A. OBJECTIVE, APPROACH & STRATEGY
|Goal||The Test Series (TS) and Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) have been designed for improving candidates’ learning outcomes. The main purpose is to help candidates:
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.
SEAL THE DEAL WITH QIP
|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
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
B. PROGRAM DETAILS
|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|
– 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
C. ADMISSION PROCESS
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).