To join the prestigious Civil Services, you need to first clear UPSC Prelims. For the year 2018, UPSC Prelims was held on Sunday, June 3. The common consensus among test takers is that exam was tough, nay, very tough. Few have gone so far as to say that it was the toughest in seven years.
As soon as Paper 1 got over, test takers started saying that paper was too tough. History and Economics especially left everyone flabbergasted. However, in Paper 2, they were in for more surprises. Post-exam, many aspirants took to twitter, facebook and social media platforms to express their bad exam experiences.
Was the UPSC Prelims 2018 held on 3rd June very tough? What do you think? Share your views in comments below.
Surprises in UPSC Prelims 2018 = Paper Tough
On digging deeper regarding the toughness of exam, it was said that the paper was actually full of surprises. In other words, what candidates had prepared did not exactly turn out in the paper.
For example, many questions were on static General Knowledge. Also, some said that some factual questions were on such minute details which must have been very difficult for any aspirant to recall.
Civil Services aspirants usually take coaching from various centres. Or they refer to online coaching to guide them in what to study and what not to study. However, the fact remains that the syllabus of IAS exam is vast. The Union Public Service Commission can set the paper from the syllabus – this time it became difficult for candidates because they did not get the paper along the lines they expected.
In a way, UPSC Prelims 2018 teaches future aspirants to be prepared for anything in their exam.
What do experts say about difficulty level of IAS 2018?
Actually, there are two opinions: One is that the paper was tough and the other is that difficulty level has been exaggerated on social media.
UPSC is one of the toughest exams in India. So those who prepare for it are usually prepared to face a plethora of tough questions. However it is true that this time a lot of focus was on History which no one was expecting to happen.
One opinion that is being heard from several quarters is that UPSC’s shift in question paper trends will be a blow to institutes that train Civil Services aspirants.
The final verdict on how tough the IAS 2018 was will be evident in IAS 2018 Result which will be announced in July. After that, IAS 2018 Mains will be held from October 1 onwards.
Tough UPSC Prelims 2018: Will It Mean A Dip In IAS Cut Off?
Last year the cutoffs were as follows: 105.34 for General, 102.66 for OBC, 88.66 for SC and ST.
If the paper was tough for everyone, then logic dictates that everyone will score fewer marks than last year and hence cut offs will drop. However if it is true that that toughness level being high was localized, then cut off will not dip.
As per analysis, if cutoff of IAS 2018 dips, then it may be around 100 for General and similar lowering will happen for other categories.
For latest updates on expected cut off of IAS 2018, check out IAS 2018 Expected Cut Off.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will announced result in the month of July. Then mains exam will be held in October. If your paper went well, then you should start preparing for IAS Mains 2018 right now. If your paper did not go well, then you can start preparing for IAS 2019 from today itself.
One thing is clear from today’s exam, that is you should not rely on repeat pattern or questions from any exam series. You should build your skills and knowledge.
Best of luck!