It is such a buring topic Agent or No agent....I went through the dilemma myself,, chose the less travelled path..and thats all made the difference.
BTW system of agents is not limited to India alone,, but in most other countries these agencies are legal companies, who pay taxes and cannot just run away. But in India..every single person who gets some new info ...starts to think of a business plan to sell this info. Worst part is many innocent ( read Stupid) people get involved in this plan and end realising that they have been royally cheated by sweet and nice promises.
20 years back,, if someone convinced you to pay money in exchange of Information and councelling,, it would be a good deal..after all Information and Knowledge is Power. But in todays world if people do the same..I am really sympathetic that ...Knowledge and Information of Google Guru still eludes you .
As Doctors we consider ourselves smart and intelligent ( at least we enjoy thinking like that) but we get so easily convinced by someone who uses some borrowed words of a foreign language to scare us and some selling strategies..and we are all Game. This surprizes me till date.
One doctor whom i talked to was cheated 7 lakhs rs, told me that guy ( the agent) was a very nice person, i never imagined this could happen. i could only infer that it means,, It may not be the intention of someone to fool you,, for that agent it may be a very promising and sucessful bussiness plan,, but when the day comes to actually get you a job contract or an interview...he may be not be able to do so.. He may realize its not so easy as he thought it to be ..and also promised his candidates to be.
More on this topic later...