Acing competitive exams with conversational AI

In the second edition of our ‘Tech Trailblazers’ series, we engaged with Ms. Addya Rai, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of PAiGPT. She has a diverse portfolio of accomplishments, including her role as the founder of Sadhya The Absolute Aim and her dedication as a UPSC mentor and educator. Her passion for education shines through, guiding aspirants towards success in competitive exams.

In this discussion, we delved into a thought-provoking dialogue on the future of PAiGPT and its potential to revolutionise education and learning experiences. Join us as we explore Ms. Rai’s vision for PAiGPT and her invaluable perspectives on the evolution of the ed-tech industry in India. 

Addya Rai

IBT: Could you share the inspiration behind founding PAiGPT and your vision for its future growth? 

Addya Rai: After my graduation from LSR, I went for UPSC prep as an aspirant, where I cleared a few government exams and went up to the final stages of a few, but couldn’t crack UPSC (the biggest heartbreak ever). After this, I started teaching for UPSC & other government exams. During this journey, I had the opportunity to work with reputed edtech companies like Unacademy, Civilsdaily IAS, Adda247, Disha Publications, etc. 

In the span of 8-10 years, I became very well aware of the learning gaps of aspirants and their pain problems. Somehow, it was very clearly known that those problems couldn’t be resolved manually. The only way to resolve it was through technology and innovation, and that’s why we tried to bring PAiGPT as the tech solution and as the AI solution for students. And from there, only I gained my aspiration.

Talking about the vision of the company, we say that we always admire the connection between hard work and smart work. We always wanted aspirants and students to combine their hard work with their smart work. And for that, only we brought PAiGPT, where their preparation strategies and their aspirations could be manyfold. And those cycles in which they are getting stuck can easily be solved through that. Our vision is to build dedicated LLM models for edtech, healthcare, legal, fintech, and agriculture. 

IBT: As the co-founder and COO of PAiGPT, what specific goals or objectives do you aim to achieve in the realm of education through your innovative solutions?

Addya Rai: Being the co-founder and CEO of the company, we are committed to transforming the education landscape in India via innovative solutions based on GenAI by providing real time answers to queries. As we can see, AI is in many realms, into teaching, into graphics, into video. But this time we are bringing AI into the education landscape. I can say very few, or maybe one or two companies, are there in the educational landscape of AI, but through generative AI, we are trying to provide real time solutions to aspirants and students across India. And what we are providing them is that they can generate their queries anytime and get a real time answer to them. Not only this, but they can get personalised learning support from this app, their lifestyle management. And thirdly, this model is very, very cost effective and affordable for them. Other companies are charging approximately 1800 rupees per month or something like that. Our model is very affordable, and we ensure to bring it to every student or aspirant sitting in every corner of our country.

IBT: Considering your background as an educator and mentor, how does PAiGPT contribute to educational advancements, and what role do you envision it playing in revolutionising the education sector?

Addya Rai: PAiGPT is a technology designed to enhance educational advancements. It provides a balanced approach to learning by utilising laptops and mobile devices that students already use in their daily lives. This technology allows students to focus on their learning pathways and avoid social media distractions. Additionally, PAiGPT is revolutionising education by making quality learning opportunities available to everyone, regardless of their location or financial situation. With PAiGPT, students can interact with the technology by uploading any text image, and they can interact through images. They can get the synopsis of that image, get real-time answers, generate MCQs, and access past year questions. Students can use PaiGPT on their smartphones, providing them with the space to study and solve questions related to their chosen subjects. This technology is designed to help students and aspirants achieve their learning goals more efficiently.

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IBT: PAiGPT is positioned as an innovative company leveraging AI solutions. How does PAiGPT integrate AI technology into its educational offerings, and what benefits does this bring to students and educators alike? 

Addya Rai: PAiGPT is integrating AI technology into its educational services to revolutionise competitive exam preparation in India. The company offers real-time summaries of text-based images, real-time MCQs and PYQ generation, real-time mains model answers, time-saving solutions, lifestyle management, affordability, accessibility, and research on any topic. This technology is beneficial not only to aspirants but also to educators and mentors. The company aims to provide a solution for self-introspection and self-study, as many individuals struggle with limited time for self-study. Real-time summaries, MCQs, and PYQs are integrated into the platform, and the language used in the answers is considered a ground-breaking feature. The company has trained its technology on over 600 million tokens, demonstrating the potential of AI technology to transform competitive exam preparation. The company is committed to transforming the competitive exam preparation process in India.

IBT: Given the evolving landscape of education technology, what are the key challenges PAiGPT faces, and how does the company plan to address these challenges to maintain its competitive edge?

Addya Rai: The main challenge is maintaining the quality of content, as it is crucial for aspirants preparing for various exams such as SSC, banking, CUET, or UPSC. The company is working to provide the best content available, which is not available anywhere else.

Secondly, what we encounter here is building the robust infrastructure behind the technology. And thirdly, handling the maximum number of users per second query they are generating, the user query they are generating on the per second, or maybe milliseconds, we can say. These three are the main challenges that we are facing in our company.

To address these challenges, the company is working with the support of its content, AI, and tech teams. They are constantly brainstorming and finding solutions to these problems. They also try to prepare themselves in advance, not only for employees but also for their associates, who are considered part of the PAiGPT family. This approach helps them prepare for upcoming challenges and counter or defeat the challenges they face. By focusing on these aspects, the company is able to evolve and learn daily.

IBT: How does PAiGPT ensure that its AI-driven solutions are tailored to meet the diverse learning needs of students across different educational backgrounds and levels?

Addya Rai: So basically, what we’re doing is building a community for learning and delivering personalised content for different exam verticals. We believe in optimising time, automating processes, and offering immediate solutions. By curating content specific to each exam, we ensure personalised learning experiences. Our approach is characterised by engaging in human-like dialogue, understanding the nuances of how individuals seek answers, and addressing their queries accordingly. We’re committed to resolving issues in real-time, ensuring that users receive the assistance they need promptly. Through effective marketing strategies and the power of word-of-mouth, we aim to spread awareness about PAiGPT. Our ultimate goal is to make a tangible difference by addressing the precise needs and challenges faced by our users. 

IBT: Looking ahead, what are PAiGPT’s strategic objectives and aspirations in the field of education, and how does the company plan to collaborate with educational institutions to drive innovation and positive change?

Addya Rai: We are already in touch with a couple of educational institutions, such as NASSCOM, IndiaAI Mission, schools, colleges, and universities, to drive innovation and positive change. They are organising seminars for schools and universities to teach them about the technology and its potential to solve their pain points and help build a better foundation for their students. The company is also mentoring students to prepare for exams and focusing on using the platform effectively.

Connecting with students and teachers is crucial, as they need innovation and technology to help their students. PAiGPT plays a role in helping students, educators, and mentors on the platform. The company aims to bring GenAI technology to every child in India, making it a tool for prosperity and development.

The main point on which we are focusing is that such technology should be available in India, created by and for Indians, to ensure data security. This will spark a revolution in the education sector, as data security is critical for the country. I am optimistic about the changes AI and GenAI will bring, whether it be in education or any other sector.

Ms. Addya Rai is the co-founder and COO of PAiGPT. And with a passion for education, Adhya Rai is also recognised as a UPSC mentor and educator, guiding experience towards success in competitive exams.

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