Best test series for the UPSC Mains

The ideal test series to help you ace the UPSC Civil Services Mains exam will vary based on the two optional subjects you’ve chosen, the Indian language you’ve chosen apart from the English language and your level of expertise or understanding in the other subjects, your strengths and weaknesses, and which papers you want to capitalize on to maximize your overall score. 

Before we tell you the best test series for the UPSC CSE mains, there are a few things that you need to know about the UPSC civil services mains. They are as follows:  

  1. The UPSC Mains is the second stage of the UPSC Civil Services exam. Only those who clear the UPSC CSE prelims exam will qualify for the UPSC CSE Mains exam. The final shortlist or allotment will be based on the scores obtained by candidates during the UPSC CSE mains exam and the final interview. So, it becomes crucial to maximize your score in the mains exam to guarantee that prestigious job in the Civil Services.
  1. The mains stage of the UPSC civil services exam consists of 9 papers. All the 9 papers are conventional paper pen based descriptive papers. 2 of these papers are qualifying in nature (English and one of the Indian languages listed – paper A and paper B). All the marks secured in the remaining 7 papers are considered for the final shortlist. Two of these papers (paper V and paper VI) are optional subjects.
  2. The UPSC Mains exam requires more in depth prep and understanding as compared to the UPSC Civil Services prelims exam. Preparation for the mains exam will be easier if you prepared thoroughly and mastered the basics before the prelims exam. The syllabus for the mains exam is very similar to that of the prelims exam for most of the topics but the questions asked would be more difficult and would need a better understanding of concepts or events.

The best way to prepare for the UPSC Mains exam is by referring to the previous year question papers. Time yourself and simulate the actual exam taking conditions while attempting the most recent previous year paper. It is also advisable to practise previous year questions from a certain topic after learning the concept to cement your understanding. Previous year question papers are usually available on the internet for free. You don’t have to spend a single penny on them. 

If you want to start from scratch though for most subjects then the ideal place to prepare from is Testbook. You could probably start with the UPSC CSE Prelims test series on Testbook.

There are a total of 776 tests for the UPSC Civil Services exam on Testbook. The question repository for the UPSC is 30879 questions strong. UPSC prelims test series on Testbook alone consists of 144 tests in total.

This includes 10 previous year question papers, 36 topic/chapter wise practise tests, 29 NCERT/ standard book based tests, 20 subject specific tests, 34 previous year question paper based chapter specific tests, 18 chapter specific tests for CSAT and 15 full CSAT mock tests.  There is also an NCERT based Scholarship test for the UPSC CSE. 

All the questions in our mock tests are based on the latest UPSC civil services exam pattern. Even the test taking interface emulates that of the actual exam to help you get used to the exam. Language is also not a barrier. Most tests are available in both Hindi and English just like in the actual UPSC Civil Services exam.

Our mock tests are designed by seasoned experts based on the most recent question papers and exam pattern. Special emphasis is also given to frequently asked or most repeated questions in the practise tests. After each test, you will also get a detailed analysis of your performance, and recommendations based on your strengths and weaknesses.

Solutions and detailed analysis of tests are also included to help you improve your performance. The best part is that you can access all the tests and courses on Testbook for just INR 25 a month by availing the Testbook Pass at a discounted price.  

You will also receive an All India Rank (AIR) for mock tests which will truly help you understand your chances of clearing the exam/selection process. You will get to compete with thousands of other aspirants like you.  

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