UPSC Prelims Test Series 2020

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Course Description

Online Prelims Test Series

All India Ranking
Complete Syllabus Coverage
Delivery Mode : Online
Location : Catalyst IAS

Offline Prelims Test Series

All India Ranking
Complete Syllabus Coverage
Video Explanations
Delivery Mode : Offline
Location : Vajiram Office

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The Preliminary Test is by far the most challenging stage of the Civil Services Examination with nearly 5 lakh candidates taking the test each year. After GS Paper 2 – CSAT was made qualifying in 2015, the GS Paper- 1 has assumed greater significance in deciding the success of a candidate in the Preliminary Test which seeks to eliminate non-serious candidates from entering the Main Examination. With mere 100 questions deciding your entry into the Main Examination, the room for error in this stage is miniscule. In addition to changes in the pattern of Preliminary Test, GS Paper 1 is subjected to frequent changes in terms of the nature of the questions that appear in it. While the GS 1 paper from 2010-2014 focused on the conceptual understanding in conventional areas, in 2015 and 2016 the emphasis was on factual current events. On the other hand, the 2017, 2018 and 2019 papers tested the creative intelligence and problem solving skills of the candidates. The GS Paper 1 from 2017-19 was an interesting mix of questions ranging from epistemological understanding of important political underpinnings like liberty, equality etc to most contemporary issues like Google tax, AI, Blockchain technology, UPI etc. Keeping in view the web of complexities the Exam can throw at you, we are striving to keep abreast with the dynamics of the Preliminary Test.

For simplicity, preparation for the upsc preliminary test can be divided into number of stages. The initial stages involve concept building and syllabus coverage followed by organizing the study material and revision. Vajiram and Ravi has the distinction of consistently delivering in this stage of your preparation through the classroom lectures, current affairs related uploads & publications and yellow books (study material). Besides, our recent initiatives like current affairs-based mobile App, online student portal, monthly recitals, summaries of magazines etc provide year-round additional support for continuous updation of the study material. However, concept building and syllabus coverage constitute only the 1st stage of upsc prelims preparation. Continuous assessment and exam-focused performance improvement through tests is the next important stage which completes the full circle of your upsc prelims preparation.

In the Preliminary Test, MCQs are a chosen method of evaluation as they maintain consistency, efficiency, transparency and most importantly objectivity. Every year the Preliminary test is conducted by the UPSC on the last Sunday of May or the first week of June. This year the Prelim Test was scheduled to be held on 31 st May 2020, but postponed due to the medical emergency caused by Corona virus. It will now be conducted on 4th October 2020.

In line with our motto ‘evaluate yourself before UPSC evaluates you’, we are pleased to announce the launch of Civil Services Preliminary Test Series 2020. The Test Series programme for 2020 will be held from October 2019 till May 2020. Since, due to the Corona virus emergency the exam has been postponed, Vajiram & Ravi has formulated another Online Prelim Test Series between May and August 2020 to support students’ learning during the lockdown. The Vajiram and Ravi mock tests are so designed to simulate the Preliminary test conducted by the UPSC. Held on Sundays, the OMR-based mock tests will be a simulation of exam-like conditions to train you to react and respond to challenges the exam throws at you. The tests are designed and developed by a coterie of experts with a keen eye on the examination pattern. Vajiram & Ravi is exclusive in its approach towards the Prelim test series as it provides explanatory lectures by its experienced faculty, along with solutions and explanatory answers. The test series will support the candidates, through long months of preparation, to check their progress and improve their performance consistently.

Vajiram and Ravi is a pioneer in the IAS Prelims Test Series Programme with more than 40 years of experience. The Vajiram and Ravi Test Series initiative began at the time when Optional subjects were tested at the Preliminary stage. As a result the institute has a huge question pool prepared by experts over the years apart generating fresh quality questions every year in sync with the civil services exam. The nature of questions, composition of papers and the number of tests are designed to take you towards the zone of certainty in your quest to clear the upsc prelims test. The number of practice tests is designed to cover various patterns of question papers in line with the UPSC Prelims Test conducted by UPSC in addition to timely coverage and revision of the syllabus. This gives you ample scope to work on the strategy, identify strengths and weaknesses, apply and re- apply new mantras of success, irrespective of the nature of paper.

The nature of questions will check your clarity of thought, conceptual understanding, and consistency in your preparation. Also the explanatory notes to the questions are provided to help you make amends you may need to make in your thought process along with additional information you may have missed in the preparatory phase. The Test Series will also include ample number of practice tests for GS Paper II (CSAT) to leave no stone unturned. The provision of both Classroom and Online mode with an All-India rank list will help you to fairly assess your position in the competition. While being competitive is the only way to win a competition, continuous improvement is the only path to stay competitive, which is sole focus of Vajiram and Ravi Preliminary Test Series 2020.

UPSC Prelim Test Series June to September 2020 Includes:

  • 11 Tests of GS, Current Affairs and CSAT according to the latest UPSC pattern.
  • All online G.S and CSAT tests would be provided with solution and detailed explanations.
  • Course period to attempt the Prelims Test is June to August 2020.
  • Online Prelim Test Series would be conducted on the students’ portal.
  • On the students’ portal apart from Prelim Tests, students would also receive announcements and Daily Current Affairs articles.
  • General studies & CSAT tests would be uploaded by 10:30 AM on Sundays as per the mentioned schedule and test explanation will follow after the test at 8:00 PM.
  • Students can choose the take the tests anytime between June to August 2020. However, only those who appear and submit the test on the day of the test would be included for ranking among all the mock test participants.


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