After an indepth retrospection about the trials and travails of my saga with the Civil Services Exam (CSE) preparation I decided to enter into the field of mentoring for the same, thereby undoing a bit of my failure in attaining the 'academic nirvana'. The real raison d'etre for PRAYATNA, however was to fill a void in the field of professional guidance with the art of scientific teaching for CSE preparation in Lucknow. Furthermore, the PRAYATNA was thought as an honest effort in imparting the unlearning, learning & relearning exercises (needed mostly because of the faulty and fallacious education system of ours') so that a well-meaning and rationale 'well-educated person' may be evolved through meticulously – designed 'academic itinerary'. The avowed goal of PRAYATNA is to cultivate the qualities of mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity in IAS-aspirants. For us, at PRAYATNA, selection for Civil Services is not an end but a means to mobilize like-minded spirited resource–persons who may become the change – agents in variety of ways. At PRAYATNA, we've tried to redefine the tenets of teaching through the following guiding mantras :
Art and Science of swimming can be best taught by the swimmers only. That is why we've empanelled as faculty only those who've faced CSE upto the final (interview) stage or they've written more than 2 Mains of CSE.
We don't believe in stuffing the IAS – aspirants with redundant trivia just because it is very easy to do so. We focus on the need – based strategic approach so that with lesser efforts outcomes may be optimized.
We analyse the question papers of previous years meticulously before deciding what, when and how to teach. We understand that the precious time of students should not be squandered in showing off our 'intellectual affluence'. We teach what is required NOT what we know.
We normally try to adhere to the structural layouts for almost all the segments of General Studies (in Pre as-well-as Mains) in our teaching schedule in time-bound manner. The structural layouts (See SCHEDULE for a specimen) for different segments have been prepared after carefully analyzing the previous years' question papers of Civil Services (IAS) Examination.
We always try to zero in on the standard primary sources as study material in our guidance program. We don't hide the authentic primary sources from the candidates just to show off our wizardry over the diversified study material. In fact, what we do to demystify the authentic source material, is to underline the important lines/segments/areas of these sources in the classroom. [We may be the only Coaching Institute in India (perhaps?) who help marked the whole of INDIA Yearbook and Economic Survey with CSP as-well-as CSM perspective].
Personal guidance and motivational counseling are sine qua non for optimization of efforts throughout the CSE preparation. The psychotherapy becomes indispensable during the trough phases of the preparation. We strongly believe that EQ (Emotional Quotient) is better than IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and the candidates with normal traits like perseverance, diligence, inquisitiveness & optimism can easily decrypt the CSE code. We try to give the keys of time and stress management to the candidates in our classrooms.