UPSC Prelims 2018: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted the civil services preliminary exam or UPSC Prelims 2018 on Sunday, June 3. Over three lakh candidates appeared for the exam. Candidates who appeared for UPSC Prelims 2018 exam reportedly claim that the questions in the paper were surprisingly different this time. Many students thought that the paper was a “bit difficult”.Also Read - UPSC CAPF Result 2021 Declared at | Here's How to Download Score

According to the report, students found the paper difficult in some areas; the pattern of the paper was the same as previous years’, however, there were some surprising elements in UPSC Prelims 2018 exam. Reportedly, questions were focused on areas that were not asked about, in UPSC’ earlier exams; such areas include Lok Sabha, National Sample Survey Organisation. Questions on these areas had not been asked before, students told a leading daily. Also Read - UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021 on October 10 | Check Guidelines And Other Details Here

Cut-offs This Year

It is being suggested that the cut-offs this year might drop by few points, keeping in mind the difficulty level of the UPSC Prelims exam 2018. The students had to give two papers for UPSC Prelims 2018 exam. The first paper was held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am while another, began at 2:30 pm, across UPSC’s various centres all over the country. Also Read - Tina Dabi's Sister Ria Dabi Gets 15th Rank in UPSC Civil Services, Twitter Calls Her Inspiration

UPSC Exams

The UPSC or civil services examination is held in three stages, that is, preliminary, mains and interview. Last year, the general category cut-off was 105.3 for the UPSC Preliminary exam. The exam is held to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) and other departments of the Indian government.

The students who clear UPSC Prelims exam 2018 would appear for the main examination, which would be conducted on October 1. The exam would be followed by an interview. In order to qualify for the above-mentioned posts, students will need to clear all the three stages.