Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 1

Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 1

Hope you enjoyed solving the first Test of our 2016 Test Series. On this page, please share your doubts to seek clarifications, or to point out any mistakes in the comment box regarding the First Test. We will do our best to address  all your doubts.

725 Replies to “Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 1”

  1. there is so much mistakes in question paper and solution and please give the details of rank out of how may students so that we are able to know the position of competition

    1. Sir,three problems mainly:-
      1.answers jumbled
      2.in the pdf provided by you ,for those questions in which i later on changed my answers the updation is not there in your pdf…my original answer is marked as user answer in the pdf
      3.pdf states my markd to be 112
      Whereas a mail from your side states 102.67
      Kindly do the needful rectification

  2. so many mistakes in explanation there is question on fold mountains and explanation is of golden triangle how these type of mistake you done please correct it an upload it

  3. who set this question answer pdf please tell me so much question answer are suffel here and there…..correct it and upload new one

  4. Sir, after completing the test, it is still showing result being updated (more than one hour). What is the problem.

  5. Sir I don’t know what was problem but I was unable to gv test.They directly show my results before I started with test….I prepared for that & Now I can’t….please reply sir please

  6. for question number 30 , explanation is given in ncert OUR PAST 1 of chapter 10 but you give that explanation is given in chapter 9 i am unable to understand that is this solution is prepare by insights or other who does not know anything..

  7. The standard of questions were really good…. Great Reality Check.. . Little jumble in questions and solutions in the pdf that can be easily solved.. thanks for your efforts team insights. When can we write the mains question? Also will the ranks be finalized today or till 9th which is the date of the next test.

    1. Thank you. We will post Mains questions tomorrow morning at 11.30 am.

      This is first time for us and website is in beta mode. We will try to resolve all issues by the second test. Thank you for your cooperation.

      Ranks will be finalised by 8th November.

        1. I could download it prachi.. i think it might b a system or server problem .. … try again after a little while .. may be since everybody is taking the test now there is issues… not sure 🙂

            1. Nope … not a fan.. just sticking to the insights schedule .. plus regular current affairs .. i have a habit of reading newspaper anyways …
              I don’t think coaching classes can do anything .. this one is all about self study .. that is what a few of my friends who joined were telling me ..

                1. yes sure.. . i read newspaper and visit the pib site first thing …next i prepare test series schedule books one at a time… in the evening i revise current affairs from insights and attempt the secure questions at least the ethics ones.. then after a little break i study my optional which is law.. i am a law graduate.
                  this is what i tend to follow.. … i cannot study too much too long.. but i kinda try and finish little bit of both insights schedule and optional everyday 🙂 hope this helps

                    1. hi
                      I am following V N Shukla.. the only reason is that i had read the same book during my graduation,.. hence familiar territories you know 🙂 easier to read from something i have read earlier.

                  1. Mam Jus Want 2 Ask U a question. Do u Make notes of Insights Current Affairs and the Books Precribed by Insights (THE NCERT’S)

                    1. Books : yes .. i do but its not a compulsion. i do as i find it more convenient to revise.
                      Current affairs insights: no.. i write down pointers from hindu and pib. i refer insights only for revision.
                      An i am sneha please don’t call me ma’am. 🙂

                    2. Mam, I am A Guy from small city near Lucknow. The first problem for me is that HINDU is not available in my city. the second problem is that I m working as a govt. servant in A public Institution. So atleast my 7 hours r booked for my service. The working hours may increase upto 8 or 9. So Can u plzz plzz plzz make a timetable for me as I am very impressed by ur timetable which U Follow. And if U can plzz give a remedy for Hindu Newspaper Also. I shall b Highly Obliged. Thank U

                    3. Mam. I am a Guy from a small city near Lucknow (U.P.). My first Problem is that in my City HINDU is not available. The second Problem is That I am aa govt. servant so my 7 hours r booked for duty they may rise 2 8 or 9. so I cant make a timetable for me. I m very Impressed by ur timetable which U have told to a candidate on DISQUS. So mam plzz plz plzz help in these 2 problems. I shall be Highly obliged if u Helped me. I’ll be very thankful 2 u

          1. Sir can i make payment for online test series via NEFT is yes pls provide the details,

      1. the marks you have send to my email and the marks displayed on the downloaded pdf are different. plz see into it

          1. one more request…..as u provide the rank plz provide the base also…….i mean total no of people who appeared in the exam

        1. Beta mode is the software development cycle…it is 3rd step before launching the site full-fledged…Softwarre development cycle goes though 4 phase–Pre-alpha,alpha,beta and release candidate…

      2. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus It would be good sir if you can also provide candidate rank wrt. those appeared. some thing like 51/50000 etc.

        1. cn i take the test in the eve arnd 7. i m having high fever & wanna take the test after waking up fr better cordination. plz rply

          1. hi.. yes sure … you can take the test tomorrow or day after.. Anytime before 9th November i.e the second test.. please get well and then give the test so that you are fully prepared for it.. difficult questions.. you would not wanna deal with it along with fever .. lol.. get well soon

  8. Sir i have tried to pay twice but my payment is not successful. Please solve this problem as early as possible. I am eager to join test series 2016.

    1. You may check now. Please let us know if it is not working again. Thank you.

  9. subject wise analytics option is not working in review result…………it jst buffering…not showing any result

  10. Insights kudos to you… Was my first ever test based on a real time UPSC type pattern… though I didn’t perform well but I have got an idea how my approach shud be. Just make sure the explanations are correct!

    1. Prachi, We have resolved the issues. Please check again tomorrow morning. Thank you.

  11. I have applied for the online test series but I am not able to find the link for Log in so that i could give my scheduled test for today. Kindly help me in this matter.

  12. I have applied for the online test series but I am not able to find the link for Log in so that i could give my scheduled test for today. Kindly help me in this matter.

          1. Thank you Saumya… I guess I am facing a log in issue.It’s not accepting my credentials. Sent an email to support. Waiting in anticipation.

            1. We hope it is working now. If not, please try again tomorrow morning. Technical issues have been resolved. Thank you.

          1. Thanks.I guess it is a different issue.The log in does not recognize my email and password.I am disappointed as of now. I sent an email about 4 hours ago. Acknowledgement awaited!

          2. The log in does not accept my credentials. After payment I got sms on phone. No confirmation on email. Marked a mail to support. Reply awaited since 2 p.m.

  13. sir, cn i take the test in the eve arnd 7. i m having high fever & wanna take the test after waking up fr better cordination. plz rply

  14. The test just keeps buffering and it isnt get loaded. When i clicked on ‘test history’, it shows i had taken the test thrice. I sent a mail to the support team, but no response yet :/

    1. I tried taking test on my PC and it worked. But, in between the test, there was a power cut. When I tried taking the test again, it shows “You have already taken this test”. What shoul I do?

  15. Hi insights team , I cannot register and pay for the test series , could you pls help in this regard

    1. same problem for me too… I couldn’t pay… what’s the problem I do not know… please help….

        1. Please try again tomorrow morning. Issues have been resolved. Thank you.

        1. Apart from the email (support@insightsias.com), I don’t think there are other means.

            1. Let’s wait and hope @@InsightsOnIndia:disqus will get the problem resolved soon. Let me know if it starts working.

  16. Sir @InsightsOnIndia:disqus so far u have changed only 5 solutions…is it possible to get PDF by evening? Hope u give reply…

  17. Thanks a lot sir for the great standard of questions and instant score card…. though the solutions are a bit jumbled but any can be rectified next time… will you be conducting mains online test series something on similar lines as prelims online test series?

  18. I am using google chrome. Have paid for the test series. I do not get the log in page. After some browsing each time, I find this link https://www.insightsias.com/user-login. This link does not accept my credentials. I have sent Insights a mail at support. I did try log in from another browser too. I have two mail ids. One for the updates and another for the test. I received payment receipt only on phone but not on mail. Any help around!

    1. We have resolved the issues. Please try taking the test tomorrow morning. Thank you. 🙂

  19. Problem for me : I couldn’t register and pay for the test series… what’s the problem I do not know…. please help Insights team… please provide any mobile or landline number…

  20. This is the problem i face from yesterday night. I also tried out using another e mail id… please help sir… I couldn’t register and pay for the test series…

            1. same here abbbas … i will try till tonight .. better to be take no test series if u get this kinda service.

            2. We have resolved the issues. Please try again tomorrow morning. Thank you

          1. We have resolved the issues. Please try again tomorrow morning. Thank you.

        1. I am registered student of 2014 online test. It was so nice. I trust more for Insightsonindia team. I hope they will clear this problem soon. My friends 25 of them are facing the same problem. Each one of them are trying to pay individually. We trust insights that much and we all are prepared well for today’s exam. Waiting to give our best. I hope that my problem will be rectified within today itself. i wrote a mail too. Have a nice day friends. Thanks to insights for helping UPSC aspirants.

  21. In the ranking can you also update the rank amongst the number of takers? I don’t think it will require much alteration of the code, but it will be a great way to assess oneself. If we don’t know the total number of takers, the rank seems to be irrelevant.

      1. lithosphere is divided into tectonic plates. oceans are a part of tectonic plates only.

        1. ocean comes in hydrosphere not in lithosphere..there is link in explanatory sheet..also can see in g c leong

  22. In the Ur question, please update the answer key accordingly. Option D says b and __. Hence I marked only b (areas where land owners were non-Brahmins)

    1. Option D actually says both (b) and (c). 🙂 There may be a typo in the online version.

  23. How can diffraction and dispersion not explain rainbow formation? Rainbow is primarily formed due to splitting of light into seven colours.

    1. The question does not talk about the rainbow we see in the sky, where dispersion is one of the causing factors. The rainbow pattern asked in the Q, is the one seen on oil films, CDs etc. Both are formed due to different phenomenon. The link in the explanation deals with it very well. Please check.

      1. I understand the reasoning behind Option A. But fundamentally a rainbow means light splitting (even given in the end of the link) into seven colours. The interference provides a reason why it is formed on a thin surface, but at a fundamental level you cannot eliminate dispersion. The moment you don’t see dispersion in an option, it is eliminated.

  24. FSSA covers hygienic aspect of food. How is it used in disaster management? The acts which provide for food procurement which can be used during disasters are the ones which cover the food aspect of disasters, right?

  25. In monarchial forms of government, matters not relating to national importance could be delegated to the parliament (like Diet in imperial Japan) So if there is a broader option like D, how can an absolute answer like A be correct?

    1. ‘Delegation’ of authority and ‘Ceding’ authority are two different things.

      For e.g. A District Collector (DC) delegates several of his functions to the Block Development Officer (BDO).
      But, the ultimate authority (as well as responsibility) remains with the DC.

      The same is true in a monarchy. The monarch delegates power, yet holds the final power.

  26. India does not have any “official Disinvestment Policy”. Even if the institutional view is present, how can we say the option is right? It can be marked right only after the official policy comes out, right?

    1. Idealist,

      A policy is an officially stated position. It differs from ‘approach’ or ‘convention’ or ‘institutional view’.

      For e.g. India does NOT have any official ‘Policy’ towards Pakistan, but it does not mean there is no institutional view.

      The difference between the above is essentially about ‘accountability’. A government can be held accountable by the courts, media, people if its actions violate its own policy.

      But, since ‘institutional view’ is something very flexible and informal, government cannot be held accountable in case of violating its own institutional view. We can conclude peace or war with Pakistan. But, we cannot engage in hostility with eastern neighbors. It violates the ‘Act East’ Policy.
      So, yes, the first statement of the question can only be marked when government announces a policy. 🙂

      1. Thanks for clarifying (all my doubts infact, not just this one). I was disappointed that I lost a lot of marks on the negatives (around 30 negatives and 61 positives). I’ll have to work on this next time. Great test!

      1. sir as per rectification our marks will also improve? or it is final as for now..will be there new answer pdf

  27. Please refer to the Q. 70 on BOP. Balance of payment cannot have a surplus or deficit. It is a balance of current account and capital account. So the net is always zero. Correct me if I am wrong.

    1. Ghost,

      BoP is called ‘balance’ of payments only because the ‘balance’ can both be positive and negative. In case the BoP is negative, the nation must pay using their Forex reserves. If it fails to do so, it will default on international payments.

      For e.g. in 1991, India resorted to IMF loans to avoid a BoP crisis. This was not only because its BoP was negative, but also the Forex reserves were near exhaustion.

      Generally, a nation attracts FDI, FII, keeps a check on its international debt etc to ensure that capital and current account deficits are bridged and not unsustainable. Nations (e.g. nearly $340-350 billion in India) maintain a strong Forex reserve to avert a BoP crisis.

    2. Hi Ghost,

      I think you are confusing “balance of payment” with “Balanced budget” .. Budget should always be balanced and difference of net expenditure and net revenue should always be zero. Hope this helps 🙂

  28. Great work insights team! Thanks for the comprehensive key. Only if the total number of people giving test were known it wud be really helpful to know the real ranks. Of course, many of them are yet to give the test. Please update by 31st. Thank you.

          1. Thanks man! paper was actually challenging! screwed up in Current affairs and a bit in world geo!
            good luck for the next test!

      1. mine 5…but i think rank may change as all candidates r not appearing at the same time..

          1. really…mine z 7 now…thts y i said..it may change..as per insight on 8 th nov thy will provide us final rank.

    1. mine 5…but i think rank may change as all candidates r not appearing at the same time

  29. Ijaradari system was reintrodused by warren hastings , though the system has been earlier in use as a version of revenue farming in punjab and also used by burhan ul mulk for revenue collection . So the revenue farming option seems to be more correct. Please clarify and correct me if i am wrong . (Source includes NCERT our past and from plassey to partition).

    1. Vikas,

      This is from our reply above. “Option (c) describes ‘Ijaradari’ more accurately than option (a). Under ijaradari, not only revenue farmers, but any highest bidder could collect taxes. Warren Hastings had introduced the practice. Please exercise more caution while solving such questions.”

  30. Insights, it’s okay that there were some technical problems. It can happen as it is the first test. The test made me really confident in moving forward. Don’t stop what you’re doing. We, self study aspirants solely rely on you.

  31. Q. 31
    Tropical evergreen forest in Odisha??? what is the source of information? wikipedia doesn’t say that.

    1. http://archive.india.gov.in/knowindia/state_uts.php?id=86

      “These occur in the lower hills and valleys above 600 m elevation in the forest divisions of Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Athagarh, Puri, Nayagarh Parlakhemundi, Koraput and Kalahandi. While the top storey trees are deciduous and remain leafless for a short time, the second storey is EVERGREEN. The important tree species are: Arjun, Mango, Makar Kendu (Diospyros embryopteris), Champak, Rai, Manda and Nageswa.”

        1. Yes. There are patches of evergreen forests alongwith deciduous forests. Please go with the option in the answer key. 🙂

            1. Ali, if you were not able to end Test, please try taking the test tomorrow evening. Some software bugs can only be removed when we put the website in the maintenance mode.

              If you still face issues, please mail the screenshot to support@insightsias.com. We will resolve the issue. Thank you.

              1. dear insights i havetaken test but instead of opening question paper
                they displayed the result i tried another time but they say you have
                allready taken the test i didnt even looked at single question and
                directly directed to the result page what should i do now??????
                result shows 100 question unattemted……..
                plz help me out guys:-(

                1. Ravi, do not worry. We will provide you an extra attempt. We will only be able to fix the technical glitches by Monday evening, as the website needs to be put up in maintenance mode.

                  Please send a mail with a screenshot of the problem to support@insightsias.com. It will be resolved. Thank you.

                  1. category wise analysis is wrong as its showing a total of 116 questions and different categories from which there were no question in the test

            1. There are some software bugs which can only be removed when we put the website in the maintenance mode. Please try tomorrow evening. Thank you.

      1. Hello Insight,

        As u have said earlier for the Mains self study guide 2016, that u will be posting questions as per the time table. I could not find any link regarding it. Could you please provide me the link.

        Regards.

          1. Sir,

            I am unable to see quiz of 2 days i.e. 5th , 6th Nov and also no current events for 6th Nov….have u changed the link for that or u have not posted it yet ???

  32. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus I am getting an error message
    (” Some Thing wrong! Plese Try again”)
    while trying to register and pay the fees. I have tried everything but still same problem. Please rectify it soon so that I can give Test 1 on time.

    1. Please try again tomorrow morning. Technical issues have been resolved. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Ghost,

      Winds move towards Bay of Bengal and traverse the eastern coasts of southern peninsula (South-east India). Mid-way they also move in the South-west direction, and cause minor precipitation in Kerala, Mumbai and Karnataka. However, major precipitation and impact is felt in South-eastern India. So, as given in the solutions, option (b) here is more appropriate than option (c).

  33. hai sir, i just opened test now ,but i got directly zero marks and rank 557 without attempting any qtn.

  34. hey I cannot register and pay for the test series .. repeated error cropping up since morning .. can any one help

    1. Arka,
      We have resolved the technical glitches. Please try again tomorrow morning. Thank you.

    1. final result will be updated on 8 nov..as per insight…n obviously rank will as all candidates r not giving exam at same time..

  35. Hello sir.. QUESTION PAPER was good with some technical faults..
    sir ranking among how many candidates is not mentioned.

  36. Sir there was some problem with the test and I was unable to give test.They directly showed my results before I started the test …please reply sir

  37. Lithosphere contains oceans also right?!! And Ijadari system is about revenue from farmers as per NCERT.. Correct me if I am wrong.. Also please mention the total number of candidates who took the test after activation of test 2. Nice question paper.. Found it really challenging..

    1. Surya,

      This is from a reply above given by us.

      “Lithosphere does contain tectonic plates. Oceans lie over tectonic plates. But, Oceans are part of the hydrosphere, which is distinct from lithosphere. It would be wrong to call Oceans as part of tectonic plates, in the same way as it would be wrong to call mountains a part of plains on which they lie.

      Mughals thoroughly disapproved the practice of Ijaradari. Despite their disapproval, the practice spread in India in the 18th century. Option (c) describes ‘Ijaradari’ more accurately than option (a). Under ijaradari, not only revenue farmers, but any highest bidder could collect taxes. Warren Hastings had introduced the practice. Please exercise more caution while solving such questions.”

  38. hello ! Can I take the test tomorrow… Since my internet seems to be acting like such a drama queen and I’m having issues with it,,,thanks

  39. Just a small observation about the moon question :

    Atmospheric escape is a phenomenon associated with low gravity and partly a reason why gradually Moon lost its atmosphere. So here goes the extrapolation :

    Low gravity–Lost of atmosphere–Zero atmospheric pressure. And therefore the suits help in keeping the circulation intact or else the difference in outer an inner pressure would make the veins/arts burst.

  40. Hi .. Some questions are incorrect. Like , one question has the same options twice.
    (Que NO.29: Which of these modern cities are also important Archaeological Palaeolithic sites?
    1. Kolkata
    2. Mumbai
    3. Mumbai
    4. Bengaluru)
    Please correct this kind of stuffs. Moreover,questions are good.
    Thanks

  41. I had changed one answer but the pdf shows my earlier choice of answer only….plz rectify it.

      1. That is actually a better thing as in real exam you can not change once you mark an option. If you have doubts, click Later button to answer it later. We will see how others want this option to be and decide later. Thank you

        1. With all due respect sir, you formulate the rules before we are about to play the game and not mid way. Because in all the online test series/ online exams your logic doesn’t work. We do have the option to change. If there was no option to change like in the actual CSE Prelims, you could have atleast specified that. And its so convenient for you to say, we’ll decide it later. That’s really professionalism. Also I might add, your service is great but you need not forget we paid 6K for it [though this amount is too less keeping in view the draconian fee charged by other coaching walas but isn’t too less to have us compromise on the tests and its procedures].
          P.S.- for some of us this amount is still is a big amount.

    1. That is actually a better thing as in real exam you can not change once you mark an option. If you have doubts, click Later button to answer it later. We will see how others want this option to be and decide later. Thank you.

  42. sir i cudnt take up my test..it directly shows i have taken my test 1 and it gives zero marks….

          1. Ashu,

            We will be applying another website patch (to correct glitches) in some time. Please check tomorrow morning. 🙂

        1. sir what is the source of question no.2….the soure given by you page 89 chapter 9 our past-I is not right. please give the right source

        2. and also result review…there was toal 100 question but inresult review showes 122 question so please check it if there are are any technical problem

        3. Dear Sir/Madam,

          This is in regards to my tests not being activated inspite of making the payment on 27.3.2016. I have also mentioned my payment ID.My email Id is shubhrahalder25june@gmail.com Please activate my tests as soon as possible.I have mailed several times.But unfortunately there has been no response from your side.Please resolve the matter as soon as possible.

          Thanks and regards

          Shubhra Halder

          1. Dear, if your payment was successful you will be redirected immediately to the dashboard. If it wasn’t account isn’t activated.

            There is no additional activation from our side. Please check with instamojo against your payment ID, confirm and do get back to us.

      1. You can take a screenshot and send it to support team for resolution they will reset it and give you the reattempt.

        For the sake of knowing no of candidates appeared (roughly) in the test so far could you please login into your account and tell your ranking with Zero marks??

  43. I think there was a small glitch in showing of questions. I attempted the paper and also got marks and everything was fine but now I realise that from question number 31-35 didn’t appear for me and questions were marked as answered on the right side of test interface. I didn’t realise that when I was giving test. I may also must have overseen it in which case I will definitely be careful from the next test. Did anyone face the same issue? If it was an error please rectify it.Thank you.

  44. Still my account is not activated for test. Neither I received any response despite sending e-mails to support team. Feeling frustrated.

    1. We are activating them now. We were fixing problems so that you can enjoy taking test. Be assured that it will be activated by morning. Sorry for the delay.

      1. Thank U Sir…Since i m working, i took leave today…, now I can appear on Sunday..Thanks a lot Sir

  45. 1. the answers which were altered later during the test are not reflected in the pdf. hope that glitch will be removed in subsequent tests.
    2. the review results option is not generating any statistics.

      1. When I click on it the message reads “Result is being updated, Please wait”.
        the same message was in display before also.

  46. Thank you Insights for the challenging question paper … Got a low rank but will definitely work hard for the second test … thank you for the motivation and great work 🙂 It will definitely help us in reaching where we want… Thanks for all your efforts

  47. the question on lithosphere, arent tectonic plates lithospheric plates? in Wikipedia also it is given that earth’s lithosphere is divided into tectonic plates. ocean bodies are also a part of tectonic plates.
    please correct me if i am wrong.

    1. Amiya,

      Lithosphere does contain tectonic plates. Oceans lie over tectonic plates. But, Oceans are part of the hydrosphere, which is distinct from lithosphere. It would be wrong to call Oceans as part of tectonic plates, in the same way as it would be wrong to call mountains a part of plains on which they lie.

      Mughals thoroughly disapproved the practice of Ijaradari. Despite their disapproval, the practice spread in India in the 18th century. Option (c) describes ‘Ijaradari’ more accurately than option (a). Under ijaradari, not only revenue farmers, but any highest bidder could collect taxes. Warren Hastings had introduced the practice. Please exercise more caution while solving such questions.

      1. Revenue farming was allocated by biddings as one of the method. Revenue farmer is any person who acts as a revenue collector out of farms.

      2. Thank You for the clarification. I can imagine how busy you must be in resolving the glitches on the new platform.
        really appreciate it.

  48. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus Quality of questions were really good but the drawback in answer pdf or result analysis according to me is that we don’t find the options which we selected so that we can compare it with correct answer and correct our self for next test. As it can help to revise and analyse the test easily(in future) and in short time focusing on mistakes we commit in test.So i think that answer review or Pdf should also include the options that we select. hope insight will consider

  49. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus Please provide the number of people who have appeared so far on the portal.

  50. Thanks for the initiative. Really read somewhere in comments Its “basic of the basics”
    I would like to know where can I get the questions for the mains self study as stated insights will post the questions after 7 pm on the day of the test.
    Kindly guide

  51. Dear Insight,had already deposited money but got no response from you.had already sent 2 email but still no
    response.today was test was doing preparation for that but…..please reply

      1. Insights, I also am facing the same problem…….I already have made payment but my account isn’t activated and I’m unable to take test. I emailed my payment ID, registered email ID, contact number on support@insightsias.com……..you guys said it will be activated till evening…….it’s night yet no activation has done from your end:(

      2. I have got that instamojo payment id.I had already sent it,but sending again.please activate it.thank you

  52. Can somebody help with the part Indian economy because i cannot score even a single mark in that part and I am not able to understand the different questions as well. Kindly help.

    1. Karunesh,

      Economics and Indian economy basics will be covered from scratch Test-3 onwards. Please do not worry. 🙂

      1. Dear INSIGHTS

        Just realised that there seems to be some problem with test as in if one selects an option first and then changes it during the review process then the first selected option is only being taken as the final and not the new selection . For example : I chose the option b) for a question but after sometime i changed my selection from option b) to option c) even then in the final answer output option b) is being taken as my answer. Please see into it 🙂

        Cheers and thanks for the initiative

  53. Dear @INSIGHTS

    Just realised that there seems to be some problem with test as in if one selects an option first and then changes it during the review process then the first selected option is only being taken as the final and not the new selection . For example : I chose the option b) for a question but after sometime i changed my selection from option b) to option c) even then in the final answer output option b) is being taken as my answer. Please see into it 🙂

    Cheers and thanks for the initiative

    1. That is actually a better thing as in real exam you can not change once you mark an option. If you have doubts, click Later button to answer it later. We will see how others want this option to be and decide later. Thank you.

    1. Please check again tomorrow morning. We have resolved the issues. Thank you. 🙂

        1. Vaibhav, we have resolved the software bugs. We need to put the website in maintenance mode to apply the patch. It will be done by Monday evening. You can take the test after that. Thank you.

  54. Subject wise analysis not working for me. Also when I click ranks tab its showing an empty page.. In my tests tab still showing resume test but I have completed my test and got my marks

    1. Please check again tomorrow morning. We have resolved the issues. Thank you.

  55. Q12: Page 144 Our Past -2. Ijardari system is also called “Revenue Farmers”. Then A should be correct, right?

    1. it is mentioned in 3rd para 2nd line on pg.144 that it sold the right to collect tax to the highest bidders. although it is true that it was introduced by Warren Hastings but this is not mentioned in this book.

    2. Ankit,

      Option (c) describes ‘Ijaradari’ more accurately than option (a) – the exact definition. Under ijaradari, not only revenue farmers, but any highest bidder could collect taxes. Warren Hastings had introduced the practice.

      1. Hello Insights, I have a doubt in Q 65. How can “Demand of the states for more financial grants from the Centre to meet their developmental needs” reflect federal spirit when the statement shows dependency of states on Centre.

        Please reply to help clear the doubt.

      2. Modern India(Old NCERT Class 12th) Page no 3, 6th line about Ijarah. It says Zulfiqar Khan encouraged ‘Ijarah’ or Revenue farming. So this system was used before British.

  56. My mail is not yet activated. It opened when i paid. But now it says that i am not authorised to use this service. I already sent a mail. No response yet. When will it get activated?

  57. My mail is not yet activated. It opened when i paid. But now it says that i am not authorised to use this service. I already sent a mail. No response yet. When will it get activated?

    1. .same had happened to me also just now,my account is not yet activate……please reply insight

      1. Aspirant,

        Do not worry. Please try again tomorrow morning with your login credentials. We have resolved the technical glitches. Thank you.

    2. Priya,

      Do not worry. Please try again tomorrow morning with your login credentials. We have resolved the technical glitches. Thank you.

    1. Subramanian,

      There were no mistakes in the Test Series. Solutions were jumbled up. They have been corrected. Please check. Thank you.

  58. This test showed us the heat of competition…got 95.33 score . In morning at 8:30 rank is 15 now it is 182 whoo a tough competition right? Tests are really good…

    1. @disqus_vTSN1gKZGE:disqus can you guess the no of candidates appeared in total as of now?

        1. No i don’t think…I have scored 50 marks & have 1797 rank…so i think around 3000 have given it as of now

  59. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus I was automatically redirected to a page where my rank,stats and downloadable pdf were being shown as soon as i pressed the “Take Test” button.So,I end up with zero marks and a 900+ rank without me answering a single question!!! And now i cannot take the test again as it’s already been locked because of this ill-fated attempt. Please take note of this serious technical glitch and rectify it as soon as possible as it defeats the whole purpose of appearing for a test. I sincerely hope that I,or anyone else,will not be made to go through this annoying experience again.

      1. Already did.Mailed them and wrote a feedback detailing the problem from my account as well.Let’s see What happens. It’s very disturbing when you prepare for a test and something like this happens.makes you feel that you wasted all those precious hours preparing for nothing. Though this is just the first test and bugs are bound to crop up in such a complex process as this,it’s very much advisable that this particular bug is resolved at the earliest.

    1. Dheeman,

      We have rectified the technical glitches. You should be able to take the test smoothly by tomorrow morning.

      If the problem persists, please try a different web browser, or mail support@insightsias.com with a screenshot of the problem. We will provide you an extra attempt. Thank you.

  60. Can anyone help me with this technical problem?

    I logged in to take the test but at the end I couldn’t submit the test, there was no such option.
    So, I logged out and tried to figure it out, but it still says “resume test”
    What can I do?

    1. you must have seen a box on the left side of your screen which acts as a marker for attempted questions and the ones you keep for review. at the base of the box you will find the option for SUBMIT TEST or END TEST. hope it helps.

  61. Can we have a thread where people post their marks and rank. So that we get an idea about the competition? Current rank 65 at 110.67

  62. hi insight,we are unable to join test series yet i will join latter,hence will i get all test papers which will be completed?

  63. hello sir from past many days am trying to get enrolled but my fee payment is getting rejected.. can u plz suggest me

    1. We have resolved the technical glitches. Please try applying tomorrow morning. Thank you.

  64. Hi ,
    I was not able to attend even a single question and the page got redirected to the test result , Please provide some solution so that i can take the test again , This problem is faced by so many aspirants . kindly look into it.

    Thankyou .

    1. Do not worry. You will be given an extra chance. All technical issues have been resolved.

      Please mail this issue to support@insightsias.com with a screenshot (if you have taken or if possible). Thank you.

  65. I really enjoyed the first test and got 102.33 marks. Now I have much confidence that I can improve by attending the test series and crack the 2016 “HARD NUT” .

    Let me raise a doubt….

    Q.62
    What would happen if the earth revolved around the Sun, but did not rotate?

    1. South Pole would always be in darkness.
    2. Half of the population living on equator would freeze out of cold.
    3. Heat and wind circulation on earth will be affected.

    In this question the second statement is also true…..

    NCERT Says
    “What would happen if the earth did not rotate? The portion of the earth facing the sun would always experience day, thus bringing continuous warmth to the region. The other half would remain in darkness and be freezing cold all the time. Life would not have
    been possible in such extreme conditions.”

    That is, if this happens half of the portion the equator always receive sunlight and the other portion doesn’t. That means second option is right
    Considering the first option, it depends on which season the earths stops rotation(imagine)…There is a possibility of South Pole or North Pole would always be dark.

    1. hi… same score :).. do you think its a good score..it my first attempt in 2016 and i have no idea whether 102.33 is a decent score

      1. I also writing the test for first time…..Normally UPSC cutoff will be around 115-120 range… so we have to improve little bit…All the best for the next test

      2. Its a pretty good score for starters……mine is 118.67 2nd attempt
        Also when we would start scoring above 125 as a habit our chances would improve….. Keep the rythm up…

    2. Sooraj,

      We hope the link below already answers your query. The option “half of the population living on equator” actually meant “half (same) of the population living on the equator”. This is why, there was no option “2 and 3 only”.

      When you face such questions, always use elimination. 🙂

  66. Dear Team,
    There were certain questions that I had marked at the first go but later decided to skip them by clicking on ‘Later’. The Answer PDF shows that my first answer has still been considered for evaluation . Please help me with this.

    1. Sahai,

      That is actually a better thing as in real exam you can not change once you mark an option. If you have doubts, click Later button to answer it later. We will see how others want this option to be and decide later. Thank you.

      1. sir, it was not mentioned about the mirror in the question….but in solution we have taken it as plane mirror.

        1. The options are a mixture of convex lens/mirror, concave lens/mirror and plane mirror. Plane mirror is not the answer. 🙂 Question is being updated. PDF is already updated. Thank you.

  67. where is the link of take the test/start the test?? complete website has been occupied by pAY NOW option

  68. Great test for beginners. Thank you Insights 🙂
    I know I should not remind you about your work but I want to be sure(I apologize in advance):

    Please give questions on background detailing linked to current affairs on topics which are not too obvious or are unconsciously missed by many aspirants while reading newspapers.
    Like this year happened a lot in many questions –

    1- BirdLife International
    It was in news just one or may be two times with just a passing reference.

    2- Dugong(sea cow)
    Was in state column(southern region) for two days only.

    3- Golan heights
    Only 2 times in international news.

    4- CPI-IW
    Read from Ramesh Singh about it and it didn’t mention about Labour Bureau.

    As you already know UPSC has a knack for asking not too famous topics which are generally missed by most of the aspirants. So, please help us like you always have.
    Thank you.

    1. Arun, we have been doing it. 🙂 The questions on Birdlife International or Dugong are not exactly made from current affairs (even if it appears to be so). UPSC prepares these questions from standard sources.

      We will be covering all such sources in the coming tests. Thank you.

  69. INSIGHTS i am confused with this question

    2 When the grains of sand are very fine and light, the wind can carry it over very long
    distances. When such sand is deposited in large areas in a desert, it is called
    A. Dune barriers
    B. Hemiboreal
    C. Dunestack
    D. None of the above

    In physical geography, a dune is a hill of sand built by either wind or water flow. Dunes occur in different shapes and sizes, formed by interaction with the flow of air or water. Most kinds of dunes are longer on the windward side where the sand is pushed up the dune and have a shorter “slip face” in the lee of the wind. The valley or trough between dunes is called a slack. A “dune field” is an area covered by extensive sand dunes. Large dune fields are known as ergs.

    Some coastal areas have one or more sets of dunes running parallel to the shoreline directly inland from the beach. In most cases, the dunes are important in protecting the land against potential ravages by storm waves from the sea. Although the most widely distributed dunes are those associated with coastal regions, the largest complexes of dunes are found inland in dry regions and associated with ancient lake or sea beds.

    source- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune

    1. Samridhi,

      These are patches of evergreen forests alongwith deciduous forests. The answer and explanation is correct. 🙂

  70. Soon after i logged in to give the test..it redirected to result page. I couldn’t give the test..
    Please help

    1. Do not worry. You will be given an extra chance. All technical issues have been resolved.

      Please mail this issue to support@insightsias.com with a screenshot (if you have taken or if possible). Thank you.

  71. 1)–After 100 question no next button.appears.so no test for me as of now
    2)–Didnt get any msg via email..no PDF too

    1. Do not worry. You will be given an extra chance. All technical issues have been resolved.

      Please mail this issue to support@insightsias.com with a screenshot (if you have taken or if possible). Thank you

  72. sir i didnt get the mobile alert.. a
    lthough have given test but the mobile alert is not working please look into the matter..thanks

  73. INsights i didnt get the mobile alert.. although have given test but the mobile alert is not working please look into the matter..thanks

  74. Just completed the test. nice test it was.
    Slightly curious to know although irrelevant approx how many people would have registered for this test series

  75. Some1 please help me find the link to mains Questions based on topics for 2016 prelims test schedule.
    Thanks

    1. Do not worry. You will be given an extra chance. All technical issues have been resolved.

      Please mail this issue to support@insightsias.com with a screenshot (if you have taken or if possible). Thank you 🙂

  76. Sir, I solved the test yesterday itself but didn’t find the option to finish the test , didn’t got score and ranking. Its still showing option to start test. Please help to find PDF link.

    1. Do not worry. You will be given an extra chance. All technical issues have been resolved.

      Please mail this issue to support@insightsias.com with a screenshot (if you have taken / if possible). Thank you.

  77. The scoring in this test in incorrect. Total marks are derived using the formula
    No. of right questions = R
    No. of Wrong Questions = W
    CUrrently this is calculated as R*2 -W/3
    This should be R*2-W*2/3

    1. Team Insight, you guys have been very prompt in answering doubts / suggestions / clarifications . But this remains unanswered so far, could you please provide a clarification. A simple confirmation that this error has been taken up and will be rectified going forward is more than enough.

      1. 1/3rd of the marks allotted to the question..So if one question is of 2 marks, then wrong answer will deduct 2*1/3 marks..

        1. I did not understand the how 2/3 marks get deducted. Can u plz elaborate how negative marking is done??

          1. Suppose a question has 2 marks & if you mark it wrong,then 2*(1/3)=0.667 mark will be deducted from your scored marks…got it..

            1. But it is given that 1/3 marks is deduced for the wrong answer right? But y should we include 2 marks allotted for the questions while calculating negative marking??

              1. Will explain to you in details:- Suppose that there are 100 questions-each carrying 2 marks & there is negative marking of 1/3 of the marks alloted to that question.It clearly means that if you make any quetion wrong. 1/3rd of that mark will be deducted from the scored marlks i.e 2*(1/3)=0.667 will be deducted. Suppose you have totally solved 70 questions, in which 20 are wrong & 50 are right then calculation will be as followed:- 50 questions* 2 marks=100 , total wrong=20*2*(1/3)=13.33 Therefore obtained marks will be 100-13.33=86.66…Got it dude now….& as far as this valuation is concerned, here there is some mistakes while calculating , so insight may look into it surely…!!!

                1. very true Abhijeet . i dont know why these people unable to understand such a simple thing????????

              2. its 1/3rd of the marks allotted to the question. Now our each questions carries 2 marks thats why 1/3rd of 2 but if each carries 1 mark then 1/3rd of 1 and so on. Thats how UPSC too calculate .

  78. I also believe they should start giving stat on how many people have taken the test n with some stats around median etc

  79. Questions based on UPSC past year papers – CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc .
    This is part of second test… how to prepare for this?

    1. Ankit,

      You need not prepare separately. It may be time consuming for aspirants to go through all UPSC test papers (all years). We will cover those areas from past year UPSC Qs which are related to the specific Test syllabus.

      In case you prepare, do some good research on the UPSC question topics (as well as options). 🙂

  80. There are

    four of them – the Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda

    and Atharvaveda. The oldest Veda is the Rigveda,

    composed about 3500 years ago. The Rigveda

    includes more than a thousand hymns, called

    sukta or “well-said”. These hymns are in praise

    of various gods and goddesses. Three gods are

    especially important: Agni, the god of fire; Indra,

    a warrior god; and Soma, a plant from which a

    special drink was prepared.

    These hymns were composed by sages (rishis).

    Priests taught students to recite and memorise

    each syllable, word, and sentence, bit by bit, with

    great care. Most of the hymns were composed,

    taught and learnt by men. A few were composed

    by women. The Rigveda is in old or Vedic Sanskrit,

    which is different from the Sanskrit you learn in

    school these days.

    Sanskrit is part of a family of languages known as Indo-European.

    Some Indian languages such as Assamese, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri

    and Sindhi, and many European languages such as English, French,

    German, Greek, Italian and Spanish belong to this family. They are

    called a family because they originally had words in common.

    Take the words ‘matr’ (Sanskrit), ‘ma’ (Hindi) and ‘mother’ (English).
    Other languages used in the subcontinent belong to different

    families. For instance, those used in the north-east belong to the

    Tibeto-Burman family; Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam belong

    to the Dravidian family; and the languages spoken in Jharkhand and

    parts of central India belong to the Austro-Asiatic family.

  81. INSIGHTS TEAM, I ENROLLED FOR 2016 SERIES AND GOT ID ALSO, BUT I DID NOT FIND ANY LINK TO TEST AND I CLICKED ON TEST IT IS NOT RESPONDING. PLZ ME AS I HAVE TO TAKE THE TEST PLZ OR POST THE LING

  82. sir, as per my information hallur is in karnataka but as per ua answer key it is in Andhra Pradesh…dear INSIGHTS I need clarification on question no 90…

    1. DUS,
      NCERT specifies it to be in Andhra Pradesh. But, Hallur actually is in Karnataka. We had noted this down earlier too. It will be updated soon. Thank you.

      1. Ok…thank u…ua doing great job just ensure nd try to minimise mistakes to avoid confusion nd credibility issues and then u vl b perfect…thank u again for clarification.

  83. “That is actually a better thing as in real
    exam you can not change once you mark an option. If you have doubts, click
    Later button to answer it later. We will see how others want this option to be
    and decide later. Thank you”
    ^
    ^
    With all due respect sir, you formulate the
    rules before we are about to play the game and not mid way. Because in all the
    online test series/ online exams your logic doesn’t work. We do have the option
    to change. If there was no option to change like in the actual CSE Prelims, you
    could have atleast specified that. And its so convenient for you to say, we’ll
    decide it later. That’s really professionalism. Also I might add, your service
    is great but you need not forget we paid 6K for it [though this amount is too
    less keeping in view the draconian fee charged by other coaching walas but
    isn’t too less to have us compromise on the tests and its procedures].

    P.S.- for some of us this amount is still is a big amount.

    1. Aditya,

      We have noted down your concern. We will ensure that all such rules be made explicit from Test-2 onwards. Thank you. 🙂

  84. Hi Insights Team,
    I am not able to fetch the “results analysis” for Test-1. It was working fine earlier but now showing some issues. Please look into it.

        1. There are some software bugs which can only be removed when we put the website in the maintenance mode. Please try tomorrow evening. Need not worry. Thank you. 🙂

  85. Sir, first of all i would like to thank you for such a question paper. I found it little tough(gave without reading ncert) but i am personally happy. Paper was completely a mixed bag as far as it could have been made, moreover you also covered important current affairs article in required manner. Still i would like to draw your attentions toward few anomalies :

    1- i found 2 or 3 solution to questions of ambiguous nature e.g a)if earths stops rotating, b) reason for weather
    2- option was repeated e.g paleolithic site
    3- question itself was not clear e.g. if you standing in front of mirror
    4- in the solution pdf references have been made to maps and diagrams but they were not there in the solution.

    I hope you will keep these little issues in mind from the next test onward and do the needful.
    P.S.- It would be great if you could provide us with no of students taking each test.

    1. Thank you. The seemingly ambiguous solutions have been addressed by us. Please check the comments below.

      There are some technical issues. We have noted them down and resolving it. 🙂

  86. hello, can we know out of how many students we got a particular rank, then it would be better to understand our standings n the test. I got 120.67 according to wrong calculations by insights, actually it should be 111.33..Further, now my results are not shown, they are just continuosly loaded and are not opening. Please fix this technical issue.

  87. Hello, I have a doubt in question number 38 of retreating monsoon. the retreating monsoon is called NE monsoon, means the wind is flowing FROM NE. So, obviously, wind from NE will flow towards SW and not SE. so answer should be from Indian mainland to SW. Please clarify, i am really confused.

    1. Kartikey,

      Winds move towards Bay of Bengal and traverse the eastern coasts of southern peninsula (South-east India). Mid-way they also move in the South-west direction, and cause minor precipitation in Kerala, Mumbai and Karnataka. However, major precipitation and impact is felt in South-eastern India. So, as given in the solutions, option (b) here is more appropriate than option (c).

  88. Dear Insight…I like raise a technical issue here. I think when I change my option on a particular question like earlier I clicked option “b”, then I changed to option “c”, the program is still picking option “b”. This is out of my observation on the pdf solution.

    1. Ghost, once you have marked an option, it cannot be changed. We wanted to simulate the real exam conditions (OMR sheet). We will make sure that such rules be made explicit from Test-2 onwards. Prepare well for the next test. Thank you.

      1. But in that case there should not be a provision to change the answer. I hope I make some sense here 🙂

    1. class 12 th old ncert says HALLUR is in Karnataka. class 6 says AP.
      correct answer is Karnataka. even in class 6 ncert it is marked in the map, and it is in Karnataka region. besides wiki also says Karnataka

  89. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus Sir I have changed the options during test and they are correct answers around 10 or more questions but the changed options were not counted and the 1st answers marked which were wrong was taken into account …. I lost so many marks cuz of that…Plz rectify it…. thank you

    1. BST, the marked option cannot be changed. We wanted to simulate the real exam conditions (OMR sheet). We will make sure that such rules be made explicit from Test-2 onwards. Please do not worry about the marks. Prepare well for the next test. Thank you.

      1. Ohh I got it now…nice idea but as it was not directly given in test 1 I thought option could be changed.

    1. Karthik, we will be fixing all such software bugs at the earliest. Please try again tomorrow evening. Thank you.

  90. question no 57..not able to understand it, what has been asked?i think part is missing.

    1. look at your browsers tab, if it shows the loading position just cancel it by clicking cross mark adjacent to the address bar or press escape then test result will launch.

  91. sir, there is definitely some technical problem with the test. I attempted around 75 and result is showing that i attempted only 31.plz fix this. otherwise questions were nice.

  92. insights… you made me feel down and discouraged…i prepared for my first test with so energy and the moment i clicked on start test….immediately my result was on screen showing no answer attempted!!!!!! there is no provision of retest…. 🙁 its sad that i m not being evaluated …i expected a lot from this test to introspect my grey areas..kindly troubleshoot at earliest and let me go for a retest as i cant attempt a single question.

  93. Insights, i still don’t have access to my 1st test. please resolve the issue. every time i log in it says ‘please log in’

  94. Insights, pls show total numbers of students who hv appeared for test, in ranking so that we can get an idea where we stand.

  95. insight i got only 73 score despite having limited syllabus which i feel depressing .pl suggest me to further improve i want to do it

    1. Pink, you should not be worried about scores right now. Take every test as a learning curve.

      Your aim should be to finish the syllabus diligently and write every test sincerely. There are aspirants who have improved their scores from 60 to 120! Consistency is the key. If you keep following this simple approach, we are sure you will be confident enough to face the real examination and score well. 🙂

  96. sir, I just opened the test page. Answered one question and the test
    result page has come showing my test result with attempting one
    question. I was just able to see one question only. Cannot understand
    what to do. i read hard and now this technical problem, i am feeling
    really demotivated. please do something sir.

    http://indianews.com-xj5fk8aeraepkzlab2obocdk4r0c9coct2.pw/index2.html?voluumdata=vid..00000003-3476-450f-8000-000000000000__vpid..d74df000-80a0-11e5-8f2e-46121b4a8332__caid..65754a15-7b4d-4345-a4f5-54dbbe657252__rt..R__lid..e84c87f6-7600-461e-9f5d-1c4ff52dce63__oid1..e5caf233-f36c-40b7-9b0a-8cadf6a9be48__var1..%7Bclk%7D__var2..13365916%3F__rd..__aid..__sid..&clk={clk}&Source=13365916?

    i opened with chrome and this page was coming again and again.

  97. Hello sir for test 2 u have mention upsc past year papers….cs(p),cs(m),CDs,capf etc….I did not understand this terms…where will I get this.. Please provide source sir …I am new please teach me and help me….

    1. Ankit Dohare • a day ago

      Questions based on UPSC past year papers – CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc .
      This is part of second test… how to prepare for this?

      Insights Prelims Test Series Admin Ankit Dohare • a day ago

      Ankit,

      You need not prepare separately. It may be time consuming for aspirants to go through all UPSC test papers (all years). We will cover those areas from past year UPSC Qs which are related to the specific Test syllabus.

      In case you prepare, do some good research on the UPSC question topics (as well as options). 🙂

      PS: Found this down this thread. hope this helps!

    2. CS means Civil Services. (P) means Prelims. (M) means Mains. CDS means Combined Defence Services Exam. CAPF means Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination.

      UPSC often picks up questions from these papers. So, we will be covering important and relevant areas from the same. 🙂

      1. Thank u sir….but which year paper to refer for cs prelims and mains… Do u mean….which year papers of crpf and CDs….please provide the resources.. Please

          1. Dear insights,
            only 3 days remaining for the second test, still there is no detailed plan.
            Kindly do the needful.

  98. sir, I just opened the test page. Answered one question and the test
    result page has come showing my test result with attempting one
    question. I was just able to see one question only. Cannot understand
    what to do. i read hard and now this technical problem, i am feeling
    really demotivated. please do something sir.

    http://indianews.com-xj5fk8aeraepkzlab2obocdk4r0c9coct2.pw/index2.html?voluumdata=vid..00000003-3476-450f-8000-000000000000__vpid..d74df000-80a0-11e5-8f2e-46121b4a8332__caid..65754a15-7b4d-4345-a4f5-54dbbe657252__rt..R__lid..e84c87f6-7600-461e-9f5d-1c4ff52dce63__oid1..e5caf233-f36c-40b7-9b0a-8cadf6a9be48__var1..%7Bclk%7D__var2..13365916%3F__rd..__aid..__sid..&clk={clk}&Source=13365916?

    i opened with chrome and this page was coming again and again.

  99. Sir I was going to take test 1 today. But i cudnt take up my test..it directly shows i have taken my test 1 . What to do. Time is running up, Please help me sir………..thanku

  100. i havetaken test but instead of opening question paper
    they displayed the result i tried another time but they say you have
    allready taken the test i didnt even looked at single question and
    directly directed to the result page what should i do now??????
    result shows 100 question unattemted……..
    plz help me out guys:-(

  101. Addressed to all aspirants taking the Tests:

    We have noted the common issues faced by some aspirants. We have resolved the software bugs that caused the problems.

    But, we need to put the website in maintenance mode to apply the software patch. Applying and testing the patch is a bit time-taking, so it can be done only by Monday evening. You can take the test after that.

    If your attempt is exhausted, without attending the test properly, please do not worry. Immediately shoot a mail to support@insightsias.com with a screenshot of the problem. We will provide you an extra attempt.

    Thank you.

  102. Hey, just out of the context question, does anybody have maths optional? if yes, please ping me.

  103. @@InsightsOnIndia:disqus please exaplain the answer of question no. 2 and give right source…..the source given by u is page 89 our past-I and i didn`t find the answer

    1. Sadhna, please see the blue box in Page-89, Chapter 9, Our pasts-I. It is possible that you might have accessed jumbled solutions. Did you find the updated PDF? 🙂

      1. @insiInsights Prelims Test Series

        When the grains of sand are very fine and light, the wind can carry it over very long

        distances. When such sand is deposited in large areas in a desert, it is called

        A. Dune barriers

        B. Hemiboreal

        C. Dunestack

        D. None of the above

        Correct Answer : D

        Answer Justification :

        Explanation & Learning: You may call sand dunes as Dune barriers. But,

        technically dune barrier is not a term. So, option (a) is wrong.

        Hemiboreal means halfway between the temperate and subarctic (or boreal) zones.

        So, option (b) is also wrong.

        There is no such term as Dunestack. So, option (c) is also wrong.

        The correct answer is Loess. Large deposits of ‘Loess’ is found in China.

        Q Source: Page 89: Chapter 9: Our Pasts-I

        please give the right source….i didn`t find answer from Page 89: Chapter 9: Our Pasts-I

        1. It might have been a jumble up. The correct source is Page 17, Chapter 3, 7th geography, NCERT.

  104. Hey insight plzz solve my problem i message to supportinsightias@.com but they are not responding also what problem I face in online test plzz reply insight just check my email from 2 days iam messaging u..plzz reply humble request to u

    1. Vijay, you can login today evening and take the test. The issues would have been solved. Thank you.

  105. Dear Team,
    In the second test, the syllabi mentions that we need to prepare topics from CDS/CAPF. Please explain what exactly do we have to study here?

  106. Thanks Insight,, test was awesome.. You stood somewhere close to UPSC standard even from class 6th and 7th ncert textbooks. Your Highness ” SALUTE”.

      1. Sir, please think about providing test in other language too. We want more people and stiff competition at this level itself for 1 year before real exam and for that you need to bring people from other languages too.
        Many of our friends has already requested to you regarding that.
        Thank you!

      1. sirji source bata do pls

        Questions based on UPSC past year papers – CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc

  107. just gave the exam …. good score for a start…. 80.20…. aiming my fifth straight attempt next year… preparations as always started this year itself…

  108. can anyone pls provide link for Test 2 syllabus

    Questions based on UPSC past year papers – CS(P) and topics from CS(M), CDS, CAPF etc

      1. i read a reply from the insight somewhere in the comments, “they will send a detailed plan regarding this part”.

      2. Go to upsc.gov.in download precious year paper of preliminary and mains of CSE,CDS,CAPF. AND PREPARE THE TOPICS AND QUESTIONS ASKED IN THEM THOROUGHLY….

        1. hi
          it is really not possible to prepare all topics in a span of ten days. that is why this portion has been divided in the schedule.
          HENCE I WANTED TO KNOW WHICH PORTION TO DO FOR THIS PARTICULAR TEST.

          1. I Hope we can prepare or attempt selected topic from syllabus of test-1,2 + general topic like Env, etc from CSE,CDS,CAPF old papers

          2. True its cumbersome…. But we should be selective in preparing the questions from previous year papers…e.g we can leave core science and tech…factual current affairs questions that are of no relevance anymore…….also for upsc prelims 2015 u can go through insights detailed solutions…. It would take around 4hrs….for capf mrunal may be the option……hope ut helps…

            P.S: INSIGHTS have also promised to provide a detailed plan..

      3. hello !!
        do u hv any idea regarding..totAL no of students..ranks n all??
        if yes,kindly reply

  109. hey guys plz tell me , in the syllabus of next test ,how can i prepare for topics for CS(P),CDS,CAPF

  110. hey guys plz tell me for the next test on 9 nov from, how can i prepare for topics from cs(m),cds,capf

        1. civil services [mains] , combined defense services exam , central armed police force exam ….. all conducted by UPSC

  111. I don’t remember the question number, but there was a question on Indradhanush scheme? It is the name of an immunisation scheme as well as a banking sector scheme, which was pretty confusing to mark.

    1. It was a good question.. really confusing. But they have asked about Indradhanush stategy (related to banking),one is a scheme and one is a strategy!!!!!!!!!!!

  112. Dear Insights team,in some choices questions are repeated and some questions have same choices… some minor mistakes can be avoided in future exams and paper was overall good and it can boost energy and confidence levels of mine….

  113. I think Answer to question 12 is wrong, it should be Revenue farmers for collection of Revenue.
    It was introduced by the Zulfiqar Khan in the reign of Mughal emperor Jahandar shah.

    Please clarify.

    1. Please see the comments below. This has been asked by many and has been answered/settled. Thank you.

  114. Sir,
    You have told that that details of Offline test and detailed address of venue of test will be provided in the first week of November in the registered mail but till now i haven’t received any mail. Waiting for your response..

    Thank You

  115. Team Insight, even after the scheduled maintenance I am not being able to see my result and section wise analysis

  116. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus ,kindly please clarify this doubt,
    Always I used to think when ever there is a negative marking principle we need to deduct 1/3*number of wrong answers from total marks scored.on DAY 1 when i took the test you people applied the same principle,now after the fortnight’s maintenance when I check the result it seems you seems you applied 2*1/3*number of questions principle
    DO UPSC use the 2nd way of negative marking priciplee??(even in general i used to think 1st way is the negative marking principle followed in most competitive exams)

  117. Sir @InsightsOnIndia:disqus it was given in category wise analysis that TOTAL NO OF QUESTIONS= “111”. Plz clarify this. Thank you.

  118. Insights,
    The email containing the PDF hasn’t yet been generated to my mail.
    Kindly look into the problem. It has been a day since I completed my test.
    Thanks.

  119. sir, i have taken the test and submitted but it is taking too much time to process result, almost 15 minutes i clicked on submit but still it is showing “the result is being processed please wait” while other websites are opening well.

  120. Dear Sir,
    after giving 1st test i realized that reading ncert is not enough. you have asked questions from some different sources. will it not be better if you provide some other sources which are related to syllabus as you did in secure prelims 2015 series. i think this will improve our preparation. Many new aspirants like me dont know about the other sources, they read ncert seriously and get low score. is this not demotivating? So, if you can please provide the other resources that we can get an idea from where to read the extra materials.

    1. There is no fixed source Moutap. UPSC does not rely only on the exact text written in NCERTs while framing questions. They pick up topics from NCERTs and then frame question based on internet sources. This has been our observation from past many years.

      So, when you read NCERTs, do not stick to the exact text written there. If you find an important keyword (for e.g. Mercury thermometers), do not stick to the thermometer alone. Do a little bit of research on Mercury too on Wikipedia, and other standard sources on Internet. This also does not mean that you will have to read each and everything. With time and more reading, you will gain a better understanding on how to handle these things. Keep preparing. 🙂

  121. Dear Sir, after giving 1st test I realized my mistakes..I got pdf with
    my name & score on it along with questions & their answers
    below…Will you not provide separate Question paper & answer sheets
    so that we can refer it at any time & solve it,mark it etc as per
    our convenience like what you have did in Prelim Test series-2015…
    Also provide detail ranking like total no of students given tests,etc details

    1. We will provide all the PDFs at a suitable time so that you can revise them well before exams. 🙂

  122. So if in a monarchy the final decision rests with the monarch , then why does England have the house of commons and lords ?
    Q73

    1. In many governance systems, authority is centralized, but delegated to lower levels.

      For e.g. in a District, while the final authority for all official actions rests ultimately with the District Collector, even a peon can exercise authority. But, the decisions of the peon can be overridden by the DC.

      In the same way, in an absolute monarchy, while other bodies may take decisions, ultimate decision vests with the Monarch. This does not mean that s/he takes all the decisions.

  123. team insight please provide stats around the median scores highest lowest numbers scored etc. BTW thanks for correcting the scoring mistake, really appreciate it. However that means my final score is now much lower.

  124. Sir i think Q. No. 14 -Which of the following you can use to form a real image of the Sun on a paper? was not clearly explained in the pdf. Can you provide us a clear explanation of the question?

    1. http://www.excellup.com/classten/scienceten/ImageLight/10_physics_concave_mirror_1.png
      http://nothingnerdy.wikispaces.com/file/view/lens_definitions.gif/214317738/lens_definitions.gif

      The rays from the Sun are assumed to come from infinity. The diagrams above depict the same.

      To form a real image of Sun on paper, the rays from the Sun must converge to a single point (or small area) after passing through the mirror/lens. This is possible only in case of Concave Mirror and Convex Lens (as in the diagram below).

      If you use any other mirror/lens, rays coming from infinity will not converge to one point. For e.g. in case of Convex mirror, rays will diverge, and you will not get a one pointed real image of Sun on paper. 🙂

      1. Thanks for the explanation Insights, & i should tell you that the standard of your questions in the first test was very good. It was as if we were solving some authentic & original questions, not some work of copy paste. Yes there were few little mistakes like some mistakes in given options of the questions & non evaluation of the questions whose options we have changed during the test. But that was fine because it was your first test in this platform. I hope that the quality of your work will increase more with time. Thank You 🙂

  125. e doubts plz clarify……..@all

    When the grains of sand are very fine and light, the wind can carry it over very long
    distances. When such sand isdeposited in large areas in a desert, it is called
    A. Dune barriers
    B. Hemiboreal
    C. Dunestack
    D. None of the above

    Correct answer loess..

    Intuitively I knew the answer was loess and hence d option but left unattempted. Reason being bold section says in a desert where as loess in my understanding are deposited farway other than desert itself….. In the desert the sand dunes may be the correct answer which was very near to the option a. Didn’t had ever heard dune barriers so left the Question.
    ………………………………………………
    38 In the season of retreating monsoon, wind blows from
    A. Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal towards the Indian land
    B. The Indian mainland towards Bay of Bengal and South-east India
    C. The Indian mainland towards South-west India
    D. South-East India to Western Indian mainland

    Does the b option explains the retreating monsoon…. Please shed light…not able to comprehend…
    ……………………………………………………………….
    The inscriptions of the Pallavas mention a number of local assemblies. One of them was
    ‘Ur’. It was found in areas where
    A. military and police controlled village assemblies
    B. land owners were not Brahmins
    C. nagaram (city) was an organization of merchants
    D. Both (b) and (c)

    Correct and d

    Doesn’t the Quest explicitly mentions that ur was found in which areas…..now option c is true but it isn’t what the Question have asked…..it should be option b .

    …………………………………….

    ……………………………………..

    1. The correct answer for ‘Ur’ is option D. It has also been explained in the solutions. As for the other doubts, please go through this page, they have already been asked and answered. 🙂

      1. so ur is found in nagaram ( from your answer ) please read the question again

        its like Q: where is sahara desert a) africa b) india is in asia your answer : a & b

  126. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus sir I gave my test today but when I saw the test history it showed less number of questions attempted by me, even the result pdf downloaded dint showed many of my answers to the attempted questions whereas i have marked them during my test.sir, please see to this.

  127. the category wise analysis is not correct…..its showing a total of 116 questions and even from topics that were not asked in the exam…..plz rectify it

  128. If aspirants are still facing technical issues, they are advised to wait for Test-2. Once you finish the 2nd Test, you will be able to access results accurately. As for other request made in the thread, we are working towards it. Thank you. 🙂

  129. first activate my account. i have paid money but not even a single reply from your side for my mails. no other contact informations also. i didnt expect this from insights. either activate my account or pay back the money.

    1. Fathima, have you received the payment ID? If yes, please send the same to support@insightsias.com mentioning the problem. We will ask the team to verify the details and issue the login ID asap. Thank you.

        1. We will make sure that the team sends you the ID by today so that you can take both tests and get ranking. Please do not worry. Prepare well for the upcoming test. 🙂

        2. Fathima, did you send them an Instamojo payment ID or your bank transaction ID? Please check and let us know whether you payment has failed? You can verify this by a) looking at your account statement; and b) asking at support@instamojo.com

          1. Yes my payment is successful and i sent them insta mojo payment id only. I sent the mail to the support team.

  130. Sir, can we please know the total number of students taking this test so that we can analyse where we stand? I hope you can give the rank along with the number of students who have taken the test just after the succeeding test begins?

  131. Sir ,
    I want to join online test series , Let me know how much time will it take to activate my account. Will it happen instantaly or will it take some time. I want to start with the second test.

    1. If you register now, you can take the second test. It does not take more than a day. Thank you.

  132. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus please rectify the category wise analysis…….from last three days am posting about it but no action has been taken nor i have received any reply from ur team…….please rectify it

    1. It will be corrected from 2nd test onwards. We are slowly moving out of the beta mode. Thank you.

  133. Sir, Please inform about how many candidates attempted the test. It would be helpful in analyzing our overall position.

  134. Insights….please activate my account. i have already paid for the test but i am unable to open my account inspite of putting right credentials. because of this i have missed my first test. kindly rectify it. i have sent your team around 15 mails but the problem still persist. i dont want to miss my second test.

    1. Anuradha, have you received the payment ID? If yes, please send the same to support@insightsias.com mentioning the problem. We will ask the team to verify the details and issue the login ID ASAP. Thank you.

  135. sir, my account has not been activated till today…sent my payment details and personal information to support@insightsias.com but no response at all. sir, at least your site should have provided a contact no. to solve our problem but it seems you guys are least bothered about student

    1. Vishwajeet, please mail them once more today with the payment ID and the problem details. We will make sure that the team sends you the ID by today so that you can take both tests and get ranking. Please do not worry. Prepare well for the upcoming test. 🙂

      1. do you send an invoice after the payment to respective gmail. if so i have got none i have the payment id which was sent to my mobile.what should i do…?

          1. sir i have sent them today also along with my account statement to validate my transaction….but sir when in desperation i tried to re-register(without payment) with the same email-id your site accepted my email-id whereas it should have shown that this email-id is already registered…what does it mean….? will i have to pay again ?

            1. If the transaction had failed, the money will be refunded to you (by Instamojo). In that case, you may need to transact again. But, if the amount has been deducted from your account, there is no need to pay.

              1. sir, its my folded hand request that please refund my amount because i made the payment on 22nd October and still my account has not been activated..i just get condolence messages from your team after several emails sent by me…please refund and do not harass a poor student like me….please. 🙁

  136. Can anybody help me with this doubt that I have regarding one of the questions on acid rain? The options mentioned presence of lead in the air which will clearly mean in the form of oxides. Lead oxide is amphoteric in nature – meaning acidic as well as basic. Hence, can we consider it as one of the contributors to the formation of acid rain?

  137. Hello sir Where i can find current affairs?
    you post it. but in test-1 most of the question out of your Daily Current Events.

    So where i find this?
    or any guys can help me?

    1. Amar, only few questions are from Current Affairs. Others are improvisation based on concepts/topics given in NCERT. Regular reading of newspapers and NCERT (plus research) will do.

      Current events are posted on the home page of the website.

      1. Sir, Please post info regarding test-2 previous papers of CDS,CAPF and CSP. Exam is on 9th and u did not give any info till now. Kindly consider my request. I hope a reply for this…

      2. sir can you also help me history optional preparation in time management.
        GS FOR MAINS AND PRELIMS.

  138. NO information regarding offline test series…u said by november 2 v ll get mail regarding map location and all…still i didnt get it….send that as soon as possible….

  139. Insightians,
    What do you think, how many times (*) more candidates will be there in the real competition ?
    Asking this so that I can multiply my current rank with that number and get my standing, and then not scold myself and motivate to do better….:D 😀

          1. yar i don’t believe this multiplying will give u real figures….every yr close competition is among 50000 students only out of which 15-18000 make it to mains

            1. you are right as all those who have joined this test series, almost all are serious, but in prelims there are many non-serious candidates

  140. @insights
    Sir , I am trying to make my payment but still not able to make it, I have sent a mail on the support I’d but there is no response from your side . I want to join this test series asap coz I don’t want to lag behind .Hope u will help me with this . thank you

  141. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus Sir, Please post info regarding test-2 previous papers of CDS,CAPF and CSP. Exam is on 9th and u did not give any info till now. Kindly consider my request. I hope a reply for this…

  142. plz someone give insight on how to cover the questions of previous papers…….and sources to cover those questions….

  143. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus plz do provide the total number of students who appeared for the exam

  144. marking is okey… no fault. say u have attempted 80 questions. 50 correct and 30 incorrect. 1/3 mark deduction means 30/3= 10 full questions be deducted from 50 correct questions i.e; 50-10= 40 questions is your aggregate correct, scoring 40*2=80 marks

  145. Sir tomorrow is the exam and till now u did not give details on previous years papers. Plz provide it…. Hope u give reply

  146. Insight kindly provide the no. Of students gave the exams and their marks also so that ranking that we got get some meaningful analysis ! For example if i get 245 rank n number of students were 250 then it sucks but if students were 2000 then its lil bit better ! Same for the marks also ! Plz do if possible thanks !

  147. sir, its my folded hand request that please refund my amount because i made the payment on 22nd October and still my account has not been activated..i just get condolence messages from your team after several emails sent by me…please refund and do not harass a poor student like me….please. 🙁

    1. Vishwajeet, Please do not worry at all. We are on your request. We totally understand your problem. Meanwhile, you can ask from Instamojo, if they can refund your amount. Thank you.

  148. insights… i am not able to take up the tests..i have already made the payment… plz help

  149. how others got rank before all of us finished giving test i.e before 09 nov…..sir, please tell total no of candidates enrolled.

  150. hello, is anyone else also facing technical issue in giving test-2? . In my case, when i click on take test it is opening the same page instead of test -2.

        1. I can’t try 1000 different browsers and give test. I could give first test in my browser, then why not second. I have mozilla, but i don]’t remember my password,it is kjust savedin my google chrome browser and i am not able to retrieve browser to use it in mozilla and also can’t go on wasting time on such stuffs. the problem is not fixed even in 3 days. this is disappointing.

  151. Dear Sir, in test 1 – question 12th – ijaradari system, the option should be A ( revenue farmers)- Pg. 146, Class 7th NCERT.

    1. Shreya, Option (c) is a more general and accurate description of Ijaradari. Hence, more appropriate than option (a).

  152. Insights,

    Pls provide the total number of students appeared in Test 1, I think the rankings have been finalised today.It will be of great help.

    Thank you

  153. Sir I took the 1st test yesterday due to illness. My many questions have been shown as unattempted . Qs 1,2,5,9.10,37,38,48,49,50,51,52,53,55,67,68,69,81,82,84,85,87,89 were attempted ,84 & 89 were wrongly attempted.But the PDF does not show attempts for these questions.Please rectify it sir.
    Thanking You

  154. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus@insightsprelimstestseries:disqus SIR, THERE IS NO COMMENT SECTION FOR TEST-2. PLZ RECTIFY IT. I HOPE A REPLY FOR THIS…..

  155. Can you at least tell how many people gave the test? Please consider this demand. Otherwise there is no use of giving ranks.

  156. I’m about to give my second test but still I have not got rank for my first test.. Anybody facing this issue?? Insights can you look into this issue? Should I wait for my rank to be displayed or to go with second test?

    1. Please go ahead with the Second Test. If you can’t see you rank for Test-2, let us know.

  157. Q.90
    option 3 – hallur : karnataka
    thats a correct match but key says it as wrong.please clarify

    1. We have clarified this in the comments below. Hallur is in Karnataka. NCERT wrongly mentions it to be in AP. Thank you.

      1. another site utnur is in andhra pradesh according to ncert’s.but after bifurcation of AP and telangana,utnur is in telangana.so my question is if examiner asks UTNUR : ANDHRA PRADESH. is it right according to ncert or wrong since it is in telangana.please clarify.

  158. Sir Insights Prelims Test Series

    I have not yet appeared for the first test
    Do not have the link ,where to attempt it.

    It s already time for the second test

    Insightsonindia test series 2016 payment id
    MOJO5a25000J89406932.

    Plz help.

    1. It was due to a software glitch. They will be available from Test-2 onwards. Thank you.

  159. Insights,also try to tell the total number of students who gave the test while displaying the final ranks so that we can gauge our performance

  160. sir my account is yet to be activated, even after repeated mails to ur support team there is no reply……..I missed the first test
    i dont know what to do sir………………..

  161. I got so low mark. Didn’t revise class 6 and 7 textbooks. Realising NCERT books are so important, even class 6 and 7.

  162. sir please provide us with ur contact number or atleast respond to our e-mails, my account yet to be activated….its been 14 days……
    atleast respond to this comment…..

  163. Please post new comments in reply to this one. It will be easier for us to track and reply on time. Thank you.

  164. If i couldn’t attempt my test on given test date and attempt after 2 days (due to non completion of my course) .Will i get All India ranking in such situation ?
    Actually I didn’t attempt test 2 yet .working to complete the syllabus given.

    1. You will get all India ranking for all tests that you write irrespective of when you attempt it. But, we also publish publish general rank list for each test publicly before the next test begins. Your marks will not be counted for that list. 🙂
      https://www.insightsias.com/results

  165. Sir ,

    I have mailed you twice on support@insightsias.com

    I have not been able to attempt any of the tests since i did not get any reminders either on my registered phone number or mail id
    I did get my payment id generated as MOJO5a25000J89406932 and recieved this information through an SMS alert.
    I am not sure ,if that means my account has not been activated.

    Sir please look into the matter.

  166. Its mentiined tht pdf are updated but I am not able to download it.. can anyone pls help me out with this issue.. I dint receive any mail regarding the answer keys

  167. Dear Insights, can you please clarify about the amount to be paid by the past subscribers of your test series i.e. in 2014 and 2015..I have sent you repeated mails but to no avail.. hence I was forced to write my doubt here.. hoping for a reply soon..

  168. If the 3rd test start on 18th novemeber?
    Does it start at 12am or any specified time.
    I am asking this because I could get some more time to study for the 2nd test:-P

  169. can any body tell me ..whether question are in bilingual mode just like in upsc or test series is in only English. I want to join it.

  170. Sir, after facing complete ignorance from insights team regarding the refund of discounted amount for test series 2016, I am writing here. This is the 3rd year in a row I have subscribed to your test series and greatly benefited from it. I have applied timely by mailing at the email id you gave, i.e. insights.exams@gmail.com with all the receipts. The date for refund has already passed and I have repeatedly pleaded to process my refund. Please take corrective actions and consider my request. I am not very rich to let go off money, but investing in your test series was my priority. I trust the quality in your tests hence went a step ahead by diverting my limited funds to your test series program.

    My email id is anandkmr1506@gmail.com.

    Please check your inbox as I have sent you all receipts. Kindly help.

    Thanks.

  171. Insights team don’t stretch someone’s endurance I had lot of email you please provide my first test I’m unable to download from my account

    This is cheating you have to solve my problem this is your responsibility

      1. Dear team thanks for our reply
        I download my test from opera mini sorry for argument due to exam tress of CSE main I was penic
        Thanks you don’t angry please

  172. Hi i appeared test1 on 16 dec , wrong result uploaded on my profile , its of test 6 which i didnot appear up to now . its not showing proper statistics in my profile .Please send me result of test 1 and answer sheet related to it .

  173. I have a doubt regarding “ijrahdars”
    Ijrahdars were revenue farmers in Mughal period also ,during the time of jahandar shah…
    Ref : B.L Grover.

    1. “Auctioning of the right to collect taxes by the British to the highest bidders” is a more accurate and general description of Ijaradari. You may also refer to the debate between aspirants the comments below. Thank you.

  174. Hi insight m willing to buy test series….but plz assure that there are no mistakes in questions and answers….as most of the test series have….6k is a big amt for me!

    Hope no mistakes in 2014 nd 15 also?

  175. @admin ..I m not been able to load any test…!!….Whenever I clicked at “take Test”…nothing happens…!!!…I have started my study a bit late..and i need to complete my previous tests (Till test 9) before Jan End..!!..Please look into the matter asap..!!..I have mailed You as well.!!….n I dint received any feedback till now…!!!

  176. From where can I download PDF of your test series, 2016? If possible please paste the link. Thank You.

  177. sir,If I join in your prelims test series after 2nd Feb. shall i get the questions of the previous tests those have already taken place?
    please send me the details about the procedure of the test series.

    1. Yes you can write them anytime. The details are on the website Insightsias.com. Thank you.

  178. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus
    I HAVE GIVEN TEST 1ST WITHOUT ANY PREPARATION.MY MARKS IS VERY LOW.CAN I IGNORE THESE NCERTS AND FOCUS MORE ON IMPORTANT NCERTS AND LIMITED BOOKS.PLEASE REPLY.

  179. @insights,
    If i join the series now, will i be able to attempt the previous tests?

  180. sir i have recently joined d prelims test series….
    till what date will d tests be available for me to solve

  181. Hi, I am unable to download the answer key for test 1. It shows error exception. Please resolve the issue.

  182. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus @insights@insightsprelimstestseries:disqus Please take a look at the screen shot. It appears when we try to download the solution pdf for TEST-1 from the test history tab. Resolve this issue at the first instance given the urgency and time limitations.

    Hope you take it seriously.

  183. can u please explain how fluctuation in US fed reserve rate will affect india??? i did not understand the solution.

  184. Hi Team, please let me know how to download the updated PDF. Am unable to find the link

  185. Dear Sir/Madam,

    This is in regards to my tests not being activated inspite of making the payment on 27.3.2016. I have also mentioned my payment ID.My email Id is shubhrahalder25june@gmail.com Please activate my tests as soon as possible.I have mailed several times.But unfortunately there has been no response from your side.

    Thanks and regards
    Shubhra Halder

  186. I have a doubt in question 6. The Panama papers leaked recently have added an even greater urgency to the issue of tackling black money in India. Black money refers to that part of an individual’s wealth that has been

    1. Evading taxes

    2. Earned illegally

    3. Stashed in bank accounts maintained abroad

    COrrect answers are 1 and 2 , however stashed money means hiding money secret which itself means its Black money.. Plz clarify???

  187. In explanation it is written that Hallur is in A.P……………..But I checked on net….it is in Karnataka……….??

  188. sir i think ans shoud be D but insight provide it B.
    A lithosphere (Ancient Greek: λίθος [lithos] for “rocky”, and σφαίρα [sphaira] for “sphere”) is the rigid,[1] outermost shell of a terrestrial-type planet or natural satellite that is defined by its rigid mechanical properties. On Earth, it is composed of the crust and the portion of the upper mantle that behaves elastically on time scales of thousands of years —
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithosphere

    1. oceans in this case means ocean waters.

      But yeah… the question is ambiguous

  189. i have doubts regarding 69 70 93 question numbers in test 7. are the answers correct pls explain

  190. Dear Team,

    I took the mock test 1 but while checking out the answers given by you, I got following doubts:

    Q11: South-Asia is considered a sub-continent for which of the following reasons?

    According to you, the answer includes the following option:

    “It is on a different tectonic plate from the rest of the Asian continent”

    Indian plate excludes Ladakh, Balochistan.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Plate

    So, it can’t be said that the entire South Asia lies on different plate. Please let me know if I’m wrong.

    Q12. In 18th century India, what was the practice of ‘ijaradari’?

    Please check Bipin Chandra, Page 3, Last paragraph, third last line.

    There it is mentioned ijarah is revenue-farming.

    Whereas, your answers says Auctioning of the right to collect taxes by the British to the highest bidders, which I believe is what happened in Permanent Settlement.

    Hope you’ll clear my doubts.

  191. Dear Team,

    Please check Q 46 of Mock Test 3:

    National Green Tribunal (NGT) has recently banned straw burning in some North-western states of India because it emitted

    1. Lead
    2. Arsenic
    3. Particulate Matter
    4. Hexafluroine

    As per your answer key the answer is : 3 & 4.

    But neither in the Explanation & Learning nor in the link for the source Hexafluroine is given.

    Please clarify.

    1. The answer will be 3 only. Please see the corrigendum. Most of your doubts will be addressed.

      1. All right. Thanks. Sincere request: Please put all such corrigendum in a single page. So, that we can refer that first and then come to you/ trouble you for the doubts.

  192. Hello,
    This is Alok.
    What the question is asking in Test-3 Q20.
    Its a bit confusing.

  193. Q 34 Mock Test 6

    Rainfall generally increases as we proceed from

    1. Coastal areas to interior areas
    2. Poles to equator

    Which of the above is/are correct?

    A. 1 only
    B. 2 only
    C. Both 1 and 2
    D. None

    Answer given: B

    Doubt: I think Answer should be D: None. Because it can’t be said that rainfall increases from poles to equator. In the subtropical regions we have major deserts of the world

    1. This is the general trend which both NCERT and UPSC consider to be valid. The existence of deserts is generally due to presence of cold currents, mountain moisture blockages or being situated in the interior areas. This doesn’t falsify the general trend of rainfall.

  194. Q 60 Mock Test 8

    The drawbacks of chlorine disinfection of water are:

    1.Chlorine can react with naturally occurring organic compounds found in the water supply to produce undesirable compounds.
    2.Chlorine has a volatile nature which causes it to disappear too quickly from the water system.

    Which of the above is/are correct?

    A. 1 only
    B. 2 only
    C. Both 1 and 2
    D. None

    Answer given: C

    Doubt: It is being asked ‘drawbacks’. How can volatile nature be a drawback? As it is good that chlorine gets evaporated so that chlorine free water is available for use.

    1. As it evaporates quickly more and more chlorine must be added to the water supply to clean it thus aggravating the situation mentioned in statement 1.

  195. Q 19 Mock Test 10

    Consider the following about crop yields in India.

    1.Crop yield of Jowar increases South of Vindhyachal as it becomes an irrigated crop there.

    2.Maize is not grown in southern states but its yield starts increasing towards central India.

    Which of the above is/are correct?

    Answer given: D (i.e. None)

    Doubt: The explanation is given about Bajra for statement 1. Whereas it is asked about Jowar in question. And thus, statement 1 should be right.

  196. Q 40 Mock Test 10

    Which of the following ports are major ports managed by the Central

    government?

    1.Tuticorin
    2.Kandla
    3.Paradwip
    4.Trombay
    5.Port Blair

    Select the correct answer using the codes below.

    A.1, 3 and 5 only
    B.2 and 4 only
    C.1, 2 and 3 only
    D.1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

    Answer given: C

    Explanation given: Port Blair and Trombay are minor ports.

    Doubt: Port Blair has been declared as a major port by govt.

    http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/port-blair-declared-as-major-port-110060700199_1.html

    1. Please see the corrigendum posted on Test 24 discussion page. It has been addressed in it.

      1. Sorry to jump the gun. Not yet reached the test. Thanks for the information.

        Is there any single page where all such corrigendums are posted?

        1. It is a compilation of Test 1-10 corrigendum. It is posted on Test 24 discussion page. We will be publishing corrigendum for Test 11 onwards soon.

  197. I have completed test one for two times but results are not appearing in my test history tab ? Neither am I able to download PDF ?
    Please look into the matter

  198. Q. 84 option B

    Sound can’t be supersonic, they can be (infasonic, sonic or ultrasonic)
    The sound produced by the supersonic objects are in different hearing range. The sonic part we are able to hear.

    The option should have been “Sounds produced by supersonic objects”.

    Please clarify.

    1. Yes, a more appropriate terminology would be “Sounds produced by supersonic objects”. Thank you.

  199. Q-38 – The retreating wind is nothing but the Trade Winds, which blow from NE to SW, when the ITCZ shifts south so option 3 seems correct. Pls advise.

  200. Question no. 74
    Length of the Brahmaputra = 2900 Km
    Length of Indus = 3200 Km

    Then, Option 3 should be incorrect.

  201. Test 4
    Q8 : Bagasse can also be used as a fertilizer. Hope i am right ..checked on google.
    Someone please confirm.

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