Our UPSC Course

Introduction

Various guidance batches are organised at Chanakya Mandal Pariwar for preparation of UPSC examinations. The duration, eligibility conditions, fees and all other details differ from batch to batch. Students must understand all this well and then take admission. At the same time, it is suggested that you can take a degree or post-graduation in the same efforts of your studies for competitive examinations. Also take a look at the “Abhyas Mahotsav" camps held twice a year. Each one is suggested to choose an option best suited to him/her depending upon available time, priority, educational qualification, etc. But once you have chosen a particular option, we insist that you do it with full devotion. Doing it as and when possible, as time permits will neither be helpful to you nor will it be acceptable at Chanakya Mandal Pariwar.
We insistently suggest that one may start preparing for competitive exams right after passing SSC examination.
For this we suggest the following time schedule :
  • Firstly our yearlong Foundation Course -  This course should preferably be done during standard 11 or in the First year of degree course. The preparation for CSAT and the newly introduced Paper IV of Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude in the Main Examination is done in this year. More importantly this is the course which gives a proper direction to one’s life. The optional subject should be decided so that that can be linked to your degree.
  • Then, our yearlong Preparatory Course -  This should preferably be done in the 12 standard or in the FY / SY. The preparation of GS is done in this year and primary guidance for selected optional subject is given in this year.
  • Then, UPSC Comprehensive Course -  This should be done while pursuing TY of degree course so that you may appear for the UPSC exam the same year. If you wish to concentrate on TY and want the time for it, you may do the Comprehensive course after TY. But again that year you may have an important post-graduation exam. Thus, this may continue to happen year after year. Hence, we suggest ‘earlier the better’, i.e. you may do this course while doing your TY itself when you have just become eligible to appear for UPSC; because you must not forget that it ultimately also matters for your seniority in service and hence concentrate on achieving suceess at youngest possible age.

Our Batches

  • Duration : Entire year. Generally commences in the second week of June and goes on till April, the next year. The program i s di vi ded i n two sessions. The Abhyas Mahotsav hel d t wi ce a year i s al s o included in this course.
  • Screening Test : Is conducted before admission
  • Eligibility : Students appearing for U P S C examination to be held at the time of the end of this course.
  • Medium : English.
  • General Studies : Guidance on General Studies and CSAT for 2 hours daily. Four hours on Sunday. Weekend batch is also available having 4 hrs. input per day on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Detailed guidance for certain selected optional subjects: Given separately on Saturday and Sunday. The guidance for optional subjects like History, Political science, Public Administration, Geography and Marathi Literature is available. The enquiry for this year’s classes can be done at the office.
  • Design of the Course : The two parts of this course are as follows
  • 1) Second week of June to April, next year. Combined n guidance for Prelims and Main Examination. Emphasis on Main Exam first and then on Prelim exam. Mock papers for Main exam in December. Starting the preparation for preliminary exam from the second Abhyas Mahotsav in January.
  • 2) Model test papers in April for preparation of Prelim exam in May on General Studies (GS) and CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test).
Special Features of the course - 
  • Combined guidance for Prelims, Mains and also to an extent, Interview.
  • Shri. Dharmadhikari Sir’s session per week.
  • Detailed guidance for subject like Compulsory English, Compulsory Marathi, General Studies (Prelims & Mains), CSAT, Essay, etc.
  • Course is run as per module pattern (please see the explanation of this concept in the MPSC chapter).
  • Sessions by special visiting faculty.
  • Printed notes and practice question sets are given for General Studies.
  • Special video sessions are organised.
  • ‘Abhyas Mahotsav’ twice a year are included wherein stamina for 12 to 14 hours continuous study is developed. Also an opportunity for dialogue with expert visiting faculty by means of questions and answers and guidance by them is made available.
  • Rich library and 24 hour study room is available.
  • The competitive exam preparatory magazine (in Marathi) named “Chanakya Mandal" is given for the course duration, published by us.
  • Personal guidance and counselling with Dharmadhikari Sir.
  • 12) Guidance by previously successful students is made available.
  • Duration : Approximately 4 months. December to April. Inclusive of the second ‘Abhyas Mahotsav’ in January
  • Screening Test :  Is conducted before admission
  • Eligibility : Students appearing for UPSC examination to be held in May, at the time of the end of this course.
  • Medium : English.
  • Guidance for General Studies and CSAT – 2 to 4 hours guidance daily.
  • Design of the course : 1) Starts at the end of December. Goes on till March, the next year. 2) Model Test Papers for both the papers General Studies and CSAT in April for preparation of Prelim exam in May.
Special Features of the course - 
  • Shri. Dharmadhikari Sir’s session per week.
  • Guidance for both General Studies and CSAT.
  • Printed notes for General Studies and practice question sets for CSAT are given.
  • Special video sessions are organised.
  • Rich library and 24 hour study room is available.
  • The competitive exam preparatory magazine (in Marathi) named “Chanakya Mandal" is given for the course duration, published by us.
  • Personal guidance and counselling with Dharmadhikari Sir.
  • Course is run as per module pattern (please see the explanation of this concept in the MPSC chapter).
The results of the Prelims Exam held in May come out generaly in the first or second week of August. This batch is conducted before the result. Students who expect to clear this exam start preparing for the Main Exam without waiting for the results. This course is for them.
  • Duration: About 2 months. Generally between 1st June and 31st July.
  • Screening Test : Not applicable.
  • Eligibility : Students who have appeared for Prelim exam held in May, of the same year
  • Medium :  English
  • 2 to 4 hours guidance daily. Direct teaching of a particular subject is not expected. Inclusive of revision of all subjects, group discussions, presentations, review of previous main exam papers and discussion based on that, method of writing the main exam paper and studying for it, getting solved papers checked and personal counselling.
  • This is a special course only for students who have cleared the Prelim exam of that year.
  • Special feature of this course is Dharmadhikari Sir himself sets and evaluates the papers of each and every student with an elaborate feedback, especially for all GS, Essay and History, Political Sc and Pub. Admn. Otionals. Geography and Marathi Optional papers are done by other senior faculty members.
  • Duration of Course : Approximately 1 month ( This course starts immediately after the result of Prelim exam.)
Other features of course
  • Regular sessions with Dharmadhikari Sir.
  • Lots of practice for answer writing and essay writing.
  • Papers are checked by Dharmadhikari Sir and other exper t faculty and improvements are suggested personally.
  • Group discussions with some experts are organised.
  • Special sessions on current events.
  • Guidance by previously successful students is made available.
  • Rich library and 24 hour study room is available.
  • This batch starts immediately after the Main Exam is over. Guidance for interview is provided in two rounds at Chanakya Mandal Pariwar. The first round is held immediately after the Main exam and second round after the result of the Main exam. This course helps to give clarity to students to study for possible questions which could be asked in the interview. Group discussion sessions with senior and expert faculty members are organised. A threeday workshop is organised for the same.
  • Mock Interview : The interview panel comprises of many extremely senior and expert officers. Video shooting of the interview is done and other candidates can watch him live. Students also conduct practice inter views amongst themselves.
Special Features - 
  • Shri  Avinash Dharmadhikari himself conducts interviews of the students.
  • Expert interview panel of 5 like UPSC, inclusive of senior officers, retired officers and subject experts.
  • Video shooting of each interview and facility for students to see it.
  • Difficulty solving and elaborate personal feedback session.
  • Facility to view videos of mock interviews of our previously successful students.
  • If the student wants a video copy of t he mock interview can be obtained by paying extra charges.
This is for those students who do not give up efforts due to failures, but continue trying persistently putting in more efforts. After the Prelim Exam results come out, the Special Mains batch starts for those who have cleared Prelims and this course starts for those who haven’t. Here students get together every week and this is their ‘Abhyas Mandal’. To get admission to this course a student must have appeared for Prelim Exam atleast once. For more information refer to the office.

Residential study camp twice a year for rigorous preparation of UPSC and MPSC exams

BBA - MBAEvery year Chanakya Mandal Pariwar organises 2 intensive residential study camps for preparation of UPSC and MPSC exams. First study camp is organised generally in the month of August and another in the month of January. August camp emphasises on study for Mains. J a n u a r y i s t h e t i m e w h e n t h e notifications of UPSC examination is round the corner, so thi s camp i s deleberately organized to star t the preparation for Prelims.
Daily schedule of these camps starts at 7 am and goes on till 9 pm. One of the important purposes of this camp is to toughen our students, to make them capable of putting in hard work for 12-14-16 hours a day.
Outstanding and eminent personalities and experts from respective fields have a dialogue with the students regarding subjects of study. Following are the names of few such personalities who have previously spoken to students : the then Finance Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Jayant Patil, former PWD Minister Shri. Nitin Gadkari, the then Home Minister of Maharashtra Shri. R. R. Patil, Umeshchandra Sarangi (IAS Rtd.), Dr. Nitin Kareer (IAS), Smt. Meera Borwankar (IPS), Bhishmaraj Bam (IPS Rtd.), well-known environmentalist Shri. Mohan Dharia, leader of co-oprative movement in Maharashtra Shri. Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil, Dr. Sudhir Bhongale, Retired Forest Officer Shri. Madhavrao Gogate, Director Observator y Dr. Medha Khole, Scientist Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar etc. Throughout these camps Shri . Dharmadhikari Sir conducts one session daily.
In Abhyas Mahotsav a detailed g u i d a n c e i s p r o v i d e d b y t h e s ucces s f ul s t udent s and exper t faculties on the subjects like syllabi, study material, study methods, paper solving technique, previous year question papers, practice papers, important topics for the current exam etc. Some printed notes are also provided. Students may take the advantage of personal counselling as well. This camp proves to be beneficial especially for those students who cannot otherwise, for some reason, do the entire long duration course. They can get back to their native places and do their own study after the camp. Students of our regular course are automatically enrolled for this camp.
Throughout the ‘Abhyas Mahotsav’, arrangements of food for all participants are made at the place of the camp. Some sessions are combined for all students and these are mainly conducted in Marathi. Other sessions are conducted seperately for respective courses and batches. Their medium is English or Marathi according to the course.
Module Pattern
All batches follow a “Module Pattern" of teaching. So what is “module pattern"
  • Module pattern means subtopics of General Studies are taken one by one and complete guidance for that particular subtopic is completed continuously without breaking or interrupting the flow of the subject. Notes for that particular subtopic are also given at the same time and after completion of teaching a practice test is also conducted. Thus, this pattern ensures that each subtopic is concretely imprinted on the student’s mind. Excluding the subjects which are your degree subjects, all other subtopics are unknown and new for you. Only if you take up these subjects one by one and learn them in an uninterrupted manner, can you master them. It is our experience that this pattern proves very useful.
  • But, in this pattern it is obvious and unavoidable that some subjects will have to be taught towards the end of the course. Sometimes some students are afraid of the fact that we are approaching the end of the course and not a single lecture has been conducted for a particular subject. But this is not at all something to be afraid of, because every subject is going to be taught as per its sequence. On the contrary, the subjects which will be taught in the end are taught to you just before the exam and remain fresh in your mind. It is also our experience that if students adjust their self-study timetable with the classes they are benefited even more.