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Express Learning Programme (ELP)

Learn/Revise 10X Faster with High-Yield Notes & Mindmaps!

What is ELP

Express Learning Programme (ELP) is a flagship programme of IAS EXPRESS that makes learning easier, faster and fun through mindmaps. Read this article to learn about mindmapping & other memory techniques.

What are the Benefits?

    • Big picture – You can take in the bigger picture quickly and easily at a glance with our mindmaps.

    • Better recollection – The visual nature of mindmaps allows for easier recall.

    • Simplification – Mindmaps allow for the simplification of complex relationships between topics.

    • Quick revision – Every point is organized and linked in a way that enables quick revision.

    • Interactive – IE Mindmaps are interactive i.e., you can collapse, expand, navigate around and search for a particular topic inside the mindmap. This provides for the active learning process and you never get bored.

    • Updated – Our contents are periodically updated according to the changing needs of the exam.

    • Question paper-based – Contents are prepared based on solving previous years question papers = high chance of success in the actual examination.

What are the Features?

    • In-depth Notes: covering the whole syllabus in a systematic and easy-to-understand manner.

    • Add your own notes: on any page by clicking the Notes icon at the top-right corner. The icon will show up after you login.

    • Bookmarks: You can bookmark different pages for later reading.

    • Offline access: Once you open a page online, you can open that page again even without the internet.

    • Dark Mode: Click the dark mode icon on the top-right corner of any page to use this feature.


How can I Join?

Step 1: Choose the plan of your choice >> click “ADD TO CART” >> VIEW CART >> Proceed to Checkout.
Step 2: At the checkout page, you will need to create an account with your username and password. You can also register through Google account.
Step 3: Click “Proceed to Pay”. On successful payment, your membership will be activated immediately and automatically (no manual approval needed).
Step 4: You will be automatically redirected to the homepage where you can see all your mindmap notes.

The renewal/up-gradation procedure is also the same.

If you have any doubts, feel free to contact us by clicking the chat icon at the bottom right. We reply fast.




One-Stop Solution

No more multiple sources! IE is an one-stop solution with inputs from best sources.

Learn/Revise FASTER

Our approach helps you remember and recall information 10X better & faster than conventional paragraph based reading

Full syllabus covered

We have covered all topics of 17 static GS subjects, optional subjects and current affairs


You can add your own notes and it'll be saved in our database forever

Interlinked notes

Static topics are connected with current affairs which gives you updated info right away

Track progress

You can track your progress and performance from your dashboard

What Students Say

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Initially I was afraid of choosing ias express for my history optional preparation.By going the provided samples, somehow I convinced myself that it would be an one stop for optional history material. Then I purchased and started exploring the material, which is one of the best material for history. Also the customer service by the ias express team is unimaginable,... read more
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To be really honest I haven't seen or found any platform on the internet which could match the output ratio of IAS express, this platform is just unbelievably amazing and very effective in quick revision.
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1) very very low cost for notes of all the (pre + mains ) subjects add to that CA topics analysis...
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GS Mindmap Course (17 Static Subjects & Current Affairs | Prelims & Mains) Subscription
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Excellent material. As I’ve gone through at least 2 standard books and 2 standard materials (of leading history faculties) for History optional I can safely say that this looks self-sufficient to learn, revise and retain. A big Thanks to the entire team, you’re innovative and about to bring a revolution in this field. Advance congratulations on that. Have seen many... read more
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History (Optional) Mindmap Course + Related Current Affairs Subscription


Most frequent questions and answers

Referred Sources

General Studies
  • Current affairs – Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, Down to Earth, & other news sources.
  • Polity – Laxmikanth, DD Basu, Internet.
  • Economy – Ramesh Singh, Internet.
  • Art & Culture – Spectrum, Internet.
  • Geography – NIOS, NCERT, Internet.
  • Environment – NIOS, Shankar, Internet.
  • Ancient India – R.S. Sharma (old NCERT), Internet.
  • Medieval India – Satish Chandra, Internet.
  • Modern India – Bipan Chandra, Internet.
  • Post-independent India – Bipan Chandra, Internet.
  • World History – Tamil Nadu Board book, Internet.
  • International Relations – Internet.
  • Ethics – Lexicon, Internet.
  • Indian Society & Social Justice – NCERT, Internet.
  • Internal Security – News & research papers.
  • Disaster – News & research papers.
  • Governance – Internet.
  • Science & Technology – NCERT, Arihant, News sources.

Political Science (Optional)
  • IGNOU MA Notes
  • Political Theory by O P Gauba
  • Global Politics by Andrew Heywoods
  • VP Verma – Modern Indian political thoughts
  • etc

Anthropology (Optional)

Paper 1:

  • Physical Anthropology – P Nath
  • Anthropology Simplified- Vivek Bhasme
  • Anthropology – Ember and Ember
  • epg pathashala
  • ignou M.A Anthropology


  • ignou M.A Anthropology
  • epg pathashala
  • January 2014 edition of Yojana- Tribal and Marginalized Communities
  • The Tribal Culture of India – LP Vidyarthi
  • Tribal India – Nadeem Hasnain
  • Indian Anthropology -Nadeem Hasnain
  • Anthropology Simplified – Vivek Bhasme

Geography (Optional)
  1. Savindra Singh’s Geomorphology
  2. Savindra Singh’s Physical Geography
  3. Savindra Singh’s Climatology
  4. Savindra Singh’s Oceanography
  5. D.R khullar
  6. Majid Hussain
  7. Geographical thought by R. D Dikshit
  8. Internet

Sociology (Optional)
  • Haralambos and Holborn (blue & orange )
  • IGNOU Material
  • Seeing sociology in everyday life by J.J.Macionis
  • Sociological theory – George Ritzer
  • Oxford Dictionary of Sociology
  • Research papers from the internet

History (Optional)

Standard sources like NCERT, Ignou, Upinder Singh, R.S.Sharma, Romila Thapar, Satish Chandra, Bipin Chandra, etc + Internet.

Psychology (Optional)

Standard sources like XI & XII NCERT, Robert A Baron, Morgan and King, Saundra Ciccarelli, Robert S. Feldman, A K Singh, Smarak Swain



Download/PDF/Print option?

  • Offline/Lifetime Access: With plus membership, you can open the content online once = you can access it offline later (works even after expiry as long as you don’t delete cache of our website/app).
  • Mindmap Printout/PDF:
    • With Plus, you can
      • See Download option in image mindmap (Current affairs).
      • See a print icon on the interactive Mindmap (Static). 
        • CLICK4SAMPLE
        • Print works only in browsers. Not IAS EXPRESS app. 
        • You cannot print the whole interactive mindmap as our Mindmaps are very lengthy.
        • But you can print parts of the mindmaps by clicking Focus/Expand all > Zoom out to fit into the frame > Select A3 paper size > Print/Download PDF.

Can I purchase individual GS subject?

Sorry!!! You cannot purchase individual gs subjects. You can purchase GS subscription instead which gives access to all 17 static subjects + current affairs for both prelims & mains. GS subscription is meant to give convenience as well as affordability.

Can I access past content too?

Yes, you can access past, present and future content till the expiry of your subscription.

How many devices/logins per user?

2 simultnaeous logins/devices are enabled per user account.

How to cancel subscription?

If you’ve opted for recurring payment, you can cancel your subscription anytime before next billing from your account dashboard like below. For one-time payment, you don’t have to cancel since you won’t be charged automatically.



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I want to purchase mindmaps


Sir, I have taken membership, how can I access mindmaps?


Sir, do u provide static mind map of all subjects?

Ekta Singh

Will I get previous mindmapstoo if I join any of these plans?


Sir..Is it possible to add our own points in the static mindmaps?

jayanta gahan



If I take subscription will I be able to access past content?


Why I’m not able to log in even though I have a subscription


If I have renewed my plan now , when will it activate? Today or after expiry of current plan. Coz I don’t want to lose remaining 2 month’s period.


Sir, Is this help us for preparing ISS?


Is there any mechanism for evaluation of the answers of the questions that you provided under “test yourself”?


Your CA prelims are awesome ….. Please do continue this initiative..


I wanna join this membership


#Hardwork n it’s best?..ByTheTeam #IAS EXPRESS..
#ThankYou Sir


Is there Current affairs related mind maps also..??


can we download mindmaps

Shaik janbee

Hi … I want to purchase mindmaps


Anything for free


before your mindmaps reading, we have to read any standard books ? or simply read your mindmaps to score good marks in objective question paper for state public service commision exams.


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