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General Studies Comprehensive: Guided Self-study

A dependable self-study course for General Studies for IAS & IFS 2021 Prelim and Main Examinations. Featuring PDF notes from expert faculty, study planner, mentoring and doubt removal through live sessions and practice tests papers.
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Modules of this Self-study Course: 1. Streamlined PDF material on core syllabus 2. Streamlined PDF material on current affairs 3. Self-study preparation calendar 4. Weekly live classes and Discussion forum for doubt removal and guidance 5. Test papers and answer guidance

Platform of delivery: Evolution Learning web-portal + Evolution Online Learning App (Accessible on Android and iOS Mobile Phones and Tablets)

Course delivery: Study-materials and other contents will be uploaded according to a course schedule

Study material format: Notes in PDF format covering the whole syllabus

Course access duration: 36 months

Regular Fee: ₹ 29,800 inclusive of 18% GST.

Promotional Fee till December 31, 2020: ₹ 26,000 inclusive of 18% GST.

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Selections in the UPSC Civil Service Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination


All India Rank -1 in the UPSC Civil Service Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination


Positions within the Top-10 lists of the UPSC Civil Service Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination

Course Contents

Full Coverage of GS Prelims:
1. History of India and Culture
2. Indian and World Geography
3. Indian Polity and Governance
4. Economic and Social Development
5. Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change
6. General Science & Technology
Current Affairs for GS Prelims:
Plus, related General Knowledge
Full Coverage of GS fo IAS Main:
Paper 1: History of India and Culture, World History Social Issues, Geophysical Phenomena
Paper 2: Indian Polity, Governance, Social Justice, International Relations
Paper 3: Indian Economy, Science and Technology, Environment, Disaster Management, Internal Security
Paper 4:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
Current Affairs for GS IAS Main:
Segment-wise analysis of current issues with model questions
UPGRADE OPTION: Full Coverage of IFS Main GK:
1. History of India and Culture
2. Indian and World Geography
3. Indian Polity
4. Current Issues with Basic Analysis
5. Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change
6. Day-to-day General Science
7. Science and Technology
UPGRADE OPTION: Full Coverage of IFS Main English: Plus, 30 Model Essays

Course Calendar

May 2020 - February 2021
Comprehensive Modules for GS Prelims and GS Mains coverage for Current Affairs, Indian Polity, Indian History, Geography, Indian Economy, Governance, Social Justice, Environmental Ecology, Disaster Management, General Science and Science & Technology
January 2021 - April 2021
Practice Tests for the Prelims
A total of 25 Tests for the Prelims 2021.
15 area-specific tests
10 full-syllabus mock tests
June 2021- Mains 2021
Comprehensive Modules for GS Mains coverage of Current Issues, Post-independence India, Social Issues, International Relations, Internal Security, Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
8 full-syllabus mock tests for Mains
The UPSC has not yet declared the Examination Calendar for the year 2021
This plan may need to be modified, of the 2021-Examination Calendar of the UPSC demands changes.

Experience from COVID-19 has made us add this note
We will do our best to follow this plan, until circumstances beyond our control force us to deviate. Even in such cases, we promise that our team will strive and find ways to keep your preparation on track.

All the Evolution Guided Self-study Programmes always include:

  • Concise, examination-oriented study material prepared from authentic sources
  • A systematic plan for self-study of the subject with an actionable timeline
  • Access to the study material in PDF format with an upgrade option to get the material in printed form also
  • Access to weekly live sessions by the faculty to address doubts and get tips and methods about the CSE and IFS Examination
  • Access to a discussion forum to interact with your classmates and faculty
  • Practice questions with every section of the syllabus and model answers to many questions
  • Availability on the secure portal and / or Android App. Please check course-detail for technical availability and requirements.

Features of Evolution Guided Self-study Programmes

Excellent preparation guidance and content for CSE & IFS, wherever you are.


Get access to excellent preparatory material and guidance anywhere, anytime.

Highly Affordable

Much lower course fee compared to other options and zero overhead costs

Faculty guidance

Weekly live interactions with the faculty for doubt removal and preparation guidance

Study material

High quality and focussed PDF material based on the best of the books, journals and web-resources

Test Papers

Practice question papers with model answers of many questions for a good practice

Peer interaction

You can interact with your instructor and fellow classmates through the discussion forum.

What the toppers say about Evolution

Vishal Khatri

IFS Rank - 5, 2019

I had joined the following courses at Evolution, both in online mode - 1) Interview Preparation Module with  2 in-person mock interview + lectures on Current Affairs and Forestry 2) Prelims modules - Current affairs, Environment and Science-Tech.

Evolution helped me quickly improve my Env preparation from a generalist CSE paper 3 level to the depth required for IFoS. I have seen many of my friends struggle in Env and SciTech due to lack of a good, consolidated source. Evolution's extremely relevant and comprehensive coverage of these topics definitely added value to my preparation.

Abhishek Sir's lectures were rigorous, yet focused and engaging. The narrative format of delivery improved my understanding, as well as retention, reducing the need for revision. His broader guidance on framing of answers (structuring, prioritisation) and IFoS-specific questions was also immensely helpful. Chiranth Sir helped me cover high-scoring areas like Env legislation for Prelims and revising Forestry. I would unhesitatingly recommend these courses to any serious aspirant. I've myself been using them for the coming attempt.

Lakshmi Nagappan

IAS Rank - 45, 2018 | IFS Rank - 50, 2018

I joined a course on Geology at Evolution under the guidance of Sir Prabhakar Priyadarshi (AIR 31, IFS 2017) .

Joining this course made my work simpler... I am glad to have made the right choice and grateful for his immense help to crack the examination successfully.

Vaibhava Srivastava IFS Rank 1, IAS Rank 93

Vaibhava Srivastava

IFS Rank - 1, 2017 | IAS Rank - 92, 2017

I have learnt so much from the way Abhishek sir articulates and presents his thoughts. Thank you so much, sir, for your encouragement, guidance and support!

Prashant sir and Chiranth sir helped me immensely in covering Forestry in such a little time.
Abhishek sir, thank you so much for creating such an enabling and friendly environment!


IFS Rank - 1, 2016

I prepared both my optional subjects with Evolution for the Civil Service and IFS Examinations.

Despite being a B.Tech. in Computer Science, I mastered subjects like Botany with Forestry with reasonable ease and felt confident in the exams.

The classroom course and notes have been exactly in tune with the needs to the examination. For most of my preparation, I relied only on my class-notes.

Anupam Sharma

IFS Rank - 2, 2017

Every member of the Evolution team (Abhishek sir, Suman ma’am, Chiranth sir and others) has been a source of immense help, support, guidance and motivation for me.

In fact, now I identify myself also as a part of it. While many persons & institutions helped me in achieving my & my family’s dream, Evolution’s was the most dominant force …the Optimus Prime. I shall always remain indebted to Evolution. Thanks a lot:)

How does it work? Simple as 1, 2, 3.

You fill-up the online admission form and then make online payment for the Self-study Course.
In 5 minutes, you will get an email with your login credentials for the Self-study Course.
For portal based Self-study Course, you can directly login and start accessing the course content. For Android App based courses, you will get instructions for intsalling and login into the app.
That's it. Now you are ready to prepare with the Evolution Self-study Course of your choice.


FAQs: Frequently asked questions

What type of materials will I be getting?

You will be getting the same study material that we use for our classroom courses and online courses. Evolution Guided Self-study Material is developed by our experienced research team under the guidance of senior faculty. Each material is sourced from authentic textbooks, reference books, journals, and online resources. Further, the study-material is concise, and examination oriented rather than being bulky and covering unnecessary stuffs.

In what format will I be getting the study material?

The study-material will be available to you as PDF documents hosted on our secure learning portal or our learning app on Android platform.
If you prefer printed study-material, you have an upgrade option. You can know about the upgrade option from the respective course webpage or by speaking with one of Evolution's course advisors.

Will I need to study anything else beyond the study material?

It is always better to have a background in the subject for which you are joining Evolution's Guided Self-study Course. With this background, you will be able to use the study material faster and more effectively. You can develop a reasonably acceptable background in the subject by reading certain basic books, which we will suggest in the very first part of the self-study course.

Can I get printed notes?

Yes. For most of the courses, you can get the printed version of the Self-study Course Materials by opting for a paid upgrade.
Details are available on the course webpage. For more clarity, you are welcome to speak to one of our course advisors.

Why are the Self-study Courses  now online?

There are 4 main reasons for this transition:
1. Delivering online allows us to continuously update the content.
2. It allows us to reduce the course fee and make the course affordable to most students.
3. It gives you the freedom to access your course materials anytime, anywhere.
4. Weekly live sessions and discussion forums are feasible online only.
Plus, you always have an option for an upgrade to get the printed copy of the materials.

Can I download the PDF material or access the material offline?

Normal download option to a local on-device folder is not available.
But, if your course is available on Evolution Learning App for Android Devices, you can download and save the material within the App for offline reading. This is helpful when you do not have a very reliable internet connection.
For browser based access, such an option is not available.

How long can I access the materials?

3 years of access for full term GS Self-study Courses and Integrated Self-study Courses

3 years of access for full Self-study Courses of optional subjects.

1 year's access for short Self-study Courses, such as a module of General Studies, a module of an optional subject.

Can I see the study material before I join?

Yes. We let you view a cross-section of our study material before you join.

If you like what you see, you will love what the rest of the course has to offer.

On how many devices can I access my Self-study Course?

You can access your course from only one device - a personal computer or a mobile device or our App.
Login from a second device will fail and such an attempt will automatically block your account.

Will there be tests?

We have included a good number of practice questions in each Self-study Course offered by Evolution. You are welcome to submit some answers for faculty's feedback on discussion forum. This will help you sharpen your answer skills.

How will my doubts be addressed?

You will have access to the weekly live sessions by the faculty to address your doubts and to guide you for the examination. Moreover, on our platform, you can also interact with your instructor and your classmates through the discussion forum.

Any restrictions?

We have zero-tolerance policy for piracy. Our platform has in-built and continuously updating security features to detect attempts for multi-device login, attempts to download course content and attempts to capture the screen.
Such accounts are automatically and permanently blocked.

What is your refund policy?

Since we let you view a cross-section of chapters from our study material, we assume that you have taken an informed decision to join a Self-study Course.
Therefore, we do not offer refunds.

Do you offer discounts?

All our Self-study Courses have extremely resaonable fee, which is significantly lower than the classroom course or online course for the same subject. Running our service and supporting students is a significant undertaking, so we do not offer discounts.

Can I pay in instalments?

The option is available when you pay online with credit card issued by ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HSBC Bank & Kotak Mahindra Bank.  EMI amount will be added to your monthly credit card bill for the duration you choose. Bank charges will apply.

Benefits of Guided Self-study

More flexibility

There is no need to leave your hometown or job or your university course to join a coaching class. You can avail self-study material and guidance anywhere and anytime.  You can plan your preparation and study anytime.

High quality content

Evolution Guided Self-study Material is developed by our experienced research team under the guidance of senior faculty. Each material is sourced from authentic textbooks, reference books, journals, and online resources. Further, the study-material is concise, and examination oriented rather than being bulky and covering unnecessary stuffs.

Highly affordable

If you are opting to go for self-study mode, you will pay an exceedingly small amount of fee compared to the  classroom or online coaching fee and bear no overhead cost (like paying for your accommodation in a big city). By a rough estimate, you could be saving up to Rs. 4,00,000 (Yes! Rupees four lakh) in a year.

Not just material, but guidance too

In Guided Self-study Programme, you are connected to the faculty through the discussion forum and weekly online live sessions. You will also be getting access to practice papers and model answers. All these provide you opportunities to refine your examination strategy.

Self-discipline and responsibility

Self-study requires much more self-motivation and time-management skills because you will spend a lot of time on your own. Thus, self-study will not only teach you your subject, but it will also help you become more self-disciplined, a trait that will make you stand out in the UPSC journey.

Opportunity for live interactions

All self-study programmes feature weekly live session by the faculty to address your doubts and to guide you for the examination. Moreover, on our platform, you can also interact with your instructor and your classmates through the discussion forum.

Do you have questions? We can help you.

  • We will always give you unbiased academic advice based on your academic background and stage of preparation.
  • Our advisors will offer suggestions drawn fom their experience of having interacted with thousands of IAS & IFS aspirants.
  • Our academic advisors keep themselves updated with the latest trends of the IAS and IFS examination.
  • Depending on your present level, we will suggest you the best course for starting your preparation - Classroom, Online or Guided Self-study.
  • Please share your mobile phone number. One of our academic advisors will call you on the same or the next working day. If you are unavailable, we will drop a text message for you.