UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Analysis 2019

Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 03 Jun, 2019 08:51 IST

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UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2019 Exam Analysis (LIVE)

The UPSC Civil Services Prelims examination (CSE) 2019 is being conducted on 2nd June 2019 (Sunday) in various exam centers across the country. The recruitment exam is being held for filling IAS, IFS, IPS and various other posts in the different Central Government departments. The exam consists of two papers - GS Paper-I and GS Paper-II (CSAT). It is being held in two sessions, morning and afternoon. 

TheGS Paper I had a 'moderate to tough' difficulty level and most of the questions were asked from traditional topics like Polity and Latest Technology. The paper was held in a pen-paper based format for 2 hours and carried a weightage of 400 marks. In GS Paper-I, students were asked 100 questions of 2 marks each. For every wrong answer, there was negative marking of 1/3rd marks. The Objective MCQ Format examination had questions both in English and Hindi languages.

Detailed Analysis of UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2019 (GS Paper-I)



Level of Difficulty

Current Affairs

National and International

Easy to Medium


Modern and Ancient History of India and Indian Freedom Struggle

Medium to Tough


Climate, Environment and Ecology

Medium to Tough


Indian Polity Facts, Law and Governance Issues

Medium to Tough


Indian Economy and Social Development

Medium to Tough

Science & Technology

General Principles, Summits and Conferences

Medium to Tough



Medium to Tough

In a nutshell, the difficulty level has risen this year, which will have an impact on the cut-off marks. The cutoff for Prelims for the year 2017 was 105.3 marks and there could be a 2-3 points drop this year considering the difficulty level. However, the cut off would be more than 98, which was the cut off for prelims exam in 2018.

Candidates must also note that the Preliminary Examination is just a screening test for the Main Examination. The marks obtained in Prelims will not be counted when it comes to determining the final order of merit.

Detailed Analysis of UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2019 (GS Paper - II)

The General Studies (Paper - II) exam of UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2019 was conducted on June 02, 2019 (Afternoon Session). This year, there were changes in the pattern of the Verbal English section of the question paper. However, the reasoning and quantitative sections of UPSC Civil Services Prelims Paper II exam followed the pattern similar to the previous year.

The year, GS Paper - II of Civil Services Prelims Exam 2019 witnessed the domination of passages and there were more critical reasoning questions. Only those students who were able to use question selection strategies might have solved the questions with ease. Surprisingly,  there were no questions on data interpretation this year. According to many students, some questions in the GS Paper - II of Civil Services Prelims exam required visual reasoning.

In all, the difficulty level of the GS Paper - II of Civil Sevices Prelims Exam 2019 was moderate. Compared to the previous year, the difficulty level has been slightly increased. The section wise number of questions and analysis of UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam (GS Paper - II) can be checked below.

Name of the Section Total No. of Questions
Analytical Reasoning 14
Cubes, Coding-Decoding 03
Syllogism 01
Sequence and Series 04
Directions & Blood Relations 02
Numbers/ Fractions 10
Profit-Loss-Discount, S.I-C.I 01
Averages 06
Time, Speed, Distance, Work 01
Algebra 02
P & C, Prob, Sets 03
Other Topics 03
Verbal - SIngle/ Two Questions RC 30

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UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2018 Exam Analysis

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Prelims 2018 Examination was conducted successfully on June 3, 2018. Around 3 lakh candidates across the country appeared for the Civil Services Prelims 2018 examination. Get a detailed analysis of the examination from our experts and student reactions.

The Civil Services examination had two papers - Paper 1 was conducted from 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM while Paper 2 had started at 2.30 PM.

According to those who appeared for the examination, Paper 2 was more difficult than Paper 1. Apparently, Paper 2 turned out to be quite lengthy. Overall, this year's Civil Services Prelims was found to be tougher than the last year’s paper.

As for the examination pattern, students from different centers said that there wasn't any change in the question paper pattern but there were some surprises in terms of some questions that were asked from unexpected areas.

Detailed Analysis of UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2018 Exam

As part of the analysis, we will give you insights into the overall and section-wise difficulty level, toughest and easiest sections of the exam, total marks, topic-wise distribution of questions, weightage of topics and expected cut-off.

General Studies Paper 1 was held from 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM. Students rated the paper easy to moderate in terms of the difficulty level. A total of 100 questions were asked in the paper. Majority of the questions were asked from Economics while there were fewer questions on Science. 

This year, the cut-off for UPSC Civil Services preliminary examination is likely to drop. 

Please note that the UPSC Civil Services exam analysis provided to you on this page is based on the feedback provided by the exam takers. 

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