If you’re familiar with educational YouTube videos posted by Drishti IAS, one of India’s leading coaching institutes for UPSC aspirants, chances are you have watched a few hosted by Dr Vikas Divyakirti.
Dr Divyakirti is the organisation’s founder and managing director, who has developed a “star status” over the past two decades.
Born to a middle-class family in Haryana, Dr Divyakirti cleared the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) in 1996 in his first attempt and was assigned to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. He resigned after a year and established Drishti IAS coaching classes in 1999, headquartered in Mukherjee Nagar, Delhi, and with branches in Prayagraj and Jaipur. His wife, Dr Taruna Verma, is also a director at the coaching institute.
With over seven million subscribers on Drishti IAS’s YouTube channel and 51,900 followers on his Instagram account, Dr Vikas Divyakirti is known for breaking down complicated subjects on current affairs in colloquial Hindi.
He is regarded as one of the most revered teachers in India’s civil services community. Quora users discuss why:
‘He fought for Hindi-medium students against CSAT’
According to a report by The Wire, model answers for the CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) are available exclusively in English. Civil aspirants opting for the exam in their local languages have, for long, alleged a language bias in the evaluation process, in addition to inadequate translations of questions.
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