When I decided to go to Delhi for UPSC preparation I didn’t knew a single person in Old rajendar nagar , here people get cheated a lot , specially new comers .
I Googled about this place before coming here and didn’t find anything useful on net, so I decided to write a nice guide about old Rajendra Nagar with 1st hand experience.
Old Rajendar nagar is very near to KarolBagh metro station in Delhi [Blue line], in strict sense it’s just one street, which starts with Vajiram and Ravi IAS institute and ends with Agarwal sweets [Gol Chakkar]. All the IAS coaching institutes are on this road only at-least 90% of them.
NDLS is the nearest railway station.
So students prefer to take rooms near the institutes which created an artificial boom and inflated the room rents heavily, there are no hostels and proper PG’s! Everybody is forced to take a room single or shared one.
Just to give you an Idea a three bedroom flat is divided into 3 rooms, a common hall and kitchen and room cost starting from 7000 to 12k or more if you want an AC.
So the main thing is you will get rooms only through BROKERS, there are so many real estate shops which offer their services, if you have friends in Rajendar nagar or contacts you might be lucky to find a good room, or else broker is your only option.
Be careful with brokers!
There are numerous cases with brokers cheating and students face lots of problems in the Initial stages.
So what to do? Whom to trust?
In my personal experience there are few good brokers whom you can trust. I can say my experience with them is more than satisfactory ,
I Suggest Raghav Properties near Aggarwal golchakkar .
- 99 71 82 89 88
- 99 99 26 73 33
- The rent 99% of times is without electricity bill and water bill.
- Ask the Rate per Unit for electricity it depends of many things.
- water bill is 200-300 max
- Agreement charges max 300.
- Brokers usually take 15 days to 20 days.
- They will take care of Police verification and all .
trust some established shops and brokers , everybody know everybody in their line of work so going to one broker will be enough , he will show you rooms till you exhaust and if you don’t like any room even after seeing 10 rooms he will not charge you !
Cost of Living:
I told you about accommodation the next big problem is Budget.
The amount you are willing to spend in Rajendra Nagar, in Old rajendar nagar cost of living is very high and will cost you almost 10,000 per month.
So think about it, if you want to limit your expenses you can take room in nearby areas which are very well connected [bus and metro] to rajndear nagar , like Patel nagar or shadipur or Karolbagh where rooms are comparatively cheaper .
But If you money is not such a big issue you can find a nice room where you can limit your expenses to 10k per month.
Food is major problem in Rajendra Nagar , especially for people from south India , if you take a room with kitchen then you can hire a cook , if not then there are many hotels .
All the Food Joints are near Kumar bookstore, which is another landmark.
- Hyderabad biryani parlour is run by a Telugu Couple, you can get biryani and Thali. Phone no : 98 99 93 64 41 Free Home Delivery.
- Udipi hotel with Karnataka thali
- FriendsRestaurant North Indian -Chinese food.
- Tamil hotel specialised in Tiffin’s.
- Punjabi Rasoi and Tadak Punjabi
You can also have parcel food /Dabbawala there are many many dabbawalas are threre north -south Indian so, food is available will you be satisfied is a different story .
Mineral Water Can delivery :
SMTC Water supply they deliver water cans all over Old Rajendar nagar free home delivery
Phone no :
- 93 12 87 90 93
- 81 30 80 12 47
- 011-25 86 24 34
It’s terribly hot in summer so try not take a room in top floor if you are planning to stay till next prelims .Air conditioners and coolers are available for rent so won’t be an issue .
This is the most terrible season to stay in Delhi. As long as you are indoors and take cautions you should do fine. There will be a Tibetan winter sale near chandini chowk metro station where you get good quality stuff for cheaper rates, apart from that you might need blowers and room heaters .
Your productivity will go down and you feel like sleeping all the time, the battle with the bed will be Legen… wait for it… dary!
Please, no jokes … there is no such thing in Delhi!
Vajiram and Ravi is definitely the Best but not the only one, every Institute have its own specialty and value to offer to you to help you clear this exam . So know the ecosystem there are many books beyond the yellow books.
Be careful of falling in to the trap of Buying everything and anything that came out of a Xerox machine !
Collection of material is not the goal Studying it is and please don’t buy 10 books for each subject, example buy one Laxmikanth for polity and read it 10 times rather than buying 10 books for polity .
Winters are very harsh so If you have health problems or doubts about waking up in the morning I suggest you to choose an evening batch if it is available in your coaching institute.