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AMU RCA - History, Admission and Facts

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Aligarh Muslim University AMU Residential Coaching Institute or RCA is an institute run by Aligarh Muslim University to prepare the willing aspirants mainly for the civil and judicial service programme. The centre was established in 2010 after being integrated with the Coaching & Guidance centre of the university when the scheme “Establishment of Residential Coaching Academy for Minorities/SC/ST and Women” was sanctioned by UGC.

AMU RCA Institute’s current director is Prof. Imran Saleem of Department of Commerce AMU, Prof. Asiya Chaudhary as Deputy Director, with Dr. Jahangir Chauhan (Dept. of commerce Amu) and Mr. Mohammad Zaid as assistant directors. The centre employs many Amu teachers and professors to teach the students enrolled in this institute.

By providing valuable knowledge in this area, the institute facilitates the students’ personality development, key strengths, and communication skills for better performance in competitive exams. The center also has a Maulana Azad library with separate reading halls for boys and girls for all the admitted students and offers the required study materials for the competitive examinations.

Admission criteria in AMU RCA

All the students desiring admission to this institute are supposed to fill out the entrance form from the site and appear for the National Level Entrance Test. They select-

  • 100 students for general Civil Service
  • 60 for Judicial Service
  • 50 students for the super-50 program of Civil Service.

Test Pattern

  • 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) of general studies
  • CSAT for 100 marks.
  • Two long essays for 100 marks
  • And an interview for 50 marks.

The results and the dates for admissions are notified on RCA webpage. Prior to the results, the answer keys for the entrance is already made available on the website concerned. Selected students will get the accommodation in Sherwani hall and selected females will be allotted RCA girls’ hostel. After getting admitted, one can obtain the library membership.

The Coaching also conducts Mock interviews for the students who have qualified UPSC Civil Service exams (mains) for the better practice of the students with zero charge. The interviewers’ team consists of retired bureaucrats, IAS/IPS officers, and some experts. These mock sessions aid students with better practice and get the real-setting experience.

AMU RCA Coaching offers a programme for Staff Selection Commission- Combined Graduate Level (SSG-CGL) and Bank Probationary Officer (BPO) after the entrance test. Moreover, it has the facility of NET coaching for AMU students in Science and Life Sciences and NET/JRF crash courses for art students. University students can also take classes for GATE, English phonetics, Jurisprudence, Contract Act, etc.

AMU RCA Papers

Events by Residential Coaching Academy (RCA)

Recently, it held a Facilitation-cum-press conference Program in July 2021. It also organises meetings with the Vice Chancellor of AMU. With that, the motivating sessions for the candidate’s personality and development, workshops, seminars, interactive sessions with qualified Civil servants, and other interview sessions are effectively arranged to provide students with better insights into preparing their entrances and resolving eir queries.

Prominent speakers visited till now-

  • In 2017, Mr. Abu Imran (IAS),  Mr. Noorul hasan (IPS) and Deputy Director of RCA Jamia Milia Islamia, Mr. Mohd. Tarique Khan were invited.

  • In 2018, Ms. Hena Usman IPS and Mr. Faiz Ahmad Kidwai (IAS) MP Cadre Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation, Bhopal

  • In 2019,  Mr. G.R. Raghavender, Joint Secretary, Govt. of India, Ministry of Law & Justice (Department of Law)


According to RTI, the performance remains low of RCA of Aligarh Muslim University even after funding huge amount of Rs. 11.65 crore to the institute. As per the reports of RCI, 22 and 27 candidates for states civil service and judicial services exams have qualified respectively. This data draws a huge question mark to the centre’s efficiency in fostering the competent candidates for civil services examinations.