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Prelims Mock Test Series 2016 Details

The 2016 Mock Test Series for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2016 (Paper-I General Studies) starts from January 15, 2016 and tentatively ends in July 2016. This Test Series comprises a total of 20 Full length Mock Test Papers. Each Mock Test is a full length test covering the entire syllabus for Civil Services Prelims General Studies Paper-1.

Online Test

Our online test quiz tool is a responsive, mobile friendly and light program which automatically ranks you as per your score in “first attempt”; however, you can take the same test for as many times as you want. It awards you 2 marks for correct answers and penalizes 0.66 marks for wrong answer, similar to UPSC’s scoring pattern. It also sends a score card when you submit the test for automatic evaluation.

Solution PDF

The members can download a Solution Document for their offline revision. This document comprises questions, answers and explanations of roughly 75% of the questions.

Tentative Syllabus

Mock Test -1

Indian Constitution

The Constituent Assembly, Objectives Resolution, Salient features of Indian Constitution, Broad Features of our Parliamentary Democracy, meaning and interpretation of Preamble, the Berubari Case and Kesavanand Bharati Case in context with Preamble.

The Union and Its territories, Constitutional Provisions and Supreme Court decisions regarding territory, formation of new states and changes in existing states, Citizenship Act and various provisions of citizenship in India. NRI, PIO and OCI basics.

Geography

Basics and branches of Geography, Fundamental theories in geology, General Observations about Earth, Structure of Earth, Earth’s magnetic field and magnetosphere, their relevance in our lives, Basics of Earthquakes, India’s earthquake Zones.

Physics: Physical quantities, standards and units; Mechanics and properties of matter, Newton’s laws of motion, Work, power and energy , Artificial satellites.

Indian History

The important prehistoric sites and cultures of India, Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic cultures and Neolithic Revolution, Mehrgarh Culture, Indus Valley Civilization-spread, centers, phases of development etc.

Common Features of Entire Civilization, Features of some specific sites, Life in the Indus Valley and its relations with other civilizations of the world, Decay of Indus Valley Civilization.

Economy and Current GS

Indian Agriculture, General Trends and role in Indian Economy, Food grain production, Allies sectors, Green Revolution and Rainbow Revolution. Current Schemes Related to Agriculture, Seeds and issues related to Intellectual property rights in seeds, Agriculture and allied industries.

Mock Test 2

Indian Constitution

The evolution of Fundamental Rights and DPSP, Advisory Committee on Fundamental Rights, Sources and importance of Fundamental Rights, Classification of Fundamental Rights, Features of Fundamental Rights in India, Provisions made in articles in Part III, Constitutional Remedies and Types of writs, Fundamental rights during emergency.

Geography & General Science

Basics of Rocks & Minerals, Types of rocks, examples of different types of rocks and their utility, Fundamentals of Volcanoes, Magma, Formation and types of Volcanoes, Weathering and its types.
Basic concepts about Energy and Electromagnetic radiation; Applications of wave motion, Properties of light and concepts related to that; Color of objects, Optical Instruments and Optical Fibers.

Indian History

Origin of Vedic Culture, Aryans -Their home, language and evidences about them, Vedic Literature, Vedic Philosophies, Vedanta, Life in Vedic Era, Changes in life in Later Vedic Age, Comparison of the Harappa and Vedic Civilizations, other topics related to Vedic Civilization.

Economy and Current Events

Evolution of Industrial Policy in India, Liberalization and Industrial Policy Today, Index of Industrial Production, Capital Goods Sector, National Manufacturing Policy and NIMZ, Special Economic Zones, Various policies related to these topics. Current Affairs and Current GS Questions

Mock Test 3

Indian Polity

The Reservation and Doctrine of selective discrimination, Constitutional / Legal History of Reservation and various cases, The 117th Amendment Bill, Various provisions and issues with Right to Education Act, Abolition of untouchability and titles, Various Issues Related to Right to Freedom, Issues related to Protection of Life and Personal Liberty, The concept of implied fundamental rights, Preventive Detention.

Geography

Mega-Relief Basics, Relief Features of the Oceans, Continental Drift & Plate Tectonics, Relief Features of the Land, Mountains and Orogeny, Types of Land Forms. Various applications related to Properties of Sound, Speed of Sound, Reflection, Resonance and Doppler effect, Sonic boom and Musical scale, Noise reduction in recording media.

Indian History & Culture

Salient Concepts in Buddhism and Buddhist Literature, Buddhist Scholars, Buddhist Sangeeti or Councils, Mahayana and Hinayana, Buddhist Shrines. Salient Concepts in Jainism and Jain Literatuure. Buddhism and Jainism versus Hinduism in Post-Vedic Era, Sixteen Mahajanapadas, The Magadha Empire, Maurya Empire, Reign of Asoka, Life and Administration in Maurya Empire, Ajivika sect.

Economy & Current

Basic information about India’s Iron Industry and steel producers, Cement Industry of India, India’s Petroleum Industry, Petroleum Reserves and Oil and Gas Fields in India, India’s Crude Oil Production, NELP and OALP, Coal Bed Methane, Shale Gas, Petroleum Prices and Subsidy Issues. Open Ended Question on Current Affairs and Current GS.

Mock Test 4

Indian Polity

The philosophy behind Directive Principles of State Policy, their sources, Salient Constitutional Provisions on DPSP, Distinction between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles, Implementation of Directive Principles of State Policy, Amendment of the Directive Principles of State Policy, Conflict between Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles and various cases, Fundamental Duties.

Geography

Ocean Sediment and its utility, Ocean Temperature and its distribution, impact on Earth’s climate, Salinity of Ocean Water, Important Ocean Currents and thier impacts, Formation of Tides and Tidal Energy.
Structure of Atmosphere, Atmosphere and Insolation, Types of winds, Monsoon and its formation, Rainfall and Types of Clouds, Fronts etc.

Indian History & Culture

The Shungas, Kanvas and Mahameghavanas, Hellenistic Kings, Shaka Rulers, Kushana Empire, Satavahana Empire and Gupta Empire, their legacy. Economic and Social Life before dawn of medieval India, Gupta art and Literature, Glory of Ancient India.

Economy & Current

India’s Chemical Industry and Petrochemical Industry, Specialty Chemicals, Pesticides, Dyestuffs etc. sectors. PCPIRs, National Chemical Policy etc. Open Ended Question on Current Affairs and Current GS

Mock Test 5

Indian Polity

The Three Branches of Government in India. Comparison of India government system with other countries, President of India-Evolution of the office, Election Procedure, Powers, Impeachment, Relevance of office of President, Role of President in Government formation and during emergency. Vice President of India – Election, powers and functions. General Knowledge about past and present presidents and vice presidents of India

Geography & General Science

Structure of Atmosphere, Atmosphere and Insolation, Types of winds, Monsoon and its formation, Rainfall and Types of Clouds, Fronts etc. Concepts and applications related to Magnetism; Radioactivity and Nuclear energy.

Indian History

The Reign of Harsha, Changes in Society during Early Medieval India, Badami Chalukyas, Rastrakuta Empirem, Western Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Yadavas of Devagiri and other such important dynasties and their contribution to Indian art, culture and heritage.

Indian Economy & Current

Basic concepts and terms related to coal, Coal Resources of India, India’s Coal ministry, Policy Framework around Coal Exploration, Captive Mining Policy, Coal Sector Reforms, Coal block Allocation, Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2010, Coal Bed Methane, Fuel Supply Agreements, Coal Regulatory Authority Bill. Current Affairs

Mock Test 6

Indian Polity

The Council of Ministers in Union Parliament, The CoM versus President / Prime Minister / Cabinet, Collective and Individual Responsibility, Attorney General of India, Powers, functions and responsibilities of AG, Comptroller and Auditor General of India – Appointment, Powers and functions.
Composition of Parliament of India, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and comparison between the two, Election of MPs and their qualification / disqualification, Sessions of Parliament, Officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The powers and privileges of MPs and MLAs.
The immunities of MPs in India, The Parliamentary terminology, Various rituals / practices in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, The business of law making in India, Types of Bills and their comparisons, Types of charges, Discussions on bills, The process of budget making in India, Vote on account and appropriation bill, Types of questions. Various majorities in the parliament.

Geography & General Science

Concepts in Climatology, Cyclones and Anticyclones, their formation, types, impact etc. Concepts of Biogeography-Ecosystems, Biomes, life in various biomes, Rainforest Ecosystems, Deserts, Grasslands. Types of soils and soil profiles.
Concepts and Applications related to Static electricity and Electrical resistance; Electric cell; Some electronic devices.

Indian History

Sangam Literature, Southern Kingdoms from ancient to medieval India, Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire.

Current & Economy

Power Generation and Power Sector in India. Thermal Power Plants, Hydel Power, Issues and Power Sector Reforms, Ultra-Mega Power Projects, Rural electrification. Current Affairs and Current GS

Mock Test 7

Indian Polity

The Council of Ministers in Union Parliament, The CoM versus President / Prime Minister / Cabinet, Collective and Individual Responsibility, Attorney General of India, Powers, functions and responsibilities of AG, Comptroller and Auditor General of India – Appointment, Powers and functions.
Composition of Parliament of India, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and comparison between the two, Election of MPs and their qualification / disqualification, Sessions of Parliament, Officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The powers and privileges of MPs and MLAs.
The immunities of MPs in India, The Parliamentary terminology, Various rituals / practices in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, The business of law making in India, Types of Bills and their comparisons, Types of charges, Discussions on bills, The process of budget making in India, Vote on account and appropriation bill, Types of questions. Various majorities in the parliament.

Geography

Geology of India and types of rock formations in India, Geographical Regions of Himalaya, Divisions of Great Plain, Thar Desert, Central Highlands, Deccan Plateau, Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats and their comparison, Other Mountains, Hills and Hill Ranges of India.

General Science

Basic Concepts related to Atomic physics and Nuclear physics.

Indian History

Initial Struggle of the European Powers in India, The Portuguese Empire of India, Duth, British and French East India Companies, Their initial ventures, Carnatic Wars and Battle of Plassey. The last days of Mughal Empire.  India under Warren Hastings, The Marathas, Bills during times of Warren Hastings, Lord Cornwallis Era, Reforms of Cornwallis, India Under Lord Wallesley, Lord Minto and Lord Hastings. Anglo-Maratha wars, Anglo-Mysore Wars, British in Punjab.

Economy & Current

Basics of Nuclear Energy, International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Non-proliferation, Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty, Nuclear Energy for India, India’s Nuclear Power Reactors, International Cooperation and various Issues related to the nuclear power generation in India.

Mock Test – 8

Indian Polity & Constitution

The Council of Ministers in Union Parliament, The CoM versus President / Prime Minister / Cabinet, Collective and Individual Responsibility, Attorney General of India, Powers, functions and responsibilities of AG, Comptroller and Auditor General of India – Appointment, Powers and functions.
Composition of Parliament of India, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and comparison between the two, Election of MPs and their qualification / disqualification, Sessions of Parliament, Officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The powers and privileges of MPs and MLAs.
The immunities of MPs in India, The Parliamentary terminology, Various rituals / practices in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, The business of law making in India, Types of Bills and their comparisons, Types of charges, Discussions on bills, The process of budget making in India, Vote on account and appropriation bill, Types of questions. Various majorities in the parliament.

Geography

India’s Drainage System and various rivers of India, their courses and basins, Important tributaries of major rivers Concepts related to Astronomy and space science; Celestial bodies and Solar system

Indian History

Important Events that took place between 1784 and 1858
Important Events that took place between 1858 and 1909

Economy & Current

Cotton & Cotton Textile Industry, Jute Sector, Sericulture Sector, Wool Sector, Handloom Sector, Handicrafts Sector and various issues / schemes related to these sectors. Current Affairs and Current GS

Mock Test – 9

Indian Polity

Various Parliamentary Committees and their functions, Parliamentary Fora, Delimitation and Delimitation Act 2002, Reservation of Seats in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Science & Environment

Coastal Environment of India, Indian Coasts and Coastal Planes, Islands of India, Indian Climatology, Factors that influence Indian Climate, Monsoon Mechanism and types, Soils of India, Soil degradation and recovery.
Various branches of Biology; Basic differentiation between Living and Non-living; Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells; Plant and animal cells; Fundamental knowledge about Cells; Viruses and Bacteria.

Indian History

Political Events during 1909 to 1924

Indian Economy and Current

Basics of Fiscal Policy , Internal Debt and External Debt, Framework of India’s Fiscal Administration, Revenue Budget and Capital Budget, India’s Tax Regime, Goods and Services Tax, 13th Finance Commission, Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003 Current Affairs and Current GS

Mock Test 10

Indian Polity

The Supreme Court of India, Its role in Indian democracy and its jurisdiction, Comparison of Supreme Court of India with that of other countries of the world, Appointment of the Judges and Chief Justice. Powers and role of Chief Justice of India, Various kinds of petitions, PIL, Judicial activism and overreach and issues arising out of it, Judiciary in Indian states, Relations between executive and judiciary, appointment and powers of HC Judges, Removal of judges. Notable past / present chief justices of India and their contribution to Indian judiciary / society.

Geography

Various Concepts in Human Geography, Determinism and possibilism, Migration, Demographic Transition and Transhumance, Theory of Demographic Transition, Demographic Dividend, Age Sex Pyramid, Concepts in Economic Geography, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary activities.

Indian History

Political Events during 1925 to 1947

Current & Economy

Money and Its Functions of Money, Money Supply and Factors affecting Money Supply, Inflation and measures to Contain Inflation, Commercial Banking, Structure of Banking in India, Structure and functions of RBI, Regulation of the Commercial Banks, Monetary Policy, Banking Related Terms and Concepts, Negotiable Instruments, Other related to concepts of BFSI sector.  Current Affairs and Current GS

Mock Test 11

Indian Polity

Governor of an Indian State and his / her appointment, powers, functions, privileges and duties. Council of Ministers in states and its relations with the governor, its privileges, The Legislative Assemblies and election of their members. Legislative Councils, their creation and demolition. The Business of law making in states of India. The Constitutional Provisions in context with Union Territories, Powers of Parliament to create local legislatures, The legal and constitutional position of statehood in Delhi and its struggle for a full fledges state. Powers and functions of administrators of Union Territories in India. The legislative process in UT assemblies.

Geography and Science

Various concepts related to Geography and Science

Indian History

Indian History and Freedom Struggle Questions

Economy & Current

Basics of Capital Markets, Various types of Capital, Types of Shares, Procedure of issuing the shares, Process of IPO, Market Capitalization, Voting Rights & Differential Voting Rights (DVR), Stock Markets, Debt Capital and Debt Instruments, Commodity Futures, Legislations that control the securities market, SEBI and other regulatory bodies. Terms and concepts related to Capital Markets. Current Affairs and Current GS

Mock Test – 12

Indian Polity

Panchayati Raj – its evolution in British India as well as Free India. The concept of democratic decentralization and issues arising out of it. Salient features of Constitution 73rd Amendment Act , Elections in Panchayats, Legal and financial powers of the Panchayats and Gram Sabhas, The role of state governments in devolution of powers and issues arising out of it. The finance commission and devolution to panchayats. Reservation for women in Panchayats.

General Science

Fundamental Knowledge about classification of animal and plant kingdoms; Basic features and evolutionary aspects of various Phyla. Anatomy and Morphology of plants and animals; Nutrition in plants and animals.

Indian History

Indian History and Freedom Struggle Questions

Economy & Current

Theories of International Trade, Observations in trends of Global Trade, Trade liberalization, Role of MNCs, WTO Basics and Mechanism, Various agreements under WTO, Doha Development Round, India’s International Trade, India’s Trade Balance and factors that underpin the balance, Import and Export Basket, Foreign Trade Policy and various schemes for export promotion. Current Affairs and Current GS.

Mock Test 13: Indian Polity & Current

History of Enactment of 74th amendment, Major problems of Local Urban Governments, Evolution of Urban Local Governance in India, Salient provisions of the 74th amendment Act, Various local urban bodies, their legal powers, authorities and functions, The 12th schedule subjects.
Salient features of Constitution Part IXB: Cooperatives, Various provisions related to Part IXB, Need for scheduled areas in India, various provisions related to scheduled areas, Features of the 5th and 6th schedule areas and their administration. The conflict between Part IX and Part X of the constitution of India, The enactment of PESA Act. Powers and authority of the Gram Sabha and Panchayats in Scheduled areas.
Relations between Union and States, Important topics and issues related to them in the 7th schedule. Comparison of Union and State’s law making power on various subjects, The administrative relations between States and Union, Various disputes between Union and State governments and provisions made in that regard. Relevance of Interstate Council.
The Taxation powers of the Union and state governments, Consolidated and Contingency Funds of India, Public Account of India, Various other funds created inside / outside of these funds. Increasing and decreasing taxation in India, Constitutional Provisions regarding the Finance Commission in India, Right to Property, Trade and Commerce within the territories of India, The reforms in Centre-State relations.
Services under the Union and States, Creation and termination of All India Services, Tribunals-their establishment, functions and powers.
The Constitutional Provisions related to Election Commission of India, Electoral Roll, Power related to election related laws, Poll Petitions related to various important offices, Independence of ECI, Electoral reforms in India, Election of MPs and MLAs, Elections at the Local Governments, Various malpractices related to Elections, Model Code of Conduct, Various provisions related to Representations of Peoples Acts.
Special Provisions Related to SCs, STs in Constitution and demand for addition of more classes, The National Commissions for SCs and STs, Provisions related to Anglo-Indians, Lingustic minorities, Official Languages of the Union and various linguistic issues pertaining to constitution. Emergency Provisions, Immunity Provisions for President and Governor, Amendment of the Constitution. Important Amendments and their impact on Indian judiciary / society and government.

Mock Test 14: General Science and Current

This Test will have around 75 questions on basic Concepts in General Science (Physics & Chemistry) and remaining 25 questions on Current Affairs
1. Physical quantities, standards and units; Mechanics and properties of matter, Newton’s laws of motion, Work, power and energy , Artificial satellites.
2. Basic concepts about Energy and Electromagnetic radiation; Applications of wave motion, Properties of light and concepts related to that; Color of objects, Optical Instruments and Optical Fibres.
3. Various applications related to Properties of Sound, Speed of Sound, Reflection, Resonance and Doppler effect, Sonic boom and Musical scale, Noise reduction in recording media
4. Concepts and applications related to Magnetism; Radioactivity and Nuclear energy. Concepts and Applications related to Static electricity and Electrical resistance; Electric cell; Some electronic devices
5. Basic Concepts related to Atomic physics and Nuclear physics
Concepts related to Astronomy and space science; Celestial bodies and Solar system
6. Fundamental Applications in Chemistry: Elements, Compounds, Mixtures; Kinetic theory of matter Basics of Chemical Reactions in daily lives, Chemical Bonding
7. Concepts related to atomic theory; Isotopes and isobars; Position of important elements and groups in periodic table; Osmosis; Important compounds of daily use.’
8. Important chemical cycles; Acids, bases and salts; Petroleum and natural gas; Iron and steel; Cement and glass; Colloids, micelles and nanotechnology; Fertilizers; Important medicines and drugs; Food additives; Plastics, polymers and rubber.

Mock Test 15

100 random questions on Complete Syllabus of Prelims

Mock Test 16

100 random questions on Complete Syllabus of Prelims

Mock Test 17

100 random questions on Complete Syllabus of Prelims

Mock Test 18

100 random questions on Complete Syllabus of Prelims

Mock Test 19

100 random questions on Complete Syllabus of Prelims

Mock Test 20

100 random questions on Complete Syllabus of Prelims

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Sample Test

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The Mock Test 1 comprises 100 questions to be attempted in 2 Hours. Full score is 200 Marks. Passing marks are 90 Marks (45%)

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