Is Kota Equivalent to Success? Breaking the Myth
Kota has emerged as a famous and the most popular coaching destination for preparation of engineering and medical competitive exams like IIT JEE and NEET. Every year, around 2 lack students come to the city from all over India and neighboring countries with a dream to become an engineer or a doctor.
The entire city is covered with hoardings of coaching institutes selling the dreams of young aspirants and competing with each other to make huge profits. The city has a plenty of student hostels, mess and tiffin services charging a hefty amount. Every year, many parents take loans or sell their ancestral property to relocate to the city and provide the so called right environment to their child. If not this, many families are dislocated as one of the parents chooses to accompany the child to support and help him/her in the preparation.
Even after so many sacrifices, a large number of students are left disappointed and drained as only a few of them succeed. So here comes the question, “Does Kota really mean success?”, “Is it really important to relocate to Kota to fulfill the dream of becoming an engineer or a doctor?” Let’s go through a certain facts or views which prove that the perception is not right.
1- Success Depends on You, Not the City:
There is no success without hard work and hard work pays off no matter where you stay. Almost all the aspirants think that success in engineering or medical competitive exams is equivalent to Kota whereas the perception is not at all true. What matters the most for the preparation of a competitive exam is hard work, determination, good teachers who act as mentors, personal attention of teachers and a relaxed mind. All the coaching institutes in Kota run on a profit motive with large batch sizes and a student can hardly interact with a teacher.
Coaching is a guide. A teacher can guide you in the right direction and is only a contributor to your success whereas success depends on you and there is no better place than home to prepare for a competitive exam at such a young age. This is the age of e-learning so why not opt for an online course when you can get the best teachers of the country teach you from the comfort of your home. In addition to the privilege of studying with best faculty, an online course will also do away with the need of moving away from home to a far off place.
2- Low Selection Rate:
If you visit the city of Kota, you will find the streets filled with the hoardings of different coaching institutes with pictures of toppers they have produced. Every coaching institute tells about the number of toppers they have produced in a particular session which may range between tens to hundreds but have you ever wondered that no one actually talks about the percentage of students who qualified the exam. No one tells the number of students who actually took admission in the institute in a particular session and even the parents and students don’t give a thought about it. The reality is that 1.5-2 lakh students go to Kota every year and a very low percentage actually qualifies their desired competitive exam.
3- Lack of Guidance:
A student while preparing for a competitive exam joins a coaching institute for guidance of teachers and that is only possible when there is a scope for a student to interact with teacher whenever he/she feels to. In Kota, almost all the coaching institutes conduct classes in large batch sizes of 150-200 students where it is impossible to even ask a doubt to the teacher. The teacher hardly knows its students thereby leaving students’ doubts unhandled.
At such a young age, when a student leaves his/her home and moves to another city to study, he/she needs motivation, guidance and support which Kota fails to provide. This can only be done with the introduction of guidance and counseling services which are almost unavailable in the coaching institutes. The counseling services should be encouraged to eliminate the risk of depression and stress.
This is the reason why online courses are on the rise these days. A good online course usually has a batch size of 40 students maximum. With online courses, it has again become possible for students to get personal attention of teachers and timely guidance and motivation.
4- The Big Pressure
Kota witness number of anxiety and depression cases every year. These cases are on rise year by year. The competition and pressure to succeed is so high that students end up messing up with their mental state of mind. In fact, in order to curb this stressful situation, the district administration has several times asked the coaching institutes to introduce psychological counselors, mandatory holidays and recreational activities for the young candidates but not much has been done.
Usually the students who go to Kota to fulfill their dreams are toppers of their respective schools who suddenly face the competition with least motivation as there is a line of toppers in Kota from across India. This further adds to the pressure and fear of failure. As the aspirants are quite young, they are prone to anxiety disorder due to staying away from home and pressure to succeed.
Here are some ways and suggestions to overcome the obsession and peer pressure for Kota:
1- Give Priority to Studies:
Set your priorities right! The right approach and quality study is what is required. Else everything is secondary.
2- Recreational Activities are a Need
Yoga, meditation, sports, gym, spending time with friends or any other recreational activity must be included in your schedule.
3- Stay Motivated
Don’t let any negative energy affect your mental happiness. Remember, it is a mere competitive exam. So, don’t let it take a toll on you.