Manoj Kumar Singh is an educationist and a philanthropist with a passion for enabling the students to realise their true potential. As one of the founders and Managing Director of Alternative Learning Systems Ltd. (ALS) that has come to register a pan India presence, Manoj is helping youth of the country pursue their dream of Civil Services by imparting them the quality guidance. The fact that ALS has three centres in the National Capital Region & Seventy-five across the country testifies its popularity. Manoj is a matchless blend of purpose and passion. He is an alumnus of JNU & Delhi University. A civil services aspirant himself early on in his life, Manoj got fascinated by the benevolent idea of being an integral part of not one but the millions of dreams. Hence his foray into the coaching for Civil Services. A direct service to the youth of the country at large. ALS has over the years achieved 5 top positions and more than 3000 successful results in CSE and around 10000 results in various state services examinations. What sets Manoj apart is his relentless endeavour for discovering the finest teaching talents in order to bless the aspirants with the best in the field. It particularly serves no end the aspirants from the remote corners of the country who thus far remained deprived of the quality education that’s absolutely crucial to a challenging examination like Civil Services. It’s not at all surprising that his institute continues to produce civil servants in amazing numbers, year after year. An educationist and entrepreneur at once with a wide vision and keen sense of social service, whose material aspirations have come to be imbued with a spiritual fervour. Not for nothing that he has emerged as the role model in the arena of Civil Services coaching, kind of a friend, philosopher and guide. Manoj also heads “The Competition Wizard”, a magazine that is extremely popular with Civil Services’ aspirants. Besides education, music is another passion in Manoj’s life; he loves singing. Art keeps nourishing his humane side and truly makes him a complete individual.
Born in a village of Kerala, Jojo Mathew completed his formal schooling from Nirmala High School/College, Muvattupuzha and eventually earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious NIT Durgapur (REC Durgapur) in 1992. In 1994 while doing a job in a Multinational Corporation in Bengaluru, he became interested in preparing for Civil Services. His Civil Services Exam preparation story is that of another bright student who didn't make up to the final list despite the fact that he had written Main Exam thrice and appeared in the Interview twice. Meanwhile he got an opportunity to teach in the same institute where he took the coaching for Civil Services Exam i.e. Interactions IAS Study Circle under Shashank Atom in 1998. Subsequently in 2003 Interactions IAS Study Circle has been upgraded to Alternative Learning Systems Ltd. and Jojo Mathew is one of its three Founding Directors.The depth and insight he gained while writing CSE, has now been perfected as an art of teaching by him. The most explicit exposition of this art was reflected in the unprecedented success of his brainchild programme "Current Affairs Crash Course for Main Exam" started in 1999. Many students including Shantanu Basu (AIR 10) was among the successful candidates in the first batch under his guidance. Consequently he started gaining maximum appreciation for his unusual, yet highly effective teaching style which creates a stimulating and encouraging learning atmosphere for candidates. He has a profoundness over multiple GS modules like Science & Tech, Indian Polity & Constitution, International & Bilateral Relations, General Geography,Current Affairs etc. He possess a unique ability to understand, analyse and inter-link various topics to create a holistic approach and right perspective to enhance the performance of the candidates. Jojo Mathew has his own innovating passion to provide relevant preparation strategies to the candidates at ALS. In 2003, he started some unique programmes in General Studies like NCERT-Based Tests and Test Series for Prelims. Consequently more enthusiastic and committed teachers and subject experts joined in and became part of his successful Team. As a result, the graph of successful candidates in UPSC Civil Services Exam from the house of ALS has been increased manifolds under his guidance. He has made effective use of technology to further expedite students' learning process and has incorporated new technologies to cater to the needs of the students who are not able to come to Delhi and are located in the far-flung areas in the country. For this, in 2016, ALS Satellite Education Pvt. Ltd. was started by him whereby live streaming of classes are provided from ALS Shalimar Place, Delhi centre to various regional centres using VSAT technology. VSAT programme has been a pan-India success today only due to his strive and determination to reach out to as many aspirants as possible in achieving their dreams to become a Civil Servant. In the due course of time, many state governments especially in North-East are now sponsoring hundreds of students at various ALS VSAT Centres. Jojo Mathew thrives as a teacher, trainer and coach only with a dream that every student, who aspires to become a Civil Servant, shall achieve his/her dream irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
A beacon of knowledge and hope, Manish Kumar Gautam is not only a beloved teacher, but also a friend to his students. A proud alumnus of BHU and a former Deputy Commandant at CISF, he believes that students are a reflection of their teachers and in that vein, he always tries to exude positivity, optimism and a will to continuously improve. He has mentored thousands of students towards achieving their goal – a place in the Indian Civil Services. He helps aspirants strengthen their Current Affairs and as the lead for the Interview Training Program at ALS, he helps them gain confidence and master the techniques of performing well in the interview. He is also the Executive editor of Competition Wizard and oversees the content of this very popular magazine among Civil Services aspirants. He has shared his expertise in important areas of GS like Indian Polity & Constitution, Environment & Ecology, Indian Geography, Internal Security and Current Affairs with his students for more than 16 years. He has been one of the primary driving forces behind the success of ALS and its students and his work continues to inspire his students, long after they’ve passed through the corridors of power in Indian Civil Services.