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We are pleased to announce that the ALL INDIA CURRENT AFFAIRS TEST (AICAT) is getting a kick-start from next week.

After a thorough and meticulous analysis, we have endeavored to prepare a much-balanced Road-Map for you. This PROGRAMME is specially designed to meet the thrust of the most challenging issue of current affairs for the CIVIL SERVICE PRELIMS EXAMINATION-2022. However, aspirants for other competitive examinations will equally get benefitted from this program.


In its quest to add DYNAMISM to the Civil Services Prelims Examination, the Union Public Service Commission has continuously increased its focus on Current Affairs, especially in the last few years. Analyzing previous years’ questions since 2011 gives a clear view of the growing importance of the Current Affairs in prelims examination. In 2011, the questions asked from Current Affairs were 13 in number which rose to 26 in 2012, 28 in 2013, 20 in 2014, 29 in 2015, 27 in 2016, 34 in 2017, 28 in 2018, and 27 in 2019, 23 in 2020, 07 in 2021.

However, this is a conservative figure. Almost every year several questions categorized under the themes such as Polity, Economy, Environment, History, Geography, International Relations/Internal Security, Social Issues, and Science & Technology find its logic in Current Affairs only. This means boundaries between the Current Affairs and the Static portion of the syllabus have been blurred. Aspirants are now required to understand the CONTEXT-CORE-CONCEPT of any current events. They do not only need to know about the current events but also its linkages with the static portion of the syllabus. Studying current affairs or the static portion of the syllabus in ‘silos’ is no more going to work in the examination. Integration of static in current affairs topics is essential for success in the examination.

Another important feature of the prelims examination is the DIMENSIONS of the topic. To have a clear grasp on the topic and be able to solve the Multiple Choice Question, one must have a 360-degree view of current affairs. Let’s understand this with an example:

Civil Services Prelims Examination 2019 (Set A) All India Test Series Prelims 181922-Chahal Academy

62.With reference to the management of minor minerals in India, consider the following statements:

  1. Sand is a ‘minor mineral' according to the prevailing law in the country.
  2. State Governments have the power to grant mining leases of minor minerals, but the powers regarding the formation of rules related to the grant of minor minerals lie with the Central Government.
  3. State Governments have the power to frame rules to prevent illegal mining of minor minerals.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 3 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

58. According to a recent UNEP Report, India & China tops the list of nations for illegal sand mining. With reference to this, identify which of the following are the possible impacts of excessive sand mining?

  1. Excessive sand mining can alter the river bed, force the river to change course, eroded banks, and lead to flooding.
  2. It destroys the habitat of aquatic animals and micro-organisms.
  3. The groundwater table drops due to the sand mining leaving the drinking water wells on the embankments of these rivers dry.
  4. Sand-and-gravel mining in stream channels can damage public and private property.

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  1. Scoring Ability:- To enhance scoring ability of the aspirants by providing a separate and focused test series for current affairs.
  2. Connecting Dots:- To ensure that aspirants learn and develop linkages between the static portion of the syllabus and current affairs.
  3. Developing Dimensions:- To infuse the skills among the students to learn multiple dimensions of the topic through Multiple Choice Questions.
  4. Continuous Practice:– Reading without practicing Questions has a limited success ratio in the UPSC. The program aims to enhance the quality of your reading by supplying questions on regular basis on Current Affairs.
  5. To enhance exam-specific knowledge, understanding, and acumen of Current Affairs for the Civil Services Examination.


Along with MCQs, the program has been structured to provide support to aspirants at all possible levels viz. additional materials on current affairs, focused classroom support to enrich their understanding of current affairs, one-to-one counseling, and guidance to needy students, etc.

Our approach of the scientific division of current affairs into various themes and linking it with the micro syllabus of static portion, standard and pertinent questions using the approach of current, core, concept and proportionate weightage to the difficulty level in each paper, Individual counseling by subject experts, and scientific performance assessment will help students to understand their weaknesses and strengths and thereby increase the chance to improve their scoring ability in the preliminary examination.


  1. Meticulously designed Test Papers and Answer Keys.
  2. 3 Dimensional approach of Current Affairs based on the idea of CURRENT-CORE-CONCEPT.
  3. CYCLICAL APPROACH for easy revision.
  4. INTEGRATION of all the major 9 themes of the syllabus with current affairs.
  5. In-depth coverage of all the Current Affairs SOURCES including Budget, India Year Book and Economic Survey
  6. UPSC standard questions.
  7. MICRO LEVEL EVALUATION of the aspirants- Subject wise and Test Wise progress of the aspirants.
  8. ALL INDIA RANKING of the aspirants.
  9. FLEXIBILITY to appear tests at any day at any time at any place after its release.
  10. Subject-wise Compiled CURRENT AFFAIRS BOOKLET will be provided to the aspirants after the completion of 20 tests.


  1. The program comprises 22 Tests.
  2. Each Test comprises 100 questions.
  3. The tests have been arranged on monthly basis. The questions spread across all the nine themes in a single month will be asked in a monthly test
  4. 14 Monthly Tests (MT) will be based on Month basis starting from April 2019.
  5. 4 Tri-Monthly Revision Tests (TMRT) and 2 Bi-Annual Revision Tests (BART) will be part of the scheme to ensure regular revision of the topics
  6. 2 Comprehensive Current Affairs Tests (CCAT) will be organised before the Civil Services Preliminary Examination
  7. The test will be released on the 11th and 26th of every month, except in May.
  8. FLEXIBILITY to appear tests at any day at any time at any place after its release.
  9. Subject-wise Compiled CURRENT AFFAIRS BOOKLET will be provided to the aspirants after the completion of 20 tests.