The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) had conducted its Prelims Exam recently. The exam had two phases (sessions) viz. one phase in the morning and the second one in the afternoon. Like the previous years, the questions for the exam were in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) format. However there are slight differences in the allocation of questions for various sections in the exam paper. For example, the numbers of questions in geography (physical geography) are reasonably low in comparison to the last year. In the area of history and culture, more questions came from Indian culture (a total of 16) unlike the previous years where questions came from modern India. Latest themes were given importance in the area of science and technology. The number of questions from polity was comparatively less. Also, economy and current affairs section had around 40-45 questions. Thus, in general, questions came from sections like system and governance, current affairs and social and economic law.
If a candidate wishes to do well in the UPSC exam, he/she has to know the pattern of questions in the exam viz. the IAS exam pattern in detail. This would give an idea on why the UPSC is giving importance to those questions and help him/ her to prepare accordingly for the IAS Exam. From our observation, Economic Survey, Hindu, NCERT and websites of central government agencies are the major sources of questions for these exams and the questions are selected based on how relevant they are.
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