UPSC conducted written exam for 170 posts of Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner on 10th Jan. UPSC surprised the candidates by raising the number of questions and also by the nature of questions. Close observation of the paper confirms that no one can understand the pulse of UPSC, regarding the pattern and content of the exam. Examination conducted for maximum marks of 100 as mentioned in the addendum notification, but nowhere disclosed the number of questions.
Based on the number of questions for maximum of 100 marks, each question carries 0.833 marks. So here time management is very crucial for the candidate. Quantitative aptitude covers more than 25% of paper. In the category of social security of India, more questions on recently announced social security schemes of present government. Polity and governance questions are of easy in nature but hitting on the basic understanding of the candidate. Basic computer literacy questions are of very easy in nature. Again UPSC confirmed that environment is the favourite topic for every exam after it covers major share of civil service prelims
As such the number of attempts was more, and one cannot really judge the performance just by the number of attempts as there would be genuine attempts as well as mere guesswork. Considering the difficulty level of questions and the time management, it seems 65-70 is the good score (out of 100 marks).
Expected Cut-offs for UPSC APFC Exam
For General Category Candidates expected cut-off is 65-70
For OBC Candidates expected cut-off is 63-65
For SC/ST Candidates expected cut-off is 58-60