Review of UPSC CSE Prelims 2017 examination.
Paper I: General Studies
Time: 2 Hours
Number of Questions: 100
Keeping with the pattern of last year, this time too UPSC has asked many questions related to current affairs.
Polity: many questions were based on “general understanding” like on local self-government, DPSP (Directive Principles of State Policy), Fundamental Duties, Democracy superior virtue, objective embodied in preamble, advantage of parliamentary dorm of government, relationship between Rights & Duties, Right to vote, etc. These questions required the thorough understanding of the concepts than “mere factual learning”.
Huge number of questions from Polity. Around 25 questions i.e. 25% of the paper.
Economics: policy & scheme based & international current affairs questions from Economics were in good number like on GST, MPC (Monetary Policy Committee), NPS, etc. This section was dynamic following the previous years trends.
History: not many questions from History. Questions were easy to moderate.
Geography: very vague questions were asked. They could be solved only when you would have done maps with extreme care. The nature of questions showed a deviation from previous trends. It seems UPSC wants candidates not to study any standard book for Geography.
EnE: in Environment & Ecology, many questions were asked. But they were not predictable. So, the difficulty level ranges between Moderate to Tough.
SnT: Only few questions were asked but were difficult in nature & unpredictable.
Current Affairs: huge number of questions from current affairs. Questions were easy to moderate. Few were difficult.
Predictable Questions: SHC (Soil Health Card), UBA (Unnat Bharat Abhiyan), Zika Virus, NAM (National Agricultural Market), NIIF (National Investment & Infrastructure Fund), S4A (Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets), TFA (Trade Facilitation Agreement), Chabahar Port, NPS (National Pension Scheme), UPI, NPCI & eLISA.
Overall Paper: moderate to difficult. Questions from Polity were huge but “questions based on understanding have not been much asked in UPSC up till now”. So, it was a deviation from the previous trends. Those who had used guide-books for Polity would have found the Polity section to be very difficult. The paper is becoming more & more dynamic. One cannot ignore the newspaper, Yojna magazine, PIB website & international current affairs.
Expected Cut off: would be around 120 but less than 125 as even many current affairs questions were very tricky & also due to the difficulty level of SnT, EnE & Geography & deviation seen in Polity.
With Great Love,
Er. Amit Yadav