Mentoring is done online, through classes, assignments and counselling.
Firstly, there are regular virtual classes conducted twice a day, one hour in the morning (6 am to 7 am) and one-and-a-half hour in the evening (9.30 pm to 11 pm).They are conducted in the Telegram super group, having all 300 students in the same virtual class room. Apart from the attendance in the morning in the respective teams, the morning class is compulsory to attend. Regular defaulters are liable to be removed from the mentoring process itself. Evening classes are optional. These classes are conducted on all days except Sundays. On Sundays too, at times, there are special classes.
Secondly, assignments are given and these need to be done within the time prescribed. If the aspirants fail to do that, then it will affect not only their preparation, but also others’ preparation as we follow the ‘crowd sourcing’ model. Hence, defaulters will be removed from the class and waiting list will be operated to fill that vacancy.
Thirdly, counselling is done in small teams of 20 students each, at pre-fixed time, apart from the class hours. This team mentoring is more on a personal level, where the team mentors understand the background of the candidates, support and assist them to give their best in the exams. The team mentor also corrects the mocks written by the team members and advise on the strategy to be followed. Such personal mentoring by the civil servants themselves evidently motivates the students immensely.
What do we do in the classes?
We do not do spoon-feeding in the class. We expect the students to study the syllabus, as per the agreed schedule, and come prepared to ask doubts, get clarifications and insights. The mutual discussions among the students, and insights from the mentors clear any possible doubt any student may have.
Once we complete the schedule, thus the RAG syllabus, then we move on to mocks. Here, we make every student create mock question papers, and then solve them, interchanging the mock question papers. On an average, each student is made to answer 20 mocks before the exams. This helps the student to gain immense confidence.
The same method is followed for both prelims and mains. Regarding interview, there is no RAG method. We follow the traditional method of going through the DAF, and conduct mock interview in the telegram chat.
As one can see, the entire mentoring programme stands on the foundation of personal motivation and hard work. For those who have resolved to become a civil servant, but who do not join the coaching classes, whatever be the reason, this mentoring programme is expected to help them immensely.
How to make the most of mentoring?
As explained in the home page, the mentors are here for the larger goal of good governance in the country. This mentoring is expected to help those deserving candidates, who have the potential to become ideal civil servants of tomorrow.
We believe the following qualities make for an ideal civil servant:
1. Compassion towards others.
2. Unbiased, balanced mind-set.
3. Alertness and knowledge, leading to quick grasp of new concepts.
4. Objectivity, coupled with discipline.
5. Courage and determination.
The mentoring programme is designed in such a way that makes the aspirant to run a marathon. Hence, it is for serious candidates. Once you get into RAG, it will not allow you to rest, till you clear mains. You would be working for at least 12 hours a day.
The feedback from the past batches reveal that RAG strategy works very well, if the candidate is disciplined and hardworking.
RAG is intensive, and hence, before joining this mentoring programme, one is expected to have read the syllabus once. That will help to sustain the speed. If you have not done one reading of the syllabus, then you have to be extraordinarily talented to handle RAG.