UPSC Aspirants Aren’t Complaining About The Pandemic. Here’s Why...
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UPSC Aspirants Aren’t Complaining About The Pandemic. Here’s Why...

What Kota in Rajasthan is for medical and engineering aspirants, Delhi is for civil services hopefuls. The yearlong UPSC examination—with prelims, mains and interview rounds—is one of the toughest selection processes in the nation. Of more than 8 lakh candidates who took the exam in 2018-19, 2,429 sailed through. Needless to say, it requires serious preparation.

Lakhs of candidates seeking to enter India’s senior bureaucracy throng the national capital to enrol in coaching centres to crack the prestigious exam. The pandemic changed it all.

The Covid-19 lockdown in March forced most such institutes to go online and aspirants had log in from homes. While that wasn’t ideal, students from outside Delhi ended up saving Rs 4.5 lakh to 5 lakh a year on fees, lodging, travelling and food in the capital, said a UPSC aspirant Karan Sharma, residing in Jalandhar, Punjab.

The tuition fees for students like Sharma have fallen to less than half at Rs 50,000-60,000 a year.

Priyanshi Verma and Nilesh Pandey who also opted to move back to their homes in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh and Katni, Madhya Pradesh, respectively, during the lockdown, too saw their expenses fall to less than a half.

To know how Covid-19 changed the UPSC coaching industry, watch the video.

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