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UPSC Prelims 2020 Over, Question Paper Analysis: Live Updates

UPSC Prelims Exam 2020: The Civil Services preliminary exam for selection to Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other Civil Services is over.

UPSC Prelims 2020 Over, Question Paper Analysis: Live Updates

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020 has begun.

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UPSC Prelims 2020: The Civil Services preliminary exam for selection to Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other services is over. Selection to the civil services is done through a preliminary exam, a main exam and an interview which are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates who qualify the UPSC Civil Services Prelims will be shortlisted for the main exam which is scheduled in January, 2021. UPSC had earlier scheduled the exam on May 31. Due to COVID-19 pandemic the exam was postponed.

UPSC Prelims 2020​ Live Updates: Here's Question Paper Analysis

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UPSC prelims 2020 begins. Candidates being checked at exam centre.

Oct 04, 2020 16:36 (IST)
UPSC Prelims Cut Off Will Be Same As Last Year: Expert
In 2019 and 2018 UPSC Prelims, for a general category candidate the cut-off mark was 98; it was 105.34 in UPSC Prelims 2017.

As per Manoj K Jha, Director, GS Score the cut-off of UPSC prelims 2020 will be almost the same of last year. "There is not much variation in the proportion of marks among different subjects and it is almost the same as last year's exam," he says.

"The paper has touched the usual conventional areas like Preamble, Fundamental Rights, DPSP, Basic Structure, Union Government, etc. Polity also has influenced some questions in Current Affairs," he said. "One more interesting observation can be seen this year. UPSC has asked more questions on conceptual understanding. For example interpretation of Constitutional Government, Parliamentary Democracy, Gandhism, Marxism, etc found space. Overall the level of polity was easy to moderate," he added.

"This year around 14 questions were asked directly from Economics. Some questions like questions on Gold Tranche, FDI, TRIMS, etc were direct concept based questions. While some questions on monetary policy of RBI, role of cooperative Banks, etc were influenced by current happenings. Overall, the Economy section too was from easy to moderate," he said on the Economy section.

On Science section he says, "overall this section could have been handled easily if an aspirant has covered both static and current smartly." 

History was a mixture of easy, moderate and tough questions and candidates with with good clarity and good in memorising facts could make intelligent guesses through elimination in Environment section, he added.

Geography section had more questions from Agriculture. 

"Current Affairs has potency to challenge the trend every year. But the trend of Current is almost same in comparison to last year. It was a fine blend of direct and influenced set of questions," he said on Current Affairs section.
Oct 04, 2020 16:30 (IST)
UPSC Prelims 2020 Over
The UPSC Civil Services preliminary exam has concluded. The exam was held following guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Candidates appeared for the exam wearing masks. UPSC may release the question paper tomorrow.
Oct 04, 2020 13:32 (IST)
UPSC Exam: Second Session Begins At 2.30 pm
The second session of the Civil Services exam will begin at 2.30 pm. The first session was held from 9.30 am to 11.30 am. Know what to carry to exam hall.
Oct 04, 2020 12:28 (IST)
UPSC Exam: Question Paper, Answer Key
After the exam is over, the UPSC will release the question paper of the exam. The question paper will be available in PDF format on upsc.gov.in website. The answer key will be released after the final result is out.

Oct 04, 2020 11:51 (IST)
UPSC First Session Exam Over: What's Next?
The next session of UPSC Civil Services exam will begin at 2.30 pm and candidates have been asked to reach the exam centre before the reporting time. The entry gate for the next session exam will close at 2.20 pm. As per reports over 10 lakh candidates have registered to appear for the exam. 
Oct 04, 2020 11:37 (IST)
UPSC Exam: Candidates Reach Centres, Say 'Mature Enough To Follow Precautions'
Hundreds of candidates arrived at an examination centre to write Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
"I used public transport to reach the centre. It was not safe, but what can I do? I had to appear for the exam," a candidate, said.

"I think everyone appearing for the UPSC exam today is well aware of the health risks and we are mature enough to follow health precautions prescribed by the authorities," added another candidate.

Oct 04, 2020 09:36 (IST)
UPSC Prelims 2020: Candidates At Exam Centre
The UPSC prelims exam has started.

Oct 04, 2020 09:30 (IST)
UPSC Prelims 2020 Exam Begins
The Civil Services prelims has begun now. The exam will be held in two sessions: first session from 9.30 am and the second session from 2.30 pm. 
Oct 04, 2020 08:48 (IST)
UPSC Prelims 2020: Mark Disclosure Scheme
As per the decision taken by the Government for increasing the access of unemployed to job opportunities, the Commission will publicly disclose the scores of the candidates (obtained in the written exam and interview) through the public portals. "Candidates will be required to give their options at the time of Interview/Personality Test, while downloading the e-Summon Letter from the Commission's website for the interview. A candidate may opt out of the scheme also and in that case his/her details will not be published by the Commission," UPSC has notified.
Oct 04, 2020 08:42 (IST)
UPSC Exam: 796 Posts To Be Filled This Year
This year's Civil Services exam is being held to fill 796 vacant posts which include 24 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category.
Oct 04, 2020 08:31 (IST)
UPSC Exam: First Session Begins At 9.30 am
The UPSC exam will be held in two sessions. The first session will begin at 9.30 am and the second session will begin at 2.30 pm. UPSC has asked candidates to reach the exam centre before the scheduled time. For morning session exam, the entry gate will close at 9.20 am.
Oct 04, 2020 08:26 (IST)
UPSC Exam: List Of Services For Which The Exam Is Held
The UPSC Civil Services exam is held for selection to the following services:
  1. Indian Administrative Service
  2. Indian Foreign Service
  3. Indian Police Service
  4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group 'A'
  5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  6. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group 'A'
  7. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  8. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group 'A'
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group 'A' (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  10. Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'
  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group 'A'
  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  14. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group 'A'
  15. Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group 'A'
  16. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group 'A'
  17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group 'A'
  18. Indian Trade Service, Group 'A'
  19. Indian Corporate Law Service, Group 'A'
  20. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group 'B' (Section Officer's Grade)
  21. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli
  22. Civil Service, Group 'B'
  23. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'
  24. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'
  25. Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'
Oct 04, 2020 08:09 (IST)
UPSC Exam: What Not To Carry To Exam Hall
UPSC candidates are not allowed to carry:
  1. Watches fitted with any special accessory
  2. Any type of communication device
  3. Mobile phone, (even in switched off mode), pager or any electronic equipment
  4. programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smart watches etc. 
  5. Camera 
  6. Bluetooth device
  7. Valuable or costly items 
  8. Bags
Oct 04, 2020 08:02 (IST)
UPSC Exam; What To Carry To Exam Hall
For the UPSC exam, candidates are allowed to carry:
  1. Mask
  2. Hand sanitizer
  3. Water bottle
  4. Admit card
  5. Black ball point pen
  6. Photo ID
  7. Normal or simple wrist watch
Oct 04, 2020 07:49 (IST)
UPSC Exam: Central, Western Railways Permit Candidates To Travel By Special Suburban Services
Central and Western Railways have permitted UPSC candidates to travel by special suburban services over Mumbai Suburban railway network during two days of the examination over this weekend.

Oct 04, 2020 07:47 (IST)
UPSC Civil Service Exam: Good Luck Wishes Pour In For Candidates
For all the candidates who are sitting for the UPSC preliminary exam, others have wished good luck. The exam which will be held today is the first test for selection to various Civil Services. Candidates who qualify this exam will be shortlisted for the main exam and finally the interview will be held. The main exam is scheduled to be held in January, 2021.

Oct 04, 2020 07:43 (IST)
UPSC Exam: Delhi Metro Services Was Announced To Begin Early Today
The Delhi Metro will start its services little early on Sunday to facilitate the movement of candidates appearing for the UPSC preliminary examination, the DMRC said. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Preliminary examination is slated to be held from 9.30 AM on Sunday.
Oct 04, 2020 07:40 (IST)
UPSC Exam: Special Trains Being Run For Candidates
Special trains are being run for the candidates by the Indian Railways. Details of the route and the timings of the train have already been notified by the Indian Railways. The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination-2020 today all over India.

Oct 04, 2020 07:27 (IST)
UPSC Exam: COVID-19 Guidelines
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UPSC has set rules which are precautionary measures to contain the spread of the infection.
  1. Candidates should wear mask to the exam centre.
  2. Candidates should carry their own sanitizers in a transparent bottle
  3. Candidates can also carry a transparent water bottle
  4. Candidates have to follow COVID 19 norms of 'social distancing' as well as 'personal hygiene' inside the examination halls/ rooms as well as in the premises of the venue
Oct 04, 2020 07:16 (IST)
UPSC Civil Services Prelims Today
The Civil Services exam will be held in shifts today. As per reports close to 10 lakh candidates have registered to appear for the exam. Civil Services exam is billed as the toughest exams in the country. UPSC had earlier scheduled the exam on May 31. Due to COVID-19 pandemic the exam was postponed.