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[ ADMISSIONS OPEN ] YLM 1.0 (Year-Long Mains Test Series) 2024






Dear student,

Welcome to Insights IAS – an institute that has been at the forefront of UPSC Civil Services Preparation since its inception, pioneering online learning and several other offline initiatives. Today, we are thrilled to present to you our highly anticipated Year- Long Mains Test Series (YLM) for the UPSC CSE 2024 exam.

If you are looking for a timetable to stay disciplined and improve your answer writing skills along with multiple revisions,  Look no further! We have just the right initiative for you: the YLM 2024 1.0 (Year-long Mains Test Series 1.0)

YLM is available in 4 packages:
Full Package(GS+Essay), GS only, Essay Only & Ethics Only

Our much acclaimed YLM Test Series is a flagship program of InsightsIAS which provides a holistic timetable for your Mains Preparation. It is said:”Read to remember and Write to Retain. Based on our experience of guiding several thousands of aspirants, we have learnt that it is important for an aspirant to not only read and learn from textbooks, but also to analyse, understand and apply the concepts learnt in a structured format. This will help them to commit mistakes faster, while they practice and improve the quality as well as speed of answer writing.

Abraham Lincoln had said, “If I had five minutes to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first three sharpening my axe.”

Undoubtedly, every serious aspirant spends a lot of time in preparation but often fail to find a program that aids in sharpening their preparation (AXE) that has the potential to give them commensurate returns.

Like an AXE, the YLM with its methodology will:

  1. Inculcate the habit of discipline & ensure exhaustive preparation for MAINS, with a perfectly planned timetable to keep you focused, busy and consistent throughout the year.
  2. Adoption of the success-guaranteed EBS Approach*(Essential, Breakthrough & Simulation) to STEP-UP the difficulty level gradually, making you more competitive and ensuring that you inculcate the art of inter-disciplinary linkages in your answer-writing skills for MAINS.
EssayGeneral Studies(EBS)Mains(EBS+Essay)
Total : 10Essential Tests: 20Total Tests: 52
Sectional Topics: 8Breakthrough Tests: 14
All Topics : 2Simulation Tests: 8


Features of YLM

  • InsightsIAS has pioneered the EBS (Essential, Breakthrough and Simulation) Approach:
    • ESSENTIAL approach: emphasizes on building the basics.
    • BREAK-THROUGH approach: tests the ability to link facts and concepts with Current Affairs.
    • SIMULATION approach: gives a real-exam like feeling to help aspirants consolidate and finally put to test effectiveness of their preparation.


MAINS Specific Features:


Click Here for details of Features available in our portal for Mains Test Series


  • One-to-One Mentorship: An endeavor to help students, motivate them & to provide the right guidance. The mentorship will be done via telephonic conversation for online students and in-person for Offline students (Bengaluru, Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad and Srinagar).


  • Time-bound & Holistic Evaluation: Evaluation of the answer booklets written on the scheduled test date will be ensured before the next test. Evaluation of the test booklets written on dates other than the test dates will be made available within 5-7 WORKING DAYS. Our quality evaluation will effectively scrutinize the flaws in your answer writing in a holistic way. Our diverse parameters of scrutiny for GS, ESSAY & Ethics papers are shown below.


  • Rapid Discussion: This initiative of INSIGHTSIAS as a part of YLM provides the right guidance & clarity regarding the test syllabus, books to be studied for it & any other doubts you’ll may have. This will be conducted before every test. These discussions will give a precise roadmap for your preparation for the upcoming test. These discussions will be in the form of recorded videos.
  • Flexibility: All the tests are flexible and can be taken up any time before the MAINS 2024.
  • Questions paper & Solutions discussion videos: for better clarification of demands of the question will explained through recorded videos
  • Synopsis: Detailed, well-researched synopsis will be made available for all the tests(Softcopy)
  • Value Added Material: The PRIME Magazine(soft copy) will be provided for FREE
  • Go the Extra mile: At least two answers posted for the Questions of our SECURE initiative on the All New test portal will be evaluated without fail.


Detailed explanation of the timetable and tips to follow the timetable:

  1. Timetable is so designed that we complete every subject in 3 rounds
  • 1st Round is Essential round where you can expect questions mostly to check your conceptual understanding.
  • 2nd Round is Breakthrough round where you will apply knowledge and skills to solve the questions (link for skills & intelligent guessing is given at the end of the document)
  • 3rd Round is Simulation round where the entire paper mimics UPSC Prelims Paper and prepares you to tackle any kind of question.


2. Time Gap Between tests in Essential round is kept at 12 days. This will provide you ample time to cover the syllabus. Even if you are not able to complete the syllabus, do not panic, as you will be covering it again during the Revision tests and in the 2nd round.


3.Time Gap between the tests in Breakthrough round is kept at 10 days (except GS-4 MAINS TESTS for which the gap is 6 days) since you would have covered the syllabus once already during the essential round. Again, Revision Tests of Breakthrough round will equip you with confidence of having covered the syllabus 4 times by now. In the Breakthrough Round you will also be covering important releases by Government from which questions are expected every year – INDIA YEAR BOOK , ECONOMIC SURVEY & BUDGET.


4. There will be an Essay test after every full length GS Test.


5. The Simulation Round Mimics the UPSC exam and ensures you are well prepared for any kind of paper in the exam. We try to nudge you with the difficulty level and out of the box questions.


The MAINS examination in the simulation round will be conducted in 2 sets post prelims exam.


6. Note on Sources Mentioned:

  • In all cases except otherwise specifically mentioned we will follow New NCERTs
  • Economy: 10th Edition of Ramesh Singh will be referred.
  • Modern India: Refer to either Latest edition of Spectrum Publication or Struggle for India’s Independence – Bipin Chandra.
  • Current Affairs: We will be covering Current Affairs of the intervening period between tests for all the upcoming tests from multiple sources. However, depending on the importance and need we may cover current affairs of previous months’ too.


  • GUIDANCE OVER ZOOM SESSIONS every 15 days: We find it important to have a connect with test series students to check on their progress, any difficulty faced, if they are able to follow the strategy and tests and understand if they are improving every day. In this regard, we will be conducting a Zoom session every 15 days by Vinay Sir and subject experts.


  • Doubts Clarification on DISQUS platform: a dedicated team will be available to clear all your doubts on the tests within 24 hours.


Martin Luther King Jr had said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Take the first step towards your goal. Join YLM and improve your answer writing skills- one test at a time.


YLM 1.0 Starts from : 7th April 2023


Full Package: Rs. 29500/- incl. taxes

Only GS: Rs. 24000/- incl. taxes

Only Ethics: Rs. 6500/- incl. taxes

Only Essay : Rs. 6500/- incl. taxes



Insta Discounts:

Old Subscriber Offer: 10% discount

Early Bird Offer:

    • 10% discount till 1st April 2023







Terms and conditions:

    • Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable in nature in all circumstances
    • INSIGHTSIAS material will be for the individual student use only and copyright protected (only softcopy will be provided)
    • Any violation of copyright law if observed, enrolment to the test series will be cancelled
    • Course is valid till Mains 2024

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