Union Public Service Commission

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examination every year for recruitment to various prestigious positions in the Government ofIndia. The exam pattern for UPSC CSE is quite complicated, and a typical examination cycle lasts for almost a year from the preliminary exam until the final results are declared. The three stages of the IAS exams are: Prelims, Mains & Personality Test.

Master Trainer

Mr. Nitin Kasliwal

Course Fee

₹ 75000

Available Seats


Upcoming Batch

18 May 2023


IAS Foundation Batch

ACSA's IAS Foundation program serves vital components of UPSC preparation covering all the subjects for General Studies for all the levels i.e. Prelims, Mains and Interview through a protracted and measured process. The course covers various aspects like basic concepts, their application in the examination, the ability to articulate through answer writing practice, regular updates and a dynamic approach with a focus on current affairs.

IAS Crash Course

Prelims examination is the first step towards your journey for a prestigious career in Civil Services. ACSA leaves no stone unturned, this program aims to prepare students for UPSC-Pre 2021​ based on foundation concepts and current affairs. The course is designed in such a way that confidence is developed in the aspirants to handle the needs and demands of the prelims examination with ease.

IAS Pre Test Series

The Preliminary Test is by far the most challenging stage of the Civil Services Examination with nearly 5 lakh candidates taking the test each year.

After GS Paper 2 - CSAT was made qualifying in 2015, the GS Paper- 1 has assumed greater significance in deciding the success of a candidate in the Preliminary Test which seeks to eliminate non-serious candidates from entering the Main Examination.

With more then 100 questions deciding your entry into the Main Examination, the room for error in this stage is miniscule.

In addition to changes in the pattern of Preliminary Test, GS Paper 1 is subjected to frequent changes in terms of the nature of the questions that appear in it.

While the GS 1 paper from 2010-2014 focused on the conceptual understanding in conventional areas, in 2015 and 2016 the emphasis was on factual current events.

On the other hand, the 2017, 2018 and 2019 papers tested the creative intelligence and problem solving skills of the candidates.

The GS Paper 1 from 2017-19 was an interesting mix of questions ranging from epistemological understanding of important political underpinnings like liberty, equality etc to most contemporary issues like Google tax, AI, Blockchain technology, UPI etc.

Keeping in view the web of complexities the Exam can throw at you, we are striving to keep abreast with the dynamics of the Preliminary Test.

IAS Mains Test Series

Civil Services Exam demands the aspirant to have multidimensional knowledge. It’s often mistaken that the preparation for UPSC Prelims and mains should be done separately. When we go through the UPSC Syllabus we will find that there are various topics that are overlapping in nature. In order to have a smooth preparation journey one should prepare for Mains and Prelims simultaneously. ITS(Integrated Test Series) will help candidates to integrate their Civil Services Exam preparation from the very beginning with provision of assessment based learning module ensuring overall success in IAS Exam.

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IAS Mains writing skills development programs

Dear Aspirants! Greetings from ACSA! The nature of the UPSC Mains Examination is Subjective and hence the role of Answer Writing is the most important. Answer Writing is a skill which can be developed over time but it is highly important that you understand the significance of Answer Writing.

Hence, many potential candidates, inspite of clearing UPSC Prelims multiple times, cannot clear UPSC Mains Cut Off. ACSA is an institution who has had a History of Best guidance in most of the aspects of UPSC Preparation but our specialization lies in UPSC Mains Answer Writing and how to score 450+ in Mains and 140+ in Essay!!

IAS Mains interview guidance programs

Candidates who are selected for the personality test are usually 2.2 times, the number of vacancies, notified in the UPSC’s advertisement every year.

If the Main Exam marks decide whether a candidate is in the Civil Services or not then it is the Interview score that actually determines, which of the service a candidate is likely to join finally.

Therefore though the maximum interview marks are 275, but the interview plays a very crucial role in deciding whether a candidate can get his desired service or not.

Interview according to the UPSC is described to be a test of a candidate’s overall personality which includes analytical ability, lateral thinking, logical decision making etc. The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a board of competent and unbiased observers.

The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs.

Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interests, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.

The duration of the interview is typically 30 minutes +/- 5 minutes. The range of questions will include questions on hobby and their practical application, why he/she wishes to join the civil services, candidate’s opinion on current/historic issues, knowledge about candidate’s educational background, optional subject, issues of the state to which the candidate belongs to, international relations, current affairs etc. They may also provide situation based questions and seek the candidate’s opinion/response on the same.

The interview programme at ACSA begins one week after the Main Exam result is announced. The programme of ACSA consists of 2 Mock Interviews by a panel and a personal mock session.

The Interview Course at ACSA comprises of: Guidance on do’s and dont’s for the Interview Lectures on current national issues Lectures on current economic issues Lectures on current international issues 2 mocks and one personal mock sitting