UPSC Civil Services prelims 2017: Paper difficult than last year, fewer questions from current affairs

UPSC Civil Service prelims 2017: The questions asked in the CSAT were such that they tested one’s knowledge across varied dimensions and asked one to dig in one’s memory to cull out relevant information.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 19, 2017 1:32 pm
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UPSC Civil Services preliminary examination was held today. Since the past few years UPSC has been moving towards factual instead of conceptual questions and towards more and more current affairs than static portion in the preliminary examination. Although that trend is there to stay, but unlike last year, there were no more disproportionately large number of current affairs and factual questions.

UPSC has renewed its focus on conceptual and applied questions this year. Also, the questions were such that they tested one’s knowledge across varied dimensions and asked one to dig in one’s memory to cull out relevant information. As per Atul Roy of Gradeup (online tutorials), the paper was significantly more difficult than last year and that is going to affect the cut-off too. Read | UPSC Civil Services topper Nandini KR scores 55.2 per cent

As usual the UPSC preliminary threw many surprises and many people who went in the exam hall expecting a set pattern were in for a shock. The paper seemed very easy at first glance, but options were very close plus in some questions and in some questions very specific details were asked. As usual UPSC asked tricky questions which not only tested conceptual understanding but also factual information.

And that makes prelims a roll of dice for many. Many students who had mugged up current affairs modules were stumped as there were far fewer questions from current affairs as compared to last year. It also highlights the fact that clearing the UPSC CSE prelims requires not only extensive reading, but also an eye for detail.

UPSC also gave a cold shoulder to some of the sections like General Science.

Section-wise analysis:

Environment: The focus on environment is still there with 15 questions in total. Most of the questions revolved around current affairs especially those which have potential public health and environmental impact. So, environmental news becomes an important source of reference for aspirants.

History & Art & Culture: History was more on the usual lines. There were 6 questions from Modern History and 6 from Ancient History & Art & Culture. The history portion (ancient and modern) was largely factual and less of conceptual. In comparison to Modern History the ancient portion was not so difficult in general since they were mostly factual, however, art and culture was covered largely which has always been very diverse. Also, UPSC has a penchant for picking anything from anywhere in art and culture and that makes this section very difficult to prepare. The best bet is to read NCERTs well and understanding art and culture with an eye for facts. Read |  UPSC Civil Service prelims 2017 unofficial answer keys. Click here

Geography: In Geography, around 70 per cent of the questions revolve around maps. Hence, it is pretty easy for anyone who is well-cognisant with the world and India map. However, some of these questions are tricky and can fool aspirants if not thought out properly. The other miniscule number of questions from this section are from predictable and traditional geography topics like monsoon and irrigation in agriculture. Very little of physical geography was asked this time.

Economy: The questions on economy were mostly factual and related to current affairs. In all there were around 7-8 questions from economy. Also, the weightage has not changed from last year. Economics questions were not easy. Unlike previous years questions, this year’s questions were not conceptual but factual too. As expected, UPSC asked current affairs of 2012-2016 in economics.

Science & Technology: There were only 4 questions from General Science and they were application based. The questions from tech were mostly Current Affairs based and overlapped with Environment & Biodiversity. Overall this section has lost its favour with UPSC and we believe that there is no need to prepare for General Science separately anymore. For Technology, thorough grip on Current Affairs would save the day.

Polity: 22 Questions were asked from Polity. And this as the most scoring section because most of the questions were direct. Some of the questions which were conceptual were not that difficult if one understands the basics of Polity well. So here the NCERTs become important to understand the basic philosophy of the Indian Polity and Constitutional Structure. For anyone to have a decent chance at clearing this year’s prelims, this was the section to bank upon.

Current Affairs: Govt schemes, laws and policies have become a section in themselves, carrying at least 14 questions. If you combine CA questions this no goes up to 27. But this paper was a lot more balanced than last year in which CA dominated the whole paper.  With this focus on govt schemes, PIB becomes an important source of preparation. The question on National Nutrition Mission was lifted straight from a press release of PIB.

 

The analysis are written by Atul Roy, Head- UPSC Community, Gradeup.

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    lakshya
    Jul 24, 2017 at 11:31 pm
    Why the upsc taking CAPF ACs exam with unshield and uncovered question papers bundle in exam hall ? This is totally insecure way to take any exam with open papers .
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      rk
      Jun 21, 2017 at 10:07 am
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        Montex Montex
        Jun 19, 2017 at 9:34 pm
        Since the year 2014 I have been preparing and attempting in UPSC C am.It was my last chance attempt i.e. 2017.I did study and took guidance through distance from noted coaching centers.But I could not clear even a single prelim.Because in my 1st attempt I did appear without serious second I got 57 marks in GS-I,by this time I considered through this two pattern I will sure get through main in the third chance. But the third was not as before like the two.This was purely different pattern so I was not able.When I attended in 2017 prelim this was nothing like that of previous and I thought all the questions were right at their position but not for the examinee according to consideration of the question pattern.The board does never want an enthusiast be selected rather a just lucky winner.Why ?because if in a logical manner it is compared with the previous patterns the recent of 2016 and 2017 are irrelevant with the previous one.Those blindly mark ,will get select,from them d toppers
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          lakshya
          Jul 24, 2017 at 11:43 pm
          You have to appeal on upsc about next exam secsion's age ratio to count with 1st January 2018 not 1 August . This appeal will work for lots of aspirants .
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          Jun 19, 2017 at 8:06 pm
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            rk
            Jun 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm
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              Common Man
              Jun 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm
              Indian bureaucracy is bottom of the barrel, scoring amongst lowest rank compared to their counterparts from other countries. These bureaucrats who are selected through UPSC end up as generalist not specialist. Also UPSC exams are designed for general arts social sciences students to qualify easily compared to other disciplines. Net outcome - quality caliber of people who get selected in due course how these bureaucrats hold back the progress of the country. It's time we disband UPSC selection process, instead hire specialists.
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                mc
                Jun 19, 2017 at 6:45 am
                Is the UPSC Civil Services exam for female only? Men are pushing behind in the pictures in women empowerment in India? Men need equal right to be in front line with women in all pictures. It is damaging the self steam of young men or young boys and believing boys are second class citizens. Everything is for women and children in women empowerment, and nothing for men in the laws, security, respects and rights.
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                  mc
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 6:56 am
                  Don't vote Modi if he fails to give equal right in the laws, security and rights to men and women. Sonia Govt was destroying men by creating anti-men laws, where innocent men can be in jail by any women anytime. Men now terrified and fear to fight with women in business, politics, society, jobs, etc. Millions of innocent men are in jail in false rape allegation. Raping is a big crime but fake rape is legal in women empowerment. Sonia did it and she is out for ever from govt.
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                    Abhishek somani.
                    Jun 19, 2017 at 9:36 am
                    Really.... These things should effect us..... No... Never.... An aspirant or a truly dedicated candidate should never think of these minor issues.....rather give it all for preparation and be a topper so that people will be getting a chance to see only your pictures and then I think you won't be having any remorse of not getting your pie.
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                  Ari C
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 5:16 am
                  No marks for areas like: social work, volunteering, sports, extra-curricular work, craft-skills, business experience??
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