College is a life-changing phase for most Indians, so messing that up isn’t the wisest thing to do. But a lack of thorough information on the Internet, or otherwise, compels a lot of students to take the wrong decisions. Each year, thousands of students ends up pursuing the wrong course, or entering the wrong college, or both. And that’s just the beginning.
Sahil Chalana, a BITS Pilani graduate, founded Collegedunia in 2014 to avert this very problem. In simple words, Collegedunia bridges the information gap between colleges and students before admission. Using Collegedunia’s extensive search engine, a student or a parent can research and collate information on various courses and institutions in India. A user can seek information on a gamut of categories like institution, rankings, stream, course, placement, infrastructure, fees, admission procedure, and extra-curricular activities.
Features, Differentiation and Monetisation
The website interface was revamped two months back, with a special emphasis on the exams section. Since then the startup has seen a profound increase in traffic. The exam section enlists all kind of details on all the major national and state level entrance exams. The interface is very user-friendly and simple. For example, you can have a look at the JEE Advanced 2016 page.
The company has a unique 25 member counselling team that engages in telephonic conversation with students to help them take the right decisions regarding higher education. It also features a review section which has around 50,000 useful reviews from students who are currently enrolled or are passouts from various institutions. A spokesperson says, “Five months back we had introduced a detailed review form wherein users can upload their views on institutions or courses. We regularly update, filter and categorise these feedbacks, so that our users get precise and relevant information.” Upcoming features on the app and website include rank and cut-off predictions, and online counselling.
The company claims that its extensive database, curated content and regular data update are some of the things that makes it stand out amongst the burgeoning competition.
Currently, the company has an ad-based revenue model. But it plans to expand its horizon by initiating an online marketplace for study materials.