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This Hyd-based startup is using deep tech analytics to help students ace exams | The News Minute - Atom - Startups and Tech

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"Egnify has developed a deep tech solution which analyses the mark sheets of students and tells them exactly where and why they fared badly" notes Shilpa S Ranipeta, Senior Correspondent at The News Minute.  

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What rank did you get in IIT? What is your GPA or CGPA? These are questions students get asked while growing up. Given the highly competitive nature of education today, scoring the highest possible marks in an examination has become paramount.

Everyone wants to increase their marks. But teachers have too many students to handle, students are bogged down by immense pressure and parents are often clueless on how to help their children improve or do better.

According to Kiran Babu, the solution to this problem is analytics. “If you can get analytics into education and develop a feedback loop, it can go a long way in engaging students and helping them understand what exactly they need to focus on,” he adds.

Kiran Babu has developed a deep tech solution that uses machine learning and data science to analyse the performance of students and apart from telling them where they lack, it also gives a detailed breakdown of their marks and exactly what a student needs to focus on.

Founded in 2015, Egnify has developed two different products ACADS and JEET to enable educational institutes give students personalised actionable analysis with feedback and recommendations to improve their performance.   

ACADS
ACADS is Egnify’s solution for K-10 schools. It has developed a platform where schools can upload the mark sheets of students, which then gets analysed. It analyses where students went wrong, which questions a student is struggling with. 

“For students, they can know which particular concept they are lacking in and it even tells them which chapter that is, what page number it is on for students to go back and study and improve, making their learning smart,” Kiran says. 

There is a detailed analysis of teachers too, in terms of what questions students in a class performed badly on, helping them understand which concept needs to be focused on and where they are lacking in their teaching. A class teacher can track all the subject teachers too, to understand how they are faring in terms of imparting lessons. 

It also tracks their soft skills, their attendance to give parents and the teachers a holistic view of a student’s performance and recommendations for improvement. The real value add here is the fact that feedback is in-depth and personalised for every single student, something a mere report card doesn’t tell.

JEET
Apart from schools, the real opportunity for Egnify, Kiran says, is in the space of IIT, JEE, NEET and other competitive examinations. Given the fierce competitive nature of these exams, Kiran says that its solution has more value proposition. It developed its second product JEET for this segment of students. 

Here, the OMR sheets that students answer on are analysed to understand the competency of students in terms of which questions they falter on, which concepts need more focus and how their performance is, compared to the rest of the class. It gives institutes, campus trend analyses, marks-based analysis, error analysis and more. 

“For competitive exams, its all about the marks. A single mark makes a huge difference and can even affect ranks. So we analyse not only which concepts a student needs to focus on but where he or she stands,” Kiran adds.
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Source: The News Minute


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