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Dr. Kartic Godavarthy, (aka G.S.Karthik, Brain Tree), the founder of Prabodha, has embarked on a mission to mentor aspirants for the coveted Civil Services almost three decades ago. He had the opportunity to interact with thousands of people with varied economic, social and academic backgrounds. His students include engineers, management graduates, doctors, young undergraduates and other professionals.

Civil Services Examination demands critical thinking, conceptual clarity, an ability to express powerfully and the wherewithal to apply the learnt knowledge to a range of situations and scenarios - not just textbook, rote memory learning. This applies to both mandatory papers like General Studies, as well as optional disciplines.

In addition to hard work, civil services examination requires a mentor who can guide, coach and help a student navigate through the myriad areas of study, labyrinth of study material and plethora of online resources. One of the reasons why many brilliant youngsters do not even reckon the Civil Services as a career option is this daunting task of manoeuvring through the chaos of preparation.

There are others like working professionals, home makers, people in family businesses, who may have all the abilities to get through the examination and a passion to serve the Nation, but do not pursue it because they cannot travel out for coaching for an year or two, do not have six to eight hours a day to sit through the classes and experience a dearth of quality online resources prepared by professionals. Ease of use and mobility are other factors that dissuade many from embracing emerging technologies that deploy e-learning.

There are still other groups of aspirants who may have had an opportunity to give an attempt or two in the past, but must have dropped the idea for various reasons. They need an access to online resources that can help them revisit and revise the subjects once the courses are completed long back. 

Prabodha and its online offering "Dr. Kartic's Anthropology" were founded with a vision to provide high quality and immersive mentoring and e-learning programs for aspirants of Civil Services Examinations by leveraging the best digital technologies available.


A Gold Medallist in Anthropology, Kartic has worked amongst the tribes of Paderu District of AP and the Kodavas in Coorg District of Karnataka.Kartic has been mentoring aspirants for the Indian Civil Services and other State Public Services in India for almost three decades in Anthropology, and multidisciplinary areas in General Studies.

He takes classes at Brain Tree, a pioneer in Civil Services Examination training and RC Reddy Study Circle, both at Hyderabad. Hundreds of his students have passed the examination, many with national ranks, and are serving the Government of India and various state governments as top cadre officers.

Kartic has rich experience in mentoring students with varied academic backgrounds and has designed a proven and very successful teaching methodology.

He is also a film-maker and has produced and directed hundreds of corporate films and documentaries. 

He consults as a strategic communications expert in urban governance, water and sanitation and has designed communication blueprints for many programs of union and state governments and international multilateral agencies.

It is this rich exposure to and experience with different corporate establishments, government programs and agencies, transnational corporations and multilateral organisations that he weaves into his teaching.

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IAS (2001)

"As a teacher and mentor, one has as much responsibility to teach, as to inspire. As an impressionable twenty year old I still remember Kartic Godavarthy's first classroom session as if it were yesterday! Clear, concise, precise with an endearing dash of humour. To me a 'serious' civil service aspirant, it was an experience in 'joyful' learning'.

I am proud to have learnt the 'A' of Anthropology from him. I encourage all keen learners, not only aspirants, to benefit from his decades of academic and field experience.

The story of human evolution and 'science of humanity' help us make sense of the world around us and none tell the story better than Kartic Godavarthy."


IAS (2009)

"Dr. Kartic played a pivotal role in my preparation for mains of CSE 2008. The comprehensiveness of his notes and timely guidance helped me develop confidence to pick up a completely new subject like Anthropology. Access to well researched Anthropology notes and mock answer writing sessions were the pick of my preparation time."


IAS (2012)

"Even after my preliminary examinations, I was not able to decide what my second optional would be (those days there were two optional subjects). It took me one month to decide it would be Anthropology. I then, through a personal request, joined Kartic Sir's class, and in two and half months (just two and a half months) I was able to give my Mains and pass with excellent marks. I narrowly missed the IAS that year and joined the IPS in my home cadre, and qualified for the IAS the next year.

What I learnt from Kartic Sir's class has stood me well for a lifetime. There is a great scaffolding - a superstructure to place your impressions of the subject and build on, there is room for self-improvement through a conscious decision of encouraging exploration on your own, and most importantly, there is immediate feedback. I cannot emphasise the importance of the third item enough. What was an audacious decision became a perfectly rational decision sheerly through multiple rounds of final feedback where my understanding was rapidly honed from a raw student's sketchy understanding to a confident bird's-eye view that reflected actual understanding and not just rote memory. In the pressure situation of an examination hall, this is gold dust. Thank you very much Sir!"

Why Anthropology as your optional?

This video answers some frequently asked questions about Anthropology as an optional in Civil Services Examination.  

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