Content Development and Answer Writing skills enhancement for IAS GS MAINS

The goal of IAS Mains Test Series & QIP course

Provide ample Answer Writing practice on questions emulating UPSC Mains trend (both static and current topics).

Enrich Answer Writing skills: Teach you how to organize and present information & knowledge to write great answers within the given time and word limit.

Mains Simulation many times over before you take Mains 2021.

Targeted Revision of the UPSC Mains syllabus through QIP classes & Mains Compass.

UPSC Mains Test Series & QIP features & Focus areas of learning

Tests + Sample Answers + Multi-layered evaluation & feedback

  • Learn to decode the demand of the question
  • How to answer different types of questions (direct, multi-dimensional and analytical questions)
  • Test your preparedness on both conceptual and current topics.
  • Improve Answer Writing Skills.
  • Build capacity to write your best 20 answers in 180 mins.

Personal Mentorship

  • Mentorship can help immensely in incremental improvement over the year. Identify your weak areas and work one to one with Rau’s IAS mentors who’ll hand hold you to improve Mains answer writing.

QIP Classes + Mains Compass

Revise all the important themes and topics for upcoming Mains via:

  • ~ 100 hours of QIP/Answer Writing classes.
  • 8 subject wise Mains compilations which will present key points along the answer writing approach – Background/explanation of the topic, Positives, Negatives, Impact Assessment (Social-Political-Economic-Cultural, etc), Observations/ Reports/ Committees and Measures for improvement.


  1. OFFLINE Format (Not available till lockdown restrictions) Any or all tests can be taken at Study Circle’s campuses at Delhi, Bengaluru and Jaipur on any day between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Your evaluated QCA will be uploaded in your student account on under the respective test between 10 and 15 days after the submission of your QCA.
  2. Online Format:
    1. Any or all tests can also be taken from the comfort of your home.
    2. Login to your student account at
    3. Download the QCA from your student account on, any time after the release date of a test
    4. Take print of the QCA, write your answers in the available space & upload the scanned pdf QCA file against the test
    5. Your evaluated QCA will be available in your student account under the same test between 10 and 15 days after the submission of your QCA.
  3. In the meantime, you will get Test Discussion video (stage 1 tests only) and Sample Answers: Watch video or refer to Sample 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.