All About the Online Test Series: Why Should I Take it?
The Civil Services market, of today, is brimming with the
Online Test Series, for
IAS Prelims. However, one often wonders, why should
one take such tests. The value of online series might seem to be lesser than the
real-time OMR sheet-based Mock tests. However, the use and role of the Online
test series needs to be considered, in the light of the tight schedules and time
limitations of a UPSC aspirant. Thus,
IASEXAMPORTAL presents an analysis of the
significance of the
Online Test Series, for an IAS aspirant.
As a part of our drive to help the budding aspirants, the
IASEXAMPORTAL has made an attempt to provide an objective analysis of the value of
online test series for a
UPSC aspirant. Thus, lets deal with the merits and
demerits of the same:
The main advantages of the Online test series for the
IAS Prelims are:
On the other hand, there might be certain demerits of the online tests for the
mainstream students. For instance, some candidates argue that the online tests
are conducted in an unreal/virtual environment, which does not create a feeling
of the real exam; Also, some object to the absence of any OMR sheet, which
itself it a difficult task for some, as the online tests does not give the
candidate enough practice in handling the OMR sheets.
Online tests might also be
a difficult for the aspirants belonging to areas with no internet coverage.
However, IASEXAMPORTAL also provides the facility of postal test series to the
candidates belonging to such areas. The above mentioned demerits might be valid,
but the significance of the Online test series is only realized by a serious
candidate, who cannot afford to spend a whole day, running to the exam centre
and adjusting his time, according to the exam schedules.
The Online Strategy
A serious candidate for the
IAS exam should not take any test
lightly. Thus, before sitting for the exam, make sure that you are prepared. Do
not take the tests, if you are not prepared. The
online test series have been
crafted for your convenience. Thus, take these as an opportunity to save your
time and effort.
Today, a number of institutes are offering their
Online Test Series. However, an aspirant finds it difficult to bear the
expensive costs to take those examinations. Thus, the IASEXAMPORTAL has come up
with a pocket-friendly online test series, for the civil services aspirants.
These tests have been carefully made, in accordance with the latest trends of
IAS Prelims. Further, the candidate can take the tests, and get immediate
answers and explanations, while also getting their All India Ranking. Also, to
help the aspirants living in areas with no internet access, IASEXAMPORTAL has
decided to provide the facility of
postal test series, on
special request. Take demo test.
Online Test Series has been made to serve the interest of
the aspirants, who are not able to follow the strict schedules of the offline
tests. This step is also guided by a concern for the working professionals and
the far flung students, who are not able to visit the test centers frequently.
Thus, you can easily log into our site and take these tests, as per your
convenience. We would be more than happy to provide the appropriate guidance and
support to you.
Value of All India Ranking (AIR)
The concept of AIR is a new one. However, not every candidate
realize the value of All India Ranking, in evaluating their performance. So, we
present the significance and value of the AIR, in examining the performance of
the candidates, and using them in self-evaluation.
All India Ranking is a mechanism which provides a candidate
with his all-India ranking, for a test. This is important for the candidate in
evaluating his standing in the competition. It is important to understand that
the level of competition, in the
IAS Prelims, is immense. Around 3,50,000+
students take the prelims every year. Out of this giant number, only a few are
able to make up to the next stage of the exam.
For instance, for the 2010 Prelims examination, about 2,69,000+ aspirants
took the prelims examination. From this huge number, only about 11,865 could sit
for the Mains. This indicates the competition for the exam.
In this context, it should be helpful to know about one's
standing in the competition. The All India Ranking helps a candidate to know
about his standing in the competition. Since the actual level of marks does not
decide one's standing, it is important to secure one's place in the cut-offs.
For instance, while the cut-offs for the years 2010-2012 have been hovering
around 200-215 marks, the level of cut-off reached to 225-230 for the year 2013.
Due to this, many of the candidates, who prepared to secure their seats in the
Mains, could not qualify. This created a lot of hue and cry in the civil
Thus, the AIR system helps you to know about your standing in
the competition. For instance, if the total number of candidates taking the
Online Test Series is 5000, an AIR of about 200-300 would land you in a good
place. This would be very helpful in your preparations. Based upon your
percentile score in the test series, you can adapt your preparations
For any further query and confusion, you can always contact the
We wish all the Candidates, All the Best for your Exams!!