General Studies Prelims Test Series

Time period: 

The “Prelims Test Series”, consisting of objective type tests on GS and CSAT. It begins in the month of  December and ends  in April , before the Prelims exam. The “Prelims Test Series” benefits the students  as it induces a sense  of focus,    discipline  and regularity in the preparation.


For GS – 200 marks (100 questions) and CSAT – 200 marks (80 questions).

(It  is  to  be  noted  that  the  marks  scored by  the  candidates in GS  only are  considered  to  qualify for the  Main Exam. Marks scored in  CSAT are  not considered  but the  minimum  qualifying marks in   CSAT is 33% in the  CSAT paper  without  attaining which the student cannot clear the Prelim Examination)

Relevance/Ideology behind Tests:

 Due to negative  marking,  the  Civil  Services  Exam  has become  difficult to  qualify.  In some cases,   students   who  have  not practiced the objective  questions  realize in  the exam hall their  unpreparedness for the surprises thrown  at them  by  the   UPSC. In such a scenario, it is  desirable that the candidates’ fine tune  their  GS  and CSAT preparations  by  attending  as many  tests as possible.  It guides  them  to  develop  better   understanding of the  concepts, basic principles  and  factual  aspects  of the  Prelim subjects.


 To provide an idea about the methodology to be adopted by  the  students  to  prepare  their  subjects,  explanations are given by subject  experts  in  the  ” Classroom  Prelim   Test   Series ”  for   the  questions  in    such  a  manner  so  that  the   candidates   understand  how  the  topic   of  the  question   needs  to be    prepared/analysed.  For  the   benefit  of  the   students  joining  the “Online Prelim Test Series” we also provide video lectures (explanations given in the Classroom Prelim Test Series).


The  Prelim   tests  are  written  on  an  OMR  sheet  on   the  lines of   the  UPSC  exam. To  provide a  comparative analysis  of the candidates’ performance, the Institute will publish on its website every week, total scores, negative marks net scores obtained by all its candidates taking the test.

General Studies Main Exam Test Series:


 The Main Exam Test Series is done in two different ways:

Firstly,  the  current  students ( regular  batch students of   General  Studies Prelim-cum-Main  batch)  undergo  Answer  Writing Practice.Our endeavour in holding Answer Writing Practices for our  students is to teach and practice the  techniques  of  answer writing required specifically  for the civil services exam .Secondly, the students who  have not  joined  kausalya IAS Academy for regular classes and joined the GS Main Test series separately.

Frequency of tests and Marks:

The tests are conducted every fortnight and the marks are 250 for each of the GS test.


The tests are held approximately over a period of 12-13 weeks.

Pedagogy of the GS Main Test Series:

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. The nature  and standard of   questions in the  General  Studies  papers will  be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services.The questions  are  likely to test  the  candidate’s  basic understanding  of all  relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio- economic goals, objectives and demands. Kausalyaiasacademy ,with the vast experience at its disposal, is able to guide the students writing the Main exam in a comprehensive manner so that their answer  writing skills are  pruned, polished  and made exam-oriented. Questions are framed in such a manner as to judge the depth of  understanding of  candidates relating to   the topic in question.

Evaluation and Explanation:

Before the evaluation takes place the subject experts take 2-3 hours duration discussion of the test questions wherein they discuss with the students regarding the ideal answers which could be written. They  also  lay  emphasis on the fact  that the  content of the answer is  more  important than its   length,  which  is also the  often repeated  instruction  in the UPSC  CSE Main Exam question papers.It is our constant endeavour to check and evaluate the candidates’ answer scripts according  to  the  above  adage. Detailed suggestions on the students performance is usually written in the answer scripts wherever required.

Model Answers: 

Model answers are also provided and uploaded on the website for the benefit of the students. Evaluation and   feedback  system is designed to provide relevant insights and feedback to each candidate as per his/her  performance. Exhaustive  discussions  by  the experts/teachers are held every  week after the  test to provide  a  road map  of  ideal   approach  requiring  conceptual  clarity and interdisciplinary interlinking on the topics  asked in the  test series. Brain-storming and doubt-clearing on the topics  where  more clarity is required, is the natural outcome of such discussions. Model answers are provided to the students during such discussion and such model answers are also sent to the students taking postal test series.

Evaluation and Review for GS Main Test Series:

The Evaluation and Review work is done by a team which is actively engaged in teaching or  content  preparation  having at  least the experience of the Civil Services Interview.Test Series for the Optional Subjects (Number of tests in Optional Subjects may vary according to time available between the Prelim and Mains)

As of now Optional Subject test series is available in

1.Public Administration




5.Telugu literature

6. Geography

In the month of July. All the subjects offer about 6-8 mock tests.