Test series- General Studies Prelim Test Series

Process and Time period: We conduct “Prelim Test Series”, consisting of 14 week, objective type tests on GS and CSAT. It begins in the month of June , before the Prelim exam. The “Prelim Test Series” confers multiple benefits on the candidates. It induces a sense of focus, discipline and regularity in a candidates’ preparation.
Marks: For GS – 200 marks (100 questions) and CSAT – 200 marks (80 questions).
(It is to be noted that the marks scored by the candidates in GS only are considered to qualify for the Main Exam. Marks scored in CSAT are not considered but the minimum qualifying marks in CSAT has been kept as 33% in the CSAT paper without attaining which the student cannot clear the Prelim Examination) Relevance/Ideology behind Tests: Due to negative marking, the Civil Services Exam has become difficult to qualify. In some cases, students who have not practiced the objective questions realize in the exam hall their unpreparedness for the surprises thrown at them by the UPSC. In such a scenario, it is desirable that the candidates’ fine tune their GS and CSAT preparations by attending as many tests as possible. It guides them to develop better understanding of the concepts, basic principles and factual aspects of the Prelim subjects.
Explanations: To provide an idea about the methodology to be adopted by the students to prepare their subjects, explanations are given by subject experts in the ”Classroom Prelim Test Series” for the questions in such a manner so that the candidates understand how the topic of the question needs to be prepared/analyzed.
OMR and Overall Rank: The Prelim tests are written on an OMR sheet on the lines of the UPSC exam. To provide a comparative analysis of the candidates’ performance, the Institute will publish on its website every week, ranks, total scores, negative marks net scores obtained by all its candidates.
General Studies Main Exam Test Series

Process: The Main Exam Test Series is done in two different ways:

Firstly, the current students (regular batch students of General Studies Prelim-cum-Main batch) undergo Online Answer Writing Practice consisting of at least 4 such sessions where they write answers and upload them on the Institute website through their login portal. Our endeavour in holding Answer Writing Practices for our students is to teach and practice the techniques of answer writing required specifically for the civil services exam.
Secondly, the old students of IAS World students who have not joined IAS World for regular classes and join either the Online GS Main Test Series or the Classroom GS Main Test series right after the Prelim Exam in mid August.

Frequency of tests and Marks:

Evaluation and Explanation: Before the evaluation takes place the subject experts take 2-3 hours duration discussion of the test questions wherein they discuss with the students regarding the ideal answers which could be written. They also lay emphasis on the fact that the content of the answer is more important than its length, which is also the often repeated instruction in the UPSC CSE Main Exam question papers. It is our constant endeavour to check and evaluate the candidates’ answer scripts according to the above adage. A student’s answer paper undergoes a two layer process of checking and review, in relations to the students test performance. Detailed suggestions on the student’s performance are usually written in the answer scripts wherever required.
Model Answers: Model answers are also provided and uploaded on the website for the benefit of the students. Evaluation and feedback system is designed to provide relevant insights and feedback to each candidate as per his/her performance.
Evaluation and Review for Online GS Main Test Series
Evaluation and Review, both are done online and the suggestions are typed on the copies they have uploaded. The students even have the option of meeting/emailing the reviewers for any extra clarifications.
The Evaluation and Review work is done by a team which is actively engaged in teaching or content preparation having at least the experience of the Civil Services Interview.             Read More »

IAS World, an institute for Civil Services Examination (CSE), has moved into its new spacious and well equipped premises from 26th November 2011.



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