IAS (UPSC CSE) Prelims 2021 has conducted on October 10, 2021, in two shifts. The schedule for GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2 was 9:30 am – 11:30 am and 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm respectively. UPSC exam was conducted in 77 cities across the country. 


This year, over 10 lakh candidates had applied for UPSC Civil Services Exam. About 5-5.5 lakh candidates were estimated to appear in the exams. UPSC Prelims has held across 2,569 exam centres in the country.


Aspirants that appeared in GS Paper 1 said that paper was balanced and that appeared in GS Paper 2 said that the exam was lengthy.  


IAS (UPSC CSE) Mains 2021 Exam would be conducted on January 8, 2022, time period of the exam would be 3 hours for each paper. 


UPSC CSE Prelims 2021: Exam analysis


There were more questions based on Economy and Environment and lesser on History, Polity, and Current Affairs. Shockingly, there were two sports questions.  


The overall difficulty level was at – “difficult”. Here is the subject-wise difficulty level of the UPSC CSE exam 2021. 

1. Current events of national and international importance – Moderately Difficult.

2. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic – Easy.

3. History of India and Indian National Movement – Moderately difficult.

4. Geography of India and the World – Difficult.

5. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution – Easy.

6. Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. – Easy.

7. Economic and Social Development-Sustainable – Difficult. 

8. General issues on Environmental ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – Moderately difficult

9. Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. – Moderately difficult.

10. General Science – Difficult.


UPSC CSE 2021 Prelims Exam: Weightage

Each question paper carries a total of 200 marks, out of which students need to gain a minimum of 33% to qualify for the exam. The questions were in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) format, where every wrong response lead to 0.33 negative marking.

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