About the programme
Mentoring is done only through online class (chat group), assignments and counselling.
Class activity is normally limited to two slots per day, one hour in the morning (6 am to 7 am) and one-and-a-half hour in the evening (9.30 pm to 11 pm). These classes are conducted on all days except Sundays. On Sundays too, at times, there are special classes and mock tests. They are conducted in the Telegram super group ‘CSG’, having all the students selected. Morning slot is for free discussions among aspirants. It is also the time for aspirants to post things related to the preparation. The evening slot is the one where the interactive session with mentors take place. The session is most fruitful if the aspirants register their doubts (in google sheets designed for the same) and the mentor clears the doubts one by one in the session. We don’t believe in regular teaching type of classes but can conduct special sessions if the aspirants feel so. Non serious aspirants are liable to be removed from the mentoring process itself.
Assignments are given and these need to be done within the time prescribed. If the aspirants fail to do that, then it will affect not only their preparation, but also others’ preparation as we follow the ‘crowd sourcing’ model. Hence, defaulting aspirants will be removed from the class.
Counselling is done in small teams of 15-20 students and 1-2 mentors each. This team group is apart from the class group. This team mentoring is more on a personal level, where the team mentors understand the background of the candidates, support and assist them to give their best in the exams. The team mentor also corrects the mocks written by the team members and advise on the strategy to be followed. That such personal mentoring is done by the working civil servants themselves, we believe is our strength.
We expect the students to study the syllabus, as per the agreed schedule, and come prepared to ask doubts, get clarifications and insights. The mutual discussions among the students, and insights from the mentors will clear any possible doubt any student may have.
Once we complete the schedule, thus the RAG syllabus, then we move on to mocks. Here, we make every student create mock question papers, and then solve them, interchanging the mock question papers. On an average, each student is made to create/answer 20 mocks before the exams. This helps the student to gain immense confidence.
The same method is followed for both prelims and mains. Regarding interview, there is no RAG method. We follow the traditional method of going through the DAF, and clarify to all sorts of queries in the telegram chat. We have also started with mock interviews in few cities.
As one can see, the entire mentoring programme stands on the foundation of personal motivation / hard work of the aspirant and the guiding hand of the in service mentors. For those who have resolved to become a civil servant, but who do not join the coaching classes, whatever be the reason, this mentoring programme is expected to help them immensely.
This mentoring is expected to help deserving candidates to become ideal civil servants of tomorrow.
We believe the following qualities make for an ideal civil servant:
1. Compassion towards others.
2. Unbiased, balanced mind-set.
3. Alertness and knowledge, leading to quick grasp of new concepts.
4. Objectivity, coupled with discipline.
5. Courage and determination.
The mentoring programme is designed in such a way that makes the aspirant to run a marathon. Hence, it is for serious candidates. RAG is the backbone of the programme. Once you get into RAG, it will not allow you to rest, till you clear mains. You would be working for at least 12 hours a day.
The feedback from the past batches reveal that RAG strategy works very well, if the candidate is disciplined and hardworking.
RAG is intensive, and hence, before joining this mentoring programme, one is expected to have read the syllabus once. That will help to sustain the speed. If you have not done one reading of the syllabus, then you have to be extraordinarily talented to handle RAG.