Prelims Test Series


The Preliminary Test is by far the most challenging stage of the Civil Services Examination with nearly 5 lakh candidates taking the test each year. After GS Paper 2 – CSAT was made qualifying in 2015, the GS Paper- 1 has assumed greater significance in deciding the success of a candidate in the Preliminary Test which seeks to eliminate non-serious candidates from entering the Main Examination. With mere 100 questions deciding your entry into the Main Examination, the room for error in this stage is miniscule. In addition to changes in the pattern of Preliminary Test, GS Paper 1 is subjected to frequent changes in terms of the nature of the questions that appear in it. While the GS 1 paper from 2010-2014 focused on the conceptual understanding in conventional areas, in 2015 and 2016 the emphasis was on factual current events. On the other hand, the 2017, 2018 and 2019 papers tested the creative intelligence and problem solving skills of the candidates. The GS Paper 1 from 2017-19 was an interesting mix of questions ranging from epistemological understanding of important political underpinnings like liberty, equality etc to most contemporary issues like Google tax, AI, Blockchain technology, UPI etc. Keeping in view the web of complexities the Exam can throw at you, we are striving to keep abreast with the dynamics of the Preliminary Test.

For simplicity, preparation for the upsc preliminary test can be divided into number of stages. The initial stages involve concept building and syllabus coverage followed by organizing the study material and revision. We has the distinction of consistently delivering in this stage of your preparation through the classroom lectures, current affairs related uploads & publications and yellow books (study material). Besides, our recent initiatives like current affairs-based mobile App, online student portal, monthly recitals, summaries of magazines etc provide year-round additional support for continuous updation of the study material. However, concept building and syllabus coverage constitute only the 1st stage of upsc prelims preparation. Continuous assessment and exam-focused performance improvement through tests is the next important stage which completes the full circle of your upsc prelims preparation.

In the Preliminary Test, MCQs are a chosen method of evaluation as they maintain consistency, efficiency, transparency and most importantly objectivity. Every year the Preliminary test is conducted by the UPSC on the last Sunday of May or the first week of June. This year the Prelim Test is scheduled to be held on 31 st May 2020.

In line with our motto ‘evaluate yourself before UPSC evaluates you’, we are pleased to announce the launch of Civil Services Preliminary Test Series 2020. The Test Series programme for 2020 will be held from January 2019 till May 2020. The KG-MECH IAS  mock tests are so designed to simulate the Preliminary test conducted by the UPSC. Held on Sundays, the OMR-based mock tests will be a simulation of exam-like conditions to train you to react and respond to challenges the exam throws at you. The tests are designed and developed by a coterie of experts with a keen eye on the examination pattern. KG-MECH IAS is exclusive in its approach towards the Prelim test series as it provides explanatory lectures by its experienced faculty, along with solutions and explanatory answers. The test series will support the candidates, through long months of preparation, to check their progress and improve their performance consistently.

KG-MECH IAS Prelims Test Series Programme with more than 10 years of experience.  Test Series initiative began at the time when Optional subjects were tested at the Preliminary stage. As a result the institute has a huge question pool prepared by experts over the years apart generating fresh quality questions every year in sync with the civil services exam. The nature of questions, composition of papers and the number of tests are designed to take you towards the zone of certainty in your quest to clear the upsc prelims test. The number of practice tests is designed to cover various patterns of question papers in line with the UPSC Prelims Test conducted by UPSC in addition to timely coverage and revision of the syllabus. This gives you ample scope to work on the strategy, identify strengths and weaknesses, apply and re- apply new mantras of success, irrespective of the nature of paper.

The nature of questions will check your clarity of thought, conceptual understanding, and consistency in your preparation. Also the explanatory notes to the questions are provided to help you make amends you may need to make in your thought process along with additional information you may have missed in the preparatory phase. The Test Series will also include ample number of practice tests for GS Paper II (CSAT) to leave no stone unturned. The provision of both Classroom and Online mode with an all-India rank list will help you to fairly assess your position in the competition. While being competitive is the only way to win a competition, continuous improvement is the only path to stay competitive, which is sole focus of Preliminary Test Series 2020.

UPSC Prelim Test Series Includes:

  • 25 Tests of GS and CSAT according to the latest UPSC pattern with Class/Video explanatory sessions.
  • Prelim Test Series is available Online & Classroom mode with test explanatory sessions.
  • To access the videos of the GS & CSAT test explanatory classes students would be provided Necessary materials
  • Students would have to access the students’ portal to receive announcements and prepare on Daily Current Affairs articles.
  • Explanatory classes and videos will be only provided for 10 G.S Tests viz. Test 3,4,6,7,8,9,10 and CSAT Test 1, 2, & 3.
  • All G.S and CSAT tests would be provided with solution and detailed explanations.
  • Course period to attempt the Prelims Test is Sep. 2019 to May. 2020.

Classroom Prelim Tests

    • General Studies & CSAT Test Timings on Saturdays.
    • 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM
    • UPSC GS Test explanation will follow after the test at 2:00 PM.

∙  CSAT videos (1, 2, & 3) would be uploaded on the students’ portal page.

UPSC Prelims Test Series 2020 – Test Schedule

Prelim Test Schedule 2020 Topics


UPSC GS Test-1

29th Sept.2019

NCERT based Polity & History


UPSC GS Test-2

06th Oct.2019

NCERT based  Geography & Economics


UPSC GS Test-3

20th Oct.2019

Polity & History


UPSC GS Test-4

03rd Nov.2019

Geography & Economics


UPSC GS Test-5

17th Nov.2019

Current Affairs ( May. To Aug.2019)


UPSC GS Test-6

01st  Dec.2019

Polity & Geography


UPSC GS Test-7

22nd Dec. 2019

History & Economics


UPSC GS Test-8

05th Jan.2020

Geography & Economics


UPSC GS Test-9

19th Jan.2020

Polity & History


UPSC GS Test-10

02nd  Feb.2020

Science & Technology + Enviroment & Ecology + Major Schemes of the Goverment


UPSC GS Test-11

16th Feb.2020

Current Affairs (Sept. To Dec.2019)


UPSC GS Test-12

23rd Feb.2020

General Studies  Full Test-1


UPSC GS Test-13

01st Mar.2020

General Studies  Full Test-2


UPSC GS Test-14

15th Mar.2020

General Studies  Full Test-3


UPSC GS Test-15

29th Mar.2020

Economic Survey, Budget, Indian Year Book & Current Affairs (Jan. & Feb. 2020)


UPSC GS Test-16

05th Apr.2020

General Studies Full Test-4


UPSC GS Test-17

12th Apr.2020

General Studies  Full Test-5


UPSC GS Test-18

26th Apr.2020

General Studies Full Test-6


UPSC GS Test-19

10th May.2020

General Studies + CSAT Full Test-7


UPSC GS Test-20

17th May.2020

General Studies + CSAT Full Test-8




09th Feb 2020

CSAT Full Test-1



22nd Mar 2020

CSAT Full Test-2



19th Apr 2020

CSAT Full Test-3



10th May 2020

CSAT Full Test-4



17th May 2020

CSAT Full Test-5

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