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GS Foundation Course

Introducing GS Foundation Course

The GS Foundation Course (Prelims-cum-Mains course) is, as the name suggests, a programme providing essential coaching for the Preliminary and Mains stages of the UPSC Civil Services exam. This course will provide a holistic approach in the preparation of the syllabus of the General Studies Papers I and II of UPSC CSE Prelims and the General Studies Papers I-IV of the UPSC CSE Main Examination along with the Essay Paper. The Prelims-cum-Mains course will also include Interview Guidance (DAF Analysis, Mock Interviews, Personality Development sessions etc.), Test Series and Study materials without any extra charges.


  1. To improve the foundation in the static subjects, the subject content will be taught from basics, progressively moving on to the advanced concepts – however, we will limit the content to just one standard book per subject to effectively utilize time and memory.
  2. To develop presentation techniques in answer writing and enable fluidity, clarity and consistency in answer writing intuitively, daily mains answer writing practice will be a part and parcel of the course along with the Test Series and Daily quizzes.
  3. To ensure relentless support and motivation, individual attention will be paid and regular counseling and motivational sessions will be conducted by our expert mentors to maintain your focus and enthusiasm throughout the course duration.


The Prelims-cum-Mains course is best suited for aspirants who are opting for Optional Subjects such as Mathematics, Management, Science subjects such as Physics, Zoology etc., Engineering subjects, Literature subjects etc. Since classes for these subjects are not available at the institute, students can choose the Prelims-cum-Mains course over the Foundation Course.

The Primary difference between the Prelims-cum-Mains course and the Legacy IAS Foundation course is that, the Prelims-cum-Mains course does NOT include classes for the Optional Subject.

Upcoming Prelims-cum-Mains Course Batches Scheduled for UPSC 2023-24

BatchDateClass TimingsCourse DetailsBatch Status
L4R23 Regular Batch30th NOV 202310:00 AM To 01:00 PM 02:00 PM To 05:00 PMGENERAL STUDIES [ PRELIMS-CUM-MAINS] + OPTIONAL SUBJECT + CSAT + INTERVIEW GUIDANCE + LRP + ESSAYAdmissions Closed
A5R24 Regular Batch18th DEC 202310:00 AM To 01:00 PM 02:00 PM To 05:00 PMGENERAL STUDIES [ PRELIMS-CUM-MAINS] + OPTIONAL SUBJECT + CSAT + INTERVIEW GUIDANCE + LRP + ESSAYLimited Seats Remaining

Key Features of Legacy IAS Academy’s Prelims-cum-Mains Course

  • The Prelims-cum-Mains course is tailored to accommodate classes till the commencement of your Mains Exam from the starting day of your batch – meticulously designed with the highest of emphasis on conceptual clarity.
  • With the focus on accounting for every single micro-topic of the General Studies subjects and effectively spreading it across the batch duration to have maximum clarity and retention along with efficiency, the Prelims-cum-Mains course will be very supportive for a tension-free self-preparation of your optional subject.
  • From the very beginning, there will be an emphasis on Analysis of the Syllabus and Previous years’ Questions to set up the right direction and prioritization for your preparation. The intricately planned Prelims-cum-Mains course structure allows for this effective approach to be implemented effortlessly.
  • As you progress,  just as in case of the Foundation Course, the Prelims-cum-Mains course will also provide you with a Daily Schedule that breaks up your preparation down to an hourly basis for imparting that EXTRA-INTENSIVE routine to effectively cover every nook and corner of the syllabus along with the understanding of importance levels.
  • Our classes are made accessible through 3 modes –
    1. Offline Physical Classroom Sessions,
    2. Live and Interactive Online Sessions and
    3. Recorded Sessions.
  • Our platform ensures that the Offline physical classroom sessions and the Online Interactive sessions run simultaneously to the effect that even in the situations, such as the ones exposed by the pandemic, where you are bound to to be absent in the classroom – you can attend the Live and Interactive Online sessions from anywhere without missing out on asking doubts and answering questions.
  • In case you are unable to attend even the online sessions, recorded sessions will be provided WITHOUT any unreasonable caveats such as ‘deletion of recorded sessions within a few days’.
  • Providing for you to be Consistent is our guarantee, and being Consistent will be your own guarantee for your success.
  • Even the General Studies subjects covered under the Prelims-cum-Mains course are not immune to the various twists introduced by UPSC in every successive Civil Services Examination. From changing the weightage of marks allocated for different topics to changing the difficulty levels of questions from particular topics, UPSC constantly tweaks the GS papers in both the Prelims and Main examinations, making it the duty of every serious candidate to adapt to these changes and prepare to face the exam irrespective of the uncertainties.
  • Legacy IAS Academy boasts of having capable and experienced faculty who are very well-versed with the dynamics of the UPSC Civil Services Exam and are abreast with the latest developments and even the diminutive changes in the pattern of the exam.
  • We will also have special guest lectures and motivation sessions with our Alumni and other eminent officers.
  • Legacy IAS Academy also guarantees the availability of faculty for guiding you and clearing your doubts, again, WITHOUT any unreasonable caveats such as “faculties will be available only on prior notice on particular days”.
  • Comprehensive, Relevant and Updated Study Materials for each of the Static Subjects such as Indian Economy, Physical and Indian Geography, Indian Polity, Environment and Ecology and more, according to the syllabus of the General Studies Papers, will be provided from the institute to supplement your preparation.
  • A student ONLY needs: ONE Standard Book, Legacy IAS Modules for and the Class Notes for each subject to prepare holistically for the exam.
  • Daily Current Affairs Notes prepared from various newspapers such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Livemint, etc., will be provided along with Editorial Analysis and PIB Summaries of the government’s press releases on the Press Information Bureau website. A monthly compilation of the Current Affairs notes, Editorial Analysis, and PIB summaries will be provided as well.
  • Along with the Static Subject Notes and Daily Current Affairs, you will also get Daily Quizzes based on Current affairs and Static subjects.
  • To facilitate for a seamless and holistic preparation, the Prelims-cum-Main Course will include the Prelims and Mains Test Series encompassing of Tests with varying difficulties for the
    • GS-I Paper of Prelims,
    • GS-II (CSAT) paper of Prelims,
    • Essay Paper of Mains, and
    • GS-I, II, III and GS-IV (Ethics) papers of Main examinations.
  • Class Tests on Weekends, Surprise testsDaily Mains Answer Writing Practice (D-MAP) apart from the test series will be a part and parcel of your course to keep you on your toes and aware of your progress.
  • The Prelims-cum-Mains course however, will NOT include the tests or classes for Optional Subjects.
  • We will follow a 2 hours per day, 2 subjects per week model for the regular batches with the class timings for the Core Subjects being set from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM from Monday to Saturday.
  • The morning sessions will allow for students enrolled in the Prelims-cum-Mains course to allocate ample amount of time for their Self-Preparation of their Optional Subject.
  • Having classes for 2 subjects in a week (3 days of one subject followed by another 3 days of the next subject) will help the students cover the syllabus without having significant time-gaps between the completed subjects while keeping the student interested.
  • Over 650 Hours of classes (including Essay and CSAT classes) will be scheduled in the Prelims-cum-Mains Course (January batch) for the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2023. Teachers with expert domain knowledge (and at least 3 appearances in the Interview) will provide a comprehensive coverage of the syllabus from the perspectives of both the Prelims and the Main exam for the GS Subjects.
  • The class timings are designed in a such a manner to enable an aspirant to utilize the remainder of the day for undeniably important and crucial activities such as mains answer writing practice and notes making. The truth is that – it is not just about completing the syllabus by attending classes, but it is actually about putting in extra effort towards utilizing what was taught into writing answers – that helps you in clearing the exam.
  • Each of our batches is limited to no more than 40 students to help towards the cause of providing individual attention.
  • We do NOT believe in dividing our resources and increasing the number of students as it reduces the delivery efficiency and we can also understand the adverse effects of sitting in a classroom packed with over hundred students. Hence, we have a high faculty-to-student ratio in every batch to facilitate for effective mentoring of students during their preparation with sufficient individual attention and engagement in the classroom.
  • The Interview round accounts for 275 marks out of a total of 2025 marks that are considered for the Final Ranking.
  • Interview guidance is now included by Legacy IAS Academy as a part of the Prelims-cum-Mains course. As a part of the Interview Guidance Programme, we will be supporting you in:
    1. DAF Based Assessment by the Experts along with DAF discussion
    2. Personality Development sessions
    3. Mock Interviews and Feedback sessions
    4. Providing Home State and District specific Questionnaire and support for answers
    5. Providing Basic and Hobby-related Questionnaire and support for answers
    6. Guidance on Presentation of oneself and Navigation through Probable questions
    7. Guidance on Controlling the “direction” of the interview and Dodging controversial statements
    8. Covering Current Affairs for the Interview

Interactive Session With Pruthvinath Gaud AIR-541

UPSC CSE Topper Ayan Jain AIR 87 Interview Guidance Session With Chief Mentor Pavan Kant

How does Legacy IAS Academy’s Online + Offline classes work?

  • At Legacy IAS Academy we employ our own online platform ( which was designed specifically for UPSC Civil Services Aspirants.
  • The platform enables access to Live and Interactive classes from anywhere as long as you have a working internet connection.
  • Each student will be provided with a secure access to the personalized platform and all the classroom content including presentations, PDFs and recorded videos will be available on the platform in an organized manner.


  • The platform works effectively in supporting the projection of content in the offline physical classroom as well as displaying the chat box to the faculty taking the class. Hence, it directly broadcasts everything the faculty ‘writes on the board’ in the classroom to the live online class while also displaying the doubts asked by online students directly to the faculty.
  • The platform also allows for recorded sessions to be made available throughout the course duration for a student missing out on attending the class in both offline and online modes. However, to ensure accountability and diligence, a student must provide for valid reasons to avail access to the recorded sessions.

How does Legacy IAS Academy conduct tests for Online students?

  • Similar to our own online platform for classes, we employ our own platform for conducting Online tests as well. Legacy IAS Academy’s Online Test Portal facilitates the conduction of BOTH Prelims and Mains Tests for our Online Students.
  • The e-test platform allows for smooth navigation through the Prelims questions (MCQs) and provisions for marking questions to attempt them later and reviewing marked questions are also made available.
  • The Prelims Tests will be graded and the results and batch-wise rank will be available immediately after completion of the test.
  • Mains tests conducted through the online platform will require the students to write their answers on A4 sheets, scan them and then upload the scanned PDF on the platform. The uploaded PDFs will be evaluated by the faculty and uploaded back on the platform for the students to view the feedback that they have received for their Mains answers.

Fee Structure for Prelims-cum-Mains course (GS Foundation Course)

If you have any questions or concerns regarding fees for the upcoming batch, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our team is always happy to provide more detailed information and assist you in any way we can.  


The course includes:

  • General Studies classes (Prelims-cum-Mains integrated) +
  • Essay classes +
  • CSAT classes +
  • Test Series

A registration fee of Rs. 10,000 (as a part of the total fee amount) is to be paid initially for blocking the seat in a particular batch.

The remaining amount (after deduction of the registration fees paid) can be paid as a single payment – in which case, you will avail an addition discount of Rs. 10,000.

The remaining amount can also be paid in 2 instalments – in which case the first instalment should be paid before the commencement of the classes and the second instalment should be paid after one month.

FAQs About Prelims-cum-Mains course (GS Foundation Course)

Both the Prelims-cum-Mains Course and the Foundation Course comprehensively target all the General Studies papers of both the Preliminary and Mains stages of the UPSC Civil Services Examination. The only difference is that the Foundation Course includes coaching and test series for the Optional Subject, whereas, the Prelims-cum-Mains course excludes guidance for the Optional Subject.

Sections of the Syllabus covered by the Prelims-cum-Mains Course are:

  • Prelims: GS-I
  • Prelims: GS-II (CSAT)
  • Mains: Essay paper
  • Mains: GS-I paper
  • Mains: GS-II paper
  • Mains: GS-III paper
  • Mains: GS-IV paper (Ethics)
  • Interview
  1. Over 650 Teaching Hours in Systematic and well-framed subject sequence
  2. Teachers with expert domain knowledge (and at least 3 appearances in the Interview)
  3. Coverage of Concepts from Basics in NCERTs to Advanced levels
  4. Extensive Coverage of syllabus over longer course duration
  5. Frequent Class tests for both Prelims and Mains, apart from the Test-Series
  6. Enrollment to LRP and SLP programmes are included FREE of cost
  7. Unconditional Faculty Availability for Doubt Clarifications
  8. Study Materials (Legacy IAS Modules) are provided for all subjects + Monthly Current Affairs Compilations
  9. 45+ Prelims Tests and 20+ Mains Tests as a part of Test Series are Included
  10. Over 5 months of Weekend classes dedicated to Optional Subject
  11. Daily Mains Answer Writing Practice (D-MAP) and evaluation by faculty is included
  12. Daily updates for Current Affairs, PIB Summaries and Editorials Analysis along with weekend sessions for CA
  13. Includes Special Classes for Essay Writing, Budget Summary and Economic Survey Discussions, Prelims Tips and Tricks, etc.

Some of the Primary Features of the Prelims-cum-Mains course that sets Legacy IAS Academy apart from other institutes are:

  • While Prelims-cum-Mains courses offered by most other institutes will include completion of syllabus only for the General Studies (GS) subjects of Prelims and Mains exam, Legacy IAS Academy includes coaching for the Essay paper, CSAT paper (Prelims GS-II), Test Series and Interview Guidance as a part of the Prelims-cum-Mains Course itself.
  • The Students who enroll for Prelims-cum-Mains course at Legacy IAS Academy will also be able to avail the benefits of the exclusive individual guidance programme LRP (Legacy’s Real’IAS’ation Programme) without any extra charges.
  • The Students who enroll for the Prelims-cum-Mains course will also be availing the benefits of the Daily Mains Answer Writing Practice (D-MAP) programme with personal guidance and feedback for the Mains answers from the expert faculties directly.

The Prelims-cum-Mains Course (both online and offline) includes:

  • General Studies classes (Prelims-cum-Mains integrated) +
  • Essay classes +
  • CSAT classes +
  • Test Series +
  • LRP and SLP programmes

 The Total Fee amount for the Prelims-cum-Mains Course is Rs. 1,00,000.

A registration fee of Rs. 10,000 (as a part of the total fee amount) is to be paid initially for blocking the seat in a particular batch.

The remaining amount (after deduction of the registration fees paid) can be paid as a single payment – in which case, you will avail an addition discount of Rs. 10,000.

The remaining amount can also be paid in 2 instalments – in which case the first instalment should be paid before the commencement of the classes and the second instalment should be paid after one month.

The Legacy’s Real’IAS’ation Programme (LRP), the most intensive programme that any institute can aim to provide, has now been made available for students enrolled into the Prelims-cum-Mains course as well.

Some features of LRP that will boost your rates of success are:

  • Blueprint for success broken down to an hourly-schedule for each day
  • Applying knowledge from the exam perspective through Special Assignments and tests
  • Regular progress checks and monitoring of gaps in improvement
  • Individual Attention taken to the next level with doubt clearance and answer writing guidance
  • Covers every single concept at a ‘micro-topic level’ along with the understanding of importance levels
  • Special Graded tests with increasing difficulty levels for both Mains and Prelims
  • Special sessions for Current Affairs coverage and Prelims bits in Static Subjects

Every student who is enrolled for the Prelims-cum-Mains Course will have access to the Live and Interactive Online classes on our platform even if they have initially joined for the Offline classes mode.


In case a student is unable to attend the Offline Physical classroom session, the student can use the login credentials provided by the institute to access the personalized dashboard for Online classes and attend the Live session from anywhere with a working internet connection. With this model, the student will be able to ask doubts and answer the questions put forth in the classes irrespective of the situations that put constraints on being physically present in the classroom.


Legacy IAS Academy Foundation Course Online Session Recording

Legacy IAS Academy’s Online Platform for Live Interactive Sessions


Students Enrolled to both – the Foundation Course and the Prelims-cum-Mains course – for both the Online and Offline classes – will be provided with Study Materials in the form of Modules for each of the Static Subjects along with Monthly Compilations of Current Affairs and other Miscellaneous materials as applicable.


The ONLY difference in the Study materials provided for the Prelims-cum-Mains course is that it will exclude any such materials provided for the Optional Subjects.


The difference in Study Materials, when it comes to Offline and Online students is that, Offline students can collect the Study materials directly at the institute, whereas, for Online student – the physical copies of the study materials will be sent to their address via. post upon request.

  • The Prelims GS-I, Prelims CSAT, Mains GS-I, II, III, IV and Essay test papers as a part of the Test Series will be Exactly the Same for both Prelims-cum-Mains and Foundation Course students.
  • The specialty of Legacy IAS Academy’s Test Series lies in both Quality and Quantity – and this is evident from the reflection of questions in our test series in the actual UPSC Prelims examination.
  • 48 Tests are conducted as a part of the Prelims Test Series for the Prelims-cum-Mains course and each of these 48 Prelims tests will provide you with insightful analytics on overall, relative, subject-wise and difficulty-based performance.
  • When it comes to the Mains Test Series, more than 20 tests are conducted on the General Studies subjects for which the evaluation will done by the expert faculties themselves directly. This ensures the highest of feedback quality for the improvement of your answer-writing skills.
  • The Prelims and Mains tests as a part of the Test Series for Prelims-cum-Mains course does NOT include the frequently conducted weekly class-based tests and surprise tests.

No, the students enrolled for the Prelims-cum-Mains Course will be able to avail all the benefits of the Test-Series without any extra fees.


The different modes of assessment that are available for every Prelims-cum-Mains Course Student are:

  • 48 Prelims Tests as a part of the Prelims Test Series
  • 22 GS Mains Tests as a part of the Mains Test Series
  • 5 Essay Tests as a part of the Mains Test Series
  • Prelims and Mains Class tests conducted frequently on weekends (not a part of Test Series)
  • Surprise Tests
  • Daily Static Quiz and Daily Current Affairs Quiz

We understand the importance of being physically present in the classroom for learning; and this could be a cause of concern for students who do not currently reside close to the institute.


However, a sizeable proportion of our students are from outside Karnataka and these students reside in the numerous Paying Guest (PG) facilities close to the institute.


Jayanagar, being a prime residential locality in Bangalore has a large number of PGs available to students within a 2 kilometer radius around the institute. Students can avail accommodation for reasonable charges at these PGs and be a part of the UPSC focused ecosystem than prevails here.


Legacy IAS Academy does NOT directly provide for residence or hostel facilities, but we will provide you with assistance regarding availing accommodation in the PGs around the institute.

Yes, ‘No Cost EMI’ payment mode is available on cards of certain specific banks. Depending on the availability of the Easy Monthly Instalment (EMI) payment option on your card used for the payment of fees, you can avail the EMI facility.


From the Institute’s side, there is an additional discount of Rs. 10,000 provided for one shot payment of the fees (balance amount after payment of registration fees), which would benefit the students.


We also provide the option of paying the fees in 2 instalments, such that the first instalment is paid before the commencement of the classes and the second and final instalment is paid after a period of one month.