“Dreams meet reality only if the path is truthfully guided”
What does Manifest IAS understand by GUIDANCE?
In order to understand the term ‘guidance‘, one needs to understand the two extremes of it which seem to be on a full swing in the market today – Self Study and Spoon Feeding.
On one side is ‘Self Study– without the guidance of experts.’ In the name of self-study aspirants are made to write tests (Prelims and Mains) relentlessly without getting any conceptual clarity about the subjects in the very first place.
UPSC demands a certain bent of mind which is diametrically different, if we may say so, from the approach learnt in graduation or university studies. Hence even after being a University Genius, it is difficult to crack this exam only by Self-Study. You need a mentor or a guide who teaches you not only the most inscrutable concepts in a way UPSC demands but also make you capable of doing it on your own.
The other extreme is Spoon Feeding, wherein topics are taught in classes without enabling the students to understand the UPSC way. And the UPSC way includes many things- the art of reading syllabus, defining dimensions, finding the right sources, establishing the static and current linkages, building interdisciplinary integrations and finally reproducing them in a scientific manner in the form of an answer within the confines of the given time. Spoon feeding makes you into an eternal dependent on the institution without inculcating in you the UPSC way.
‘Guidance is the fine balance of the above two – even a small slip ends the preparation on the wrong side of the road’
Manifest IAS does not subscribe to both the ideas. We believe in GUIDANCE. Through a journey of a year the Faculty at Manifest IAS will cover the entire syllabus of UPSC Prelims and Mains without leaving out even a word, but at the same time ensure that the aspirants themselves would become capable of continuing with their preparation even from home if need be. And this beautiful journey is our Foundation Course called the IAG Programme- Instruction Assessment and Guidance based Mains cum Prelims Programme which begins in July 2020.
“This programme encapsulates a Synergetic Preparation comprising Qualitative Classes (Instruction) integrated with Tests and Test Discussions (Assessment) strengthened by Personalized Guidance (Guidance). And the Permanent faculty with domain expertise shall lead all the components of the programme- IAG”
UPSC preparation requires a long-term vision through which you are pretty sure of what you are going to achieve over a year. And for that a fastidious planning is needed wherein you have planned about what you will be doing in the next month, next week and even in the very next hour. Without these nitty gritty details in your plan, you will miss wood for the trees. And that is what the IAG Programme does not let you do. It is a course wherein the schedule of an entire year of classes, tests, test discussions and customized guidance to students is perfectly planned. In no circumstances it will change. And we are proud of the fact that we did not miss, rather we didn’t even change the schedule of a single class. Even the COVID crisis did not deter us. We did Special Current Affairs Classes for Prelims for them online. Our old students are a testimony to this fact.
Now let us walk through each component Instruction, Assessmentand Guidanceseparately.
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600+ hours of Classes spaced over 9 months covering each and every section of Prelims and Mains Syllabus including CSAT
Many aspirants read sources without being completely aware of UPSC syllabus. Just reading a few standard books does not necessarily ensure completion of the syllabus. For instance, though Laxmikant is held as the most standard book does not ensure complete coverage of UPSC syllabus – the question papers of past three years stand witness to this. And the quintessential reason for most aspirants not clearing the exam in the very first attempt is they do not understand the demand of the syllabus. In this programme, it will be covered in a short duration of 9 months.
Let us see what A Model Class runs like.
Every class shall have the following 4 components:
Lecture by the Subject Expert (Faculty)
which shall cover all aspects of a topic ranging from the most basic to the highest of the dimensions.
For example, let us take the topic of Constitution in Indian Polity. The class shall start with the most basic concept defining what is a Constitution and it shall end with the most complex of topics called the Doctrines to interpret the Constitution. So, class shall cater to both Beginners and the Experienced candidates.
Current affair linkages
The class shall cover all current events of the topic as well so that you get a holistic understanding. It is not only foolish to study them separately but also an inefficient method as in Mains you need to write an answer including static and current aspects of a topic to fetch the maximum marks.
Notes + Handouts
A preparation without note-making is no preparation. So, every class will be a right mix of dictation and handouts. The Subject Expert shall dictate the most inscrutable sections of the topic as writing them will etch them permanently in your memory. The Dictation will be complemented by the Printed Handouts. These Handouts are prepared and curated by the Faculty. It is their years of experience manifesting in printed sheets. MODEL HANDOUT
It thus ensures that you are not burdened with bulky books prior to the exam. All you have to do is revise the notes and the handouts as it is revision which is more important than setting your hands on a new book every now and then!!
Daily Class Tests based on Revision Readings
Revision Readings are the Dictations and Handouts of Previous Class along with chapters of Standard Books related to the topic given as home assignments by the Faculty the previous day. Tests will be conducted every day in the class. They shall include both MCQS and Subjective questions (Sprint Tests) the solutions to which shall be discussed by the Faculty.
Revision Readings after the lecture help the student read a Standard book better since you now know the topic completely as you have attended the lecture. Sprint tests, that is the subjective tests, will start with short answers of 5 marks moving to 10 and 15 marks as days progress. It is modelled on the block building method. We all know Rome was not and cannot be built in a day!! Click here for a Model Daily Class Test MODEL CLASS TEST
A Variety of Classes!!
Though every class has the uniform pattern as detailed above, there are varieties of classes Manifest conducts to prepare an aspirant completely for any kind of situation she may face through the various stages of this exam. Below are some of the unique kinds of classes we conduct constituting the second important aspect of INSTRUCTION
Certain subjects act as a background to other disciplines. Without knowing the Backgrounder Subjects, it will be very difficult for Beginners to get a hang of other disciplines. And for Experienced students it will be a knowledge half- baked one! So, for a month at the beginning, subjects like Post Independent India and World History are dealt in detail which act as backgrounders to Polity and International Relations respectively
Avant – Garde classes: Cultivate the UPSC Way
Do you doubt your capability to identify the parts in a newspaper relevant for your exam? Are you confused about how to make notes of a Topic from a Standard Book or NCERTs? Do you fail to differentiate among Essay, GS and Optional answers? Do you wonder why toppers in Graduation do not necessarily make a cut in UPSC exams??
Such situations emerge as traditional coaching models just teach you topics. To address these problems, we invented the most unique kind of classes namely the Avant- Garde Classes!! As the name itself suggests they are novel and path breaking and Manifest IAS is a pioneer in this regard. In these classes we cultivate the ‘How’ of everything- how to study, how to make notes, how to read newspapers and the list goes on!!
Through these classes The UPSC Way is inculcated in you. You are made aware of what you are actually learning. In these classes, you will be trained to understand UPSC thus inculcating lifelong relevant lessons. So even after the course ends formally, you will be independent enough to chart your own course according to the changing demands of UPSC.
About 2 months prior to the Prelims exam, immediately after completion of your course we will be conducting a Special Course for you covering all Current Affairs Topics of the year and more within a matter of a month. These classes will be rigorous and will ensure that you crack Prelims. These classes of ours have been the most efficient of all as we could target around 60 questions in 2019 Prelims. Check here
The outbreak of COVID did not deter us this year (2020) from fulfilling this promise of ours made to our old students. We did the entire course online as we knew that our support to students was needed now more than ever!! Click below to watch those videos
The entire Paper 2 of Prelims will be taught under this course
● 60+ hours of Classroom Teaching
● 30+ hours for Quantitative Aptitude
● 20+ hours for Logical Reasoning
● 10 hours for English Comprehension
● 4 hours of Data Interpretation
● Classes will accommodate learning, revising and practicing the concepts
● Revision test before each class
● 4 Unit tests and 4 Simulated tests
● Class test in every session
● Pedagogy based on visualization of problems as real-life problems and not based on formulae
● Shortcuts and tricks to arrive at solutions in quick time
● Comprehension is done in a manner to help students to improve their overall reading skills to understand the editorials and other news
The third aspect of INSTRUCTION component is our Unique Pedagogy which includes effective and efficient methods of Teaching.
The first effective method is Chunk-wise coverage of topics within a subject for better understanding.
For instance, Physical Geography aspects of Geography are dealt all at once. This gives a holistic understanding of various dimensions associated with that section.
Integration of subjects based on themes
Interlinked topics across Subjects are taught in a row thus helping students build a common theme through them.
For example, Economic History of Ancient and Medieval India will be taught before starting Indian Economy. Social aspects of Post-Independence India will be covered before teaching Indian Society. Fiscal Federalism of Polity will be dealt first before doing Budgeting Process under Indian Economy.
This method addresses the novel kinds of questions in UPSC in recent times namely the interdisciplinary questions.
For instance, Indus Water Treaty of 1960 is a topic conventionally pertaining to International Relations but it has been asked in the Geography section, demanding the student to explore Ecological and Geographical aspects of the treaty.
Our unique approach gives you a firm grip on the topic readying you to tackle such questions. Thematically integrated classes of our programme churn and chisel the interdisciplinary instincts in you. You will have a unique worldview of your own, which shall make your answers distinct from the rest, as it is not simply any answer that gets a Rank but a unique answer does!!
Mere studying or just attending lectures would be like shooting in the dark. You have given a shot but you don’t know whether it has hit the target. So, to know your progress on a day to day basis, Assessment is mandatory. Hence IAG Programme encapsulates Prelims (GS and CSAT), Mains, Essay Tests at regular intervals to keep you on your toes.
Our tests include:
Daily Class Tests
MCQs and Sprint Test followed by Solutions and Model Answer Discussion by the Subject Expert MODEL CLASS TEST
Prelims Practice Tests - 38 tests in total
For every test a Detailed Solution PDF will be given. It will also be followed by a class wherein the Faculty will discuss the answers to all the questions. These tests are available both in the online and offline mode. The Online test portal gives you a complete analysis of your subject and topic wise performance helping you assess your strengths and weaknesses better. Below are the categories of 41 tests.
Basic NCERT Tests – 4
Sectional Tests – 14
Revision Tests – 4
Subject-wise Revision Tests – 4 (Spaced at 30-45 days once portions are completed)
Simulated Mock Tests – 4 (In the last leg of preparation immediately before Prelims-2021)
CSAT Sectional Tests – 4
CSAT Simulated Tests – 4
Each test will give you a simulated UPSC experience. You will be ready for such tests as you have been writing answers on a daily basis under Daily Class Tests. Questions in these tests will be slightly of the tougher order to help you acclimatize with surprise questions that spring in the final exam.
Every answer will be punctually evaluated thus giving students ample opportunity to course correct before the subsequent tests. The Faculty will discuss the Model Answer in the class as well.
While evaluating and discussing the answers Manifest follows a unique method called the Part- Wise Method as it is not only scientific but also the most effective method in fetching marks.
GUIDANCE-Personalised Appointment System
The relationship between a Teacher and a Student though begins in class but never ends there. It transcends the bricks and mortar cloisters as students are to be constantly motivated to keep their spirits high to study consistently, because it is not a matter of a week or a month but a year. And here comes the role of Guidance!
Students can meet the Faculty through Technologically Mediated Appointments without having to wait for them. We understand how precious your time is!
It is a unique component of the programme where the Instruction and Assessment gets personalized.
The faculty will discuss their roadblocks with the students individually and provide them specific inputs on the ways to overcome them. The methods and strategies to approach the exam and effectively prepare a workable timetable according to the need of a student is outlined.
Individualized oversight helps the faculty better cognize the progress and lapses of a student and provide them necessary strategic inputs which can save an enormous amount of time and help them prepare for this exam the UPSC way.
Our Personalized Guidance reinforces the fact that you are unique and solutions must be unique to you!
Finally, to say the least Bengaluru has the most salubrious climate and fortunately the COVID crisis is not a big risk here and we only hope that it remains so. These circumstances make our resolutions stronger to provide you with the best ambience which includes 24/7 open Reading Rooms (subject to clearances from the Government) to study, thus leaving no stone unturned to help you clear this exam with flying colours!!
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