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UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 Updates: Aspirants’ reactions, paper analysis and expected cut-off

UPSC Preliminary Exam 2021, UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Updates: The exams were conducted in two shifts on October 10— the morning session began at 9:30 am, while the afternoon session commenced at 2:30 pm.

By: Careers Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 12, 2021 4:20:37 pm
UPSC 2021 exams supreme court covidUPSC CSE 2021 was conducted today. File.

UPSC CSE Prelims Examination 2021 Updates: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted the Civil Services Examination (CSE) preliminary exam today. The exam was earlier scheduled to be held on June 29 but deferred in wake of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. UPSC CSE prelims was held today in 77 cities across India.

As per aspirants, the morning shift paper was balanced. Unlike last two years, over 20 questions were asked from history. The questions were largely from modern history and art and culture. Around 15-16 questions were asked from polity and the number of questions was the same in the economy section.

As a change, this year some questions were asked in the sports section. There were three questions from sports including one on the cricket test series.

The exams will be conducted in two shifts — the morning session began at 9:30 am, while the afternoon session commenced at 2:30 pm. Candidates were advised to arrive at the examination hall at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the exams. Entry gates were closed 10 minutes before the exams. No candidates were allowed inside the examination hall after the closure of the entry gate.

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UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 Updates: Here's what aspirants have to say

22:42 (IST)10 Oct 2021

There were a total of 80 questions in the CSAT 2021 question paper. Here's a screenshot of the comprehension questions.

19:07 (IST)10 Oct 2021
CSAT paper held from 2:30 pm onwards

There were a total of 88 questions in the CSAT 2021 question paper. Here's a screenshot of the comprehension questions.

18:05 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Here's CSAT 2021 question paper

Math sections had questions on advanced algebra, probability, sequence and series.

16:56 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Solving math questions was easy in CSAT: UPSC CSE aspirant

UPSC CSE 2021 aspirant, Shivam Kamra said that CSAT was okay for him as he is from an engineering background and it was easier to solve math and reasoning however, passage reading consumed much of his time.

16:54 (IST)10 Oct 2021
CSAT 2021 concludes

Paper was lengthy. The math section had questions on advanced algebra, probability, sequence and series. No question were asked on blood relation in reasoning section.

16:22 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Cut-off likely to be higher this year

The number of seats has been reduced this year. Last year, it was 796. This year it is 712. So the number of candidates who will qualify for mains will decrease this year. Given the fact that the level of toughness was similar this year compared to last year, it means that there will be a slightly higher cut-off this year, said Sajal Singh, Founder, Civilsdaily. 

15:54 (IST)10 Oct 2021
CSAT paper to be held from 2:30 pm onwards

The CSAT paper tests a candidate’s logical reasoning and analytical skills, decision-making and interpersonal ability, general mental ability, and reading comprehension. 

15:17 (IST)10 Oct 2021
CSAT not counted in prelims cut-off but compulsory to pass

The Civil Service Aptitude Test commonly known as CSAT is a qualifying paper in the UPSC civil service prelims examination as aspirants need to score only passing marks. Scoring 33 per cent marks in a paper seems like a cakewalk but if you are aware of the unpredictability of the UPSC CSE, you know it will take diligent preparation to get the minimum marks. 

14:43 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Important facts about UPSC CSE 2021 paper

This year, three questions from sports were asked for the first time in the last 20 years, said Sajal Singh, Founder, Civilsdaily. 

  • Direct questions from Polity NCERT (class 11 and 12. For example: Constitutional government, Constitutional status of India in 1950, Devi Lal, essential features that indicates India's federal character.Medieval history continues to be a focus area with 9 questions being asked.
  • Environment questions have a bent towards traditional knowledge. Basic understanding of phylums, symbiotic relationships etc has more focus. And the trend has been the same like more focus on the big organisations like UNEP, UNFCCC etc... 
14:39 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Aspirants ready to appear for CSAT exam

Aspirants will appear for the CSAT exam today from 2:30 pm onwards

13:56 (IST)10 Oct 2021
CSAT to be held from 2:30 pm onwards

Aspirants will appear for the CSAT exam today from 2:30 pm onwards. It was introduced in the year 2011 as a part of the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Preliminary) to test the analytical skills, reasoning ability and aptitude of civil services aspirants.

13:44 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Environment questions consumed a lot of time, say aspirants

25-year old Monika Dahiya from Bahadurgarh, Haryana, is not satisfied with her attempt as she struggled with the environment questions. "Environment, science and tech questions took a lot of my time. Overall the paper was tough but easier than the last year," Monika told indianexpress.com. 

13:42 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Aspirants worried about high cut-off

Delhi University Riya Ghosh took her first attempt today at USPC CSE 2021. She is satisfied with the attempt but worried about the high cut-off. "I have solved many questions papers of previous years. Based on that, the paper today was of average difficulty level," she told indianexpress.com. 

13:29 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Very few questions on geography this year

In today's UPSC CSE 2021 paper, which was conducted from 9:30 am onwards, there were very few questions that were asked from geography. There were only 2-3 questions on geography this year. 

13:22 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Paper was easier than last year: UPSC CSE 2021 aspirant

Shailendra Kumar, who is appearing for the UPSC CSE for the third time, told indianexpress.com, 'I am happy with my attempt. I found paper to be easier than the last year.' He attempted a total of 88 questions. The 28-year old is originally from Bihar but he has been preparing in Delhi. 

13:07 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Questions on sports find space in morning paper

As a change, this year some questions were asked on sports. There were three questions from sports including one on the cricket test series.

13:03 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Aspirants' reactions on morning paper

As per aspirants, the morning shift paper was balanced. Unlike last two years, over 20 questions were asked from history. The questions were largely from modern art and culture. Around 15-16 questions were asked from polity and the number of questions was the same in the economy section.

13:02 (IST)10 Oct 2021
UPSC CSE Prelims today

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is conducting the Civil Services Examination (CSE) preliminary exam today. The exam was earlier scheduled to be held on June 29 but deferred in wake of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

12:48 (IST)10 Oct 2021
Environment remains favourite topic in UPSC CSE 2021

An aspirant told indianexpress.com that this year too, the environment remains favourite topic. However, questions on sports section surprised candidates

upsc, upsc prelims 2021, upsc exam tips About 10 lakh applicants are expected to appear for the UPSC exam 2021. File.

About 10 lakh applicants are expected to appear for the UPSC exam 2021. Candidates appearing for UPSC CSE 2021 prelims will have to qualify to go to the next stage which is the UPSC Mains 2021. A total of 712 vacancies will be filled through the UPSC exam 2021. Candidates must carry a printed copy of the admit card along with their original photo ID card whose number is mentioned on the e-admit card.

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