MISSION – 2017: How to Secure a Rank? – Insights IAS Test Series 2017

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MISSION – 2017: How to Secure a Rank in 2017 – A Roadmap

Insights IAS Test Series for Prelims 2017


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Thanks to UPSC, we are starting Test Series for Prelims 2017 bit early this year. Prelims 2017 is scheduled on 18th June, 2017. You have 10 Months i.e. 300 Days to prepare yourself to face Prelims.

If 2017 is your first attempt, this is the right time to start preparing for UPSC civil services exam 2017 and aim for a rank without worrying about extra attempts. 

All you need is a right guidance and strategy that boosts your confidence day by day and helps you stay focused till you achieve your dream. When you are under right guidance, the efforts you put will definitely yield result. 

After seeing many toppers very closely and interacting with them on a regular basis, we have discovered that only dedicated, consistent and focused efforts will bear results. If you try to follow too many strategies, read too many materials, search for too many sources and seek too many guidances, chances of clearing this exam within one attempt are slim. Your one year and one attempt plan morphs into Five Year plan. 

One can still clear this exam by trial and error, but these experiments will waste many precious years of your life (and life is precious) You will be exhausted by then. You might also lose your original motivation for joining civil services (after 4-5 attempts, people start talking about becoming MLA, MP, Naxalite, Prime Minister or next Vajiram and Ravi)

You must strive to succeed in one best attempt and then start serving nation at an young age.

You can succeed and you will succeed if you show Faith, Trust and Hope in our Guidance (sorry if we sound like advertising, it’s is just we have immense faith in our guidance)

In this article, we are going to outline a Strategy for 2017 with the aim of enabling you to reach your goal. We will provide a comprehensive and workable Timetable for you to follow (Sounds like election manifesto, but it works. Read on to discover how) 

Below, we will give you a strategy that has worked for many toppers since the day when Insights pioneered its result oriented initiatives. Toppers have acknowledged it through various articles on our website (all are genuine and written mostly voluntarily)

The Aim of Mission – 2017 will be to help you get a good rank. This is not a false promise. We would have hesitated to make promises like this two years ago, but not now. Our efforts have resulted in producing good ranks till now. Even though our effort is miniscule and your hard work needed is 99%, we believe that that 1% right guidance will help you achieve your dream without making you victim of trials and errors. 


Do Self Study and be Independent

Our entire emphasis is on Self Study. Through self study you can achieve a good rank. It gives you immense satisfaction to achieve something through your own effort and through your untiring hard work.

Of course coaching helps, we believe, only for Optional subject and not for General Studies papers. That too for people who have chosen completely alien subject and are struggling to understand core concepts (first of all, one should not choose such an Optional subject!)

We do not believe in spoonfeeding. It was Insights which started Answer Writing Challenges for the first time for aspirants . We designed Test Series in such a way that those who followed our timetable strictly could easily feel the difference within short span of time. You will feel confident as you progress in this journey under our guidance.

We witnessed our students improve their prelims score from 40 50 Marks in first Test to 140+ in last Test. It’s solely because of their undying trust in our strategy and their consistent hard work till the end. 

Now, our students who took 2016 prelims test series and followed it religiously are showering praises HERE. We haven’t asked them for reviews, yet they are so happy that they are expressing their happiness so generously. This is what makes us feel proud and happy.  

It is a fact that everyone wants to work hard , but they don’t work hard. Even if someone works hard, it will be under bad guidance or under no guidance. This is why some hardworking and brilliant people never make it. You need a guide – invisible or visible, anyone with good experience – to show you the right path. 

 Most also do not follow a one good strategy. Especially freshers – they want to explore everything despite suggestions by toppers. Too much curiosity and inquisitiveness is harmful in UPSC civil services exam preparation.

But those who consistently follow one strategy will eventually end up getting a rank this year or next year. You should one of them. You can easily get rank in your very first attempt (please read this). You don’t have to be super brilliant to do this. 

We keep repeating that there are only 2-3 thousand students who consistently toil every day to achieve their dream without wasting their time on too many strategies. You are competing with only a few thousand serious aspirants. You will be one among these 2-3 thousand if you stay focused and consistent.

You must commit yourself from now itself to follow your heart and never waver in your faith. If you want to be a Topper, then Start TODAY. And never STOP in between till you reach your goal. Never look back. Never listen to what others are talking or recommending. Once you trust something that has worked in the past for many, trust it and follow it. 

We will just show you the path which worked for our students.  We honestly believe it is a lonely journey no matter how many people tend to support you in this journey. You must do self study and excel. We will be there to support you. 




This strategy seeks to give you a roadmap that will keep you BUSY, very busy indeed, and focused till the Interview stage of 2017 civil services exam. 

Your preparation will be Integrated one i.e. Prelims + Mains + Interview oriented. The present pattern is such that an integrated approach is the only way to excel in it. 



How to do this?

Target 140+ Marks in Prelims

In 2016 Prelims paper we saw that current events is given good weightage. UPSC is trying to make Prelims more broad based. But questions are not difficult per se. It’s just that it wants you to know both facts and concepts very well – both related to current events and static part of Prelims cum Mains syllabus. 

In this regard, you need to prepare comprehensively which should cover very basics from NCERT books, daily current events and understanding of various issues and concepts that are mentioned in the syllabus. You should aim to have a broad understanding of all important issues that are taking shape around you. Your knowledge should be more broad based than in-depth. 

Therefore, we have designed 2017 Timetable in such a way that, if you religiously follow it, you will definitely clear both prelims and Mains in 2017 attempt. Have no doubt about it. 

There is no shortcut to success. You must follow the timetable and practice all tests as many times as possible to get through. 10 Months of time is sufficient for this. Our approach is to enable you to solve any type of question in exam (we wrote these lines under Mission – 2016, and this year our students are repeating these in their comments after giving prelims!)

This year many of our students are scoring 140+ (from Offline) thanks to the fact that they solved so many questions under exam like conditions (You will read some of them validating this in their Topper Testimonies next year). Prelims is the first hurdle which you must cross. One must never take chances with it. You will have a painful wait if you don’t clear prelims with comfortable margin.



For this we are going to adopt following strategy:

  1. Daily Current Affairs for broad understanding of all important issues
  2. Daily Current Affairs Based Quiz to help you keep tab on Daily Current Affars that are important for prelims
  3. Comprehensive Paid Test Series for General Studies Paper – 1 to score 140+ in this paper
  4. Mains Self Study – to cover static part + Ethics Paper
  5. Daily Secure – 2016 (from December Secure -2017) – for Mains Current Affairs Preparation
  6. Daily Debates for Interview Preparation

These 6 initiatives are the Pillars of 2017 strategy. Follow all of them religiously from Today till the Day of Interview, you will not be disappointed. 



New Features at www.insightsias.com!


We have redesigned our test series website to give you the best experience while taking online tests.

Features of Test Series:

  1. It covers only Paper – 1 of Prelims syllabus.
  2. All India Ranking – You will see two ranks in your dashboard: Static one based on the no. of people who give exam a day before the next test, and another one which keeps changing as more and more people give exams. Static rank is more authentic as Only Serious people will be giving exams according to strict schedule!
  3. Analysis of your performance – You will see graph of your performance in various categories within each test, and also your performance relative to others scores
  4. Tests are both Mobile and Tablet friendly. But please prefer to give tests on desktop or laptop.
  5. Flexible timing. You can take tests any time and any day at your convenience. Once a test is activated, it will be there till Prelims 2017 for you to take it. But do your best to follow the schedule if you want to be topper.
  6. Retakes: you can take online exam only once as of now. This is to make sure that Ranks are genuine and to bring seriousness in exam preparation.  For revision you will have PDF file which you can download anytime. However, we will increase number of attempts by 2 later in the month of April 2017.
  7. A PDF with questions and detailed solutions will be made available to you after completion of test. You can also download it ANYTIME from your dashboard. Only SINGLE PDF will be available (Not two separate PDFs one with questions and solutions) with your name, email DI embedded in it.
  8. FAQs is provided for you to clear doubts. Please read them 1-2 times. Most of your doubts are cleared there.
  9. Inclusion of REVISION Tests. Without revision, you fail. So, we have included revision tests for you to revise periodically.
  10. Minimum Sources, maximum efficiency. We have reduced sources, but given some important sources as references. Here minimum sources refers to less number of sources for same topic. We have focused more on giving diverse sources to cover diverse areas. 
  11. Inclusion of ETHICS  tests under Mains Self Study: We have given which topics to read for each Ethics Mains Self Study test. prepare thoroughly and face the test.



NEW Features of Website:


  1. Integrated Discussion: You can Discuss each test with www.insightsIAS.com! After each test, we will open discussion thread where you can post all your test related queries. We will address all your doubts there.
  2. Rating the Test: After each test, you can review and rate it. This helps us improve quality.
  3. Motivational Blog: We will communicate with you through dedicated Blog within Test Series website.
  4. Access Insights Daily Updates in your dashboard: you can access daily secure, current events and all other posts in your dashboard!
  5. Colourful Dynamic Dashboard: A dashing dashboard to keep you updated and motivated

More new features  will be added in future.

We have also learnt from previous mistakes and will be striving to make our Test Series truly the best in India by introducing following system:

  1. Explanations to each question will explain why particular Option is correct and others are wrong. Earlier we were just providing you the content and solution without telling you why answer was correct or incorrect.
  2. Along with explanation, we will also provide the Source for each question i.e. page number if question is framed from NCERT or other books, or URL (with explanation) if question is from online source.  This is done so as to let you know sources which are important to be covered.
  3. Papers will be designed just like UPSC does having questions of Very Difficult, Difficult, Medium and Easy levels. We won’t be making entire paper tough or easy. 
  4. Emphasis on providing Error free question papers (at least 99%). No Typos, not spelling mistakes or any other mistakes. We have accumulated sufficient experience to avoid such things in future. Even if some mistakes appear, they will be addressed soon on discussion page.
  5. We will provide syllabus that you can truly manage to read in Ten days. We have removed unwanted resources this year.  Targets will be realistic. Even if you are going to start your preparation today, you can be assured of clearing Prelims with ease.

By the time you complete Insights IAS test series and daily targets, you will master NCERT books, all standard books (including Economic Survey and India – 2016) and current events.

Daily current events, daily Quiz and a strict Timetable to follow once in every Ten Day will help you stay focused every day. Learning will be made truly fun and rewarding. You will be in charge of your exam preparation. You will be in charge of your Rank.

Nearly 60 (indirect or direct questions) appeared from our IAS test series in Prelims in 2015. We are hoping more than 70 questions have repeated in 2016 Prelims.  Comments are pouring in telling us how our test series helped them get 120+ or 130+ in Prelims (fruit of their hard work). Based on this feedback we are assuring you that you too will clear Prelims provided you solve all tests.


2017 Mains Preparation

Mains preparation depends how well you master both current events and static concepts, and learn to integrate both in your answers. 

Mastering current events depends on two factors: Understanding background information and analysing particular issue from exam point of view. Here, our current affairs helps.

While you prepare for Prelims you will be reading current events from prelims point of view. At the same time, if you follow secure and current affairs, you will also read them from Mains perspective. In addition to these, when you solve Mains Self Study questions, you will slowly learn how to include static points even in answers to current events based questions. This comes through rigorous practice. 

 You must answer at least 3-4 questions daily either in your notebook or on website to improve your writing and analytical skills. We want to see your name in top 50. Let’s do whatever takes it to do it. 


What about static part?


Mains Self Study tests are the answer.  Questions will be based on same Timetable as for Prelims Test Series.  So that your preparation is fully integrated.

This is a FREE feature. Timetable will be available on website. When you prepare for Prelims Tests, you will also have to read books from Mains perspective. Questions will be framed from the sources we have mentioned in the Schedule. Extra sources will be mentioned from Mains perspective whenever needed.

Coupled with Prelims Test Series and Secure Questions, Mains Self Study Guide 2016 will be a gamechanger.

You will comprehensively prepare for UPSC civil services exam – 2017 without the aid of coaching institutions (go for them for Optional subject if you need it). 

This year, we will post Mains Self Study questions with clock like precision on each day of the Test.

There will be no confusion what to follow or what not to follow. Roadmap is crystal clear. Those who follow till the end, will always succeed. This is a fact borne out of our experience and observation.

Without confusion if you stick to this roadmap, you will be on warpath to face both Prelims and Mains in 2017 with lots of confidence. If you are still in doubt, you can read testimonies by Toppers

If you are aiming to get rank in 2017, don’t wait longer!

From this August to Next November you will be super busy. This is an advantage as it will keep you away from distractions and help you focus on what matters most for you i.e. getting a rank in your very first attempt.



Then, what about Interview?

Preparation for interview doesn’t and shouldn’t start after Mains result. It is a continuous process along with your Prelims and Mains preparation.

What matters most in interview is your personality. Honesty, integrity, clarity of pressing issues, basic understanding of concepts, good articulation of thoughts and humility are the factors that decide outcome in interview.

Please read two interview related posts which we posted this year and understand the essence of personality test.

No initiative can help you improve your personality. Your or anyone is basically a very good person at heart. That goodness should dominate your personality. 

But few initiatives can help you form opinion on various issues and learn the opinion of experts in their fields. In this regard, our  Daily Debates, Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV debate summaries will help you immensely.

Debating a particular topic gives you clarity on the issue. It helps you refine your views and improves depth of understanding.

Therefore, you should at the end of the day make it a habit to participate in Daily Debates. We ask such questions that can be asked in interview too. In Secure also we ask questions, especially under Ethics heading, which can be asked in interview.

Many aspirants who are posting comments at Daily Debates have told us how they have improved in understanding issues. Also the fear of writing is gone for most of them. Take Daily Debates Seriously and participate in it. 

Preparing beforehand is always better. Interview is extremely important in getting you a rank. Therefore, while preparing for prelims and Mains, please prepare for interview too.


What to Do in a Day?

  1. Read The Hindu for 1-2 hours in the morning
  2. Start answering at least 3-4 Secure questions Daily (even if you are starting preparation now). This takes 3-4 hours in the beginning and later gets reduced to 1-2 hours.
  3. Start Preparing for Next Insights Mock test – prepare small timetable of your own i.e. Day-1 ‘Class VI – Science’, Day – 2 ‘Class VI Social Science’ etc and study for 3-4 hours.
  4. Read Daily Current Affairs for 1 hour
  5. Solve Quiz (10 – 20 minutes)
  6. Participate in Daily Debates for 15-20 minutes
  7. While having lunch or dinner, watch Rajya Sabha TV debate
  8. Revise Secure, Current Events, Quiz and Test Portion for 1-2 hours
  9. Sleep for 6-7 hours. 

In the beginning all this takes 10-12 hours to follow. But if you stick to this and follow it for a month, you will be able to manage all these things within 8-10 hours! try it.

Keep separate Notebooks for all initiatives and write in them regularly.


Most Important Secret Behind Success : Your Consistency!

We and others will give you many strategies and roadmaps. Ultimately it rests on you. If you consistently follow a strategy, it will work for you. It worked for many people. They got ranks in Top 10, 25 and 100. 

We believe that YOU can get a rank. You should and you must. You are going to work hard and you will be proud of your achievement. Have no doubt about this.

Just make sure that you are consistent. 


Finally, The TIMETABLE

This year’s timetable is designed carefully to prepare you for any kind of test that UPSC throws at you. We bet that if you follow our timetable from Day-1 to the last Day, and revise our tests 2 to 3 times, You will definitely score 140+ in 2017 Prelims.

Take print outs of timetable. Keep them with you always and follow religiously.

Please download them from below links. We sincerely thank you for showing us constant support.


Insights Prelims Test Series – 2017 SCHEDULE (PDF)

Insights Prelims Test Series – 2017 SCHEDULE (EXCEL)

Note: The same Timetable will be followed for Offline Prelims Program as well.  More details on offline program will be posted shortly. 



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REQUEST: Before asking any doubts, please read this post 2-3 times. If there are genuine doubts, we will answer them in the comment section. Thanks again 🙂

  • Nice 🙂

  • ridhi

    Thank you very much Insights….
    Plz do notify about 2016 offline mains test series…

  • Mayuresh Pawar

    Please also give some tips for working people…

  • Distinction

    Last year,there were other books mentioned like Plassey to Partition,aren’t they gonna be followed this time? I mean what’s the plan? What about those who have followed it?

  • rkr1234

    sir, please provide the synopsis for secure and mains self study initiative

  • Vikas Singh

    Dear insights synopsis of mains questions will b provided or not ? Its very helpful …

  • Amit Pandey

    Thank you insights for all your help,

    • Bunty kumar

      Why i m not able to download thid timetable everrytime download failed occur

  • Chandra Dev Singh

    Thank you Insights Team.

    I subscribed prelims 2016 and I did not take test due to technical and financial issue. I also did not appear 2016. I also mailed you query regarding fee. Please look this issue.
    I want to aapear and qualify this year. I will be highly obliged Sir

    • Chandra Dev Singh

      Thank you Sir and Insights Team

  • An eye for detail

    Rare piece of information – Every line is valuable – Critical successful factors at one place ! Overtime Insight adopted the style of ” Total Quality Management “(6 pillars ) and ” Kan ban card concepts ” which lies on continous improvement . Thank you insight !

  • The_firewithin

    SBI net banking inactive at this time… no sleep and excited.. 🙂 Thank god, shekhar bandhopadhyay is gone..! little disappointed with non inclusion of question bank, but hope insights would come a step high on revision tests again with 100 questions daily in april & may 2017.
    The only hurdle appear now are:

    Lets take an example, the syllabus of test 16:

    1. Eight chapters of Laxmikanth
    2. Four chapters of Ramesh SIngh
    3. Five chapters of indias struggle, bipan chandra.

    Now any one here tell me how would you retain the stuff of 17+ subjective chapters in approx 10 days , apart from initiatives and optional together?

    that’s where if a handy question bank is in hand, we could answer it and would have retained the stuff better and then attempted test 16.

    • Ironman

      Bro just have faith on Insights. Do what they say, revise it properly and hopefully you won’t be disappointed, given that you are consistent.
      I’m myself giving CSE for the 1st time in 2017. All my hopes are on my hard work and Insights.

      As you said- “you retain the stuff of 17+ subjective chapters in approx 10 days”, remember- 1.1 million people apply for CSE, only 1000 or so are chosen, these thousand are the ones who cover 17+ chapters in 10 days 🙂

      Also regarding your question bank query, this time hardly they asked any significant questions on previous years, everything was current affairs. So I don’t think it would be very wise to be happy by solving question bank alone.

      Don’t worry, work hard, no pressure no diamonds 🙂

  • Gaurav

    Insight my first attempt. ..solely dedicated to you…if succeed you will be responsible and if not I will be….this is the trust for you…next time I guess current will be limited in pre 😅😅😅

  • sona

    Sir I m a hindi medium student and I want to join this test series. Is it possible for me.

  • sona

    Sir I m a hindi medium student and I want to join this test series. Is it possible for me.

  • Shubham Pastor

    Insight I will give this exam in 2018 Bacause I m not eligible now but I m ready to follow your timetable your tests …now its on up to you and me also ….prepare me for 2018 :). Thanx for such an encouraging words

  • khushboo soni

    Hi…sir…as I am a beginner….. how your test series it will help me??as I don’t knw abt anything abt ias exam???pls suggest me…

  • Satyam Pal

    Sir, in the reference books it is mentioned as:
    Satish Chandra-MODERN INDIA-old NCERT
    I think it should be MEDIEVAL INDIA. Please rectify.

  • ranjot

    excuse me sir what are the secure questions?

  • ranjot

    Please sir tell me ,, payment is unavailable now? what is the matter?

  • Konatala shanmuka ajaykumar

    sir, may i know why ramesh singh 5th edition for economy why not 7th or 8th edition?

  • Konatala shanmuka ajaykumar

    sir, may i know why ramesh singh 5th edition for economy why not 7th or 8th edition?

  • abhi

    Sir, please provide a strategy for those who have been failed to do well in prelims 2016. Like should we start preparing for prelims again would be a good idea?

  • Anurag Pundir

    Hello Insight.

    I have gone through the post. I must admit your kind work. Thank you from core of my heart.

    Sir, I have four genuine queries,

    1) Last time you have include “Public Institutions” in Mains self study. This time no such source.

    2) Please mention the source for Ethics. Which book to be followed. Subbarao is fine?

    3) You have not mentioned about Bipin Chandra: Indian after independence for post independence consolidation part of mains syllabus. Does any other book mentioned by you covers that part of the syllabus?

    4)What about Rajiv Sikri, Internal Security , Disaster Management, Cyber Security etc etc.

    My concern is how these things going to be covered.

    I feel these are the genuine concerns for everyone. Please Vinay Sir, Its a request kindly address these issues.

    Shall be thankful.



      Bipin Chandra: Indian after independence for post independence, from previous 2 mains they are not asking questions based on after independence & also this book is very bulky, it will take almost 20-30 days to cover it…& also if you really want to study Bipin Chandra: Indian after independence for post independence then just read pol science NCERT… becoz que came in 2013 mains from there…
      Read if you want to…its your choice..
      -for ethics you can follow LEXICON or any notes doesn’t matter you must know the some specific terms thats all…which can be grasped from any source…WIKI is good source..
      -for your 4) problem…you have to follow international, internal threats, anthropogenic or natural disaster…from news..& GOOGLE them up..
      More of the doubts would be cleared by Vinay sir & team…

      • ashish

        Subscribe nhi ho rha bro…what to do?

    • Anurag Pundir

      Insights… Reply kar dijiye…….

    • Alexander

      For Ethics, you can refer Lexicon book for all basic terminologies. and for India after independence, you can watch “Pradhanmantri” series…

    • Kanchi Shirin

      I have similar doubts. kindly clarify insights.

  • sushanta

    Respected sir,
    I am sushanta kumar padhan, a serious ias aspirant continously following insightsonindia since 2 years. Recently on July 15,i met serious accident. Now my right hand is broken.i have spent around rs 75000/- on my hand operation. The most disappointed thing is that I couldn’t write prelims this time due to right hand operation. Sir, i have no money to join d test series but I m eagerly waiting to follow it. Sir, can u provide me the test series freely considering my poor condition?
    Therefore I request you to kindly consider my case for which I shall be grateful to you.

    With regards
    Sushanta kumar padhan
    A poor serious insightsonindia follower

    • Anurag Pundir


      you have subscribed to IASBABA last time

    • manju2017

      Can I help you ? plz contact with my number 9663364604,9663438380

      • sushanta

        Can u provide d test series freely?

  • mission 2018-19

    Tysm INSIGHTS, though I’m going to give my first attempt at 2018, I’ll follow 2017 integrated timetable rigorously.

  • Diplomat1216

    Does anybody know if there is a source for map based questions or what exactly needs to be covered in the map?

  • kiran

    Thank you insights team

  • Bunty kumar

    I m unable to download pdf file of timetable why

    • Gs vishal reddy

      Do check once. i have downloaded it just now. There is no problem with the link.

      • Bunty kumar

        I hv tried more than 20 times bro

        • Bunty kumar

          And everytime it failed

          • Gs vishal reddy

            okay. give your mail id. i’ll mail you

  • Aziz Rahman

    Thanks Insights team.With all respects , Thank you.

  • Vikash Mallik

    strategy for map based questions??

  • karan

    A genuine doubt,
    in the mains self study test, will our answer be checked or will model answers be provided?

  • Nishant Goel

    Hi Insights team,

    Will the strategy work for working people also?

  • anna

    dates of test 4 and 5 ??

  • Eklavya

    Can anybody tell which publication to refer for ICSE environmental studies ?

    • Gs vishal reddy

      I’m going for Shankar IAS Environment coaching material (9th note in timetable)

      • deepak

        From where to get these material????

  • Gs vishal reddy

    Hello Insight.
    Every ranker stresses on the importance of Ncerts to re-read them. But we won’t be able to complete Ncerts until Dec as per timetable. I fear there won’t be any time left to re-read. Please comment

  • Keval Mehta

    Hello, Insights , you have given so much activities that take 10-12 hours that will reduce 8-10 hours by the time. But I have optional of maths and I have to give daily 4 hours to maths alone, so how can I follow your strategy,despite I want to follow insights India religiously?

  • Madhivanan Jayaraman

    Hello Vinay Sir, It is my request that if you could post a strategy on similar lines for working professionals. It will be a of great help.

  • KnowledgeBuff

    Hello Insights,
    I have registered for your prelims test series. I have a query regarding the mains secure initiative. Would the model solutions to those questions be posted?


      did u gave yesterday pre test 2017 and if i will buy today will test be active and i will be able to give test today.. koi payment issue to nhi hoga

    • Pratibha Prasad

      have u joined the plan..i want to get some information about the plan..plz can u reply

      • KnowledgeBuff

        yes. what is your query?

        • Urvashi Mishra

          hello..I hv started preparing..but have some doubt as i have only two attempts left..will i be able to make it while working as a TA in cbec?

          • KnowledgeBuff

            Depends on your level of preparation. People have cleared while working. Have you given prelims this year or planning to appear next year?

            • Urvashi Mishra

              planning to appear next year

  • kittu

    Dear insights,
    ”Regarding insights daily secure”
    key words such as ‘discuss’, ‘examine’ etc are mentioned..how can I know the difference between these key words……..

  • @Gumnam

    In the 2nd test 2016 prelims papers has to be followed but what about other tests as only previous year papers is mentioned in the time table.
    Sorry if i’m being impatient…

  • kamlaksh jha

    Thank you….

  • Ashish Dubey







    • rana raghu

      my advice go with NCERTS well and read like story books and read hindhu articles especially to form opinions and understand to frame answers in mains………if u r third year now soon hefty work is there like project work and a lot of plethora to do………so dont join ……later u regret of not able to attend well for that……..or manage to attend test series while managing project and semesters……..its not that easy u think ……engineering faculty show u hell during project works

      • Ashish Dubey

        thats right

    • Deepshikha

      I think you should definitely give this test.

    • Udai

      Hi… If u are gng to do job after engg and study simultaneously, believe me.. during engg u will be having enough time.. rather than later.
      Start reading The Hindu daily.. Take Ncerts or the core books, read at ur own pace.. Now u will be having time..u can read slow and understand topics, without any pressure..
      Regarding test series, although it is good, it doesn’t suit you right now.. During 3rd year, read whatever u can.. In fourth year, u can join test series…
      All the best..

      • Ashish Dubey

        thanks udai bhai

  • Ashutosh Kumar shah

    Dear Sir,

    Is this strategy and time-table feasible for working aspirants? Since we have to cover good number of things in a day, do you really think we can do this as personally I will be hardly able to give any time for studies during day hours. Please guide me.


  • karan kantharia

    I Love you insights, i am going to start my Preparation from today itself, Your initiative is superb, this has dismantled the agendas of coaching classes charging hefty amount of money, you have given us a level playing field and now its upon the players.We will try our best .
    Thanks a lot .All the very best to everyone,lets live this dream together and make INDIA a better place .
    Hare Krishna

  • Saurebh (IAS in making..)

    Thanks Insight team, have a genuine question to ask. I am a working professional and get 4 hours to study on weekdays and full weekends. Do you think i would be able to follow your time table as you must have designed it keeping in mind full time students. As you shared breakup of daily routine.
    Shall await your answer. Thanks

  • khushboo soni

    Hi…sir…as I am a beginner….. how your test series it will help me??as I don’t knw abt anything abt ias exam???pls suggest me…pls sir answer my query pls anyone

    • deepak

      Read various topper strategy and insights articles about preparation.. it will answer your query’s

      • khushboo soni

        Bt i jst want to know abt that I should join the test series or nt?

  • all day i dream about upsc

    hello insights…..m an ardent follower…but new to this field…..yes i have an overview of all the subjects but not in depth…so just wana ask …if i totally rely on NCERTs (class 6-12) along with std books like majid hussain…laxmikanth…ramesh singh..bipan chandra…etc etc ..along with only HINDU…will that suffice,,,yeh obv following insights religiously……could the experienced players here plzz enlighten…..

    • Deepshikha

      I also have the same question as I am a beginner.

      • underwood

        start with ncert then go for standard books with hindu newspaper and some govt sites, insights, iasbaba, yojna, also can watch rajya sabha tv series , read as much possible but make consolidated notes of all issues, topics one place.

    • ashutosh jaiswal

      Obviously it will suffice, mote important is understanding of the concepts Nd having your opinion on it which should be in accordance with UPSC

  • Payal Agarwal

    Is it necessary to subscribe to Prelims Test series in order to get Mains Self study test questions?

    • underwood

      no. mains self study are free

  • harshika shrivastava

    is anyone else facing problem with payment. i am unable to make payment. plz help.

    • KICHU

      u might be using maestro card. Try it in visa or master card

      • harshika shrivastava

        thnkyou for ur suggestion… it was my profile which was a prob.. i got it solved by insights team. 🙂

        • Gaurav Rathi

          Hey i am also facing problem with payment, the website says “Payments are Unavailable”. I wrote two mails to insights team as well no response. can u please tell me how you got it resloved?

          • harshika shrivastava

            did u write mail to technical support team..at [email protected] may be it will work. 🙂


    Beginning of another saga. #UPSC Prelims2017.

  • Saurebh (IAS in making..)

    Hi Insight Team,

    Thanks for putting this much of hard work and guiding all the aspirants in right direction. I am being a working professional can only invest 4-5 hrs on workdays and full weekends. Would this study plan suitable for me..??

    As it seems lengthy, do you think i or any working professional can prepare as per this study plan..?? As you shared the breakup of daily study plan above and you yourself mentioned that 8-9 hrs are must to achieve this goal.

    Shall await your revert. Thanks


    Insight team please confirm, if pattern of exam change for 2017 prelims will you cover topics on new pattern then I will buy test series.

    • ashutosh jaiswal


  • ias aspirant

    Dear Sir,
    I have been waiting for your tests from a month or so and was so eager that I could not plan my day till now. But now I feel confident and enthusiastic and will make sure nothing stops me now from religiously following your initiatives.
    Thanks a lot for everything

  • Charu

    Good Morning Insight!
    Thank you so much for this amazing post.. You do know what to say when. My confidence was very low this year and now reading this post I Know what i m gonna do the next 446 Days! Thanks a ton..

  • Gladiator

    Thanks for the post.

    You got it right – “In case you are impatient to see the Timetable, it’s at the Bottom! Go grab it.” 🙂 I was one of them.

    A working professional can give 6 Hours max. I think stepwise followup to 6 Pillar will work for working professional. I don’t think – a working guy can follow this plan religiously from very first day on MONDAY :P- Also the comment “In the beginning all this takes 10-12 hours to follow. But if you stick to this and follow it for a month, you will be able to manage all these things within 8-10 hours! try it.” sounds to be non-working professional centric post. It will be good to have little guidance to working professional guys who can’t leave job due to some reason but equally passionate for this prestigious exam.

    Working guy read newspaper a day after all happened – As all current affairs post used to be posted on site when they are in office. I will salute those guys who shut his ongoing office project and read a insights post. As I can’t but will at 11PM in night. I will appreciate if we have prior schedule of each and every post so that everyone can plan accordingly.

    I really appreciate the price. 6K is nothing for the qualitative approach which is very much required to crack this exam. Thanks for everything.

    Thanks Insights !!!

    • Sim

      same here.. i can take out 6 hrs while working and cant quit my job.. i totally agree with monday blues :p

      • Nishant

        Hey how u all manage 6 hours while working. After office hours, i study for 4 or 5 hrs religiously and go to bed at 1.00 AM. It is not possible to study in the morning. So I am able to manage only 5 hrs max at home. Though I am lucky to manage 2 or 3 hrs in office (as i m in govt job) but at home at max 5hrs.

        • Gladiator

          You can easily manage 6 Hours / Working Day + 14 Hours / Weekend. Make your own timetable. You have chosen to do Job + Ambition. Now you have to proof that your decision was right.

          Still Broad Figure:
          Standard Working Hours + Travel + Ready for office- 10 Hours (Taken Maximum) *****
          Sleep – 6 Hours
          Study – 6 Hours
          Unavoidable disturbance / office tension + Skype / Family + Relax – 1 Hours (Don’t save this time for study – Do meditation)

          *****Conditions apply – Considering you are not getting single minute in office as company is NOT paying you for IAS prep. It also depends on your nature when you like to study which again depends on shift/type of job you are doing – Bank Job / Support Job / BPO / IT Job / UK / USA / Australia shift / Management / College Lecturer / Drive Taxi / Salesman etc etc..

          In one line- you have to make adjustments in your schedule for your AMBITION.

          • Nishant

            Achha about samajh gaya

          • Sahil Sardana

            I like your way of formulating a query then partially solving it yourself…truly a Gladiator 😀

        • Sim

          max 5-6 hrs, with govt job.. but definitely not in office as i work with a bank.. urs is pretty cool.. 5 hrs at home+2-3 hrs in office.. 7-8 hrs normally is good.. whr do u work?

          • Nishant

            Yr I work in Ministry of home affairs as review officer Actually there is a very little work max 1 or 2 hrs daily. But the staffs are continuously indulged in talking nonsense which reduces my output. Hope from the next month I persuade them to allow me to go library to study.

            • Sim

              great that u get good time.. it can be productive if utilised diligently. Wish i had a similar kind of job :p

              • PHENOMENAL

                i m preparing for bank last 2 yrs but could not clear my aim is for upsc but family told to keep bank as backup but now as 2 and half yrs completed i want to give upsc 2017 can i prepare for it along with bank. or if i got job in bank as po/clrk will i be able to study for upsc rigrously. plzz rply

                • Sim

                  keep a backup for sure bcz its upsc (The Mr. Unpredictablo!! :p) .. as a po u wont get much time, as a clerk u would (if not in sbi or bob). Infact i have to snatch out time for myself.. by staying close to the branch, by not making stay back a habit.. you will know these hacks once you join.. you could also look for central govt jobs in place of banking

                  • PHENOMENAL

                    Studying for bank since 2 yrs only so I have limited knowledge of bank only other xams require gs bt in bank only current affairs and economy… Now bank is also doing their xams tuff that’s why I asked I should do both or remain in one only does after becoming Po if gone for rbi grade B is good or upsc

                    • Sim

                      i m not preparing for rbi grade b.. cant say about that.. though i know its good. Give PO exam first.. analyse your performance. Start ur upsc prep along.. good thing ur current affairs prep will help in po exam as well

                    • PHENOMENAL

                      I gave 2 times and almost all bank xams from sbi to ibps to Grameen bank sidbi almost 30+ but God knows what is happening with me from 2 yrs each time I m out with margin of 2-3 marks thats why I m thinking to prepare upsc also but mostly people are saying do only one thing either bank or upsc. Well I will try my best this year to crack ibps Po/ clerk/ it officer . U have experience that’s why I asked u may be u will give me right opinion

                    • Tumhe kya bataun

                      to everyone who is a fresher and planning to give UPSC, pls have some backup in life. This backup could be in the form of any job or business or any other suitable means to sustain your livelihood.
                      Why we should….?
                      1)With a job in your hand u are always motivated and give your best in the preparation.
                      2)U wont be facing any derogatory remarks from your relatives.
                      3) U will invest your money in the right direction and u wont opt for unnecessary coaching and all. After all it is rightly said – “Shauk to papa ke paise se pure hote hain, apne paison se sirf jaruraten puri hoti hain”
                      It is a myth that u wont get much time to study while u are in job. The time one gets is ample and sufficient to get good rank in UPSC unless u are a moron.
                      Which job…..?
                      The best is to get any job thru SSC CGL followed by jobs in insurance as an AAO or other PSUs followed by PO in grameen bank followed by PO in other banks barring SBI.
                      Hope this post of mine will help u all in taking a good decision.

                    • PHENOMENAL

                      yes thank you

                    • Rangrezz

                      muft ka rai k liye shukriya

                    • Rahul Patil

                      somewhat similar to mine though i havent given that many exams ,but the feeling of not clearing ibps ,ssc cgl hurts at times ..are u planning to give ibps ,rbi or any other exams this yr alongwith upsc preparation..do let me know?

                    • PHENOMENAL

                      yes but i can give only 3 hrs for upsc becoz this yr i want to clear ibps at any cost because i gave my 2 yrs and hard work to it though the result is not good but i gave and this will be the last any how i m managing the two thats why till now i didn’t bought insight test series because i could not stdy that much

                • Sim

                  keep a backup for sure bcz its upsc (The Mr. Unpredictablo!! :p) .. as a po u wont get much time, as a clerk u would (if not in sbi or bob). Infact i have to snatch out time for myself.. by staying close to the branch, by not making stay back a habit.. you will know these hacks once you join.. you could also look for central govt jobs in place of banking

              • Sitanshu Shrestha

                I wish the same because , I also can’t leave my job.

        • Charan Reddy

          Guys any body appearing insights test series
          please contact me at [email protected]
          thank you

    • V.k. Jaiswal

      Thank you Mr Gladiator for writing everything which I was about to write. You saved my time brother…now it’s their turn…I. am waiting for their reply..:D

    • Rahul Arackal

      Same here bro. Dear Insights, please provide a detailed strategy for Mission-2017 with 6 Hrs a day.There would be many working professionals with the same query.

    • Deepak Jose

      Can’t agree with you more. I could squeeze in 5.5 hours a day max. We need more than that to follow the time table besides finding time for the optionals

      • Gladiator

        I agree with you brother – That’s why I said “I think stepwise followup to 6 Pillar will work for working professional. ” NOT at once.

    • Deepak Jose

      Btw, is any of you here taking Management optionals ?

    • Vignesh Veerasamy

      Thanks @eravidubey:disqus you wrote what I was about to express.

  • Kalbhaishaki

    Hello Sir.
    Thank you for the amazing time table! I need one clarification from your end. Are these book sources enough? I mean you have not suggested further readings for Art and Culture apart from CCRT and even for World History, you have suggested only NCERT. Kindly clarify Sir. Thank you.

  • Raj

    Dear Team,

    As you had promised that you will resume SYNOPSIS for Secure in July, 2016. But you didn’t do.
    Then you said that you’ll resume it after prelims. I hope today is the day. Please do it. Else it will be like, you are not committing to what you say.

    I’m really sorry to say one thing, though I’m still loyal and sticking to your website for my preparation; some of my friends have moved on to IASBaba website and others. Because of you failing to keep promises on Secure-Synopsis and the Mock Test which you planned from June to July (the plan which you had posted was very different from actual).

    I sincerely request you to please continue the SYNOPSIS. And a small suggestion, commit things which you can do. Because Insights have become a brand name. Failing to keep up the promises, dents Insights’ image.

    I’m and will still stick to your website, as I have complete faith on you.

    Thanks a ton.

    • you plz understand the workload of insight team… how could they manage all these…and how could you manage all this..current affairs,quiz,debate,essay writing,secure and test series…i could not complete even secure initiative in one day…we have to take some risk or else what it means?…..

  • Challenge

    Dear Insights,

    Thank you for the time table. Is there any initiative for optionals (sociology). Please let us know.

    Thanks and regards,

    • Nymeria

      im taking sociology as optional too.is this your first attempt

      • Challenge

        2017 will be my second attempt.

        • Deepshikha

          I would like to know how imp are NCERTs from 6-12 for history and polity? Should one go for Lakshmikant and Spectrum n RS Sharma Satish Chandra or first read the ncerts?

          • Challenge

            They are important for history and I preferred Lakshmikant for polity. Ncerts make our basics strong, hence they are recommended. Once we are well versed with these then we can go to others.

      • deepak

        Its my first attempt, plsss share any source or material if you get for sociology.i need it….

  • Dabbu

    Hello Insight, Plz reslolve some genuine queries……….

    1. There is a problem in downloading pdf of the timetable.
    2. Please share some strategy for working people.
    3. Will there be any synopnsis or model solution for secure and self study questions

  • abhishek pandey

    Hiii everyone,
    People i would say dont panic over the changes in 2016 prelims. Look at the level of the current questions asked. It was easy to them who would have religiously followed newspaper or insights. Dwell on the fundamentals for static part and go deeper with current affairs but dont drown. Just make your preparation a more broad based and inclusive. Rather looking for various sources stick to ones with which you are comfortable and revise it till the level of unconscious competence. Make google your best friend. One point based on my experience: Dont let the basics slip by searching for badi-badi baatein. Basics or fundamentals are their for ur rescue when you are helpless.

    • REBEL

      Abhisek ji kindly what’s app me at 9968833277.i need your guidance bro..thanks

  • Nymeria

    can anyone tell me how to read map based questions

    • Kshitiz

      +1 Map based questions ?

      • Nymeria

        its given in schedule

        • Kshitiz

          I know. “+1” means I have the same question.

          • Nymeria

            Sorry…newbie here☺

    • Vinodhini S D


  • Rahul

    Hello Sir.
    This is one very admirable timetable you presented.
    I have one query regarding this –
    unlike last years timetable you have not mentioned anywhere in it about Yojna or other Magazines.. yes you mentioned it in reference column but with condition that if we manage to have time for that. So apart from few difficult questions as you said.. are they now irrelevant to prepare for upsc?

  • iamod psherpa

    Thank you so much team Insights.🙏

  • Shivam

    Why can’t I make payment. It shows payment unavailable. Can anybody tell. Thanks

    • ranjot

      me also facing sdame prblm

      • KICHU

        you might be using maestro card. try it in visa or master card

    • ranjot

      have u pay now?

      • Shivam


    • KICHU

      u might be using maestro card. try it in visa or master card

    • harshika shrivastava

      its ur profile which is having a prob..i had same prob mail your query to the support team at [email protected] they ll sort it out for u 🙂

      • Angshim

        I made payment yesterday it was successful but they says payment still pending and account still not activated. Can u help please.

        • harshika shrivastava

          try to find it out with ur bank by calling to their customer care number..they will tell u what happened with ur payment. if not try mailing to insights. hope it will help.

          • Angshim

            Thank you

          • Angshim

            Hello hv u given the first test series, I dnt get anything on my dashboard abt starting the test. Where do I hv to go to gv the test. Thnk u

            • harshika shrivastava

              i m really sry for my late reply..go to my test tab in your dashboard..you will get list of your tests with take test option.. take the test and you can discuss it after that.

  • Nikhil Y N

    Thank you insights for providing a platform to help us aspirants. My optional subject is Mechanical Engineering. Anyone with the same optional and a serious candidate, please do contact me.. We will make a study group.
    Nikhil Y N

  • MSM

    is it offline/online

    • Vishal

      both offline & Online. Offline only in bangalore.

  • Deepshikha

    Can RS Sharma and Satish Chandra be used as a substitute for Tamil Nadu NCERT history books?

    • Vishal


    • gck


    • gck

      U must read TN XI history book…if u like to do combined study…then we can form a group 9849441729

  • Aspirant-upsc

    Hi insight
    Can anyone say me the strategy for mains answer writing as well as it’s review(I am not saying about daily mains answer writing) if someone s following insight from online and living far from Bangalore..

  • Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan

    Team – What about time for optional prep ? The 8-10 hours you suggest has no time for optional preparation.

    • root

      3 months/paper ..10 hrs a day

      • Nerevar

        Could you please clarify this statement.. I had the same doubt as Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, but I didn’t understand what you meant by this(because in their online Timetable, Insights always has books to be prepared every week up until Prelims 2017 – so when will we get the time to prepare our optional subject).

  • Vishal

    Dear Insights,what we should cover in map based exercise?

  • Gourav

    Where to find the syllabus for test 1

  • vinay kumar Gupta

    I am a working professional with office hours+travelling takes 12-13 hours daily. Though i am trying my bit but still not getting to reach where i wanted to be. the biggest drawback i felt this year prelims for me was with my Current Events and General Studies which i failed to follow on daily basis. Considering my schedule please recommend how can i cope up with daily updation.

  • Azad_Parinda

    1.Please also provide a time-table to cater the requirement of working professional. as it is impossible for them to devote 10hrs/day.
    2.Please also provide a source for the topics given in the test series like map studies,ethics etc.
    3.Also provide a guideline on how to study/the approach while studying basic & referential material as insights has already mentioned the source .It will be of immense help for freshers to align themselves in accordance with upsc’s prerequisites.

  • Rumman Hashmi

    Thankyou insights…your pattern of timetable is very relevant and i will follow it with consisteny..it washed away various myths related to upsc cse exam from my mind..and now m feeling very confident that YES i can do it and i will be doing it from today itself ..thanks alot

  • Shobhit Jaiswal

    Payment option is not working.
    Kindly check.

  • sanchit gautam


  • saurabh agarwal

    pl sugget for working person trying for 2017. i can give 4-5 hours daily..

    • AviM

      reduce the time on answer writing for now and follow the rest strategy, and try to read newspaper in office time , it will help.

  • ranjot

    payment nhi ho rhi koi dsdo yr ? ki hsab kitab aw?

  • Ashish Sharma

    payment is not working.

  • Shamira

    First of all Thank you Insights for being there as the most needed guide for me at this stage.
    2017 is going to be my third attempt and I will give my best to make it as my last attempt.

    I am a working aspirant and I need some guidance in planning my daily tasks, as I have 4-5 hours/day to study.
    Is it OK if I skip reading THE HINDU and follow daily current affairs & quiz?
    Please help me to plan my schedule.

    • underwood

      questions asked directly from the hindu. NO one can ignore it completely. you have time concern then at least read editorial and in brief imp article then in last u must refer some monthly current affairs of any coaching plus insights

      • Shamira

        Thank you… Will try to follow Hindu regularly..

  • Sid

    Why is there no payment portal as of now ? Technical Glitch. ?

    • Bhavini C.

      Its working. 🙂

      • ranjot

        payment ho gyi apki ? i hve a prblem they said no payments availabe?

        • Bhavini C.

          Haan ho gayi. Koi glitch nahin aaya. Maybe server ka problem hoga. Try after sometime.

  • Sunil Thorat

    Thank you Insightsonindia
    Please give me daily study plan with optional paper….

  • Arundhuti Mondal

    Why is payment inactive sir?

  • Ayushi

    can anyone tell me current affair of test 1 of insight. is it from 1 july to 17 aug or 1 aug to 17 aug ?

  • ranjot

    payment? inactive?

    • mounika

      it is active..you can proceed

  • Sonal Kumar

    “hi sir,i am a serving person and also from hindi medium.so kindly suggest me the best way to prepare…

  • Kiran JP

    Thank you Insight for all your support and motivation.All the best for 2017 aspirants.;-)

  • SK Patnaik

    For all those aspirants who are working professionals…

    Get up early in the morning at 5 am. Start preparing the Insights mocktest syllabus from 5.30 to 7.30 am. From 7.30 to 8.30 or if possible upto 9.00am read newspaper. Go to office. Give your best. Try to finish your job on time and you must do it if you want to get a rank ( and for that to happen please plan your office schedule in advance). Come home. Go through insight daily quiz( or do it in your office itself if you have [email protected] it takes only 15-20 mins). Then have dinner and while having it please go through the debate parts in RS TV ( being posted by Insights daily). By 9.00 pm you must complete your dinner. From 9.00 to 11.00pm answer 3-4 secure questions. And from 11.00 to 12.00 pm again prepare for insights mock test ( Preferably a subject that you like most and dont doze off :). And finally have a good nights sleep for 5 hours ( And please remember, 5 hours of sleep is enough for a healthy life). The only thing you will miss is revision and participating in debates ( Which can be covered during weekends including some topics related to mock test in case you miss during weekdays).

    Please note that you are already earning and have atleast a job in hand to fall back on ( in case of failure) and with this luxury, 1 to 2 hours of less sleep or a horrific office work should not be a deterrence for your preparation.

    And finally there is no short cut to success. So let us put our all round effort and follow the insights time table rigorously to make it to LBSNAA.

    All the best.


    A working professional like you.

    • Harsh

      your suggestions are worth it bro.
      It is possible to follow this if you have that seriousness for UPSC. Will try to follow this.

    • Vignesh Veerasamy

      Really nice advice…thanks hope to follow your advice….& practice the same.

  • KUMAR Anuvrat

    I want to say only one thing that, you cover almost 60-65 question which came directly in the PT-2016, but options are framed in such a way that even after revising your test series answer explanation I was confused in 5-6 question, and I did wrong. But it is also true especially for me that without joining your test series I hardly score 40- 45 marks in PT but with your help I am able to score 85-90 marks. I know it is not a good marks to cross the PT. Fact is that I started my preparation seriously from march 2016 after filling the form because I have no guidance no coaching even for optional paper. So please provide all the necessary material and guidance because my preparation is totally dependent on your website and your genuine efforts.

  • DexLab

    Hello Sir,

    I wish to join the test series, but currently I am preparing my optional. Is it possible to join the test series from October?

    I am in a dilemma.

  • RaviKiran

    Please include optional in the time table, otherwise it’s very difficult for the working people. Apart from this the plan is very comprehensive, Thanks in advance !

  • root

    Ram Ram bhai log..i’m also in race 2017. 😉

  • phoenix

    not able to pay

  • Kartika

    hi team,

    i am not able to pay as the payment mode is showing not available .
    Please help

  • ranjot

    not able tyo pay?
    what is this ?

  • Arundhuti Mondal

    The payment gateway is not working. I am unable to make payment!

  • ashish

    Subscribe nhi ho rha,…what to do?

  • Annu Sehrawat

    Dear Insights,
    The way you have given timings for whole day is very nice…now it’s upto us to mould it according to our convenience..but please be regular with your synopsis, quiz and mind maps initiatives as they are immensely helpful..as you know we all people don’t want to be spoonfed but yes we want to do hardwork but in a smarter way in which your SYNOPSIS INITIATIVE is beyond comparison excellent..I subscribed for your test-series last year but could not prepare last year but as we people have immense faith in you..I will subscribe for it again and will start preparation from today only head-on. But you need to help us regularly with your synopsis and other initiatives as in absence of all these people like us are forced to go on other sites like iasbaba and others but as of now we are still keeping faith in you so please help us in doing smart work in a hard working way.Your hardwork is always appreciated.Thanks for taking so much pain for aspirants like us.Obviously it’s your source of income too and hardwork should be paid as your all initiatives are free except pre test series so thanks for all this 🙂

  • Angshim

    I made payment for online test series 2017 yesterday and it was successful but my payment status is still pending and account still not activated. Can anyone help me please. Thank you

  • Diya

    Anyone living in Chandigarh who will join this test series ?

    • Kanchi Shirin

      I am planning to join it.

  • Bushra Rehman Khan

    Hi there,
    What are map based questions?

  • Nikhil Bansal

    hiii… i hv subscribed to the test series..nd hv read the schedule.. nd in the schedule the new ncerts are mentioned in the sources but i hv all the old ncerts.. m in dilemna .. plzz help wht to do?

    • Surjeet

      you can download new one from the ncert website

  • Shena

    i want to know the last date for online payment ? And want to know that is it really benefical for freshers also.

    • Diya

      It’s best for freshers. You prepare ua self along with the tests. But yes it’s beneficial only if you stick to it n don’t divert ua mind towards other approaches like let me do this first n then that .. It can help you keep disciplined n you ll get to know where ua preparation is going .

    • Diya

      Follow 1 strategy

      • Shena

        Can u plz tell the last date for online payment of Test series started frm 18 August

  • Aastha Sharma

    How to read maps properly… I mean extensively so that we will be able to solve the questions in exam..which atlas to follow ..Please suggest … also for the first test of insight on 18th august as it mentions map based question region India…can anyone share if u have better Idea…

    • Dr. Strange

      same query, raised it twice but surprisingly no reply from Insights team yet. How should I prepare for Map Based Question ?

      • Aastha Sharma

        hmm…team insights may be busy…fellow aspirants may reply then also its ok ..otherwise read the rivers of india,physiographic division of India, and climate of India may be… though m not sure

        • Dr. Strange

          That’s like core geography..Does it mean that in subsequent tests, we have to study these things for Africa. I am waiting for team Insight to come live. Till now, they haven’t replied to any post under Secure 2017 tab.

          • Aastha Sharma

            let see

            • REBEL

              Oxford atlas map and search in Google map too whenever find any place,river,mountain e.t.c

              • PHENOMENAL

                orient black swan atlas?

    • Jicho

      Oxford Student Atlas (not school atlas) + google map


        can we buy orient black swan atlas

        • Jicho

          Orient Longman Atlas is also a good option

  • Surendar

    Hi Sir
    Myself Surendar am a working professional. Please tell me how to prepare for the prelims 2017. Then for online test series is there any separate time for working persons.

  • Nikhil Majee

    Sir, I tried to pay the subscription fees four times through debit card, but everytime the pop-up appears as unable to process. kindly consider the matter as most urgent, as I don’t want to waste my precious time while involving myself in such petty issues.

  • Buddha

    insights i am unable to subscribe to this test series what to do?

  • meg2017

    When is the last date to make payments for online test series ?

    • Gladiator

      Read – “Features of Test Series. Point 5” + “Last line of the post”. Best of luck 🙂

  • Adnan Mustafa

    Dear Insights,
    Thank you for 2017 test series initiative.
    I’m trying to arrange fees for online enrollment but if I could not manage, can I have the questions from 2016 test series instead?
    Thanks and best wishes.

  • manishshukla

    Good Plan.. But very lengthy.


    hello friends…This is Anurag shahi…one of yours fellow civil services aspirant. Whatever i am writing, this is totally my own discretion and there is no second person who has forced me or induced me to write a short note on Insightonindia.Though, they deserve it. I have appeared in CSE prelims 2016 , and this is my second attempt. Last time i could not clear prelims due to my negligence and sloth attitude towards this exam. intestingly, in 2014, i had joined one of the reputed Civil Services preparation coaching institue in Old rajendar Nagar, New Delhi, and found it waste of my precious time and money. As a result i left that institution after one month.Though, i could not recover money, but managed to save time to some extent. The 2015 failure had some very important reasons and all are valid at their own place, I could not blame myself for that meaningless attempt as I was surrounded by a number of responsibilities and personal issues that, ultimately, led me to compromise my seriousness for this exam. Leave, its already gone! Now came a new year-CSE 2016. I was determined this time to do all the necessary things required for this exam. The very first strategy of my planning was to subscribe CSE 2016 online test series of insightinindia because of its fare price and well- structured planning/guidance whatsoever i heard from some of the toppers during various seminars and, secondly, it’s mains compilation that had been attracting me from last two years. And why not! you can always place priority to invest Rs. 5700(I dont remeber actually but it was last year price for insightonindia prelims test series) instead of investing 1,50,000( which i actually paid to the institute in ORN,ND). Now a brief analysis over my strategy for CSE :-
    (a) to a very serious note, I appeared in first test of test series and got some poor marks.
    (b) I overridden insights prescribed syllabus for every test and remained engaged in making notes from PIb and downloading various news articles.
    (c) There was no specific strategy of mine due to my overconfidence. I kept downloading as much information as possible without reading them even once.
    (d) I am a government employee, so barely 6 hours a day is available for me for study.
    (e) i stopped giving test on insightsonindia and, eventually, my claim for a mains tickets kept reducing with every passing day, i could not complete any syllabus for any particular test.
    (f) the trio of—No seriousness, no consistency and no determination took me to a very vulnerable situation. I used to plan some new experiments daily without bothering a bit about the basics books.
    (g) On july 08, 2016, I took leave for one month from my organisation so that I could devote my time for prelims. Still I had neither revised anything nor had i covered syllabus.
    (h) 14 days had passed but I did not wake up, nor had i understood importance of Innsightsonindia test series.
    (i) it was only 12 days left for prelims 2016 that i started taking test, and got less than average marks; reason being my non-completion of syllabus, poor strategy no seriousness at all-aj ho jayehga…kal ho jjayega.
    (j) I took atleast 16 tests out of 32 that. to a large extent, made me familiar with the nature of question UPSC generally asks in the exam.
    (k) Now came the “D Day”–07 Aug 2016. As in the very last test-no.19 I got 80.4 marks out of 200, it worked liked a consolation prise for me, as to it might be I would score close to cut-off. nervous and under confident, I was repenting on my mistakes, my precious time that I could not utilize judiciously. I would like to tell you that this last one month i used to study upto 4’O clock morning,compromised my food a number of times, slept less and tried to cover everything in less time.
    (l) on 7 Aug 2016, the moment i got Question paper on my desk, I found it a bread and butter and most important part was it had at least 45 questions that were asked in insights test series, right from core banking solution to stand up india, though i had taken only 16 test. Now the problem was my headache and sleepy mood as i had waken upto 2’o clock last night to cover some of the important chapters of Laxmikanth. I was not able to think much and ponder upon. I started feeling the exam a burden, made hasty decisions…selected “agriculture” in place of “traders”, marked option B in place of D and came out with a smiling face that this time I have done fairly well. Having been cross checked with answer key I found that there were more negative marking, and for some of the very easy questions. It was not the paper, but my self-suicidal mistakes that nudgesd me out of test. i could hardly score 80 that is 50 less than what I should have actually been scored. But i got y own axe. Now repenting, regretting, in shock and waiting for June next year. its a total loss of time that for i am responsible. Had I been only complete the syllabus suggested by Insights and took all the tests, i could have been shortlisted for mains, So, dear friends, dont wait for time, give every test and most important, revise them as many times as possible. With best wishes…….Ang Shi

    • Gladiator

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I am a working professional and started my prep last month only. You have advantages over freshers like me. Do SWOT analysis and you will surely crack it next year.

    • Mayank

      Dear u saved my time as the same I have done in cse 2016 I was in a goodMNC and left the job in nov to start prep and subscribe insights test series but since not focused read here and there waste precious time and at last compelled to join a advanced batch {prelims coaching} to complete the course in Rajinder nagar but all in vain and could not attempted insights tests at all. now it seems Im somewhere around 93-95 finally and likely to miss a berth for mains.my sincere advice to all serious aspirants plz start prep from today this time table is very good and designed meticulously. Dont waste ur year as I does its really painful when u see ur friends preparing nd writing for mains and u are relaxing those days. Guys hope to see u all @ lbsnaa all d best

  • Ashish Sharma

    @Insight Hi I am trying to subscribe the test series for last 2 days.but payment is not working.

  • Dheeraj

    Dear Friends,

    I am living in Patel Nagar, 5 mins. distance from Rajinder Nagar.

    If, someone wants to shift , live in Patel Nagar, Let me know if I could be of any Help.

    Actually looking for a couple of serious aspirants, in the meantime to discuss the relevant study stuffs.

    • Remya

      Dear Dheeraj,

      May I know how much would the cost range for monthly accommodation + food ?

      • Dheeraj

        Dear Friend Remya,
        I AM sending my E-mail ID. [email protected]

        Typing takes time. We can talk once to clear idea.We can Share Our Number there.

        In short, Rent in Karol bagh and Rajindernagar is exhorbitantly high. Patel Nagar is OK.

  • Abraham Mathew

    Please provide the timetable in calender format so that it can be readily integrated with google calender or others. Discription of the event can mention sources of tests. This will make ready refernce on phones very easy

  • omi

    Sir, how the mains written answers will be assesed?

  • Nikhil Majee

    Sir, I have tried to pay the subscription fees at least 7-8 times within last two days but have failed. Everytime a message appears payment failed. The entire process takes at least 10-15 minutes. Being a working personnel I have a very tight schedule and a very little time window for studies. Even, I have send an enquiry to solve the issue but there is no reply. For the past two days I have spent almost three to four hours for the entire scenario.
    Sir, it is matter of frustration for me as I don’t want to spent my limited pool of time involving myself in such a little issues. Please consider the problem as urgent. Kindly give me a reply to sort out the problem.

  • vasu IITG

    Dear sir,
    I have paid 6,440/- for online test series for 2017. Status in Dash board is not yet updated and i haven’t received any update to my mail from your side too. My bank and instantmojo’s statement is saying that transaction is complete and fee is paid. so please check and help me ASAP.

    Tammina Siva Naga srinivasu

  • Nida Fatima

    Dear team,
    The mains aspirants are thought to know everything about what to read and how to study their optional subject.
    But it would be an immensely helpful step if you could lay down some simple timetable like strategy as to how to prepare for mains and optional(which books to read FIRST);my optional is law.

  • Lalit

    Sir I want to subscribe for online test series but I am from poor background and working on very low salary part-time . Please if possible give some discounts. Thank you

  • shubhra singh

    sir ,i have been trying to subsribe your test series from last two days . i dont know what is the prblm .not being able to subcribe it .
    i realy want to join online test series. how can i do it .plzzz help

  • Firdous Siddiqui

    I’m unable to download the timetable in both the format.

  • Atheeq

    Should we start mains SECURE 2017 Preperation from December or from now itself?

  • Raj Verma

    Do we need to read every chapter of every ncert book in detail.. and would it take 3 -4 hours a day only..
    Plz tell

  • krishna manohar

    Hello insights,
    I am a fresher preparing from home and i havn’t went to any coaching,I am giving my first attempt in 2017.
    I have read above topic clearlyand I have seen the time table of test series as well as syllabus of upsc you have made a good schedule in which one can cover all the topics of the syllabus but I have a small doubt certain topics like economic and social development,sustainable development,poverty,inclusion,demographics,social sector initiatives will these topics cover in your test series or not
    I think there is a mistake in schedule of test 14 in the syllabus of laxmikanth same syllabus is mentioned in test 13

  • krishna manohar

    Hello insights,
    I am a fresher preparing from home and i havn’t went to any coaching,I am giving my first attempt in 2017.
    I have read above topic clearlyand I have seen the time table of test series as well as syllabus of upsc you have made a good schedule in which one can cover all the topics of the syllabus but I have a small doubt certain topics like economic and social development,sustainable development,poverty,inclusion,demographics,social sector initiatives will these topics cover in your test series or not
    I think there is a mistake in schedule of test 14 in the syllabus of laxmikanth same syllabus is mentioned in test 13

  • Priya Ramasamy

    Sir I cleared my state exam and waiting for final call.but I wanna join offline sir.can I change into online if I got thru. Plz suggest me sir

  • Raina Rohit

    any news regarding baswan committe report ?

  • abhilaash darla

    any substitute book for tamil nadu history

    • Raina Rohit

      ancient india by rs.sharma
      medieval india by satish chandra
      both are good but very bulky
      will take around 5-6days

      • abhilaash darla


  • Ashis

    Will dere be a synopsis answer or peer review for mains self study??

  • omi

    how the mains answers are evaluated in this test series?

  • @Gumnam

    Amount deducted from account but still profile is showing ‘pending fees’.
    what should i do?

  • MG

    Thank you insights

  • Prakash

    Sir i have paid for 2017 online test series on 09.08.2016. But in my dash board it shows as “Please complete the payment process to activate your account for 2017 test series”. kindly guide me to Complete the process…. Please

    • prachi

      Did u get ur problem solved by insights?

    • @Gumnam

      with all respect…
      i have paid for the 2017 prelims test series on 10th Aug 2016 but my account has not been activated yet & dashboard is showing ‘fees pending’..
      I have forwarded atleast 10 mails regarding the same but their is no response from insight.i am very tensed.what should i do?
      has it been solved in ur case?

  • jsk

    Anyone with PS&IR optional please mail me…[email protected]

  • ruchi shree

    sir what about Hindi medium aspirants? Will these test series be in Hindi also?

    • VJT

      I have same que.

    • gck


  • Harsh vardhan singh

    Paid for online test series but still asking payment pending. What to do next.

    • prachi

      Is it still showing pending?

      • Harsh vardhan singh

        Nope…its been done..

  • manishshukla

    Good one..Check on Plans on other websites also.. Follow only 1 till your Mains Exam 2017.. http://www.madeeasyias.com/download-prelims-mains-plan-2017/

  • Teja Borelli

    How to prepare for optional subject?????

  • Beginner with UPSC and I have a question. Your test series don’t seem to cover yojana this year. Not that it’ll stop me from reading it but is that an oversight or are yojana questions not going to be asked?

  • Aaruni Chaudhary

    Hello people,

    I need some help here. I’m unable to make payment for the Prelims test series 2017. Any suggestions on how to overcome this problem?

  • shashank

    The timetable doesn’t leave the room for Mains Optional subject preparation.

  • Stark Of WinterFell

    debit card payment having issue . please look in.

  • Adithya Joshi

    Dear Sir,
    Where can we submit our answers?
    Will there be any review for it ?

  • Aaruni Chaudhary

    How to pay for the Prelims test series 2017?

    • Stark Of WinterFell

      credit / debit / internet banking

  • prachi

    Is any1 facing problem with payment? Dashboard status update specially?

    • @Gumnam

      same problem…
      a very careless behavior by insight support team..

  • Zoro

    Sir, I’m having trouble with the activation of my prelims-2017 test series account.
    I got the mail that payment is successful but my account is not activated and it is still showing “please complete your payment”.
    I’ve mailed the query to [email protected]. Please kindly look into this problem.
    The registered email id:[email protected]

    • prachi

      Is ur problem solved now?

  • pramod

    Sir is this available in hindi medium?

  • Aspirant

    can anyone pls tell that in a gap of 6 days between weekly tests, Which chapters of ncert must be given preference?

  • Arjun Bhardwaj

    sir is there test series is available hi hindi ?

  • harmankaur

    i dont have credit or debit card.. so please tell me any other mode of payment like demand draft etc. i wanted to join this test series plz guide me any other way of payment.

  • saurabh

    When can we see the topic for each test sukh that can device weather to join our not???

  • Rahul Maurya

    I want to know that in 2017-TEST SERIES, you have given map based questions? Please help what type of question will be asked and the reference as you have given reference for every topic. I have subscribed 2017-Test Series.

  • pallavi arora

    Please tell about optional paper strategy? Whrn to start n how? If will stick to your plan its not given. Please reply.

  • Akshay

    Let’s roll!! enough of banking has been done, now it’s time to pursue the real Goal!! All set to jump into the pool of knowledge and hardwork and get ready to TAKE holly dip in Mahakumbh of UPSC 18/06/2016…..advance booking is done for one seat rest u decide…!!

  • Krishan

    I am late by 14 days. Can i join the test series?

  • Ram

    Will there be synopsis for Mains Self Study initiative???
    If anybody knows about this please help…..

  • vaani sharma

    good evening sir, please tell me the mode of payment for online test series,,,,,

  • Dumbledore

    can any one please tell me .. what would be the duration of the of the test ???

  • VJT

    What about Hindi or regional medium student ???

  • Captain America

    Insights will you provide synopsis or Model answers of the mains self study test for Test Series subscribers ??

  • lokesh

    please mention the dates for test-4 and test-5.
    thank you

  • Vivek Shinde

    Good morning Sir.

    I am not asking for discount in test series but want to ask that is it possible to give you 3 PDC cheques(of 3 months, i.e 3 installments) in advance in a single time.

  • Vivek Shinde

    Kindly reply sir , if it is not possible then I’ll have to make arrangements before 17 August.

  • lucky P

    Hi InisghtsOfIndia,

    i am vijaya.

    today morning i paid Rs.6440/- for IAS Test. but my payment mode is showing like ”

    Your payment is pending.”

    already i spoke with my creditcard bank holder also.,they told like from our bank side everything is clear. so could you please check me why it is showing like this still.

  • Rachna

    Anyone with Pol.science Optional?
    plz email me . My id is [email protected]

  • shreya sehgal

    Hi Please provide the time table or stretegy for working people. that will help.

  • CA. Harshita Raichandani

    Most of my friends mention already.. as of professional its difficult. Interest and knowledge in various subjects also varies..(without interest one cannot gain true knowledge). Like History is my drawback so i begin with it (not NCERT but videos & Bipan Chandra- Modern History).

    Is these test series to check our knowledge or it gives knowledge?
    If it gives knowledge and detail study. So, one can manage easily. If not got time to read books and refer test series and revise test series number of times.

    M really interested to join test series.. but if provide knowledge, i prefer to join today…
    But if it CHECK/TEST knowledge, i prefer to join after covering static syllabus or subjects like- History, Geography,Polity,Science,Economics,Optional Subject.

    Awaiting for insight to clear b/w TESTING V/s GIVING Knowledge.


  • Sanchita Mishra

    Sir I Have subscribed for you prelims test series 2017 yesterday on 14th August 2016.I paid Rs 6440 via instamojo and payment was successful but my account is not updated and still asking me to complete the payment process. I have send various mail on [email protected] and [email protected] but I got no response. My user id is [email protected] look into the matter. And for these kind of issues you should at least have contact no.

  • Jagadesh Rajendran

    Hi Team,

    For Indian Economy-Can I follow Ramesh Singh-7th Edition.

  • pramod

    Is this available in hindi medium? ???

  • Sanchita Mishra

    Yes I am also facing the same problem. Although I got the response from insight yesterday that this issue will be resolved by tonight. On the contradiction I forwarded the same mail to instamojo support team when I wasn’t getting response from insight. They replied me that they haven’t received the payment despite of fact that in my forwarded mail I attached the proof of payment my bank statement. Now I have registered the complaint with my bank. Lets see what happens.

    • Sanchita Mishra

      And yes you can also try sending mail to instamojo support team support @instamojo.com

    • @Gumnam

      i registered a case trough instamojo & they have also forwarded a mail to insight asking for an update but thr is no reply from insight.
      In my case instamojo has received the payment.
      let’s see what happens…

  • Saroj Singh Kunvar

    which is better optional anthropology or philosphy i m totally confused i m from engg background n it is my 1st attempt

  • Mission_2017

    Anyone please clarify these doubts……Mains self study test ten questions are only for subscribed users or for everyone? Those questions are based on prelims syllabus?? Will insights provide final synopsis for thosevten questions after every test??

  • Sneha

    dear insights this subscription link of online test series will be present after 18th of august or after 2 to 3 months….kindly reply immediately

  • Sneha

    sir, this subscription link for online test series will be available if i want to enroll for only full length test series and what would be the cost for only those tests…..sir plz reply as soon as possible

  • hi..
    iska app kase I use kare any 1 suggest me I m new here

  • Vijay Kumar

    Hi,From where do i get the materials/books which you have mentioned for the tests?

  • Malvika Tuli

    Hi Insights Team,

    I am a fresher and have just left my job to start preparation for 2017 CSE. The strategy mentioned above does not incorporate any plan for optional exams along with these continuous tests.
    It will be great if you can draft brief strategy for the same and how do we manage time for that.


  • Dharm Arya

    I have given 5 attempts of UPSC but, i could not clear prelim till now. This 2016 attempt was also not fruitful. I am also in Govt. Job so, it is tough for me to manage 8 to 10 hrs in a day for study. How will this test/schedule help me? Please suggest me.

  • Mission_2017

    Anyone please clarify these doubts……Mains self study test ten questions are only for subscribed users or for everyone? Those questions are based on prelims syllabus?? Will insights provide final synopsis for thosevten questions after every test??

    • The knight

      1. Only for subscribed users
      2. They have provided other sources too for some tests. Kindly see the timetable
      3. Synopsis won’t be provided I guess

  • Vignesh Veerasamy

    Dear Friends Kindly clarify what is difference between above mentioned Rs.6440/- series and offline test series of Rs.8970/-.I am a working professional I am planning to study from home and resident of Chennai.
    Which do I need to subscribe? pl help.

    • gck


  • sanjana simha

    I have been trying for the past one week and I am unable to subscribe. The subscribe button is just not working. Can anyone pls help me?

  • oscar

    Hello Insights team, Is it possible for me to sign up today? (
    one day to go for your first exam)

  • Sunil Kumar Mishra

    Liked the idea and pattern provided by you. Just joined the Test Series. Hope to follow the suggested time table religiously. Though, Practically (while doing a job) it is difficult to stick to it but would help a lot to those who follow it.

  • pallavi arora

    what about optional and csat paper? No strategy and test paper is provided.. please reply asap.

  • Arvind

    I have subscribed for the test series just now. Kindly clarify whether the test for working professional is on 21st of August? because the the new time table does not mention anything for the working professionals..

    • The knight

      Yes bro. 1st test for working aspirants will be on 21st august. Download the updated timetable from home page

      • Mission_2017

        Where is the new time table i didnt find it… Can u provide me the link for it? Bcoz m seeing the old timetable only

        • The knight

          see the home page and go to the 3rd link (i.e Insights OFFLINE Prelims Test Series – TIMETABLE Click Here) for new timetable

  • Yashika Kapdi

    sir will you up come with another test series also for prelims 2017
    or this one is last ?
    coz accordingly tommorow is the first test and m not prepared


    Dear Insights, My DOB is 01/01/1982, OBC category and a state govt employee. Am I eligible to the next CSE-2017 exam as per the age relaxation? Does UPSC change the age relaxation for the next 2017-CSE.Is there any chance for the state govt employees? Bcz I am in confusion regdng my age..I hope I vll get the reply soon…

  • Vignesh Veerasamy

    Any one with Geography as optional?

  • Amit Kumar

    Dear Insight,
    Please work on the following topics so as to make the site efficient & productive for working people:-
    1)Please suggest the time table & daily routine feasible for both working & non-working people.
    2) Please provide complete guidance for optional subjects too for all such subjects like geography etc. as the people preparing online as per the time-table provided by you will not be able to focus on optional, so for the same guidance should also be provided by you for compete preparation please, as it will be of immense help for us.
    3)Please tell us whether it will be sufficient to focus on your daily current event rather than reading the hindu+the daily current events on the site or from other sources, as it will save the time for working people like us as well as repetition of the efforts.

    and lastly a lot of thanks for your immense guidance & help which motivates and prepares us for a better future ahead in civils job.

  • Pranoy Banerjee

    Sir, I’m on my final year of graduation so I need to give time to my graduation subject too.Fortunately I’m choosing my graduation subject,chemistry as optional subject.So basically 1/3 portion of my optional syllabus will be read in the following 6 months.So how do i manage between these two?

  • Sourav Bhattacharya

    Sir, according to the timetable given.from where we should prepare for treaties, institutional bodies, species,etc.the 2015 link provided is not responding, which u have stated.pls reply kindly.

  • Akshay Ashok Pawar

    Sir in the timetable it is mentioned as Ramesh Singh 5th edition but Ramesh Singh 8th edition is available in market…
    Is it a print mistake or should we refer 5 th edition of Ramesh Singh…?

  • suraj

    What should be the optional strategy,can any one tell.

  • Mission_2017

    If I do payment now how much time it will take for the online test account to get activated?

  • Ankith Adiga

    Were is 2017 mains self study questions

  • Ankith Adiga

    were will be the questions of mains self study be put up

  • Ramessh krishna

    Hello sir…I m Ramessh Krishna ..bcz of my family financial status I unable to pay the required amount…plz give my some fee reduction….please consider my request sir

  • Ankith Adiga

    were is mains self study questions for 2017 be put up ?

  • Vamshi Priyanka

    Insight team,

    I’ve done with registration process for test series but payment is failed. I tried 2 times but unable to make payment. Is there any issues with payment gateway? please check and reply. thank you.

  • Charan Reddy

    Guys any body appearing insights test series
    please please contact me at [email protected]
    thank you

  • Shreya Vats

    Team- My friend recommended me to visit your sight and indeed it is really motivational and positive in every line of it. I have left my job and came home from Bangalore couple of days back and planning to start my preparation from today for Prelims-17.

    My concern is as I am already lagging behind as I have also surpassed your first mock test (Checked the Insights Prelims Test Series Schedule now).

    Can you suggest me how can I manage to complete the targets and adhere to the timetable, NOW.
    Am I too late for preparing for coming Prelims?

    In need of guidance for the path on which I never walked.

    Hoping for a reply as soon as possible

  • Shreya Vats

    Team- My friend recommended me to visit your sight and indeed it is really motivational and positive in every line of it. I have left my job and came home from Bangalore couple of days back and planning to start my preparation from today for Prelims-17.

    My concern is as I am already lagging behind as I have also surpassed your first mock test (Checked the Insights Prelims Test Series Schedule now).

    Can you suggest me how can I manage to complete the targets and adhere to the timetable, NOW.

    Am I too late for preparing for coming Prelims?

    In need of guidance for the path on which I never walked.

    Hoping for a reply as soon as possible

  • Shivam Tripathi

    Sir i am a hindi medium student please suggest me .this prelims test is in hindi available?

  • Shivam Tripathi

    Sir if possible please post hindi optional subject questions .

  • Pratibha Prasad


  • Pratibha Prasad

    Is your plan sufficient for mains programme or we are required to pay more focus towards mains ourselfs only

  • Achiever

    thnx a lot insight team for all efforts. but, what about time for optional prep ? the 8-10 hrs u suggest has no time for optional perp. plz shoot the trouble.

  • Ravi Ankur

    I joined pre test series last year…..but there is no data of question papers in my ID anymore.

  • Somya Saxena

    The time table you people have provided shows the dates on which the exam is to be scheduled. Please provide the detailed timetable regarding the topics that are to be prepared within the time frame

  • Shivam Tripathi

    Sir this prelims in hindi available?

  • Amrita

    Sir @InsightsOnIndia:disqus, If we follow this time-table than how do we cover our Optional?

  • Deepak Agrawal

    How many Mains self study 2017 test are there? Will I sights provide synopsis for each test as it will be helpful for me to analyse mistakes in my answer

  • Atheeq

    Should I follow SECURE initiative for 2017 mains from December or from now itself?please someone reply.

  • Siddharth

    I am unable to subscribe. The link isn’t working………..
    Please help SIR………………………….

  • vijay57

    payment failed for subscribing Mission 2017. Please suggest what i should do?

  • dave g

    Dear team insightias,
    I have made a payment of 6440 For 2017 test series through instamojo.
    Yet my account says i need to pay. My account is not yet activated despite making a payment on 11th august 2016.
    Whom should i approach?
    Sent numerous emails to [email protected] com but didn’t got any reply from your side.
    Feeling helpless at this juncture.
    Please help soon.

  • anjali

    my optional is public administration i am preparing myself i just want guidance that i have to learn the stuff or just understand

  • Shashank Shahi

    i joined your test series insights , and in your pdf time table u hade mentioned that there will be 10 mains question based on 2017 prelims mock test chapter , will u pls let me know where is those 10 question of mains for practise ? thnx

  • kartik kakroo

    hey as the test dated 18 aug has passed so is it late for me to join

  • CS Sagar

    Please confirm I can write this online exams any time but on or before Prelims 2017.

  • Naren kumar

    hello guys i am planning to join insights mission prelims 2017.if anybody who is already and joined finished 1st test then please tell your view about these test series.also insight says we can take test just one time till april this seems to little rigid .so help me with your views

  • bhardwaj katyayini

    Hello insights , can i take test series before 2 month of prelims 2017 ? as i m in job unable to follw ur timetbl with justice . So i m prepring my way like studying on weekdays …

  • Sanjay Pahade

    Hi friends…i m student of offline batch 2017. I have Sociology as an optional subject. If possible, anybody living near insight venue of hampinagar, we can make a group for Sociology optional. This will be my 2nd attempt…my mobile no is 9158029555. Atleast, i can gurantee that this will fetch us good marks in sociology. Thanks in advance.

  • Akki Tiwari

    does anyone know where the discussion page is for these tests?

  • himanshu yadav

    hello insights
    where from we will get the material for study for online test series??

  • Vratik

    Why Insights using Ramesh singh’s Indian Economy 5th Edition only? why not latest 8th edition. And also they have left chapters 9-12 from the book of 5th edition.?

  • Ritika Arora

    I have joined your prelims test series but where we have to post our answers for mains self study ? will you be evaluating that?

  • Born Single

    Sir I live in champaran district of bihar. I am using internet connection from cyber cafe . And I have purchased all Xerox and books from old delhi. But I want online test series from home. I read and read and read ncert books easily . And write good answers . My teacher says . But. Now I work at dhaba with father. He don’t know computers. I am taking card money from cyber cafe guy. He made my gmail for free. Please tell me how much to pay.
    Thank you
    Ravi Shankar

  • XerxesYO

    Sir, I wanted to know, when or where can we avail the Mains Self Study tests as per the schedule ?

  • Ravindra Chavan

    Hi Insight,
    Where should I get mains self study questions for Mains 2017 as per time table?Is it for only paid members or free?Please reply…

  • Brahmakumar Ankit

    what is the timing of test on 28th?????????

  • shivani

    hello insights…. i want to subscribe for pre 2017 but when i was filling the form it was showing wrong credentials and not accepting login id and password…. plzz reply as early as possible

  • ravi garg

    sir I want to know that how to prepare map section as there u gave region India for first test so did it cover comprehensively or physical or political portion .I guess u get what I intend to ask.

  • Aditya Yadav

    i made payment to to mission 2017 today(27 aug ) on 15:23pm. money is deducted and no confirmation of subscription has been received by me sir.. pls help. my no. 8447856394. i have mailed u also giving my account details

  • Rangrezz

    daily strategy is impractical…or let me know any single aspirant who follow this religiously.Insights team..we are man ..not automated robot sir..and definitely the successful candidates are not robot ..however thanks!…one more thing ,,why started so early? any specific reason?

  • Aditi Mishra

    my query is also the same sir… m a working professional and i can only give 4 5 hours to study… how can i follow this time table…i have also lost my 2 attempts….