1. What is YLM 2023?
YLM 2023 stands for Year-Long Mains Test Series for 2023. This test series is aimed towards that section of aspirants who want to prepare for Mains 2023 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 personalized 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 - 2023. Through this test series you will realize 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 2023
4. What all do I get as a part of Subscription to Year Long Mains 2023?
a) INSTA Classes : Classes will be on • Strategy for CSE 2023 • 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? > Strategy Class and Tricks to score high in Insights Prelims Tests > Tests on Previous Years' UPSC Question Papers + Discussion Videos + Strategy Videos b) Rapid Discussion Classes: Classes on How to tackle the syllabus for each test in the elementary round. c) Discussion of the tests by the faculties d) Mentorship – You get mentorship for each test e) Detailed and well researched Synopsis. (soft copy only) f) INSTA Study Material( Mains Related) g) Evaluated answer booklet within 5-7 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 Insta Course portal.
5. What are the special features of YLM.10 2023?
GUIDANCE OVER ZOOM SESSIONS every 15 days: We find it important to have a connect with test series students to check on their progress, any difficulty faced, if they are able to follow the strategy and tests and understand if they are improving every day. In this regard, we will be conducting a Zoom session every 15 days by Vinay Sir, prelims and subject experts.
Doubts Clarification on DISQUS platform: a dedicated team will be available to clear all your doubts on the tests within 24 hours.
6. What are the SPECIAL FEATURES OF OFFLINE TEST SERIES?
Hardcopy of synopsis is provided
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. When will the discussion be held?
Discussion of Mains 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Do I get the performance analysis?
Yes. A performance graph will be provided for each student 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.
13. 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.
14. 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
15. 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 InstaCourses Portal .
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. What is the Fee of YLM-2023 full package, ethics only, essay only?
Full Package Fee is Rs. 28,500/- and is inclusive of GST.
Only Ethics Rs. 5,500/-
Only Essay Rs. 5,500/-
Old Subscriber discount 25%
19. 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.
20. ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: What is the course duration?
The Course duration is between the 4th of July 2022 to Mains 2023 (tentative)
21. 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 will all help you keep Current Affairs at the tip of your fingers.
22. Is there any last date of admission for YLM 2023?
There is no last date for admission to YLM 2023. 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 2023 in the near future or even later the year?
There will be I-WILL (Insta-Writing Improvement and Leverage) 2023 and 3-Month Tests Series such as our previous IAM (Autumn Mains Test Series) 2023 and IMB (Intensive Mains Booster Test series) 2023 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 Insights IAS 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 that Insights IAS boasts of. Replete with Centralized 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 2023?
Working professionals must realize that they need to work harder and even utilize their breaks for some productive study in-order to be on par with their competitors. Joining YLM 2023 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 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 2023 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 2023?
Course will be active till Mains 2023. 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 2023 begins on the 4th of July, what should my approach be towards preparing for the test series till then?
Read the schedule of the YLM 2023 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. 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 2023 and other preparatory classes as mentioned above in Question 4. You will get a clear road map following the classes.