The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted the first stage of Civil Services Examination- Preliminary, on June 18 at various centres across the nation. Lakes of IAS, IFS and IPS aspirants appeared for the Prelims.
It consisted of two papers: Paper I and Paper II, each of 2 hours duration.
This time the paper was unpredictable and left the students unhappy. It focussed more on conceptual and applied questions instead of factual questions and current affairs, which used to be more for the past few years.
The questions in Polity seemed easy but gradually the real test became a tough job for the students, who were expecting a paper based on similar pattern like last year. Like every time, UPSC managed to throw it’s usual gamut of surprises!
It also included the trickiest questions that combined factual with conceptual and the options given were too close.
“What is/are the most likely advantages of implementing Goods and Services Tax?” reads a question.Therefore, it featured questions on the NDA Govt. initiatives like “Smart India Hackathon” , National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF); on GST and Benami Property Act among other schemes by the Central Government.
The main objective of putting such questions was to test common sense and understanding as well as the ability of the students to retain information across various dimension.
Hence, the Prelims took place successfully, without any reported incidents of protest, and now the results await all the UPSC aspirants…
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