Let me try to predict what would happen to most of the aspirants in next five months.

Normally an aspirant spends nearly 2 years studying the static subjects, reading newspapers daily(700+days), practice answer writing, studying Optional subject and spending  lakhs of rupees in coaching and room rents in Rajendra Nagar/ Karol Bagh. Whilst 15 days before Prelims exams the feeling of having not done enough, anxiety, fear,  lack of practice seeps in and your mind starts saying to yourself that you would give your 100% in the next attempt. This is a recurring phenomenon every year with aspirants and one would start going to Xerox shops to get mock tests and mindlessly solve them. Most of the time end up getting poor marks and getting demoralised. They start watching motivational videos of IAS toppers on YouTube and reading strategy articles being posted by coaching institutes a month before the Prelims exams to console themselves.

What is the reason for the above scenario and the REASON of one not able to clear Prelims?

The reason is that UPSC Prelims in the last five years has changed in its form and nature whereas the approach of traditional coaching institutes has remained the same. The dynamic nature of the paper testing your analytical skills has let people believe that clearing Prelims is based on luck and it is highly unpredictable.

Few over smart and over confident have the wrong   notion that only two months of sincere preparation is sufficient to clear Prelims. They rely on last minute test series which they get in the last moment in the Xerox shops.

You are intelligent enough to guess the outcome of the scenario. I don’t need to tell that the chances of succeeding in this scenario is very bleak.

Many aspirants are sincere in their approach but are stuck at 85-95 marks plateau.

Here is a big challenge of civil service preparation, you can score more than you have been scoring, because you can become more than you are. That’s the challenge. Of course, the other side of coin reads that unless you become you will always score as you have been scoring.

How can you overcome the uncertainty of prelims questions?

How can you elevate your prelims preparation in next 5 months?

How can you optimize your time, so that you get the best result?

These are few questions which I would like to answer in this blog.

How can you cross the 80-90 marks plateau?

These are few questions I will like to address in this write up.

I have found in my experience of preparing for civil services prelims and cracking it all 6 times that our prelims score are reflection of the quality and intensity of our preparation. There is no factor of luck at all.  If it was luck, how can I crack it six times? Prelims and GS mains are two most scientific and predictable stage of the exam. This I say because in all my 6 successful attempts I have scored different score and those score exactly reflected by ability and knowledge. When I gave my first prelims in 2011, I scored around 100 in GS 1. The score was average because my preparation in my first attempt was average. As I progressed in my attempts my knowledge and ability increased tremendously and this was reflected my scores below

So to be frank let me tell you there is no short cut to excellence. But it is proven thing that if you apply the principles which has helped me achieve phenomenal success in prelims, you too can succeed.

To judge how I helped many in 2020 Prelims you can simply flip to Prelims OPTIMA 2020 and see that around 60 questions (120 MARKS) came directly or indirectly from OPTIMA test series and Daily Prelim Notes. The cut off for Prelims seems to be around 100 marks. You can read this for your reference:

Using my experience, I have daily tried to create the forward and backward linkages in the Static and Current syllabus. This is the sole reason why I am able to predict questions and the results are seen in the high number of people who cleared Prelims using my initiatives.

Many have done that last year and have got great results. You can see their messages below. Here, I would like to share the story of a girl, who was struggling to clear prelims in her last 5 attempts, but only became lucky in her last attempt after following the OPTIMA 2020 PLAN.

So the crux is that there is no need to invent the wheel.

Learn from the experts; you will not live long enough to figure it all out for yourself

The time to optimize your prelims preparation is right now. The next 5 months are going to be the most defining moment in your life.

I consider it as my God given responsibility to help each and every aspirant appearing in the prelims exam. I believe God has given me this unique experience to help thousands of aspirants to sail to through the prelims. It is my mission to help each and every student who comes in my contact to crack prelims.

Let me explain how OPIMA Prelims 2021 is going to help you crack Prelims 2021.

But before that try to answer my question. Why is that although most aspirants have the same time to prepare for the prelims exam, but only few are able to crack it? The answer to the questions is value. It is not the time that matters, but it is the value you bring in that time which matters.

The next question which automatically will come to your mind is how you create more value in your limited time. The answer is my Seven Step Success Sutra

Sutra 1: Read relevant and important stuff and ignore the unimportant ones:

LAQSHYA -OPTIMA Prelims 2021 will give you all important topics expected to come in the prelims exam subject wise. The Daily Prelims Notes and Daily Prelims Topics have already proved its worth last year.

See this below

In rural road construction, the use of which of the following is preferred for ensuring environmental sustainability or to reduce carbon footprint?

  1. Copper slag
  2. Cold mix asphalt technology
  3. Geotextiles
  4. Hot mix asphalt technology
  5. Portland cement

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1, 2 and 3 only
  2. 2, 3 and 4 only
  3. 4 and 5 only
  4. 1 and 5 only

This is last year Prelims question and now see my Daily Prelims Topics

What is the use of biochar in farming?

  1. Biochar can be used as a part of the growing medium in vertical farming
  2. When biochar is a part of the growing medium, it promotes the growth of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms.
  3. When biochar is a part of the growing medium, it enables the growing medium to retain water for longer time

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

There were many more which you can read from here:

Let me take another question which came in UPSC.

Under the Kisan Credit Card scheme, short-term credit support is given to farmers for which of the following purposes?

  1. Working capital for maintenance of farm assets
  2. Purchase of combine tractors and mini trucks
  3. Consumption requirements of farm households
  4. Post-harvest expenses
  5. Construction of family house and setting up of village cold storage facility

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1, 2 and 5 only
  2. 1, 3 and 4 only
  3. 2, 3, 4 and 5 only
  4. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

MY Source Government Scheme OPTIMA Material and Daily Prelims Notes

Take another question which came in CSE 2020

Q33. The term “West Texas Intermediate’, sometimes found in news, refers to a grade of

  1. Crude oil
  2. Bullion
  3. Rare earth elements.
  4. Uranium

My source: Daily Prelims Topics: April 2020

Sutra 2: Solve relevant and important questions and test papers and ignore the unimportant ones.

I have the unique ability to predict UPSC questions. This ability I developed over the years during my preparation

Most aspirants waste their time on solving irrelevant tests.  Remember practice doesn’t make you perfect, perfect practice makes you perfect. Therefore, by solving most important questions selected by me, you can be assured that you will find similar questions in the prelims 2021.

Just check out last year question in UPSC Prelims 2020

Consider the following statements

  1. The weightage of food in Consumer Price Index (CPI) is higher than that in Wholesale Price Index (WPI)
  2. The WPI does not capture changes in the prices of services, which CPI does
  3. The Reserve Bank of India has now adopted WPI as its key measure of inflation and to decide on changing the key policy rates

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

I had even predicted this topic in the last minute revision. See below

Q52. Rajya Sabha has equal powers with Lok Sabha in

  1. the matter of creating new All India Services
  2. amending the constitution
  3. the removal of the government
  4. making cut motions


Q53. With references to the funds under Members of Parliament Local Area

Development Scheme (MPLADS), which of the following statements are correct?

  1. MPLADS funds must be used to create durable assets like physical infrastructure for health, education, etc.
  2. A specified portion of each MP’s fund must benefit SC/ST populations.
  3. MPLADS funds are sanctioned on yearly basis and the unused funds cannot be carried forward to the next year.
  4. The district authority must inspect at least 10% of all works under implementation every year.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 and 4 only
  3. 1,2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 4 only

My source: Daily Prelims Topics: March and April 2020, OPTIMA CARDS

Question: Optima Polity

Which one of the following categories of Fundamental Rights incorporates protection against untouchability as a form of discrimination?

  1. Right against Exploitation
  2. Right to Freedom
  3. Right to Constitutional Remedies
  4. Right to Equality

My source: LAQSHYA 2021 NCERT Polity

Daily Prelims Topics: January 2020

Let’s take another question which came in Prelims 2020

  1. With reference to the provisions contained in Part IV of the Constitution of India, which of the following statements is/are correct ?
  1. They shall be enforceable by courts.
  2. They shall not be enforceable by any court
  3. The principles laid down in this part are to influence the making of laws by the State

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 2 and 3 only



There were many more questions which directly came from OPTIMA -2020, LAQSHYA 2021 and Daily Prelims Notes. You read here:

Sutra 3: Organized plan of action

The ability to set goals and create plans for their accomplishment is the master skill of success. Not everyone is good at planning. I have used my experience of my six successful attempts to devise a formidable plan for you.  If you follow this plan, success will not be far away.

Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.

Sutra 4: Micro – scheduling of the day

PERHAPS THE MOST powerful time management tool is a daily list of activities that you create to serve as a blueprint for your day. It is proved that if you make a list before you begin your day, you improve your productivity with at least 25%.

The LAQSHYA OPTIMA plan will help you in micro scheduling.

Sutra 5: Daily Practice

Most of the aspirant are initially hesitant to practice multiple choice questions because of fear of low score. The only way to fight our fear is to face it. Daily Practice Test helps to overcome this fear by facing it daily in the form of PPP and DNP. “Daily Practice” helps to shift one’s perspective from resistance to ease. The program will help you practice relevant previous year questions as per your revision schedule.

Sutra 6:  Option elimination strategy

I have developed an option elimination strategy which helped me crack   CSE Prelims all 6 times with one of the highest scores in the country. I will share this strategy as a part of this OPTIMA Program. Last year it helped hundreds of aspirants to master the art of option elimination. Remember, option elimination is a must skill for qualifying the prelims exam. This I say because in the papers where I score very high marks like 145, 138 option elimination played a key role. I can say with all the authority in my command that no one knows more than 60-70 questions without any doubt. For attempting more than 80 you need option elimination strategy.  You will get access to my option elimination strategy.

Sutra 7: Positive thoughts and attitude

It is very important to have a positive and optimistic attitude throughout the journey of the civil services preparation. When you develop a positive attitude, you will start feeling better about yourself. You will treat yourself with more respect and love, and this in turn will boost your confidence levels and inner strength. You will be ready to take on new challenges and come out of your self-limiting beliefs.

Already I have conducted more than 20 LAQSHYA 2021/ LAQSHYA 2021 ADVANCE tests. I am pleased that it has been very well received. I am happy that I am able to boost your prelims preparation.


Let me tell you frankly, I feel God has given me the duty to help each and every Prelims aspirant who comes in my contact to sail through prelims comfortably, otherwise why would he help me crack all 6 Prelims. This is a huge responsibility.

Your Prelims success is my mission of life. I will do everything possible in my capacity to predict the questions and put them in the tests so that you will not feel


There will be in total 26 tests:   18 Sectional and 8 Full length.

Why this is unique?

  1. Santosh Sir 700: Sectional tests will include 7 subject wise test which will cover all important questions of the year subject wise. Once you master these 700 questions, you are sure that you will find many similar coming in the exam. This is famously called as Santosh Sir 700.
  2. Unique strategy to master current affairs: Then sectional test include 11 monthly current affairs tests. Generally aspirants cover current affairs month wise. Therefore, it is best you practice monthly current affairs tests.
  3. 8 All India Mock Test: These tests will be designed very carefully to replicate the feeling of actual UPSC Prelims Exam. I will use all my experience of cracking all 6 Prelims to give you the taste of Prelims before the exam. It is a promise from my side.

To sum up,

LAQSHYA- OPTIMA 2021 is not just a test series, to test your ability, its test based mentorship with systematic and scientific approach to augment your ability.

“Quality outcome of test depend upon Quality of Questions in test,

Quality of questions depends upon Quality of Question Setter,

Quality of Question setter depends upon his Experience in the field,

Quality Experience only comes in when you qualify such quality exam multiple times”

LAQSHYA Test series is under supervision of veteran Santosh Sir who has qualified all 6 CSE-Prelims and 4 CSE-Mains

Let me tell you something you know but often ignore.

The most precious commodity you have with you is time. How you use it will decide your fate in prelims. There are approximately 150 days remaining for prelims. In a day you have 1440 minutes. Make every minute count.

Begin your optimization now

  • Mark my words if you are sincere and strategic in your approach prelims is cake walk. When I can do it, why can’t you?

“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.”



I am already in LAQSHYA 2021/ LAQSHYA 2021 ADVANCE do I need to join OPTIMA Prelims 2021?

No, OPTIMA Prelims is a part of LAQSHYA 2021/ LAQSHYA 2021 ADVANCE.

I wish to practice all LAQSHYA 2021 Tests, Can I do it now?

Yes, LAQSHYA 2021/ LAQSHYA 2021 Advance can be taken at any time. If you plan to solve them as well, you can avail it. In that case you don’t have to take LAQSHYA 2021 OPTIMA, as it is a part of LAQSHYA 2021/LAQSHYA 2021 ADVANCE.