UPSC Prelims REVISION – 2016 : Insights Revision Plan for UPSC Prelims – 2016

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Insights Revision Plan for UPSC Prelims Exam 2016

Last year, on May 28th we started integrated approach to Prelims + Mains revision and it was hugely popular and successful. Again this year, we are coming up with a more refined and focused version. If you follow it, be sure of revising each and every part of Prelims syllabus both from Prelims and Mains perspective. 

We believe that when you revise for prelims, you should also have an eye on Mains preparation. The content you read for prelims helps in writing better answers in Mains. Your focus should be on Prelims, yet the information which you gain now should be useful after Prelims when you start intensive answer writing practice. Hence, the revision program which we are going to start from June 1 will help you achieve this goal.

The program will help you revise (or even study it for the first time) entire prelims syllabus systematically. Prelims syllabus has 7 main parts:

  1. Current events of national and international importance.
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement.
  3. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  7. General Science.

Insights Revision Plan for revision will provide you Daily Targets and names of sources to study for each of the above topics. The sources will include all NCERTs, Economic Survey-2016, India 2016 and all standard textbooks that we have recommended in our test series (for History only Bipan Chandra). You will not feel any extra burden. You will only be revising whatever you have studied till now, but with a focused approach. We will not burden you with extra load of sources unless something is extremely important. 

Based on the targets provided, we will provide you Daily Revision tests (15-20 High Quality Questions) which will consist both Prelims and Mains questions. 

Each of the Seven topics of prelims will be allotted 4-5 days. For example, first week for 4 days you will revise/read 6th Topic i.e. General issues on Environmental Ecology etc; then 5th Topic, and likewise you will finish entire syllabus during first 30 Days. Current events cycle will be kept last and will be given more days for revision.

After 30 days, Second round of revision will begin and by July 30, you will revise entire prelims syllabus twice.

You will need to push yourself hard to achieve daily targets. In fact, you will enjoy this tight schedule very much. Every day will be a productive day. By the end of the program, you will be super-confident about clearing Prelims. 

To clear prelims, revision is the Key. The more you revise whatever you have read till now, the better will be your chances of clearing prelims. How you revise also matters. Revision should be systematic. It should not be haphazard – sometimes you might miss important areas and regret later.

The timetable which we will post next week will help you streamline your revision in an effective and productive way.  It will be systematic. Once you start following our timetable, you will start feeling that you are doing prelims preparation yet adding ammunition for Mains preparation as well. 

The Detailed Timetable will be provided on 30th May (evening at 7 pm). The program starts from June 1, 2016. 

Note: This plan covers only Paper – 1. This is Open for All and is a Free program.

  • Pablo Escobar

    was waiting for it since last 15 days

  • suchak

    eagerly waiting for this prelims cum mains . Thanks 🙂

  • Abhisek Dash

    Thanks Insights!

  • Vladimir

    Am I dreaming or something?

  • Pankaj Nimbolkar

    Very good plan sir.

    Will there repeat questions in this plan from Insight test series ???

    • Pankaj Nimbolkar

      1 suggesition Sir….

      Plz fix time for test

      9:00 pm

      • Paritosh Munot

        hi Pankaj
        r u from Maharashtra ??

        • Pankaj Nimbolkar


          & you ???

          • Paritosh Munot

            Iam also from Maharashtra ( Ahmednagar )
            Optional – Botany
            Attempt – 1st actually planing for 2017

            • Pradeep Pathare

              I am also from Ahmednagar

              • Paritosh Munot

                ohh nice so are you also doing self study or have joined some coaching in past

              • Paritosh Munot

                can u plz mail me at
                [email protected]

  • nitika bhatia

    thank u soooo much for this

  • Rapunzel

    Waoo thanks 🙂 🙂

  • Kanta Verma


  • kaoboy

    too good!! ?

  • Gyanendra Singh

    Needed it…..thanks for making free…..coz u know our pocket: )

  • DJ

    Thankyou! 🙂

  • Surnami

    Not much v can say…. hat’s off… prelims 2016 here insightians come 🙂

  • Rajan kumar

    Thank you Vinay sir. This is what I waiting for, as I have just completed entire syllabus of test series.

  • sri

    Thanks alot…..

  • 7319

    much needed plan. i was eagerly waiting for it. thanks insights.

  • Hemant

    Thanks waiting for the same 🙂

  • Man Of Steel

    Thankyou soooo much:)

  • Bhavika

    Thanks Insights.Was eagerly waiting for this for a long time.

  • The Dark Knight

    Please start the retake option of tests for test series students as well 🙂

    • We will soon enable this option.

      • The Dark Knight

        Thank You So Much 🙂

        Eagerly waiting 🙂

      • arun

        sir charan kahan hai aapke……. chuh lu toh thoda aaram pad jaye

      • KAutilYA

        Thanks a lot sir….??

      • Tashvin Singh

        its great sir.. atleast you replied on this issue

      • PiyooshVishal


      • Monkey D. Luffy

        Do we have a time limit to take the previous tests we have not taken yet?

      • Ankit

        Thanks sir…it’s a wonderful initiative…Just one request, please keep going Yojana insights initiative…Thank u 🙂

      • Bhulan Singh

        Sir I have only 8 hours daily to devote as I do earning it enough time to follow this revision initiative.

      • lakki89

        Hello Sir,
        When are the offline batches starting next and what is the eligibility/procedure to join ?

      • DANISH

        Where is the link of this prog?

      • CS Sagar

        Can i get the contact detail of Vinay Sir !

  • Lenin Mailbox

    Thank you so much sir , it ll really helpfull

  • Jay Mishra

    Hatesoff to You.Stunned by your efforts.

    You can take someone into pond nd make them swim..

  • Mehaboob T

    This sounds great and hope will try our level best to do it?
    Thanks a lot insights!?????

  • dileep

    Sir we are waiting for this anxiously..Insights really became like a mirage when i started feeling like my preparation became slow..

  • rpk

    Thank u insights

  • AK-91

    Bring it on !

  • srishti

    Thank you so much insightsss.

  • javz

    Thank you sir… eagerly waiting for this for many days

  • Umesh

    Thank you for this another milestone of your efforts

  • Sanchi

    thanks insight…but one question…..ive studied enviornment from shankar ias booklet and ART and culture from different soucre other than ccrt…………….so instead of frevisiing diffrnt sources shudnt i focuss on my souces ???

    • Shankar

      yes.. first focus shud be on ur sources.. if time permits ( difficult) u can go for other sources

      • Sanchi


        • Scorpion King

          hi sanchi..
          art n culture kahan se padha h

    • Yes, revise what you have already studied. Almost all stuff will be similar with CCRT. But, do study Class XI NCERT Introduction to Art book.

    • sumeet kumar

      hey hi, do you have updated version of shankar ias booklet 2016?
      which chapters have you read?

      • Sanchi

        2015 book

  • SV

    Thank u sir…love it

  • Lobby Boy

    On a separate note:
    Would it be advisable to join the test series now?. I really want to take it but cannot decide. Suggestions would be deeply appreciated.

    • Hi Lobby,
      There’s no harm in joining, if you’re done religiously with your ncert books and standard books like GC leong, Lakshmikant then I would recommend you to take up the test series 🙂 this would work as revisions for you! 🙂

      • Lobby Boy

        Thanks for the advice. 🙂

  • Rohini

    Just perfect!

  • Manoj Rankaal

    Awesome team insights….u ppl are amazing as always………………superb keep it up…..THANKYOU VERY MUCH……..for taking such a nice & effective responsibility…………..we always remember & vow u all ppl………especially vinay sir the epitome & master mind behind this Amazing INSIGHTS…………lets rock & nail CSE 2016…….all the best to all my fellow Insightians………..

  • Sanchi

    for history ive done with only shekharbandopadhaye…:(

    • Bhartendu Mishra

      I replied you coz i thought i should . If u read any of the modern His book the content remains the same b it sarkar ,chandra or any other .The only thing u need to keep in mind is the topic .So be positive of yourself .. Good luck 🙂

    • Juanna_nero

      Go for spectrum too. Since u have done p2p spectrum wont take much time but wil help a lot in pre.

  • cse2016_S

    Awsomeee… insights…..
    This is a great initiative for all the aspirants.
    Looking forward eagerly to streamline my preparation

  • RD

    good plan insights
    its really difficult studying while working for 8hours a day.i have big hope that ur plan will work with me….

  • Ann

    Thanks insights.. Its really helping nd useful

  • mission2016

    Thanks insights..i was eagerly waiting for it..last time i followed your plan and really it worked for me…thanks alot

  • Ar. Akanksha

    super cool!!!!!!

  • channe v

    thankyou for this wonderful plan….

  • siddhartha paul

    Thank u sir

  • Swetha

    Thanks a lot insights. 🙂

  • sanjeevini singode

    Thank you insights. You are our angel.

  • rajashree

    Thank you……thank you….thank you…sir………really u r like god nw for showing rt path in d dilema darkness tht im dng rt r not i hv used day in full utilization r not along with my own health issues etc..etc..etc…..prblms you hv shwn one single path of light…thankyou very much sir……

  • Kumar

    Maximum effort from u insights …..Great…..

  • Abhishek Sinha`

    That’s wonderful Team Insight on India. Loving your selflessness approach. God Bless ur team. Bring it I’ll follow your timetable.

  • pratap

    thank you sir

  • harsh dhingra

    . Thankyou

  • Affu

    THANK YOU SIR,as the test series has only two more tests to go before comprehensive tests,was in a dilemma about how to revise whatever i have studied for test series till now,i got the dilemma,u got the solution as always:-)

  • Juanna_nero

    Thanku sir

  • Ravindra Chavan

    Thanks Insight n whole team..You r really an angel for many aspirant to make their dream to happened….

  • Priyatam bolisetty

    Everyone following Secure – 2016
    Please join us here too.

  • puneet .kumar

    the insight team has been that mentor which keeps on coming with great innovative ideas to keep you going….step by step they urge you to move and perform….it has been such a dedicated effort from them which needs huge cheers from every aspirant and thank them for their kind mentoring…thank you insight team….!!

  • PiyooshVishal

    Thanks a lot @ Team insights!!! i just want to quote here Gazal ma’am : ” Failure is the universe’s way of telling you to either try harder or try something else. Nothing more. Nothing less.” [email protected]!

  • Target UPSC 2016

    superb…seriously you guys are doing very hard work for those whom you even don’t know.., thank you very much for this initiative.


    thanxx a tonne

  • thanks insights

  • Elsa

    Thank u so much sir…it was much needed. Please activate the tests also so that we can practice.

  • sakshi

    Thank u so much, your team is great, your unconditional efforts, I salute. Waiting eagerly for the program.

  • Chandan

    Thanks a lot…………i am looking forward for the revision schedule.

  • Apercu

    Thank you so much, Team Insights! Looking forward to following this initiative from the start. 🙂
    A query: Will it be possible to make a provision from keeping in touch with the Optional Paper as well, say for 2 hours/ day, at least till June 30? Is it advisable to devote time to the revision of Optional Paper at this time or our complete focus should be on the Preliminary Examination only?

    • We will address this dilemma in our timetable 🙂

      • Apercu

        Thanks for such a prompt reply. 🙂

  • Preeti

    Thanx for such generous program

  • Winter

    Thank you team INSIGHT!!!!!

  • Rohit

    was waiting for this Big Bang thanks sir

  • Alexis Newmai

    Thank you Insights…you’re doing an awesome work…it will definitely helps us alot

  • Winter

    I don’t know but I am feeling quite relieved over this notice.. I know that this will streamline my revision.

  • sandeep jha

    thank you so much sir, all the credit for my preparation till now and after goes to you.

  • Shaan

    It will b a a shame if we dont clear prelims after this. Lets give our best shot ….. for the best teacher out there

  • raksha

    Thnk u sooo much sir:)

  • Nikhil Garud

    Finaly. Was waiting for this badly ! Thanks

  • Mac28

    Can’t get better ! Thanks so much insights and team. . .

  • I4anI

    As expected you again proved yourself….waiting and writing for the same from long time.
    Thanks a lot 🙂

  • P.s

    Great thought. Thank you very much sir. I am so proud for being a follower of insights.

  • TARS

    Thank you insights..
    We are really missing the secure compilations of february and april..was following the initiative religiously and made notes also for dec, jan and mar..
    It is close to may end..if not possible for feb due to less answers then fine, but for april it can be done as u provided daily synopsis..
    Regular follower of daily current events but rely on monthly compilations for secure.
    Dont break the wud be really hard afterwards..

  • Nicky

    Great efforts. Waiting for such opportunity – integrated prep.

  • Pragyant

    love it…feel pumped up, already am confident to clear prelims

  • MaverickNaga

    Thank you very much…

  • The Genetic Jackhammer

    Very good initiative .. will give my best.

  • preeti

    Thank you sir….

  • G T

    Thank u insight….for this vociferous effort..

  • Supermanreturns

    great intiative

  • Prashant Rawat


  • Vishal Rana

    Thanku so much Insights…You r doing commendable following you since April 2015 and it’s my amazing experience till now.. salute you and your commitment !!!!

  • black mamba

    Thank you sir! It is an excellent initiative 😀

  • Sata Mahapatra

    Thank you so much sir
    I need this badly .. Thanks a lot

  • Gabbar is back…

    Thanks a ton insights…. Keep up the good work sir…. This initiative is like a boon for students who are preparing from home and have no access to the coaching institutes…

    P.s. plz dnt forgt to include map based ques …

  • Priyanka

    Sir, which sources should one refer for General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change? What is ICSE Environmental studies?(Mentioned in Test series Time Table)

  • ashi

    thank you insights 🙂

  • I love you guys for this, and everything you people do for us! 😀

  • Dasiri Praveen Kumar

    Thank you sir

  • vikram

    Thank you sir. You are really great for your selfless efforts..


    Thanku insight team,,,, i was confused about the revision but now i feel relaxed to some extent,, 🙂

  • Pradeep Pathare

    Thanks a lot sir…

  • Ruchi

    Thank you… Sir.. 🙂

  • Deepak S Dudhani

    Guys These are fabulous

  • Viplove yadav

    Thank u insights for such nice initiative …

  • Abhiknowledge_is_free

    Just what I needed. Thank you, Sir! I am indebted to you for all your guidance. Will try my best to make the most of it. 🙂

  • santosh kumar

    Thank you insight…… i am hindi medium student..your test series is very helpful

  • bring it on gurudev…i m desperate enough…saal bhar padh k b lagta hai jaise ainvyi dene ja rahe hai prelims due to low scores in test series, lack of revision being the reason…hope to fully capitalize on ur initiative…dubte to tinke ka sahara…thank you so much…ready for my best and last shot before prelims…may god bless u as well as me in my efforts :p

  • Gajendra Singh

    Thank you insight.
    It will be a great help indeed.

  • Savvy

    Thanks you so much , Team Insight for this initiative .
    I had one query that i have prepared from different sources and becoz of some issues could not follow insight schedule completely till now although have prepared all topics from other sources . So now what should i do that i can be sure of the prelims this year as this is my last attempt. And can i just follow ur schedule for this revision series and leave rest . PLZ guide me

    • If all sources overlap with what we have recommended, then please revise only those sources. Stick with what you have already studied and revise them.

  • SVSR

    that’s a great plan sir……..eagerly waiting for thumb start.

  • Thank you

  • GumNaam

    Thank you team Insights.

  • awaneesh

    think u so much………it will ensure our success in pre exam

  • Keratam Ala

    Ur always great insights thank a lot

  • Anand


  • MSM

    No words to express the greatness of your initiative….& hard work thanks to team….

  • Homjayega

    Thanks Insights

  • rose


  • Apaul

    Is everyone done with their optionals?

  • sandeep kumar

    Hai, this is a good intiative but you should provide time table before test starting.

  • Classmate

    Lets roll !


    SO very useful…we (Self studying aspirants) shall remain eternally indebted to INSIGHTS team..!!!!

  • Anjani Roushan


  • nivedita

    Thnk you insight for such a great initiative 4 prelims

  • saran

    I trust you

  • Sudanita Sanchez

    Sir please do not break this routine …..please… Otherwise
    Our preparation will go haywire at such crucial time …..

    A humble request …..
    We can compromise on other initiatives on insights but not this one right now!!

  • peta

    Thank you insights team..for so much effort and hard work that you guys put in for’s our duty now to follow it religiously and see how we don’t clear prelims..:-)

  • IamAB05

    Thanku insights..that will help a lot..



  • ” फ ” से Phantom

    Is there anything which Insights’ team cannot do…. You all need some extra drums to keep the blessings you have been receiving and will continue to recieve…

  • Striving

    a much needed program, thank you insights

  • Bloomy Ambasht

    You are our saviour… Thanks a ton…

  • SAM

    Sir with all due respect hatts off to you …
    Every time insights brings somthing more productive than before unmathched blog …. Rather saying blog it should be gateway to upsc
    I am very thankful to you sir and on behalf of all the fellow aspirants Respect sir…
    What i feel when you post this kind of strategies is…””doobte ko tinke ka sahara and u brings a ship sir for all aspirant”” a true social service
    Hopes this time i will make it happen with your guidence and my efforts

  • Dark Horse

    Hello Sir, It seems all your plans are made keeping in mind only those aspirants who are preparing full time. But there are many aspirants like me who are preparing along with their job. If you can please share some plan keeping in mind people like us, that would be great!!!

    Thanks a ton for all the initiatives. I follow insights daily and religiously.

  • Bond

    Thank you sir..

  • Kumar Sunny

    Thanks Insight ..What about Secure 2016 program, how would I manage in this tight schedule? it takes for me around 2 hour per day and sometime more than that + the hindu news. if any body can suggest me on this?

    • We will address this concern in timetable. Thank you.

  • rekha

    you are the boss [insights] …great efforts..really admirable

  • MS

    Great !!!….u guys r just awesome…hope to utilise this initiative optimally….!?



  • Alphonso Mango

    Thankyou so much Insights!!!

  • ahmad

    thank u very much insights….

  • MCA (K)

    Very good initiative sir. It’ll help a lot. Thank U so much.

  • PK

    Thank you 🙂

  • Sam

    shabash insights…….ab rulaoge kya

  • Aazad

    Thank You Sir!! 🙂

  • Shreya

    I lost my beloved dog two days ago, and I’m feeling completely lost. I’ve followed your schedule, tests and secure sincerely in last one year, but right now I’m finding hard to focus even on newspaper. My entire preparation seems to be in vain.
    I’m feeling slightly better after reading this revision plan of yours. I’m getting back my confidence.
    Please accept my regards and gratitude.

    • Hey Shreya,

      Extremely sorry about your loss. We can understand how much painful it is (I, Vinay – personally love pets) . We hope our revision plan helps you keep busy. We just have to move on. Get back your confidence and work hard. Your success can be the best gift to your departed dog.

      • Shreya

        Thank you sir.

  • santhi sweety

    tq so much insights for such a new innovative starts…..i hope this programme vl improve my confidence levels…tq so much insights team..

  • Advaitamaa

    Thank you Insights 🙂 Your generosity itself is a qualification.It inspires us to excel 🙂

  • GODDAMN Batman!!

    I have never been this excited about anything since “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” &#128516

  • Benjamin Netanyahu

    are they going to be MCQs or non-MCQs or Mixed??

    • Bhavika


  • Challenge

    Waiting for the time table sir. Thank you.

  • Suraj Nayak

    At last…The Real ‘War’ preparation is going to Start…Now Buckling up my belt and keeping ready my all tits-bits notes books related to CSE preparation.

  • Suraj Sahoo

    highly helpful initiative thanks insight.

  • Arjun Gowda

    Thank you sir

  • Lovedeep singh

    Thank you insights we owe you?

  • Operation Writing

    Thank you “Team Insight” for this wonderful revision strategy…and please try to make 6 part of prelims (General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.) as u have mentioned,a bit more elaborated and easy.

  • Sarfaraz Ansari

    thank you very much for such great effort.
    this time we will rock the exam.

  • Shashank Mishra

    wonderful :).. we will be benefited with this alot. thank you vinay sir:)

  • LBSNAA, I’m Coming in 2018

    Deeply in love with you @InsightsOnIndia:disqus
    Thank you very much….


    Where is detailed prog

  • Aswathy MS

    Has insights uploaded the prelims in two months strategy?

    • prathmesh


      • Aswathy MS

        Thanks. Got the timetable.

  • Shashank Shahi

    waiting for your update about revision plan on 2016 prelims ………………………..

  • Arpit Singh
    • Vivek Kumar

      Please share how to download prelims tests series2016 as unable to view or download any test series when clicking on link from menu…..
      Please share urgently…!!!!!!

  • ias

    plz upload soon……..

  • Chinna Prashanth Hari

    sir how about test 23 which is on 6 jun…and also we need time for csat too

  • Arpit Singh

    @InsightsOnIndia:disqus Sir what should i do,i am currently on test 7 of Insights paid test series,sh’d i follow the revision plan and give tests accordingly or keep giving tests as per my plan…please help 🙁
    Damn Confused

  • Mahsin Akhtar

    ThanK You Insights . Ready to conquer CSE 2016 !

  • abhilash

    can you tell me how can i attempt for the test after revising each topic. i mean any registration is required?

    • It is a free program. Every day at 9.30 you will get test. Subscribe by entering your email ID above in the article.

      • abhilash

        in the morning? where am i suppose to enter my email id?

      • Nivedita Singh

        I have one doubt, I had not subscribed test series of insight, how i will be able to get test papers. please reply soon sir.

  • S. Arun

    are the tests paid or free ?…couldn’t find the link for revision test…

  • Nishi

    Where is Daily Revision test being posted on the site?

  • vishwa reddy

    Hi Insights ,
    could you please let us know where are the links for the Q&A for the revision test series

  • Sree Kumkum

    Hi where are the questions of first test for the revision plan posted

  • Sayandeep Banik

    Need the entire Prelims Revision Tests.please help