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Comparative Analysis

IAS Prelims 2016 : Solved Exam Papers, Analysis & Cutoff


General Studies : (Paper 1)

Section wise questions asked in Paper 1:


Geography 07
Polity 06
History + Culture 17
Science and Technology 11
Environment & Ecology 21
Economy 12
Current Affairs 26

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Subject Year - 2011 Year - 2012 Year - 2013
Reading Comprehension 30 32 24
Mathematics 11 3 11
Reasoning 17 28 25
English Passage (Compulsory) 9 8 8
Decision Making 8 9 6
Data Interpretation & Graphs 5 x 5
  80 Marks 80 Marks 80 Marks

First, we have Reading Comprehension which requires lots of practice and it is very important part of the paper because out of 80 questions around 24-25 questions are coming in the paper.
Next is Mathematics, we can see that the number of mathematics questions are very very less (pure maths approach). No need to do Vedic  mathematics and all. you can solve questions with class 7th to 8th level preparation. So in mathematics the mental ability portion is basic maths and it is not a problem.
Reasoning is also important, almost 25 questions.

Comparative Analysis of Civil Services Prelim Paper - I (GS - Economics)

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Subject Year - 2011 Year - 2012 Year - 1013
Questions from Science & Technology 22 11 19
Questions from Geography + Environmental 24 24 26
Questions from Economics 18 13 19
Questions from Polity 11 16 16
Questions from History + Art and Culture 13 21 16
Questions from Miscellaneous 7 8 4
Questions from International Relation 5 1 0

Economics

This is a very important area and to start with, you should read 11th and 12th NCERT Economics books. Now in current scenario the traditional economics, facts and figures are not asked. They ask questions based on your understanding of economics like, Why FDI is important for us, What is Fiscal Cliff and problems in United State, About Greece Crisis or Euro Crisis etc. So, you should always looking for these kind of news and issues which affect us.

Comparative Analysis of Civil Services Prelim Paper - I (GS - Geography and Environment)

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Subject Year - 2011 Year - 2012 Year - 1013
Questions from Science & Technology 22 11 19
Questions from Geography + Environmental 24 24 26
Questions from Economics 18 13 19
Questions from Polity 11 16 16
Questions from History + Art and Culture 13 21 16
Questions from Miscellaneous 7 8 4
Questions from International Relation 5 1 0

Geography and Environment

That is the most important area and this is where you should focus with right approach as far as Geography & Environment is concern. Because 25% (almost 1/4th) of the questions are coming and even more than that approx 30% of the questions you can expect from this section.

Comparative Analysis of Civil Services Prelim Paper - I (GS - History and Art & Culture)

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Subject Year - 2011 Year - 2012 Year - 1013
Questions from Science & Technology 22 11 19
Questions from Geography + Environmental 24 24 26
Questions from Economics 18 13 19
Questions from Polity 11 16 16
Questions from History + Art and Culture 13 21 16
Questions from Miscellaneous 7 8 4
Questions from International Relation 5 1 0

History and Art & Culture

Several aspects we have seen in the exams in last three years. One is the overwhelming focus of the Modern History. So, you need not worried too much about ancient history and medieval history. You should concentrate on Post Mughal Period. And that is where most of the questions are coming as far as the history part is concern. No need for world history or ancient history. We will not say that you should leave these sections but you have to cover these section from old 6th & 7th NCERT books and that will be more than sufficient.

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Subject Year - 2011 Year - 2012 Year - 1013
Questions from Science & Technology 22 11 19
Questions from Geography + Environmental 24 24 26
Questions from Economics 18 13 19
Questions from Polity 11 16 16
Questions from History + Art and Culture 13 21 16
Questions from Miscellaneous 7 8 4
Questions from International Relation 5 1 0

Science & Technology

Now, look at Science & Technology and according to the previous years questions there are three broad classification we can make. One is on the areas of technology and Latest Development of Science & Technology which comes in the daily newspaper.