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UPSC Mains Test Series for IAS Exam


The Programme Chahal All India MAINS Test Series 2023 is an initiative to bolster the preparation for the mains examination and simulating students in exam like situation. This is also aimed at bridging the gap between students’ preparation and UPSC’s expectation in a short span of time. The program provides continuous guidance and other academic and mentoring support to the aspirants.


  • To provide step by step guidance to the aspirants
  • To simulate students in exam like situation
  • To increase the scoring ability of the students
  • To enhance exam specific knowledge, understanding and acumen


This program's pragmatic and lucid approach will assist the candidates to understand the demand of UPSC exam in a profound and effective manner. We have adopted the customized way of guiding the students in accordance with their level of preparation, core strengths, skills and competence and availability of time. In addition to questions, the program has been orchestrated to provide support to the aspirants in all possible ways by providing value addition material and continuous guidance to substantiate and enrich the answers.


  • The program comprises of 10 Tests.
  • Questions at par with UPSC mains questions.
  • Focus on conceptual and implied questions.
  • Well-designed tests complimenting aspirant’s self-study plan.
  • Well-illustrated MODEL ANSWERS.
  • Comprehensive coverage of the syllabus.
  • Both offline and online availability of tests.
  • Additional current affairs for different GS section.
  • 360 degree approach for answer writing.
  • Evaluation by UPSC toppers/experts.


Full length tests Total Number of Tests 10 10 English Medium

Schedule of the Program

Date Test No. Syllabus Sources
01/07/2023 01 [GS-I] (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
▪ Indian Culture - Salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
▪ Modern Indian History from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
▪ The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
▪ Post-independence Consolidation and Reorganization within the country.
▪ History of the World will include events from 18th century such as Industrial Revolution, world wars, Redrawal of National Boundaries, Colonization, Decolonization, political philosophies like Communism, Capitalism, Socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.
▪ Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
▪ Role of Women and Women’s Organization, Population and Associated Issues, Poverty and Developmental issues, Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
▪ Effects of Globalization on Indian society.
▪ Social Empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism & Secularism.
▪ Salient features of World’s Physical Geography.
▪ Distribution of Key Natural Resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub- continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
▪ Important Geophysical Phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
✓ An Introduction to Indian Art (Part 1): NCERT Class-11th
✓ NIOS Material for Art & Culture
✓ Modern India (Bipan Chandra) Old NCERT
✓ From Plassey to Partition: Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
✓ NCERT - Themes in Indian History (Part 3)
✓ India's Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
✓ Politics in India since Independence: NCERT Class 12
✓ India since independence- Bipan Chandra
✓ Mastering Modern World History by Normal Lowe
✓ Old NCERT - World History (Arjun Dev)
✓ Indian Society: NCERT Class 12th
✓ Social Change and Development in India: NCERT Class 12th
✓ Yojana
✓ Physical and Human Geography NCERTs - Class 11th &12th
✓ Certificate Physical and Human Geography by GC Leong
✓ Newspapers (The Hindu + Indian Express)
✓ Chahal Monthly Magazine
09/07/2023 02 [GS-II] (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)
▪ Indian Constitution—Historical Underpinnings, Evolution, Features, Amendments, Significant Provisions and Basic Structure.
▪ Functions and Responsibilities of the Union and the States, Issues and Challenges Pertaining to the Federal Structure, Devolution of Powers and Finances up to Local Levels and Challenges Therein.
▪ Separation of Powers between various organs Dispute Redressal Mechanisms and Institutions.
▪ Comparison of the Indian Constitutional Scheme with that of Other Countries.
▪ Parliament and State Legislatures—Structure, Functioning, Conduct of Business, Powers & Privileges and Issues Arising out of these.
▪ Structure, Organization and Functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; Pressure Groups and Formal/Informal Associations and their Role in the Polity.
▪ Salient Features of the Representation of People’s Act.
▪ Appointment to various Constitutional Posts, Powers, Functions and Responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
▪ Statutory, Regulatory and various Quasi-judicial Bodies.
▪ Government Policies and Interventions for Development in various sectors and Issues arising out of their Design and Implementation.
▪ Development Processes and the Development Industry — the Role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
▪ Welfare Schemes for Vulnerable Sections of the population by the Centre and States and the Performance of these Schemes; Mechanisms, Laws, Institutions and Bodies constituted for the Protection and Betterment of these Vulnerable Sections.
▪ Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
▪ Issues relating to Poverty and Hunger.
▪ Important Aspects of Governance, Transparency and Accountability, E-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; Citizens Charters, Transparency & Accountability and institutional and other measures.
▪ Role of Civil Services in a Democracy.
▪ India and its Neighborhood- Relations.
▪ Bilateral, Regional and Global Groupings and Agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
▪ Effect of Policies and Politics of Developed and Developing Countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.
▪ Important International Institutions, agencies and fora - their Structure, Mandate.
✓ Indian Constitution at Work:
✓ Political Theory: NCERT Class-11th
✓ Polity by M Laxmikant
✓ Subhash Kashyap - Our Constitution, Our Parliament
✓ Introduction to the Constitution of India: DD Basu
✓ 2nd ARC
✓ Three Year Action Agenda, 2017-18 to 2019-20 – NITI Aayog
✓ “Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy”-Rajiv Sikri
✓ Political Science: Contemporary World Politics: NCERT Class-12th
✓ “Pax Indica: India and the World in the 21st Century”-Shashi Tharoor
✓ Newspapers (The Hindu + Indian Express)
✓ Websites: • IDSA • Observer Research Foundation (ORF), • https://foreignpolicy.com/
✓ Chahal Monthly Magazine
17/07/2023 03 [GS-III] (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
▪ Indian Economy and issues relating to Planning, Mobilization of Resources, Growth, Development and Employment.
▪ Inclusive Growth and issues arising from it.
▪ Government Budgeting.
▪ Major Crops - Cropping Patterns in various parts of the country, - Different Types of Irrigation and Irrigation Systems; Storage, Transport and Marketing of Agricultural Produce and Issues and Related Constraints; E-technology in the aid of farmers.
▪ Issues related to Direct and Indirect Farm Subsidies and Minimum Support Prices; Public Distribution System - Objectives, Functioning, Limitations, Revamping; Issues of Buffer Stocks and Food Security; Technology Missions; Economics of Animal-Rearing.
▪ Food Processing and Related Industries in India- Scope’ and Significance, Location, Upstream and Downstream Requirements, Supply Chain Management.
▪ Land Reforms in India.
▪ Effects of Liberalization on the Economy, Changes in Industrial Policy and their Effects on Industrial Growth.
▪ Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
▪ Investment Models.
▪ Science and Technology- Developments and their Applications and Effects in Everyday Life.
▪ Achievements of Indians in Science & Technology; Indigenization of Technology and Developing New Technology.
▪ Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nano-technology, Bio-technology and issues relating to Intellectual Property Rights.
▪ Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment.
▪ Disaster and Disaster Management.
▪ Linkages between Development and Spread of Extremism.
▪ Role of External State and Non-state Actors in creating challenges to Internal Security.
▪ Challenges to Internal Security through Communication Networks, Role of Media and Social Networking Sites in Internal Security Challenges, Basics of Cyber Security; Money- Laundering and its prevention.
▪ Security Challenges and their Management in Border Areas - Linkages of Organized Crime with Terrorism.
▪ Various Security Forces and Agencies and their Mandate.
✓ Indian Economic Development: NCERT Class-11th
✓ Macroeconomics: NCERT Class-12th
✓ Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma/ Dutt and Sundharam
✓ Economic Survey+ Budget
✓ Kurukshetra
✓ 2nd ARC
✓ The Science Reporter Magazine
✓ Down to Earth Magazine
✓ Natural Hazards and Disaster Management: A Supplementary Textbook in Geography for Class XI
✓ Book- Challenges to Internal Security of India
✓ 2nd ARC (7th Report Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution)
✓ 2nd ARC (8th Report Combating Terrorism - Protecting by Righteousness)
✓ Newspapers (The Hindu + Indian Express)
✓ Chahal Monthly Magazine
25/07/2023 04 [GS-IV] ▪ Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, Determinants and Consequences of Ethics in - Human Actions; Dimensions of Ethics; Ethics - in Private and Public Relationships. Human Values - Lessons from the Lives and Teachings of Great Leaders, Reformers and Administrators; Role of Family Society and Educational Institutions in Inculcating Values.
▪ Attitude: Content, Structure, Function; its Influence and Relation with Thought and Behaviour; Moral and Political Attitudes; Social Influence and Persuasion.
▪ Aptitude and Foundational Values for Civil Service, Integrity, Impartiality and Non- partisanship, Objectivity, Dedication to Public Service, Empathy, Tolerance and Compassion towards the weaker-sections.
▪ Emotional Intelligence-Concepts, and their Utilities and Application in Administration and Governance.
▪ Contributions of Moral Thinkers and Philosophers from India and World.
▪ Public/Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration: Status and Problems; Ethical Concerns and Dilemmas in Government and Private Institutions; Laws, Rules, Regulations and Conscience as Sources of Ethical Guidance; Accountability and Ethical Governance; Strengthening of Ethical and Moral Values in Governance; Ethical Issues in International Relations and Funding; Corporate Governance.
▪ Probity in Governance: Concept of Public Service; Philosophical Basis of Governance and Probity; Information Sharing and Transparency in Government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work Culture, Quality of Service Delivery, Utilization of Public Funds, Challenges of Corruption.
▪ Case Studies on above issues.
✓ 2nd ARC Report (4th Report- Ethics in Governance, 10th Report – Refurbishing of Personnel Administration)
✓ Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude.
✓ 2nd ARC Report (4th Report- Ethics in Governance, 10th Report – Refurbishing of Personnel Administration)
02/08/2023 05 [E01] Essay Test 1
10/08/2023 06 [GS-I] Complete Syllabus
18/08/2023 07 [GS-II] Complete Syllabus
26/08/2023 08 [GS-III] Complete Syllabus
03/09/2023 09 [GS-IV] Complete Syllabus
11/09/2023 10 [E02] Essay Test-2
FEE (Inclusive of all taxes): Rs.13000/*- only
Note: Date of Mock Test can be rescheduled on the demand of the aspirants. (POSTPONE, BUT NOT PREPONE)

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