North East IAS provides tailor made test paper series for the Prelims and mains examinations

General Studies Prelim Test Series

Process and Time period : We conduct "Prelim Test Series", consisting of 14 week, objective type tests on GS and CSAT. The "Prelim Test Series" confers multiple benefits on the candidates. It induces a sense of focus, discipline and regularity in a candidates’ preparation.

Admission Period : Aspirants are encouraged to enroll to these TEST SERIES, just before 3-6 months of their UPSC examinations.

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

Why are these Tests important? : 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.

Classroom Prelim Test Series :

North East IAS also provides class-notes based TEST PAER SERIES. Aspirants can avail this facility to improve their understanding on the actual topics of the syllabus.

OMR and Overall Rank : 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 conducts discussion of TEST PAPERs and doubt clearing classes on every Saturday.

General Studies Main Exam Test Series

Process : The current students (regular batch students of SAP and I-SAP) undergo offline and Online Answer Writing Practice consisting of at least 4 such sessions where they write answers and upload them on the Institute website through their login portal. 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. (Total number of test 12 TEST papers).

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 starting in mid August.

Methodology of the GS Main Test Series:

The Main Examination is designed 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. 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 : A students answer paper undergoes a two layer process of checking and review, in relations to the students test performance. 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 roadmap 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 discussions and such model answers are also sent to the students taking postal test series.

Test Series for the Optional Subjects

(Number of tests in Optional Subjects may vary according to our discretion)
Optional Subjects – Twice in a year, once from (April – June) and another from (September – November). Number of tests will approximately be 4 (sectional) + 2 (comprehensive).

As of now Optional Subject test series is available in Sociology, Political Science, Commerce, Economics and Geography in the month of June. All the subjects offer about 6-8 mock tests.

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