The All-India Mock Civil Services Test jointly conducted by The Hindu Education Plus and Byju’s Classes this past week was a packed event with over 2,800 aspirants taking part in Delhi and Chandigarh.

“I had come here for practice, but I am going back with lot of new methods and strategies,” said Ashish Kumar, an MBA student and UPSC aspirant who attended the test in Delhi.

Apart from the tests, there was also a workshop on the changing pattern and preparation strategies by a team of experts led by Byju Raveendran, founder of Byju’s Classes.

“Paper patterns for competitive exams are changing and are now designed to understand a person’s analytical and reasoning skills instead of just testing their ability to memorise or replicate, said Mr. Raveendran, while urging UPSC aspirants to shift from the conventional approach of preparation. “Instead of just solving questions from textbooks, try and frame your own permutation and combination of questions that are likely to appear in the paper,” he added.

Another student Rahul Varma found the mock test a good simulation of the actual test.

“The questions were really good. Mock tests like this always help in preparation. The workshop was also very informative.

I am looking forward to the comprehensive analysis which is supposed to be out in two weeks,” he said.

Students who took the mock test will be provided a section-wise analysis of their performance and personalised feedback on whether they had attempted the right question or if they spent too much time on a difficult one. For those who missed the test, there is a provision to take the test online.

This can be accessed on www.byjusclasses.com/mockupsc .