Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 2

Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 2

Hope you enjoyed solving the Second 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.

359 Replies to “Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 2”

      1. Sir, website is not live, plz provide the link. I had bookmarked the link but now it is not opening

      2. sir,
        please provide the ranking on how many gven the test
        now u r providing the rank of mine only
        we need to know the comprtition also
        thanks for ur efforts

        1. Registrations are still on. Also, not everyone is taking tests. After few tests, when registrations slow down, we will publish total number of test takers. You will be able to know your relative rank then. Thank you.

          1. but the ranking for the first test must have been finished as the second test has already started…….so why cant are u not publishing it?

  1. hello insights i am unable to recieve teat details on my mobile.. please help.i am a registered user.

  2. shall we read NCERT of previous test for next schedule test?? will next test hav questions based on earlier cover NCERT?

  3. hello team insights, i have emailed my issue twice and wrote in comment section also. i am a registered user for test series, i am unable to recieve mobile alerts for test which was mentioned. pls look into the matter. i have been asking this since test 1. looking forward for your reply.thanks and regards

    1. I don’t think there will be any mobile alert after giving test, i also didn’t get after giving test 1

          1. Can you provide me the link for test series website , it is not opening shows it’s under maintenance, is it that i am only facing this issue or is it same with you also

    2. We will conduct tests as per the schedule. Test will be activated on the same day. You can login and take test. We send alerts only when important notification is to be sent.

      1. Hello insights,we are alredy joined test series 2016 but don’t getting test papers and any masseging alert,we have send you 6 times mail ,comment in the box on this issue,but you don’t care and reply,so please take seriuse because getting too late my Email Id is mth.ajeet@gmail.com

    1. We will be updating number of students after few tests as registrations are still going on and not everyone is taking test. 🙂

      1. But Sir you told Final ranks will be published by the start of 2nd test, & it will not be fare to include those in ranking who are giving their test after 10 days. Why this change of stance Sir?

        1. There is no change in stance. Rankings are closed before the next Test begins. We meant, we will inform the total number of test takers when registrations slow down. It won’t affect the ranking for Test-1 or others. 🙂

          1. Hi Insight,
            Please confirm one thing that how is the ranking awarded? I mean, If a participant gave test today(9th Nov) and the one who will give test just prior to the day of third test(i.e. 18th Nov) in that case, will he be included in the ranking? If it is so, then isn’t it unfair to compare the two in same parameter. In my opinion test should be conducted on the same date as it’s mentioned in the schedule published by insight, to give seriousness as well as fixed ranking, as the ranking gets changed over the period of 10 days.

            1. Only those who write Tests within the 10 days window get a rank (and included in the ranking). There is some advantage to those who write tests later. But, we must think of everyone – working aspirants, those in service, beginners, those registering for tests late etc.

              Ranking serves only as a benchmark of your performance. What matters a lot more is your learning from each Test. Thank you.

          2. What is the link between new registering students & publishing of ranking list which have no link with them(i.e with new registrations), can you clearly explain?

  4. hello Insights, when clicking on take test/resume test, the same page of “my tests” opens when i am trying to take test 2. I have mailed the issue. Please resolve it. I could take test 1 without issues, this is happening in test 2.

  5. Hi Insights,
    I gave the second test a while ago. While the score-sheet says that I have 60 correct, 27 incorrect and 13 questions unanswered. My final scores aren’t tallying up. The site pegs my score at 102 whereas it ought to be 60*2-27/3=111 as per my calculations. Am I missing something?

      1. I am still unconvinced. Pulled out stats from the previous test. The final score had been reached based on the following logic:
        x*2-y/3
        x = number of correct answers

        y = number of incorrect answers
        I had scored 109.33 in the previous test wherein I had 61 correct answers and 38 incorrect answers

        1. We had corrected the logic from this Test onwards. 2/3rd marks are deducted for each wrong answer. Thank you.

  6. Dear insights,
    Question 61 should be National Unity Day and not National Intergration Day if i’m not wrong.

  7. ‘Kayakalp’ is related to Indian Railway functionality whose meeting Ratan Tata is heading, i read it yesterday in under current affair so i marked “None of These” option.I am wrong as per answer sheet.

  8. Dear Insights..there were lot of questions from past papers…From next test could you please specify year also? there are lot of papers.
    Scored 109.33

  9. Arya samaj did not split on the beef issue. It split on the medium of instruction. The Gurukul Section wanted Sanskrit (demanded by Swami Shraddhananda) while the DAV Section (led by Lala Lajpat Rai) demanded English.

    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arya_Samaj#Arya_Samaj_After_Dayanand_Saraswati
      The reference (in Wikipedia) is Imperial Gazetteer of India.
      Here is another reference (A Concise history of Modern India by Metcalf and Metcalf, Page 152) – https://books.google.co.in/books?id=c7UgAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA152#v=onepage&q&f=false

      The 1893 split happened due to the beef issue. We again suggest you to verify the facts before claiming. Solution is correct.

  10. Prarthna Samaj was founded by Atmaram Pandurang and not MG Ranade. Please correct the factual mistakes in the answer key.

    1. Idealist, there were two questions: one on Poona Sarvajanik Sabha founded by MG Ranade, and the other on Prarthana Samaj founded by Atmaram Pandurang. Both are given correct in the explanation & answers. Before pointing out any mistakes, we suggest you to properly go through the test.

  11. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus Is there any set of past papers we need to do for every tests? I mean there are lot of papers say past 10 years..

  12. @InsightsOnIndia:disqus In Q.70 Lord Warren hastings as First Governor general of india is given as correct…but he was first governor general of bengal…first governor general of India was Lord william Bentinick….

    1. Warren Hastings was the first Governor general of British India 1772-1785, (also known as governor general of Bengal). With the passing of the charter act in 1833, Lord William Bentinck became the first governor general of India. But, William Hastings only is considered first de facto Governor-General of India.

      In the question, British India implied, as the last option was clearly wrong. We can understand that the terminology in the question may have confused. So, you should always choose the most appropriate answer out of all.

      1. ” In the question ,British India implied ” is not justified as there is huge difference between the two. If a statement is wrong it is wrong absolutely. How can one choose amongst two absolutely wrong answers ? It would be unfair. I am not trying to argue but put forward my point. It would have been apt if you would have used British India.

      2. Source Laxmikanth (4th Edition ; 1.4)
        Under Charter Act 1833
        Explicitly states that William Bentick was the first governor general of INDIA.
        Sir,
        Its not always about choosing the appropriate answer. Sometimes we also get to learn a lot from the info in the options especially since these tests are practise oriented.

  13. @inInsights Prelims Test Series : In Q. 7….It is given that Cotton needs light rainfall….but cotton requires moderate rainfall….also wheat needs cool conditions…so presence of sunshine for wheat may not be apt….please see the below link

    https://books.google.co.in/books?id=9bb98fWIhkgC&pg=PT34&lpg=PT34&dq=cotton+moderate+rainfall&source=bl&ots=OaRylfvYt9&sig=qKFlY-rbTrvleLKB8dnSGQbDuQI&hl=en&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAmoVChMIkdeuqpCDyQIViI6OCh3SrwEU#v=onepage&q=cotton%20moderate%20rainfall&f=false

    1. In case of wheat, bright sunshine is needed at time of harvest. Cool conditions and presence of sunshine may co-exist.

      The book (and other sources) mention moderate rainfall. But, NCERT clearly mentions light rainfall, which is why cotton is also grown in some drylands. Consistent and high yields, however, can only be obtained with moderate rainfall. Solution and other things will be considered correct.

      1. Agreed that cotton needs light rainfall at the time of harvest. But for wheat , presence of sunshine is required only at harvest and not for growth. Then how can you consider wheat as correct in this question as it is specifically looking for conditions for growth ?

        1. Bright sunshine during the ripening period of wheat increases its yield. “Presence of sunshine during harvest” does not mean sunshine should exist only at the exact moment the crop is being harvested. Hope that clears the doubt. 🙂

          1. I appreciate your time and effort for clarifying….But my doubt still persists….however the question should have been more specific….since wheat is a Rabi crop it can be inferred that Cool climatic conditions are required for growth irrespective of sunshine. Hence i feel it is not required that sunshine must be there for wheat to grow which is exactly what the question was looking for.

          2. Dear insights,we already joined test series 2016 but don’t get any test tillnow,ple.sse tell how can and when we will get test papers.

      2. Hello insights, can u plz mention the marking system?? I think there might be mistake. Plz do tell.

        1. Its based on UPSC pattern. 2 marks for correct answer. Deduction of 0.67 marks for wrong answer. In the previous test, we were following +2 and -1/3 scheme. It has been corrected from Test-2 and onwards. Thank you.

  14. For the next test, Yojana of September is there in the syllabus, can any one tell the online source from where we can have it?

    1. You have to buy it! You can find old Yojanas on yojana.gov.in but September issue might not be there! Btw the topic is ‘Smart cities’

      1. I have tried and went to the shops but was unable to find, that’s why I asked here in this platform to get any other idea.

  15. How was it guys? i am getting really nervous. my total correct is about 60 but i got many wrong. hence major negative marking . I am trying to attempt all questions where i can at least eliminate one option. But may be its not the correct way to go ?

    1. same thing with me….i think we should attempt more than 80 questions…….i am really not getting strategy and scored less than before test..:(

      1. Hope this is an upward trajectory for us .. at this rate 2016 is going to sad :D… chalo koi na.. hope we get the next one

        1. 59 correct this time
          21 less correct to previous test
          Ur aproch is good as of mine because I also don’t left any question if I m able to eliminate a single option

        2. hw much ur scoring?? hw much didu score last time?? ur rank?? dou hv any idea regarding noof students..

    2. Don’t lose hope, mine also on the same line. Learn from faults, keep score deadlines for each test and increase the pace to achieve that. Cheers up !!

    1. Yes, Spotted Deer is the State Animal of Telangana, whereas Black Buck is that of AP. The first statement should only mention AP, and not Telangana. Thank you for pointing this out. 🙂

        1. State government in case of states. Central government in case of Centre. 🙂

  16. Can anyone pls tell me how to prepare for ecology environment..There are so many animals on earth …. I am unable to remember all those lakes and flora and fauna…In dire need of help…I could hardly appear 3 questions in the test out of 17….

    1. As of now, you can stick to the syllabus. The questions asked in the Test are only based on those species that are mentioned explicitly in NCERT books. You can do some research on them and make notes.

      Apart from this, the following categories of species are important: a) State animals/birds/plants; b) Critically Endangered Species as per IUCN; c) Species repeated in UPSC past year papers; d) Endangered species, IUCN list; and e) Any other species in news (excluding those often discovered frogs and insects) 🙂

  17. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus sir u are not giving the details about the total number a students giving the xam…………..u should provide the total number of students giving xam and also the statistics of ranks corresponding to marks……plz provide the details so we will be well informed regarding our preparation……awaiting for test 1 details

      1. Sir I request you that test taking window should be open for 3 days only
        Either they r working or college going
        And if they are allowed to take the test then they should not be included in ranking. …I m saying because my friends do not give test on the same day and when solution is launched they give it with top 10 ranks
        One more think INSIGHTS paper and solutions have come out in the market of Delhi on today itself
        I m saying all these because I m not able to compare myself with other students fairly
        Humbly thanx

        1. What Diwakar pointed is good suggestion, Insights can give time 1 or 2 days for taking test to those who are registered for exam and not more than 2 days and insights can specify time period for taking exam.

          1. I don’t think its right though . I mean when you know your friends are giving tests after referring to the answers you also know that they are unprepared and its their loss that they are unprepared . Why should someone else who doesn’t have the time or follows a different schedule be at a disadvantage cuz of such people. Moreover this test series is for an assessment of oneself .

          2. The person who want to see the solution and give the paper can do it on the same day,so better not to worry about ranking ,just concentrate on the test.

        2. You saw Insights papers n solutions in Rajender Nagar ? Well you are correct about those 3days dilemma , but about this issue , I dont think there is any solution . All test series are finally available in the markets of Dilli , so lets not get bothered , they are not in the race with us since we give the tests at a stipulated time frame .

        3. First off all good question diwakar. But closing the test dates will affect many employees and other persons who have paid their hard earned money. And coming to second point if they are copying and doing fraud things that too at this age and for the most powerful and difficult exam, trust me they never ever ever going to make into service not even group’s service. The exam is provided to track ones own progress and not for any other thing and insights are not going to give them medals. So all it matters is hard work and sincerity and those who lack this especially sincerity, save this message, “they never going to pass atleast prelims”………. harthik

        4. Diwakar ,there are many working professional who get less time and its for them.I think we should not alter that also ,I will ask you not to worry much about the Ranking and how people are doing,as its going to impact them.
          better we should concentrate on how many questions we have attempted and how much we have done incorrect.
          and we should try to reduce the incorrect one.And the person who is cheating are not cheating with us they are cheating with themselves.so don’t worry about that.

      2. Dear Insights…………..
        I have been an ardent follower of your strategy for UPSC preparation……………….But one day an incident happened which made me into dilemma. Actually visited an other website which is more or less same like you……….I hope you got me.
        That website has one specialty they keep on reviewing answers of all of their subjective questions on daily basis………..this is the only credit of their website.
        Sir you too please keep reviewing or at least provide us with model answer of your questions on daily basis so that we can at least evaluate our answer at our end.

      3. sir, i m still not able to take the test, my account now asks me to complete the payment. i have done it already. i sent your team mail regarding this. now i’ll be missing my third test. its becoming a headache now. please help.

        1. Anuradha, Your payment might have failed. Please check against your Instamojo ID at support@instamojo.com. If they say your payment has failed kindly request them to refund it back or ask them to repay your amount for the Test Series. If it still doesn’t work, immediately shoot a mail to insightsonindia@gmail.com clearly mentioning the problem faced. We will surely help you. Thank you.

      4. i have read somewhere that Gandhiji was not in favour of vocational eduaction at an early age..plz clarify acc to Q-79 of test

        1. Yes. Why would any leader preach for vocational education at an early age. The question statement was general in nature, and should not be over analysed. Thank you

          1. Hello Insights,

            Why I’m I not getting reply to mails those are sent 4-5 days back. Please reply as there is no other way to reach you. As I’m not getting reply on mails so I’m posting new query here. Which papers from CAPF and CDS I need to prepare? I can see two papers on upsc.gov.in . General ability and geeral studies. Please explain.

      5. Sir I have not registered yet for the test series. Want to know that is these tests are same which you also provide FREE online.
        Every month you give subjective questions from NCERT.TILL 8 Tests are posted.
        So these are same or different.please let me know

        1. Prelims Test Series is paid one. Mains test series is unpaid which you access here. 🙂

          1. So Prelims test series is entirely different , more practice questions and can access only after pay.
            Plz tell me the fees to join test series.
            thanks

      6. Sir Can you please tell regarding QN 5

        Q Source:This is also from where UPSC made its Prelims 2015 question on earth

        observation satellites

        What was the Q asked in PRE 2015

        1. UPSC Prelims 2015:

          In which of the following activities are Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites used?
          1. Assessment of crop productivity
          2. Locating ground water resources
          3. Mineral exploration
          4. Telecommunications
          5. Traffic studies
          Select the correct answer using the code given below
          a) 1, 2 and 3 only
          b) 4 and 5 only
          c) 1 and 2 only
          d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

          1. @Insights Prelims Test Series
            Regarding Question No.5, Imagery cant “Forecast” about Crop Production. It must be Assessment for being a correct option.

  18. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus

    is iT possible To join TesT afTer jan. 2016 cause of personal reason.

    if yes , i will get previous papers… ?

      1. @Saint Shambhujs explained me –


        yes u can very well join INSIGHTS online test series after january also.

        but it is advisable you should get yourself registered (which is FREE) soon . and make payment when you feel comfortable (IN January ).

        you may also visit there other websight where you will also find some other important information regarding ONLINE test
        I will further tell if I get any other update in this regard
        follow the link .

        https://www.insightsias.com/

      2. Yes it is possible to join the Online Test Series. You will get all the papers. But, you will not be able to get ranking for the Tests that would have been conducted till January. Thank you.

    1. Yes it is possible to join the Online Test Series. You will get all the papers. But, you will not be able to get ranking for the Tests that would have been conducted till January. Thank you.

  19. DEAR INSIGHTS,
    it will be really helpful if you could provide the highest score and the total number of students who have attempted. thankyou

  20. sir, the test screen is showing the “result is being processed” for the past half an hour, pls solve the problem

    1. Try changing the web browser or clearing the cookies and browser cache. If it again does not work, please let us know. Thank you

    1. Try changing the web browser or clearing the cookies and browser cache. If it again does not work, please let us know. Thank you.

  21. What should be the strategy for solving MCQs???? I am able to eliminate two…….bt for next two options its really getting tough…… Guys plz help……

    1. Kiran, elimination is not always possible. Some options are designed to beat elimination-based approach. You should focus on through reading of the syllabus and increase your knowledge base. With wider knowledge, it may be possible to eliminate wrong statements.

  22. Dear Insights Team, first of all, i would like to say thanks to insights team for setting good standard paper for test-2, it was very good paper…it will give the boost to our preparation and introspect mistakes in early stage itself….and i have one query regarding SMS alert for test activation and when insights starts sending SMS alert

  23. @ins@insightsprelimstestseries:disqus :after the death of swami dayanand,wasnt arya samaj divided into 2 schools?one preached through western lines and the other through traditional form

  24. @ins@insightsprelimstestseries:disqus :after the death of swami dayanand,wasnt arya samaj divided into 2 schools?one preached through western lines and the other through traditional form

  25. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus :after the death of swami dayanand,wasnt arya samaj divided into 2 schools?one preached through western lines and the other through traditional form

    1. Yes. The conflict on anglicized v/s Sanskrit-based education was lingering since 1883 after Dayanand’s death. It was not merely on the medium of education, but rather the entire philosophy of education. But, the split of 1893 finally happened on the issue of sanctity of meat consumption.

      You can see the links here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arya_Samaj#Arya_Samaj_After_Dayanand_Saraswati
      The reference (in Wikipedia) is Imperial Gazetteer of India.
      Here is another reference (A Concise history of Modern India by Metcalf and Metcalf, Page 152) – https://books.google.co.in/books?id=c7UgAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA152#v=onepage&q&f=false

  26. dear insights,we already joined test series 2016 but don’t get any test tillnow,ple.sse tell how can and when we will get test papers.

  27. Sir Q65. what is the correct answer? Blackbuck or the spotted deer which is the state animal of telangana. Moreover how are the marks calculated? Is there any change in the negative marking?

    1. Statement 1 should mention only AP, and not Telangana. Spotted Deer is the state animal of Telangana, whereas Black Buck is that of AP.

      Marks are calculated on the UPSC pattern: +2 for correct answer, -0.67 for wrong ones. In the last test we followed the +2, -1/3 scheme, which has been revised now. Thank you.

  28. sir I am unable to gain acces into my test page.When I press login it shows wrong credentials.Am I a terrorist?

  29. Team Insight, please clarify are there any plans of giving more statistical analysis around the test series results. Adding simpel data points like total number of test candidates etc will go a long way in getting our relative performance.

  30. With regard to Q81:

    Land reclamation = land conservation? If reclamation is the conversion of disturbed land to its former state/for other productive purpose – In this context, reclamation is a process being carried out on account of lack of conservation efforts in the past. So… I basically disagree that land reclamation = land conservation 😛

    1. According to the ncert textbook land reclamation refers to creating new land from ocean,river beds or lake beds.

    1. M not from Chandigarh but m also non English medium student … Can u plz help in language problem

  31. Dear Insights team,

    Ranks for test 1 are still changing though they were supposed to be freezed by the date of next scheduled test (9th nov).
    Kindly look into it.

    Thanks

  32. dear insight,

    plz mention the marks of all the aspirants so that we can atleast see our performance with respect to others as well ….this will further help us to minimise our negative markings in longer run also we can have a judgement about the stiff competition that a difference of one mark or even decimal points that carry in this exam….
    kind regards,

  33. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus : sir satyagraha was called as a protest to Rowlatt act whereas NCM was the immediate reaction to punjab atrocities and khilafat wrongs…….plz clarify as per question 23.i think the answer shud be jallianawala bagh massacre and khilafat wrongs.

    1. The question does not ask about immediate causes, which would have been Punjab wrongs and Khilafat issue. Disenchantment with Rowlatt Act and demands for Swaraj were some of the other important causes behind the NCM. Had it not been for the Rowlatt Act, NCM may not have taken off at all !

  34. happy diwali to insight team and all insightians……best of luck for the successful year ahead….

  35. Dear Team Insight,
    I am still facing issues while giving the test.
    I could not give 1st test due to some technical snag in the site as just after starting the test a message came that I completed the test.
    Please provide the marks of students so that I can see my rank (I gave the test from pdf finally)
    In 2nd test also page is not opening,
    Please settle these issues.
    Thank you

    Regards,
    Sunil

    1. Please try it in another web browser. It might be a compatibility issue. Others are able to give it without snags. If it still doesn’t work, let us know. Thank you.

  36. Sir when I try to open my account it shows wrong credentials.As u have guided me yesterday I sent a mail to support team.But there is no reply to my mail.Please help me.

    1. We will get back to you soon Arun. Let us know, meanwhile, if the issue is resolved. Thank you.

  37. Sir How can we downloaded Old insight UPSC Question papers like 2014 and 2015 please upload those documents it ll help us lot.

    1. If you have subscribed to the tests, they will be mailed to you at suitable time intervals. Thank you.

      1. sir i subscribed to 2016 online prelins test series till now i have not recevied any mail regarding old question papers if it send early it ll help to prepare next comming exams and test of insights.. please clarify sir

  38. sir my score dropped from last test which is 74 and now it is 36.i feel depresed because i do not understand what to do to increase score and how to improve further .pl insight.i want to find my fault and to rectify it and move further but i confused as i read all still no score . where is lacking. pl insight help me out.i want to know didi i need to change my strategy wrt study pl tell me correct method .i dont want to lose i want to move

    1. Please do not feel demotivated about the scores. Questions in the tests are made from topics from NCERT, not necessarily the exact test given there. When you read them, try to do some research on important topics/keywords/species etc. If you read something from multiple sources, make notes.

      You will also get better after writing several tests. You will know what to read, what not to, and most importantly how to. You will be able to eliminate wrong statements easily when your knowledge base has become wide.

      The strategy is consistent reading and revision. Keep the scores as a benchmark, but keep ‘learning’ from each test as an even more important benchmark.

  39. sir, question no.36?? “All eligible citizens are allowed to contest elections without discrimination.” will u explain please? isn’t it necessary to be 25 years old?

    1. The statement is – all “ELIGIBLE” citizens…..”. It covers all those who are eligible (25 years, Indian citizens, RPA Act etc) to contest elections. 🙂

  40. For the 3rd qn the source is given as capf q24. but q24 s about peasant movements.
    Also, for my test review button wasn’t working

  41. q30 . poona sarvajanik sabha: In learning: . It was formed in 1870 by S. H. Chiplunkar, Ganesh Vasudeo Joshi, Mahadev Govind Ranade. So Ranade wansn’t the only founding member, Ganesh should also be considered as a founder.

      1. respected sir,
        in this sense in question 30… point 1 which say “It was established by Ganesh Vasudeo” is considered to be correct?
        pls reply…
        thanku sir

    1. hey jerry
      so according to the learning question 30… point 1 which say “It was established by Ganesh Vasudeo” is considered to be correct?
      pls reply…

  42. Guys , Insights has given in the time table :
    1. India’s struggle for Independence – Bipin
    2. From Plassey to Partition – Shekhar
    3. Modern India – Sumit Sarkar
    Ofocurse NCERTs are compulsory .

    Don’t you think the books to be completed are way too much for just one topic – Modern Indian History ?

    1. You can read any one book thoroughly, and just scan others quickly for important facts. UPSC has been framing questions from these books.

  43. when ll u mail me the info regarding offline test series…i have subscribed to it but yet no response from ur side……

  44. Hi Insight,

    Some of the questions asked in test 2 was beyond syllabus presented in the schedule. For example the Syllabus provided by you was not containing Polity and Environment and ecology. But these to Subjects contained more than 29 Questions!!
    I even checked some questions, from above two subjects, were not in the current event between the days from the first test and second test. So please clarify the syllabus, so that we can gave proper time in those also.

    1. Please go through the syllabus NCERTs again. They were all in syllabus. This is why we clearly mention the Q Sources. Thank you.

  45. Who issued FARMAN to East India Company? Farrukhsiyar or Aurangzeb?? NCERT Cl-VIII Our Pasts -Part – I (page 11)says Aurangzeb…. And eslewhere like in Wikipedia it says Farrukhsiyar… Please somebody answer

    1. And in the same page… first English Factory is given at Hugli River built in 1651. However. we also read first English Factory at Surat. Insights Prelims Test Series Admin. Please answer. I am a beginner

      1. First French East India Company factory was at Surat, for which Aurangzeb issued the Farman in 1667. First English east India Company factory was near Hugli. Farrukhsiyar issued British East India Company a Farman in 1717 to trade duty free all over Bengal.

      2. when in doubt. always go with cbse. Please note wikipedia is not a authentic source. anyone can edit wiki ans write anything the want

    1. I have a feeling that the low marks are due to the inclusion of previous papers of upsc…and the schedule for the same was not provided earlier. …it was provided on 9th itself. ..

  46. Why isn’t anyone answering my question on FARMAN and first English Factory?? Are they silly? I think I am asking to myself only:)

  47. i think , u should give marks obtained by atleast first 200 rankers, so that we will come to know how much we need more to be in top 200.

    1. Yes. Unfortunately, NCERT, which is an authoritative source, mentions the year as 1992. We will make it 1997. Thank you for pointing this out. 🙂

  48. Sir still the same with my account.what else I can do?.Is my money wasted and my efforts doomed to failure?.Sir please I am so depressed.I loved to write this test very much.please help me

    1. Please do not worry. Our developers have holidays. Once they return, we will personally take care of your issue. Please focus on studies and wait for 2 days. Thank you.

  49. Please have the questions reviewed. I feel some questions are on very thin lines and they seems to be incorrect based on the explanations provided in PDF. There is hair line misses.

    Considering we are IAS aspirant. Please make sure that we do not get wrong information.

  50. sir i have lost my test series2016 e reciept i have to apply for discount please help me what to do

        1. Our developers are on holidays. They will return back soon and help you out. Please don’t worry.

  51. 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 urgently.

    1. Please do not worry if you have the payment ID. Your account will be activated. Our developers have holidays. Once they return, we will personally take care of your issue. Please focus on studies and wait for 2 days. Thank you.

      1. Sir,
        Any headway coz I need to attempt both the test 1 & 2,before the next test

        Thanks.

      2. Sir,
        Any headway.I am lagging behind the schedule.
        Kindly take the needful step quickly.;(
        Thanks.

        1. Please immediately shoot them a mail again. They will surely activate the account. Thank you.

    2. Sir,
      Any headway.I am lagging behind the schedule.
      Kindly take the needful step quickly.
      Thanks.

  52. Insights i dont understand where my comment goes after i post it ! Not a single reply i am getting from insight and i have posted 6 times my query ! Plz clarify sir why conteporary india is included in test series ???

    1. Because the schedule takes care of preparation for Both Prelims and Mains. 🙂 You may read Mission-2016 roadmap for this.

      There may be some issue with your Disqus account. We have not seen any other queries by you on the Discussion page. Thank you.

      1. i dont know, my comments are being marked spam by somebody. please check the issue. And please clarify from ‘Contemporary India’ there will be no question on Prelim Test Series. Sorry for Disturbing You !
        One more Thing Your Mind Map are Wonderful but they are not Printable as Font is not visible kindly adjust the size of Font so we can Print them and later on revise the Same. Thanks !

  53. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus ranking window is still open………according to u it shud have been closed on 8 itself……….so plz look into it

  54. Hi all,
    I got very less marks in this test 2. Though I studied all those ncert’s& followed current affairs mentioned in the syllabus, I think I’m missing something. Please give me some advice to improve
    Thanks

    1. Vignesh,
      Questions are based on NCERTs, not necessarily from the exact text in NCERTs. Use your good judgment in reading a little more about important topics (especially in those blue/pink boxes) from Internet. Same goes for current affairs. You also need to read and revise the text more carefully.

      With more diverse and consistent reading, you can increase your score. But, as we always maintain, scores are not the final thing. What you learn from each test matters more. Thank you.

        1. Presuming 2016 to be ur first attempt here is some suggestion. First, suppose on a scale of 1-10 think of a no. u think wld symbolize the dedication we need to clr cse. Let say its x. Now just multiply it by 3 and i know it went beyond ten. It would bro its upsc , I cant standardize it

          Second, as insights told u….be more inquisitive and find a way to retain what ever u study till aug 7 2016 or may be the nxt insights test. The quantity would actually matter much less than the quality and how much have u retained.

          Third, why do we fail…bcoz we make mistakes. So on a positve note u get to know what are u doing wrong after failure and now u have the wisdom to correct things. May be u will pass nxt time in the same endeavor or fail but u wld have learnt something new.

          Fourthly,
          Newspapers must be read actively. Suppose u reading a article on how some new micro RNAs can in future change cancer cure. Dont just stop thr actually its most likely that the question wld be on what are micro RNAs…rather than names of diseases or vaccines or doc who discovered them. Same is the case with ncerts.

          LASTLY, give urself sumtym, u wld probably smash aces by feb when u wld have finished all ncerts as insights is mixing things up. Have faith in u and if u feel u are lagging behind then study more….but try it in the abovementioned manner.

          Good luck..

          1. hiiii pradeep…dear presently my watsapp is not working …some phone issues… will definitely like to chat….do u have any friends here having psychology optional….which place u belong to??

  55. For all low scorers….beautiful things take time….

    Presuming 2016 to be ur first attempt here is some suggestion. First, suppose on a scale of 1-10 think of a no. u think wld symbolize the dedication we need to clr cse. Let say its x. Now just multiply it by 3 and i know it went beyond ten. It would bro its upsc , I cant standardize it

    Second, as insights told u….be more inquisitive and find a way to retain what ever u study till aug 7 2016 or may be the nxt insights test. The quantity would actually matter much less than the quality and how much have u retained.

    Third, why do we fail…bcoz we make mistakes. So on a positve note u get to know what are u doing wrong after failure and now u have the wisdom to correct things. May be u will pass nxt time in the same endeavor or fail but u wld have learnt something new.

    Fourthly,
    Newspapers must be read actively. Suppose u reading a article on how some new micro RNAs can in future change cancer cure. Dont just stop thr actually its most likely that the question wld be on what are micro RNAs…rather than names of diseases or vaccines or doc who discovered them. Same is the case with ncerts.

    LASTLY, give urself sumtym, u wld probably smash aces by feb when u wld have finished all ncerts as insights is mixing things up. Have faith in u and if u feel u are lagging behind then study more….but try it in the abovementioned manner.

    Good luck..

  56. sir will you allow us to appear in these test once more.. i mean we want to give test once more for revision purpose

    1. You will be provided a PDF containing both questions and answers serial wise for revision. Thank you.

    1. Warren Hastings was not involved in the Battle of Buxar. He was involved in reforming the administration in the aftermath. The wordings of the question should be corrected. We will do the needful.

  57. sir i was saying that u said that u will allow us to appear in tests twice?? will u do that in future.. and will u provide monthl compilation of insights current events and daily q&a

  58. Pdf of answer keys are not being generated ..I am getting failed to download..can anyone help me out with this issue

    1. Others who faced this problem have been able to download it after changing web browser. Please see, and let us know. Thank you.

  59. Guys since Insight is not giving data around number of people taking the test, can we just find it out. Anybody who got a rank beyond 4k just post ur marks. I know some people got a rank of 3K+ thats why starting with 4k. This will be good yardstick for all of us

  60. Is this comment section to discuss, whether the questions and their correctness or talking about results and motivating others. Please explain

      1. Team Insights, we got a message on our mobile to send the details on “info@insightsias.com” and i have send my details on 7th november. Now please clarify on which id we have to send our details. 15th november was the last date but still we haven’t received any amount. Please make a separate post to clarify this issue and Thanks for your efforts 🙂

        1. Refund process will be initiated soon after the offline Tests start. Thank you.

          1. KINDLY HELP IN THE REFUND . HAVENT RECIEVED IT YET . EVEN AFTER SENDING THE PREVIOUS YEAR INSTAMOJO ID . REGARDS .

  61. i am in need of accommodation anyone (girls) staying in insights accommodation (Bangalore) plz inform.

  62. plz suggest me that if i follow insight strategy from 4 test . whether it is sufficient for pre and mains both for cracking the exam in one year or i need another strategy for mains . i subscribed prelims test series but i little bit confused . plz guide me if i start preparation from this month what is best strategy for preparation of this exam. also suggest if average student start pre. from month of nov.for cse 2016. is it sufficient time or not for clearing exam. plz reply.

    1. Please stick to the plan. Be consistent, take care of your optional, read newspapers daily, make consolidated notes, and revise regularly. If you can dedicate yourself for the next 1 year, nothing is impossible. 🙂

  63. First of all, 2nd ppr was tough…the starting 15 questions…… May be insights did it intentionally…. Scored 120.67 rank 34(test 2)
    Last tym 118.67 rank final 115….. It also signifies the toughness. Also this tym i used elimination and smart guesses while last tym i played safe….working strategies out..but it is has become more confusing now…i guess we have to be flexible acc. to the ppr.

  64. Here are some Doubts insights be kind to clarify :

    Q15
    Biochar is used in kerala (article in the hindu) in vertical farmings to promote growth of plants in acidic soils…it does a lot of other things but growth promoting too….doesn’t it means in organic farming includes plant growth regulators.

    Q18

    Manual scavenging. How can mention of sanitation and health as subjects in 11 and 12 th schedule makes it have a bearing on manual scavenging. The question was not that clear to me.

    Q30.
    It was formed in 1870 by S. H. Chiplunkar, Ganesh Vasudeo Joshi, Mahadev Govind Ranade(wiki)

    :-(((

    Q39

    Grt question specially the 2nd example freedom of movt.

    Q70 how was hastings involved in buxar battle…

    Q83 plz insights…dont make life that hard for us.

    Q84 isn’t carbon offset mechanism a result of kyoto protocol.

    1. 15. Plant hormones regulate the growth of plants naturally. Plant growth regulators do it artificially. Biochar is used for soil amendment, ad not as a plant growth regulator.

      18. Sanitation and health are directly related to manual scavenging. Manual scavenging elimination programs are also implemented and monitored by PRIs and ULBs (urban): hence, the bearing.

      30. Yes, we had addressed this in earlier queries. Ganesh Vasudeo was a co-founder. We will soon update it.

      70. Warren Hastings was not involved in the Battle of Buxar. He was involved in reforming the administration in the aftermath. The wordings of the question should be corrected. We will do the needful.

      83. Please refer to UPSC CS(Prelims) 2013 paper. A very similar question has been asked. Moreover, most species could be found mentioned in NCERT. You should always do a bit of research on them.

      84. There is a very clear difference between the two statements “REDD+ provides for carbon offset mechanisms” and “Carbon offset mechanism was an outcome of REDD+”. Later is ofcourse wrong. A number of programs today use and provide for carbon offset mechanisms (e.g. QAS scheme of UK government).

      Thank You 🙂

      1. regarding question 56: Dengue is also a vaccine preventable disease (Dengvexia).
        please correct me if i am wrong.

      2. about question 100: UPSC answer is different please help me clear the doubt. Apparently long coastline don’t play role in salt formation.

        1. Logically speaking it should. But, we believe the reasoning used by UPSC is that having a long coastline is not a guarantee for high salt production, for e.g. in Odisha. Ideally, we should stick with UPSC answer. We will attach a clarification on this in the upcoming corrigendum for Tests 21-30.

          Thank you for pointing out.

  65. My rank is changing in the first test. From 115 to 116 now…also thr is increment of 1 in 2nd test 34-35. Is it some sort of error..

    Secondly insights plz reply…on doubts and these rankings issues..

    We have a lot of faith in u guys…i hope we wouldn’t be disappointed…

    1. Ranking is dynamic. As more students write the test, ranking will change. 🙂

      1. Sir but haven’t you ceased the ranks dynamism for test one after the test 1 is finished. I read it in ur notification only…that it wld be the case

          1. Sir…it has changed ryt now..to 117(1st test) a day back it was 116…..it shl have stopped changin by now…..as 9 th nov has passed(acc to ur notification)

            My issue was with 1st teas not second….

            Also i wld like u to follow the principle of dynamism in ranks till the last aspirant has given the test…whtever the date may be…..

  66. dear insight i am trying to give my 2nd test but it is showing error.so plz do something.

    1. Please try changing the web browser, clearing cookies, cache etc. If it still doesn’t work, immediately shoot a mail to support@insightsias.com with the details and a screen shot of possible. Thank you

  67. hello guys…….today solved test two….lots of mistakes done…..how was yours.???…i hv appeared late …..sorry very late here…but it is terrifying that i m alone not upto the mark….plz help someone…where is the discussion page….i m unable to find ….plz share ur experience….

    1. hey sumit.. Thanks for the post.. saved me by writing the same content here again.. haha.. mean i too just given the 2nd test. 😉
      and well.. Don’t feel alone there and not up to the mark. Every sincere attempt of ours will be counted..
      Insights Is here for us. keep Insighting.. 🙂

        1. Test was okay.. scored just 48.. Talking about the preparation.. well that was not so good.. just had gone through NCERTs. But Dint researched needed stuffs(as insights expects). n missed current affairs marginally..

  68. Sir

    Q43 “A private member of Rajya Sabha can get alterations passed to legislation introduced in the Lok Sabha”

    Explanation “Statement 2 follows from the above. If a private member can introduce legislation, he can also get alternations passed to them.”

    so pvt member of RS can only get alterations passed in Rajya Sabha not Lok Sabha?

    1. Yes. Only members of that particular house can vote for a legislation introduced in that house.

  69. Dear sir,

    My rank for the test 1 was displayed as 837 in my profile ranking.
    But on checking the rankling of the first 1000 people you have uploaded, my name is missing against 837th rank.

    Why is my name not on the list? Kindly clarify me on how you have ranked the top 1000 students? Please sir..

      1. Yes sir. It is 837 even now. But my name still not there on the final rank list. I have in fact written exam much before the 2nd test .

  70. if i give test on a later date. what will be the consequences? will you still discuss my answers even though i dont get a ranking?

  71. the test was supposed to be open till the next test began right? even if we cant get a rank atleast can i get the questions???

    1. You can write tests anytime. Ranking will also be given for every test. But, Your rank will not be published publicly (right before the next test). Thank you.

  72. I have a small doubt:
    If I change my option later in the exam,Which one will be counted for evaluation,the initial option or the changed option?
    For example:
    If for a question,I have selected A as an option but afterwards,I change it to C. Which one will be considered during evaluation and result generation by the software?

    1. No. You can’t change an answer once marked. This is to simulate the OMR sheet experience.

  73. Sir i have a query regarding
    1)Q-70 Warren hastings was not the first GG of India , he was the first GG of Bengal as Charter act of 1833 made provision regarding GG of India.(Correct me if i am wrong)

    2)SC & ST ACT merely made existing court as special courts so can we say it special court

    1. Warren Hastings is considered as first as he was the first gov gen of british india….that is the then presidencies of calcutta madras and Bombay

      2….Yes

      1. i have read somewhere that Gandhiji was not in favour of vocational eduaction at an early age..plz clarify acc to Q-79 of test

        1. As far i know gandhiji was known for his emphasis in vocational training. After non coop…he was the torch bearer for the same till one and a half decade later

          1. yes he supported vocational edu, but he was not in favour of VE as an alternate to education. (correct me if i am wrong)

            1. Which of the following does NOT coincide with Mahatma Gandhi’s view of education? “Coincide”….

  74. I scored 97 in test -2 . What would be my probable all India rank, as I was unable to give the exam within the set deadline. Can someone tell me?

  75. Dear Insight team,
    I have been following daily current affairs, quiz, secure, editorials from ur site with skimming the hindu … what am I missing from the current affairs point of view? (as I feel I am missing out on some mcqs) … need you guidance

    1. As of now nothing much. But as Prelims closes in, you should also start reading one more newspaper, preferably Indian Express. That will be enough.

  76. 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.

  77. Sir, I have a doubt in the test.
    In key, Q1 explanation says that we import gold from Switzerland.
    But Switzerland has no known mineral deposits (class VIII, Resource and Development, page no 27, box item). Please explain.

      1. Yes, but as per the above article they say Switzerland imports the gold and processes it. But they didn’t mention they have their own mines.

  78. I couldn’t attempt the test 2 at the scheduled time which I am trying to do now .But it just keeps on loading and then ‘Resume Test’ is all I am seeing there . Can anybody help me out in this regard.

    Thanks .

  79. I couldn’t attempt Test 2 and test 3 of Prelims test series on scheduled time which I am trying to do now . But it just keeps on loading and then directed back automatically to my test action – asking me to resume test . And later showing I have already taken the test !!

    What should be done now . I have mailed the Insights team but dint get any reply yet . Is there any other way out to access the paper or atleast the PDF of the questions ?

      1. No , infact the problem still persists . Even unable to take todays ,test 6 .too ,besides earlier ones .
        Please see to it ASAP as I have to take tests 2 to 6 at the earliest .
        Thanks .

  80. Warren Hastings was the first Governor General of Bengal
    William Bentick was the first Governor General of India
    Please clarify my doubt on question 70 in test 2

  81. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus
    Q10. How can one obtain dependency ratio from population pyramid ?
    In order to determine dependent population one need population in each each group. If this available than we can get total population rt ?

    1. Dependency ratio can be found if you know the percentage of population in the working age group and non-working age group.

      In the population pyramid, you can find both as percentage composition of each age group is mentioned in the Y-axis. Thank you.

  82. Sir, I have signed up for the test series only a few days back and I want to finish most of them by 26th Feb. In this process I will not be able to read all the NCERTs in due time. And I have been reading Old NCERTs for Geography and now I m confused by seeing the results whether to stick to or rush to New NCERTS, I am scoring very less marks. Honestly speaking, I have never read NCERTS from Class VI to X except for Geography, that too because of my optional. Please, provide me with some suggestions.

    1. New NCERTs. Please don’t ignore them at any cost. A lot of things are covered in the new ones that aren’t there in the old NCERTs, not just concepts but facts too. You can skip reading all the old NCERTs.

      1. Sir, I really want to read all of ’em, I find new NCERTs very interesting…but time constraint. At full pace I might be able to finish XI-XII NCERTs (new) at most.
        Thank you!

  83. hi everyone I have registered for test series 2016 3days ago but i have not been mailed any test till today.I did get acknowledgement letter from insights that my payment had been successful. can anyone be kind enough to help me out ?

  84. Q70. Warren hastings was 1st Governor general of “Bengal” not India. The position of GG of India was created after charter Act 1833. I think the answer will change accordingly

  85. Which papers from CAPF and CDS need to be studied General ability or general studies?

  86. Q 39
    Ans should be C becoz only this is the correct match…other cases are violating other fundamental rights as rightly given in explanation part too. Please clarify

  87. Q60
    As explanation given, govt. is a part of the state,how can the option ‘b’ be correct which states -state is a part of government?@@insightsprelimstestseries:disqus

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