UPSC Prelims Subject-Wise Weightage

UPSC Prelims Subject-Wise Weightage

Prelims
Through this stage the following qualities are assessed.
• CLARITY OF MIND:A civil servant entrusted with the responsibility of the society should have a mind which is very clear on its thoughts to take a just and lucid decision. Similarly mind should be strong and solid enough to be able to withstand stress and answer the questions in a balanced manner.
• SPEED: An administrator has to take big decisions and that too immediately.
• DECISION MAKING: An administrator’s success depends on how many correct decisions he could take in his life as they affect the country and its people.
• MEMORY: should be able to sort out what it requires even in the foggiest situations.
• FOCUS: Concentration is a forte of an administrator’s mind.
• AWARENESS: civil servant should be aware of the times, its requirements and the technology and means available, to make a good decision. Civil servant is expected to observe things that happen around you and retain them. Undoubtedly, such a mind would have a store of information and knowledge that he could use as raw material while taking a decision. Such a mind would be rational, continuously working and progressive.
Scheme and Subjects for the Preliminary Examination
The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.
Note:
1. Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration.
2. The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
3. The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

Syllabi for the Examination
Paper I (200 marks) Duration: Two hours
• Current events of national and international importance.
• History of India and Indian National Movement.
• Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
• Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
• Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
• General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization.
• General Science.
Paper II (200 marks) Duration : Two hours

  • Comprehension;
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
  • Decision making and problem solving;
  • General mental ability;
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level);

Note 1 :Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with
minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
Note 2 :The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.
Note 3 :It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim)
Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination

UPSC Prelims Cut-off Marks – Over the Years

Year Cut-Off-Marks Percentage
2005 284/450 63.11
2006 282/450 62.66
2007 256/450 56.88
2008 244/450 54.22
2009 250/450 55.55
2010 248/450 55.11
2011 198/400 49.5
2012 209/400 52.25
2013 241/400 60.25
2014 205/400 51.25
2015 107.34/200 53.67
2016 116.00/200 58.00
2017 105.34/200 52.67
2018 98/200 49.00
2019 98/200 49.00
2020 92.5/200 46.61
2021 87.54/200 43.77

Subject-Wise Weightage:

Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for UPSC CSE recruitment 2023 to the Services and Posts mentioned below will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on 28thMay, 2023.
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Mocks to clear the exam:
Mocks are nothing but practice/trials that one takes before the final battle.

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CSAT:
PAST YEAR TRENDS:

From the above trends it can be noted that there are 3 major areas that needs to be focused upon:

  1. Maths and basic numeracy
  2. Logical and analytical reasoning
  3. Reading comprehension

This blog is particularly for those aspirants who are strong in the GS paper 1 but weak in the CSAT paper.

BOOK LIST:

  • GS Manual Paper-II by TMH
  • Concise CSAT by Madhukar Bhagat - TMH Publications
  •  Cracking the CSAT Paper 2 - Arihant Publications
  • Word Power - Normal Lewis

BASIC STRATEGY:

  • Devote time for GS Paper 2 (CSAT) so that you ensure 33% marks in the paper.
  • Adopt a smart approach and work on topics that seem doable for you.
  • Build your Paper 2 skills – particularly on fast reading and comprehension.
  • Concentrate on Reasoning section and practice CSAT papers on a daily basis in order to clear the first stage of the exam cycle.
  • The UPSC CSAT paper is of Easy to Moderate level.
  • The questions can be solved easily with common sense, basic logic and language skills. But what people generally lack is -
    • Enough Practice
    • Accuracy
    • Speed
  • Practice is the key here - which brings both speed and accuracy.
  • For Maths portion focus should be on
    • Linear Equation
    • Number System
    • %
    • profit loss
    • SI-CI
    • Ratio Proportion Variation
    • Speed Time Distance
    • Work
    • Averages, Alligations
    • Data Interpretation
    • Geometry: Area Volume Perimeter
  • To sharpen and improve your comprehension skills, read the editorials, articles, columns etc. with more attention. Work on your vocabulary by referring to the book Word power by Norman Lewis
  • Spend time with passages in the TMH book
  • Solve all the previous year CSAT passages.
  • For logical reasoning portion, skill of ‘objective reasoning’ is needed. Here the questions are pretty basic in nature. For this refer to the TMH book and practice a lot including the Previous Year Questions.
  • Attempt at least 2 full length mocks every month.

Aspirants should remember that even though the exam is qualifying in nature, many candidates neglect the CSAT and score exceptionally high in GS Paper I but loose the opportunity to crack the exam. So, start with reading the syllabus carefully and going through the previous year papers. Do a SWOT analysis, know the topics those are more familiar to you, do more practice on those topics and finally attempt more mock exams to boost your success rate.

Remember that, a person who is able to manage other spheres of his life efficiently without losing his disciplined routine is a suitable candidate for CSE.