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Monday, June 04, 2018

Students find UPSC prelims questions tougher this year; big question is, will the cut-off be down?


ABOUT three lakh aspirants on Sunday appeared for the UPSC-conducted prelims or preliminary examination, and those who pass will appear for the main examination in October this year before proceeding towards the final stage — the personality test. And about a thousand bright ones who overcome all the three stages will finally make into the covered government services such as IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS etc. According to media reports and candidates' reactions in social media sites, this year’s preliminary paper was somewhat unpredictable and difficult, making many guess that the prelims cut-off may actually come down from…
the last year’s 105.3. There was no change of the question patterns though, but what surprised many candidates was an overdose of surprises in the questions. One report talks about how a question based on National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) puzzled many candidates. The candidates, in fact, can answer the question correctly only if they are well-versed with the NSSO document published some four years ago, the report further said. The prelims examination has two papers, each of a duration of two hours. Prelims is a one-day-long exam.
Here below are some of the reactions that candidates posted in Twitter:
a) Both the papers are unexpected! 
b) Me after UPSC prelims: My knowledge is my knowledge; it’s none of your knowledge. 
c) Gave UPSC prelims today…phew
d) Why UPSC centres for prelims are not allowing normal watches to examinees…UPSC has not mentioned anything in instructions
e) Enjoyed 4 hours of my life…Most probably will not clear cut off
f) Difficulty level increased by 20% this year
g) Difficult for first timers 
h) For people who are calling it the toughest, just prepare well and stop complaining.
i) One of the toughest prelims on my opinion :(
j) To all those who wrote prelims today and are feeling to give up. Just remember, success tastes better after failure. 
k) How should be the cut off for this year’s UPSC 
Maybe the last one is what is in everyone's mind.

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