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UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is all set to conduct the first stage for the Civil Services Examination (CSE) for this year on 4th October 2020. The UPSC GS1 Paper has been completed and the interested candidates can have a look at the analysis for the same. In 2019, approximately 8 lakh+ aspirants had applied, a similar number is expected for this year. The first stage of UPSC CSE is the preliminary exam which will consist of two papers i.e. General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). The General Studies paper consists of 100 questions for 200 marks and the CSAT paper covers 80 questions worth 200 marks. The duration of each paper is 2 hours. The UPSC Civil Services aspirants can check the exam analysis for the prelims exam 2020. In order to have a better understanding of this examination, the candidates can also have a look at the previous years' UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2020

The General Studies paper covers a total of 100 questions carrying 2 marks each. There will be a negative marking of 1/3rd mark for every wrongly answered question. The following is the UPSC CSE Exam Analysis for the prelims exam 2020.

➤ A. UPSC General Studies Paper 1 Analysis

The General Studies paper consists of questions across topics like Current Affairs, Polity, History, etc. The following is the topic/subject wise weightage of the questions asked.

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Important highlights of UPSC Prelims Paper 1:

  • Key subjects were Geography & History.
  • Current affairs questions were lower, as compared to previous years.
  • Mixed/overlapping questions were asked more.
  • Good Attempts: 65-70
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult


➤ B. CSAT Exam Analysis

The CSAT paper is qualifying in nature i.e. it is mandatory to score 33% marks in this paper. The score of this paper does not decide your merit ranking. The following was the topics-wise distribution of the questions asked in this paper.

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Previous Years' UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis - Prelims

The UPSC Civil Services aspirants must thoroughly go through the previous exam analysis in order to figure out the trends regarding the questions covered in the exam. The candidates can have detailed topic-weightage in for the past five years in the analysis provided further.

➤ A. General Studies

The following is the last 5 years' analysis for the prelims GS Paper.

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UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRevPrevious Year Trends


➤ B. CSAT

The pattern of questions asked in the CSAT paper over the past 5 years is as follows:

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UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis 2019

For the 2019 prelims exam, the maximum number of questions were asked from the Current Affairs section. The following were the highlights of this paper:

Maximum questions on History were based on Modern History as compared to post-independence history.

The polity questions were based on topics like Fundamental Rights, Rights issues (tribes related), Basic, Judicial review, etc.

The questions from Economics subjects covered areas like the balance of payments and international trade, fiscal policy, labor rights, etc.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRev


UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRev


UPSC CSE Prelims Analysis 2018

The GS paper for the year 2018 had few challenging questions related to IR (International Relations). In the year 2018, almost 50% of questions were the part of Static General Knowledge.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRev


UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRev


UPSC CSE Prelims Analysis 2017

The main highlights for the 2017 prelims GS paper were as follows:

  • More emphasis on Modern Indian History from history questions
  • From polity, questions focused more on Executive & Legislative bodies in comparison to that on bills or acts.
  • IR questions covered topics like Bilateral partnerships and international groups.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRev

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRev


UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2016

This year's General Studies paper consisted of the questions like:

  • India's ranking in various Global Indices.
  • India's investment & manufacturing schemes or projects.
  • International groups like Gulf Cooperation Council, ASEAN countries, etc.
  • Belt & Road initiative
  • Free Trade Agreements like RCEP, etc.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRev


UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRev


UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2015

The main take-away points from the 2015 prelims GS paper were as follows:

Fifth Schedule and Sixth Schedule in the Indian Constitution.

Questions based on IndARC and other terms from Science & Tech.

Mixed type questions on Art & History.

Geographical questions based on regions like Savannah, Equatorial, Mediterranean, etc.


UPSC Civil Services Prelims Analysis Notes | EduRev

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