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THE UPSC MAINS TEST SERIES COURSE
Content Development and Answer Writing skills enhancement for IAS GS MAINS

GENERAL STUDIES TEST SERIES & QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (QIP)
FOR IAS MAINS 2020

Micro to Macro Approach

The Test Series & QIP Mains program has been designed to enable UPSC aspirants develop multi-dimensional perspective across all themes important for Mains and improve their answer writing skills through Rau’s IAS Micro (conceptual topics and direct approach) to Macro (current topics and multi-dimensional approach) approach.

The goal is to help candidates

Develop multi-dimensional (analytical) perspective in topics relevant for Mains 2020

Enrich Answer Writing Skills
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Continuously Improve via Test Discussions, Model Answers, Evaluation & Personal Mentorship.

Modules & How they work

QIP videos

  • Discussion on key contemporary themes and related concepts important for upcoming Mains.
  • Questions in upcoming Sectional and Full-length tests will be made from the content of QIP videos & Mains Compass.
  • Each theme discussed in QIP will be followed by a Descriptive question and the educator will explain the best approach for writing answers to those questions.

Mini Tests (MTs)

  • There will be a total of 20 Mini tests in Level 1 (refer to the L1 Test schedule for details of tests and mechanism for appearing in tests) – 16 tests in GS and 4 in Essay.
  • Each GS Mini test will be of 10 Qs, 125 marks, 1.5 hours.
  • In Essay Mini test, you will be required to write Essay on 1 topic out of 4 choices, in 1000-1200 words, 125 mark, 1.5 hours.

Sectional Tests (STs)

  • There will be a total of 7 Sectional tests in Level 2 (refer to the L2 Test schedule for details of tests and mechanism for appearing in tests).
  • Each Sectional test will be of 20 Q, 250 marks and 3 hours’ duration – for Time and speed management.

Full Length Tests (FLTs)

  • There will be a total of 10 Full Length Tests in Level 3 (refer to the L3 Test schedule) – 8 tests in GS and 2 in Essay.
  • FLTs would be conducted back to back exactly in accordance with UPSC time table. 

Test Discussion videos & Model Answers

  • Test Discussion video will cover both the facets of the question –
    • Conceptual understanding and content development
    • Answer Writing Skill – understanding the Question Intent, Content Relevancy and Answering Mechanism.
  • Model answers will be available after attempting tests. Model answers will contain:
    • relevance/reason for asking the question
    • before each answer, the question intent will be explained briefly.
    • Model solution will be provided, structured across Introduction, Body and Conclusion (or as required)
    • Reference material will be provided for conceptual clarity

Multi-layered (3-tier structure) Feedback

  1. Evaluation using Rau’s evaluation matrix*
  • All questions will be evaluated using Rau’s evaluation matrix which has been devised to simulate UPSC standard as closely as possible.
  • According to UPSC – “The Main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.”
  • Rau’s evaluation matrix decodes the two factors above as
    • Depth of Understanding
      • Context or Question Interpretation
      • Content (Relevancy, balance, enrichment points, etc)
    • INTELLECTUAL TRAIT or how you present your ideas
      • Structure (paragraphs, points, pictorial representation etc)
      • Language (articulation, grammar, etc)
  1. Review or cross-check of the evaluated answer sheets to provide depth to the quality of evaluation and ensure that the feedback given provides constructive suggestions on all parameters indicated in the evaluation matrix.
  1. PERSONAL MENTORSHIP
  • How to incorporate suggestions provided in feedback to improve answer writing
  • Evaluation of re-written answers (written after incorporating suggestions)
  • Personal mentorship can be availed either in person or telephonically (for online/distance learning students)
  • It is strongly recommended to seek personal mentorship after every few tests.
  • Mentorship can help immensely in incremental improvement over the year


How to take Tests - Flexi Scheduling

  1. Offline Format: Tests can be taken at Study Circle’s campuses at Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur on any Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Your evaluated Question and Answer Booklet (QAB) will be uploaded onto your elearn.rauias.com account between 10 and 15 days after the submission of QAB.
  2. Online Format: Tests can also be taken from your home.
    1. You can download the QAB from your elearn.rauias.com account any time after the release date of the test.
    2. Take print of the QAB booklet, write your answers in the available space and upload the scanned QAB back in your account against the test.
    3. You will get the evaluated copies back in your account between 10 and 15 days after submission of QAB.
  3. In the meantime, you will get Test Discussion video and Model Answers: Watch video or refer to Model Answers to assess how you have done and develop a better line of thought.
  4. All tests will have a DATE OF RELEASE. It refers to the release & availability of a test. It is NOT the ONLY date when you can attempt that test.
  5. FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: Tests can be taken at any time within the validity of those tests. Flexible scheduling allows you to appear for tests based on your plan and preparation.
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