UPSC MAINS Test Series 2021

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Course Description

Knowledge Enrichment & Evaluation Programme (K.E.E.P)

(For Civil Services Examinations 2021)

Mains Test Center: Ranchi

All India General Studies test series-2021


(Both in English and Hindi Medium)

Test series opening from 23rd October 2021


One free demo test (with registration)



Objective of Mains Test Series:

Mains exam is very crucial and deciding factor for getting you in elite services. In 2021 we will be getting very less time for mains preparation after prelims. Given length and breadth of syllabus with rising and cut throat competition, candidate is required to have deep knowledge, well-practiced and best prepared to win this war for achieving their dream. Our purpose is to prepare you well through firstly by part test and then comprehensive test arranged in order that will not hamper your prelims preparation.

Why should you Join the our Mains Test?

  • Our questions are well researched and prepared by experienced Faculty that make you to think, analyze and orient yourself in a way UPSC exam
  • You will get the feeling of UPSC exam – during the exam, checking method and final
  • Support to candidate- telephonic, online and

Our method of Mains test Series

  • You be tested first for the Part test or sectional test, so you will be getting aquatinted with all topics of Mains Syllabus. This level -1 test will prepare a ground work for next level
  • Post prelims our focus will be to make you practiced well within time limits and revise your syllabus at least twice before the Mains

Test details-

  • Number of test –12 (8 part test for knowledge enrichment and 4 comprehensive test for self-evaluation).

Test Fee structure-

  • 6,000 (including all taxes).
  • Guidance on current issues will be provided till the end.

Nature of “KEEP” (Mains Test Series 2021):

We are providing tests in 2 modes i.e., online and offline out of which online will be conducted in flexi mode.

Offline / Classroom Tests

The candidates who have registered for the offline Test Series ‘KEEP’ will be required to report at the Ranchi Center as per the test series time table for appearing in the tests.


Login ID, password for test programme would be provided to the candidate through SMS in the registered mobile number. The candidate can login to the website and download the question paper and Answer booklet.

The attempted Mains answer booklet can be uploaded in the website for evaluation. The answer format, test question explanation (soft copy) and test explanation video for each test as per the time table will be uploaded in the website within a week by Catalyst IAS. Evaluated copy will be uploaded within 15 days.

Student support for online test series –

  • Login ID, password for test
  • Post test support in form of
    • telephonic discussion
    • Email, WhatsApp interaction
    • Video analysis of individual test


  • Test series materials are subject to copyright and it is for individual’s use only and any violation would lead to the cancellation of
  • Fees can be paid both online or
  • Fee once paid is not
  • Catalyst IAS reserve all the right related to
  • Catalyst IAS reserves the right to cancel or postpone the
  • Strict following of time and date in offline
  • Flexibility is allowed in online

Knowledge Enrichment & Evaluation Programme (K.E.E.P)


LEVEL-1 (Part-Test)




1 23 October 2021


Time: 10:00

AM to 1:00 PM


2.     Geography of India and the World

Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

Effects of globalization on Indian society Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.



●       Salient features of world’s physical geography.

●       Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub- continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).

·       Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including

water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Class notes of Catalyst IAS,






Current Affairs

2 30th October 2021



Time: 10:00

AM to 1:00 PM

Indian Heritage and Culture, History of the World Indian History- Ancient, Medieval and Modern

●       Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

●       Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present significant events, personalities, issues.

●       The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

●       Post-independence                         consolidation                                        and reorganization within the country

●       History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.

Class notes of Catalyst IAS,






Spectrum’s Modern History



Current Affairs

3 6th November 2021



Time: 10:00

AM to 1:00 PM


2.     International Relations

Indian      Constitution-                 historical                 underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments,                                      significant provisions and basic structure.

Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries

Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure                                                    groups                                               and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional

Laxmikant, NCERTs

India’s Constitution. by M.V. Pylee,

Class notes of Catalyst IAS,

Current Affairs


Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

4 13th

November 2021



Time: 10:00

AM to 1:00 PM

Governance, Social justice and International Relations

●       Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

●       Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

●       Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

●       Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

●       Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

●       Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

●       Role of civil services in a democracy. India and its neighborhood- relations.

●       Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

●       Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

Class notes of Catalyst IAS,






Current Affairs

5 20th

November 2021



Time: 10:00

AM to 1:00 PM

Economics and Agriculture


●       Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.

●       Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

●       Government Budgeting.

●       Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, – different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.

●       Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.

●       Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

●       Land reforms in India.

●       Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

●       Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

Investment models.

Class notes of Catalyst IAS,






The Indian Economy by Sanjeev Verma



Current Affairs

6 27th

November 2021



Time: 10:00

AM to 1:00 PM

Science    and    Technology,                  Biodiversity,                  Disaster Management, Internal Security

●       Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

●       Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

●       Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

●       Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

●       Disaster and disaster management. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

●       Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

●       Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.

●       Security challenges   and   their   management   in

Class notes of Catalyst IAS,



Environme nt by Shankar IAS



Current Affairs

border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism.

Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

7 4th December Ethics Test 1 Class
2021 (only theory part) notes of


Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude IAS,
Time: 10:00

AM to 1:00 PM

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various

issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society.



Current Affairs

Questions may   utilise   the   case   study   approach   to
determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be
covered :
●       Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in- human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

●       Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

●       Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non- partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

●       Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

●       Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

●       Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

●       Probity in Governance: Concept of public service;

Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in

government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
8 12th

December 2021



Time: 10:00

AM to 1:00 PM

Ethics Test 2


Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude


●       Case Studies on above mentioned issues.

Class notes of Catalyst IAS,



Current Affairs

Comprehensive Test
Test No. 9 21th




GS Paper- 1


9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Test No. 10 21th December 2021 GS Paper- 2


2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Test No. 11 22nd




GS Paper- 3


9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Test No. 12 22nd December 2021 GS Paper- 4


2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Test No. 13 26th

December 2021



9:30 am to 12:30 pm


12 (8 sectional + 4 Full Length and 1 Essay) Tests Schedule


“All things are ready if your mind be so”


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