UPSC Civil Services 2019 Exam Analysis

UPSC civil services 2019 exam analysis

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Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2019 Analysis

The Civil Services examination is one of the prestigious examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in the country for recruitment in various posts of government of India which includes Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Services (IFS).

The Exam is conducted in three phases

  1. A preliminary examination consisting of two papers
  • General Studies Paper I
  • General Studies Paper II also popularly known as Civil Service Aptitude Test or CSAT) which is qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  1. A main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type, in which two papers are qualifying and only marks of seven are counted.
  2. Final stage is your personality test (Interview)

UPSC has conducted Civil Services Prelims Examination 2019 on 2nd of June. More than one lakh aspirants appeared in the examination this year to fill approximately 896 posts in which 39 vacancies are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category. Candidates who appeared in the examination stated that the level of the examination was more difficult than the previous year.


” The difficulty level of the question paper was highest in the last 10 years .Options were close inducing confusion among the aspirants, however the pattern and the nature of questions on in depth analysis reveals that it was similar to previous years with slightly higher difficulty level.”, said by one of the leading Faculty of ALS Mr. Manish Gautam

Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2019 Analysis

UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Pattern:

Name of PaperTotal Questions Total MarksTime Duration
Paper 1: General Studies1002002 Hours
Paper 2: General Studies (CSAT)802002 Hours

Paper 1: General Studies Analysis:

The General Studies Paper 1 was conducted in offline mode and the format of the question was objective type. There was 1/3rd negative marking for every wrong answer. As per the discussion is done by the aspirants, the level of the examination was moderate to difficult. The cut off marks is expected to be 110-120. Now, we will see a detailed analysis of the paper.

TopicNo. Of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Current Affairs30-35Moderate-Difficult
Art and Culture4-5Moderate
Science & Technology10-15Moderate-Difficult

Paper 2: General Studies (CSAT) Analysis:

Do not underestimate CSAT (GS Paper 2) is what we have been suggesting students since implementation of  CSAT for civil services exam since its inception. CSAT Paper 2 has questions more from Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension. This paper was tricky and requires a lot of time to solve. The overall level of this paper was difficult. CSAT Paper 2 consists of 80 questions of 200 marks with 1/3rd negative marking for every wrong answer. Now, we will see the detailed analysis of this paper:

UPSC civil services 2019 exam analysis

SectionsNo. of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Quantitative Aptitude32Difficult
English Comprehension30Moderate

The aspirants who will qualify this paper will appear in mains examination. However, the candidates should know that the final merit list for mains examination will be made only according to General Studies Paper I and not the CSAT Paper 2 as it is of qualifying nature.

All the best for your Results!!!!

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Different students will have a different level of preparation for civil services 2019 and patience is key to success. Best Of luck and keep checking this article for further updates.

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