Experience at Insights Offline Mains Class – Keerthishree, Rank – 380 CSE – 2015

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My Insights Experience

Keerthishri S

Rank – 380, CSE – 2015

Disclaimer: This article is not an advertisement of our classes. We provided same tests FREE of cost online and we intend to do the same this year. Moreover, we take very few serious aspirants and try to provide them with good environment for their preparation. Moving ahead, we intend to make this program free for all deserving candidates. This article is a testimony and a genuine expression by our student who benefited from the program. We in fact suggest you to study from your location by making use of resources that are made available online. All you need is a small group of serious aspirants for peer review and discussion.  As question papers would be freely available, anyone can create their own serious group and prepare productively for this exam from wherever you are. 


One of the best things in Insights offline series was getting out of the room and meeting aspirants every day. This helped me to stay motivated and work a little more than I thought I could. We had a place where we could sit and study, discuss answers and ask faculty to review them whenever we wanted to. This was possible due to small number of students in class. 

Peer learning and support was immense at Insights. I am really thankful to Insights for creating such an environment. My friends Naresh, Himanshu, Pramod , Kavya, Ravi ,Narasimha, Anand and many more were very encouraging. (I had already attended two interviews by then and had just managed to get into reserve list. So there were moments of doubt.) They were reviewing my ethics case studies or GS answers or simply say positive things about the exam which was needed most at that point of time. 

Also, after every test a small group of us used to sit with the question paper and discuss answers. These discussions helped in pooling points and then know various perspectives about the issue concerned.

Once I started writing tests, I realized I could write really fast and this was pointed out by Vinay sir as well when he checked initial few copies. My speed and presentation improved over many tests with the feedback. I obtained similar pattern of marks in the main exam as well. I never panicked in the exam because I knew I could complete my paper anytime.

Whenever I crossed Vinay sir, he kept saying you will surely make it to the top. It was motivating. I got rank 380. Though I dint top this year, I am hoping to do it next year. I was mostly pulled down because of my bad performance in optional geography (and my optional performed badly as well- unfortunately the average scores of geography has fallen down drastically- what they call as butchering).

I got this rank because of my good GS scores (Total 396 – GS1 108, GS2 81, GS3 111, GS4 96) and an average essay (127) and interview (179) score and a below average score in Geography optional (188). I have improved GS my scores from last year especially in ethics. This is mostly because of stronger content and writing the answers as if I am explaining to examiner. This needs both reading and practicing.

Being from Karnataka, Insights test series was the most accessible for me. I knew I could go home anytime and visit my family. We don’t need coolers or sweaters here and productivity is higher. Along with this comfort, good quality of tests, accessibility to Vinay sir, peer support prepared me well for the exams. Though I don’t believe in coaching, I found this model different from some of the commercial set ups in Delhi. The material that is provided offline is provided online as well. But I already explained the difference of being in offline test series earlier.

  • Aspirant

    Hi Keerthishri / Insights

    Congrats for your Great success and the motivating words.
    Just wanted to know is the Geography optional has gone very bad for all the Geo optional aspirants?
    And If yes..what is the reason behind it?

    • Narendra Modi

      May be the reason is Paper wasn’t that much difficult as compared to previous years papers. Also in the 2014 UPSC results many aspirants did very well in Geography including Mr. Raju Mishra from INSIGHTS. Lets see what is the reason this year because of which Geography went so bad.

  • akshay

    i came to know that insights offline classes are more leftist than the lest bastion jnu and the hindu combined

    • Boov

      no its nothing like that upsc, demands us to be neutral and we are neutral & second thing, its a family not a class.

  • Pankaj Nimbolkar

    Congratulations kirthishree and Insight team.

    This article is really inspiring for me , I.e. the material available for offline also available for online aspirants.

    Group concept is really good but

    Its difficult to form group those who preparing in rural area !!!!

    I will sort off it.

    Thanks Insight Team.

    • Ravi Raj

      Make a WhatsApp group of like minded n disscuss

    • VIVEK VASHISHT

      hey anybody know about insight address in bangalore…..please reply i have to move there after prelims

      • Mani Champ

        Rpc layout, vijayanagara!! search in google maps

  • Sam Sam

    When r offline classes starting this year?

    • Narendra Modi

      After Prelims.

  • Naveen Shekhar

    Commendable performance…
    Congratulations!

  • pr39048

    Hearty Congratulations Madam. You did gr8 despite the butchering of Geo.
    Please let me know if there is a good test series class for Geo optional @ Banglore.

  • Arvind Kumar

    Hi Keertishri ji…Can u share ur strategy for Geography optional as I also have the same?

  • Prash

    congrats dear…
    Yes geography performed very bad this time..

    • VIVEK VASHISHT

      yaar did you know about the address of insights in bangalore???????i m about to move there after prelims but don’t know their address………..please help

  • Ankit

    What is the location of insights offline centre im BLR?

  • Keratam Ala

    Where is it in BLR insight offline classes and wt is the fee and can we get hostel below 6000 plz anyone can reply me

  • Jadi

    Hello, aspirants..
    Is any one preparing for CSE-2016 while working.
    Can we form a whatsap group for general discussions and group study.

    As we all knew that,it is very difficult to get time to prepare while working but we can utilize the weekends and prepare

    (Iam working in a PSU bank and posted to a rural branch and no one is ther here at my place of posting to form a group and wish to create a group)

  • BlueOxygeN

    Hi Keertishri,
    Many congratulations on your stupendous success. I also was part of Insight offline test series, though in non-core group. I performed badly in GS III in 2014(only 52 marks) and requested Vinay sir for his inputs. He asked me to go thought your answers of GS III tests. However, I couldn’t get hold of any of your answersheets at that time. With Sir’s input there is improvement in my marks(89 this year), but still there is a lot of scope for improvement. It will be really great if you could share any of your answersheets of GS III tests. It will be really helpful for all the aspirants.

    Thanks in advance 🙂