UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2018 – The exam analysis of UPSC Civil Services Paper 1 and 2 is available now. Candidates can check UPSC Civil Services exam analysis to know the overall and sectional difficulty level, topic-wise distribution of questions, easiest and toughest section of the exam, total marks, weightage of topics and expected cutoff. According to UPSC Civil Services exam analysis 2018, General Studies Paper 1 was easy to moderate.The paper carried total 100 questions.Maximum questions were asked from economics and there were less questions on Science. UPSC Civil Services exam analysis of General Studies Paper 1 has been prepared based on the feedback provided by the exam takers. The General Studies Paper 1 was held from 9.30 am to 11.30 am.
The overall difficulty of General Studies Paper 2 was moderate to easy in terms of difficulty. The General Studies Paper 2 was bit lengthy. The General Studies Paper 2 was tough than Paper 1. The General Studies Paper 2 was conducted from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. UPSC Civil Services Cutoff 2018 of preliminary exam is expected to drop. Civil Services Prelims exam was conducted on June 3. Aditya jagtap, mentor, career launcher said, "The overall paper was difficult compared to last year. There were certain questions in general studies paper 1 that demanded background knowledge. The way questions were put into made it difficult for candidates to answer. General studies paper 2 is aptitude based paper but questions were asked from dependency ratio and inflation. These questions does not come under aptitude." As per news report, around 3 lakh candidates have appeared for IAS 2018 Prelims exam. Read below for more details on UPSC Civil Services exam analysis 2018.
Highlights of UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2018
- Candidates found General Studies Paper 2 tough than Paper 1.
- General Studies Paper 2 was too lengthy
- UPSC Civil Services Preliminary examination was tough compared to last year
- The question paper of both the papers remained unchanged
- There were questions from unexpected areas.
- In the Indian Polity section, one question was based on Lok Sabha. They was quiet surprising for candidates as question pertaining to this topic was never asked before.
- Question based on a document published by National Sample Survey Organisation was asked in the exam.
- The cutoff is expected to fall this year.
UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2018 – General Studies Paper 1
The General Studies Paper 1 carried total 100 questions. The total marks allotted to this paper is 200. Mostly questions in this paper were asked from Economics. There were less questions from Science. The paper was easy to moderate in terms of diffculty. This year, the paper was tough compared to last year. An attempt of more than 80 questions is considered as good attempt. For each correct answer in this paper, candidate will score 2 marks while 1/3 marks will be deducted for wrong answers.
Topic -wise distribution of questions and difficulty level
No. Of Qs.
History, Art, Culture
Ecology & Environment
Others (Science, Tech, International organisation and current affairs)
Easy to moderate
Topics of IAS Prelims exam
India and World Geography
Questions were asked from the following topics
Current Places which were in news
History, Art and Culture
Environment and Ecology
Current Convention on the environment
Agreement on the environment
Economics and Social Development
Economic Development etc.
Science and Technology
UPSC Civil Services of General Studies Paper 2
The General Studies Paper 2 of Civil Services comprised of total 80 questions. Questions in this paper is asked from Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English. According to UPSC Civil Services Paper 2 exam analysis, the paper was lengthy. Candidates can check below the IAS exam analysis of General Studies Paper 2.
Topic wise distribution of questions
Number of Questions
Directions, Coding Decoding, Cubes
Numbers / Fractions
Averages / % ages
Time, Speed, Distance & Work
P&C, Prob, Sets
Single/Two Question RC (Inference Based)
Three/Four Question RC ( 2 Passages )
UPSC Civil Services Candidate's Reaction
“The General Studies Paper 1 was moderate. Economics section was difficult for me. Mostly questions were asked from economics. There was one question from cyber attack,” said Neha Singh.
“The overall difficulty of General Studies Paper 1 was easy to moderate. There were more questions on quality economics. Less questions were asked from Science. This is my first attempt,” said Ishani Lepcha.
"The General Studies Paper 2 was bit lengthy. There were questions on comprehension, ratio, probability and logical problems. Questions on comprehension were lengthy," said Neetu Sharma
UPSC Civil Services Cutoff 2018
The cutoff of Civil Services is decided by the examination authority on the basis of the marks secured by last recommended candidates under various categories. The conducting authority releases IAS cutoff for prelims, mains and final after completion of recruitment process. The expected UPSC Civil Services cutoff of Prelims exam has been released by coaching institute.
UPSC Civil Services Expected Cutoff 2018 by SuperProfs
110 (+ or 3)
105 (+ or 3)
100 (+ or 3)
95 (+ or –3)
UPSC Civil Services Cutoff 2017
UPSC Civil Services answer key 2018 of General Studies Paper 1 and 2 has been released. UPSC is expected to declare the result of Civil Services Prelims exam in July/August 2018. Candidates based on their marks in General Studies Paper 1 and 2 will be shortlisted for the mains examination as per UPSC Civil Services result.