The Residential Coaching Academy was established after merging it with the erstwhile Coaching & Guidance Centre through a notification of the Registrar, AMU  in 2010, in accordance with the sanction of a scheme of the University Grants Commission entitled  "Establishment of Residential Coaching Academy for Minorities/SC/ST and Women"

The Residential Coaching Academy conducts coaching programmes for students to enable them for entry into the Civil Services, Judicial Services and SSC-CGL/Banking Services. It maintains a Library which has the latest course material for the concerned competitive examinations. The Library has two reading halls for boys and one for girls. Students selected for the coaching programme are accomodated in an on-campus RCA Hostel. Girl students are accommodated in RCA Girl's Hostel separately.

The admissions to coaching programmes are given through a National Level Entrance Test. The Academy selects 150 students for the regular Civil Services, 130 for Judicial Services and 150 students for SSC-CGL Coacing Programme.  The main focus of the coaching programmes is to prepare the students for the Civil Services and Judicial Services Examinations. The course modules include the development of core competence, presentation skills and personality development.