Welcome to Raj Malhotra IAS Study Group
The UPSC Civil Services Exam is generally considered the toughest in the world. Millions of candidates fight every year for less than a thousand seats. That means a success rate as low as 0.2%. With odds like that, an IAS aspirant needs the best guidance possible. And this is exactly what Mr Raj Malhotra envisioned when he founded this Top IAS Coaching Institute in Chandigarh with Mr Jagpal Dhanoa(IPS).
The team behind this endeavour is a combination of experience and youth. Although Raj Sir himself has more than 14 years of experience, what really matters is that the quality of his mentorship has allowed literally hundreds of students to crack this exam and become high ranking IAS, IPS, and IRS officers. The core team’s contemporary and dynamic understanding of the UPSC CSE is intended to complement the experience of Mr Raj Malhotra.
With a course material curated specifically to cater to the needs of ever-changing standards of UPSC Civil Services, we are the only coaching institute in Chandigarh that provides updated IAS-ready courseware. We strongly believe in following a result-oriented approach in teaching to produce never-seen-before results in Chandigarh. Year after year we have proved why we deserve the Rank 1 position in the best IAS coaching institutes of Chandigarh.
How We Are Making The Difference:
Learning From the Basics:
We understand the importance of basics in the preparation of UPSC Civil Services Exam. If you have a strong base in General Studies you don’t need to put excessive effort. But a proper guideline is needed to efficiently apply those concepts practically. That’s where we come into play. We start from the very bottom of the core of every subject to help you develop a deep understanding as we progress further. Unlike other institutes, only completing the syllabus is not our primary objective. We, instead, focus on improving the mental standards of our students to match the level of an IAS officer.
Personal Attention to Every Student:
The main purpose of joining a coaching institute is to seek mentorship to progress rapidly. Most institutes, who solely focus on stuffing their pockets, do not care about this simple fact. For us, at Raj Malhotra’s IAS Study Group, it is a responsibility and top-most priority. We want our students to grow exponentially and experience the real satisfaction of studying with 24/7 support from their mentors. While other coaching classes focus only on those students who are already performing well. We believe in creating a gem from every stone we get. Our hardworking teachers pay attention to every student and help them overcome their weak points. Moreover, we don’t keep adding students to our batches just for the sake of making money from them. Our batches have a limited number of students so everyone gets an equal opportunity to interact directly with their mentor.
Online Lectures and Study Material:
The influence of technology in our daily life is not hidden from anyone. It’s important to take its advantage to facilitate easy access to the courseware no matter where you are. Raj Malhotra’s IAS Coaching takes care of your distance education needs with an up-to-date online presence. Apart from our student portal and online coaching classes for IAS, we strictly follow the ‘Education for All’ policy and provide free lectures and seminars on YouTube. We also regularly update our website with the latest current affair topics and articles to help IAS aspirants through their journey.
Inspirational Seminars From Influential People:
Learning from those who have already achieved what you aim is vital to growth. Successful people can tell the hardships they faced during their struggle and tip you to a path where you don’t fall for the same mistakes as them. No one can guide you better to the top than those who have already reached the summit. We regularly invite toppers of the UPSC Civil Services to inspire and motivate our students. Guest lectures from the most popular speakers among UPSC aspirants are also a common occurrence in our institute. All these initiatives are first of their kind among the coaching institutes in Chandigarh.
However, Essay writing is an important part of UPSC Syllabus 2018 for mains exam. Candidates are given a topic to write an essay on that specified topic. The essay will be checked on the person’s ideas related to that topic, clarity of thoughts, creativeness, and grammatical mistakes and also on the effectiveness of ideas.
- When we talk about UPSC Syllabus 2018 mains, General Studies is very important. Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society form the key aspects of it.
- Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
- Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
- The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
- Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
- History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
- Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
- Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
- Effects of globalization on Indian society
- Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
- Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
- Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
- Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone, etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
- Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
- Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
- Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues, and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
- Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.
- Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
- Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
- Structure, organization, and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
- Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
- Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. 10. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
- Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
- Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
- Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
- Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
- Important aspects of governance, transparency, and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
- Role of civil services in a democracy.
- India and its neighbourhood- relations.
- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
- Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
- Important International institutions, agencies, and for- their structure, mandate.
- Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
- Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development, and employment.
- Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
- Government Budgeting.
- Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
- Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
- Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
- Land reforms in India.
- Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
- Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
- Investment models.
- Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
- Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
- Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
- Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
- Disaster and disaster management.
- Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
- Role of external state and nonstate actors in creating challenges to internal security.
- Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
- Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
- Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
- Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants, and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
- Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
- Aptitude and foundational values of Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
- Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
- Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
- Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
- Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
- Case Studies on the above issues.
Candidates can choose any optional from the subjects, which are given below:
- Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
- Civil Engineering
- Commerce and Accountancy
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Science
- Political Science and International Relations
- Public Administration
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Frequently Asked Questions by Students
A: No, it is just a myth that coaching is required to crack the exam. Self-study is also enough for the preparation. But the real difference that coaching institutes bring is boosting your preparation with proper mentorship. A good teacher knows how to put your efforts in the right direction and get the maximum result with minimum efforts. Also, the study material provided by the coaching institutes saves the time you’ll usually spend taking notes. When the syllabus that you have to cover is as extensive as the UPSC’s, every minute is precious. So, enrolling in an coaching institute can cut that extra work from your routine and you can solely focus on your ultimate aim.
A: Honestly, there is no difference that you’ll notice. The coaching institutes in Delhi are popular only because of the number of students that relocate to Delhi just for the sake of following the crowd. It is simple math that if the number of students is higher in Delhi then obviously the number of selections will be higher too. For example, if you have, say, 10,000 students applying for 100 posts and 9000 of those students take coaching from a particular place, then obviously the probability of a student getting selected from that institute is high.
Now the point comes that why IAS coaching institutes in Chandigarh are not popular? The biggest issue is the mentality of students. Even though IAS coaching in Chandigarh will provide the same outcome because the faculty here is also experienced and the study material is competent. Also, a big advantage of joining and institute in Chandigarh is that the size of the batch is smaller thus you get a better chance to interact with the teacher directly.
So, the students need to stop following the crowd and take the decisions that are actually beneficial for them.
A: The syllabus of UPSC is so extensive that it covers the concepts of every other exam. If you take a closer look at the syllabus of state-level Civil Services exams and UPSC CSE, you’ll notice how everything is more or less the same. The only significant difference is that the PCS exams focus more on the topics related to a particular state. For example, the questions in the exam for Punjab Public Civil Sevices will feature more questions based on the history, geography, politics, economy, etc. of Punjab. So, you’ll have to give more attention to attain the knowledge of the state you want to apply for. But a look at the broader picture will give you an idea that preparation for UPSC CSE covers every aspect of these exams too.
A: We offer multiple courses according to the requirements of the aspirants of the IAS exam in Chandigarh. There are regular classes for one year program, weekend classes and early morning classes for two yearly program, and a three-year course integrated with graduation. Each batch includes a fundamental NCERT course, GS preparation, test series, and our curated study material to cater to your UPSC needs.
A: The fee for our one and two-year programs (Including weekend and early morning classes) is ₹1,16,000 which can be paid in 4 easy instalments. For the three year course integrated with graduation, the fee is ₹1,35,000 which can be paid in yearly instalments of ₹45,000. If you wish to pay in instalments though, pre-dated checks are required for payment.
A: Yes. Raj Malhotra’s IAS Study Group is a pioneer in Chandigarh in delivering high-quality online coaching classes for UPSC Civil Services Exam. Just like our classroom IAS coaching in Chandigarh, our online UPSC coaching course also features NCERT fundamentals, GS preparation, test series, and our curated study material. You’ll never feel left out with our online coaching classes. This course is one year long.
A: The videos of lectures are uploaded to our study portal after every class in the regular classroom course. Even after the course is over, you get access to these videos for revision. All the study material books are posted to your address and delivered within 10 days. Similarly, the test series are also conducted online through our study portal. So, you don’t feel any difference in the classroom and online course.
A: The total fee of the online UPSC Coaching course is ₹65,000 if paid in a one-time payment. If you opt to pay in instalments, the fee is ₹70,000 and should be paid in two instalments within 4 months.
A: The students enrolled in our classroom courses can request their teachers anytime to clear their doubts. Unlike other IAS coaching institutes in Chandigarh, we don’t believe in organizing special doubt removal sessions. We know that if a student has a doubt, it should be cleared right at the moment. That’s why our teachers are available 24/7 to attend the problems faced by students.
But it’s not limited to classroom courses only, our students enrolled in an online coaching course have all the contact details of the teachers. They can contact them by phone or email and clarify their doubts without any hesitation. We are committed to our promise being the best IAS coaching institute in Chandigarh and beyond.