Opting for online coaching for JEE but you are still confused on which one to choose? You can choose wisely from my list of the best online coaching programs for JEE. On that list, AskIITians was among the top 5. While that article only talked a little about AskIITians, I have decided to make things clearer about AskIITians in this AskIITians Review.
But first a little bit info about IITs and JEE exams.
About IITs and IIT-JEE
Established in 1946, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are the dream colleges for engineering students all across India. It is a matter of utmost pride for a student to be known as an IITian. Engineers coming out of IITs have been known for their quality work in both national and international fields. In order to get admission in one of the seven zonal IITs, a student needs to clear the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). It is further divided into two parts – JEE Main and JEE Advanced. Only students who quality JEE Mains are eligible to appear in JEE Advanced.
Status of IIT-JEE Coaching Industry
IIT-JEE is widely considered to be one of the toughest entrance exams in India. Plus, if you manage to get admission into an IIT — it is said that you are on the perfect path to a perfect career. B. Tech. and other graduate programs from IITs are highly acclaimed among students, teachers, families and hiring companies. This is why IIT-JEE entrance exam is in such a demand.
As a result, the coaching industry for IIT-JEE has grown enormously over the past few decades. Many coaching institutes start taking in students for foundation courses right from class IX. Because of the high level of competition involved, most students get enrolled in one course or the other. However, most of these coaching institutes charge hefty fees that students from poor and lower middle class backgrounds are not able to afford.
Fortunately, a number of digital education platforms are now available for the benefit of underprivileged students. Many of them offer high quality courses for free, that can be accessed by everybody in the country. While these free courses have some limitations, they are still a great place to start. AskIITians, Unacademy and ByJU’s are some of the best names that provide free online coaching for IIT-JEE.
Founded by two IIT alumni and dedicated to guiding young JEE aspirants, it is free to begin with and gives students access to deep, concept-based learning. It has become one of the most popular options for JEE coaching, and has helped countless students in qualifying the exam. It has also been associated with a lot of IIT-JEE toppers in recent times. In this AskIITians review, I have covered various aspects of this platform and shown how you can benefit from it. In the latter part of this AskIITians review, I have also discussed some downsides of the program.
What is AskIITians?
As mentioned above, AskIITIans is an online educational platform developed and managed by a team of experienced IIT alumni. It is also well-known for being the very first online coaching in India to start offering LIVE classroom sessions. The development team is well versed with all the aspects of JEE and encourages students to strengthen their concepts in each subject right from the beginning. With over 14 years of experience in the industry, they know every student’s individual needs to crack the exam.
There are plenty of active academic discussions on the AskIITians website forum, where students are allowed to put forward their queries without hesitation. The team claims to continuously work hard to ensure that the doubts of each and every student are satisfactorily answered. Other students can participate in the discussions to contribute answers as well. It is a rich and rewarding experience of mutual learning. Apart from this, AskIITians offers guidance to NEET students as well.
What are the features of the study material offered by AskIITians?
The JEE is held in two parts – JEE Mains and JEE Advanced. The latter, which can only be taken by students who qualify JEE Mains, is considered one of the most challenging exams in the world. It is a highly concept-based exam that can even confuse some professionals. Simply cramming up theory and superficial practice of questions is not sufficient to handle the level of questions asked in the paper. And yet, it is the only way to get admission in an IIT.
You need both hard work and the right guidance to crack the JEE. Without the right guidance, your hard work will be oriented in the wrong direction. As a result, it will not help you reach your goal. Thus, it is important to follow study material that is well structured and offers proper guidance. Ideally, the study material for IIT-JEE should have the following qualities:
- It should have questions with varying difficulty levels, and covering a number of topics. Most students have only a year to prepare for the exam (two years in case of class XI students). Thus, solving five hundred questions in one chapter is not practical. A better option is to solve a hundred questions with each of them involving multiple concepts.
- It should have theory explained in a compact and easily understandable manner. Many JEE aspirants are from Hindi medium schools, and have trouble understanding complicated English vocabulary. Thus, the language of communication should be kept as simple as possible.
- It should not stray too much from the syllabus of the exam. The scope of physics, chemistry, and mathematics is vast. Some coaching institutes tend to include unnecessary topics just to attract more students. That is simply a waste of time at best. A JEE aspirant needs to focus on following the exam’s syllabus strictly, and practice it as many times as possible.
Study materials offered by AskIITians fulfils all of these criteria. Although it is somewhat lengthy, and could be difficult to understand for beginners, it does not include anything outside the syllabus of IIT-JEE. Rather, if a student puts in effort, then it is sufficient to strengthen their concepts enough to solve even the toughest questions asked in JEE Advanced.
AskIITians’ LIVE online classes can be accessed anywhere, no matter where you are. Alternatively, you can choose a self-study package if you are confident enough. After studying a chapter, you can assess your understanding by attempting their extensive question bank. There is also a regular all India test series, which is taken by thousands of students from all over the country. It is a great way of assessing where you stand against the competition. AskIITians also offers extra help to aspirants who are studying for their board exams.
Benefits of joining AskIITians
The team at AskIITians is deeply concerned about the overall performance of its students. Thus, in order to take better care of them, they keep students’ parents regularly updated about their wards’ performance. Parent-teachers’ meetings (PTMs) are held regularly, which gives parents and teachers an opportunity to interact and discuss the welfare of the students.
Their approach to handling the JEE syllabus is highly appreciated by the students. The study plans that I have seen are near perfect and if they holistically cover them all, there is a high chance of you getting into IITs.
Downsides of joining AskIITians
Customer support has been on the target for former askIITian students. Take this Facebook review for example, in which a student writes:
While most of the elements are fine, human resources and how the students are tackled can be improved. Remember that askIITians courses are free to begin with but are not completely free. You may have to pay high amounts for the courses and like any other coaching, there is no guarantee of what portion of the syllabus may remain untaught.
AskIITians is a great initiative that started with free coaching but slowly turned into a commercial program. Still offers some free courses. Paid courses are better and can be opted for with full trust. Only issue is their management. If you can handle them, askIITians is the online coaching you are looking for. Medical (NEET) and School coaching is also offered.
When it comes to online coaching of any sort, it is important to remember that there is a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. You alone have the power to make or break your own career. There will not be anybody watching over you, making sure that you are studying properly. You need to be honest enough to utilize your time wisely, and make sure that you make the best use of the resources you have. Without sufficient self-study and hard work, not even the best coaching institute out there can help you clear the JEE.
However, with AskIITians, you can be assured that you are receiving excellent guidance. Their study package is wholesome, covering everything you need to develop your concepts well. Their question banks and test series offer a good variety of questions for practice. After joining this platform, you do not need to unnecessarily look around for more material anywhere else. Instead, you should try to focus on revising their course as many times as possible.
Combined with your own hard work, AskIITians is just what you need to successfully clear the JEE and fulfil your dream of becoming an IITian.
Best of luck for your exam.