Comprehensive Guidance Program – The Foundation Program by ForumIAS

The Comprehensive Guidance Program ( CGP ) is the flagship Prelims-Cum-Mains ( PCM) program of ForumIAS Academy. Before we tell you more about it, here is something you need to know.

#1 What is lacking in conventional foundation programs?

#2 What is the one problem that ForumIAS is trying to solve with the CGP program?

#3 And lastly, why is CGP more successful than other conventional programs, that you may be considering?

We will give you three reasons

Reason #1

The truth is..Conventional Foundation Programs focus on classroom sessions, without a model for external or even self assessment on a timely basis. By the time the student is evaluated, there is a lapse of 1 year from the time he studied it. So in conventional foundation programs, you will end up only making notes for one year, and writing tests in the second year.

Reson #2

Anyone who has cleared the examination will tell you that right guidance is key to cracking the Civils. At ForumIAS, we have some of the best people , who will be a part of your preparation journey for the full year. You get in-person, telephonic and email support throughout the year.

Reason #3

You do all the four things all at once – classroom sessions, answer writing sessions, solving MCQs from Day 1. This is opposed to Conventional programs where you do foundation in Year #1, Prelims Preparation at the end of Foundation program and Answer writing practice in the next year, making Civils Preparation a three year journey.

About  CGP

The CGP is a prelims-cum-Mains Guidance Program for Civil Services Examination. The Program provides a single unified 360-degree preparation roadmap for Civil Services Examination. The program commences one year ahead of the Civil Services Examination. For example, for CSE 2021, the program commences in 2020. 

What are the various stages of the Program? 

The program is divided into 4 stages covering the lifecycle of Civil Services preparation. 

Phase 1: This is the first phase of the program. In this Phase, the focus is on developing right concepts, newspaper reading habits, learning how to “scourge” or filter what is important and what is not, making notes of static topics, and covering the basics. This is done by the below methods 

  • Online / Offline Classroom Sessions 
  • Providing Newspaper Handouts for Reading 
  • Providing Static Handouts for Studying 
  • Benchmark Tests for Timely Self and Group Appraisal 

Outcomes expected: The Outcomes from this is that students know what and how to study static and newspaper. They are expected to have covered all important topics relevant for Prelims through Online / Offline Classroom Sessions. A significant part of the Mains Syllabus is also expected to be covered. There is wide reading in this stage for developing the right knowledge base.  

At this stage, candidates are exposed to group competition to develop the competitive spirit needed for later phases of the program and finally the actual Civil Services Examination. 


Phase 2: In Phase 2 of the Program, students are introduced to Mains Oriented classes covering important Current Issues across Paper 1,2,3. Selective topics that are important for the Mains examination is done through weekly Current Affairs Classes. These classes are supposed to be taken after the basics are done, as there is significant expectation of basic static concepts coverage before we commence with this.  

Outcomes Expected: At the end of this phase, it is expected that candidates must be able to consolidate their Preparation. They are expected to have learned that issue-based preparation – is what is needed for the Mains examination. They should also be able to consolidate their subjective preparation and gear up for a revision of prelim specific topics and issues, a substantial part of which is already done in Phase 1. 


 Phase 3: In Phase 3 of the Program, the students are geared for the Prelims Examination exclusively. In this phase students are supposed to revise whatever they have done in Phase 1 and gear up for the actual competition. Candidates will be required to attempt Tests in a highly competitive and disciplined environment at 7AM in the morning. In addition, candidates will be expected to cover Level 1 of expected Current Affairs issues from Mains perspective. Level –2 of Current Affairs for Mains Perspective (will be covered in Phase 4 ) 

 Outcomes Expected: In this stage, it is expected that candidates do a robust revision of Prelims topics from class notes and standard sources.  They also develop problem solving skills through rigorous test writing among a group of thousands of students. Candidates at this stage are expected to consolidate their prelims preparation. 


Phase 4:  In this phase of the Program, candidates commence with special focus on three things exclusively – Answer Writing in Time Bound Tests, Coverage of Issues Important for upcoming Mains and Essay. Depending on the Cohort the candidate is admitted to, additional classes focussed on Mains may also be held at this time. Before the final Mains examination, candidates are required to simulate the Mains examination over a period of 4 days, before writing the actual Mains examination.  

 Outcomes Expected: At this stage, candidates are expected to work exclusively on revising what they have read for the past year, answer writing though simulator tests, work on refining their content and answers with mentor support. 


 The CGP Program thus consists of the below sub-components 

  • Online / Offline Content Building Classes 
  • Benchmark Tests (Subjective + Objective) 
  • Simulator Test Series for Prelims 
  • Mains Guidance Program 
  • Current Affairs (Pre+ Mains) 
  • Select Focus Group for Prelims 
  • Answer Writing Focus Group
  • CSAT Classes for Prelims *

 Class Structure & Duration: Classes will be held Online / Offline and will be of duration 2.5-3 hours. CGP 2021 follows a hybrid model, where candidates will have both online and offline classes. 


Cohort 1Admissions Closed
Cohort 2May 21*

* Cohort 2 will commence from May 21 in the online mode. Once lockdown is over, students will have the choice of continuing online or coming to New Delhi for offline classes.

For admissions contact : admissions@forumias.academy or Call / Whatsapp 9821711605