UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Analysis 2019


UPSC Civil Services Prelims

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Analysis 2019



Dear Aspirants,
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is all set to conduct the Civil Services Exam on 2nd June 2019. The Civil Services exam is one of the most prestigious exams held in the country giving an opportunity to young aspirants to serve the nation by becoming an IAS, IPS, IRS, etc officers. This post will cover up all you need to know about the UPSC Civil services prelims exam.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Pattern

Name of the Paper Total Questions Total Marks Duration
Paper-I: General Studies 100 200 2 Hours
Paper-II: General Studies (CSAT) 80 200 2 Hours

Important Points:

  • The exam will be Offline.
  • 1/3rd Negative Marking is there.
  • Candidates will have to score a minimum qualifying mark of 33% in Paper II: CSAT
  • Paper II is qualifying in nature, merit to qualify for Mains examination will be based on Paper 1 only.
  • The medium of exam will be Bilingual
  • The marks scored in the Prelims exam will not be added to the total score for final merit.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Analysis

In this post, we are providing the complete exam analysis of UPSC Civil Services exam that will give you a brief idea of the questions asked in the exam.

Paper-I: General Studies

The General Studies Paper includes:

  • Current events of national and international importance,
  • History of India and Indian National Movement,
  • Indian and World Geography
  • Indian Polity and Governance,
  • Economic and Social Development,
  • General issues on Environmental ecology,
  • Bio-diversity and Climate Change and
  • General Science.

Below table depicts the topic wise distribution of the General Studies:

Topic Number of Questions Asked
Art & Culture 4
Ancient History 2
Medieval History 3
Modern History 9
Geography 8
Economy 10
Science & Technology 7
Polity 12
Environment 8
Current Affairs + Static 37
Total 100

Paper-II: General Studies (CSAT)

The second paper is of qualifying in nature and includes the following subjects:

  • Comprehension;
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
  • Decision making and problem-solving;
  • General mental ability;
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level),
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. — Class X level);
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