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Weekend Coaching vs Regular Coaching

Hey guys,
I am from Roorkee (Uttarakhand) and I'm preparing for CSE 2014. I recently decided to opt for coaching and have planned on joining a weekend batch because these coachings are already pricey (thanks to the new pattern) so I'll manage to save on the living expenses (i'll be crashing at my aunt's in Punjabi bagh on the weekends). I have stayed in Noida, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in the past and my experience says it will be less painfull to *burn the midnight oil at my parents' house here in Roorkee. After my extensive research on the internet I found
Rau's - A serious No-no [HAS WEEKEND CLASSES]
Vajiram - their notes are good (which are available on most xerox shops) BUT 300 students in a classroom leaves less time and opportunity for queries and individual attention [NO WEEKEND CLASSES]
Sriram - though notes not as good as Vajiram, still it's got a lot of positive reviews BUT no regular tests and class strength 300 [NO WEEKEND CLASSES]
ALS - most priced, bad reviews, some people even referred them as running a ponzi scheme, so No thanx!! [NO WEEKEND CLASSES]
Khan Study Group - class strength of only 70 students, regular tests, OK to good reviews [HAS WEEKEND CLASSES]

So I have decided that I'll be joining the Khan study group's October Weekend batch. I have heard his CSAT faculty is really good which will be of great help in my back-up plans. Besides the kind of support I want from a coaching is basically regular tests and query solving, and I have read on the forum that both aspects are taken well care of at KSG. Sadly I could not find many reviews of the weekend coaching or even that of KSG. The alternative to this plan would be me shifting to Delhi and joining Sriram's coaching but this would involve another 1-1.5 lakh with the housing, travelling and food.

Plan -1 KSG - WEEKENDS : Sat 5.30-8.30pm, Sun 7am-6pm
Course : G.S (pre+mains) 2014 + CSAT
Fees : 96500 + approx. 1500 p.m. (weekend travel)
Plan - 2 Sriram's - REGULAR : daily 2hrs class
Course : G.S (pre+mains) 2014 + CSAT
Fees : 1,08,000 + approx. 10000 p.m. (living expenses)

Please comment and leave your honest opinions, which of the 2 plans you think I should move forward with along with the pros and cons.Thanks!
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  • I think my friend u should go for khan coz here u can clear ur doubts and more focus will be there on there less student in batch
  • edited July 2013
    @Iron_butterfly
    see friend, improve your english as I suspect that, you're going to appear in the CSE exams in English medium !

    The coaching classes of Delhi are expensive(not pricey, or whatever you have written)

    I have not attended any of the above mentioned classes, but if I shall have been in place of you, I shall have stayed in Delhi at any of the places popular for CSE aspirants (without joining any coaching).

    I think that my stay at these places would have given me an opportunity to talk to the experienced aspirants, which I think is far more apt(and economical) than joining a weekend coaching(as they[experienced aspirants] might help me regarding tips/preparation/strategy/reviews of coaching).

    With the changed pattern of GS, the coaching institutes have lost their shine. The experienced aspirants staying at these places know all the things at par with the teachers of the coaching institutes of Delhi(for GS pre+mains).

    You can always opt to take coaching for any of the optional subject.

    hope it helps.

    PS: for CSE-2014, these coaching institutes can help you in two ways
    1) optional subject preparation
    2) test series (which I am going to take for mains/ essay writing, strictly not for prelims )

    thanks

    [Moderator Note: No personal comments please. 'Pricey' is an English word which means 'Having a high price'.]

  • @Iron_butterfly
    I apologize for what i have written about your English, rather, I should analyse my level of command over English language ! :-? :-B
  • @abhithepandey
    it's okay, I see you were trying to help me out there. And thanks for your honest take on this.

    I think that my stay at these places would have given me an opportunity to talk to the experienced aspirants, which I think is far more apt(and economical) than joining a weekend coaching(as they[experienced aspirants] might help me regarding tips/preparation/strategy/reviews of coaching).


    I'll take your advise and try to talk to these experienced aspirants in the area on weekends.
  • @virat Thankyou! That is my first choice. I hope I'm taking the right decision *fingers crossed*

    @t veryone else on the forum : Please leave your opinions or warnings in case you feel I'm making a mistake cuz honestly?? I'm really scared. This is a huge step and I'll be dedicating the next several months of my life to this coaching and putting my entire career at risk.
    At times like these I regret quitting my rusty, tiny, pathetic cabin at Accenture. :(
  • Hey guys,
    I am from Roorkee (Uttarakhand) and I'm preparing for CSE 2014. I recently decided to opt for coaching and have planned on joining a weekend batch because these coachings are already pricey (thanks to the new pattern) so I'll manage to save on the living expenses (i'll be crashing at my aunt's in Punjabi bagh on the weekends). I have stayed in Noida, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in the past and my experience says it will be less painfull to *burn the midnight oil at my parents' house here in Roorkee. After my extensive research on the internet I found
    Rau's - A serious No-no [HAS WEEKEND CLASSES]
    Vajiram - their notes are good (which are available on most xerox shops) BUT 300 students in a classroom leaves less time and opportunity for queries and individual attention [NO WEEKEND CLASSES]
    Sriram - though notes not as good as Vajiram, still it's got a lot of positive reviews BUT no regular tests and class strength 300 [NO WEEKEND CLASSES]
    ALS - most priced, bad reviews, some people even referred them as running a ponzi scheme, so No thanx!! [NO WEEKEND CLASSES]
    Khan Study Group - class strength of only 70 students, regular tests, OK to good reviews [HAS WEEKEND CLASSES]

    So I have decided that I'll be joining the Khan study group's October Weekend batch. I have heard his CSAT faculty is really good which will be of great help in my back-up plans. Besides the kind of support I want from a coaching is basically regular tests and query solving, and I have read on the forum that both aspects are taken well care of at KSG. Sadly I could not find many reviews of the weekend coaching or even that of KSG. The alternative to this plan would be me shifting to Delhi and joining Sriram's coaching but this would involve another 1-1.5 lakh with the housing, travelling and food.

    Plan -1 KSG - WEEKENDS : Sat 5.30-8.30pm, Sun 7am-6pm
    Course : G.S (pre+mains) 2014 + CSAT
    Fees : 96500 + approx. 1500 p.m. (weekend travel)
    Plan - 2 Sriram's - REGULAR : daily 2hrs class
    Course : G.S (pre+mains) 2014 + CSAT
    Fees : 1,08,000 + approx. 10000 p.m. (living expenses)

    Please comment and leave your honest opinions, which of the 2 plans you think I should move forward with along with the pros and cons.Thanks!
    :)>-
    As the timings suggest you don't lose anything in terms of 'hours of coaching'
    Just enquire if they are serious in providing weekend coaching.
    Also regarding interaction with aspirants you can do that over the weekend as well.(It wont be that helpful in my opinion as most of the aspirants will be self-proclaimed gurus,make full liberal use of the teachers at your coaching instead)
    SO if you are comfortable studying at home do that,as it wont really matter if you are in Delhi for an entire week or just on the weekends.(as your requirement mainly being query solving)
  • edited July 2013
    Infact i envy you as you get the best of both worlds(Material from Delhi and Comfort of home) :>
  • @VishalJ Thanks! That really helps. I will make sure to check if there is any quality drop in weekend coaching at KSG as compared to their weekday batches.
    Infact i envy you as you get the best of both worlds(Material from Delhi and Comfort of home) :>
    lol I appreciate your honesty. It makes me wana stick to my plan ;))
  • edited August 2013
    @Iron_butterfly BROTHER AS I enquired in KSG there are no weekend classes in the october batch.
    what are your plans as i too want to join in the weekend classes but unsure where to join now.
  • @Pargi_Bhardwaj umm it's sister, lol. And, Oh God!! Last time I checked they said the weekend batch will commence some time in October. I planned everything accordingly. Guess, I'll have to look for an alternative.
  • @Iron_butterfly Ur analysis is quite good :)>- If KSG does not have Weekend batch, I think only plan left for u is srirams'... But I think KSG will not like to loose aspirants. It has been keeping its promises of providing better coaching, try once again. There is one more institute recently started by some good faculty like Alokranjan and some other good faculty(There is one thread about this institute, i shall upload the details if i come across it).
    When they say you can't do it, it definitely means you have to do it!
  • @dileep1611 thnku soooo much for the link. great help! indebt! :)
  • @Iron_butterfly so wat u decided which coaching to join ? plz advice me also
  • somebody plz reply
  • @apple231087 you are here tooo :) still in confusion I guess!!! It happens..Join Sriram/Vajiram. Or els go for KSG... it will be good if you can enquire about the above mentioned GS academy too... @Iron_butterfly Do let me know about the GS academy if you get any info...
    When they say you can't do it, it definitely means you have to do it!
  • @apple231087 stuck on thought-process mode mate! I'll try to get in touch with current students of "GS academy" cuz the fees structure is so very tempting. As soon as I come up with a plan, will let you know. In the mean-time all I'm guna do is stick with my regular routine (home-studies). And I believe that's what you should do too, that is, untill you find a coaching institute of your choice.
  • @dileep1611 ya man checking every thread to finalize things...GS academy is in hindi medium only so makes no sense..confusd btwn sriram and ksg .. sriram huge batch strength whereas someone told ksg do not complete their whole syllabus
  • @Iron_butterfly yup self study is goin regularly..no compromises wid dat
    thnx
  • Okayy.. then it is better to go for srirams. To grab your seat come early to class. I am also gonna do the same :( Srirams coaching for core subjects like Economy & polity (sriram sir), History(Seenaiah sir), Geography(DB kumar sir) are quite satisfactory... So I have planned for srirams. I wish 8AM batch should have a lesser strenght :/ GS Academy also has English medium too I think... Pl call them and confirm... The faculty there are also quite popular :-c
    When they say you can't do it, it definitely means you have to do it!
  • edited September 2013
    @dileep1611 yes bro m thnking to go tomaroww to sriram and clarify all doubts ..stay in touch ..my mail id is [removed]

    Moderator note: Do not post email id. Use messaging.
  • @apple231087 Yeah, I heard about it too, KSG taking a whole lotta time to complete the syllabus. But then Sriram has 600 people in a batch (read it on the forum).
    btw good going on the self-study . All the best! :)
  • @Iron_butterfly 600 in a batch ??? omg...i thnk i have to quit coaching without joining it as overall comments will make me more n more confuse ..anyways plz do reply if u reach at some conclusion regarding coaching by 30th of dis month..thnku
  • i dont know much about GS coaching as i never took one(and never faced any problem) but my friends took some.
    rau's is not good please dont go to them, vaji notes is good but too many people, sriram same problem, KSG is good couple of my friend took coaching from there and they are satisfied.

    IMO buy notes of different coaching and make your own notes... GS is not difficult to understand but to remember.
    "ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants"
  • @sinha47 what does IMO stands for ?? ur frens are studying presently or studied in past ?
  • in my opinion
    no their batch ended last month
    "ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants"
  • @Iron_butterfly 600 in a batch ??? omg...i thnk i have to quit coaching without joining it as overall comments will make me more n more confuse ..anyways plz do reply if u reach at some conclusion regarding coaching by 30th of dis month..thnku
    Batch strength will be 300 approx. in oct batch. There is some timing issue in ORN centre in PCM batches of June so they merged two batches (don't know exactly what was the case read it here only and asked some friends, anyone correct me if I am wrong) but not in MN. And it will be 300-325 in both centres in oct batch.
  • @anshulv0812 okay!! thanks a ton for clearing that up. Phew!!
    @apple231087 I have this feeling that I'll be giving up on the idea of a coaching all together. Nevertheless, I'll let you know what I find out.
    @sinha47 Totally! I'm working on a detailed study plan for the next 11 months. Have always been good at organizing, no worries in the discipline department either. Also, most of the required material is available in my city. So, taking the reins in my own hands shouldn't be much trouble. Thnks for the suggestion :)
  • @anshulv0812 thanks for clearing the air :)
    When they say you can't do it, it definitely means you have to do it!
  • i had enrolled for KSG's weekend batch which is gonna start from october 20th. anyone else in this forum who joined KSG's weekend batch. .@Iron_butterfly what about you have you decided ??
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