The Test Series (TS) and Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) have been designed for improving candidates’ learning outcomes. The main purpose is to help candidates:

  • Evaluate what they have studied
  • Help them revise and update their knowledge
  • Overall, augment their preparation towards UPSC exam

The candidates will be provided with a clear-cut fixed schedule of the tests with goals to be achieved in each test as well all the sources required for the tackling the tests. The tests will be supported by explanatory material as well as discussion classes as part of 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 1000 issues relevant for the Preliminary exam.
  • Discussion on more than 1500 MCQs along with the explanatory notes.
  • Critical analysis of all the current affairs and contemporary issues.
  • Special issues of Focus Journal covering all the themes of GS Prelims syllabus.
  • Update and revision of all the themes of GS Prelims syllabus like History, Geography, Economy, Polity, General Science and Environment and Ecology.

Exam like simulation

SIT-DOWN TESTS (ONLINE OPTION ALSO AVAILABLE): All the tests will be conducted in Sit-Down format exactly in exam like situation under strict discipline. Tests will be conducted at fixed timings only (as in the test schedule). If a candidate fails to attend the test in the scheduled time he/she will not be allowed to take offline test again. The candidate may appear for the online test later.

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.

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.

Three-Tier Structure

Basic Level – Full Length Tests: The questions in these tests will check the basic understanding of the students and will be framed from basic sources like NCERT books, The Hindu and Atlas

Advanced level – Thematic Tests: The questions in these tests will be of advanced difficulty level but the papers will be thematic in nature, for example, separate papers will be set on themes like Modern India, Indian Geography, etc.

Advanced level – Full Length Tests: The questions in these tests will also be of advanced difficulty level but 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.

Focus/ Supplementary Study Material

The Test Series and QIP will also be supported by special issues of Focus. Focus is the Study Circle’s house journal/publication of Current Affairs Analysis. The publication, as the name suggests, focuses solely on such current affair items and newspaper editorials which are relevant to the dynamic segments of the General Studies’ syllabus and are important themes for the Essay paper of the Civil Services Examination. It is not just a collection of current affairs and general knowledge items, it is, in fact, a collective effort of experienced trainers and educators in varied themes of General Studies to analyse these news items, research and provide background and related information, lend a generalist viewpoint to these news pieces and thus prepare critical notes for the study of General Studies’ papers.

Current Context

If anything is asked in UPSC exam there is always logic behind it. Most of the time this logic can be traced back to the current context of the issue asked. The Test Series has been designed in such a way that most of the questions asked will be related to Current Affairs so that the probability of similar questions being asked in the exam will be very high.

All India Ranking and Performance Analysis on SIS

Rau’s will provide the All India Ranking of the candidates based upon their performance. For that purpose the institute will use database of the performance of thousands of candidates appearing in the Test Series in its three branches – in New Delhi, Jaipur and Bengaluru as well of those who will appear online. Detailed performance analysis will be available on SIS (Student InfoSystem accessible through menu from www.rauias.com), evaluating which the candidate may easily figure out the areas of strengths and weaknesses.


No. of Tests

  • Total 16 Tests in GS & CSAT – 8 Thematic + 8 Full Length Tests

Medium of Instruction

  • Available in both English and Hindi mediums

Programme Fee

  • INR 8,500 for new students
  • INR 5,500 for Rau’s previous student
  • Complimentary for all students of Rau’s GSI programme in the year 2016


  • Tests will be conducted in Sit-Down format at Study Circle’s campuses at Delhi, Jaipur and Bangalore.
  • All sit-down tests will be conducted strictly in accordance with the given schedule (download the registration form from the bottom of this page to get detailed information and schedule).
  • The same tests will also be made available online afterwards for students who may miss attempting any sit down tests for any reason.
  • Solutions and explanations will be made available after completion of tests. The same explanatory material will also be available online for students who take the tests online.
  • Approx 50 hours of QIP in the month of May between 8th and 25th (exact schedule will be shared with students in the month of April 2017)


Admission will commence from 22nd December 2016. Admission can be taken either online (by visiting our website) or offline (by visiting any of our centers, or through post).


You can register for free and take Demo (basic) tests in GS and CSAT to acclimatize yourself with the process of taking tests online.

Registration is free but mandatory.

Upon successful registration, an email will be sent at your registered email id containing your login id and password.

Use your credentials to access your SIS (Student Infosystem) account and take demo tests and read sample editions of Focus. Your SIS account will get activated immediately upon successful registration.

Click on “ENROL NOW” at the bottom of the page, read the instructions and proceed.

The fee can be paid after taking the demo tests by using any bank’s Master/Visa Credit/Debit card or via net banking.

Old Rau’s students, to make online payment, contact Mr Rahul Pokhriyall at New Delhi Campus with any 1 of your following student details (SCANCODE/STUDENT ID/FEE RECEIPT)


You can download the “REGISTRATION FORM” from the bottom of the page.

Fill-up the registration form and send the same to us by post or contact us personally with the duly completed form along with 1 passport size photograph.