Best UPSC Mains Test Series 2018 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 aspirants with their preparations for UPSC Mains 2018, we have compiled the list of Top 5 IAS coaching institutes that provide most helpful UPSC Mains Test Series.  It will narrow down the search of Civil Services aspirants and help them choose the most suitable one.



UPSC Mains Test Series

Vajiram & Ravi
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  • 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 2018 Test Series includes 12 tests in total. Out of those 12 tests, last 4 tests are basically conducted for self-assessment and the model answers are provided for the same to enhance your writing skills.
  • Model Answers provided.

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 are worth the wait.
  • Detailed discussion on each paper with experts and proper feedback is shared to help you assess your strength and weakness 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.

Other Benefits:

  • Test Discussion videos by UPSC Toppers uploaded on LMS for reference
  • Answer hints: Formulated in three sections; Key Concepts, Model Answers, and Supplementary reading material.
  • Chanakya’s Monthly Magazine ‘Chanakya Civil Services Today’ and ‘Chanakya Weekly Current Affairs and Newspaper Analysis’ booklet (soft copy only)

Rau’s IAS 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.

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.


  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 reasons 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.


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