he 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
Ø The feature to strike off options when arriving at the right option
Ø The ability to mark questions for review to revisit later
Ø A reverse timer for overall test and timer for each question, and
Ø It also has three levels of personalised feedback, analysing the performance through multiple dimensions
ExcelOn Academy has been started by Mr. 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, Mr. 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.”
Adding on, Mr. 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:
Ø Precise inputs on where to improve – This is given at the level of sub-topics within a subject
Ø 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
Ø Points out the potential fundamental conceptual error of the aspirant
Ø Points out the potential areas of misplaced confidence in certain topics/concepts.
Ø Peer group comparison (ranking among test takers)
Speaking about this new online platform, Mr. Muthu Kumar Raju, Co-founder, ExcelOn Academy, remarked, “Every challenge is an opportunity. We have been thinking about the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in India, and the kind of tools and services that could be used to ensure India’s future leaders (UPSC aspirants) do not miss a beat in their learning. We built this platform in a rapid model to provide immediate value during these trying times and we are committed to continuously invest and improve. Let us hope that when COVID-19 is in our rear-view mirrors, the innovations and technology that help aspirants today become commonplace and plays a key role in new-age learning.”