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Alternative Learning Systems, Welcomes you...

Our Directors

Shashank Atom

I got my early education in a military set up at the Sainik School, Tilaiya. There on, I completed my Physics Honors from Hindu College, University of Delhi in 1986 and PGDRM from IRMA, Gujarat in 1988. I worked for a while as Executive (Operations) at the F&V Project of the NDDB, Delhi before I chose to write the Civil Services Examination. In my two attempts I experimented with four Optional Subjects: Physics, Management, Geography and Anthropology. And all that was so much fun that I ventured into training the future civil servants of India, just after my Main examination in 1990. And, an institution was born...
Meanwhile I qualified the Civil Services Exam in 1991 and I joined DANICS.
In 1991… after working for a while in the Government, the idea of producing a new breed of civil servants was born… and the journey began… the nation witnessed the birth of ALS… we have seen the lives of innumerable students transform… we have witnessed thousands of extraordinary civil servants take on the task of driving India to new heights…  
Today, we are an extraordinary team of new-age teachers, who all have chosen teaching out of deep love, out of their deep conviction to make a difference. Every member on the ALS team brings in something unique, something special and something extraordinary. Beyond teaching, we touch lives.
We as a team are committed to the highest levels of integrity in both our private and public life. We are committed to the highest standards in teaching and bringing the best to the doorsteps of our students.

Jojo Mathew

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.

Manoj Kumar Singh

Manoj Kumar Singh is one of the Founding Director of ALS. He has graduated with Honours (B.A. History) from Langat Singh College, Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He has been actively pursuing his dream of helping and supporting the students for Civil Services preparation with an immense sense of compassion and social responsibility.

Manish Gautam

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.

Neeraj Kumar

He is an MBA with specialization in Sales, Marketing and Customer Support. He enjoys interacting with people, taking challanges and solving problems. He looks into the Admission, Student Counselling & Administrative Matters at ALS IAS. He with his team is commited to provide a well co-ordinated support to all the students, at ALS IAS.

Santosh Rai

I am Santosh Rai, Director (Admissions) of Alternative Learning Systems. I graduated with a degree in civil engineering, and have been working for the company since the year 2002. Besides my work as director, I derive great satisfaction and pleasure from guiding students and helping them adapt to and overcome strenuous situations.