About Us

IAS Gurukul is India’s leading institute for sociology optional preparation for the civil services examination. We are guided by the objective of imparting knowledge of sociology optional to the students with a concerted focus on clearing the civil services exam. In its endeavour, the Gurukul is guided by the principles of Sincerity, Integrity and Trust . Under the guidance of its Director Pranay Aggarwal, scores of civil services aspirants have nurtured their IAS dreams.

Pranay Aggarwal

Pranay Aggarwal is regarded as the best faculty for sociology optional for the civil services examination in India; with more than 15 years of experience guiding civil services aspirants. He has mentored thousands of civil services aspirants, several of whom have been successful.

As per a survey by the National IAS Association “the most sought after optional subject teacher in both offline and online modes is Pranay Aggarwal (IAS Gurukul) for sociology preferred by 83% of students”.

His strong grasp of the discipline of sociology as well as the requirements of the civil services exam make him well-placed to guide CSE aspirants with sociology optional. With more than 15 years of experience guiding UPSC aspirants; Pranay Aggarwal is today acknowledged as the best teacher for sociology optional for UPSC. With more than 15 years of experience guiding UPSC aspirants; he is a teacher, mentor, and friend to his students. His ability to communicate with students with the greatest ease makes him a favourite teacher of many of his students.

What India says?

  • Pranay Aggarwal is “ one of India’s foremost sociologists” - Hindustan Times
  • Renowned Educationist, Sociologist, and Public Commentator” - Mid Day
  • "An expert on civil service exam preparation especially on subjects like Social Issues and Sociology." Indian Express
  • "Pranay Aggarwal is a public intellectual and one of India’s top sociologists and educationists" - Pragyata
  • He is “a popular teacher of sociology amongst civil services candidates” - Hindustan Times
  • “An expert in IAS exam preparation” - News18
  • A reputed & popular teacher of sociology amongst civil services candidates” - Higher Education Digest
  • IAS exam expert” - India Today
  • "Pranay Aggarwal is a public intellectual" - India Facts
  • Commended by senior leaders like Kiran Bedi, LG of Puducherry; Mani Shankar Aiyar, Union Minister and TSR Subramanian (IAS), Cabinet Secretary for mentoring IAS aspirants.


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Recent TV Debates &
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Gamini Singla, IAS, AIR 3, CSE 2021
Gamini Singla, IAS, AIR 3, CSE 2021
IAS Gurukul is a reputed institute for sociology. Approach Pranay Sir for clearing your doubts. When your answer sheet is evaluated, go to Pranay Sir and understand the feedback. I always made sure that my doubts are clear when I wrote tests. I followed online notes of IAS Gurukul. Thank you, IAS Gurukul.
Antriksh Jain, IPS, AIR 130, CSE 2021
Antriksh Jain, IPS, AIR 130, CSE 2021
I have been a student of Pranay Sir since last 2 years. I will like to emphasize that Sir's personal guidance was available all the time. There were days when i used to talk to Sir for an hour also. Sir was able to give that much personal guidance.
Navdeep Aggarwal, IPS, AIR 150, CSE 2021
Navdeep Aggarwal, IPS, AIR 150, CSE 2021
Pranay Sir has been a very good mentor to me. He gave me good feedback on my answers. I am very thankful to him for guiding me throughout the journey. He was very responsive to my calls. Model answers were top notch. Discussions were very fruitful. It really helped me a lot.
Shivam Chandra, IAS, AIR 453, CSE 2021
Shivam Chandra, IAS, AIR 453, CSE 2021
My experience with Pranay Sir has been very fruitful. He was always available - from online classes to availability on texts and phone for interview guidance and answer writing. My experience with IAS Gurukul has been very crucial in my success.
Jagrati Awasthi, IAS, AIR 2, CSE 2020
Jagrati Awasthi, IAS, AIR 2, CSE 2020
Approach Pranay Aggarwal Sir, ask him about the doubts because you should not leave any kind of conceptual problem. Whenever you have any doubts, you can approach him, call him or meet him…Thank you, IAS Gurukul.

About IAS Gurukul

IAS Gurukul has emerged as a benchmark institution to achieve excellence in the field of preparation for the civil services examination. Our underlying orientation at IAS Gurukul is to serve the students. IAS Gurukul is selected as an eminent coaching institute by the Department of ST and SC Development, Government of Chhattisgarh to provide coaching to selected students under the Rajiv Yuva Utthan Yojana for the UPSC civil services examination.

Students’ Success

Scores of our registered students have been selected every year by UPSC in various civil services (Final Selections) though the Civil Services Examination (CSE). Over the years, many of our registered students have cleared the CSE and are today working as civil servants. Our alumni are serving in various capacities in different states and the central government; including several IAS, IPS, IFS & IRS.

Students’ Profile

The institute is trusted by hundreds of students across the country for its specialized programs in Sociology optional. IAS Gurukul students for sociology optional classes are from diverse academic backgrounds including science and engineering, management, commerce and humanities. In fact, most of our students have no prior academic background in sociology.

Our students hail from various educational institutions including IITs, IIMs, NITs, NSIT Delhi, Delhi University, Delhi Technological University, JNU, AMU, PTU, Mumbai University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai, Pune University, Kurukshetra University, UPES Dehradun, Osmania University, NIFT, BITS Pilani, Jamia Milia Islamia and numerous others.

Pedagogy at IAS Gurukul

The Gurukul is at the forefront of promoting real learning and is committed to providing the best in class coaching. The classes at the Gurukul are deliberately interactive with due emphasis on conceptual clarity, doubts clearing and answer writing. We, at IAS Gurukul, are well aware that most of the students of our Sociology optional course do not have any academic background in sociology and the class lectures are designed accordingly.

The Gurukul is a unique experiment – as a fraternity of educators and students striving together in the pursuit of learning. The Gurukul is distinguished by the fraternal atmosphere it fosters, in which the students and faculty enrich each other as co-learners. At the Gurukul, we train the candidates to take on the civil service exam in a structured and focused manner.

At the Gurukul, the students are groomed by a committed core faculty. The faculty at the Gurukul recognizes that its task of nurturing young minds is like that of nurturing flowers; with all the will and skill required for performing such a task. The faculty has honed his teaching skills over more than 15 years of specialized experience in guiding UPSC aspirants for Sociology optional.

The Gurukul incorporates the oldest sources of knowledge with the latest, cutting- edge technology in the field of education. The pedagogy ensures that every student experiences creative excitement along with the thrill of adding to his pool of knowledge.