Analysis of Civil Services Prelims Exam 2011
General Studies Paper I
Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2011 pattern was based on the changed pattern. This was quite evident in General Studies Paper I and obviously in General Studies Paper II (also known as CSAT - Civil Services Aptitude Test).
Previously, Civil Services Prelims carried a total of 450 marks and the total number of questions that were asked used to be 270. These included:
• 150 questions based on General Knowledge, each carrying one mark, and
• 120 questions based on the Optional Subject chosen by the candidate, each carrying 2.5 marks.
Now, in the changed pattern, CSAT 2011 or Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2011 only carried 400 marks. Only 180 questions were asked this year. Out of these:
• 100 questions based on General Knowledge were asked, each carrying two marks, and
• 80 questions based on Aptitude Test were asked, each carrying 2.5 marks.
Negative Marking: Except for Question Nos. 73 to 80 in the General Studies Paper II, all the questions had negative marking. For each wrong answer, 1/3 mark were deducted from the total scores of the candidate.
Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2011 : General Studies Paper I
After going through General Studies Paper I, the very first question that comes to our mind is that this year current affairs questions were almost completely ignored except for a few like START Treaty and Budget 2011. Otherwise there were no questions on current events.
Lesson 1: Focus on Current Events, primarily Budget and Economic Survey.
The second thing to note was the number of Environment-conservation related questions. Climate change, global warming, bio diversity, ecology and environment are very important issues and UPSC has been asking quite a few questions related to these issues in GS Mains. But it set a new record for itself by asking nearly 20-25 questions in Prelims 2011. That this was unexpected is to put it mildly. In fact the entire Prelims pattern went for a toss as no Map-based questions were asked and candidates had to really know something about environment and ecology to score well in Paper 1. Such was the emphasis on it.
Lesson 2: Focus on Environment and Ecology in Geography.
Questions Were Lengthy: Yes it took a lot more time to read the questions than actually think about the answers. Also the options provided didn’t really help either. Most of the questions had All of the Above are Right type of option and this made selecting the right option quite a challenging task.
Lesson 3: Increase your reading speed, ability and power.
Theory-based questions: Most of the paper 1 of Prelims 2011 was theory based. No questions on Sports or Personalities were asked. Economy questions were also theory based. Such questions require a good understanding of the basics.
Lesson 4: Keep you BASICS clear. Focus on theoretical aspects of different topics.
Time and Speed : Yes. I just have to agree to this. 120 minutes to tackle 100 questions in Paper 1. But you had to be quick. Spending too much time on a single question just didn’t make the right sense.
Lesson 5: Practice your speed and timing.
Analysis based on syllabus : The syllabus of General Studies Paper I is divided into following seven parts.
1. Current events of national and international importance
2. History of India and Indian national movement
3. Indian and World Geography – physical, social, economic geography of India and the world
4. Indian Polity and governance – Constitution, political system, Panchayati Raj, public policy, Rights issues, etc.
5. Economic and social development – sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.
6. General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change - that do not require subject specialization
7. General Science
Questions asked from different sections of the paper are as given below:
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