The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our lives in various ways. All the countries across the globe resorted to imposing lockdowns to contain the spread of the virus. Lockdowns in turn disrupted the normal way of life. Since schools and colleges had to be closed because of the lockdowns, students have been studying online. Teachers have been conducting classes online over various applications such as google meet, zoom etc. India as a country had never taken to online education before but the pandemic forced us to resort to it sooner than we thought we were ready to adapt to it. This has had various implications for students and the education system. The fact that we have successfully managed to ensure that education is not hampered because of the pandemic is highly commendable, however, there are certain things that reflect the grey areas where we as a country need to work on.
Online education has not only proven useful to ensure continuous imparting of education to school and college-going students but it has also transformed the way that candidates prepare for competitive exams in India. It is a known fact that every year there are lakhs of aspirants who appear for various competitive exams in India such as the Civil Services Exam, SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, Banking sector exams such as SBI PO, SBI Clerk, IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, exams conducted by the Railway Recruitment Board, and others by State Public Service Commissions and other recruiting bodies. These exams are extremely important for a lot of candidates who aspire to crack them and secure themselves a government job. The pandemic has also challenged the way that candidates prepare for these exams and limited their access to various sources of preparation such as coaching institutes, study materials, and so on.