UPSC prelims 2020: know why cut off is expected to remain low

UPSC CS prelims 2020: The corona virus (COVID 19) epidemic in the midst of all the ups and downs of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services preliminary examination was completed yesterday (October 4th 2020, Sunday). Since there is very little gap between UPSC Main Exam and Preliminary Exams, one idea is that students can get very low marks in Preliminary Examination as per preparation. Candidates who would have been confident about their selection would have focused on the preparations for the main exam instead of the preliminary examinations without hesitation. However, keeping in mind the pressure of preliminary examination, students must have given a set time in preparation for preliminary examinations.

Estimated cut off of UPSC prelims-
Although it is not easy to estimate the cut-off of UPSC Preliminary Examination, there are some circumstances which suggest that the cut off will be quite low.

Talking about the general category candidates, their cut off of UPSC prelims was 98 in 2018 and 2019. Whereas in 2017 prelims it was 105. In 2018, there were more questions from current affairs studies while less than subjects.

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UPSC Prelims 2020 Cut Off Estimate-
Now talk about this year’s cut-off, there was not much difference in the ratio and marks of subjects. Last year 15 questions were from politics and this year there were 16 questions. Last year 14 questions from economics and this year also. On the other hand, general science questions were 7 last year and this year there were 14 questions. According to the subject, there is a lot of similarity in the paper.

Apart from all this, more than 50 percent of the candidates have left the UPSC preliminary examination this year. This may also be a reason for the low cut-off.

Candidates are advised to prepare keeping in mind the changing trends, cut off marks etc. of the questions asked in previous years. Those who will not be able to clear prelims this year, now prepare for the next year with a strong strategy. Students who have prelims clear must have already appeared in the main examination. Because now the time for main examination is very less.


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