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UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 Question Paper Analysis (Available): Check Difficulty Level, Weightage, Good Attempts

Supreeta Roy
Supreeta RoyUpdated On: May 28, 2023 04:26 pm IST

The UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 Question Paper Analysis is provided here for both shifts - General Studies and Civil Services Prelims test. Candidates can check the difficulty level, the number of good attempts, and the marks weightage of each topic in the examination. 

UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 Question Paper AnalysisUPSC CSE Prelims 2023 Question Paper Analysis

UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 Question Paper Analysis: The Union Public Service Commission conducted the UPSC Civil Service Examination (CSE) Prelims 2023 today, May 28 in two shifts. Shift 1 or the General Studies examination began at 9.30 am and ended at 11.30 am. Shift 2 or Civil Services Aptitude test commenced at 2.30 pm and concluded at 4.30 pm. The examination was held offline in a pen-paper mode. The UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 question paper analysis is available here. The UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 question paper analysis includes the difficulty level, marks weightage, and the expected number of good attempts in the examination from all the sections.

UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 Question Paper Analysis

The following table displays the question paper analysis for the UPSC CSE Preliminary Examination 2023: 



Overall Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Difficulty Level of General Studies


Difficulty Level of Civil Services Aptitude Test


Was the paper time-consuming?


UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 Question Paper Analysis: Topics with High Weightage

The section-wise marks weightage of the UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 question paper is provided below:



Topics with High Weightage

Shift 1: General Studies

Current Affairs

  • Justice T. S. Sivagnana,
  • ICC ranking 2023
  • 15th BRICS Summit
  • Legal age of marriage

History of India

  • Kautilya’s Arthashastra
  • Decline of Guptas
  • Mitakshara system

Indian and World Geography

  • Torrid Zone
  • Sardar Sarovar Project
  • Shiva Crater

Indian Polity and Governance

  • 14th France Commission of India
  • amendments to the Right to Information Act
  • reservation of seats

General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change

  • Anthropogenic source of both methane and nitrous oxide
  • Climate Action Tracker
  • Wetlands

Economic and Social Development

  • Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs)
  • Value Added Tax
  • Fiscal stimulus

General Science

  • Open-source digital platforms
  • Web 3.0
  • DNA Barcoding
  • Solar system

Shift 2: Civil Services Aptitude Test


  • Reading comprehension
  • Inference/Conclusion based questions

Interpersonal Skills

  • Urban areas culture
  • HITS
  • Assertion & reasoning

Logical reasoning and analytical ability

  • Data based questions
  • Percentage based calculations

Problem-solving and decision-making

  • Time-bound project
  • Legal decision making

General mental ability

  • Quant
  • Verbal & Decision Making

Data Interpretation

  • Percentage
  • Ratio
  • average

Basic Numeracy

  • Positive real numbers
  • Perfect squares

English Language Comprehension Skills

  • Unseen passages and questions

UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 Question Paper Analysis: Expected Good Attempts

The section-wise expected number of good attempts is provided in the below table: 


Total Questions

Expected Good Attempts

General Studies



Civil Services Aptitude Test






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