Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted its preliminary examination on 18th June this year. Unlike last year, the paper was a lot more balanced with fewer questions from current affairs and those demanding factual knowledge. In the last few years, the paper has shifted from testing conceptual and static knowledge towards being factual and focused on current affairs. This year’s paper is being averred as being the toughest in the last five years.
Students who had mugged up current affairs modules were in a fix since there were drastically fewer questions from current affairs. Candidates who had read the India Year Book and the Economic Survey could solve the exam as most questions were framed from them. Very few questions were asked from the Science and Technology section and those from Economics were tricky. Polity was the section students banked on as most the questions were direct.
The prelims consist of two papers: Paper I, which is based on General Studies and Paper II (CSAT) which tests English and quantitative aptitude. Since paper II has been made qualifying with candidates requiring to score a minimum of 33%, the selection is based on the marks scored in Paper I. Gopala Krishna, director of Brain Tree while talking to The Hindu
, said that the qualifying mark which was around 58% last year was expected to fall between 50-55% as most aspirants deemed the paper to be tough.
“You can not expect anything in the UPSC preliminary examination,” says Akash, an aspirant, (name changed on request) while talking to University Express, highlighting the unpredictable nature of the examinations. “If people argue it to be unjust then they were not prepared for this exam. It was perfectly from the syllabi. “