The city of Kota located in the Eastern part of Rajasthan is famously known as the “Mecca” of IIT coaching. The city is so famous for its coaching that even Chetan Bhagat has mentioned it in his book “Revolution 2020”. Every year nearly 1 lakh! Yes. You read it correctly. Nearly 1 lakh students rush to Kota for JEE and medical preparations. You can see the intense competition on the face of the aspirants. They have one thing in common: A burning desire to crack JEE and bring a smile on their parents’ face.
But in the backside, there lies a truth. A truth which everyone should know and having lived there, I think I can share a few things with you.
With an exponential rise in the number of coaching institutes and students, Kota has become a city full of students. Coaching classes are earning huge amount of money given the fact that one student spends nearly a lakh per year.
The coaching institutes are just toying with the future of the students. They have transformed education into a profitable business. They are spreading just like mushroom in the ground. The fact is that one class contains around 150-200 students which can be labeled as a ‘crowd’ rather than a ‘class’. But the deeper secret is that there exists a top batch of 15-20 students who are provided with the best faculties or rather the HODs of the particular subject. But, that is not the case with the regular batches. My question is that why shouldn’t everyone get the best faculties? After all, everyone has paid the same amount to get into the institute.
Now, moving towards the problems faced by the students in the classroom. Many of them don’t get their doubts cleared properly but it’s not really their fault. After all you can’t expect doubts to be cleared with a crowd of 200 around you. A desire of seeking personal guidance from the faculty can’t materialize into reality under such circumstances. The entire system of teaching and learning is such in this place that many a time, students don’t understand the concepts clearly and move ahead because they are under tremendous pressure to cope up with the sprinting syllabus. This leaves them confused and increases their backlogs.
These institutes are very cunning. They give the best possible facilities to those top students who go on and produce the best results. The average students are left at their own mercy and no one gives a damn about their future.
Now you must be wondering that Kota has one of the highest success rates as compared to some other parts of India when it comes to JEE and Medical exams. Yes this is true but those are the top notch students, most of who are either locals of Kota or have their home in some nearby places. Hence, they have another advantage in their kitty and that’s “family support”. Yes, that becomes very crucial during this period. The success rates are high in Kota but so are the suicide rates as well. That happens primarily because of tons of backlogs, intense pressure and cut-throat competition. Without family who provide the much needed mental and emotional support, it’s very tough to withstand such pressure. In this way students suffer a lot there.
Every coin has two faces and it would be unfair if I portray Kota as difficult place to survive in. Studying in Kota has its own advantages and the relatively higher success rates prove it. At the end of the day it’s all about your hard work, mental toughness and desire to succeed. So before you take a final decision, I would advise you to give it a serious consideration.