For CSE 2017, UPSC had conducted the prelims on 18 June and the main exam was held from 28 October till 3 November.
Close to 14000 candidates had qualified the civil services preliminary exam and 1300 in the IFS prelims exam conducted by UPSC last year.
In UPSC Prelims exam 2017, there were questions on Goods and Services Tax (GST), benami transactions and schemes run by the central government. There were also questions related to National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), 'Vidyanjali Yojana' and 'Smart India Hackathon', all of which are the NDA government's initiatives.
Last year, the UPSC recruitment process saw aspirants going to courts too.
After the preliminary exam, candidates moved the Supreme Court against the Commission over 'ambiguous questions.'
According to the petition, for several questions, there were two or more possible answers. Therefore as it happens with examinees every time, many candidates were in a dilemma: answering a question with two possible answers can either give them full mark or incur a loss of the total mark along with penalty; in order to avoid negative marking majority choose not to answer thus making a loss of the total marks.
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