UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Exam Analysis for GS Paper 1 and Exam Review 2020: Check Difficulty level Expected Cut off

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam was held on 4 October, 2020. We are providing Prelims 2020 Exam, GS Paper I analysis like difficulty level of the exam, nature of the questions asked, trends, etc. We have done complete UPSC IAS Prelims exam analysis 2020 with hundreds of students appeared for the exam.

Timing of UPSC Civil Services (Prelims) Exam 2020 for Paper 1 and Paper 2 was:
– Paper 1: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

– Paper 2: 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM

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UPSC Preliminary Examination is the first exam or a first step of getting closer to IAS dream. Before going into the detail of the UPSC Prelims exam analysis 2020, check out the UPSC Prelims Examination Pattern.

The paper is conducted in an offline mode. The GS Paper I consists of 100 questions and is in the form of MCQ or objective and there is 1/3rd negative marking for every incorrect answer. Total marks are 200 and the duration to finish the paper is 2 hours.

Paper: GS 1 Paper: CSAT
Total Marks: 200 Total Marks: 200
Questions: 100 Questions: 80
Type of Questions: MCQ or Objective Type of Questions: MCQ or Objective
Duration: 2 hours Duration: 2 hours
Negative marking is there: Yes Negative marking is there: Yes
Nature: Merit ranking Nature: qualifying
Language: Both in Hindi and English Language: Both in Hindi and English

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UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 GS Paper 1 Exam Analysis: Students and Experts Views

This year in UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 questions asked are related to agriculture and recent trends on MSP, Agri procurements, and on eco-friendly agriculture practices.

As per the candidates, who appeared for the UPSC IAS Exam have found paper difficult. Most of the questions were application-based touched the recent developments worldwide and also questions from science and technology, economy and on polity influenced questions in current affairs.

According to some other candidates, questions asked in the UPSC CSE Prelims GS Paper 1 in science and economy were conventional type and were slightly tricky. In history, questions asked were mostly from ancient and medieval periods while geography had questions from current affairs. Expecting cut off around 80 to 90.

According to some experts, the paper has mostly shifted to application-based than from current affairs. Cu-Off of this year will remain identical to last year as the paper is unconventional. Questions asked from current affairs demanding conceptual clarity to solve.

UPSC Prelims GS Paper 1as per some students was Unexpected and mostly unpredictable questions were asked.

According to some students, totally unpredictable and different than paper from the past few years.

Some questions are asked from Environment, Agricultural science, etc.

According to some experts and students, GS Paper 1, 2020  was moderately tough. Majorly questions were asked from Agriculture, Economy and Banking.

Aspirants with better analytical abilities and depending less on rote learning are at advantage in this paper except in History and Art and Culture. The paper demanded the active presence of mind.

Expected Cut-Off

As per the experts, UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 paper 1 cut-off is expected to remain almost near to the last year as the question paper was unconventional.

The cut-Off is minimum marks required to qualify prelims every year varies. In UPSC CSE Prelims 2019 for General category Candidates the cut-off was 98, in 2018 it was 98 and in 2017 it was 105.34. Variation in cut-off marks is because of the dynamic nature of the exam.

UPSC Civil Services (prelims) 2020 GS Paper 1: Detailed Subject wise Analysis

Questions from Subjects Important Topics asked in the Prelims GS Paper 1, 2020 Exam Difficulty Level

of Questions

Current National and International Important Events (19) G20, Kisan Credit Card Scheme, West Texas Intermediate, IAEA Safeguards, DCCBs, Cyber Insurance for Individual, Aadhar Metadata, etc. Moderate to Tough
History and Art and Culture (18) Gupta Dynasty, Industrial Revolution impact on India, Pala Dynasty/Pratiharas, Post Harsha period, Buddhism/Mahayana, Desher Katha was written by, Vital Vidhvansak, Kulyavapa and Dronavapa, Inscription signifies personalities, Gandhi Irwin Pact, Paranitas Cultural History, Indigo Cultivation in India, Fort William College of Calcutta, Ulgulan, Literature/Scholars, Rakhmabai case A mixture of Easy, Moderate and Tough
Geography and Agriculture (14) Types of soil, climate and fertiliser of crops, Atlas-based questions influenced by news, Dominated with agriculture part of Geography Moderate to Tough
Polity (14) Preamble, Fundamental Rights, DPSP, Basic Structure, Union Government, etc. Some questions are from Current Affairs related to Polity like MPLADS and Parliament Session. conceptual understanding questions like Constitutional Government, Parliamentary Democracy etc. Easy to Moderate
Economy (14) Indian Economy and Social Development, RBI’s expansionist Monetary Policy, Global Financial Crisis, The Macro-Economic Framework Statement, Gold Tranche, FDI, the role of cooperative banks, etc. Moderate to Tough
Science & Technology (10) Science section, as usual, was dominated by Science and Technology and asked much from Current Affairs. Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, Nanotubes, etc. Easy to Moderate
Environment and Ecology (11) Indian Elephant, Protected Areas located in Cauvery Basin, Biodiversity, Sub-species, graminivorous, Natural habitat, environment sustainability, Biochar farming, Wildlife Protection Act 1972, Social Cost of Carbon, India’s Desert National Park, Critical Tiger Habitat, etc. Moderate to Tough
Total Questions: 100 Overall Difficulty level: Difficult

Some UPSC Civil Services (prelims) 2020 GS Paper 1 questions asked are as follows:

1.What are the advantages of fertigation in agriculture?

1. Controlling the alkalinity of irrigation water is possible.

2 Efficient application of Rock Phosphate and all other phosphatic fertilizers is possible.

3. Increased availability of nutrients to plants is possible. 4. Reduction in the leaching of chemical
nutrients is possible.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3 only

(b) 1, 2 and 4 only

(c) 1,3 and 4 only

(d) 2, 3 and 4 only

2. With reference to chemical fertilizers in India, consider the following statements : 

1. At present, the retail price of chemical fertilizers is market-driven and not administered by the Government.

2. Ammonia, which is an input of urea, is produced from natural gas. 3. Sulphur, which is a raw material for phosphoric acid fertilizer, is a by-product of oil refineries. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 2 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

3. If a particular plant species is placed under Schedule VI of The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, what is the implication? 

(a) A licence is required to cultivate that plant.

(b) Such a plant cannot be cultivated under any circumstances.

(c) It is a Genetically Modified crop plant.

(d) Such a plant is invasive and harmful to the ecosystem

4. Which one of the following statements best describes the term ‘Social Cost of Carbon’ ? It is a measure, in monetary value of the 
(a) long-term damage done by a tonne of CO2 emissions in a given year.
(b) requirement of fossil fuels for a country to provide goods and services to its citizens, based on the burning of those fuels.
(c)efforts put in by a climate refugee to adapt to live in a new place.
(d)contribution of an individual person to the carbon footprint on the planet Earth.

5. What is the importance of using Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines in India?

1. These vaccines are effective against pneumonia as well as meningitis and sepsis.
2. Dependence on antibiotics that are not effective against drug-resistant bacteria can be reduced.
3. These vaccines have no side effects and cause no allergic reactions.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Some FAQs

1. How can I download the UPSC Prelims 2020 Question Paper key?
Ans: Download Question Paper Link of UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 (PDF) Or UPSC Prelims 2020 will be provided by Adda247 shortly.

2. What is the expected cut-off of UPSC Prelims 2020?

Ans: This year a slight variation is expected as compared to the previous year’s Cut-Off as per the experts. Adda247 will also provide the Cut-Off of UPSC Prelims 2020 Category-wise.

3. How can I get an answer Key of UPSC Prelims 2020?

Ans: Answer Key of UPSC prelims 2020 is also provided by Adda247 along with the UPSC Question Paper 2020 (PDF).

4. From where I can get UPSC Prelims Exam Paper 2020?
UPSC Prelims 2020 Question paper in PDF format will be provided by Adda247, after the exam.

5. What is the timing of UPSC Prelims Exam 2020?
The timing of UPSC Prelims Exam 2020 is GS Paper 1 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and for GS Paper 2 (CSAT): 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

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