Serving at illustrious civil services posts in the country such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Police Service (IPS), and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) is definitely an honourable choice of career. Selection to these services that are a part of the All India Services (AIS) is done by the means of the Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Once aspirants consider the exceptional jobs of the civil services officers recruited via the civil services examination, it is easy to see and understand that this exam can prove to be a tough job to clear. Another important aspect of making one's way into various central services is the State Civil Services examination conducted by the individual state's Public Service Commission. The Civil Services exam conducted by the State Commission is intended for recruitment of candidates into the state's civil service. To put it simply, after clearing the State Civil Services Examination, candidates get jobs in state domains such as SCS (State Civil Services), SPS (State Police Services), Deputy Collector, etc. Tamil Nadu too conducts a Civil Services examination in the state for appointment of candidates to various civil services and posts. The overall magnitude of the services under both the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) and UPSC combined with the scope of career growth they offer is immense. Thus, it is important to understand that clearing the UPSC and/or TNPSC exam not only needs the aspirants' utmost dedication but also necessitates rigorous discipline and intensive training.
The Narayana Group understands that such an exam requires a systematic approach -- the kind of approach that has allowed it to sustain its tradition of delivering matchless success in various competitive exams in not just India but also across the globe. The Group delivers the same understanding and dedication to provide top-notch UPSC coaching in Chennai too. Among the largest educational group's in Asia, the Narayana Group has enriched students' academic lives and professional careers with about four decades of experience in the field. The Group's 560+ institutes, currently spread across 13 states in India, cumulatively teach over 360,000 students and employ 35,000 professional teaching and non-teaching faculty. Its extensive network of educational institutes includes not only schools but also junior colleges, coaching centres, medical, engineering and management institutions, and IAS training academies.
The Narayana Group, deemed the bedrock of the educational sector in India, derives its edge from its consistent focus on another important facet of education: results. The Group's institutes including centres for UPSC coaching in Chennai, offer comprehensive coaching to its students, thus enabling them to achieve results par excellence in competitive examinations.
The Narayana IAS Academy is a leading coaching centre for students aiming to crack civil service examinations. Founded in 2007, the Academy helps students prepare to successfully attempt one of the toughest competitive examinations in the country. Four integrated and one exclusive Civil Services programmes are offered at the Narayana IAS Academy for the benefit of aspirants. Each of these programmes use systematic preparation plans, expert institutional and visiting faculty, appropriate infrastructure, etc. to enable students to crack the All India Services and State Public Service Commission exams.
Listed below are some of the features of the Narayana IAS Academy that give it an edge over the others:
- Module-based classes complemented by novel technology
- Weekly tests followed by in-depth discipline-specific discussions
- Daily newspaper analysis for current affairs
- Regular interactions with senior civil servants and successful candidates
- Discussions with eminent personalities from the academic domain through virtual classrooms
- Group interactions and feedback sessions
- Continuous monitoring of progress for motivation and learning
- Wi-Fi enabled campus that allows students to easily access examination related information
The Narayana Group's centres for UPSC coaching in Chennai use a consummate learning approach to deliver superlative coaching to civil services aspirants. This programme is a carefully considered plan that is implemented in different stages to provide integrated training practices to students. The chief elements of this programme include:
Collaborative classroom instruction: The Narayana Group's integrated civil services programme allots 50 per cent of the class hours to board/university examinations while the remaining class hours are dedicated to focussed all-round development to aid students in their endeavour to prepare for all rounds in the civil services examinations. It also includes use of audio-visual aids, regular library research, and weekend tests to help improve and consequently assess students' progress.
Guest lectures and expert guidance: The Academy's students are also able to benefit from regular guest lectures by eminent faculty for all subjects relevant to the course. Besides the guest lectures, the Academy also hosts influential personalities from various walks of life, especially current and former IAS officers and civil servants, to ensure that there is no dearth of motivation and guidance for students.
Mock interviews: The Narayana IAS Academy's students sit through many rounds of mock interviews so as to help them evaluate and completely understand the importance of IAS personality tests in advance. Students are able to master myriad necessary aspects of the personality tests, including body language, facial expression, coping with pressure, and command over topics, etc. with the help of these simulated interviews.
Soft skills training: The Narayana IAS Academy lays special emphasis on soft skills because it understands the vital roles these skills play in the careers of aspiring civil servants. The institutes help students focus on developing not only language but also communication skills via activity-based exercises. This strategy helps teach them effective soft skills that can prove to be of consequence especially during the personality test round. Additionally, the Academy also engages students in various activities based on interpersonal relations, group discussions, problem solving, decision making, leadership, team work, analytical abilities, and logical reasoning.
Workshops and seminars: Students at the Narayana IAS Academy benefit from several relevant workshops. Furthermore, they are also encouraged to conduct seminars on current national and international topics with socio-economic implications. The aim of this strategy is to stimulate and develop novel thinking and the ability to communicate eloquently about the different subjects relevant to the civil service exam.
Field trips: Field trips are used as a means to enable students to experience administrative developments along with various demanding issues at the grassroot level. Though this aspect of preparation for civil service is usually ignored, it continues to be critical to the entire process.
Evaluation: The performance of students at Narayana's UPSC coaching centres in Chennai is assessed by the means of a perpetual evaluation model. A panel of experts appraise students' physical, psychological, and emotional development throughout the duration of the course and then counsel them accordingly to aid the improvement of their respective performances.
Monthly magazine: The Narayana Civils Express offers students the ideal means and platform for documentation of knowledge and writing skills. It also allows the Narayana Group to encourage students to write about current national and international topics -- an effort that consequently helps improve their general comprehension of relevant topics.
Experienced faculty: Each of the Narayana IAS Academy's educators come from exceptional academic backgrounds and offer not only extensive knowledge but also excellent professional experience in advanced education. The Academy's faculty brings solid conceptual knowledge in their respective domains to the table. In addition to that, the Academy's branches also tie-up with various experts in the field who regularly deliver guest lectures and often engage students in one-on-one interactions.
Hostel: The Academy's hostel provides living quarters for not only its students but also resident tutors. Provisions in each hostel unit includes reading rooms, television sections, etc.
Technology infrastructure: The Narayana Group's UPSC coaching centres periodically update their technology infrastructure to make certain that students have unhindered access to quality resources at all times. Additionally, students are also able to access their assessment results via the Error Analysis Feedback reports online.
Library: Each of the many Narayana IAS Academy branches house an extensive collection of Civil Services-related resources such as books, CDs, and DVDs as supplements to the prescribed textbooks. The library also offers periodicals, national and international magazines, and journals to ensure that students remain updated with the latest relevant information.
Fitness: Students at the Academy have access to several tools and means to ensure physical fitness including a gym. They also receive training in yoga, meditation, and relaxation techniques.