Indian Education Needs An Overhaul

I am convinced that books are the ultimate source of information. It is because of books that we come to know about the nuances of the worlds around us. There’s a world of science that teaches us to distinguish between different textures. There’s a world of art that makes our senses react. We gather information to learn how to respond to a particular situation. Individual differences may change the response but basic reactions are almost the same. Books and other sources of information add to our knowledge. We keep piling up this knowledge and believe that we have learnt all. Here lies my question, an extension to my article on ‘Where India Lagged‘.

Rote Learning – Not a Solution

School education, especially in India, stresses on gaining knowledge by memorising loads of books. There’s a little difference between learning and memorizing if you ask our schools. Students are aware that their grades are completely dependent on how good their memorizing power is. Sad. A bright student who doesn’t believe in rote learning has to accept poor grades. On the other hand, an average student with excellent rote power excels in academics. Irony. As a result of the faulty education system, students passed out of the schools with flying colours do not know how to operate simple apparatus like Vernier Callipers and Screw Gauge! When these students enter institutions for higher education, their grasping power further slows down. Result?
Most of the times, Indian students can’t compete with students from Western countries.

Vicious Cycle Of Mediocrity

Knowledge without practical application fails at one point or the other. We should be prepared to put our knowledge into action. Without action, our knowledge is meaningless. I read somewhere that India has to cater to the education of millions of people. The country tries to impart basic information (read bookish) to most of the people. Not a very rich country as India is, it can’t provide practical experience to everyone that comes with the unavoidable expenditure. If this is the severity of the situation, we will never be able to come out of the vicious cycle of mediocrity.

Where’s the Respect for the Skilled

After Independence, in the process of developing, Indians lost respect for skilled people. People who work with hands are considered inferior to those who read and write. Shocking but true. You will be surprised to know that we prepare lakhs of engineers every year. Many of them, about 80-90% change their stream after graduation. Why?
Our engineering graduates are well-read people with little practical knowledge. The reason being the same; our grades largely depend on theoretical knowledge. Practical experience is required but only a formal certificate is enough to satisfy the authorities or the companies that hire them. After all, this is India.
These incomplete proofs of experience fall flat when our students get a chance to compete with the students of top foreign universities. Failure in the education system leads to many failed lives. Pause.

Analysing Application of Knowledge

🐞We are aware that acquiring knowledge is quite necessary for us. We can’t survive the life-game if we lack knowledge. Another question pops up.
Is the application of knowledge as important as knowledge? When we talk about skill-based training, it can’t be provided in confined places. Say, nobody can teach ‘how to swim’ within four walls of a classroom. Same is the case with many more things.

🐞 Heard somewhere that a person with a lot of knowledge but no practical experience is like a library whose doors are closed. Convinced! The application complements the knowledge and strengthens the concepts learnt. Moreover, the interest in the subject increases once we are clear about the practical aspects.

🐞 By practising what we gain as knowledge, we move towards perfection. It is true that the human brain always works for perfect results. One gets better results by bringing knowledge to practice. It boosts confidence as well as raises happiness level.

We strive to bring happiness in our lives and this is going to be one impeccable effort:)

This article is written for the prompt ‘Knowing is not enough; we must apply’ as a part of the #WeeklyBlogHop hosted by Alpana and Neha Sharma I would like to thank Pragnya of for introducing me to this blog hop and would further like to introduce Kushal of to share her take on the prompt.

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Indian Administrative Service (IAS)- Tips for Preparation

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)- Tips for Preparation

We are fascinated by the most lucrative career option in India. No prizes for solving this riddle. Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the most sought after career when it comes to the prestige, social dignity, job satisfaction and diverse responsibilities to nurture one’s talent. Highly Paid jobs and retirement benefits are guaranteed to those who are able to grab the esteemed IAS position. The number of people applying for the Indian Civil Services is increasing with the rise in talented young people. It makes the competition tougher day by day. If you want to apply for the IAS exam, be sure to prepare for it thoroughly, otherwise, there’s no point wasting your parents’ hard-earned money and your precious time.

Survey these things about yourself:

(Give relative marks honestly)

* How sincere are you to study hard? (0-100)

* What percentage of time can you devote to the preparation of IAS Exam? (0-100)

* How competent are you in learning new things? (0-100)

* Give marks for your General Knowledge. (0-100)

* Are you interested to join coaching to crack the highly reputed exam? (0-100)

* How much marks would you give to your creativity? (0-100)

* How efficient are you in time management? (0-100)

* Do you stay committed till you achieve the goal? (0-100)

* What’s your awareness quotient? (0-100)

* Are you comfortable taking up new challenges everyday? (0-100)

Calculate your marks honestly and then enter the pool of IAS preparation. If your marks are less than 40, drop the idea of joining the elite league. For those who got passing marks, read the content below.

🐞 After self-assessment, its time to join a good IAS Coaching Center. As you might be aware, there are a number of institutions opened who provide the coaching for Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Do extensive research to find a good coaching institution accessible to you. I’m sharing a few links below for instant search :

Best IAS Coaching in Delhi

IAS Coaching in Mumbai

IAS Online Coaching

🐞 Make a habit of reading the newspaper everyday, at least for 3-4 hours. The humble newspapers carry so much information that you can pave your path to the prestigious Indian Administrative Service through them.

🐞 Make notes. The notes can be compiled in MS Word. It makes easier to edit and resize the material as per your convenience.

🐞 Periodic tests are must to strengthen your grip on the subjects. Don’t skip the tests as these are going to be a solid base for your preparation.

🐞 Make Time-Table and follow religiously. It can be reviewed from time to time but don’t find excuses to ditch hard work. After all, it’s the question of your magnificent career.

🐞 Reading newspapers and important magazines should be regular and proper notes should be taken to revise the material. You can read daily or weekly and compile notes accordingly.

🐞 The examination consists of three stages: Prelims, Mains and Interview. The first two stages evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and the last one tests the ability to deal with different situations.

🐞 Lakhs of candidates appear in one of the toughest exams every year. 50% of them clear the Prelims and become eligible to sit for Mains. About 15% of them clear Mains and prepare for the interview, that is considered as the most difficult of all three stages. Do you know how many students get selected after the interview? Only 1%.

🐞I’m not discouraging you. In spite of 1% success rate, many people struggle hard to get into this crΓ¨me de la crΓ¨me category. Give your best if you want to get the best. Your thoroughly planned and consistent study will make you a winner all the way.

🐞 If you are planning to crack the UPSC exam to enter the Indian civil services, take subjects of your interest in college. The subjects that can fetch you good marks and highlight your personality are recommended.

🐞 Your study should be a balance of Current and Static General Studies. Newspapers are of great value when it comes to preparing for the current news.

🐞 While preparing for the exam, don’t forget to look after your health. Give sufficient time to physical exercises so that your mind stays healthy and balanced.

🐞Sharing with you the link to UPSC Previous years question papers.

UPSC Previous Years Question Papers.

🐞 Don’t forget to check the revised Syllabus and Scheme here:

UPSC Revised Syllabus and Scheme

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