Kush Beejal – NeoStencil, Gurgaon
Unique platform for competitive test preparation
The founders, Kush Beejal and Love Beejal are siblings. Kush graduated from IIT Bombay and IIM Calcutta
whereas Love is a doctor from AIIMS and management graduate from IIM Ahmedabad. Both of them worked in different MNCs and in various countries across the globe before they decided to do something which will keep them happy over rest of their lives.
NeoStencil is an online platform for Live streaming of regular classes by top IAS Institutes of Delhi. One can also watch the lectures in the recorded form, any number of times throughout the validity of the course. Study material shipping, test paper evaluation, etc. is taken care by NeoStencil. Instead of on boarding every other teacher, NeoStencil is selective in onboarding only those teachers who have given good results in the past and have good feedbacks from the students’ community. It believes that enabling the top teachers is the real solution towards inclusive education and bridging the gaps between haves and have nots. Currently, NeoStencil is a live learning platform in the IAS exam segments and will soon be expanding into other exams. It is the only platform in India which delivers more than 150+ courses by 30+ top teachers live and online. Other than live classes, NeoStencil also offers online test series, study material, discussion forums, counselling and so on.
The team comprises of graduates from IIT, IIM, DCE, etc. who also handles customer care, operations, research & development, business development, marketing and sales. NeoStencil also hires a few hire from B.A, B.Sc, Mass Communication who work on various roles. The Team believes in collaborating, risk-taking, innovating, and most importantly results. Each of them takes immense pride in what they do and the positive impact it brings to their students.
Mr Kush says, “We, the founders have ensured that everyone in the team considers himself a part of the family and dedicated towards making a billion $ company.”
The Idea behind Starting NeoStencil-
“I and Love both had relocated to cities like Kota, Delhi for our entrance exam preparation and have faced the hardships associated. With rising aspirations and competition, the hardship has reached to a greater extent. We decided to solve this real problem of exam preparation by leveraging technology to enable the top teachers for whom students relocate to coaching capitals. Currently, we are into IAS exam segments and will soon be expanding into other exams. Aspirants have a dream to join the most prestigious services of the nation, UPSC. But they also know that the accessibility to the best IAS coaching classes is limited to those who live in Delhi or other major cities.
Unfortunately they have to be content with whatever sub-par arrangement is available locally. When the results of Civil Services are announced, the toppers are invariably those students who had access to the top teachers. A majority of the hopeful applicants fail, not for lack of effort, but because they lacked access to the best resources. Desperately, many travel far, to Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad or any of those ‘coaching capitals’. But, the ordeal of leaving the security and comfort of home, family, and friends may not be an easy option for all. There may be other responsibilities like a job or a personal situation. Maybe they just don’t want to face that daily traffic, commute, and frustration. Think about it – in a typical 3 months course with 80 sessions almost 3 hrs are wasted commuting and waiting for classes every day. That is 240 hrs total or 8 hrs study time wasted for 30 days!! And, of course, relocation can be a very costly move.”
When asked about the challenges they faced he says, initially, teachers were hesitant about the technology but a dedicated engineering team of NeoStencil solved all the problems seamlessly. He proudly mentions that they were the first mover in this space. He points out, the important challenge was to create awareness among the student aspirants.”Word of mouth helped us a lot in making us popular.”
He confidently mentions that students who couldn’t relocate to Delhi because of affordability and family issues, females and working candidates who found it difficult to relocate or attend a classroom session were benefitted a lot. The flexibility of accessing the online classes 24×7 and any number of times gave them the required flexibility. NeoStencil has made a big impact in their preparation plan and saving a lot of time in travelling to coaching classes. This has kept the team motivated and kept going.
Future Plans– To extend new offerings in UPSC segment and entering new examination segments, including state civil services, judiciary and banking services. The team also plans to further work on technology developments and thereby improving user experience.
For more info visit: http://neostencil.com/
DLF Phase 2, Gurgaon 122002