To reduce the dependency on IIT JEE coaching, HRD ministry along with IIT governing body are planning to bring some digital solutions to students. Couple of these are,
1. An App as a Substitute to IIT JEE Coaching
What will be available in this app? Video lectures from IIT faculties and students.
And this will dismantle the coaching industry. Really!
During the various myths in IIT JEE Preparation, I told you about some coaching providers selling video lectures as a promise to clear JEE. These videos are also from past IITians.
What difference this JEE preparation app from government will make? Obviously, Free of cost lectures for JEE! But is it enough?
We can appreciate the effort from government but we can’t depend on this app to prepare us for an exam like IIT JEE. I repeat once again,
The end of the day, the thing that will help you in clearing IIT JEE is a combination of the classes you attend, your teachers, and the hard work you put in by yourself.
Update : My take on HRD ministry and IITs “Swayam Prabha” initiative i.e providing video lectures online and on TV : IIT JEE preparation from TV channels
2. Past 50 year IIT JEE Papers and Solution
As a JEE aspirant, do you really need to solve last 50 years papers to clear JEE Main and JEE advanced? Not at all.
The first thing to note is, IIT past year papers should be used as practice tests and that too after you have studied all the chapters, cleared all the concepts, from the JEE syllabus. It’s always best to practice unsolved papers, and after that, understand those questions from your teacher (in coaching) which you were not able to solve in the paper.
Also the syllabus of IIT JEE has changed significantly from year 2008/2009. It’s advisable to only stick to last 10 year papers. That would be more than enough.
Sunil Kumar from IIT Guwahati says this,
“If you are solving only 36 years IIT questions, It won’t help you if you don’t have concepts. Oops… Correction: Strong Concepts!”
Some other failed attempts to reduce the burden of IIT JEE coaching,
Rejection of NAT – Aptitude Test for JEE
NAT was recommended by IIT council as a qualifying exam for JEE advanced, but it was rejected due to some silly concerns,
“A section of stakeholders feels that any new aptitude exam, which is online, may be against the interests of the rural and socially backward students.”
It was suppose to reduce the dependency on coaching by assuming that a person’s mental ability can’t be coached i.e. you can’t prepare students for aptitude tests. (Although there is already an existing coaching industry for these type of exams only).
Fun Day Event in Kota Coaching Institutes
By the instruction of district collector, some reputed coaching institutes in Kota conducted “Fun day” to reduce the pressure of students where they sang songs, danced and enjoyed themselves. And the irony was, next week only, one more suicide reported from Kota. Next month after that, 2 more students took their lives.
The mistake the government and coaching institutes are doing is not understanding the psychology of students. It’s very rare that student who is feeling the pressure/depression due to exam will come out and speak about the problems.
It has to be an effort from our side, where we need to show students that we are there for them. If the students are not coming to us, we have to reach them.
Is Coaching Responsible for Students Suicides?
One thing that doesn’t make sense is, there is IAS coaching market, Government/Banking exams coaching market, CAT coaching market. Then why target JEE/Medical only?
Because of number of suicides? Well, there are better solutions to prevent them. On the top are – Personal Counselling and Parents Education (sometimes parents need more teaching than students because of forcing their ambitions on children).
Students feeling depressed due to exam pressure and taking unfortunate steps is happening all over the nation, it’s just that a specific city is getting reported more in the news.
Do I have any Solution to Curb Coaching Industry?
No, because I know it’s not possible in the current scenario. On average, a teacher in coaching teaches 10 times better than your teacher in school for any competitive exam preparation. So, the bottom line is coaching helps and I would not like to stop something that is beneficial to students.
Any app containing video lectures or solutions of IIT JEE 50 year question papers will not replace the value and benefits of a good coaching institute.
PS : I am not saying this because I work in coaching industry (digital medium), I am saying this as a person who speak to students everyday, listen to them, and try to solve their problems.