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THE TEST SERIES (TS) AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME (QIP)
Improving candidates’ learning outcomes and their scores in Prelims.

The goal is to help candidates

EVALUATE what they have studied

LEARN about their strengths and weaknesses (to be worked upon)

REVISE & UPDATE their knowledge

Overall, AUGMENT their preparation towards UPSC Prelims exam

HOW WILL IT WORK?

The candidates will be provided with

  • A clear-cut schedule of the tests with goals to be achieved in each
  • Micro Syllabus areas and issues to be focused for the tests
  • Sources required for the tackling the tests
  • Detailed performance analysis to learn about their strengths and weaknesses
  • Revision tests to check improvements achieved after focusing on weaknesses
  • C3 (Current-Core-Concept) study material for targeted revision
  • Explanations and Solutions to all questions along with explanatory videos
  • As well as QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME (intensive and targeted classes)

SEAL THE DEAL WITH QIP

QIP will be a discussion based module which will be conducted by different subject experts. The discussion will not only cover all the test questions but all the other relevant issues that are important for the exam. This will help the candidates update their knowledge as well as give their exam preparation a final shape.

Comprehensive coverage of more than 1500 issues relevant for the Preliminary exam

Critical analysis of all the current affairs and contemporary issues expected in the exam.

Update and revision of all the themes of GS Prelims syllabus like History, Geography, Economy, Polity, General Science and Environment and Ecology.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

QIP classes will be conducted sometime in the month of March over a period of 7-10 days at Rau’s IAS Campuses at Delhi, Jaipur and Bengaluru only.

CYCLICAL STRUCTURE

The Test Series has been specifically structured to help students prepare for cyclically for the exam. Each cycle gives candidates the chance to improve over the previous and measure their progress. Each cycle if treated as a revision cycle, will gradually raise the preparation level of the candidates, giving them multiple revisions of their entire syllabus.

CYCLE 1

THEMATIC & REVISION TESTS

The questions in this cycle will test the understanding of the candidates on different micro themes of the syllabus like Modern India, Polity, Indian Geography, etc.
In a single test, the candidates can evaluate themselves for two themes simultaneously. After completion of four themes, candidates will then sit for a revision test.

CYCLE 3

FINAL DRILL: COMPREHENSIVE & FLTS

The questions in these tests will be of advanced difficulty level and the papers will test the knowledge in all the subjects. This will give the students exact exam like experience and will prepare them for the same much in advance.

CYCLE 2

REPLICA OF CYCLE 1

but with a fresh set of test questions. Once the candidates have gone through the First Cycle, they will be in a position to easily identify their weak areas for which they can prepare and then they will again be given a chance in the Second Cycle to test their strength.

CYCLE 3

FINAL DRILL: COMPREHENSIVE & FLTS

The questions in these tests will be of advanced difficulty level and the papers will test the knowledge in all the subjects. This will give the students exact exam like experience and will prepare them for the same much in advance.

More Details

No. of tests

Total – 20

  • Thematic GS – 12
  • FLT GS – 4
  • FLT CSAT – 4

Difficulty level and logical standard

The difficulty level of the test questions will be exactly that of UPSC. It will not be below that. It will not be way above that either, just to impress the candidates. Focus will not be just on testing the factual clarity. The logical standard of the questions will be high, which is the actual pattern of the UPSC.

Real syllabus vs apparent syllabus

The syllabus of General Studies given by UPSC is indicative only. The actual syllabus of this section is much more and the details can be explored only after combining the syllabus with the previous years’ questions to create all the possible DIMENSIONS from which the questions may be asked. The test series will help the candidates in framing out the real syllabus of the UPSC exam.

Current context (based on c3 approach)

By analyzing the latest trend of UPSC, we may find that it is just not asking questions from the news issues/ current issues which are very transient in nature rather it uses them as the context to explore the core areas of General Studies relevant for a particular year’s exam and then it tests the conceptual understanding of the candidates from the same areas. Based on the same philosophy, we have developed our C3 (Current- Core- Concept) approach and designed our test series to help the candidates cover all the issues highly probable for the exam.

C3 study material

The Test Series and QIP will also be supported by C3 study material. C3 material is very specifically created to help aspirants focus only on such basics, concepts, issues and related information which have maximum logical chances of being asked in the exam. The C3 study material will be available as a set of 7-8 thin booklets in the month of March 2018. The material can be collected from any of Rau’s IAS campuses or received through post.

Sources

The tests will be based upon the authentic and standard sources only. It will not only give the students clear cut idea about which sources they have to follow for the exam but will also help them in evaluating their understanding based upon those sources.
Apart from the standard reference sources, the basic and fundamental sources will also be covered like NCERT and National Institute of Open Schooling booklets, Atlas etc

Every year UPSC asks so many questions from basic sources like NCERT, newspapers and Atlas. In recent years, the weightage of such questions has even increased. This is on expected lines. As the CSAT (Prelims Paper -II) is only qualifying in nature, General Studies (Prelims Paper –I) becomes the deciding factor. So it is logical that UPSC should include more questions from basic sources to give a level playing field to all.

All India ranking and performance analysis

Detailed Performance Analysis will be made available so that aspirants may easily figure out the areas of strengths and weaknesses. Analysis will be available immediately after taking the tests online. In case of Sit-down tests, analysis will be available within a day’s time. All India Rankings will also form part of the Performance Analysis.

Exam like Simulation

All THEMATIC TESTS will be available ONLINE. The tests can be taken at any time after they are released according to the schedule.

·         LENGTH: All tests will be of 100 questions and 2 hours duration each. (CSAT Tests will be 80 questions)

·         SIT-DOWN TESTS – Tests nos. 7-20 (refer to the schedule) will be conducted in sit-down format, exactly in exam like situation under strict discipline and at fixed timings only. Students who can not take the sit down tests for any reason can attempt the tests later online.

·         ONLINE TESTS: All tests (also test nos. 7-20) will be available online. The candidate may appear for online test at any time after the tests are released (check the schedule).

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