Kota Coaching – EVERYTHING You Need to Know – Coaching, Hostel and School

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.

Coaching

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 :


Hostels

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:

LocationAvg. Distance from CoachingRange of Rent/MonthQuality of Rooms & FacilitiesPotential Problems
Rajeev Gandhi Nagar< 2km5k - 20kVery GoodVery High Rent
Talwandi< 4km2k - 15kBad, GoodSometimes there is electricity problem.
Power goes off.
During Rainy Season, drains may get blocked and filthy water comes on streets.
Vigyan Nagar< 3km2k - 15kBad, GoodSome of the areas are dirty and unhygienic.
Sometimes there is electricity problem.
The power goes off.
Anantpura< 5km2k - 15kBad, GoodSome 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.

Schools 

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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Top 6 IIT Coaching Institutes in Indore for Your JEE Preparation

Top 6 IIT Coaching Institutes in Indore

Few years back, students from Indore and nearby placed used to go to Kota, Rajasthan for their JEE Preparation, due to the lack of good IIT Coaching Institutes in Indore. Only a few IIT Coaching Institutes were present in Indore, which were neither producing any results nor had good faculties or facilities. But the presence of large mass of very good students preparing for JEE in Indore has attracted some good coaching institutes for IIT JEE along with good faculties. In the last few years, many good IIT coaching institutes started their classes here and you can see that many students have backed top results. Now the students in Indore are competing head to head with students from other parts of India that are famous for IIT Coaching, like Kota and Hyderabad. And students here are facing the same problem as those faced by students from Kota, Hyderabad, Delhi etc, which is – All the IIT coaching institutes claim to be the best, but which coaching institute is actually the best and which one should you opt for?

So, in this blog, I will be touching each and every aspect of the Top 6 IIT Coaching Institutes in Indore.

Rank 1 : CatalyseR Indore –


CatalyseR Indore has produced best results among all the IIT JEE coaching institutes in Indore. It has secured 3 under 10 ranks in last 3 years : AIR-3 in 2014 and 2015 and AIR-6 in 2016. The best minds of Indore come here, so the competitive atmosphere is great. The directors are well qualified, so it is best if you are taught by them. You get good amount of personal attention. Overall it has good environment and teachers are friendly and they keep you motivated. The only problem with this institute is, over the years it has grown and the best faculties have started to migrate to other institutes or other centers of CatalyseR. But currently it is the best option to opt for.

Rank 2 : Kalpvriksha Indore – 


They have decent results. The faculties present here are good but their main focus is on extreme hard work, which is actually the best part. There are small batches of 30-50 people, they have to stay from morning 8am to night 8pm in the coaching itself and study, there will be volunteers to help you clear your doubts. Very small breaks during the study hours and not much of talking with friends. So, there is high level of personal attention you get there. Their results are growing year by year and most importantly they are not much into marketing and they do not show fake and misleading results. Only students who are willing to do hard work and are passionate enough must opt for it. Here you need to be determined and dedicated, and you will most likely succeed.

Rank 3 : FIITJEE Indore – 

They have produced good results in recent past but the important thing is, it’s not from their Year Long Classroom Program, it’s mostly from their Intensive Contact Program(ICP) and Distance Learning Program(DLP). Most of good students join ICP after they have completed their course in their respective institutes, to give an edge to their preparation. They have comparatively less students but the faculties are decent.

As you can see, Kartik Patekar of CatalyseR has done ICP from Fiitjee Indore.

Rank 4 : InJEEnious ACADEMY Indore –


Former Head of the Departments of Stratford Academy, which was one of the best institute in Indore once upon a time for JEE preparation, founded InJEEnious Academy. It has a good selection ratio. 75 students qualified for JEE Main and 25 students out of that cracked JEE Advanced. The number of students per batch is less and the fees is also less but they give high personal attention. As the same faculty teach in all the batches, there isn’t any discrimination between students and the faculty is good. But there’s a drawback: if you do not like the faculties, then you will have no other choice than to leave the institute. So, if you are financially weak then this is a good choice.

Rank 5 : Allen Indore – 


Allen Indore is yet to produce results. They mostly go around buying the best faculties of all the institutes in Indore and has completely bought Rankers Point which was once considered a very good coaching institute for IIT JEE in Indore. So, the faculty strength and level are good here, but you surely know that only faculty cannot make you crack JEE. After their inception, Allen Indore has increased its batch sizes from 50 to 100+. So, the current batch size is huge. If you are in the best batch, then it is worth to join Allen, but if you are in any of the lower batches, you are just wasting money. Allen has good infrastructure and facilities. The fees is high and there is lack of personal attention and below average results. They publicize their all India results and ask students to join the Indore center. The students, thinking that they will get the same standards join and then afterwards regret.

Rank 6 : Vijay Academy Indore – 

After having performed very good in Mhow, Vijay Academy has recently started it’s IIT Coaching Centre in Indore. To be really frank, currently they are not able to compete with the above stated coaching institutes. In spite of performing decently in JEE main, the JEE Advanced results of their Indore center are not up to the mark. Only 23 students cracked JEE Advanced in 2016. I would suggest, that as it has not proven its mettle yet, you should not opt for it.

So, I believe it’s clear that if you wish to crack JEE then you should go for Classroom courses in CatalyseR or Kalpvriksha and after your course completion, you should opt for IDC in FIITJEE. Before joining Kalpvriksha, you should always ask yourself whether you can work so hard. If you aim to not only crack JEE but also wish to get great ranks, then certainly go for CatalyseR, as it has best brains of Indore and you get a good competitive atmosphere, which is one of the most important things to get good rank.

We do not disagree that hard work is the most important aspect of cracking JEE, but smart work and the way you study matters a lot, because  there are many students in India who work hard, so hard work alone will not do. The coaching institutes come into play because they know how you should study and how your knowledge can be more productive. They prevent you from getting deviated.

If you are OK with going anywhere in India for IIT preparation then see my blog on Best IIT Coaching In India.

It’s important that you just don’t blindly believe in whatever the coaching institutes are claiming, because now it has become a very big industry. Many show fake and misleading results. You need to do good research before you choose any of them. This is where Ransphire comes in, we show genuine reviews of coaching institutes given by students who have studied in them. 

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Top 12 Books for Your JEE Preparation – Best JEE Books for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

Confused about which books to read for your JEE preparation? Well, lakhs of students who start preparing for JEE feel the same kind of dilemma, including me, when I was preparing for JEE. Having cleared IIT JEE Advanced, I will share with you the books I and most of my friends who cracked JEE used and specify the details of them, and also the reasons as to why you should or should not follow some of the books.

Best books for JEE Physics

  • Concepts of Physics by H.C. Verma – It is the best book for physics JEE preparation. All the topics required for JEE is covered extensively. The chapters are very concise and there is no useless text. There are many solved and unsolved questions which every student must solve. There are different types of questions like short answers, multiple choice and subjective which help students to get ready for each of the types.  This book will test your concepts  and you will get to understand the logic in a very clear way. Though this book in itself is not sufficient as the number of questions are quite less for JEE standards, but this book is a must!.

        

  • Fundamentals of Physics by Halliday, Resnick & Walker – This book contains a lot of theory with sufficient number of real life examples, which will help you understand the topic in a very detailed manner. I would recommend it to you only if you do not understand any topic of H C Verma, because the chapters have much more explanation than is required for JEE Main and Advanced. The questions present at the end of the chapters are good and mostly inspired by some real life example, so it will be interesting to solve those questions.

  • IIT JEE Physics by DC Pandey This book is really good for practicing questions, but not the theory part. Though the initial edition of the book had many mistakes, it is improving year after year. So you should buy the new version of this book. There are plenty of problems which are both challenging and specific to the syllabus of competitive exams. There are many students who follow this book and have improved a lot. If you are in some good coaching then you need not do this book as you will get similar type of problems in your coaching sheets. But if you are not in any coaching, this book is best for you!

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  • Problems in General Physics by I.E. Irodov – This book has many tough and drilling problems, even way beyond IIT JEE level. So, I will never recommend this to anyone, at least not for JEE preparation. If you are very interested in Physics and love solving very challenging problems yourself, only then you can opt for this book. There are many teachers who will recommend this book to you, but they only do so to make it sound and look “difficult”. (:P)

In Physics, concept and practice both are very important. If you practice a lot without building on your concepts, then you reach nowhere. You will see a few students do very good even without practicing a lot in Physics, this is only because they know the concept very well and can apply them efficiently.

Best books for JEE Organic Chemistry

  • OP Tandon – This book is the best book for JEE’s Organic Chemistry. The theory and reactions are well mentioned and are simplified so that you can understand and learn them nicely. The chapters are well divided and structured. It includes multiple choice, matching-type, assertion reason-type and subjective questions for you to practice and are of JEE level.

  • NCERT – NCERT is good but not self sufficient. You need to study some other books if you are doing NCERT, as it does not contain all the required variations in problems and reactions which are required to understand and crack JEE.

In Organic Chemistry, the most important thing is practice. If you only know the concepts, it will not help you. So, which ever book you do, make sure you practice a lot. The questions will not take much time to solve like in Physical Chemistry or Physics etc, but you need to do at least 10x more questions of this subject than that of Physical Chemistry.

Best books for JEE Inorganic Chemistry

  • NCERT – For Inorganic Chemistry, this book is more than self sufficient. This is the Bible for Inorganic Chemistry. As there are concepts in every chapter, but in inorganic chemistry there are many concepts and exceptions, so you will lastly have to remember the concepts by heart, so that you do not forget or confuse during JEE Mains or Advanced. It is the truth, you will have to learn many things, so it’s important to read only the things that are in the JEE syllabus. Most of the other books for Inorganic have much more content than required, so if you follow those you will end up learning many useless things. Its good to learn by practice in Inorganic. I would like to strongly recommend you this book, you must study and solve this!

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Best books for JEE Physical Chemistry

  • Physical Chemistry by O.P. Tandon – Same as Organic Chemistry, O P Tandon for Physical is of the finest books. The author has covered all the topics in the best way so that you can understand and apply it to solve the problems. There are many types of problems at the end of each chapter which go level by level, helping to grasp each topic nicely. Physical Chemistry is also conceptual, so its important that you understand it nicely.


  • Coaching Classes Study Material – Though O.P. Tandon is good book. But you should also relate to the study materials(if possible) of renowned coachings like Fiitjee, Resonance, Allen or Vibrant etc. These materials are available online or in market.

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Best books for JEE Mathematics

  • Maths By R.D. Sharma – This book is the best for JEE to make the basics clear for Mathematics. It contains theory for each chapter which is self explanatory and the there are many solved/unsolved problems which will build your foundation for entrance exams. I will not say that it is self sufficient for JEE Advanced though, because there aren’t as many tough problems as is  required for JEE Advanced preparation. So, for JEE Advanced at least, you have to consult other books or coaching institutions sheets.

  • Calculus By Amit Agarwal – For calculus this book is idle. It contains problems which will start from the basic level and go upto the highest level. There are many techniques described to quickly solve the problems which is most important for Jee. You can do it after you have done R.D. Sharma.

  • Algebra by S.K. Goyal – This book is very good for JEE preparation. There are sufficient tough questions to practice. So, again you need to do R.D. Sharma first and then this book.

So, these are the few books I would recommend you. There will be many people who will suggest you many books, but its important for you to first choose which will be best for you and then start it, because most of the students start one book and then shift to another in the middle, and then another. This lastly creates a chaos and the student becomes puzzled. So, choose wisely.

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 institutes in India.

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How can You choose between Offline Coaching VS Online Coaching for JEE Main and Advanced

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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Secrets of Student Life In Kota – What can You expect from the IIT Coaching Capital of India

Welcome to “The Coaching Capital of India”. With the dream of cracking JEE/PMT with good rank, students from all over India flock to Kota every year. Some achieve their goals and some do not.

Having done my JEE preparation in Kota for 2 years, I will describe each and every phase of my life in kota.

Arrival at Kota Station –  As the station came nearer, I started thinking about what could happen next. When the time came, I saw the glowing station, welcoming me to its city. It was 2 am and there were thousands of students coming out of trains. I never saw so many students in one place before.

Then I took an auto to the main city.

First Visit to Vibrant Academy – On my way to Vibrant Academy, I saw big buildings of coaching institutions like Allen, Bansal, Resonance, Career Point etc. Coming from a school with lack of infrastructure, the level of infra of these institutes surprised me and filled me with excitement.

Search for Hostel/PG and Mess – With every house in Vigyan nagar, Talwandi, Mahaveer nagar, Rajeev gandhi nagar etc saying “TO-LET”, I tried to choose the best PG I could. The rent ranged from Rs2000-Rs10000 per month. A typical PG looks like this

And the mess price ranges from Rs 2000 – Rs 5000 per month. This is what typical mess looks like-

In my initial days I loved the food, but after few weeks I started hating it and got to know the importance of home food.

Daily Life – Then starts my daily routine. I started my day at 5 am with light breakfast -Poha, Jalebi, Kachaudi, Samausa, Pakodi and Tea. There used to be stalls set at Talwandi Circle at 5 am. These are few pics of Stalls –

I used to complete my daily homeworks. Then I used to bath and go to Vibrant Academy by cycle. It used to be huge rush as the streets were mobbed by thousands of students. But yes it was an excitement too as it was a new day and I would get to learn new things and get to meet my batch mates.

We had classes of PCM from 9am -12:30pm with 15min break between every class. The most unique thing which I saw in Kota was that the teaching methodology here is totally different from traditional schools. Teachers are highly energetic and motivate you to study. But yes there were a few who did not encourage a student even if he/was is asking a genuine doubt. Nevertheless, I got to compete with the best minds and the most important thing, my working capacity increased by a huge amount. Few topics used to be interesting but most were hectic, but the teachers tried to teach in the best way they could. I got used to batches of 100-200 students, everyone trying to understand and excel. This is pic of a typical classroom in Kota

Then I used to come to my PG were the mess tiffin used to be kept at the door. Being tired and hungry, I used to finish all the food(though I never liked it). On most days, the food was Roti, Dal, Rice, Curd and some vegetable dish. The mess used to give 3 special meals a week where we used to get noodles, papad, tandoori roti, aloo paratha, dal, paneer, sweets, salad etc. So, I used to actually eat only 3 times a week. This pic is of one of my meal

Then I used to take a special type of sleep, which I came to know in Kota itself, called the “Power Nap” that though lasted for 15 mins only, but surprisingly it used to refresh me.

Then I used to start my self study. Firstly I went through my day-notes which my teachers had taught and then started with the homework(DPPs, Sheets, exercises at the back of the books etc). I used to get 50-100 ques every day of each subject.

I did it till 5pm. Then I used to take a little break. I talked to my friends in my PG about some interesting topics of some teachers or Toppers. Mostly it used to be around some incident that happened in the class or some joke which my teacher cracked today or how tough the ongoing topic is. There used to be times when I or my friend used to be depressed, so we would support each other. Then we used to go to tea stall and have some snacks and tea. It used to be mostly patties and tea. After that I again did my homework from 6pm to 9pm. Then I had my dinner. Dinner used to be same as the lunch. Then after at about 11pm, I used to go to sleep.

Sundays – Until now I was talking about the daily routine. But Sundays were special. I used to take little breaks on Sundays. I used to go to cyber cafe to see a movie. Cafes are cheap Rs 10/hr and they used to have most of the movies. They used to be filled with students, mostly watching movies or playing games.

We also went to some places like Chambal garden, Mall etc to refresh ourselves.

Test Day – One Sunday every month, we had tests. That used to be most threatening day of the whole month. The tests were one of the most efficient way to judge our level. The students who were able to cope up with the syllabus, scored high marks and those who did not, waited for the test to finish. The tests were of JEE pattern, mostly of higher level and of same format. It used to be OMR based test.

After the tests we were given the answer sheets which we matched there itself. There used to be many pamphlet distributors outside the coachings and you can see the street full of pamphlets. Mostly the pamphlets advertised some coaching.

Then to relax, I used to go to the cyber cafe. The next day the teachers discussed the paper and we got to know where we went wrong. Within a week the results used to come and the reports were sent to my parents. That day used to be either worst or the best day, but certainly not a normal day. Then taking the pledge of improving the next time, I again started my daily routine.

There are good and bad experiences of Kota. But one thing I can tell for sure, If you have survived in Kota, you can work at any condition at your best. This place makes you tough. With your parents not being around and the pressure of huge amount of money they gave for you, makes you more responsible and hard worker.

There are other cities as well for IIT/PMT coaching but Kota IIT/PMT Coaching has proved itself repeatedly. Kota Institutes are one of the best  IIT Jee coaching in India. See my blog on Best IIT Coaching In India .

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How to prepare for JEE Advanced (IIT-JEE) – Best Tips from toppers for you

The JEE Advanced, or IIT-JEE, formerly, as everyone has heard of, is one of the most competitive exams worldwide. The 2017-2018 batch is around the calendar, with 3 more months to go.

If you are in class 9 or 10, and are reading this article, then you’re quite at the right time to start knowing more about the exam, the syllabus, planning for preparation from class 11, etc.

Here are some tips for you guys:

  1. Keep Myth Away – you’re going to hear a lot of myths around JEE, probably might have even heard of by now. Some like, “jee is only for the ‘bright’ minded people …” (idk what that means) and some others like “you’re required to start preparing from class 6”. None of these are true.
  2. Start Acting – For an effective and smooth iit jee preparation, get acquainted with the exam pattern and syllabus. Try solving the same topics from books of classes 11-12.
  3. Cultivate healthy habits – Keep a daily schedule and stick that. Do some exercise and eat healthy food. The first answer to how to prepare for iit is discipline.

Here is a quora answer by an IIT-JEE AIR 993 holder you’ll enjoy reading.

Read Harsh Snehanshu‘s answer to How did you prepare for IIT-JEE? on Quora

If you are in class 11 or 12 now, it’s high time! It’s the most crucial period of you iit jee preparation. Here are some tips that will aid you:

  1. Focus – there is no better time for this than now. All you need to do is focus on your preparation.
  2. Eat that frog – clear those concepts that have always troubled you. Practice more problems of topics that you need to get better on.
  3. Give exams – give topic wise and subject wise tests regularly. You can consider a coaching center program for this.
  4. Stay healthy – giving 10-30 mins of a day to exercise will help you regain that time multiple-fold. Eat healthy food, and keep calm!

As a motivational gift, here is a curated list of books for you! 😛

Mathematics:

  1. Make sure you can solve problems from the NCERT class XI and class XII textbooks.
  2. For best concepts, use IIT Mathematics for JEE (Main and Advanced) by M.L. Khanna
  3. For the most abundant supply of difficult questions: New Pattern IITJEE Mathematics by Dr. S.K. Goyal
  4. Plane Trigonometry and Elements of Coordinate Geometry by S.L. Loney

Physics:

  1. Concepts of Physics, Volumes 1 and 2, by H.C. Verma
  2. Problems in General Physics, by I.E. Irodov
  3. Fundamentals of Physics, by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker
  4. Understanding Physics for JEE Main and Advanced (series), by D.C. Pandey

Chemistry:

  1. Study the NCERT chemistry textbooks for classes XI and XII.
  2. Organic Chemistry, by Morrison and Boyd
  3. Numerical Chemistry for JEE Main and Advanced, by P. Bahadur
  4. Concise Inorganic Chemistry, by J.D. Lee
  5. Modern Approach to Chemical Calculations, by R.C. Mukherjee
  6. Physical Chemistry, by P. Bahadur.
  7. organic, physical, and inorganic chemistry books by O.P. Tandon
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