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UPSC CSE Prelims 2024 Exam Analysis by Superb IAS



Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate


Key Takeaways:

  • Balanced Paper: Questions across General Studies sections were well-distributed with Geography taking the lead.

  • Focus on Basics: This year's paper emphasised factual knowledge and basic concepts.

  • Shifting Trends: New question formats like three-column matching and increased assertion-reasoning were observed.

  • CSAT: Easier than 2023 but still requires dedicated preparation.

  • Cut-off Prediction: Expected to be higher than last year, possibly around 95-100 for the general category.


The UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) Prelims 2024 offered a balanced array of questions across various sections, with Geography emerging as the dominant subject. This year, the exam aimed to test the basic understanding of the aspirants, making it relatively moderate in difficulty. Let's delve into a detailed analysis of each section.


General Studies (GS)


The General Studies paper maintained a consistent distribution of questions across sections, with Geography leading. The questions were mostly moderate to easy and fact-based, ensuring a focus on fundamental concepts without many surprises. A notable innovation was the introduction of three-column 'Match the following' questions and an increase in 'Assertion-Reason' type questions. Although the number of 'pair-type' questions was reduced, this did not add to the difficulty.


Geography: Maximum Questions, Direct and Basic


Geography had th