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IIT Madras Alumnus launches online tests for Civil Service aspirants

The uncertainty surrounding the Covid 19 pandemic has taken a toll on the future civil servants the UPSC aspirants appearing for the Preliminary Exam 2020. To keep the aspirants focused during lockdown, ExcelOn Academy has launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based test series.

The test series, available at www.excelonacademy.com provides personalised results and feedback to each and every single user and helps aspirants identify their blind spots and weak areas in each major subject of general studies. It incorporates the best features of both paper-based and online tests such as,

  • The feature to strike-off options when arriving at the right option
  • The ability to mark questions for review to revisit later
  • A reverse timer for overall test and timer for each question, and
  • It also has three levels of personalised feedback, analysing the performance through multiple dimensions.

IIT Alumnus starts online platform for civil service aspirants

ExcelOn Academy has been started by T. Uday Kumar, an IIT Madras Alumnus (M.Tech., Electrical Engineering, 2001 Batch) with several years of experience in coaching civil service aspirants, and Mr. Muthu Kumar Raju, a U.S.-based tech entrepreneur specialising in building cutting-edge technology platform for startups and aspiring businesses.

Elaborating on the importance of preparing smartly in the last few weeks before the Preliminary Examinations, T Uday Kumar, Co-founder, ExcelOn Academy , said, “Of the 12 to 15 month-long effort that a candidate undertakes to prepare for Preliminary Examination of the UPSC, the last few weeks are very crucial as one consolidates and applies their knowledge by solving multiple question papers.

It is here that the AI-based test series provides immense value, by not only calculating the scores and giving question-wise explanation (which other tests also do), but also highlighting the candidate’s blind spots.”

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Adding on, Uday Kumar said, “This test series will help the candidate focus and revise only those areas where their score is low, thus improving the candidate’s confidence and marks. This personalised feedback is what an aspirant looks forward to.”

Some of the unique features of this test and the personalised feedback include:

  • Precise inputs on where to improve This is given at the level of sub-topics within a subject
  • Suggested reading This is given at the level of chapter of the book to be studied or newspaper links in case of current affairs questions
  • Points out the potential fundamental conceptual error of the aspirant
  • Points out the potential areas of misplaced confidence in certain topics/concepts.
  • Peer group comparison (ranking among test takers)

UPSC resource available for students

ExcelOn Academy is an online platform to deliver quality test series for UPSC prelims exam. It is powered by Artificial Intelligence that enables precise and detailed feedback on strengths, weakness and blindspots of the student and auto-suggests where to improve and what to study.

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a Nationwide Competitive Examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS).

It is conducted in three phases – a preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper-II known as Civil Service Aptitude Test or CSAT), and a main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional type, in which two papers are qualifying and marks of seven are counted followed by a personality test (interview).

It is considered to be the most difficult competitive examination in India. A single attempt takes two complete years of preparation – one year before the prelims and one year from prelims to interview.

On average, the number of candidates appearing for the preliminary examination is approximately 5,00,000, each year. Of this, around 1000 make it to the final list, with around 100 getting the coveted IAS. Hence the ratio of success of becoming an IAS through this exam is 100/5,00,000 i.e. one in every 5,000.

Courtesy: India Today

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