The lockdown restrictions imposed to fight the spread of covid-19 have severely limited the options of civil services aspirants to take quality guidance. As and when lock down restrictions are eased for educational institutions (not likely before August 2020), in all likelihood it will be with many caveats of social distancing to be maintained. In that scenario, it will be extremely difficult for many UPSC CSE 2021 aspirants to take IAS coaching in the traditional face-to-face classroom format.

Well, technology has come to rescue in these difficult times. The pandemic has transformed the old, chalk–talk teaching model to the one driven by technology. This disruption in the delivery of education has pushed educational institutes to figure out how to ensure interactive learning (two-way interaction between teacher and student) and student engagement while tackling the digital divide.

There are two conventional models of Online IAS coaching. One, where pre-recorded classes are made available to students (asynchronous mode) and second model is where real time interactive classes are telecast/ streamed (synchronous mode). In Synchronous mode of learning, students can interact with the educator.


We all know that time is at a premium. It will not be pragmatic to wait for normalcy to restore and then start preparing for CSE 2021. There are so many imponderables at this juncture. No one knows when the lock down will be removed. If removed, what all restrictions will be imposed to maintain the social distancing norms. Institutes will have to adhere to the norms and it will certainly have an impact on the availability of vacancies in courses. This in turn will have an escalatory effect on the tuition fees. Keeping this in view, it will be realistic to consider the option of adopting to online IAS mode of learning.

IAS Online coaching is the way forward as it offers flexibility, convenience, proven modality, excellent quality of instruction amongst host of other benefits.

If you have taken face-to-face classes all your life, it’s quite normal to have apprehensions of diving-in into online IAS coaching, even if you are tech-savvy.

However, taking an online IAS course, as opposed to a face-to-face class, definitely has its perks.


1. More Flexibility and accessibility

  • You may have to balance work, college education and family life which may make juggling between that and time bound physical classes, difficult.
  • You may be residing in a far flung area, and commuting to campus to take physical classes six times a week, impractical.
  • Another issue may be that your learning outcomes are thwarted by societal distractions and you’d like to study via an alternate medium to stay focused.
  • You may have a unique learning style and pace.
  • By studying for IAS online, one has the freedom to choose own learning environment: be it from the comfort of your bedroom, study room, while commuting in Metro, or while sitting in the café across the street.
  • Taking online IAS classes also means that you don’t have to commute to class, which means less time spent on travelling and more study time available to you.

2. Cost Effectiveness

Most of the online IAS courses cost less than the conventional IAS classes. Studying online means that you not only save on the tuition fee but also save on other miscellaneous expenditures like travelling cost, hostel fee etc.

Usually the main concern of the student, before opting for online courses is lack of in-class instruction and direct contact with the teacher.


Rau’s IAS Study Circle has designed a General Studies Integrated Hybrid IAS Course which is a combination of in-class instruction and online technology.

  • The foundation subjects/themes will be taught first, using LIVE-online classes and the themes which are more hands-on, that is the Quality Improvement Program (QIP) for Mains which includes extensive answer writing for IAS Mains exam will be delivered after, on-campus in the traditional classroom setting.
  • General Studies Integrated Hybrid-Online IAS course is the best and most suited for effective online learning as this offers a balanced mix of everything.
  • There will be Live-Online Classes for real time interactive teaching and doubt solving.
  • And the same classes will be available later as recorded videos for students to be able to go over everything again at their own pace. Also, if for any reason students miss attending a live class, there is always backup available in form of recorded videos.
  • One can study and interact with the instructor and fellow classmates at own pace through Rau’s IAS Online Learning Platform called


The General Studies Integrated HYBRID 2021 course offers the flexibility to students to move from Online to Offline (On-Campus face-to-face classes) course once the lockdown restrictions are lifted.  

The Rau’s IAS General Studies Integrated Hybrid course will be delivered via Rau’s IAS Online Learning Management System (LMS) –

Rau’s IAS Elearn has been built specifically to meet the learning and testing needs of UPSC IAS aspirants. It is a Single Point solution for the Civil Services Aspirants looking for high quality, exam centric guidance. Besides live classes and recorded lectures, you’ll get access to each and every component of the classroom delivery on

  • UPSC Prelims Tests Series

Students can take UPSC Prelims Test Series online as well as offline and detailed result analytics will be provided instantly to help students track progress and compare their performance. The results will provide information like All India Ranking (AIR), Percentile, Question Level Analysis, etc. These tests will be available at all times and can be undertaken by a student any time of own choosing.

  • UPSC Mains Tests Series

Students can download QCA booklets, write their answers and upload their copies. Evaluated answer copies with thorough feedback will become available in their account within a time-bound manner.

  • IAS Forum for collaborative learning

Interact with Rau’s experts and fellow UPSC aspirants to discuss your ideas and get your doubts cleared.

For students who are thinking of taking online IAS classes for the first time, there would be little apprehension in adapting to this uncharted territory. Few things and advise that a student making foray into on-line learning should know are: –

1. Know the expectations

Your online IAS lectures could be real time or pre-recorded, be sure that you are clear on the expectations that have been set and hold yourself accountable for the work you need to complete. Your educators will still hold you accountable for the work you do in online discussion just as they would in a face-to-face class. A student should be clear about the expectations and be mentally prepared accordingly.

2.  Utilise your resources

After your educator has set the expectations for the class, be aware of the resources provided to you. Mark due dates for on-line classes on your calendar, bookmark or download the blue workbooks (study material for IAS foundation classes) and regularly submit IAS Mains writing assignments for evaluation. Just because you won’t physically be with your educator doesn’t mean they aren’t still there to educate you. In case a student does not wish to ask a doubt while the online lecture is going on, chat/ discussion boards are available, which can be used to have a discussion with educators, mentors and peers.

3. Time management

If you are relying only on videos for learning, it will be a new concept for you since you won’t have classes at a specific time. That said, it does not mean that you’ll be able to learn everything and complete all coursework right before the course ends. It is important that you follow syllabus as per course curriculum and are active in discussions and submissions of all class assignments. Don’t miss out on any due dates or deadlines.

4. Participation in class discussions

The virtual world has a pitfall of complacency setting in as there is no physical eye contact between the educator and a student and no fear of getting caught napping in class. As a result, more effort is required from students to keep their interest alive and one of the easiest way to achieve that is to actively participate in class discussions, seek clarification of doubts.

It can be easy to get distracted, so one has to consciously make an effort to think that “this is an IAS coaching class, I’m in the best IAS institutes, I’m here to learn.” Also, it will certainly help if you can engage with your fellow students on discussions and chats to discuss assignments, doubts, etc. And, of course, keeping in mind that even though you’re not physically with your classmates, you are all in the same boat. If you suddenly had to jump into online learning and you are disoriented, they probably are too! So cut yourself some slack and do your best, it’s okay to not be comfortable right away.

To KNOW MORE about Rau’s IAS General Studies Integrated (GSI) Hybrid- Online Course

Wish you all good luck. Stay safe!








  1. I was in dilemma whether online coaching will be as useful like offline coaching but after reading blog I was out of confusions.

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