Best UPSC Mains Test Series to prepare for Civil Services Examination 1

Every year thousands of students qualify the UPSC Prelims by dint of sheer hard work, dedication and good guidance. But when it comes to Mains preparation, aspirants are required to put in more efforts to ensure their place among the top rankers. To help you with your preparations for UPSC Mains 2017, we have compiled the list of Top 5 IAS coaching institutes that provide most helpful UPSC Mains Test Series.  It will definitely narrow down your search and choose the most suitable one for you.

1 – Vision IAS

The UPSC Mains Test Series offered by Vision IAS, is one of the most talked about among the IAS aspirants and the reason for that are as follows:

  • Their Mains Test series is available online and it’s quite flexible in nature, one can appear for the same as per their schedule and convenience.
  • Their Test Series for Civil Services Mains covers all 4 papers of GS. They also provide additional course material on Current Affairs and other topics.
  • They also provide the online evaluation and feedback for all the copies checked within 7 to 10 days’ time. However, it is a bit expensive.
Starting from 3rd July 12 TESTS (8 Section wise Tests + 4 Full Length Tests)


(Current Affairs + Value Addition Material + Supplementary Material : Soft Copy Only)*


(incl. all taxes)

Starting from 9th July 8 FULL LENGTH TESTS


(Current Affairs + Value Addition Material + Supplementary Material : Soft Copy Only)*


(incl. all taxes)

2 – Chanakya IAS Academy

Chanakya provides their UPSC Mains Test Series through Classroom, Postal and Online courses.  The features of their Test Series are as follows:

  • They offer the most cost-effective Test Series, which is completely based on UPSC Mains Exams pattern.
  • The answer-sheets get checked and evaluated by experts and ex- service officers, which takes a little time but the analysis and assessment shared by them is worth the wait.
  • Detailed discussion on each paper with experts and proper feedback is shared to help you assess your strength and weakness in order to improve your performance accordingly.
  • They also share the Model Answers (for reference) by their successful candidates, so one can easily learn and work on sharpening their skills.




Early Bird Offer Discounted Amount Till

22nd July Rs.7500

(Actual Cost – Rs.15,000)

15 Tests: 8 Sectional Tests, 4 Full-length and 3 Essay Papers.
Option 1 Rs. 9000 15 Tests: 8 Sectional Tests, 4 Full-Length Tests
Option 2 Rs.4000 4 Tests: 4 full-length Tests.
Option 3 Rs.2500 3 Tests: 3 Essay Papers.

Enroll now in Chanakya’s Mains Test Series

3 – Insight IAS

The UPSC Mains Test Series offered by Insights IAS includes 38 Test of GS Mains papers which also includes the essay writing questions. These test papers are available both offline and online.

  • Their offline Mains Test Series sessions will give you the exact feel of real exam conditions and help you to discuss the paper the same day.
  • They also provide synopsis of all the tests they conduct except the Essay Tests.
  • The evaluation of the papers is done within 1 – 3 days so the students don’t need to wait very long for the results.

23 Topic wise Mock Tests, 08 Revision-cum Mock Tests, 06 Full Syllabus Tests (Each Test is of 100 Questions) in Rs. 7500/-

4 – Vajiram & Ravi

Vajiram & Ravi are well known for their interactive classroom sessions and their UPSC Mains test series offers some great benefits for IAS aspirants.

  • Their IAS Mains 2017 Test Series includes 16 tests in total. Out of those 16 tests, last 4 tests are basically conducted for self-assessment and the model answers are provided for the same to enhance your writing skills.
  • One can participate in the offline tests on Sundays and take the online test on any day except Sunday before the next exam begins.
  • They provide Model Answers only for the Final 4 Tests based on each paper and not for the rest of the topics based tests.

Online Mains Test Series Fee


INR 10500

Classroom Test Series Fee to be paid by Credit Card / Debit Card (Bank charges applicable) or Demand Draft favoring “VAJIRAM & RAVI” payable at Delhi

Rau’s Academy

Rau’s IAS Academy offers discussion based lectures by different subject experts before the exam or mock test.

  • The experts discuss in detail everything about the themes, issues and topics expected in the upcoming exam and work with the students in a personalized way to help them improve their answers.
  • Then they conduct Thematic Tests at the end of these discussion classes followed by the discussion.
  • They provide their test-series in both online and offline mode for both English and Hindi medium students.
Programme Fee – For new students INR 16,500

– For Rau’s ex-student INR 10,500

Complimentary for all students of Rau’s GSI programme in the year 2016

For Online Test Series only INR 8,500

I would like to request you all to share your opinion on the above mentioned test series (If you have availed any).  If you have availed any other test series, which you think would be more helpful and beneficial for other aspirants, do share it in the comments section.