Top 10 online learning apps in India

Are you a parent of a middle or high school student and want him/her to do well in studies? Eager to take help of an online learning tool for help in the competitive exams? Learn here the top ten online learning apps that have flooded the online education market in recent times.

For a big and fast developing country like India, the education sector is big business. With the rapid advancement in technology and increasing prosperity among its people, the online education culture has been gaining rapid popularity with students and parents alike. A number of online learning platforms and apps have been launched by different agencies and corporates that cater to a wide segment of the student population in the country. These online platforms have been quite useful to the students, as they get to learn a lot more than what they learn at school. There are online lectures, exams, tutorials, videos and even one to one interaction with an online tutor that help the students to understand the concepts better. With this online help, many students have even stopped going to the neighbourhood tutor. These online learning platforms are not just easy to access, sitting right in the comforts of your home, but are quite affordable too.

However, ever since the COVID-19 coronavirus shook the world, including India, there has been a dramatic rise in demand for these online learning apps and platforms. With schools, colleges, universities, institutes and coaching centres now closed due to the pandemic, there is no other alternative for students. To ensure that their education does not suffer due to lack of schooling, many have taken to these online learning platforms in a big way. Yes, there have been efforts by schools and coaching institutes to carry out online classes by using one or the other online meeting platforms. But they are simply not adequate. These half-measured online classes by schools are just not enough to keep the students ahead of the competition. Even before this current shutdown, many a student had been using the online learning apps to prepare for their board and competitive exams for engineering and medical. With the spread of the internet in remote towns and villages, these online learning platforms have now expanded their reach in every city, town and village. Even though most of these learning apps are paid ones, some of them are free and can be very well used by those who cannot afford the paid ones. Let us now see here some of the top ten learning apps being used by the student community in India.

BYJU'S – The Learning App

BYJU'S – The Learning App is one of the most popular online learning platforms in the country. BYJU'S founded in 2011 by Byju Raveendran, launched its learning app in August 2015. Ever since it has gained wide popularity in the country with the Bollywood icon Shahrukh Khan as its brand ambassador. As of 2019, it was the world's most valued editech company. Through its learning app, it caters to students from class 1 to 12. It has specialized content to prepare the students for competitive exams like JEE Mains, JEE Advanced, NEET, CAT, GRE, GMAT and a few more.

With a focus on math and science, BYJU'S mostly uses digital animation videos. As per the company, there are more than 2 million paid subscribers. The popularity of BYJU'S is such that it has been a case study in Harvard Business School and has received investment from Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, thus becoming the first Asian company to do so. The cost of a BYJU'S learning program varies from a minimum of Rs 30,000 per year for the junior classes to above of Rs 150,000 for the specialized programs like JEE and NEET. On registration, BYJU'S provides for 15 days of free classes.

Vedantu – live app

Founded in October 2014, Vedantu has been rapidly growing up as an online live tutoring platform in India. It provides for a real-time online learning environment through its in-house built technology 'WAVE' that goes for Whiteboard Audio Video Environment. The classes at Vedantu are live and interactive. It has a number of teachers on its roll and the students can choose the online tutor of their choice. Founded by IITians Vamsi Krishna, Pulkit Jain and Anand Prakash, Vedantu caters mainly from the 6th grade onward. It provides exclusive coaching for the board and competitive exams like JEE and NEET. It also prepares the students for talent based exams like KVPY. There is also one on one classes, where a teacher specifically gets assigned for you. Though most of the courses in Vedantu's are paid ones, it also provides for some free live classes and study materials. Through its free learning app, students can also ask doubts in real-time and get them clarified from expert teachers absolutely free of cost.


Toppr is a one-stop after school learning platform and app that has been in the online learning business since 2013. It provides a 360-degree learning experience to students from class 5 to 12 by clearing concepts on every subject through online practice questions, answers and videos. Toppr makes use of artificial intelligence-based algorithms in designing their learning material. As every student is different and their learning graph too is unique, Toppr focuses on personalized teaching with live doubt clearing platform that is available 24x7 for the students. As on today, more than 10 million students have signed in to Toppr and availed of its services for board exams, Olympiads, engineering exams and medical entrance tests.


Meritnation is another leading online learning platform in India. It provides online coaching by using video lessons, notes, questions and practice tests. It also provides for live interactive classrooms where one gets to experience videos, quizzes, etc. For doubts, students can chat with the teachers. After every class, students are provided with assignments and homework. By registering, one can also access free live classes. The app not only helps you with your preparation for the board exams but also for engineering and medical entrances. The course packages start as low as 17,000 to around Rs 42,000 for the JEE and NEET packages.


Gradeup or Grade Stack Learning Pvt Ltd has placed itself as a niche online education portal in India for competitive exam preparations. Through its app and website, it provides exam-specific material to its more than 10 million registered students. Be it any competitive exam, say, JEE Mains, Advanced, NEET, GATE, UPSC, Banking, SSC, Railways, clerical or defence, Gradeup has the right material for every student. The students are provided with preparatory notes, practice materials, quizzes, mock tests, previous year papers and interactive doubt clearing sessions. Many of its videos can also be accessed free of cost at YouTube. Students can also subscribe to its premium live courses and tests series that provide a higher level of preparation for the toughest of competitive exams. Gradeup keeps its students updated by posting them notifications of forthcoming exams and their details.


Extramarks is a popular digital learning platform as well as an app that can be used by students for online learning, sitting in the comfort of their homes. Students from KG to class 12 can subscribe to its courses. It is one of the few learning apps that come with an AI-based learning assistant, called 'Alex'. The students can thus have a personalized experience while going through the different animations, visuals and interactive modules provided by Extramarks. 'Alex' also helps the students in clearing their doubts, if any. As part of the coursework, students are provided with homework, projects, assignments, essays and tests. It also provides for solutions for all the subjects, be it science, humanities or commerce, for both the CBSE and the ICSE board. Disciplines like computer science, informatics, and multimedia are also covered. The syllabus taught at Extramarks is based on the NCERT curriculum.

Aakash iTutor

The Aakash iTutor app has been launched by Aakash Tutorials, which is famous for its offline coaching for engineering and medical entrance tests. The online app focuses on students from class 8 onward. The app provides for e-books, video lectures and online tests. Anyone can make use of this iTutor by downloading the app and signing up. One has to pay for the contents. However, there are a few free contents for students from class 8 to 10 for a limited period and that too for new sign-ups. Unlike the other online apps, the e-books, test series and practice tests can be individually purchased ranging from Rs 800 to 8,000.


Udemy is a new-age online learning platform that is quite popular in The United States. The app has been gaining ground in India too. Udemy differs from the other learning apps in the sense that it does not provide courses for the usual school curriculum or the competitive exams. The courses in Udemy are general in nature and are on a wide variety of topics. These topics range from education, language, art, health, music, business, programming, self-help, behavioural, management, entrepreneurship and a lot more. The courses are more in the form of video lectures. The best thing about Udemy is that anyone can be a teacher and upload his or her course for other students to subscribe. Unlike the other apps, the courses are focused on professionals as well as students. It is more about improving your skills in different areas. The number of courses available for subscribing are more than 150,000 and are available in 65 different languages. It is said that, worldwide, the online platform has more than 50 million students signing up for its courses. The courses on Udemy are mostly paid ones, but quite cheap.

Khan academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that provides its online courses free of cost to students from the age group of 2 to 18. However, students above 13 years of age are only allowed to create an account on their own. It is one learning app that can be used by students and teachers alike in enhancing their knowledge on a number of subjects like math, science, grammar, history, programming and more. It has a library of lessons in the form of videos, articles and question papers on every subject that can be accessed by the students as they progress from one lesson to the other. Khan Academy is all about self-study by the students and there won't be any live video lessons or one to one interactive sessions with the teachers.


Although in the true sense, YouTube is not meant for learning alone, it is nevertheless an effective tool for learning for students and adults alike. It has a plethora of informative and educative videos that can be very easily accessed. The best thing is that all these materials can be accessed without paying any penny for them. As such YouTube is not an entertaining tool alone but a very useful learning tool too. In fact, many of the videos by the above online learning apps that we have studied above are available on YouTube and one can make full use of them.

Article by Dhruv
Dhruv, an electrical engineer by training and profession, loves to dabble in writing during his free time. For the last seven years, he has been a content writer creating content for ISC on topics mostly related to school and college admissions.

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Guest Author: 19 Jun 2020

I am using Toppr and it is all easy and understandable, I'm very comfortable learning with it.

Author: Dhruv19 Jun 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 1

Thanks, Chloe, for your feedback of having used Toppr. All the best for your further learning through this online platform.

Author: Hakimuddin Kuwakhedawala19 Jun 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

A very good and useful article for the students who want to join online classes for IIT, JEE and other competitive examination. Unacademy is also a very good online learning app. The best teachers of India have joined Unacademy and are teaching on that platform. The teachers of Nucleus Kota have also joined this app. The students can access free or join paid classes. They can join any class from any teacher. My son has taken the subscription of Unacademi plus and it is a very good app. For a student who wants to join a learning platform, I will recommend Unacademi without any hesitation. Live and doubt session is the best thing about this app.

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