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Test Details

  • 14 Tests
    • 2 Essay Tests
    • 8 Sectional full-length Tests
    • 4 Comprehensive Tests


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LevelUP IAS Mains Test Series: How It Aids in Your Preparation

  • Syllabus Completion:
    • Designed to achieve timely and early completion of the syllabus.
    • Comprehensive coverage of the syllabus.
    • Ensures inclusion of all relevant topics.
  • Progressive Difficulty Level:
    • Mock tests gradually increase in difficulty, reflecting the progression of the actual UPSC CSE mains examination.
    • Ensures students are adequately challenged and prepared for the complexity of the real exam.
  • Relevance to Current Affairs:
    • Incorporates questions assessing understanding of current affairs and their connection to relevant exam topics.
    • Ensures students stay updated and develop a holistic understanding of the subject matter.
  • Exam-like Environment:
    • Simulates actual exam conditions closely.
    • Helps students become familiar with the exam atmosphere and manage time effectively.
  • Detailed Answer Key and Explanations:
    • Provides comprehensive solution with detailed explanations for each mock test.
    • Incorporates current affairs updates.
  • Timely Evaluation and Feedback:
    • The first two evaluations will be done face-to-face to pinpoint areas of improvement.
    • Timely evaluation of mock test and performance.
    • Offers individualized feedback and performance analysis for each student.
  • Mentor Support:
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    • Helps students understand the correct approach, learn from mistakes, and improve answer-writing skills.
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  • Regular Assessment and Reorientation:
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    • Offers necessary reorientation whenever required.
    • Helps students avoid unguided self-study without clear deadlines or objectives.
    • Ensures discipline and guidance throughout the preparation process.

Detailed Test Calendar for ASCEND-2023







Essay Test – 1

Philosophical and thematic essays



Sectional Test-1 (GS 1)

(20 Questions /

3 Hour / 250 Marks)

Topic 1: Art & Culture: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Topic 2: Modern History: Modern Indian history

from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues. Freedom Struggle — its various stages

and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

Topic 3: Post-Independence: Post-independence

consolidation and reorganization within the country.

Topic 4: World History: History of the world will

include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the




Sectional Test- 2 (GS 1)

(20 Questions /

3 Hour / 250 Marks)

Topic 5: Indian Society: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Role of women and women's organization, population and associated. issues, poverty, and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies. Topic 6: Effects of globalization on Indian society. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

Topic 7: Physical Geography: Salient features of

world's physical geography.

Topic 8: Human and Economic Geography: Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of    primary,         secondary, and                    tertiary         sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).

Topic 9: Geophysical Phenomena: Important

Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes,

Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc.,





geographical features and their location-changes in         critical         geographical                            features         (including waterbodies and icecaps) and in flora and fauna

and the effects of such changes.



Sectional Test- 3 (GS 2)

(20 Questions /

3 Hour / 250 Marks)

Topic       1:       Indian                     Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

Topic 2: Functions and responsibilities of the

Union and the States, issues, and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

Topic 3: Separation of powers between various

organs, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

Topic 4: Comparison of the Indian constitutional

scheme with that of other countries.

Topic 5: Parliament and State legislatures structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these. Topic 6: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

Topic 7: Salient features of the Representation of

People's Act.

Topic 8: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

Topic 9: Statutory, regulatory, and various quasi-

judicial bodies.



Sectional Test- 4 (GS 2)

(20 Questions /

3 Hour / 250 Marks)

Topic 10: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Topic  11:  Development  processes  and  the

development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

Topic 12: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections

of the population by the Centre and States and the

performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

Topic 13: Issues relating to development and

management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources

Topic 14: Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

Topic 15: Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability, and institutional and other measures.

Topic 16: Role of civil services in a democracy.

Topic 17: India and its neighborhood- relations. Topic 18: Bilateral, regional, and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

Topic 19: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.

Topic 20: Important International institutions,

agencies, and fora- their structure, mandate.



Sectional Test- 5 (GS 3)

(20 Questions /

3 Hour / 250 Marks)

Topic 1: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.

Topic 2: Inclusive growth and issues arising from


Topic 3: Government Budgeting

Topic 4: Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, – different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.

Topic 5: Issues related to direct and indirect

farming; subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.

Topic 6: Food processing and related industries in

India- scope' and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

Topic 7: Land reforms in India

Topic 8: Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth

Topic 9: Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads,

Airports, Railways etc.

Topic 10: Investment models



Sectional Test- 6 (GS 3)

(20 Questions /

3 Hour / 250 Marks)

Topic 11: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Topic 12: Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

Topic 13: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space,

Computers,               robotics,                                      Nanotechnology, biotechnology, and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

Topic 14: Conservation, environmental pollution

and degradation, environmental impact assessment

Topic 15: Disaster and disaster management

Topic 16: Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

Topic 17: Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security. Topic 18: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention

Topic    19:    Security        challenges                  and    their

management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism

Topic 20: Various Security forces and agencies and

their mandate





Sectional Test- 7 (GS 4)

(20 Questions /

3 Hour / 250 Marks)

Topic 1: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of ethics in human actions, Dimensions of ethics, Ethics in private and public relationships, Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators, Role of family, society, and educational institutions in inculcating values.

Topic 2: Attitude: content, structure, function; its

influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

Topic 3: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil

Service,              integrity,                             impartiality         and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance, and compassion towards the weaker sections

Topic 4: Emotional intelligence-concepts, and

their utilities and application in administration and governance.

Case Studies on above issues



Sectional Test- 8 (GS 4)

(20 Questions /

3 Hour / 250 Marks)

Topic 5: Contribution of Moral Thinkers and Philosophers: Western & Indian.

Topic 6: Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public            administration:             Status   and        problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations, and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance.

Topic 7: Probity in Governance: Concept of public

service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen's Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

Topic 8: Case Studies on above issues.




Test 10 – ESSAY




Test 11 - GS 1




Test 12 - GS 2




Test 13 - GS 3




Test 14 - GS 4


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