QUESTION PAPER: UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam – 2015 General Studies – 1

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QUESTION PAPER: UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam – 2015 General Studies – 1

Below is the scanned copy of General Studies Paper – 1 of UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2015. The paper has many current events, India – 2015 and NCERT based questions. Those who were regular with basics and current events have definitely done well.

We request readers to search answers and post them in the comment box, so that later it becomes easy to prepare a answer key. Please provide references (links, Page numbers) for each answer. Best sources to refer are The Hindu website, NCERT, India-2015, Economic Survey, Insights current events, Insights Test Series 2015 question papers and Our Self Study initiative. Thank you.

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Insights gs paper - 1 upsc prelims exam 2015

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Insights gs paper - 1 upsc prelims exam 2015

Insights gs paper - 1 upsc prelims exam 2015

Insights gs paper - 1 upsc prelims exam 2015

Insights gs paper - 1 upsc prelims exam 2015

  • Ek Onkar

    hello sir, is attempt of 60 gonna be enough for gs 1??

    • Ashish Valecha

      Yes if you have 90% accuracy, I think cut off would be near 100 marks, bcoz if we see paper was bit easy but confusing as there were sub options in most of the ques

      • Ek Onkar

        ya.. the paper was on the easier side.

        • Ashish Valecha

          So, if you are scoring 100 then there are much much better chances. But lets c, cut off could be less than that, lets wait for other websites to come up with Analysus

          • A M

            Hey Ashish! My score 102. Any chances?

    • Sayan Bera

      Yes….as this year qp is tough

      • devashish ghosh

        loolll

  • Sandeep

    Sir, when I marked an answer in omr sheet, I marked it wrongly. So I scratched the omr with a blade and marked the correct answer.. Now my frinds say that, if I use blade and rub leading to tampering of answer key, I will be disqualified. Is it so? I am tensed, so I request to give authentic reply..

    • Rohit Kulkarni

      who said broo chill….nothing like that

    • Ashish Valecha

      Dude, Aspirants in my centre were sitting with Chalks, and they were using it frequently for every wrong answer 😉

    • Anandu Suresh Govind

      such practices should be put to task. If such mishaps are there and not penalized it would play down the integrity of the very reputed exam.

    • Ankit

      Do not worry. No one is going to check that.

  • Manish

    I hope evry one checked the first page of the paper. Negative marking was 1/3rd this time

    • Kuldeep Singh

      so, what’s new on this?

    • Himanshu chaudhary

      it was same as last time..

      • pooja

        getting around 110 in gs..but i ruined paper 2…could do just 32 n m getting only 24 correct in paper 2…so m out of race…..had prepared really hard for my 2nd attempt..bt csat ruined it again for me…feeling really low….

        • Amit Pandey

          The same is the case with me. Score in first paper varies from 116-120 (Based on Shankar IAS, Sriram IAS, KSG Khan and My own tally). But flunk in second paper (21/80 is correct). This was my 4th attempt but still I am not able to manage this CSAT Ghost. My earlier prelims scores are 181 (80&100-2011), 199(93&106-2012), 198(94&103-2014). Almost consistent every time. Every time the speed was the problem as my accuracy always ranges in 95-100%. This time was thinking to get a walkover from this ghost but this time accuracy fell down to 60%. CSAT is always ruining my prospects to get an entry for mains. Here the biggest irony is I am a Computer Science Graduate having sound understanding of Mathematics. Last year missed IIFT GD/PI by 1.35 marks and TISS by 3 marks. Next would be my Last Attempt, but feeling low after Chain Reaction of Prelims Failure.

        • Micheal Velayutham

          sorry for u. gear it up for next

    • Spock

      It was same every time!!! Lolz…

  • Emerson

    Question 96: Answer B – C.Rajagopalachari

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vedaranyam

  • RR49

    3-b 9-a 10-b 11-d 25-a 33-d 37-c 42-d 51-c 75-c

    • Emerson

      Small Correction

      Question 11: Answer -A

      President of India is the custodian of Indian Constitution

      http://www.hindustantimes.com/chandigarh/to-work-as-custodian-of-constitution-pranab/article1-889619.aspx

      • RR49

        noted. thanks u

        • Gaurav Nagpal

          President takes the oath of custodian of constitution of india

          • Divyanshu Chaudhary

            Supreme court is custodian

        • Emerson

          Agreed. I was mistaken. SC is the custodian

        • Nithya Preethi Kinnera

          200% ans. is supreme court.. Sooo noo more discussions nw. keep quite

          • devashish ghosh

            lol

      • Keyser Söze

        Supreme Court I think !

        • yashoda

          ya its supreme court…

          • vivek

            supreme court

          • MRM

            Supreme court …

      • Al Qaeda

        supreme court

      • RR49

        Laxmikanth says Supreme Court is the guardian of the Constitution of India.

        • John Mach

          Ya dats right and i chose president.. 🙁

        • krishna koundinya

          Could you plz point out where exactly he said it

          • RR49

            Pg no 25.4…..Independence of the supreme court

            • krishna koundinya

              got it…thank you…. i marked SC only…jus was not sure…

      • virendra

        President is the upholder of the Constitution while the Supreme Court acts as the Custodian of the constitution

      • devashish ghosh

        lolz

    • ganesh krishna

      bro 86-a

      • RR49

        Vamsadhara originates somewhere in Orissa. I dont think it is a tributary of Godavari

        • raghu bv

          yes answer is d

        • lipu8

          Right bro it originates from district kalahandi in odisha flowing throughout rayagada dist on the southern side of the state.

      • Goodie

        vasamdhara…or basamdhara… is between mahandi and godavari…

        its not a tributary of godavari

      • devashish ghosh

        lol

    • mamta

      33 answer isn’t it “‘a”‘?
      correct me if i am wrong

      • Himanshu

        51 A : (c) To uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India 🙂 so D is correct.

        • mamta

          k….thanx for the correcting me

      • devashish ghosh

        lol

        • mamta

          I have not written the exam…I am preparing for 2016…..just wanted to clarify my doubt…not yet clear with the concepts

          • devashish ghosh

            i am really sorry…one thing you need to memorise all the fundamental duties…they are only 11…will hardly take 10 minutes…and please jaan laga ke tayari karo agli baar ke liye…7th of august will be your Day…good luck mam…make each of your day count

            • mamta

              That’s ok ….thank u and all the best for ur mains

              • devashish ghosh

                kahan mains maximum i can get 84 this time…you please study hard

                • mamta

                  yes im working hard….what’s ur optional?

                  • devashish ghosh

                    i am not sure but mechanical engineering is on my mind and you can choose any subject whichever you find comfortable

                    • mamta

                      I opted Geography as my optional …right now working on it

                    • devashish ghosh

                      need to do it for the whole one year be patient

                    • devashish ghosh

                      nice

    • Debasish kumar rakshit

      84-d..page-152 sanjeev verma

  • Sai Ram

    I can’t get the question paper.

  • Emerson
  • Howard Roark

    Cool paper.

    • Keyser Söze

      Your Attempt ?

      • Howard Roark

        Next year.

  • Emerson

    Question 49: Answer C.

    Rajasthani Dal has no GI, while the other two have

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Geographical_Indications_in_India

  • Keyser Söze

    7 -B

    East Asia Summit Only !

  • Emerson

    Question 83: Answer B

    Golan Heights or Syran Golan is a middle east area

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golan_Heights

    • Vm

      in Palestine right ?

      • Nahaz

        It’s in syrian Israel border

  • Emerson
  • Emerson

    Question 98: Answer C

    Annie Besant presided INC session in 1917 itself while Sarojini Naidu made it in 1925.
    Tyabji was 3rd President. Dadabhai was a Zoroastrian while Woomesh Chandra was a Hindu, obvious to ‘Chandra’ in his name.

    • Dev

      It should be B as per your explanation.

      • vivek

        ans .b 100%

      • Emerson

        Yeah. Am sorry. It’s B. I pointed the wrong option in haste.

      • Emerson

        Corrected it now

  • pooja

    9-a, 15-b, 18- a, 22-c, 28- a, 34- c (class 7 ncert oure environment page 4) , 42-d, 51-d , 56- d ( class 7 ncert our environment page 48) 75-c (India.gov.in) 92-d, 93-b, 98-b, 94-d, 100-c

    • RR49

      51-c .. Please verify .. correct me If I am wrong PM Jan dhan Yojana was started mainly for Financial Inclusion

      • pooja

        Ya you are right. I wrote in hurry .

    • Dipin Nair

      Jan Dhan should be for financial inclusion !!

  • yashoda

    thank you so much insights….

  • yashoda

    11-d, 20-d , 33-d, 42-d, 56-d, 64-a, 67-b, 75-c, 92-d

  • Sunil Pareek

    96-b C rAJAGOPALACHARI

  • Pal

    Seeing the question paper I am feeling dat next year as well I wont stand anywer…was thinking of resigning from job… A govt job… But now it seems for me civils is not a gud idea…. 🙁

    • MindThrillzz

      i think u can still study and get rank being in job.. read suggestions from toppers as to how to manage time and energy and start.. atb pal..

      • Pal

        Thanks 🙂

  • Neeru

    6 -d

  • Neeru

    I want to put writ in supreme Court.

    • sr

      why

      • Neeru

        Upsc play bad with my life

        • sr

          what happend

          • Neeru

            Only 32 are correct

            • Himanshu

              If you belong to ST catagory, you could clear prelims.

              Best wishes 😛

  • Rajat Sharma

    guys i am gonna appear next year.How to tackle these recent questions like recently this was in news coz of this that.We cnt write about every body in our notes na and how can upsc miss iran us nuclear deal not even a single question.

    • Gaurav Nagpal

      Educated guess is the most important point

    • Civils aspirant

      Rajat bhai I suppose prelims papers had been set much before recently burning topics like iran nuke deal, greek debt crisis, etc… for questions like these regularly visit insights daily current affairs or any other CA website you like.. like gktoday.in or jagranjosh

  • Ab

    Thank you insight.

  • monica goyal

    2 d 5 b

  • anand ratkal

    Sir, I need your opinion on this- While writing today’s exam, in the first paper I wrote “general studies” as the subject name in the test booklet instead of “Paper-I”. Will it be rejected?

  • Supreeth Reddy

    97 is Hari hara I. He ruled in the name of diety Virupaksha

  • disqus_Dee

    where is the qp

  • Supreeth Reddy

    58 question : Electricity generation ( weight is 10.32%)

  • Himanshu

    what will be the answer of 41.

  • anand ratkal

    Sir, I need your opinion on this- While writing today’s exam, in the first paper I wrote “general studies” as the subject name in the test booklet instead of “Paper-I”. Will it be rejected?

    • Himanshu

      No, its all right. Dont you worry.

      • anand ratkal

        Thanks bro. But are you sure about it?

        • Himanshu

          These small things do not matter for upsc, The important point is : Bubbles are filled correctly or not as well as your roll no 😛

          • anand ratkal

            Thanks bro 🙂

    • Dipin Nair

      Don’t worry,nothing will happen.Reason the OMR reader reads only what you have encircled and not the English what you have written and hence anything wrong written in Center/Paper name won’t matter much.

      • anand ratkal

        thanks Dipin 🙂

  • Abhimanyu

    100-110 will be the cut-off…don’t expect much!

    • Himanshu

      general cat?? i think cut off would be 130-140.

      • Neurotoxin

        why do you think cutoff would be 130-140, have you done some survey…i am interested in knowing

      • Dev

        i think cut off for gen category will be around 90. I may be wrong, but it is my gut feel.

        Last year immediately after writing prelims I felt i will not clear as the cut off prediction was 230+. I didnt clear, but it was because of low marks in CSAT. Hope will make it this year. I am getting 100-110.

        • Himanshu

          Best wishes. 🙂

  • Ankith

    Around 110-120 as per CL key…..any expectation on cut off??

  • Ankit

    Insights rocks. Got atleast 7-8 correct answers because of following the blog regularly.

  • Himanshu Joshi

    @vinay sir- enlinght about todays paper?

  • Vinay Singh

    around 130-135 marks from CL. and something similer from Eten IAS

  • Radhika M

    I scored just 64 🙁 .. insights acorroding to u wat might be the cut off?

    • Himanshu

      You are qualified . Dont worry 🙂

  • Emerson

    Forum IAS has the key. You may refer to it.

  • Vishal

    What is ans of question no 91

  • Samir Lone

    Q:no:20/D

  • astha

    plzz sir tell..cut-off kya rehega??

    • Himanshu

      120 to 130 .

      Best wishes.

    • rahulbose0204

      hi..
      you know what is common between Indian Elections and UPSC exam….no one knows the end result.
      Exit polls and Opinion Polls have limitation in predicting result of no. of voters(students) polled(appeared) cant be asked about there choice.
      So, whatevr be the cutoff…..no one knows…this is the beauty of this exam…
      until and unless you have performed too good or too bad….u will be uncertain of result.
      My suggestion is to start prep fr mains……so that if you qualify or not you can shift gears accordingly.
      Take rest today….and slowly again start the fight.
      all the best. 🙂

      • astha

        thanks..i m getting..110..from als ans key

        • Goodie

          prepare for mains..

        • Kartik

          Your marks made me feel too low !! Only 82-83 marks ….Anyways I will prepare for Mains.

          • Neurotoxin

            kya baat hai bhai

        • rahulbose0204

          u r on safer side mam…all the best…

        • PS

          plz provide link of als
          getting 106 as per cl

  • arjenbhar

    getting around 99.33 with 3 question which are debatable , so will I make it?
    (1) One of the sources on this site has mentioned 100 cutoff, which I think I should be able to make it if those 3 questions are correct
    (2) if the cut-off is 130-140 as suggested by someone in this discussion, then I have no chance
    so should I start preparing for mains?

    • Himanshu

      As suggested by rahulbose0204 , You should follow his advice. 🙂

      • arjenbhar

        see to be honest , I will tell you 1 thing, I have given this exam directly after my engg, that is as soon as final paper got over , i sat for this herculean exam, studying day in and out, so I need a concrete answer? So, if I am not getting selected, I will take a long break before I start my journey all over again… plz dont take this as an offense

    • Neurotoxin

      1. how can anyone for that matter say what is the cutoff, do not panic in the 2008- 2009 era such papers were common but cutoff was low so please concentrate on studies…and cutoff will never be more than 55% in any case(i am no expert)

  • Werealoop Mno

    Marks summing up to around 56 after penalty. Is it near qualifying for an ST?

    • Himanshu

      Chance Banta h lala 🙂

  • Goodie

    cutoff will be between 98 – 105…
    Start Preparing…

    Paper was very Factual…as compared to old one.

    • Goodie

      for gen…

    • so it may push up cut off due to large crowd of babas who have been lage raho india since years and missing pre due to CSAT

      • Yashaswi

        Do you have to be so concerned about these “babas”? To believe that these “babas” may clear and reduce the chances of other “newbies” is plain unfair. A lot of the questions were current affairs-based and no “baba” is at any advantage any more than a “newbie”.

        • bcoz Q tested memory rather than concepts

          • Yashaswi

            So babas have better memory? That’s odd, science says the capacity to retain as well as learn is relatively poor for older people. If “babas” are older than “newbies”, based on your concern, newbies should clear the paper easily. No?

        • pragya

          Exactly

      • Aishwarya Sharma

        Doesn’t really matter, does it. Discussing it is anyways a waste of time. Its done and dusted now. Might as well focus on mains. 🙂

      • APS

        so man what should be the cut off according to u???

      • Sneh

        We are forgetting the key point in the exam… GS paper 2.. You have to qualify it sir…. N most baba can do good with memorising the things but not the analytical type of questions that was asked in GS 2… I m no expert… But please detter yourself from making any prediction for cut off… U never know with UPSC… I think discussing answers rather than cut off would be beneficial for everyone…

      • shazia

        hii where is the link for that spreadsheet where people are putting up their marks for calculating expected cutoff..?

  • Ajit Kumar Esic

    For gen paper 1 score?

  • vijaya

    Too much stuff from current events….!!:(

    • Neurotoxin

      well not actually, it was too much blend of conceptual and factual Questions yes current affairs were important.

      • vijaya

        Yes,after solving the paper i can say one cannot ignore any area,not even small facts.(but important one)

  • chandralal

    51 c

  • Reality_check

    hey guys please shed some light ..

    CUSTODIAN
    a person who has responsibility for taking care of or PROTECTING SOMETHING: the custodians of pension and insurance funds. the custodian of the Great Seal in Canada is always the Secretary of State.

    PRESIDENT’S OATH

    I, (name), do swear in the name of God (or solemnly affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President (or discharge the functions of the President) of the Republic of India, and will to the best of my ability PRESERVE, PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND the law, and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of the Republic of India.

    — Article 60, Constitution of India

    I think SC is the custodian of fundamental Rights not the constitution.

  • Ankith

    Attempted 89…as per different keys expecting 67-69 right answers

    115-120 marks

    • Goodie

      keys link ??

      • Ankith

        Check on FORUM/ETEN IAS/CL websites

    • Deepak

      Key kaha a series ki

  • Kartik

    With reference to Rowlatt Satyagraha, which of the following statements is/ are correct?
    1. The Rowlatt Act was based on the recommendations of the ‘Sedition Committee’.
    2. In Rowlatt Satyagraha, Gandhiji tried to utilize the Home Rule League.
    3. Demonstrations against the arrival of Simon Commission coincided with Rowlatt Satyagraha.

    What shall be the answer for this question ?

    • Goodie

      remove option 2 … u will get the answer…

      Gandhiji was never part of home rule

      • Kartik

        Yea..I did the same ! But the answer Key has marked the option containing “1 and 2 Only”. Hence asked !!

        • Balu

          Simon 1924 onwards so remove that.

        • arjun singh

          he was president in 1920 and it was time of non cooperation

  • Sri charan Das Goswami

    scoring 108 in p-1 …………on the border I presume

  • Arpit Singh

    was paper easy comp. to previous year??? or was i just lucky….last year 85..this year around 110….cutoffs???

    • PS

      same here
      last yr 82
      this year 106

  • anil reddy

    what will be the answer of 16th question

  • sant

    Please estimate what could be cut off

  • Reshmi

    I am getting 90 marks out of 200 in paper I(General category). Sir is there chance of clearing

    • Neurotoxin

      at such an nascent stage it would be premature to comment on the cutoff you should concentrate on your studies, Internet Represents a microscopic proportion of candidates so a correct cutoff is very difficult .

      • Reshmi

        Thank you …

  • Divyanshu Chaudhary
  • HCR

    Q.89 is appeared in 2014 prelims also !!!!!!!!

    • Draconian

      yeah……..

  • Draconian

    babaji……………thank u very very……………………………..much………….it’s because of you…….i totally nailed it babaji…..i followed every single gayan on how to attempt questions…….first i attempt 50 questions of which i definetly know the answers…..and rest with your gyan ………..overall i attempted 80 questions………and with checking answers from different sources………..78 are correct…………thank you…….i owe you…….now just like prelims prepare us for mains……..we need your gyan there too………

    • Aspirant Adm

      Who is babaji?

      • Draconian

        ias baba yaarrrr………….

        • Aspirant Adm

          Ok all the best for mains. Iam aspirant of 2016

          • Draconian

            you too man……..prepare well……any help ask ……..follow iasbaba & insight regularly and mrunal too………esp. for eco. and current articles……as they r too good and you can use them as notes….as also said by IRA Ma’am(CSE-2014 TOPPER)…..

            • Mahesh

              hi this time i got 98 OBC candidate will i get chance? please confirm

              • Draconian

                yaar i cant confirm but yes you definitely had a chance……….so start prep for mains

              • Draconian

                yeah for sure,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

        • Enticer

          Draconian bhai… cutoff kitni expected for general… getting 100 only…

          • Draconian

            i m not sure but i checked some sites and i think its around hundred ………..you definitely gonna get it………lets prepare for mains……..u answers are awesome as i followed them since the beginning even in insight too………

    • Vinay Singh

      I have read your answers at this blog and have high probability to make it to the last pdf. I could only manage 135-140. Would love to read your answers at insights

      • Draconian

        sure……..its a good score yaar……….you definitely gonna make it……..

    • RR49

      I am a 2016 aspirant. can u give some tips on how to write good answers.. where do i start etc.

    • India First

      hats off! 78 correct.. This is remarkable

  • Vyshnavi Reddy

    I am getting 72 🙁 any chances of getting qualified ?

    • A M

      cutoff might hover around 95 for general

    • Shubhashish

      Can’t say…

      • A M

        then y replying

        • Shubhashish

          because it simply is premature at the time to talk of cut off. last year people claimed 240, it was 205 for general. on top of it for this year the csat 2 was qualifying. Who knows cut off just dips. so, all I’m saying is 72 is possible (cant say for sure…). One must go on with a planned mains prep….
          any more explanations required?

          • Spock

            Hey guys, let’s compare this with 2013 paper as it was similar in nature… Think cutoff may go above 105-110 for gen… Thats what I think… Wud be lower had it been last year…

    • Ankith

      Doesn’t mean to demotivate you….but being an OC this score may be less…. cut off may be above 90 surely.

    • Yaswanth Reddy

      Chances r not there ..but use time wisely u can crack next year

  • Goodie

    Babur introduced gunpowder or not ??

    • neo

      yes… in battle of 1526 Ist battle of panipat

  • Yash
  • HD

    Getting 130 – 135 ?
    any idea of cutoff

    • Yash

      Mine is 102 I thing 130-135 is all safe score in fact awesome

      • PS

        mine 106 as per career launcher..doubts in some questions..do you know any other answer key?

      • A M

        mine is 102 too. Is it safe?

    • be sure buddy

  • Goodie

    Q-2 NandaDevi National Park … is correct i think

    Wiki says :

    Nanda Devi National Park is home to a wide variety of flora. Some 312 floral species that include 17 rare species have been found here. Fir, birch, rhododendron, and juniper are the main flora.

    Vegetation is scarce In the inner sanctuary due to the dryness of the conditions. One will not find vegetation near Nanda Devi Glacier. Ramani, alpine, prone mosses and lichens are other notable floral species found in Nanda Devi National Park.

    • neo

      its keibul lamjao… the only floating one in india

      • Neurotoxin

        in the world also

      • Dev

        It is Keibul lamjao, I remember reading it in NCERT. Will try to get the exact page.

    • John Mach

      Ans is Namdapha
      “The habitat changes with increasing altitude from tropical moist forests to Montaneforests, temperate forests and at the higher elevations, to Alpine meadows and perennial snow. The park has extensive bamboo forests and secondary forests in addition to the primary forests.”

      verbatim from wiki

  • “RW”

    Upload paper 2 as well.
    Regards

  • PS

    plz share links of answer keys

  • rkb

    Dear insights!! When will the answer keys would be available!!!! Yours are most reliable.

  • Deepak

    A series ki key kaha??????

  • sri narayan

    what is the expected cut off ?

    • A M

      easy paper but confusing

  • A M

    Easy but confusing paper. Friends cutoff???

  • nsathya1990

    What’s the answer of Rowlatt question?

    ‘Gandhiji tried to utilize Home Rule League in Rowlatt Satyagraha’ … is this statement right or wrong?

    Does anyone know the right answer of this?

  • Teju
    • Mangesh Gawankar

      I think a few answers are incorrect. Westerlies do not flow between 30 N and 60 S, they flow between 30-60 in both hemispheres, 16 should be B.

    • Jithesh A

      Somehow, can’t agree with Amnesty Internation question’s answer. It is not a MOVEMENT right? It is a non-profit org. What say friends? 🙂

      • By elimination it is the only choice left.

      • manishies

        i have did same…..but it also work only for human right

  • A M

    Kindly shed light on cutoff please

  • HARSHIT DWIVEDI

    Congrats to everyone scoring above 100…….I also tried really hard…..but scored only 85…….It was a PCS type of paper…..will try next year……

    • A M

      oh..mine 102

  • nsathya1990

    Why no cyclones in south atlantic and south-east pacific in tropics?

    I think answer is a) – low temperature, but couldn’t find any conclusive info. on this.

    Does anyone know the answer & explanation of this??

    • sarat

      How can you expect low temp in tropical region. Its due to ITCZ. you can search about in google ….

      • nsathya1990

        pls provide me d link that states the cause as ‘ITCZ’.

        http://www.wral.com/weather/blogpost/1672862/

        In this, in the first para, it does say that the sea surface temperature are shade cooler and that’s the cause.
        Also, in this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Atlantic_tropical_cyclone#Theories_concerning_infrequency_of_occurrence

        But, I am not sure if it is conclusive.

        • Sknr319

          as far as i know coriolis force is zero at equator at zero which is responsible for rotation in cyclones

          • BISMARCK

            Also….land mass..island is needed to form cyclone

            • Manjula Subramanian

              You need the ocean to form a cyclone. Land is where it dissipates.

              • BISMARCK

                Give me one xample where cyclone is formed without influence of near by islands…
                Hurricane..carribn island
                Tropical cycln…andman nicobar…etc.
                It is not mere a coincidence

                • Manjula Subramanian

                  Dude, it would be formed near a landmass for sure but that doesn’t make it a prerequisite. It helps complete or end the cyclone, not form it because that is where ultimately the cyclone dissipates. Cool now?

                  • BISMARCK

                    Be calm pal…justify ur stand with some xamples and help me in enriching my knowledge. 🙂

                    • Manjula Subramanian

                      I am calm my friend 🙂 and I don’t need to take a stand.. we aren’t debating here. I don’t think you quite understood what I wrote. So I rest my case. Cheers!

        • Bharat

          The answer to this may be (a) Sea surface temperature is low.
          The Humboldt current which is a cold current restricts high temperatures in S.E. Pacific near the Tropic of Capricorn. There is also a cold Benguela current near the Tropic of Capricorn but then there is also the Brazilian current which is a warm current. Not sure if the combination of the two can kick up temperature beyond 26 degrees Celcius.

          By elimination:
          (b) If ITCZ seldom occurs, occurrence of cyclones should be more.
          (c) Coriolis force is too weak. (Coriolis force is significant) near the Tropic of Capricorn just like it is near Tropic of Cancer.
          (d) Absence of land in those regions (Cyclones can happen on oceans too. They only dissipate when they cross land)

          Most of the cyclones happen in S.China Sea, Bay of Bengal and Gulf of Mexico due to temperature above 26 degrees Celcius, absence of cold currents and significant coriolis force – The perfect conditions for cyclones. Cyclones dissipate when they approach land due to barriers.

          Would be glad to hear other possibilities of answers. I may be biased as I marked (a) as the answer 🙂

    • kickflip.master

      answer is itcz seldom occurs.

  • John Mach

    CL Key…

    • manishies

      yaar ….isme kafi galat he ….so don’t follow it…

      • John Mach

        ya i know.. u cn get d answers frm net

  • Ns

    The paper seemed easy at the first glance, but ow when I’m checking answers, its turning unpleasant

    • A M

      so cut off?

      • YoGi

        around 100

  • sri narayan

    expected cut off ??

    • A M

      95

  • Cracker

    Expected cut off may be 95-98

    • A M

      I agree.

    • Rudra Pratap

      I think it wud be 102+-3

    • mahi

      to find avg cut off..
      please go and enter your score here (anonymously) https://docs.google.com/spread

  • Yash Tripathy

    getting correct (46 nos) and incorrect (26 nos), totaling 74.58 from SriRam’s answer key. Any idea abt possible cut off?

    • Prem Singh

      Sriram ke kai answer galat hai

  • Venkatesh Jinukala

    cut off may be in 90s also. dont disappoint who are getting below 100. better to concentrate on mains preparation

    • A M

      why?

      • Venkatesh Jinukala

        iam just copying this explanation.

        R.A.Israel Jebasingh, IAS officer ,West Bengal Cadre, 2004 batch.
        R.A.Israel has 10+ answers in Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Aspirants.
        2015 General Studies Prelims Cut Off
        Once the Civil Service Prelims get over, the immediate question in every aspirant’s mind is, what will be the cut off.
        Last year many were guessing the cutoff to be 240 marks. However, finally when the UPSC released it was around 204 marks only. If we go by last year standard, then cutoff this year should be 204 divided by 2. So around 102 marks for this year. However, CSAT was also part of last year’s score and students used to score not less than 140 marks in CSAT. Therefore last year cutoff divided by 2 logic will not hold true.
        Eventhough there were several easy questions in this year General Studies paper, there were also several tricky questions. Also many aspirants this year concentrated on Art & Culture(because of last year experience) during preparation. However, very few questions Culture this year. Eventhough several questions appear very easy, when we start working the key, it took hours for us to come out with the answer key even after using books and Google.
        Considering all the above facts, I feel the Cut Off marks for this year for General category may atmost touch 100 marks. I dont think it will go beyond that. We are not UPSC. So it may come below 100 marks also .Those who have done reasonably well(from a good answer key), can confidently start their Mains preparation. Don’t waste next one month without reading until the UPSC results are out. Those who succeed in Mains Exam are those who start their preparation immediately after Prelims exam without waiting for the result. Start your preparation from today.

        48,871 views • 162 upvotes • Written 5d ago

  • Vamsi

    120 as per different Keys !!

  • kankana ganguly

    ALS key

    • A M

      Your score??

      • kankana ganguly

        Around 80

  • Q 96…C.Rajgopalchari…Modern India,Bipan Chandra

  • Q 97.C..Harihar I..he founded Vijaynagar on bank of Tugnbhdra….but not sure of source,just faded memory

    • sakshi s

      read it smwhr in ncert

      • devashish ghosh

        lolzzz

      • new ncert,11/12 th but harihar nor mentioned in it,only vijayanagar

  • Q 89..answer is Magadha and Kausal..2014 Q

  • 88.Only Andman and Nic island has three layer of vegetation…wikipedia

  • 84.most sites are saying answer is C but i have a doubt…Q is about just’convertibility’ not full or partial so how one may be sure of C…market forces determining value of rupee may be a option as NEP 1991 allowed convertibility of rupee…partial and full are late

    • HARSHIT DWIVEDI

      exactly buddy…..the question asks IMPLIES ….the answer would be option c if the question asks MEANS but it asks IMPLIES…….I marked market forces…….

      • arjun singh

        market rate determines exchange rate

        • arjun singh

          sorry market

      • raj

        i think u r right b is answer because “c ” give meaning of convertibility

    • Sameer

      Mr. !! Will you care to read the HINDI version of the same question ??

      it says ” Rupaye ki parvv…… se kya TATPARYA hai ? ”

      zyada dimaag mat lagao please

      • yes i erred by applying too much thought

  • 83 ..C…Golan height has been annexed by Israel in 1967 war,another Q may come from Sinai peninsula as it in news due to disturbences

  • 78.Sites are betting on B but in my view D may be a option as this act failed to ‘define clearly’ the jurisdiction by provisioning about transferred and reserved subjects…it was 1935 act which clearly demarcated union,state lists…but not sure,some one plz clarify me

    • arjun singh

      it was in 1919 clearly defined powers of provinces and central in 1935 it modified the list

  • nsathya1990

    do upsc release the key?

    • devashish ghosh

      lol

    • Yes, they did once in a reply to RTI but after end results.

  • 72 C …SLR cut will free a part of ‘only govt interest earning deposits’ of bank to be lend to public and ease will usher rate cut due to competition and economy of scale in prospective loans

  • 66 B..Hunter committee is also known as sedition committee and Gandhi appropriated assets of Home Rule in this movement

    • Goodie

      He formed satyagraha sabha with HR and pan islamist…
      I just forgot that in exam..
      did wrong…

      • i too but on other Qs

      • arjun singh

        bhai he never used it in rowlatt he was president in 1920 during non-cooperation

        • Goodie

          I hope it was right…. i too marked what yo marked…
          But its wrong…

          • himanshu

            Bipin chandra , page 181, last paragraph- yes, gandhi appropriated assets of home rule league.

            • simply mention page or para of a book…avoid posting such scanned format at public sites as it may land in u a problem due to violation of copyright act

        • Ashu

          Well, it’s written clearly in many places that he formed Satyagrah sabhas using Home Rule league members (including others). So, yes, he did end up using the Home Rule League in Rowlatt Satyagrah (intentionally or unintentionally). However, I don’t know if UPSC is being too particular by saying he “tried to use” .

          • arjun singh

            that is the key word “tried to use” in upsc always remove the option which is extreme.

            • Ashu

              Yup, it’s possible. However, I find it absurd to differentiate between trying to use something and actually using it. Only time will tell.

  • 77 B…Rajya Sabha may discuss on money bill, it cannot amend it but merely send its recommendation along with the bill to LS,it cannot vote on grants too which is privilege of house of people

  • anu

    what will be the expected cut off for st??????

  • 63.A …Though FRP for sugarcane is recommended by the committee in option B but word’approves’ in Q implies that CCEA gives final approval …we often read that center has enhanced FRP of Sugarcane after decision taken in CCEA

  • anu

    as per the various ans.keys score may be 74.88…any chance….

    • Chance is always there…if doing nothing then start preparing for mains. It will always be fruitful exercise dear.

    • Einstein

      High chances

  • sri narayan

    QNo 89 tricked by UPSC…Last year it was Buddha’s association with place and this year place association with Buddha

  • 68 A..fly ash is used in brick making and it contains toxic elements,thats why govt is focusing on at source disposal of it and recent news are of latest technological adoptions as part of Environmental debate..here if we eliminate by knowing only 2 facts,answer comes

  • sri narayan

    Any news on Cut off

  • 62 ..Q is wrong as CITES is a voluntary association and not legally binding on members..hence most appropriate answer 2&3 after elimination of option 1 is also wrong…refer wikipedia and cites website

  • 54. C ..bith 1 and 2 ..Q is from Economic Survey where it is said that less tax revenue implies constraints on Govt to continue or expand social sector programmes due to resultant financial constraints and since personal income(Corporate and income tax,STT
    ) and indirect taxes are equally linked to economic growth hence less tax shows slowdown

    • Einstein

      1 cant be correct..
      Tax/GDP less means..two reasons
      GDP increase or tax decrease or both..
      So only 2 is correct

      • HUMANE

        tax increase and GDP increase but ratio decreases(other possibilities).

  • 43.D…Bio toilets does not use fungi but bacterial and product is CH4 methane not ammonia NH3

  • my score is around 55 Q right overall after penalty..any guess for cut off?

    • anu

      i think it may be around100 for gen.

  • 8 C….here we must know that saltpatre or SHORA was the main European interest in early periods in India and competition for BIhar was a part of it where even Mughal Princes evinced interests..so how can steel industry be dependent on import even if it uses it…so elimination method removes option A and D both….cocking coal was recently in news as Australian SC cancelled licence of Adani and fears of cocking coal crisis for power sector seemed imminent

  • YoGi

    Thank you Vinay sir and the entire Insights team….there are at least 10-15 question that are directly or indirectly from your daily current affairs notes, so thanks for that…Getting 115 in paper-1 …hoping fr good result..:)

    • Einstein

      Your score will be 100..dont fly..upsc answer key yet to.come..recheck tricky questions

      • Yashaswi

        What’s wrong with you @disqus_EjKKxLExGT:disqus?

      • YoGi

        i am not flying brother…..koi load nahi h agar 100 aayenge toh bhi..:D

    • K Ravi

      Try to focus and prepare well for the mains yogi…u dont bother whether ur marks will come down to 100 or it will reach to 125… it is just a get pass and the big battel is yet to start… so prep for the big battel…good luck…u will clear pt easily…here a person who will clear the pt with 90 marks or the one who will clear the pt with 120 marks both r eqal, the main aim is to see the name in final list…!!! So all the best for your mains…

      • YoGi

        Thanks buddy..:) all the best for you too…

  • 38 A ,,,,one of the objection of India is that NPT recognizes only five permanent SC members as nuclear weapon state and is discriminatory in nature to the new ones

  • 17 D……RIM is of late 1990s and its ambit is wider than just maritime security as given in the Q

    • A M

      so ja

  • 98 B only 2 is right . First women president was Annie Besant and first indian women was Sarojini Naidu..Tayyabji was first muslim president in 1889

  • 50 C…it is a public limited company besides being a NBFC,refer its website

    • anu

      yep… ans .is c….both is correct..

  • Rahul Patil

    the arrival of Babur led to….?

    • 1 & 3

      • Einstein

        1 is not correct..
        Gunpowder in india came in 14th century..babur in 16th

  • Rahul Patil

    and the question on Real GDP and Gross GDP …??

  • Rahul Narwal

    M getting 100….in sc category….chances are there or nt???

    • Wonder Boy

      bhai enjoy karo aur mains do…mere 67 hain mera to pakka na hoga…100 to general ki cut off hai….to u r in

      • Rahul Narwal

        Ha brother….M thinking also dis way ki ho jana chahiye…..n fr u Bhai……next tym …..u will increase your score…..believe urself n prepare again….jai bhim

        • Wonder Boy

          yes i will do…

    • Prem Singh

      hmm …go for the next step

  • pal

    i m getting just 85..general category…any chances?

    • Himanshu

      Nope 🙂 Start from beginning 🙂

      • Einstein

        You preapare 100 times u wont be in..be sure..lol

        • shashank

          your ans are damn chirpy..u kept ur name einstein but insulting others like hell..hahahha,,,, very funny comment..i just rolled down to page to read ur comments!1

          • Einstein

            Dats y i commented..so dat ppl lyk u scroll dwn..lol

          • Einstein

            Lol..einstein is a title not a name..improve your gk..den cm 4 ias..:P
            N dats nt insult..wen i feel bore..i cm.here 4 tympas..:D

    • Alok kumar

      Still chances left…dnt loose hope..plan accordingly for both conditions. ..either mains this year or next pre…in between. ..

      • pal

        thanx alok..fingers crossed..

    • Einstein

      High chances..
      Do not bother..
      Last year cutoff was 205 out of 385
      B4 dat it was 241/400
      U jst observe reducing 15 marx in paper 2 reduced cutoff hugely..
      Ppl were al scoring in ppr 2..
      Cutoff will be lesser..be sure..work hard..all d best

      • pal

        thanx Einstein…
        its like my marks are deviating between 85 n 94 n m frm general category…
        still v confused..
        bt ur words were really helpful..

        • Einstein

          If 85 is sure..then u gonna pass just chill..
          You knw ira singhal scored 206..cutoff 205
          Same second topper..on.boundary..
          Just prepare hard for mains..
          For sure u gonna pass pre.
          Good luck.

          • pal

            how r u so sure?
            my frnds r crossing the 100mark…
            yeah fr me 85 is d min but still nt able to start wid mains prep…

            • Einstein

              I am sure bcz last yr ppl predicted 240 as cutoff..205 was d real figure..n how many of ur frnds r crossing 100??..even if 5000 ppl r crossing 100..cutoff vil still h low..
              Dnt wry..

              • pal

                ok..thnx..
                🙂

  • Yashaswi

    Can anyone clarify –

    The winter rains i thought were brought by the westerly jet streams, and not the westerlies.
    Can the ‘westerlies’ and ‘westerly jet stream’ be used interchangeably?

    Am I wrong here? This is with respect to question 16 in set C and 91 from set B.

    • Einstein

      Yes they can be

      • Yashaswi

        Cool.

    • Aishwarya Sharma

      Yup… Means the same thing.

      • Yashaswi

        Dayum!

  • K Ravi

    I m getting around 110 marks in GS paper. Vinay sir, how much is ur expected cut off…?

    • Einstein

      You wont pass n if you do you gonna fail in mains..lol..
      Stop demotivating other aspirants..
      Upsc answer key yet to come

      • K Ravi

        Einstein baba r u alr8…becoz u dont seem alr8…take rest boss…!!!

        • Einstein

          Life means nthng if u stay alrite al d tym boss..;)

          • shashank

            well jokes apart what do u think might be cutoff dont give blunder ans ..ans only if u know/make out..

            • Einstein

              It will be 90-95 for general category..
              80-85 for OBC
              Around 75 for SC..70 for ST..
              Mark it..d day UPSC declares result..you will see..;)
              You are in..so dnt wry..

              • shashank

                yep!! thsnk

              • K Ravi

                Mr. Einstein I never trird to demotivate any body…but ur unwanted reply seems that u r under frustration…God knows for what…? I my self expect that cut off for Gen will not go more than 90 marks…becoz with paper 2, when cut off was 205/385 i.e. 53.25 % and that is also becoz of paper 2 only. So, when paper 2 is not in race of deciding cutoff and some candidates who might have scored more than 100 or 110 marks and not able to clear the cutoff of paper 2 will not be paert of the result. So on these basis I personally believe that cutoff will remain around 90 marks. U might differ from my view. Sorry for my harsh words.

      • Yashaswi

        What a hypocrite.

        You try to demotivate @Kr_Ravi:disqus by telling him he’ll fail in mains and you ask him not to demotivate others? What a hypocrite.

        • Einstein

          1 kills 100..so bttr to kill 1 to save 100..lol

  • Vignesh

    Cutoff will be 105 -110 for general
    95- 100 for OBC
    85 -90 for SC
    Lesser will be for other categories

    • Einstein

      How you know??..R u in UPSC members panel..lol

  • Demos

    GI question –

    ans – both ‘Banarasi Brocades and Sarees’ and ‘Tirupathi Laddu’ have been accorded GI status

    i.e answer is (C) – 1 and 3 only

    Source –
    Banarasi Saree – http://ipindiaservices.gov.in/GirPublic/ViewApplicationDetails.aspx?AppNo=99&index=5&pIndex=0&status=banaras%20brocades%20and%20saree

    Tirupathi Laddu – http://ipindiaservices.gov.in/GirPublic/ViewApplicationDetails.aspx?AppNo=121&index=5&pIndex=0&status=Tirupathi%20Laddu

  • Aditya Prasad

    Getting 74 marks in GS-1….62 attempted…43 correct & 19 wrong….Is there any chance guys?? I an unable to comprehend loopholes in my preparation….Vinay Sir, please motivate.

    • Yashaswi

      Did you solve all 33 of Insights Mock Tests? Along with a few extra tests Insights had given? Did you follow the Insights Self Study Initiative? The reason I am specifically asking if you participated in Insights’ initiatives is because you now are asking Vinay Sir for motivation.

      Look. There must be several reasons why you may not have done as well as you wanted to. Here are some:

      i) you did not follow any one strategy, you kept changing your strategy
      ii) you did not stick to any ONE source for guidance, you kept referring to several websites and forums
      iii) you did not revise
      iv) you did not practice mock tests (some of my friends hardly practised any mock tests but they revised very well and thus have done well, while some did their revision by only practicing tests)
      v) you were distracted THROUGHOUT for some valid/invalid excuse
      vi) This is related to point i), did you make a plan/schedule which you tried with utmost efforts to stick to?
      vii) you were reading several books on one subject instead of reading the same book over and over again.

      These are some out of many possible reasons if you are a serious aspirant. Your issue maybe one out of the above mentioned points, or a combination of some. Dealing with this is your responsibility. It is possible for anyone to tackle this exam head-on.

      Sit down. Analyse your preparation strategies of the past and all that. You alone can do this best.

      For me, about 4 months ago I decided I would utilise Insights’ initiatives as my sole guide. I decided I would solve as many mock tests and additional questions as possible. It has helped me immensely. I may or may not clear prelims (I think maybe i’m on the borderline) this time but I know it for a fact that Insights initiatives have totally altered my confidence level and preparation strategy for my own good.

      Insights initiatives may quite obviously not work for every person, my point is just this – stick to one source for guidance and follow it through and through with your heart; repose your trust in that one source. It will do wonders.

      Good luck/all the best.

      • Wonder Boy

        hey can u tell me 67 marks will be enough for sc candidate

        • Yashaswi

          I don’t know what the cut-off could be. I don’t think anyone can hazard a guess.

  • satyajit

    Dear insightsonindia my score average according to some other key 82 +/- 2
    I’m physically handicapped VH Candidate what is the chance to clear preliminary exam

    • Prem Singh

      start preparing

  • Binay Kumar Nayak

    SC Category getting between 82 – 90 after checking with different keys. Any chance ? For Remote Sensing question – I think option includes traffic ( urban planning / air traffic control) and telecommunication (radar / lidar ). what say?

    • raj

      yes you r right so i think d is answer

    • Ankith

      Nope D is not the answer..check wikipedia

  • Einstein

    All those scoring 105+ plz post your roll numbers so that we can check you guys passed or not..haha..
    And al dose who r worrying about cutoff..just tear off d paper and study..if not dis year it will help you some other year..
    Cutoff will b 90 marx for general..be sure about it..just because 1000 ppl r scoring 100+ wont make difference..there r 12000+ selections for mains..
    Justt chill n study hard..dont waste your time..

    • raj

      you r say right…..now don’t west your time

      • Einstein

        I am not an aspirant..i dont “waste” my time..lol..:P

        • NM

          I think Raj was supporting your stance 😛 you misinterpreted..:D

  • Einstein

    1-a
    2-d
    3-b
    4-b
    5-b
    6-d
    7-b
    8-c
    9-a
    10-c
    11-d
    12-b
    13-c
    14-c
    15-b

  • Einstein

    16-c
    2nd statement is correct..
    And 1st is also correct because there r 4 permanent “westerly” jets..#refer NCERT

  • Einstein

    17-d 18-a 19-a 20-d 21-a 22-c 23-d 24-c 25-a 26-c 27-b 28-a 29-c 30-b

  • Einstein

    55-b as stated on official website
    62-b again its official website
    64-d calm belt=ITCZ..#britannica n others
    80-d official site of icecube

  • Einstein

    Rest of all are obvious and easily available on jholachhap coaching sites..lol
    All d best every1

  • Sridhar

    What would be expected cut off mark

  • Sridhar

    As per some answer key my GS I score 115+-5.

  • DKS

    Cutoff might be for general 85 to 90. As options very very confusing and questions were factual. At my center serious candidate no one took big risk. Mostly people restricted to 60 to 70 questions and accuracy rate, god knows. So I think, more question more wrong. Everyone who are under 85 for general think for Mains.

    For OBC might be in range to 72.

    SC/ST = 65.

    • Wonder Boy

      really

    • rkb

      Really!!!!! Omg May god &upsc make ur words true. Thanks dks

    • A M

      Under or above 85?? Questions really very confusing

  • 64 D..it ows due to belt of calm near equator …source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equatorial_Counter_Current

  • 55 D …low te,perature of sea water….source ,,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_cyclone

  • 5 …great doubt,lord vessel relationship is a feature of European feudalism hence answers given at sites follows elimination method to reach 1&2..but someone plz explain me how strong centralized political authority and weak provincial one can be termed a feature of Indian feudalism as opposite is true as central authority exerted less political authority in opposite to early Maurya period of strong centre..so i feel inclusion of 1 in answer is wrong and answer may be only 2 which is absent

    • Shikha Vatsa

      i think ans is b ) because option 1 is not correct for indian sys

      • depends on UPSC..lord-vasal relationship was a feature of european system,so if they apply fact then Q is wrong and if go by simplicity then b

      • manishies

        same opinion…..

      • 1 is correct as weak central political authority was the important feature of indian feudalism

    • arjun singh

      centralized polity =strong center and feudal society=decentralized polity=weak center

    • arjun singh

      as a history student i know that in gupta period it was weak center that is the reason provincial feudal lords were more strong.

    • raghuveer v

      I am not a History student, But was the Indian system called feudal system? I always remember reading that feudal system emerged in Europe around 16 century! Please correct me if I am wrong!

      • RS Sharma calls it feudal but there are marked differences between the two as u may get it while going through his Medieval India book….

  • Goforbarney

    Q25 set B IREDA BOTH 1&2
    http://www.ireda.gov.in/

  • Goforbarney
  • Goforbarney

    Q 95 SET B Tides occur… ans d

    http://www.moonconnection.com/tides.phtml

    • Wonder Boy

      hey can u tell me 67 marks will be enough for sc candidate

      • Prem Singh

        nope …start preparing for next year

      • Goforbarney

        sorry dude i have no authority to answer dis….but best of luck …

  • Gaurav

    is india member of EAS ,ASEAN .

    • Yashaswi

      Not ASEAN, yes EAS.

      • Gaurav

        What about custodian of constitution

        • Yashaswi

          I think the President is the custodian of the constitution. But. No idea.
          And regarding cutoffs, I don’t know.

      • Gaurav

        any idea about cut off and about most reliable answer key.

  • Gaurav

    Is addition of nitrogenous fertiliser increase acidity, and does it lead to profileration.

    • Wonder Boy

      hey can u tell me 67 marks will be enough for sc candidate

      • Gaurav

        Not sure . But may be as CSAT is not there so cutoff bound to come down.

        • Wonder Boy

          i am totally confused what should i do…

    • Srishti

      It increase acidity due to nitrification reaction

    • Manjula Subramanian

      No it doesn’t to proliferation.

  • Gaurav

    Take rest for two to three days and then start preparing .

  • Gaurav

    Any idea of cut off ?. which key to follow CL or Chanakya as there is difference of atleast 6 questions.

  • Himanshu Joshi

    about mains test series- and psychology series(if there any)- can you please inbox me about it-thank you @insight

  • Saurabh Mahajan

    Which answer key is foolproof as per you guys? There are many and around answers to around 4-5 qs are ambiguious in all of them. Which is least erronous?

  • samsud

    anybody with public administration as optional….please share strategy for mains 2015…

    • Shreyansh Singh

      just 4 buks, laxmikanth,prasad and prasand, mohit bhattacharya, nicholas henry and 2nd arc reports

      • samsud

        can we share & evaluate answers?PUB ADMN is not doing well for last 03 years…so I am worried…plz respond…

  • Shikha Vatsa

    can anybody elaborate on rowlatt satyagrah ques. acc to me gandhi did not use it in home rule movement.
    and besides those who are giving option b) there is no online source or even bipin chandra does not mention it specifically

    • prasad bsd

      its there in bipin chandra page 181 last para

      • Shikha Vatsa

        on pg 181 its written.. people flocked to join against rowlatt act, those from home rule.. but its nowhere mentioned not even in ncert that gandhi asked them to join.. morever ncert shud be considered while looking 4 upsc ans.. so i dont thnk option b) s correct … 🙂

        • Sushant

          i marked ‘a’ for this reason only. its no where mentioned that Gandhiji ‘tried to utilize’ Home Rule league, even in Bipin chandra it is mentioned that HRL members flocked to join Rowlatt satyagrah.

          • Shikha Vatsa

            yupp…

        • prasad bsd

          NCERT even doesn’t mention about Sedition committee but Rowlatt Act was based on the above committee. Also Bipin chandra says Gandhiji Stepped in and suggested a satyagraha……..propaganga begun(pg 181 last para)

    • Shreyansh Singh

      also given in rajiv ahir’s spectrum in rowlatt satyagraha para

      • Shikha Vatsa

        i thnk ncert shud be our reference..n its nowhere mentioned in that

  • Ankit

    122.67 according to ALS answer key.. Any chance?? 😛

    • Yashaswi

      Imagine you are an aspirant who has scored 60marks and are reading such a comment : “122.67 according to ALS answer key.. Any chance?? :-P”

      How would you feel?

      • Wonder Boy

        Same here

      • Ankit

        I have been in that situation and if u can’t be a sport i better advise you to stop preparing for UPSC! Cuz UPSC has a sick sense of humour!

        • Yashaswi

          Wait.. You made this statement : “122.67 according to ALS answer key.. Any chance?? :-P” … and you say UPSC has a sick sense of humour? Really?

          You made this statement: “122.67 according to ALS answer key.. Any chance?? :-P” … and you say i need to be a better sport? Really?

          • Ankit

            Yes buddy i mean what i said!
            2013 attempt 202 marks.. It hurts more than your so called ’60’ marks when u miss the cut-off ‘cuz of one question!
            But i guess I’m not like you! Took it in sporting way and here I am today!
            Learn to take jokes rather than behave like a loser!

            • Yashaswi

              I’m no perfect guy, I will never be. But I’m always willing to learn. I have made a lot of comments on this page, and I know it for a fact that i have erred in some. I’m willing to hear criticism, and take it and work towards being a better human being. Unlike a few others.

              And it’s sad you seem not to know what empathy is.

              • Ankit

                I wish u knew how to enjoy others success and not crib about your failure!
                As far as empathy goes if making a joke shows m not empathetic that i pity your outlook!
                As i said behave like someone deserving and not a loser!

                • Yashaswi

                  I wish you knew how to empathize and not show off your ego!

                  • Ankit

                    People like you deserve my pity not empathy!

                    • Yashaswi

                      Ha ha ha..

              • Ankit

                And ‘if’ your willing to learn then learn to take jokes in a better way! And if your working towards being a better human being then get hold of your emotions will help you in life as well as ‘Ethics’ Paper 4 😛

                • Yashaswi

                  I did not say I was willing to learn from you.

                  • Ankit

                    Dude if u would have learnt it from me u would have performed better and not crib about things out here!

                    • Yashaswi

                      Ha ha ha.

  • Gaurav

    96.25 as per CL answer key and 110 as per Chanakya .

    • Sneh

      is CL reliable??

  • pal

    plz check the oath of the president as well as that of SC…..its
    clearly says president is the protector and defender of the
    constitution…
    but every answer key says SC…
    plz some1 through some light on the topic…

  • prasad bsd

    The equatorial countercurrents are driven by a distinct surface wind pattern in the tropics. Strong westward trade winds result in westward surface flow in most of the tropical Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. However, several hundred mi. (km.) north of the equator the winds are much weaker, in comparison. The stronger winds to the south pile up water where the winds are weak. As a result, the surface of the ocean can be up to 6 in. (15 cm.) higher and the thermocline (region of strongest decrease of temperature with increasing depth) as much as 328 ft. (100 m.) deeper than it is directly to the north. The excess water flows eastward under the influence of the Earth’s rotation, giving rise to the equatorial countercurrents…….

    • pal

      so the answer is rotation of the earth ?

      • prasad bsd

        Ya i think so and marked the same but i am yet to find an authentic source to it.

        • Jade

          Counter equatorial currents is caused due to the accumulation of water in the western parts brought in by North and South equatorial currents. This disturbs the surface level and the difference makes the counter current flow eastwards. Source:old ncert principles of geo part 1, class XI, pg 164 first column, 2nd last para. I hope this helps 🙂

    • sahil

      In the most refered after book for oceanography ” sharma and vattal ” it is mentioned that ” due to excess of water brought by two equatorial currents the water in the western side increases which causes a counetr equatorial current” i also marked ‘a’ , got confused by the word CONFLUENCE

  • prasad bsd

    Custodian of Indian Constitution question is a direct lift from SSC CGL 2013 21 April QP, But SSC has not given any key for the same. It works out to be The president if you go by strict letter of law as the oath of the prez is-

    I, A.B., do swear in the name of God/solemnly affirm that I will faithfully execute the office of President (or discharge the functions of the President) of India and will to the best of my ability preserve,protect and defend the Constitution and the law and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of India.”.

    But in general sense(as UPSC claims general awareness that doesn’t require any subject specialization) it works out to be The Supreme court.

    • pal

      Exactly…i thought on the same line n marked president. Technically it is president…but every1 seem be saying SC.
      God knowz what defination will UPSC go by.

      • prasad bsd

        But bro even i marked it as The SC(itta dimag kaha lagate hum exam tym mein;) )

        • S.

          i also marked president

          • Prem Singh

            i too marked President 😛

            • Ankush

              I too 🙁

      • Yashaswi

        Ditto.

    • Yashaswi

      Ditto!

      • arjun singh

        judicial review =custodian of constitution.

        • Yashaswi

          Yeah, the issue is there are points that favour both, the SC as well as the President being the custodian.

          However I chose option a) because of the following two reasons:

          -the oath of the president clearly mentions directly that he shall “preserve,protect and defend the Constitution and the law” .. whereas I don’t think there is any similar direct reference (in the matter of being a custodian) to the Supreme Court in the Constitution.
          -Moreover, “reviewing” every law is first the responsibility of the President (who can return the passed bill to the house for reconsideration) and only if the bill turns into a law can the SC review (if such a need arises first of all).

          This is my view.

          • arjun singh

            if executive changes constitution who can undo that,whereas sc cannot change constitution. so, only sc can save constitution.The exam checks your intellectual ability not factual knowledge.

            • Yashaswi

              “…the exam checks your intellectual ability not factual knowledge…”

              You seem to know exactly what UPSC wants. You must be a champion of intellectuals. Congratulations.

              Fortunately or unfortunately, factual knowledge matters as much as one’s “intellectual ability”. Here’s why:

              For your information, the executive in our country does not “change” the Constitution, it is only the legislature which has the Constitutional authority to do so. Even the ordinance-making-power of the President (who is a part of the Execdutive – another fact!) does not permit “changes” to the Constitution.

              UPSC will not forgive you for such a factual error, regardless of your “intellectual capability”.

              • Mayur Singh Tomar

                yasaswi kitni bhi batein bana ya muh fula k beth tujhe ye 2 number toh nahi milenge..laga 500 ki shart,, 🙂

                • Yashaswi

                  Yo Mayur Singh Tomar

                  The spelling’s “yasHaswi”.

                  I’m not fighting for 2 marks. I’m discussing the issue. I’ve calculated these 2 marks as -0.67 in my score. So please, don’t worry, I’m not challenging anyone.

                  But what was annoying was @disqus_TmJzeMSjEY:disqus saying “The exam checks your intellectual ability not factual knowledge” .. nobody here is bothered what UPSC is checking, leave that to UPSC to decide what they want/expect from aspirants. This discussion WAS about that one question, not what UPSC expects. Unnecessary BS.

                  • Mayur Singh Tomar

                    BS matlab??

              • arjun singh

                india’s legislature is guided by executive india does not have true separation of power between executive and legislature only judiciary is truly separated and have power to control legislature and executive . Upsc deliberately asked this type of questions to confuse you where you are bound to make mistake if you do only factual reading.If you read extensively you will get to know why sc is custodian ,rest upsc is the final authority,I am just trying to give a explanation of the asnwer even if i get this question wrong it is not going to change my future.Your statement itsdelf answers question and point towards the ANS as sc Read again,please

                • Yashaswi

                  Which statement of mine points towards SC as the custodian?

                  And by the way, I’m discussing the issue, not fighting for the answer to be option a (the President).

                  You quite obviously do not have to provoke anyone by saying “The exam checks your intellectual ability not factual knowledge”.

                  Moreover, as i have discussed this with my friends, I will NOT DISAGREE that the SC is the custodian. It’s a valid confusion according to me – as to who is the custodian between the President and the Supreme Court, because, as my first reply VERY CLEARLY pointed out – “Yeah, the issue is there are points that favour both, the SC as well as the President being the custodian.”

                  The Supreme Court has come up with the Basic Structure Doctrine, which is pretty much a very brute force with which SC can smack down laws/actions that contravene this “basic structure” of the Constitution. This is a SOLID point in favour of regarding SC as the custodian. Yet, this basic structure is not the entire Constitution.

                  Which is why I still stand by MY VIEW (READ: it’s my opinion, i’m not imposing this on anyone). Interpreting the oath of the President reveals that Constitutionally, the President is the custodian of the entire Constitution. And given that the President’s opinion on any matter carries immense respect and weight, his return of a bill (often, on account of going against the spirit or provisions of the Constitution) itself is a big blow to the government of the day.

                  Please. Let’s debate and discuss. Not fight.

                  • arjun singh

                    see there is no point in saying i am right and you are wrong,protector is different from custodian, and whatever is the right answer upsc checks your intellectual ability, go through the previous confusing questions of CSP.

            • Mayur Singh Tomar

              absolutely right..bang on target…u grasped the core of upsc exam..

          • arjun singh

            The present position is that the Parliament under Article 368 can amend any part
            of the Constitution including the Fundamental Rights but without affecting the
            ‘basic structure’ of the Constitution. However, the Supreme Court is yet to
            define or clarify as to what constitutes the ‘basic structure’ of the
            Constitution

          • arjun singh

            president is bound by advice of council of ministers,please try and understand the question.read again

            • Yashaswi

              Don’t forget that the President has the discretion to return the bill once, for reconsideration. You cannot disregard this provision.

        • Yashaswi

          Another point: The SC has been active (judicial activism, with introduction of PIL) only over the last few decades, and not right since Independence. The judiciary may be the primary custodian of Fundamental Rights but the Constitution as a whole, I don’t think so.

          • Sneh

            yes, I too have this thought… SC is custodian of FR but not as a whole.. the highest authority of a land is the custodian… President is the one…http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/president-for-the-people/978888/
            refer this article please.. NIOS also says the same thing…

            • Yashaswi

              Whoa!! We have a national newspaper there repeating our arguments, in favour of the President being the custodian 😀

              However, I believe UPSC will not go by a newspaper report, they will definitely have the most appropriate interpretation of all sorts of provisions in the Constitution.

              So let’s not celebrate/crib over this one answer, let’s wait for Insights’ and Mrunal’s answer keys, as well as the UPSC answer keys (which i think will be released in 2016, not in a month)

              : )

            • Yashaswi

              Woohoo! Guess who the author of this article is? This person held the post of “office of special duty” to President KR Narayanan 😀 😀 .. I’m celebrating this answer already 😛

            • Ankush

              Well not even all the FR.. only those that are enshrined as d BASIC Structure of the constitutiion

          • Mayur Singh Tomar

            not only fundamental rights it can stop any change to the constitution or intro of any new law on the grounds of unconstitutionality..

            • Yashaswi

              Yes, the basic structure.

        • Ankush

          Judicial review is the postmortem work and empowers SC only where the BASIC structure of the constitution is violated… President on the other hand signs every single decision and bill that affects constitution..;

          • Ankush

            President ensures that business of the house is carried out as per Constitution.. Same was reflected in President speech on 14th August…

          • Yashaswi

            One of the many reasons why I stand by my decision to have marked option a.

    • Naina Agarwal

      Even i marked president with the same logic..:(

      • Ankur Tiwari

        neither option is correct.
        1 is mathematically incorrect.
        2 is incorrect because decrease in tax/gdp ratio may or may not havve an effect on income distribution.
        the way to attempt this ques is to assume ‘ceteris paribus’.
        so with the given info, 2 is incorrect.
        in my opinion, expected cutoff is between 90-100..so u have a more than decent chance of qualifying pre..
        all the best.

    • Mayur Singh Tomar

      achha hua mene president ki oath nahi padhi..kabhi kabhi jyada padhna bhi haanikarak siddh hojata hai..

      • prasad bsd

        Absolutely true babaji;)

      • Mayur Singh Tomar

        have you ever heard that president has said that parliament cannot amend constitution???? sc has..it has defined the basic structure of constitution which cannot be altered and it has the right to decide that basic structure..while president is bound to give assent to any alteration..i dont know who should do what but i know who does what…

        • Yashaswi

          http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/president-for-the-people/978888/0

          ^the author held the post of the office of special duty to former President KR Narayanan. He says, “….the occupant of the highest office of the land is also the custodian of the Constitution. The oath administered to the president-elect is therefore quite different from that administered to the prime minister, chief ministers and the ministers of the Union and states. While they owe their allegiance to the Constitution, the president takes the oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution….”

          • Mayur Singh Tomar

            but does he? can he?did he protect it when 42nd amendment came? sc came in front and protected it.dint it? president does not wield enough power to protect it as a nominal head..while supremcourt does due to article 13 by virtue of which it can declare any law unconstitutional and hence pretect it..president cannot do it..he is bound to give assent even to unconstitutional laws if passed by parliament wiillingly first time and second time willingly or unwillingly…i rest my case,,

            • Yashaswi

              “The President is the head of the Executive” … Will you agree with this statement?

              • pal

                Just a point that hit me!
                Don’t u think calling SC the custodian of the constitution is what every other layman thinks. U dont even meet Laskmikant to know that.
                But then why will upsc will put such a question in the most prestigious exam of the country.
                It has to has more to it.

                • Yashaswi

                  Well.. Look. I don’t know who a layman is, who is not.

                  All I know is that I still stick to my stand that the President is the custodian, for pretty much valid reasons according to me. And according to ME, the reasons in favour of the President being the custodian is far stronger than any reasons being in favour of the SC.

                  I always have thought that he is the custodian of the entire Constitution. There was absolutely no two thoughts in my mind when I read the question. I directly hit option a.

                  Don’t break your head as to why UPSC put up such a question : )
                  Also, the question on Steel manufacturers importing “all of the above” or “ONLY coking coal” was one hell of a question, don’t you think so?? 😀 😀 UPSC surely put up this question to torment all of us :D:D

                  • pal

                    Well by layman…i mean any random person who has not read Lakmikant would say SC. Try it.
                    U need to be well read to answer President.
                    Rest what constitution itself says is the most valid question.
                    For me each n every question matters. m on d border.
                    Anyhow…for the steel production question…guess what…i selected all of the above. My bad. coz m pretty sure answer is cooking coal. i lost on that question.

                    • Yashaswi

                      I do hope you get through to mains : )

                    • pal

                      thanks 🙂 keeping my fingers crossed

                    • prasad bsd

                      somehow on a very plain reading SC seems to be very apt solution, hope it turns out dat way

              • rkb

                President is custodian and sc is interpretar and guardian of Constitution.

            • Ankush

              Even SC cud nt protect it .. dats y it passed,, but it must have passed with President signature only

        • Yashaswi

          If you are interested in any additional reading: http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/jun/09spec.htm

          It’s about how Dr. Kalam used the office of the President to protect/defend the Constitution.

          • Abhi

            check political science optional paper of 1988..hope it makes it clear..:)

            • Yashaswi

              Hmm .. I shall wait for UPSC to release the key to know the correct answer .. though it does appear that the Supreme Court may win the title : )

        • raghuveer v

          UPSC political science paper 1988. How does the supreme court of India function as the CUSTODIAN of the constitution and protector of the rights of the citizens.
          I guess this clears out doubts!!!

    • shashank

      Well there is a reported article delivered by Hon’ble Mr Justice R.C. Lahoti, the Hon’ble the Chief Justice of India on Law Day, November 26th, 2004 in which he said that “The Supreme Court is the custodian of the Indian Constitution and exercises power of judicial review over the acts of the legislature and the executive.”

      Its available at:http://www.ebc-india.com/lawyer/articles/2005_2_1.htm

    • know_alak

      President is the Protector of the Constitution.
      Supreme Court the Custodian and also the final interpreter of the Constitution.

  • pal

    What is the general opinion on paper 2??
    Would like some opinion on elimination via paper 2??

    • Yashaswi

      66 marks cutoff in paper two. Guarantee.

      • pal

        Yes u r write.
        But i meant…i wish to know if anyone is getting disqualified for not being able to secure as much.

        • prasad bsd

          I have 2 of my friends who haven’t been able to cross the mark 67. But they are close enough(~60 marks) and may qualify given the subjective interpretation to the comprehension questions.

          • pal

            So that means we can expect some competition being elimination from the second paper.

          • pal

            Even two friends of friend are facing similar situation.

  • pal

    Was just wondering whats the general perception about paper2? is everybody qualifying?

  • prasad bsd

    Tax/GDP question whats the correct answer?

  • Rajat Jain

    Any guess for IFoS cut off ? Me OBC, as per shankar IAS academy key getting 123.33, 67 correct and 16 wrong. Need some sincere advice whether to go for IFoS prep ?

  • Hangul

    When will the UPSC release its official key? Any one who knows?

    • Rajat Jain

      after the final result of CSE, 2015, i.e., in july, 2016.

      • Hangul

        Oh, damn. And I have been refreshing the UPSC website with this hope that it’s going to be up anytime. Haha.

        Thank you 🙂

        • Sneh

          no, they release the official key within one month of examination…

          • Hangul

            Oh. Which is what I thought.
            Let’s see then. One month is a long time as well.

  • upsc civilservice

    I don’t know to cry or laugh on my situation. Getting Paper 1 90-96 and paper 2 -/+70 (after deducting as much as possible) but slight further error in comprehension and formidable penalty in paper 2 will demolish my Mission 2015. GOD, Abide with me. I pray to thee to use his discretionary powers. But for now i sit alone in my room crying. mom you told, keep practicing paper 2, i thought i was more smarter and now God is punishing my vanity. He has his own way of teaching us.

  • Naina Agarwal

    Getting 98 not sure whether i should start preparation or not..and one more thing gdp ques anyone please

    • know_alak

      Option one talked about the “rates” of GDP growth (and not GDP) which have fluctuated in the last decade (slumped after European recession hit Indian Markets)
      Option two talked about GDP growth. India’s GDP has only grown and never went negative ( and hence never hit a recession)

      • Naina Agarwal

        it is decade which is mentioned so in 2008-09 our growth was between 8 and 9 and then in the subsequent years it has witnessed fall. I think number which is written in bracket is the key as in absolute value it will always increase.

        • know_alak

          BTW. With 98 marks, you should start the preparations for mains. Asked a few teachers at Vajiram. They are saying 90-95

          • Naina Agarwal

            After analysing insight answer key my score is going below 90…so i guess less chances..:(

  • Vyom

    I am getting around 88 going by most of predictions I will not clear it this time can anyone please help me regarding what should be strategy for next attempt?

    • arjun singh

      my guess 80-100

  • arjun singh

    everybody on discussion please type key words on google and read extensively foe answers from various books and articles you will get your answers ,do not go by keys there were at least 10 questions of which only upsc can answer and they are open to interpretation.

  • arjun singh

    so please if you are getting 100 by answer keys your range should be 90-110 .

  • upsc civilservice

    Hello friends, while surfing answer keys and cut off on google (like any anxious aspirant), I came across this intelligent initiative by UPSC-CSP-15 candidates themselves. I have contributed my scores and source key(s), it automatically updates stats. you too can check out and we aspirants can get a reliable hint of cutoff much before upsc comes out with it. spread this link. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AnMEb0iRGEN4QlhUKyXOmyDNnUDNHf4wj4dH97hu6YQ/edit#gid=0

    • upsc civilservice

      It also seems from survey stats. that shankar IAS’s answer key is most referred key by candidates. Is it reliable?

    • upsc civilservice

      thanks I see many of you guys and girls going there and updating your scores. average so far is ranging between 94-95 and cut off ranges between 90-100 so far with max. score of 150 and minimum score of 46. keep going and soon we will have a reliable hint of cut off ( if considerable aspirants feed their data)

  • S.vin

    Any body with geo optional?

  • mahi

    please help!!! got 108 in paper 1- category- obc
    should start for mains???

    • upsc civilservice

      yes you should but after taking break for few days, say 4-5 days:P

  • CHANDAN

    thank you insight and vinay sir for the wonderful initiative of insight prelim self study.it helped a lot. getting around 124 -130 marks.waiting eagerly for the mains self study new initiative to start.i dont know whether my score is sufficient or not, not bothering about the cutoff, one thing is more important is each step is a learning process. and enjoying this learning process whether will reach the final point or not.

  • Bhawana Behl

    I think ..in the question ..whre it was asked whether babur introduced gun powder first…most f the answr key says yes….in bipin chandra…medieval part class 11..it clearly says gun powder was already known to india….so 1 cant be d crrct answr.. …rather it says…he popularised gun powder in india!!

    • RAJ D

      passage from wiki pedia
      As a part of an embassy to India by Timurid leader Shah Rukh (1405–1447), ‘Abd al-Razzaq mentioned naphtha-throwers mounted on elephants and a variety of pyrotechnics put on display.[48] Firearms known as top-o-tufak also existed in the Vijayanagara Empire of India by as early as 1366 AD.[47] From then on the employment ofgunpowder warfare in India was prevalent, with events such as the siege of Belgaum in 1473 AD by the Sultan Muhammad Shah Bahmani.[49]

      • Bhawana Behl

        Then clearly…what i said was indirect of what u explained in detail….it was prevalent in india….much bfr babur invaded

        • RAJ D

          I agree… but most of the keys given that babur introduced gun powder… anyways there are 5-6 questions where answers bound to change and will not be sure..so left it to the upsc…need to focus on mains..

          • Bhawana Behl

            Yup..you are right…the cutoff may vary greatly from the present assumptions!!

  • harsh vardhan jaiwar

    in question 41 what should be the ans???
    they have asked why not what??

  • Ankith

    regarding the Buddha’s question…..answer includes Avanti also as per the below link:

    http://www.palikanon.com/english/pali_names/ay/avanti.htm

    • Yashaswi

      I wish that were true 😀 …but this link you have shared says that “…when Kaccāna conveyed to the Buddha the king’s invitation to Avanti, he was asked by the Buddha to return and represent him….” … so Buddha did not visit it himself, instead he was represented by the very man who went to invite him to avanti : (

      • Ankith

        but the question is…..which of the kingdom is associated with Buddha…..its not “what Buddha has been associated with”………………in that sense explanation in the above link stands true

    • Yashaswi

      On the other hand, this article (below) says that “… the area where he traveled to teach people…” covered 8 kingdoms, one of which is Avanti 😀

      http://www.buddhapadipa.org/dhamma-corner/last-journey-of-the-buddha/

      • Ankith

        AS per the link….Avanti stands true……

  • Jsstice

    Insights:are u guys going to release answer keys or expected cut offs?

  • Prem Singh

    Please put your tentative Marks … mine is 79/54 …comes out to be 91.

  • Jsstice

    Insights:are u guys going to release answer keys or expected cut offs?

  • Ankush

    Political Science by ND Arora.. Self explanatory…

    • Yashaswi

      UPSC decides what’s right and what’s not : (

  • Buddha

    Thanks Insight, Due to your support and as I studied from your pre test series, I could tick 68 right answers and scoring in range of 124 +- 2.

  • VSHJKM

    May provide insight to toppers marks in prelims exam 2011
    Paper 1 Paper 2
    Shena Aggarwal (Rank 1) 110 156.68
    Rukmani Riar (Rank 2) 69.34 130
    Prince Dhawan (Rank 3) 95.34 146.68

    Courtsey Mrunal.org

  • Jsstice

    Insights:are u guys going to release answer keys or expected cut offs?

  • pal

    Just to make a guess of the cut off. I would request everyone to post their marks for paper 1 below.

    • pal

      100

  • Mohit

    In the 1919 GOI Act, would it matter that the Act just established a dyarchy and did not demarcate the jurisdictions of the central and the provincial governments? The effect being only a division of work within provinces took place and not vis-a-vis the central government.

    • sajan

      As per laxmikant polity book 1919 GOI ACT relaxed central control over the provinces by DEMARCATING and SEPARATING the central and provincial subjects… IT clearly means the jurisdiction of both the govts. was clearly defined…

      • Mohit

        Thanks a lot… It’s a great relief.

  • sajan

    Have a little doubt.. hope u guys and INSIGHT help me in clearing it…

    In QUESTION no. 32…option 1 says—THE legislative COUNCIL of a state in India CAN BE LARGER in size than HALF OF THE Legislative ASSEMBLY of that particular state.

    In constitution Article 171 specifies strength of the L. COUNCIL as 1/3rd of the strength of the L. assembly provided it shan’t be in any case less than 40.. now my point is. There are many states with L. ASSEMBLY strength less than 80 like Uttarakhand, Himachal pradesh etc. and if L. COUNCIL is to be provided in these states than the strength CAN BE LARGER in size than HALF OF THE L. ASSEMBLY

    • prasad bsd

      Hi Sajan, I think for those states where leg assembly is less than 80, there are no leg councils(except J & K ) so to formulate a leg council in those states there need to be a const amendement. But as on for now not possible( Ref Laxmikanth pg 29.14)

      • sajan

        yes but it is not clear by the question that they are talking of only those states where there is already L COUNCIL. you can read the hindi of that question as well. thank u for replying

  • Neha Mishra

    Made some silly mistakes. I am getting 109 marks. what are my chances? Can any seasoned candidate please tell me. Preparation for Mains would anyways be done now (for this year or next whatever the case may be)

    • Yash

      Sure gonna clear it dont worry 100 + is always good and dont bother about cutoff now start preparing for mains

    • aviral pandey

      you are safe 🙂 92 or 93 will be the cut off

    • Manu Jha

      109 par bhi doubt ? where did u check it from?

  • upsc civilservice

    Good morning friends, now answer sheets have been sealed and locked and so is our result. Discussion is good but no need to fretter about & do the autopsy of each question. Each has worked hard and each to his understanding has answered to the best of his knowledge and state of mind during those two hours. We all have made judicious choices and silly mistakes. Its normal to be anxious about cut off but now let the ‘God’ do his part. Just relax for 1 or 2 days more and get back to mains and those who have cleared their respective state CSE or other exams please also do not ignore those mains too. God is there and something are best left to him. Never underestimate the power of Prayer and keep moving. Perspiration and persistence never goes waste but we shall have perseverance too and thank you Vinay sir, Insights has helped me organise my skewed preparation for CSP-15. Now help & guide us with mains too because I am totally clueless and directionless now. God bless us all.

  • Priyanka

    Wat is the answer for q54

  • sapolin

    88 marks obc..i dont know what to do.can any body say my chances for main?

    • RAJ D

      go for mains… cut off will be low.. last year also people judged cut off around 220-230 etc.. but it was too low around 206… so keep on doing mains preparation..

    • Einstein

      Han for sure u will pass..
      Start for mains..

  • Abhishek

    There was a high variability of marks earlier just after Preliminary. People said Cut off can be around 120+. I know that there is difference of opinion on cut off but can someone help me with a safe score prediction (say a score of ~110 will be safe?)

  • mahi

    to know average cut off marks
    please go and enter your score here (anonymously) https://docs.google.com/spread

  • Einstein

    Dnt give attention to that excel sheet..most of the marks are bogus n most r posted agn n agn..
    Marks vil b of type xxx.00 or xxx.33 or xxx.66
    Ppl hv posted.. Xxx.44 xxx.56 xxx.22 n so on..cmplty fake

  • Amit

    Cut off is 105

  • Kumari asha

    My mark is 74 to 80 in GS paper.1 and paper. 2 is 77. I am obc candidate what chance for prelim and not. I am confused . pl tell me fact any body

  • Integrity

    thank you sir

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  • Don John

    Is there any place (website) where I can take 2015 exam online?