Foundation Course:

IPCI has carefully designed the IAS Foundation Course for the under-graduate students who aspire to achieve success in UPSC exam. This course has been designed as an introduction to the preparation for civil services exams. The students are given exposure to a broad range of topics, keeping in mind the needs and requirements of the preliminary exams of UPSC. The Course is delivered by faculty members, visiting scholars and specialized practitioners in the respective fields. The topics covered include public policy and administration, politics, history, geography, economics, science and technology and current affairs. The Foundation Course gives emphasis on assignments, field visits, screening of documentaries and socially relevant films, lectures by experts as well as successful UPSC candidates etc. It focuses on development of the overall personality, communication skills, competitive approach, writing skills etc. Various methods are utilized for cultivation of these skills such as group discussions, presentations, newspaper reading, book review, mock Parliament, mock interviews etc. Thus the course aims at enriching the overall learning experience of the students through various methodologies and making them curious about the happenings around them. Through all these efforts, the students are mainly prepared for General studies. They are also introduced to some optional subjects and are assisted in choosing the same. All these efforts go well in laying a solid foundation not only for preparation of UPSC but it proves to be extremely useful for overall personality development of students who would like to pursue any other career as well.

While some people dream of success, we make it happen. We run two kind of batches, Foundation, Regular and Weekend, to help you to prepare for IAS. These are taught in both English and Hindi medium

Foundation Course specially designs for UPSC Exam. Foundation course not required for Bank and SSC Exam.


UPSC Prelims Exam: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Preliminary Examination for Civil Services is a kind of screening test only; the marks scored in the UPSC Preliminary Examination by the candidates will be declared to be qualified for the Mains Examination but will not count up for determining the final order of merit of the candidates.

The UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination comprises of two papers i.e., General Studies Paper-I and CSAT Paper-II with objective questions or generally called as multiple choice questions (MCQ).

Both the papers carry 200 marks each that sum up to 400 marks, the civil services preliminary exam is aimed to be as a screening test only. In the CSAT Paper 2 of Civil Services preliminary Exam, the candidates will have to score a minimum 33 percent of marks, whereas, the marks of General Studies Paper-I will be taken into account for ranking in the prelims based on which the candidates will qualify in UPSC Mains Exam (written).

The CSAT Paper-II covers the analytical or as commonly known as an aptitude test.  In this paper, candidates have to score at least 33 percent to qualify for the Civil Services Mains Exam.

Candidates who qualify for UPSC Mains Exam of a particular year will be eligible to write the mains exam of that particular year only.

UPSC Main Exam: The Civil Services Main Examination is the second stage of the Civil Services Exam. Only those candidates who clear IAS Prelims are eligible to sit for IAS Mains. It comprises 9 papers, out of which marks for only 7 are taken into consideration while preparing the merit list & the remaining 2 are merely qualifying in nature. Each candidate who is eligible for taking the Main Examination has to choose an optional subject, in addition to General Studies & Essay Paper, which are mandatory for all candidates.

The UPSC Mains Examination is intended to assess the academic skills of the candidates and their capability to state their knowledge in a precise and reasonable way. The mains examination is to analyze the general intellectual persona and profundity of understanding of candidates instead of their extent of information and memory.


SSC Prelims Exams:

Tier ­I of the Online Examination will comprise of one paper of Objective Type with the following parts:

Exam Pattern of Tier-I

TierMode of ExaminationScheme of ExaminationMarksSyllabusTime
IComputer basedGeneral Intelligence & Reasoning (25 Questions)50 Marks Click here5 Minutes (Total) For VH and candidates suffering from Cerebral Palsy: 100 Minutes
General Awareness (25 Questions)50 MarksClick here
Quantitative Aptitude (25 Questions)50 MarksClick here
English Comprehension (25 Questions)50 MarksClick here


SSC Mains Exam:

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2016 for Tier-II:

The candidates who qualify in the written examination would be taking the Tier 2 of the SSC CGL Exam 2016. Here also the marking scheme would be same.

Following table shows the exam pattern for the SSC CGL TIER-II exam

Name of SubjectNumber of QuestionsMarks allotted in the sectionCourse Details
Quantitative Aptitude100200Click here
English Language and Comprehension200200Click here
Mathematics/Statistics/Economics/Commerce100200Click here

Highlights of Tier-II (Mains) Exam Pattern

  • Tier-II of the examination would comprise four papers in total. Each paper would be for the duration of two hours. Of these four papers, two papers i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II is compulsory for all the candidates.
  • Paper-I would be on Quantitative Ability (100 Questions) of 200 marks. Each question would carry two marks. Negative marks for each wrong answer would be 0.50 marks
  • Paper-II would be on English Language and Comprehension (200 Questions) of 200 Marks. Each question would carry one mark. 0.25 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Paper-III would be on Statistics (100 Questions) of 200 marks. This paper will be for those candidates who have applied for the post of Statistical Investigator (now known as Junior Statistical Officer). Each question would carry two marks. 0.50 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Paper-IV will be for those candidates who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) in C&AG. The said paper would comprise two parts i.e., Finance and Accounts for which there would be 40 questions carrying 80 marks and Economics and Governance which would have 60 questions carrying 120 marks.
  • In all there would be 100 questions carrying 200 Marks with each question carrying two marks. 0.50 marks would be deducted for each wrong answer. The paper will be for a duration of two hours.
  • Paper-I would be of 10th Standard level, Paper-II of 10+2 level and Paper-III & Paper-IV of graduation level.

Scheme and Exam Pattern of Tier-III

Scheme of CGL Examination 2016: The examination will be conducted in 4 tiers as indicated below:

Name of TestType of Test
Tier – IWritten Examination (Objective Multiple Choice type)
Tier – IIWritten Examination (Objective Multiple Choice type)
Tier – IIIPen and paper Test (Descriptive paper in English/Hindi (Writing of Essay /Letter/Application Writing Etc.))
Tier-IVSkill Test (wherever applicable)/ Document Verification


Bank Exam

Bank  PO & Clerk exam in two levels preliminary exam and  mains exam.  Bank Pre Exam Pattern contains fewer objective type questions with shorter duration.

Prelims Exam:

Pre-Examination have some quick and multi-choice questions (MCQ) from both subjects reasoning, English, quantitative aptitude.


Sr No.Test NameSyllabusQns.MarksDuration
1Reasoning Ability PaperClick here353501 hour
2Quantitative Aptitude PaperClick here3535
3English Language PaperClick here3030
 TotalClick here100100


Mains Exam:

Mains Exam Pattern Basically Common written exam  (CWE) for Clerical cadre have 200 Objective type questions (IBPS Clerk Syllabus) Contains five sections Reasoning, English Language, Numerical Ability Test, General Awareness Test & Computer Knowledge.

Both Sections have same marks with time duration of 135 Minutes, and Negative marking is also applicable with an effect of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. Check table below.

Sr No.(Objective) Test NameSyllabusMarks(Separately timed)
1IBPS Reasoning TestClick here5030 Min.
2IBPS English Language TestClick here4030 Min.
3IBPS Quantitative Aptitude TestClick here5030 Min.
4IBPS General Awareness TestClick here4025 Min.
5IBPS Computer Knowledge TestClick here2020 Min.
Total200135 Min.


Optional Subject:

The UPSC mains (written) examination consists of nine papers, two qualifying papers and seven papers counted for ranking. As per the latest syllabus, the number of optional subjects to be selected is reduced to one, though the weightage of the optional paper is only 500 marks.  As per Civil services mains new pattern general studies papers consisting 1000 marks and Optional paper consists of two papers of 250 marks each. This is the complete list of optional subjects for (UPSC)civil services main examination. You have to opt for any one subject. Click on the subject name to view its syllabus.


Group 1

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology


Group 2

Note: You can opt for the literatures of a language as an optional subject, only if you have graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject.

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English