IAS Exam Analysis 2016 for General Studies Paper 1
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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
Moderate to Difficult
Increase in the number of technology questions
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.
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
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.
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)
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 :
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:-
*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.
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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