IAS Exam Analysis 2016

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IAS Exam Analysis 2016

The Civil Services Preliminary Exam was held on August 7, 2016. More than 5 Lakh aspirants appeared for it.

The preliminary examination consisted of objective type (multiple choice questions). Each paper was of 200 marks, carrying a total of 400 marks. The question papers were set both in Hindi and English. The blind candidates were permitted extra time of 20 minutes for each paper.

IAS Exam Analysis 2016

Difficulty Level

Moderate to Difficult


Highest Weightage

Current Affairs

Lowest Weightage

Basic Science

Biggest Surprise

Increase in the number of technology questions

Biggest Shocker

Extremely low weightage of Geography


High weightage of environment based questions

Subject Wise Weightage

Note: The maximum weightage this year was on current affairs which were very diligently interrelated with various subjects of general studies. Also, many questions were asked in such a way that they encompassed more than one subject. Both these factors have been taken into consideration below for IAS Exam analysis 2016.

Current Affairs


18 questions were based on  international current affairs

15 were based on national current affairs



9 questions were on government schemes

9 questions were on organisations















Key Points 

 Here are some key points to note about IAS Exam Analysis 2016

  • The weightage of Environment questions continues to be on the rise.
  • The weightage of Art & Culture questions continues to be on the decline.
  • The weightage of Technology has increased this year. This comes as a surprise.
  • The weightage of schemes has drastically increased.
  • The weightage of national and global organisations has increased.
  • The weightage of Economy has increased.
  • Laxmikanth suffices for Indian Polity
  • History was bulky in the paper (15 questions). This is good coz’ an aspirant who attempts less questions in environment will compensate here.
  • Economy was a surprise as far as world economy was concerned. An aspirant who religiously followed the hindu with a special emphasis on Paul Krugman’s editorials would have nailed the questions here.
  • GK was a surprise too. As many as 18 questions were set, out of which 9 were on Organisations alone. Most aspirants must have answered them.
  • Skipping the Hindu will cost you immensely
  • Excellent knowledge of Current Affairs (with a special focus on the world and their inter relation with various subjects under general studies) is expected.

Cutoff 2016

IAS Cutoff varies each year.

It depends on the number of vacancies, the number of candidates who appear for the exam and the difficulty level of the paper.

Even though it is early to predict, you should expect it to be more for this year i.e. 2016. The number of aspirants have increased this year.

The cutoff for this year’s prelims should be –

Between 110-115 (general category)

Between 107-110(OBC)

Between 95-107(SC)

Between 90-95(ST)

IAS Cutoff 2015

In Civil Services Exam 2015 the minimum qualifying standards (marks) secured by the last recommended candidate in various categories at various stages are as under :

Exam General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-2 PH-3 Maximum Marks
CS (Prelim)* 107.34 106.00 94.00 91.34 90.66 76.66 40.00 200
CS (Main)# 676 630 622 617 580 627 504 1750
CS(Final) 877 834 810 801 802 830 697 2025

Subject to 10% marks in each of the seven competitive papers i.e. Essay, GS‐I, GS‐II, GS‐III, GS‐IV, Optional‐I and Optional‐II.

In 2015, about 4.65 lakh aspirants appeared for the preliminary examination which was an increase from 4.51 lakh candidates who took the test in 2014.

IAS Cutoff 2014

The minimum qualifying marks for various communities at various stages are as under:-

Exam General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-2 PH-3 Maximum Marks
CS (Prelim)* 205 204 182 174 167 113 115 385
CS (Main)# 678 631 631 619 609 575 449 1750
CS(Final) 889 844 830 811 816 778 713 2025

*Subject to minimum of 40 marks in Paper-I and 70 marks in Paper-II

#Subject to 10% marks in each of the seven competitive papers i.e. Essay, GS-I, GS-II, GS-III, GS-IV, Optional-I and Optional-II.

Answer Key

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Now that the prelims is over, take a week off and give your mind some peace. After that get back to studies and start preparing for Mains with all your earnestness.

All the very best 🙂

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