The Good, Bad And Ugly Of IAS Coaching Business In India
Bureaucracy Today|August 2017
The Good, Bad And Ugly Of IAS Coaching Business In India

Do you really have any idea of the number of IAS coaching institutes in India? While revising my book, How to Get Government Jobs? to make it a new avatar as How to Get into IAS?, I had to do research on the Internet for 10 days or so to know how many IAS coaching centres are in our country? I knew only a few established IAS coaching institutes. I was at my wits’ end when I compiled for the first time a Statewise allIndia list of IAS coaching centres of different nomenclatures and breeds operating in the country.

I could trace 645 IAS coaching institutes in India from the Internet. The highest number of such centres is obviously in Delhi NCR (178). I am at sea as to how Kerala has come next to Delhi with institutes for IAS aspirants in every district with a total number of 111. Maharashtra is the third with 60, mainly in three cities – Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur – but the surprising fact is that the maximum number of institutes are operating in Mumbai (42). Tamil Nadu with 42 of them is the fourth one with a large number of coaching centres in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore.

SELLING THE IAS DREAM

Many of these so-called academies do not have any website presence. For in stance, the Internet source hints that Bhopal alone has more than 60 plus IAS coaching centres. It seems every Tom, Dick and Harry has grabbed the golden opportunity to market the scintillating dream of turning every aspirant into an IAS officer and making money ethically, unethically and clandestinely in a devious modus operandi.

INADEQUATE DATABASE

This information is compiled from the Internet. This database needs to be verified and authenticated by concerned government authorities. There are frequent changes in their status. The data is not complete. Updating the database is an ongoing process as more and more IAS coaching centres are coming up in cities and towns and even villages in the country.

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