UPSC ESE Exam Analysis 2019
Updated on Jan 3, 2020 - 4:40 p.m. IST by Team Careers360

UPSC ESE Exam Analysis 2019 - UPSC ESE preliminary exam was held on January 6, 2019. The exam was held at across 42 exam centres across the country in two shifts - morning ( 9 to 11 am) and evening (2 to 5 pm). UPSC ESE Exam Analysis 2019 list out the details regarding the topic-wise distribution of questions, sectional as well as overall difficulty level, expected cut -off, marking scheme. With the help of exam analysis, candidates can check the difficulty level of exam, topic-wise sectional as well as overall questions asked in UPSC ESE 2019 exam.

As per previous year, UPSC ESE exam analysis, paper I General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper was moderate in difficulty level. According to the candidates who have appeared for paper II Engineering Discipline and Technical paper was lengthy. The paper 1 of UPSC ESE was conducted for 200 marks whereas paper II was conducted for 300 marks. Candidates appearing for the exam can check UPSC ESE exam analysis 2019 below.

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UPSC ESE Exam Analysis 2019 Overall difficulty

The preliminary exam of UPSC ESE comprises two papers – Paper I and II. Paper I will be held for 200 where candidates will be allotted 120 minutes to answer the questions..The paper II will be conducted for 300 marks and candidate will be given 180 minutes to answer. Candidates appearing for the exam can check UPSC ESE exam analysis 2019 overall difficulty level below.


Level of Difficulty


General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper

Moderate to difficult


Engineering Discipline


UPSC ESE Exam Analysis 2019 for paper 1

The paper 1 of UPSC ESE was moderate in terms of difficulty level. The questions were objective in nature carrying 100 questions. Candidates can check the previous years UPSC ESE exam analysis topic wise below.


Number of questions

Basics of Material Science & Engineering


Ethics and values in the Engineering Profession


Basics of Energy and Environmental Construction environment, pollution and degradation, climate change, environmental importance, assessment


General Principles of Design, Drawing, Importance of Safety


Standards and Quality practices in production, construction, maintenance and services


Engg Mathematics and Numerical Analysis


Engg Aptitude covering logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability


Current Issues of national and International importance relating to social, economic and industrial development


Basics of Project Management


UPSC ESE Exam Analysis 2019 for paper 2

The question asked in paper II was lengthy. The total marks allotted to this section was 300 where candidates were given 3 hours to answer.

UPSC ESE Cut off 2019

The cut off of UPSC ESE will be released for preliminary mains exam and final cut off. The cut off of UPSC ESE will have minimum qualifying cut off as well as overall cut off. As per previous years cut off analysis, the minimum qualifying marks for General, OBC, SC, and ST need to secure 15% while it is 10% for PH category. Candidates appearing for the preliminary exam will have to obtain the minimum qualifying marks which will be released by UPSC and overall cut off to be eligible to appear for mains examination of UPSC ESE 2019.

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My DOB is 23 April 2003 then can i eligible to appear in 2024 upsc exam which is my last year of graduation?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 2nd Oct, 2019


Yes, candidate who have attained 21 years age and have graduated or in final year of graduation are eligible to apply for UPSC. There's no specific aggregate required to apply for this exam, one just needs to be a graduate in any discipline from a recognized university.

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