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Insights MAINS TEST SERIES-2016 – Online and Offline: Details

INSIGHTS MAINS TEST SERIES-2016

Last year also, we produced excellent result from our offline Mains Test Series initiative. Same question papers were posted for free on this website for the benefit of candidates who were preparing on their own. Those papers benefited many serious aspirants who depended on self-study and who could not afford to go for paid test series.

This year also we are going to post our question papers online. But the ‘Surprise‘ element is that we will also post model answers/synopsis of each test (except last 5 Tests) for all who are hoping to write Mains this year! (sorry if you expected Very big Surprise!)

To help those who can not come to Bangalore, we have decided to share both question papers and solutions online. We hope that at least synopses will help in self-review of your answers.

However, we will not be uploading question papers and solutions openly on this website for certain obvious reasons. We will either form a Google Group of only serious aspirants or create a platform to allow you to download our papers. If it’s Google Group, we will share all papers for free of cost. If it’s a web platform, we might charge nominal Rs 100/- or  Rs 200/- for entire test series (35 Tests)!

On 17th August or before we will open Registration (A simple form to fill unlike previous ones!)

Offline:

From this year itself we are conducting Free Offline Mains test series for deserving candidates in our Bangalore centre. We have selected a pool of students (about 30) selected from offline prelims test series-2016 and few other students from previous batches. About 70% of these students are freshers or have written Mains only once or twice. We are confident of producing at least 20 ranks from this batch in CSE-2016. 

This is an effort to move towards a model where ultimately 20-30 most deserving candidates will get free offline guidance for a complete year in coming years.  Most of them will be fresh graduates from weaker sections. 

NOTE: This year we are not having any non-core batch.  Please do not mail us or call us for offline test series. We are also NOT inviting anyone for offline test series (Core or Non-Core batch).

Strategy:

This timetable will help you revise all four General Studies Papers at least 4 times before Mains.

By following this timetable, you will both improve your speed of writing and quality of answers (multiple revision helps here).

This test series consists of 35 High Quality tests. Our program of 30-35 tests has helped many get ranks. And we are glad that others are following this intensive model. 

The books to be referred is not given. However, we will be framing questions mainly from NCERT books, Current Events, important reports, important websites and from few standard books such as Bipan Chandra (Pre and Post independence), Norman Lowe (World History).

You may refer to whatever resources you have been reading. When it comes to writing answers for Mains questions, not any one source will rescue you. Instead, your knowledge accumulated from diverse resources will save you. 

But most important source you must refer is Secure Compilations! If you haven’t realized their importance, please read this article by Rank -4 Artika Shukla (CSE-2015)

You just need to work on putting relevant points within given word limit. We hope our synopsis would help in this regard.

Most important thing is to write all tests on regularly without fail. 

We have noticed in our offline program that those who constantly seek improvement and are consistent in writing all tests are the ones who finally get rank. 

So, start preparing for the First Test. You will not notice or feel the importance of this timetable until and unless you start believing in it and following it. Trust us!

Wish you all the best.

Reminder: Please register on 17th to avail this benefit.

 

DOWNLOAD: Insights Mains 2016 Offline Timetable (PDF) 

DOWNLOAD: Insights Mains 2016 Offline Timetable (Excel)

(Timetable appears very hectic, but if you read basic books at least once, it’s easily manageable. Also you don’t have much time to read relaxingly. You must push limits now. Because in Mains lies your fortune)

 

TEST NUMBER DATE DAY SUBJECT NO. OF QUESTIONS DURATION SYLLABUS
Test – 1 19-Aug-2016 Friday General Studies – 1 10 1 Hour Art & Culture, Modern History of India + Secure January 1 to 10, 2016
Test – 2 22-Aug-2016 Monday General Studies – 1 10 1 Hour World History + Secure January 11 to 20, 2016
Test – 3 24-Aug-2016 Wednesday General Studies – 1 10 1 Hour Indian Society and Geography Topics + Secure January 21 to 31, 2016
Test – 4 26-Aug-2016 Friday Essay 2 Topics    
OPTIONAL TEST 27-Aug-2016 Saturday        
Test – 5 29-Aug-2016 Monday General Studies – 2 10 1 Hour First Seven Topics of Paper – 2 i.e. till RPA act + Secure February 1 to 10, 2016
Test – 6 31-Aug-2016 Wednesday General Studies – 2 10 1 Hour Next Six Topics i.e till Issues relating to poverty and hunger + Secure February 11 to 20, 2016
Test – 7 2-Sep-2016 Friday General Studies – 2 10 1 Hour Next Six Topics i.e. till Important International Institutions + Secure February 21 to 29, 2016
Test – 8 7-Sep-2016 Wednesday Essay 2 Topics    
Test – 9 9-Sep-2016 Friday General Studies – 3 10 1 Hour First Five Topics – Till Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies + Secure March 1 to 10, 2016
OPTIONAL TEST 10-Sep-2016 Saturday        
Test – 10 14-Sep-2016 Wednesday General Studies – 3 10 1 Hour Next Seven Topics i.e. Achievements of Indians in science & technology + Secure March 11 to 20 2016
Test – 11 16-Sep-2016 Friday General Studies – 3 10 1 Hour Next Seven Topics i.e.Various Security Forces etc + Secure March 21 to 31, 2016
Test – 12 19-Sep-2016 Monday Essay 2 Topics    
Test – 13 20-Sep-2016 Tuesday General Studies – 4 10 1 Hour First two topics + Secure April 1 to 10, 2016
Test – 14 23-Sep-2016 Friday General Studies – 4 10 1 Hour Next three topics + Secure April 11 to 20, 2016
OPTIONAL TEST 24-Sep-2016 Saturday        
Test – 15 26-Sep-2016 Monday General Studies – 4 10 1 Hour Lat three topics + Secure April 21 to 30, 2016
Test – 16 28-Sep-2016 Wednesday Essay 2 Topics    
Test – 17 30-Sep-2016 Friday General Studies – 1 15 2 Hours First half i.e. till Salient features of Indian society + Secure May 1 to 10, 2016
OPTIONAL TEST 1-Oct-2016 Saturday        
Test – 18 3-Oct-2016 Monday General Studies – 1 15 2 Hours Next half till end + Secure May 11 to 20 2016
Test – 19 5-Oct-2016 Wednesday General Studies – 2 15 2 Hours First half till Development processes and development industry + Secure May 21 to 31, 2016
Test – 20 7-Oct-2016 Friday General Studies – 2 15 2 Hours Next half till end
OPTIONAL TEST 8-Oct-2016 Saturday        
Test – 21 17-Oct-2016 Monday General Studies – 3 15 2 Hours First Half till Investment models + Secure June 2016 full month
Test – 22 19-Oct-2016 Wednesday General Studies – 3 15 2 Hours Next half till end + Secure July 2016 full month
Test – 23 22-Oct-2016 Saturday General Studies – 4 15 2 Hours First Half till Emotional intelligence-concepts + Secure August 1 to 15, 2016
Test – 24 25-Oct-2016 Tuesday General Studies – 4 15 2 Hours Second half till end + Secure August 16 to 31, 2016
Test – 25 27-Oct-2016 Thursday Essay 2 Topics 3 Hours  
OPTIONAL TEST 29-Oct-2016 Saturday        
Test – 26 2-Nov-2016 Wednesday General Studies – 1 25 3 Hours Complete Syllabus + Secure September 2016 – full month
Test – 27 7-Nov-2016 Monday General Studies – 2 25 3 Hours Complete Syllabus + Secure October 2016 – full month
Test – 28 11-Nov-2016 Friday General Studies – 3 25 3 Hours  
Test – 29 16-Nov-2016 Wednesday General Studies – 4 25 3 Hours Complete Syllabus + Secure till November 15, 2016
Test – 30 18-Nov-2016 Friday Essay 2 Topics  3 Hours  
Test – 31 & 32 22-Nov-2016 Tuesday General Studies – 1 & 2 20 3 Hours each (Morning + Afternoon)  
Test – 33 & 34 23-Nov-2016 Wednesday General Studies – 3 & 4 20 3 Hours each (Morning + Afternoon)  
Test – 35 24-Nov-2016 Thursday Essay 2 Topics  3 Hours Morning  
UPSC CS Mains – 2016 3-Dec-2016 Saturday        

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