Question Paper Trend Analysis of UPSC: Prelims and Mains papers- Part 2

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Question Paper Trend Analysis of UPSC: Prelims and Mains papers- Part 2

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After looking at the trend analysis of Prelims GS paper and Mains GS 1 and GS 2 papers in our previous article, lets move forward to GS3 and GS4 in this article.

GS III:

The table shows chapter-wise distribution of marks in the paper over past 6 years:

Topic 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Economy 70 87.5 62.5 75 75 68
Agriculture/Food industry 40 25 50 50 50 52
Science/Tech/Environment/Disaster Management 85 75 75 75 75 80
Security 55 62.5 62.5 50 50 50
Total 250 250 250 250 250 250

 

GS III being the paper with most number of different subjects, it would be interesting to see the proportion of theory and current affairs in exam along with the subject-wise trend.

Let us have a look past 3 years papers:

2016 2017 2018
Theory 62.5 20 115
Current 75 40 50
Contemporary 112.5 190 85
Total Marks 250 250 250

 

GS III is considered as most dynamic paper out of all General Studies paper for having the highest number of questions based on Current events.

After having a detailed look at the subject-wise trends of GS paper 1, 2 and 3, let us have a look at the distribution of type of question in last 3 years.

Type of Question 2016 2017 2018
·         Type 1: Questions based on Opinion, analysis, assessment, suggestions, judgments, inferences or discussing impact and critical angle 62.5 95 105
·         Type 2: Basic descriptive, narrative just subjective with conceptual description 187.5 155 145
Total Marks 250 250 250

 

To be able to write the type 1 kind of questions, aspirant needs to have a strong hold on concepts and its different perspectives which can developed by linkages with current events and voracious reading of articles by the experts on the topic. This is where current affair analysis, crux writing from articles & editorials in newspapers and other sources comes handy.

GS IV:

The table shows chapter-wise distribution of marks in the paper over past 6 years:

Category Sub Topic 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Ethics

& Basics

Basic Theory 20 10 20 20 20 20
EQ 30 10 0 10 10 20
Thinkers 30 10 20 40 10 0
Family

& Society

Family 0 30 35 30 0 0
Social Influence 0 0 0 10 0 0
Attitude 10 10 0 0 10 0
Job

& Office

Neutrality & other values 25 30 40 10 30 30
Work Culture 60 60 25 0 10 0
Compassion 25 0 20 20 20 40
Pub Org Theory & Dilemma 10 60 20 30 0 70
Code of Conduct 0 0 0 10 0 10
Charter 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corruption 0 10 0 25 50 30
RTI 40 0 20 0 20 30
IR/Funding 0 0 10 0 10 0
Private Org. Corporate 0 20 40 45 60 0
Total 250 250 250 250 250 250

 

 

Following table shows the distribution of theory and case studies in past 6 years:

Year Theory Case-Study Total
2013 125 125 250
2014 130 120 250
2015 120 130 250
2016 120 130 250
2017 130 120 250
2018 130 120 250

 

To be able to solve the case studies in GS IV one needs to have deeper understanding of the theory and its practical implications. It needs an aspirant to have a good knowledge of administrative concepts to be able to analyze the case studies. Case studies are all about coming up with as many options as possible, examining the pros & cons of every option and then choosing the best suited option by the candidate with apt justification.

 

Hope the article helps all aspirants to plan their studies better and achieve their dreams.

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