Publication details [#64633]

Ladousa, Chaise. 2018. Language medium and a high-stakes test: Language ideology and coaching centers in North India. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2018 (253) : 103–124.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) presents its range of examinations in a “medium”, whether in a language acknowledged by the Constitution of India or in English. This paper reports on fieldwork conducted in 2014 in coaching centers in Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar and in the city of Varanasi. It discovers some of the ways in which people hold ideologies about the importance of studying in one medium or another.