UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2019 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted UPSC Civil Services prelims exam on June 2, 2019 in offline mode. The exam of UPSC Civil Services 2019 was held in two shifts wherein each shift of exam was conducted for two hours. Those who appeared in the exam can UPSC Civil Services exam analysis 2019 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.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2019

As per the UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2019, the difficulty level of the exam was of moderate to difficult. To know more details about UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2019, check the article below.


UPSC Civil Services Answer Key 2019
UPSC Civil Services Cut Off 2019

UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2019 - Prelims (General Studies Paper 1)

UPSC General Studies Paper 1 was conducted for a of total 100 questions. Mostly questions in this paper were asked from Current Affairs, Polity and Latest technology questions. This year, the paper was tough compared to last year. For each correct answer in this paper, candidate will score 2 marks while 1/3 marks will be deducted for wrong answers. Candidates can check below the overall exam analysis of UPSC Civil Services 2019 from the table provided below:

Exam Analysis of UPSC Civil Services 2019 - General Studies Paper 1

Number of Questions


Difficulty Level

25 to 30

Current Affairs

Moderate to Difficult

10 to 15


Moderate to Difficult

5 to 10



15 to 20



15 to 20



25 to 30

Science & Technology

Moderate to Difficult


Moderate to Difficult

Topics of UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam - Paper 1

Questions were asked from the following topics

India and World Geography

  • Climate

  • Environment

  • Ecology

  • Old and New World Crops

History, Art and Culture

  • Modern History

  • Ancient History of India (Zamindari System, Harrappa civilization)

  • Indian Freedom Struggle

Science & Technology

  • General Principles

  • Summits and Conferences


  • Indian Economy

  • Social Development


  • Indian Polity Facts

  • Law

  • Governance Issues

Current Affairs

  • National & International (Chairman of Public sector banks, AIIIB, Maternity Benefit Ammendment Act, Ease of Doing Business Index)

UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2019 - General Studies Paper - 2

UPSC conductes General Studies Paper 2 of Civil Services for a total 80 questions. Questions in this paper were based on the following sections - Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English. According to UPSC Civil Services exam analysis 2019 for paper 2, the difficulty level of the paper was from moderate to difficult. Candidates can check below the IAS exam analysis of General Studies Paper 2.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Analysis 2019 - General Studies Paper 2


Numbe of questions

Difficulty level




English Comprehension



Data Interpretation



Quantitative Aptitude





Moderate to Difficult

Topics of UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam - Paper 2


  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Syllogism

  • Coding Decoding, Cubes

  • Sequence and Series

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Numbers/Fractions

  • Time, Speed, Distance & Work

  • Algebra

  • Profit, Loss, Discount

UPSC Civil Services Cutoff 2019

The cutoff of Civil Services is prescribed by the exam conducting body for all the stages after completion of recruitment process. The cut off is the minimum marks that the candidates are required to secure for the next exam stage. Candidates securing the minimum UPSC Civil Services cut off 2019 will be shortlisted to appear in the next stage of the exam. Candidates can check below the expected cut off of UPSC for prelims exam from the table given below.

UPSC Civil Services Cut off 2019 - Expected (Preliminary)


Expected Cut Off









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Questions related to UPSC Civil Services Exam

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i want to be an ias with a backup plan what should I choose ba or bsc

chinmayi 28th Mar, 2020


All The Best as you have a dream to become an IAS  . I suggest you to take B.Sc as there is science stream in your class 11 and 12 . You have many opportunities as you can do M.Sc or PhD after doing B.Sc . You have an opportunity if you fail to achieve your dream of an IAS officer . If you don't get selected for IAS then you have a chance of becoming professor .

Dream to become an IAS but have an other option also in your career . You should work very hard to become an IAS . But concentrate on your degree as Degree is most crucial to become an IAS as without a degree you are not supposed to write the prelims exam .

Hope this helps you .


if agri is the correct graduation for IAS /

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

First of all,according to eligibility criteria for UPSC,candidates need to pass graduation in any discipline and attained 21 years age, you can appear even in your final year,there isn't any best course or correct course in this matter, the sole reason being UPSC doesn't discriminate among aspirants and hence allow people from all background to appear for this exam. As per previous year trends also,people from different backgrounds like engineering, medical etc too have succeeded, what eventually matters is planning and strategy in this exam.

what are the groups in intermediate which is best for ias?

Megha 28th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant !

I will suggest you to first choose wisely your undergraduate and start preparing from starting itself.

Then , choose your subjects according to your preparation and interest that what subject you will take as an optional subject in your exams

Many people go for subjects in ART stream like bachelor of art with subject like geography , history , political science etc according to your interest .

Also , you can try for humanities.

Hope it helps , if you have further query please feel free to ask !


i want to become an after finishing my hsc second year which is the better course for my brightfull future?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

In order to appear for UPSC, you just need to be 21 years old and passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university,you can apply even in your final year. UPSC doesn't discriminate among aspirants and hence allow people from all background to appear for this exam.

See, it's important to understand where your interest lies, and accordingly choose career path. As UPSC is more humanities oriented, it's becomes comparatively easier for arts students to prepare for this exam as they're already well acquainted with this syllabus while science students didn't have any of these subjects at +2 level. But, let me tell you as per previous year trends, many people belonging to engineering and medical too have succeeded, and the only reason being eventually it's the planning and strategy that matters. So, think out clearly about your areas of interest, if you're absolutely clear about UPSC and have liking for any arts subject such as law, political science, history, economics etc you may go ahead, secondly if you're not sure, go with your choice it may be medical, management, engineering or anything else, even if you later feel like giving UPSC,  you can definitely go ahead after gaining some experiences in your related career field like so many successful candidates have done in the past.


I want to start my IAS preparation from home other than going to coaching centers.i want to write this exam in the year 2023 as I was born in march 2002,is it right?..which books help me for write the preliminary & mains better.i want to study in a smart way rather than spending a lot of time in it.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020

The eligibility criteria for appearing in UPSC civil services examination is to have a graduate degree and age above 21.First of all you should start studying newspapers daily either The Hindu or The Indian Express.
Every topper recommends that your resources should be limited because there are tonnes of materials in the market and indulging in each one of them will waste your time and you will get confused ending up in messing everything.
There are few standard books recommended by toppers,these are :
  • NCERT books from 6 to 12.
  • Laxmikant for Polity
  • Spectrum fo Modern India
  • Tamil Nadu board book of class 11th for Ancient and Medieval india
  • Shankar IAS book for Environment
  • GC Leong for Gerography
  • Ramesh Singh for Economy.
  • Nitin Singhnia for Art and Culture
Apart from that keep and eye on everything happening around world and be curious.
For Mains,GS 1,2,3 above books and current affairs and for GS 4 you should study Lexicon.Apart from that you should study ARC Reports,NITI Ayog action agenda,PIB,PRS,Indian year book,Budget and Economic survey(of the year in which you will appear in the exam)

Good Luck
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