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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is www.prelimsmodeltests.com ?
A. It is a website which offers online testing of practice papers for general studies exam on the pattern of civil services preliminary general study and CSAT examination. These online mock tests are suitable for all Indian exams having a paper on General study such as UPSC civil Services Preliminary Exam, Indian Engineering Service Exam, Indian Forest Service Exam, State Public Service Commission etc.
Q. What subjects does it cover?
A. The site has GS for Prelims exam and the newly introduced Civil Services Aptitude Test for Civil Services Prelims Exam since 2011.
Q. I am from Arts back ground and I face difficulty in tackling questions on general mental ability. Now with the introduction of Civil Services Aptitude Test (Paper II) what chances do I stand in CS Prelims Exam?
A. "There is always hope." As long as you are willing to learn General Mental Ability and the associated questions on high school level mathematics, You can do it. The CSAT paper will be a mix of paragraph Comprehension testing the ability to grasp the meaning of the paragraph and drawing conclusion from it. Numerical ability, simple algebric equations, routine questions on time, distance, work done, simple interest, compound interest, statistics, reading graphs and charts, logical reasoning, set theroy, permutation and combination and of course the most dicy topic "Probability". The test series will cover all these topics and provide detailed explanation to all the questions. It is as good as detailed study notes or a good class room coaching. Since 2015 CSAT (Paper II) has been made a qualifying Paper with 33% marks and it will not count for the final selection in Prelims Exam
Q. I have been relying on the strength of my optional paper and hardly bothered for GS paper. How this changed scenario will affect the prospects of qualifying prelims exam?
A. The situation will be a little bit challenging for Arts graduates because too much of mathmatical type of questions is disadvantageous to them. Neverrtheless systematic practice can take care of it. Further, with optional subject being no more there is no choice but to learn it.
Q. How will I gain from this site?
A. As this site offers online test based on the pattern of general study paper of Civil services examination, You get the real exposure to Civil services Preliminary General Study Exam. Moreover, it will benefit you in other exams like State Public Service Commission's Exam and other exam having a Paper of Genreal Studies or Aptitude Tests.
Q. I am still preparing for UPSC exam and intend to appear in exam next year or after 2 to 3 years. should i join now or later?
A. It is advisable to join right now as the all the tests come with unlimited validity so the username and password provided to you will hold good after 2 to 3 years also.
Q. But such practise papers are available in all the competitive exam magazines?
A. Yes, it is available. But what is lacking is the real time test environment. At leisure you can study anything but how do you get the exposure to a real time exam. How many times you have noticed in your school exams that you tend to forget small things or are not able to recall what you had studied very well at home. All this is actually because of lack of practise. Practise is actually the key to success. Your level of practise should be such that you are able to take the exam anytime. There should be no fear or nervousness while entering the examination hall. This is only possible by rigorous practice. Practice.. practice and more practice.
Q. I am preparing only for State Public Services commission Examinations. Is it useful for me?
A. Yes! It is very much useful as the content of General Study Exam is by and large same for all the State Public Services commission Examinations.
Q. How many times can I take a test?
A. You can take the tests any number of time.
Q. Can I save the test on my computer so that I can take the tests even when Internet connectivity is not available?
A. Yes. you can download the tests in pdf format on your computer and take its printout to get the real feel of the UPSC Preliminary Exam.
Q. Can I save the detailed solution on my computer so that I can take print out of it or read it on my computer without connecting to the internet?
A. Yes. You can download the detailed soultion in your computer. It is in pdf format and you need Acrobat Reader to read it.
Q. How do I know whether I have scored correctly or not?
A. The result is displayed as soon as you complete the model paper and submit the paper by clicking the submit button.
Q. Do you give only answer key or detailed explanation to the questions?
A. Detailed solution is provided to all the Paper I and II tests.
Q. What exactly is detailed solution? Does it merely explains the answer or it provides the content in detail regarding the facts concerned with the question?
A. The detailed solution explains the answer by providing detailed reading materail (in most of the questions).
Q. Do you provide separate reading material?
A. No. The detailed solution itself is a large amount of reading material which explains each question in great detail thereby providing reading materail related to that topic .
Q. How many Questions can I find in the exam from these tests
A. The past nine years experience of Prelimsmodeltests.com has shown that directly or indirectly 60-70 Questions can be easily tackled with the help of these tests. Moreover, the key to success in Prelims Exam is the ability to develop the intution for the correct answer out of the four choices. With wide study and a lot of practice you can easily use the technique of elimination and arrive to the correct answer.
Q. Two new changes have been introduced by the UPSC recently. One is clubbing of the Indian Forest Service Exam with the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam and the shifting of the exam from May to August. Why is it so?
A. This is perhaps to make the exam more competitive and to give the participants less time between the result of the Preliminary Exam and the date of commencement of Mains Exam. In 2017 the exam was held in June. The timing keeps changing.