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Yearlong Mains Test Series 2020-2021



The Yearlong MAINS test series is the MAINS component of IPM program of INSIGHTSIAS that guarantees leaps and bounds of your progress in MAINS answer writing skills.

Abraham Lincoln is quoted as having said, “If I had five minutes to chop down a treeI'd spend the first three sharpening my axe.”

No doubt that every serious aspirant spend most of the time, probably for almost a year, in sharpening but the point is that they should hold an axe and not a sicklethat takes a prolonged period of time to bringing down the tree, no matter how sharp it is.

Like an AXE, The Yearlong MAINS Test Serieshas,

  • Optimum number of Tests, as we say, practice makes a man perfect.

Tests break up:

  • Mains tests – 52
    • Essay – 10
    • Sectional Topics – 8
    • All Topics – 2
  • General Studies-42
    • Simulation Tests– 8
    • Breakthrough Tests – 14
    • Elementary Tests – 20


  • Perfectly planned timetable for MAINS to keep you focused, busy and consistent throughout the year.
  • EBS Approach (Essential, Breakthrough & Simulation) to STEP-UP the difficulty level gradually to make you more competitive for MAINS.
  • Mentorship: a hand holding endeavor to motivate students & better guide in their preparation. The mentorship will be done via telephonic conversation for online students and in-person for Offline students (Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Delhi).
  • 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 other than the test dates will be made available within 10 WORKING DAYS.
  • Accessibility: Choose either Online or Offline as your mode for every test on the go as students can take exams either at their home or visit the Offline centers by making a prior reservation from our All New Test Portal.
  • Rapid Discussion: To give an effective trajectory for your preparation (w.r.t to the syllabus)tothe testof Essential Round of Examination. The discussions will be live-streamed or the recorded videos of the same will be made available within 24-48 hours from the date of scheduled test discussion.
  • Question paper discussion videos: for better clarification of demands of the question. The discussion will be live-streamed or the recorded videos of the same will be made available within 24-48 hours from the date of scheduled test discussion.


  • Flexibility: All the tests are flexible and can be taken up any time before the MAINS 2021
  • Synopsis: Detailed, well researched synopsis will be made available for all mains tests.
  • INSTA Value added materials will be provided 2 months before the MAINS examinations in 2021.

The toughest exam in the country has a 3 phase selection process and with nearly a million aspirants appearing every year for less than 1000 vacancies, portrays the mind boggling competition that requires the students to give their absolute best in the examination especially MAINS, which has a maximum weightage (1750/2025) in the selection process, and there is no better program forMAINS preparation than the Yearlong MAINS Test Series and the Platform of INSIGHTSIAS to ensure your success.

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1. What is YLM 2021?

YLM 2021 stands for Year-Long Mains Test Series for 2021. This test series is aimed towards that section of aspirants who want to prepare for Mains 2021 exclusively without clubbing Prelims Tests along with Mains Tests. Year-long Mains test series gives you the flexibility to prepare meticulously by following our Mains-Only timetable without compromising on a personalised prelims preparation schedule that suits you best.

2. Why is YLM better than other Test Series?

YLM establishes a very strong foundation of Mains preparation, arguably the most important stage of the Civil Services examination. Apart from exclusive Mains preparation, YLM also embodies EBS (Essential, Breakthrough and Simulation Tests) approach which ensures holistic preparation as there would be a progressive increase in the difficulty level of questions and also brings in the art of Interdisciplinary linkages in answer writing. Coupled with our popular initiative of answer writing - Insights Secure - you can be sure of scoring very high marks in Mains - 2021. Through this test series you will realise the importance of every aspect of the art of answer writing - be it presentation, handwriting, structuring intelligently so as to make the evaluators’ job smooth, tips to prioritising content in answers within word limit, etc.

3. Who can subscribe?

Any civil service aspirant (beginner/veteran) who aspire to start answer writing, improve their answer writing skills and master the art of answer writing can subscribe to MAINS Test Series 2021

4. What all do I get as a part of Subscription to Year Long Mains 2021?

a) INSTA Classes : Classes will be on • Strategy for CSE 2021 • How to read textbooks for Mock tests? • How to make notes? • How to read Current Affairs? • How to write good GS Answers? • How to prepare and complete syllabus for each Mains Test? • How to write ethics answers? • How to write good Essays? b) Rapid Discussion Classes: Classes on How to tackle the syllabus for each test in the elementary round. c) Discussion of the testsby the faculties d) Mentorship – You get mentorship for each test e) Detailed and well researched Synopsis. (soft copy only) f) INSTA 30 g) INSTA Study Material( Mains Related) h) Evaluated answer booklet within 10 Working days from the day of submission.If you submit your answer booklet on the scheduled date of the test , then evaluated booklet will be given before the next test. i) All India Ranking. j) Detailed Performance analysis: For Mains, the performance will be provided Paper-wise (Each section) and also the overall analysis of highest marks, average marks and score of students. k) ** ALL NEW FEATURE: Secure initiative will now be on your INSTA Courses portal too. Assured review of at least two answers posted for the Questions of SECURE initiative in the All New InstaCourse portal.

5. What is INSTA 30?

INSTA 30 is a dedicated prelims-oriented monthly magazine to expedite the revision of monthly current affairs. 30 Days Current Affairs in 30 pages.

6. What is INSTA Study Material?

We will be releasing important study materials related to MAINS which adds value to your answers. This will be made available for IPM and Mains Test Series Students.

7. How do I avail Mentorship?

Subscribers are required to book an appointment for mentorship from the InstaCourses Portal a) Online Mentorship will be through a call from INSIGHTSIAS at the scheduled time. (Each session of mentorship is for maximum of 20 minutes) b) Offline Mentorship will be done INSIGHTSIAS Centre.

8. When will the discussion be held?

Discussion ofMains tests in most cases will be held on the scheduled date after the test. Students can either attend the discussion offline or can watch the recorded video which will be provided on the portal within a couple of days. Students will be updated on the date of the test discussion for each test.

9. When do I get the Test Synopsis?

Synopsis will be made available in the test portal within a couple of days from the scheduled test date.

10. What are the special features of Insights evaluation?

The evaluation team of INSIGHTS consists of veterans who have given mains and interviews. All the evaluators are trained hard by team insights to ensure quality feedback. The features of evaluation are: 1) Time bound evaluation. 2) Comprehensive and constructive feedback. 3) Two rounds of thorough evaluation.

11. Do I get the performance analysis?

Yes. A performance graph will be provided for eachstudent which will help them in self-assessment. Performance is mapped Paper-wise (Each section) and also the overall analysis of highest marks, average marks and score of students.

12. How do I take the tests & how to submit the answer booklets?

a) You are required to login to the InstaCourses portal with your credentials provided at the time of registration. In the Menu Select Mains Tests. b) The Question Cum Answer booklets will be made available in MY TEST section on the scheduled test date at 9:30 A.M. c) You need to get the printout of the Question cum Answer booklet, write your answers, and scan the answer booklet as per the Guidelines and upload the booklet in the portal against the same test. d) Failing to meet the Guidelines of scanning, the answer booklets will be rejected and will have to be re-uploaded by you after making necessary corrections.

13. Do I have to take the tests on the scheduled test date?

Tests are completely flexible. You can take the test anytime after the scheduled date as per your convenience. However for offline, you will have to make reservation on the ALL NEW InstaCourses Portal

14. Can I Write a few Tests Online and a few Offline at my convenience?

There is complete flexibility on taking the Mains Tests. You can choose either online or offline as the mode of test for each test on the go by making prior reservation on the ALL NEW InstaCoursesPortal .

15. Can I Switch from Online mode to Offline mode & vice versa?

Now with All New INSTA Courses Portal, there is no need to switch modes. It is a common portal. You get to choose the mode for each test.

16. Do you upload the Topper Answer Booklets?

Three good answer booklets for each test (may not always be of toppers) will be made available in the MAINS Test series portal at an appropriate time.

17. What is the Fee of YLM-2021?

The Fee is Rs. 24000/- and is inclusive of GST.

18. Will there be any discount?

INSTA discount for previous Test Subscribers is provided.All the OGP & CORE students of INSIGHTSIAS and subscribers of various test series programs (Prelims or MAINS) will get an exclusive discount of 20% over the subscription of YLM.

19. ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: What is the course duration?

The Course duration is between the 18th of July 2020 to July 2021(tentative)

20. Will Current Affairs be a part of every test?

Current Affairs will be a part of the syllabus of every test. Previous 10 days of Current Affairs from the scheduled date of the test will be covered in every test. However, depending on the importance and need we may cover Current Affairs of previous months’ too. Apart from this, INSTA 30, INSTA Boosters, All new Secure Initiative and I-CAN will all help you keep Current Affairs at the tip of your fingers.

21. What is I-CAN Initiative?

I-CAN: Insta Current Affairs & News Analysis discussion videos: For thorough coverage of daily current affairs reported in the most sought-after newspapers for Civil Services Examination Preparation; The Hindu, The Indian Express and many more.

22. Is there any last date of admission for YLM 2021?

There is no last date for admission to YLM 2021. If a student wishes to take admission in the middle of the schedule, he/she can do so. All the previous tests will be made available for the student to attempt from the date of admission. But Insights encourages students to take admission at the earliest and start your preparation immediately so as to not have any backlogs to worry about and stay up-to-date with the timetable.

23. Will any other Test Series be launched apart from YLM 2021 in the near future or even later the year?

There will be 3-Month Tests Series such as our previous Autumn Test Series launched later the year. But confirmation regarding duration, schedule and fee can only be made at the time of its launch.

24. How is the infrastructure of InsightsIAS for students opting for Offline subscription of Test Series?

It is one of the best in India. Even most reputed institutions do not have the infrastructure thatInsightsIAS boasts of. Replete with Centralised Air-condition, comfortable desks and chairs, invigilator at all times, providing a conducive exam-like environment.

25. How must working professionals keep up with the schedule of YLM 2021?

Working professionals must realise that they need to work harder and even utilise their breaks for some productive study in-order to be on par with their competitors. Joining YLM 2021 is crucial for working professionals as they can stay motivated and informed through the best aspirant base in the country and be accountable to their studies at the same time. Travel time, breaks, dedicated 3-4 hours of time post work and weekends must be utilised to cover syllabus for the next test which has a time gap of 10 days, daily Current Affairs (I-CAN Initiative) and Optional subject preparation. If the entire syllabus is not covered, there is nothing to worry as there are multiple sectional and full length tests conducted enabling students to cover the entire syllabus atleast 4 times by the time they complete breakthrough tests. Insights Mentors are always there to help make personalised time-tables. Smart-work is key for working professionals and Insights vouches to guide them at every step.

26. Will the Test Series be available in Hindi medium as well?

No. Currently, YLM 2021 is available in the medium of English language ONLY.

27. Multiple sources mentioned for syllabus coverage seems too hectic. How do I choose any one source and between Old/New NCERTs?

a. In all cases except otherwise specifically mentioned we will follow New NCERTs b. Economy: 10th Edition of Ramesh Singh will be referred. c. Modern India: Refer to either Latest edition of Spectrum Publication or Struggle for India’s Independence – Bipin Chandra. d. Map Based Questions: We suggest students to complete one exercise of Map work of all important political and physical geography. Emphasis should be on political and physical maps of places in news. In due course of time we will compile the important places in news and how to practice map-based questions on them. e. Other parts of the syllabus: (National Parks/Biosphere Reserves etc. + Regional and International bodies + Tribes of India): We will share a break-up plan and resources to study and attempt this part of the syllabus in due time. Again, Mentors will come in handy here and will be available to guide you with the best source.

28. Will I be given an option to re-attempt mains tests more than once for better score?

Students can write Mains tests again and get them checked by mentors personally. Repeat copies will not be checked by the evaluation team.

29. Will I be provided any special guidance for Essay and Ethics Papers?

Apart from our highly qualified Essay and Ethics faculty, our founder, Vinay Sir would be taking Orientation and Discussion classes for Essay and Ethics papers from time to time.

30. Will I be allowed to take up any pending tests, if any, beyond the last date of Year Long Mains 2021?

Course will be active till Mains 2021. So, you can finish the tests by then. However, the duration within which Evaluated copies will be given cannot be assured to be 10working days.

31. YLM 2021 begins on the 18thof July,what should my approach be towards preparing for the test series till then?

Read the schedule of the YLM 2021 in detail and clarify your doubts if any. Make a broad time-table as to how you will go about completing the syllabus for Essential to Break-through to Simulation Tests finally. It is very important to stay up-to-date with Current Affairs on a daily basis. I-CAN Initiative is your go-to platform for the same. Decide on your Optional Subject and start preparing for the same as well. You can start writing answers on our Secure Initiative to get into the habit of answer-writing. Practice our daily Current Affairs and Static MCQs to get a head-start to your prelims preparation as well. However, we will be conducting classes on strategy for CSE 2021 and other preparatory classes as mentioned above in Question 4. You will get a clear road map following the classes.