UPSC IAS Mains Online Test Series - 2020

UPSC IAS Mains Online Test Series


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UPSC format full length online test series created by the India’s best UPSC Experts for civil services mains exam.

  • Total Tests : 25 (GS + Essay)
  • 20 Topic Wise Tests : For General Studies (I, II, III, IV), Essay Paper
  • 5 Full Length Tests : For General Studies (I, II, III, IV), Essay Paper
  • Questions Type : Subjective
  • Language : English

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The objective of mains 2020 online test series is to cover the entire syllabus (general studies + essay) in a sincere manner before Mains 2020 exam. Our UPSC experts and mentor will be providing you feedback for your attempted tests on each and every question so that you can make it perfect before appearing for the actual exam.

With this test series you will be able to prepare and revise every single topic in your syllabus multiple times. Not only you will acquire the necessary writing skills but also the proper answer framing techniques to get maximum marks in every paper.


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How Online Test Series for UPSC IAS Mains 2020 Works ?

  1. The QCA (question cum answer) booklets will be uploaded on our Online Test Portal as per the plan given below and you will be notified for the same by email and sms.
  2. Download the QCA booklet, take a print out and write the test on the printed copy.
  3. Scan your completed QCA answer-sheet with “Scanbot App” or “Office Lens App” on your phone.
  4. Mail the scanned files to for evaluation.
  5. Evaluated copies will be emailed back to you in PDF format within 7 days of your submission.



  • While emailing your scanned answer booklets the Subject line must contain Name, Roll Number and Paper Code.
  • Evaluation will be done on a first come first serve basis and students who submit their test regularly on time will be prioritized.


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UPSC IAS Mains 2020 Online Test Series Plan

Topic Wise Tests – General Study + Essay :

Test No. Topics Covered To Study
Test-1 Essay :

  • Women and child related Issues
  • Yojana related issues
  • PIB Features


General Studies – 1 : World Geography

  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
  • Fundamentals of physical geography, India: Physical environment – 11 ​th NCERTS
  • Fundamentals of human geography
  • India, people and environment – 12 ​th NCERTs
  • Certificate physical and human geography by Oxford India publications
  • World geography by Majid Hussain
  • Comprehensive geography of india – Khullar
  • Orient longman atlas


General Studies – 2 : Constitution, Polity

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  • Indian Constitution at
    work- 11 ​th ​ NCERTs
  • Indian polity by Laxmikant
  • 2 ​nd ​ ARC report (relevant
    chapters only)
  • Punchhi Commission report
    (relevant chapters only)
  • PIB website
  • Yojana
  • Public administration by Laxmikant (relevant chapters)


General Studies – 3 : Technology

  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  •  Science and technology by Tata Mcgraw Hill
  • India Year book


 General Studies – 4 : Ethics, Values & Attitude

  • Ethics and Human Interface:    Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
  • Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • 2nd ARC report- (Ethics in governance, personnel administration, RTI, Citizen Centric administration)
  • Lexicon for ethics, integrity and aptitude


Essay :

  • Constitutional and moral Issues for India
  • Yojana issues
  • Newspaper columns of The hindu, Indian Express, etc.


General Studies – 1 : Indian History and Cultural Heritage

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • Introduction to fine arts – NCERT class 11 ​th
  • CCRT website
  • Modern India by Bipin
    Chandra – Old NCERT
  • Brief history of modern
    India – Spectrum
  • Politics in India After Independence- NCERT
  • India and Contemporary
    World – 9
    th and 10th NCERTs
  • India after independence- Bipin Chandra


General Studies – 2 : Social Justice

  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Reports of concerned
    ministries for relevant social
  • Selected articles from EPW
  • Polity and governance by
  • Economic survey 2016-17


General Studies – 3 : Environment and Disaster Management

  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  •  ICSE environment
  • Environment by Shankar IAS,
  • The Hindu survey of
  • 2nd ARC (Crisis
  • Disaster Management by
  • Selective reading of


General Studies – 4 : Probity in Governance

  • Concept of public service;
  • Philosophical basis of governance and probity;
  • Information sharing and transparency in government,
  • Right to Information,
  • Codes of Ethics,
  • Codes of Conduct,
  • Citizen’s Charters,
  • Work culture,
  • Quality of service delivery,
  • Utilization of public funds,
  • challenges of corruption.
  • 2nd ARC report (Ethics in governance, Personnel Administration, RTI, Citizen Centric Administration)
  • Lexicon for ethics, integrity and aptitude
  • Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by G Subbarao.


Essay :

  • India and issues
  • Social Justice issues
  • Yojana issues
  • EPW articles


General Studies – 1 : Society

  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Indian society, social
  • change and Development- 12 th NCERTs
  • Social problems in India by Ram Ahuja
  • Indian social system – Ram Ahuja
  • Indian Society and culture – Nadeem Hussain
  • Ministry of child and women development report
  • Selected articles from EPW


General Studies – 2 : International Relations

  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
  • Challenges strategy rethinking India’s foreign policy – Rajiv Sikri
  • Ministry of External Affairs website
  • Relevant current affairs from The Hindu, Indian Express, etc.


 General Studies – 3 : Internal Security

  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
  • 2nd ARC report (Public order, Capacity building for conflict resolution, Combating terrorism)
  • Ministry of Home affairs website and annual report
  • Challenges to internal security of India by Ashok kumar (TMH)
  • Relevant current affairs from The Hindu, Indian Express, etc.


General Studies – 4 : Emotional Intelligence, Aptitude & Thinkers

  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  • Lexicon for ethics, integrity and aptitude
  • Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by G Subbarao


Essay :

  • Philosophical and Moral Issues
  • Yojana
  • PIB Features
  • Newspapers
  • Frontline issues


General Studies – 1: World History

  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization,
  • Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
  • World history by Norman lowe
  • World history –Arjun dev (Old NCERT)


General Studies – 2 : Governance

  • Important aspects of governance,
  • transparency and accountability,
  • e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential;
  • citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • Reports of concerned ministries for  relevant social issues
  • Selected articles from EPW
  • Polity and governance by Laxmikant
  • Economic survey 2016-17


 General Studies – 3 : Economic Development

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Indian economic development – 11 ​th ​ NCERTs
  • Economic survey
  • 12 ​th ​5 year plan (relevant chapters only)
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Uma and Kapila
  • Yojana relevant articles
  • India year book
  • Relevant current affairs from The Hindu, Indian Express, etc.


General Studies – 4 : Ethics in Public Administration

  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration:
  • Status and problems;
  • ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions;
  • laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance;
  • accountability and ethical governance;
  • strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance;
  • ethical issues in international relations and funding;
  • corporate governance.
  • 2nd ARC report- (Ethics in governance, personnel administration, RTI, Citizen Centric administration)
  • Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by G Subbarao



Full Length Tests UPSC Style – General Study + Essay :

Test No. Topics Covered To Study
  • Complete essay syllabus in general
  • All essay related material

Test- 2

  • Complete General Studies – 1 Syllabus
  • All GS-1 Books & Notes


  • Complete General Studies – 2 Syllabus
  • All GS-2 Books & Notes


  • Complete General Studies – 3 Syllabus
  • All GS-3 Books & Notes


  • Complete General Studies – 4 Syllabus
  • All GS-4 Books & Notes




Is this test series available only in English ?

For now the UPSC IAS mains 2020 online test series is available only in English medium. However we are trying hard to roll out Hindi translations some times in near future.


Is this test series available offline as well?

Yes, as per you request we have made the test series for UPSC mains 2020 offline at selected study centres in Jaipur city, Rajasthan. Please contact the customer care to know more.


You have recommended some books, are they enough ?

Yes, in most case you don’t need more that but you can always read more based on the evaluation you receive in the tests and the topics where you fall short. Do remember that you will retain more in your memory by revising one book multiple times than reading multiple books just once.


I have made the payment for IAS mains online test series, but didn’t receive login details ?

You will receive your login details by email and sms within 12 hours of successful payment. If not, please contact the customer care at with your order number and payment details.


How many times can I attempt the tests ?

You can attempts all the tests as many times as you want till 28th Oct 2020 but evaluation will be provided only once per paper submitted before the last date.


How many questions will come in UPSC Civil Services mains 2020 exam from this test series ?

Probably all, probably none. The objective of this test series is to revise the entire course at least 3 times, to get plenty of writing practice and to get evaluation from experts on what areas you need to improve.



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