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UPSC IAS Prelims 2019 Exam Analysis of GS Paper-I: Difficulty Level (Tough) and Good Attempts

Archana Shandilya

UPSC conducted IAS Prelims GS Paper-I Exam on 2nd June 2019 across different cities and the difficulty level of the exam was of 'moderate to difficult'. This year UPSC has announced total 896 vacancies including 39 vacancies reserved for PwBD Category. Civil Services Exams are conducted by UPSC every year across different cities for the post of IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and IRTS. In this article we are going to share the detailed Exam Analysis of IAS Prelims GS Paper-I Exam conducted online on 2nd June 2019. 

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IAS Prelims GS Paper-I 2019 Exam Analysis held on 2nd June 2019 - Moderate to Difficult

IAS Prelims GS Paper-I 2019 Exam Analysis

Sections (Questions)

Important Topics

Difficulty Level

(Good Attempts)

Current Affairs (30 to 35)

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

Moderate to Difficult

History (10 to 15)

Modern and Ancient History of India (Zamindari System, Harrappa civilization) and Indian Freedom Struggle


Geography (5 to 10)

Climate, Environment and Ecology (Old and New World Crops)


Polity (15 to 20)

Indian Polity Facts, Law and Governance Issues


Economy (15 to 20)

Indian Economy and Social Development


Science & Technology (25 to 30)

General Principles, Summits and Conferences (Wearable Technology, DNA, RNAi, Lab Technology, DIgital Signature)

Moderate to Difficult



Tough (120-130)

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IAS Prelims GS Paper-I 2019 Exam Pattern

IAS Prelims 2019 Exam consisted of two papers – GS Paper-I and GS Paper-II (CSAT) for total 400 marks. GS Paper-I consisted of questions of 100 Questions of 2 marks each in the Objective MCQ Format. Also, there was negative marking of 1/3rd marks for wrong answers.

IAS Prelims GS Paper-I 2019 Exam Pattern


Number of Objective Multiple Questions (Marks)


GS Paper-I

100 Questions of 2 marks

2 Hours

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Highlights of IAS Prelims GS Paper-I 2019 Exam - 2nd June 2019:

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Important Points to Remember after IAS Prelims 2019 Exam

IAS Mains Exam: The Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Civil Services (Main) Examination will have to apply online again and submit on-line Detailed Application Form-I [DAF-I] along with scanned documents/certificates in support of date of birth, category chosen for relaxation (SC/ST/OBC/PwBD/ Ex-Serviceman} and educational qualification with required Examination Fee.

IAS Interview Round: The candidates who are declared to have qualified Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to mandatorily indicate order of preferences only for those services participating in the Civil Services Examination for the year, for which he is interested to be allocated to, in the on-line Detailed Application Form-II [DAF-II], before the commencement of Personality Tests (Interviews) of the examination.

Further, the candidates who wish to indicate IAS/IPS as their Service preference are advised to indicate all the Zones and Cadres in the order of preference in their on-line DAF-II as per the extant Cadre Allocation Policy applicable for the Civil Services Examination, 2019. With this DAF-II, a candidate will also be required to upload documents/certificates for higher education, achievements in different fields, service experience, OBC Annexure (for OBC category only), EWS Annexure [for EWS Category only], etc.

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The above analysis will help you to assess your rank among the thousands of candidates, who have appeared for the IAS Prelims GS Paper-I 2019 Exam held on 2nd June 2019.

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