Jamia RCA – ”second family” for more than 200 civil servants

The Residential Coaching Academy (RCA), located at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, has helped 220 students get into civil service in the past ten years. The RCA is their second home, they say.

Other than the students who passed the civil service exam, 376 more students were selected to serve in top government positions such as Provincial Civil Service (PCS), Bank Probationary Officers and Reserve Bank of India.

Jamia RCA offers free coaching for students preparing for competitive exams for government jobs. Only after passing the entrance exam, students are eligible to apply for Jamia RCA admission.

In 2020, 44 RCA applicants had passed the UPSC exam. This included Junaid Ahmed, the third highest scorer. Sanchita Sharma, Jamia RCA was the top-scoring candidate who passed the UPSC exam that year. For the past two years, she had been studying at the RCA hostel to prepare for the exam.

Jamia’s RCA was established in 2010 and has produced more than 200 civil servants through UPSC. They are currently employed in the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service(IRS), Indian Railway Traffic Service [IRTS], etc.

Besides this, 245 students from the RCA have passed the Provincial Civil Services Exam for the positions of SDM, DSP, Assistant Commandant (CAPF), IB and Assistant Commissioner (Provident Fund), etc.

Farman Khan, an IAS officer who worked as an Assistant Collector, Nellore (Andhra Pradesh), recalled his experience with Jamia RCA. He said, “Jamia RCA was not a coaching academy but my second family.” Farman said to IANS that he learned all he knows about life at Jamia Millia Islamia. Jamia is the reason for all my successes and failures. I was made an IAS officer in 2019″ Harish Dayama (IPS officer) also shared similar views. He is responsible for security of the Punjab Chief Minister. He said, “I feel very lucky that I joined Jamia RCA. After reading an advertisement online in 2011, I had emailed RCA. The RCA replied to my email. I went there just to ask for study material. I was not given the study material by RCA, but they encouraged me to apply for their coaching academy. He stated, “After that, I took the RCA examination and was admitted to the academy.” I failed to clear the interview in the first round. I then prepared again and was selected for the IPS 2013. The role of RCA was instrumental in my success. Priyanka Shukla is an IPS officer from Madhya Pradesh and credits Jamia RCA with her success. After failing to crack the UPSC exam despite spending a lot of money on another coaching center, she turned her attention towards the Jamia RCA. After joining the RCA, she was able to pass the civil service exam and earned 109th rank in UPSC.

Najma Akhtar, Jamia Vice-Chancellor, congratulated all the successful candidates on their remarkable feat.

Another success story is that of Jamia RCA’s student who attended school in a madrasa. He is now a successful entrepreneur in the field early school education. Shamshad Alam, originally from Chhapra in Bihar, has been identified as the student. He also attended Jamia RCA, and received his graduate and post-graduation degrees. He wanted to be a teacher and create new opportunities for people, not just a job.

Shamshad stated that he had established his own educational institution in Arunachal Pradesh under the name of “Edunachal”. It currently has three branches located in Arunachal Pradesh. These institutions offer training in skill development, workshops and communication skills in coordination with other universities and colleges.