Is it necessary for an UPSC aspirant to go to Delhi?
Is it necessary for an UPSC aspirant to go to Delhi?

‘Delhi is the best place for IAS coaching’ is a biggest myth

Yes, you heard it right. Many believe that Delhi is a ‘best destination’ for UPSC aspirants. Many people believe that most UPSC toppers have been to Delhi for coaching. And also, many believe that India’s top coaching institutes are in Delhi.

But this is a myth. Now let us bust this myth for you

We are in internet age and other cities also have qualified teachers

Earlier there were no online resources and setting up a coaching institute was very expensive. This led to mushrooming of IAS coaching in Delhi. All teachers from various parts of the country use to fly to Delhi to teach UPSC aspirants. So do aspirants. Since all experienced teachers were in Delhi, all aspirants use to travel to Delhi for IAS coaching. Most of the teachers in Delhi are from Chennai and Hyderabad.

We are in the Internet age now. Classes, study material, and all other required resources are available online. Teachers who use to travel to Delhi have set up their own coaching centers in their respective cities. Now equally qualified and experienced teachers are available in every city. Especially, Chennai and Hyderabad have the best teachers in India, other than Delhi

Bengaluru and Pune are comparatively a new market for UPSC coaching centres. The reason for Bengaluru’s boom in UPSC coaching centres is because of rising young population and spending capacity of aspirants. But Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi always remain top in quality of UPSC coaching.

High cost of living in Delhi

Delhi, being the capital city, is the most populated city in India, other than this it is also becoming the most polluted city in the country. It is never an easy task to come from outside and live in Delhi with all the living expenses

For an aspirant spending 20,000 to 25,000 per month just on accommodation and food would be very difficult, and it’s not worth spending so much. It’s better to sit at home and prepare yourself through online lectures. In that case, even Chennai is not pocket friendly. Accommodation is costly in Chennai. Hyderabad is the most affordable city for IAS aspirants followed by Bengaluru.

‘Most of the rankers are from Delhi’ is a worst argument to do

It is true that Delhi produces highest number of Ranks in UPSC. But let’s look at Rankers-to-aspirants ratio.
– Delhi has 60,000 to 70,000 aspirants every year preparing for UPSC CSE. But on an average 200 make up to the final list. So, Rankers-to-aspirants ratio is 200/65000 = 0.003
– Chennai has 10,000 to 15,000 aspirants every year preparing for UPSC CSE. But on an average 70 make up to the final list. So, Rankers-to-aspirants ratio is 70/12500 = 0.0056
– Hyderabad has 5,000 to 7,000 aspirants every year preparing preparing for UPSC CSE. But on an average 50 make up to the final list. So, Rankers-to-aspirants ratio is 50/6000 = 0.008
– Bangalore is a new market. It’s very early to judge its performance

So, now judge it for yourself which is better.

Conclusion

Study where you can devote maximum time. Study where it is comfortable for you and have minimum distractions. Study where mentors are friendly with you. Study where there are like-minded people.

You need not follow what rankers say because they come from a different background and you come from a different background. What suits them may not suit you. You are the best person to make strategy for yourself, than others making for you.

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