A question that comes often in the minds of many engineering and medical aspirants, before starting their preparation journey for JEE and NEET respectively, is – Whether to go to Kota or stay at hometown for coaching?
Mohit Sinha, an IIT Roorkee undergraduate, says,
“Not all IITians who come here are from KOTA and not all who study in Kota come to IIT.”
The above point is very significant.
The number of students in Kota who clear IIT JEE/NEET are not even 1% of the total students in Kota who prepare for these exams in an year.
The top rankers in JEE/NEET are rarely from the Kota branches.
According to Harsh Maheshwari, who scored AIR 834 in JEE 2015, “If you have a good and reputed coaching institute in your home town and if you have issues staying away from home, there is no need to go to kota.”
“The point is that if you perform well in kota, then there is no problem, everyone is going to take care of you. But if this doesn’t happen then you need a lot of courage, confidence and determination to fight.”
Does Kota means you are Learning from Best JEE/NEET Teachers?
You may have heard that in Kota, there are some of the top faculty for IIT JEE/NEET. It’s true. But are you going to get those teachers. Will they teach you, your batch? Not sure!
As per Suchita, who studied in Kota,
Just because Kota has the best teachers doesn’t mean ”you” will get those ”best” teachers! My coaching institute has best teachers only for the top 2 batches. The rest have normal teachers.
All the perks are for top batches – Best faculties, AC classes, separate vehicles, more focus on them.
Kota Environment and Stress
Going to Kota or a city other than your hometown is very hectic. Not just in study and preparation, but also adjusting to the place, food, peers, etc.
There have been many unfortunate incidents and stories that are coming out of Kota every year. No matter how much confident you are, once you go there, you will be a part of a race which is not visible from outside. Pressure will bound to come. It will be a test of your mental strength.
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Other than Kota, What are Good Quality Coaching Options for JEE/NEET?
There are lots of students from other cities, tier 2 and tier 3, who are clearing IIT JEE and Medical entrance exams. The students are joining good coaching branches. Some of the IITians, experienced and qualified teachers, are teaching students in Online Mode. Students are putting a great effort in the preparation.
Don’t think that Kota is monopoly when it comes to quality teaching. With rise of digital platforms, you can receive the same quality from the comfort of your home. It’s less distracting and more relaxing than a city like Kota.
Benefits of JEE/NEET Preparation from your Hometown/Place
- Most comfortable environment for your studies. Your parents/family will always be there to understand, support and motivate you mentally and physically.
- You can have best food. No worries about sleep issues, home is the best place to have peaceful sleep.
- Your teachers from school may help you to push harder and at the same time your friends can help you to enjoy light and fun moments.
- You will never feel alone, isolated, which happens a lot in a place like Kota.
Kota or Hometown?
The coaching in Kota is beneficial only if you are in Toppers or Rankers batch. Otherwise, JEE/NEET preparation from your Hometown is recommended.
Take your time, discuss with your parents and seniors, and choose the best comfortable option for you, whether it would be Kota or a coaching institute in your city/town.
Good luck. All the best in your preparations!