UPSC has been proving time and again the necessity for a focused and streamlined preparation for Prelims. In the competition of making it to the Mains, most aspirants are running behind Test Series programmes which are not in sync with UPSC standards. The questions often disorient preparation and drag the aspirants down to Institutions way of preparing, which essentially UPSC is trying to break away from.
Through Civil Services Prelims Exam-2019, UPSC has again proved that it is taking some unconventional paths. This method and approach of UPSC require a preparation which is unconventional. Traditional preparation and Mock test approach of the institutions is not going to work going ahead. There is a need to take a quantum leap in the approach for prelims both in terms of content and testing patterns. We, Team Manifest IAS, have proved this year that our approach to Civil Services Prelims Exam -2019 is in the UPSC way by aligning our classrooms and tests to the UPSC relevant content which has given us brilliant results. Kindly refer the article https://www.manifestias.com/2019/06/0…
But this is not enough. The traditional mock tests based on Pen and Paper exams have limitations in terms of the inputs they give to students and the self-analysis they provide. And some online platforms are just replicating Pen and Paper tests on the digital platform without using the full capability of the digital domain. By considering these limitations and the dynamic nature of the preliminary exam we have come up with a data analytics-driven platform. This platform in one swoop captures numerous data points of the examinee like the time consumed for each question, the basis for answering a question (Knowledge, Elimination or Random Guess), the areas in which a student is weak and crunches the numbers to give useful insights to the aspirant. This platform uses the most advanced data analytics and logic trees to generate a report which gives a realistic assessment to the students and helps them reorient their preparation in UPSC way.
Here, at Manifest IAS, we are trying to build synchrony between Knowledge about UPSC with the most advanced and technology-driven testing platform to help the students in getting the best of both worlds.
Components of the course
Most test series in the market today are providing half baked synopsis, which is irrelevant for many of the questions. They don’t even explore the underlying and alternate dimensions of a given question. If the concept behind the question is not thoroughly discussed and instilled in the minds of students, the entire process of testing will remain an incomplete endeavour with no sense of holism. It leads to mere frustration in the journey of preparation wherein, the candidate keeps fighting directionless in the competition, finally making his/her phase of UPSC preparation more of a punishment than a joy.
We acknowledge that Prelims is a major hurdle and even the most experienced candidates face the brunt. If this first hurdle is not cleared, hundreds of hours spent on structuring your Mains answers and building content goes in vain.
With first-hand experience and years of dedication both as aspirants and mentors at various institutes in Delhi & Bangalore, we the Manifest Team have come up with Year Long Prelims Test Series Programme.
Let us break it down for you on why there is a need for a year-long preparation & why we are unique at what we do?
UPSC preliminary by its very nature requires a focused study with a firm grip over the concepts along with a thorough awareness of current developments. These days, the aspect of interdisciplinary questions are taking centre stage. This requires a preparation which is by design, able to handle the aforementioned dynamics of UPSC.
All India Year Long Test Series is designed to handle UPSC prelims
The test series provides for 5 kinds of tests:
- Basic NCERT Tests
- Sectional Prelims Tests
- Revision Tests
- Subject Wise Revision Tests (To help you consolidate)
- Full Length Simulated Tests (To help you acclimatise to UPSC standards)
These tests will ensure progress from the concept building stage to the stage where you will have the ability to handle more advanced questions. The answer key and a brief synopsis will be provided after each test. Each test will be followed by thorough test discussion on the same day by subject experts (Faculty Themselves). The faculty will not only solidify your understanding of the subject, but also share tricks to tackle tougher questions.
Our syllabus for test series is aligned to the demands of UPSC with emphasis on concept building through our Basic tests – exclusively based on NCERT.
Once the Basic tests are completed, we move to the Sectional Tests. The subject integrated with syllabus is planned in such a way, giving ample time for aspirants to study and revise. We provide an exhaustive list of subtopics to be covered and also a list of standard textbooks and reference books.
The Sectional tests will also include current affairs of that particular period for students to keep a track and test their current affairs knowledge. The current affairs in this component includes PIB, PRS and The Hindu to ensure comprehensive coverage of all the relevant sources.
The prelims tests are also punctuated with Revision tests, which help the students to revise the topics that have been covered in the previous tests. Re-reading and consolidation forms the most important aspect of UPSC preparation.
In the month of March, we will be providing Subject Wise Revision Module Tests, which shall make up the third leg of revision for students.
The stage wise tests with division of syllabus in a manner which takes into account the ability of students, helping them to plan their preparation in sync with our test series.
Then comes the Last Leg of the test series. In the month of April, Full length Simulated Tests will be conducted, helping you to get in the groove and be prepared for the final exam.
Along with these tests, there will be Sectional and Full Length CSAT tests. These will help the students get enough practice for the Paper 2 of Prelims.
In total there will be 33 tests of General studies and 8 tests of CSAT
The tests will be followed by a brief synopsis of the answers which help the aspirants to quickly verify their answers. A sample of the way the synopsis is provided after the exam is given below
The component of test discussion is the one which makes the course stand out. The test discussion will not be a mere discussion on the question given, it will also provide a detailed explanation of all associated concepts. It will also have a clear and succinct explanation of the concepts in multi-dimensions.
The discussion component will show you the clear and unhindered path of progress which can further be tested through the revision tests.
This strategy of discussion will help you better than the unilateral synopsis approach as, the discussion takes place immediately after the tests (on the same day).It will not only help in understanding the concepts, but also in better retention
This method of instruction through discussion has been tried and proved to be very efficient in our previous test series and the satisfaction of Aspirants associated with us stands testimony to this
How our testing platform stands apart compared to other online portals?
Our platform has the uniqueness of integrating technology and knowledge. Our platform is not just an imitation of the pen and paper-based tests on a digital domain. Our platform is designed to be scientific- precise – data-driven and user-friendly. It uses the new age METACOGNITIVE ANALYTICS to help the students in their preparation.
This platform helps the students in three ways- Answering Approach, Preparation Strategy insights, Attempt strategy insights.
It gives students a realistic assessment of their capabilities by taking their inputs on the method they used for solving a question i.e., KNOWLEDGE, ELIMINATION or RANDOM GUESS. Based on the inputs given by students the platform will give a clear report card at the end of the exam for the user to see how they fared by using different methods of solving a question. Here is a sample of how the question interface looks like and the report card associated with it
Report on Answering Approach
This helps the students in knowing which strategy is best suited for them and which approach they have to work on. For example, a student usually makes a lot of silly and random guesses in the exam the report clearly points to how many marks he is losing by making random guesses. This helps him in better disciplining his Answering strategy. As many times students mainly loose out of the prelims race because of the negative marks they get by random guess.
Preparation strategy insights
Apart from Answering approach, the platform provides for Preparation strategy insights. These insights are based on a clear list of SUB-TOPICS which are coded along with the questions on the platform. This helps the platform in identifying the problem areas in preparation of a particular student. Let’s explain this with an example, In a given exam there were three questions given on the Economic Exploitation of India during British rule if a student does all the questions right then the category is shown in the form of Green coded Mastered topic. If he does two questions right of the three given questions it will fall under the category of Blue coded Scoring topics. If he commits a mistake in all three questions or if he answers only one question correctly it will form part of the Red coded danger topics. As can be seen in the below pictures
This helps the students in arriving at a very good assessment of the areas one is strong in and the areas one should focus on. If a serious aspirant gets the direction of preparation in the form of areas he is weak in he will immediately work on them so that he will improve his competence in the given area. As the SUB-TOPICS we provide are clear and in line with the demand of UPSC the student will get actionable inputs.
Apart from this we also provide a subject performance indicator which helps the students in understanding their areas of weakness relative to their areas of strength which helps them in scheduling their preparation better. For example, the student performance in the image provided below is better in Economy compared to other subjects and his performance in Geography is bad compared to other subjects. If this form of clear notational representation is provided it becomes anybody’s guess that he has to focus more on Geography compared to Economy.
Attempt Strategy Insights
UPSC Prelims 2019 is being considered one of the lengthiest papers UPSC has ever made and many students have mismanaged their time and were unable to finish the paper in 120 minutes. This last section of the report card addresses this issue it helps the students in understanding his time usage pattern and the score he is attaining for the time he is spending. This report if properly utilised the student will get a chance to analyse which subjects and kind of questions he is usually spending more time on and the outcome he is getting from the time spent. This helps him to develop the required flexibility to intelligently navigate his way across the paper and identify the time trapping questions laid by UPSC and develop an attempt strategy which helps him in optimising his score. This report will be very beneficial for people who are facing challenges with time in CSAT paper too. Here is a sample of the Attempt Strategy Insights report
We are extending the test series in both offline and online mode. The offline mode of the test will be conducted in our centre at Bangalore on the designated day followed by a discussion. The model online mode of the test can be taken on our Web portal.
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