. On the other hand, there are new online coaching like Byjus, Toppr, Embibe etc. in which the faculties are relatively less experienced.
Results in Entrance Exams : The offline coaching Institutes have performed exceptionally well from many years. Every year students from all over India come to Kota, Delhi, Hyderabad to crack JEE/PMT. But the online mode is new and is yet to be tested. We will get to know about it in next few years.
Teaching Methodology : In the offline coaching institutes specially in Kota, the strength of students in a class is somewhere around 100-200, so for students who do not get the front benches, get into problem. There are cases where students eyesight weakens and they have to put on specs. Students who are introvert face a real issue in this crowd as they are not able to communicate with the teachers and fail to clear their personal doubts. But in online coaching, there is no such issue as you do online coaching from home, so you are not in a huge crowd in classroom. You can easily ask your personal doubts and get it cleared. But the problem with online coaching is that the face to face interaction is limited for now (I believe it will overcome this problem in few years). In the offline institutes, the students who are outspoken, can easily interact with the teachers. In online mode, they make videos in which they make you visualize 3D objects easily, which helps you to understand the concepts in a better way, but the offline institutes have the restrictions of board and duster, because of which they have to draw 3D object in 2D boards. In offline institutions, the students are divided into batches, and you are forced to study in the batch you are assigned and the teachers in those batches. But in online mode, you can take the demo lectures first and then choose to opt that teacher.
Affordability : The offline institutes are way more expensive than the online mode. The coaching institutes in Kota, Delhi etc take more than 1 Lakh per year which is way more than what online institutes charges. And the fees is increasing 5-20k every year. Moreover when you go for offline institutes which are in cities other than your home city, you will have to live in PG or Hostels and eat Mess food, which also cost a big amount. So, by this perspective, online coaching is way better than offline.
Convenience : If you take an offline coaching institute outside your place then you will have to stay there, far away from your home. The mess food is generally not good and can affect your health. Moreover you will have to travel from your Hostel to the coaching everyday, which wastes a lot of your time and energy. Whereas in online mode, you can do your coaching sitting in your home. So there will be no time loss. There will be times when you get depressed and need some personal care, if you are in another city that is away from your hometown, your parents will not be able to help you out, but in your own city, you will be taken good care of by your parents. But too much convenience may be harmful as you will be competing with lakhs of student in JEE Main and if you are not serious, you are destined to fail.
Resources : Though most of the popular offline coaching institutes give their study material, you will have to take down notes in the class to exactly match what they want to say, because you will not be able to read the same topic again by that teacher. But in online coaching, you have the flexibility of recording the videos and see them exactly when ever you want. But there are few offline institutes who have started to make their teaching videos, to give their students. In online mode, there are online notes and questions available for you to go through and practice.
One-to-One Interaction : For students who are good and who are not introvert, offline mode for JEE is the best as they can personally interact with the teacher and get their doubts cleared. Moreover the discussion with other good students clears most of the topics much better. Whereas in online mode there is a restriction in the level of interaction. But for introvert students it is the best as they can freely ask their doubts without thinking of what other students will think as only the teacher can hear you.
Environment : In offline mode, you get to physically interact with the brilliant minds and discuss with them every topic, which helps in clearing every doubt. You get to know each other’s methodology, learn and grow. But in online mode this is a huge restriction, as you do not get to interact with other students.
So, there are pros and cons of each mode. But it is clear that the offline coaching institutes for JEE that have been there for long, are at their best right now, but the online institutes will grow as time passes. For now, I would recommend that if you can afford the offline institutes, then go for it, because the online modes have not showed brilliant results yet. But if you cannot afford it, then online mode is good for you. In the next few years we will see the change in trend. So choose wisely, as this decision can change you life.
You can see my other blogs like Best IIT Coaching In India, where I have described in details each and every aspect of different coaching institute in India.
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