FAQ's

Where will I be taken once I Register?

If you enter all your details, but choose to 'Pay Later', you will reach Dashboard where you will be again reminded to make the payment. If you complete payment process, you will reach Profile Page - where you will be asked to complete your Profile. Don't forget to upload your profile picture.

Can I take test in Hindi or English?

Offline Prelims Test Series is only in English

Will I get PDF of questions and solutions?

Yes. Once you complete the test, a PDF will be generated automatically which will be sent to your registered email. You can also see the same in your dashboard. You can also download a copy for reference. But please do not share them with anyone if you want to see honest rankings!

Which papers of UPSC civil services does this test series cover?

44 Full Length Tests Each with 100 High Quality Questions for GS Paper 1 and 80 High Quality Questions for GS Paper 2.

Where do I read reviews about your Test Series?

You can read them here: 2014 Test Series:
http://discuss.forumias.com/discussion/5051/insights-test-series-review-needed/p1 2015 Test Series (please check comments):
http://www.insightsonindia.com/2015/08/27/nearly-60-questions-from-insights-prelims-2015-test-series-are-repeated-directly-indirectly-in-general-studies-paper-1-of-upsc-prelims-2015-exam/
All reviews are written voluntarily by our previous subscribers.
http://www.insightsonindia.com/2017/06/22/upsc-civil-services-prelims-2017-questions-covered-by-insights-test-series-2017/
We do not believe in false marketing. Our tests are known for their quality, preciseness and comprehensiveness in their approach to UPSC preliminary exam.

How many tests will be conducted?

44 Full Length Tests Each with 100 High Quality Questions for GS Paper 1 and 80 High Quality Questions for GS Paper 2

How many questions will be there in each test?

Each Test of GS Paper 1 will have 100 questions framed from sources mentioned in the detailed timetable which you can see in your dashboard and on our website . GS Paper 2 will have 80 High Quality Questions.

Which books will you cover in these tests?

All book names are mentioned along with chapters to be covered in the detailed Schedule

Will you cover current events in each test?

Yes. Current events from may - 2018 to april - 2019 will be covered under test series (Which means, we will frame questions based on these current events)

Is this test series only Online?

No. Tests will be conducted both on a dedicated online portal and in classroom in Bangalore centre.

How different is classroom test series?

In Bangalore we are conducting offline (classroom) Test Series for Prelims. Cost is 9,500/-. You will be given question paper (hard copy), OMR sheet and then soft copy of Solutions. There will not be any discussion after Tests. You can come at any time to give exam.

Will you integrate Mains preparation with this Test Series?

Yes. Mains - 2019 preparation is integrated with this test series. It is a bonus feature. We will post Mains questions based on the prelims and separate mains timetable (topics will not clash except for extra topics relevant for Mains but not for prelims) on our main website (http://www.insightsonindia.com). You need to answer these questions regularly to gain confidence in answer writing

Will you give Feedback on our Mains answers if we post them online?

This is a bonus feature. Form groups among yourself and please review each other's answers. If possible we too will review, but can not promise this.

When will we get Previous year Insights Test Series questions papers and their Solutions?

We have provided 2016 and 2017 Tests along with Solutions for free download under Download Section.

Whom shall I contact if I face technical problem?

Please send an email to this ID: support@insightsias.com

When is the last date for making Payment?

You can pay till next year. But it is suggested that you start early by making payment early so that you can follow the timetable and be free from any kind of pressure later.

How many questions were repeated by insights test series in UPSC Preliminary Exam 2017?

One who has religiously followed our test series and thoroughly revised could confidently answer 70 questions. Refer below link for more details http://www.insightsonindia.com/2017/06/22/upsc-civil-services-prelims-2017-questions-covered-by-insights-test-series-2017/

Where can I download mini static test and mains revision test questions and model answers?

In the download section of your dashboard

Where can I find my ranking?

A test result pdf will be uploaded in the Test Result tab after every test. You can find your performance in that pdf

What should I do after I subscribe to Offline Prelims Test Series?

You need to contact Insights Office at #102, 81/A, Diagonal Road, RPC Layout, Vijaya Nagar II Stage, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560104 for further details

How to give mini static test and full length mains revision test?

For mini-static test and full length mains revision tests, Question paper and model answers are made available in the downloads section of your dashboard. Kindly write answers in your books and use model answers for reference

Where can I register for the integrated prelims cum mains (IPM) test series?

The Integrated Prelims Cum Mains Test Series registration can be done at www.insightsactivelearn.com/subscribe

What's the total cost?

The total cost is Rs.39000/- including the service charges.

Will there be any discount?

Yes, 18% discount for those who want to purchase integrated prelims cum mains test series and retain their prelims 2020 test series.
15% discount for old Insights ias prelims paid users to purchase integrated prelims cum mains test series.
Provided email and contact number must match our database.

Is mentorship available for the subscribers?

Yes. From October each subscriber will be allocated a mentor whom they can contact in case of any queries.

How to avail mentorship?

Students have to book an appointment which will be of 20min slot. Offline students can come and meet their mentors directly. Online students will be given a phone number which they can call on and the call will be connected to their mentor.

Will there be discussion of the test?

Yes. After every test there will be discussion taken up by experienced team. Video of the same would be uploaded for the online students. In addition there will be special sessions on Essay, Ethics and GS answer writing tips.
NOTE: Discussion is only for the mains test not the prelims tests.

I have already subscribed for the Text book based prelims test series of Insights. Can I shift to integrated test series now? If yes then what will be the amount that I have to pay?

Yes. Any student who have subscribed for the Insights prelims test series can shift to the integrated prelims cum mains test series. For online students SWITCH button will be enabled for the transfer and offline students have to visit the centre for the transfer.

The balance amount that a student has to pay is 39000 minus the transferable amount. Transferable amount = Total fee of the prelims test series

Do I need to take the test on the prescribed date or the dates are flexible?

No. There is no such restrictions. You can take the test series at any time from the day the test goes live till the end of test series. The dates of tests are fully flexible to suit the needs of students. (Offline students can write tests on all 7 days of the week between 10 am to 7.30 pm).

When will I get the synopsis of the test?

The detailed synopsis will be provided for each test. Offline students will get the hard copy of the synopsis after the test. For the online students the download link will be enabled immediately after they submit their copies. The download link for all the test synopsis will be enabled after 15 days from the last test.

What’s the study material that I am going to get?

The study material will be provided for the mains topics like world history, internal security, Governance etc. It will cover the static portions, recent developments, examples and diagrams which will aid the students in comprehensive understanding of the topic and give edge to answer to fetch the extra marks in every question.
For example study material on issue of women would cover constitutional provisions, the government programmes, reports, indices, committees, etc.

How do I scan and upload the copy once the test is taken?

Please go through the instructions to upload the scanned copy.

What’s the time within which I can get my copy evaluated?

You will get your evaluated copy uploaded in your dashboard within 12 WORKING DAYS from the day of submission of the answer script.

NOTE: In calculation of the working days the national holidays are excluded. So 12 working days will not be same as the calendar days.

What’s special features of insights evaluation?

The evaluation team of insights consists of the veterans who have given mains and interviews. All the evaluators are hard trained by team insights to ensure the upmost quality feedback. The features of evaluation are
1) Time bound evaluation
2) Comprehensive and constructive feedback
3) Personal feedback by Vinay sir

Do I get All India ranking?

Yes. But the ranking will be dynamic that is it will be changing.

For example on 12 th august you have given the test and secured x marks according to which your ranking is 34. On 19 th august Mr.A will give the same test and secure x+1 marks. So ranking of Mr.A will be 34 and your rank will change to 35.

Do I get the performance analysis?

Yes. For both prelims and mains the performance graph will be provided for each student which will help the students in self-assessment.

For prelims the categorical analysis will be provided in both difficulty level and each subject.

For Mains the performance will be provided Paper-wise (Each section) and also the overall analysis of highest marks, average marks and score of student.

The website mentions that if I write all Mains tests of Insights Integrated Prelims cum Mains Test Series – 2020 I will be given free FREE mains test series post 2020 prelims. What’s the criteria for availing the benefit?

Post 2020 Prelims Insights will be launching mains test series of 25-30 test to give extensive writing practice for the 2020 Mains and it will be priced around Rs.25000. Subscribers of our integrated test series will be given free access to this.

The criteria for eligibility are
1) Student must have written all the tests.
2) Student must have secured 10% of marks in each test (As per UPSC standard)

Apart from subscribers of IPM test series the benefit is available for students who have subscribed for prelims test series (text book based approach or Subject wise approach) and Yearlong Mains test series.

Note: The benefit is not applicable for students who have subscribed to either prelims test series or yearlong mains test series alone.