UPSC Prelims 2018: The UPSC Prelims 2018 was held yesterday which was taken by over three lakh aspirants. Candidates who appeared for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services preliminary examination said that the exam this year was tough as compared to previous year. The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC in three stages – preliminary, main and interview. The UP Prelims 2018 was conducted in two parts- Paper-I and Paper-II. Candidates had to score at least 66 marks in the Paper-I to be able to qualify for the mains.

After students said the UPSC Prelims 2018 paper was tough this year, experts analysed the paper and pointed out the difference in the pattern of the questions. In the General Studies Paper-I, the questions were quite different from those usually asked. Questions related to polity were asked in a complicated manner and conceptual questions were asked in a paragraph format. A lot of environment related questions were also asked. However, questions spanned across all topics. As for GS Paper-II, no verbal logic questions and only twenty-six reading comprehension-based questions were asked. Apart from this, data interpretation and analytical reasoning questions were also asked.

As for the cut-off marks, they might go low considering the paper was tough as compared to previous year. Those who happen to qualify the UPSC Prelims 2018 will have to fill up a detailed application form for the UPSC Mains examination which would be available later. The Mains exam will be on October 28 this year.