[MOST AWAITED COURSE] GURUKUL ADVANCED for Veterans’ – UPSC/IAS 2023 – ‘A Rigorous, Intensive Tests & Mentorship Based Programme’!

  • IASbaba
  • September 22, 2022
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From the ancient times we have had the tradition of imparting knowledge directly from a Guru to Shishya. The process of this direct dissipation of information from the source not only built knowledge base but also helped in building a strong character’ in the students.

The mechanism was called ‘Gurukul’

Where students were like the family of a Guru. 

But with the present education system, students have become more distant from the teachers. There is a strong dis-connect! This lack of connection between the teachers and the students and fear of asking questions has not helped much in the process of learning as it should have actually happened.

Considering the impact and efficiency of the age-old practice, we decided to revive the good old structure of Gurukul with modern changes to continue the Guru – Shishya Parampara.

So, what made this Gurukul unique? It was the special bond that the Guru and Shishya used to share with each other. The affection of the Guru for his pupil and the respect of the Shishya for his teacher made learning a pure and immersive process. The stories of teachers like Vishvamitra, Sandinapani and Drona and the anecdotes about the brilliance of students like Ram, Krishna and Arjun are an integral part of our life journey. Isn’t it? We wondered if the parampara could be revived!

Yes, it could! With this intent we started the Gurukul program two years back at IASbaba. When we started this initiative, we were very sure that the process will be liked by the students and most importantly it will become the most result-oriented program in the history of UPSC/IAS coaching. The result of the first batch exceeded our own expectations! 3 Ranks out of 50 Students, 40% Success rate in Prelims, 33% Success rate in Mains.

Yes! We are in the process of making your UPSC journey a more intimate one. We are going to redefine the relationship between the teacher and the students to ensure that the UPSC aspirants get an opportunity to prepare in a highly focussed environment, under the close guidance of a Guru.

Although it would be unfair to expect the same level of dedication and discipline in today’s modern times, in terms of its overall essence and objectives, we can always make an honest attempt to create a milieu where the benefits of Guru-Shishya parampara can be reaped in a modern avatar.


It is famously said – The fastest way to get somewhere is to ask someone who is there already!

"Gu" means dark and "Ru" means light. "Guru" can be roughly translated as darkness to light, or possibly one who leads from darkness to light. The Guru is a teacher who guides the Shishya's (student’s) life, who leads the shishya from blindness or ignorance to bliss, wisdom, and enlightenment.

In a nutshell, mentorship is a lot of things. For some, wisdom shows up in different places. And for some, it is the age-old culture of the ‘Guru-Shishya’ Parampara. It is the tradition of spiritual relationship and mentoring where teachings are transmitted from a guru “teacher” (गुरु) to a śiṣya (शिष्य, disciple).

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Problems Faced by Aspirants Which Were Not Taken Care by Regular Coaching

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

UPSC Preparation is like a ‘Marathon’ and not a ‘100 Meters Sprint’.

  • If you try to go too fast, you will run out of fuel. An uphill mile may require a lot from us, but even with this immediate challenge, we have to keep some energy, patience, and passion in reserve for the miles to come.
  • UPSC Preparation requires a consistent follow up of a detailed and micro-level planning to excel throughout.
  • In Gurukul, we will focus on the micro-planning approach to be followed by every individual. This will ensure that your energy is channelized on a daily basis for months and the outcomes are focused and well planned from Day-1.

“If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” – Michele Ruiz

  • Lack of motivation is a hard known reality among aspirants. They start pretty well with high-motivation and aspirations. But the motivation fades away after a few days. To ensure that every aspirant of Gurukul is motivated through out the programme, we have a dedicated team of mentors who will take care of your psychological well being too.
  • You can talk to mentors and IASbaba Team and discuss your issues. Most importantly, Gurukul set up will be bound by constant motivational activities and competitive environment that will automatically force you to be in the ‘sphere of influence’ (Determined Peer Group).

“My mentor said, ‘Let’s go do it,’ not ‘You go do it.’ How powerful when someone says, ‘Let’s!’” — Jim Roh

  • A SINGLE strategy is not meant to cater to group of individuals. And that’s what happens in regular coaching classes where you are among hundreds and thousands of aspirants sitting in a one-way teaching process. Top of it, there is no mentorship and one-on-one attention and interaction. 
  • In Gurukul, we will focus on each individual based on their strength and weaknesses. This is the approach that we have been following in Gurukul, where individual learning and progress is given utmost importance.
  • And to generate and create the best, we are determined to focus on your end-to-end needs.

Our motto in the mentorship will be LET’S DO IT TOGETHER!

“Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” – Lord Chesterfield

  • Time-management is the key in this preparation.
  • Since we have a micro-level planning for the entire programme, it is obvious and inherent that the focus will be on effective time-management.

You will be building the foundation from the very start of the programme and consistency in doing so will take care of the end result.

“Consistency is the true foundation of trust. Either keep your promises or do not make them.”― Roy T. Bennett
  • It is quite natural to lose momentum and you are no exception.
  • The Gurukul programme is designed in such a way that you won’t be falling into the trap of irregularity and inconsistency.
  • To ensure this, you will have a strong and dedicated peer group along with ‘Mentor-Guru’ to rely on.
  • Mains Answer Writing is an integral and crucial aspect of your preparation.
  • The vastness of Mains Syllabus and its demand requires a dedicated approach for which you need to practice it a lot.
  • Along with strengthening the foundation, you will have regular mains answer writing sessions, tests, discussions and feedback.
  • The best part will be the discussions with your mentor on the same.
  • This is where ‘Gurukul’ will stand out.
  • Timely assessment and analysis are a crucial aspect in one’s journey.
  • Since our focus is entirely on strengthening your foundation and micro-level planning techniques, regular tests and assessment/analysis are inherent part of our strategy.
  • In regular coaching, there is no accountability and individual assessment and that is where, GURUKUL will make a difference.
“In a sea of mediocre content, a brave tone can be a big differentiator.”-Ann Handley
  • Market is flooded with content and it has become a trend to acquire everything in the market and feel happy about it.
  • UPSC is like an ocean but to cross it, diving deep is not required rather swimming with strategy and proper training is the need.
  • IASbaba is known for quality content and we have always ensured that the quality never gets compromised.
Our VAN, Tests and Babapedia (Current Affairs) are that equipment which will make you swim and cross this ocean with ease.
“Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.” —Dag Hammarskjold
  • Again, a very pertinent aspect of this journey is the feeling of being alone or left out.
  • In Gurukul that will be taken care since the whole group will act like a family.
IASbaba is like a family and once you join, there is nothing like ‘Being Alone’
The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the expectations of your peer group.
  • A quality/good Peer group is extremely important for you to excel or improve your performance and productivity.
  • GURUKUL students will be having this advantage of having a great companionship/support of quality aspirants who will automatically push you to work hard and enhance the productivity
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. – Francis Bacon
  • Since you have the companionship of mentor and a great peer group, negativity will be distant fear in any case.
  • In the process of learning, it is obvious to fail sometimes but to try consistently is what we will push you for.
  • And GURUKUL will make sure that no such negativity prevails through out the journey.
“It always seems impossible until it is done.” Nelson Mandela
  • Procrastination is one of the common problems affecting the aspirants and those who are unable to get out of it, suffers miserably.
  • Since GURUKUL students will have a cohort group of sincere aspirants and handholding of mentors, procrastination will be procrastinated from their schedule 😊


A Rigorous, Intensive Tests & Mentorship Based Programme

Eligibility Criteria

Only a limited number of students who are highly dedicated will be selected through multiple rounds of scrutiny. Seats are limited as one on one mentorship is possible only with a limited number of students.

The selection process will be similar to UPSC standards, comprising of one Prelims Test (50 MCQ’s – 100 marks; Syllabus will include current affairs of last one year and static GS topics + Objective CSAT questions), one Mains Test – 150 marks (it will include an essay based on Current Issues and case studies of Ethics to check the approach of candidates) and a Personality Test (it will be conducted to check the dedication of candidates and their level of understanding of Current Issues).

Mode of Test: ONLINE Only

Total Marks: 250

Date of Entrance Test –

  • 28th September, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • 2nd October, 2022 (Sunday)

Timings – 11:00 am (2 Hours and 30 Minutes)


There will be one on one interaction with Mohan sir on a regular basis, and sir will be grooming you personally. There will also be a team of MENTORS who will be available and accessible to you on a daily basis. They will keep a check on your performance in the tests conducted and guide you according to your strengths and weaknesses.

Based on your individual Strengths & Weaknesses focus areas will be told to you, so that you will be able to enhance your overall score. The Mains test evaluation will be done in detail and the student will be given personalised feedback. This will help in gradually writing good answers within the time frame given by UPSC.

This will help you in building concepts, form rational opinions, enhance communication skills.

The Program runs for 11 months starting from October 2022 to September 2023.

As you can see in the detailed schedule, we have made this program comprehensive with an intensive plan, materials/notes, regular tests, discussions, classes & guidance so that you are on your toes and this one program is enough for you to crack this exam.

(Each selected after an Extensive Process of ‘Entrance Test’ which involves Prelims, Mains & Interview) – A good peer group is required to push you to your limits. All of you will be able to interact with each other. This will boost healthy competition. This will also help you in gauging your level of preparation in comparison with the best of the bests.

Special Strategy sessions will be taken to make you learn How to Tackle each Subject and How to make Notes like a Topper!


  • Strategy Class – For Prelims on how to clear the cut-off & maximise your score with Previous Year Question (PYQ) Analysis.
  • CSAT Classes – Since it has become an Achilles heel for many aspirants.


  • Approach Class – On how to approach/read each Paper (GS1, GS2, GS3), value additions & expectations from UPSC along with PYQ Analysis.
  • Strategy Class – On nuances of Answer Writing – how to start with answer writing, Time Management, value additions in each paper & maximize your marks in Mains etc.
  • Discussion Class after each Mains Test.
  • Special Approach Class for Ethics – Focusing on Theory and Case Studies
  • Special Approach Class for Essay – Focusing on both Theme based and Philosophical Essays.

Total 177 Tests (83 MAINS Tests + 94 PRELIMS Tests)

Exclusive CURRENT AFFAIRS TESTS for both Prelims and Mains.

Every 5th Day – Prelims + Mains Test

Every Two Weeks – Exclusive Current Affairs Test (Prelims & Mains)

Every Two Weeks – Exclusive Essay Test


Prelims Tests are divided into (Total 94 Tests)

  • 26 Current Affairs Tests (April 2022 to April 2023)
  • 44 Sectional Wise Tests
  • 6 Subject wise Revision Sectional Tests
  • 3 Exclusive Tests (Map based, Economic Survey & Budget, Government Schemes & Policies)
  • 5 Full-Length Mock Tests
  • 10 CSAT Full-Length Tests


Mains Tests are divided into (Total 83 Tests)

  • 22 Micro Current Affairs Tests – 1 Hour
  • 37 Sectional Tests (GS1, GS2, GS3, GS4) – 1 Hour
  • 14 Exclusive ESSAY Tests – Theme based and philosophical – 1.5 Hours
  • 10 Full-length MOCK Tests (GS1, GS2, GS3, GS4) – 3 Hours

Note: Every Mains Test will be Evaluated & Synopsis (Except for Essay Tests) will be provided along with Discussion & Strategy Classes before & after the Mains Tests.

The Schedule is designed in such a way that the targets are achievable for a sincere and serious aspirant. The schedule is practical, in the sense that adequate time is given to prepare for each test along with optimum revision time and regular breaks.

We have tried to sync the Prelims and Mains Tests wherever possible.

One will have adequate time between every test to work upon the shortcomings and improve on it. Mentorship will have a greater role to play and will have a greater impact.

We have made sure that you are able to devote 3-4 hours every day for your optional subject.

Two Months of Exclusive Focus on Prelims 2023.

Strategic Coverage of Syllabus Questions for both Prelims and Mains Tests will be framed in such a way that the complete syllabus will be covered. Also, the topics are selected in such a way that you can cover the syllabus three times before your Prelims exam.

The program is designed in such a way that your progress is smooth and you can learn time management right from the beginning.

Step by Step improvement in answer writing along with better time management. It is important that you learn how to divide your time in a 3 hour Test. This you will be able to learn only when you are writing module-wise tests.

There will be regular ‘Interaction sessions with the Toppers/Ex-Bureaucrats’, where you will get hands-on experience on the services and their experiences on the field.

To make the classroom a vibrant and energetic place, extracurricular activities will be arranged during the course duration.

How will Gurukul work for Online Students?

  • We have made the difference between Online and Offline negligible.
  • All the features that the offline students will be getting are almost replicated in the online scenario.
  • Mohan Sir will be having regular sessions with the online students.
  • You will get access to IASbaba’s eLearn Portal (elearn.iasbaba.com) to access all the deliverables – Classes, Babapedia, Prelims and Mains Tests etc.


Gurukul Advanced Online
44,999 + GST
  • 44,999 + 8,100(18% GST)
Gurukul Advanced Offline
48,999 +GST
  • 48,999 + 8,820(18% GST)

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