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  • abhishek raj

    My exam was so terrible. By mistake i wrote test booklet no at the place i had to write omr answer sheet number. Can i expect my result to come.

    • gaurav lukkad

      well as long as u haven’t done anything wrong on ur omr sheet it’ll be fine
      same kinda thing happened wid me last year
      but it showed my result at end
      hope it helps
      πŸ™‚

      • abhishek raj

        Well i did this mistake in the other omr sheet on which our photograph is given and we have to sign on it

        • India First

          No problem.. Thats a precaution UPSC does. dont worry about it. your result will be checked. These mistakes do happen sometimes

  • Most of the questions from Insights Test Series. Attempts : 91/100

    • KAJALPREET

      Wah,,,, hw many correct and can u cut off

  • Captain America

    really fast.. waiting for online test series scheduled to announce on 8th..

  • phoenix

    Paper is full of current affairs n factual…
    One can easily score by following Insights n it’s test series…

  • Mission IAS 2017

    Please let us know key answers and cut off

  • Ankith

    paper was on the same lines like 2015………expecting the cutoff to be less than or equal to 110

    • Satyam Pal

      Yes I also believe the same.

  • hoc

    i will require quarter in the evening πŸ™

  • Reet

    Xam went into vain.. tho whole current facts.. bt i js cud nt make it out..sadly..πŸ˜”

  • confidence_IAS_2017

    Most of the question is based on CA….”recently in news”……Eagerly waiting for detailed scheduled for Mission-2017…….##

  • Dheeraj

    Dear Insights,
    Please, provide the Answers and Solution Key sources as soon as Possible.
    We are eagerly waiting.

  • abhinav

    ALMOST CURRENT BASED….SO NICE PAPER….

  • underwood

    at first sight, 90+ questions were attainable for those who had gone serious preparation for one year.

  • Raj

    OMG………most of the questions r from CA…..none can clear if they haven’t read the news paper or insights prelims test series….😎

  • Distinction

    Guys,Insights is the best resort for an IAS aspirant.Follow it religiously and then,sky is the limit!! Good luck!

    • ACE

      Insights and gktoday rocks

  • ANSHUMAN MATHUR

    Complete domination of-
    Current Affairs (33)
    +
    Government’s schemes (10)
    = 43 Questions,
    ball is in Newspaper’s court.

    • Hellfire

      I was thinking about arnab goswami during exam time, he would have easily answered those 43 answer πŸ™‚

      • ANSHUMAN MATHUR

        hahaha, it means from now The Newshour is going to more burning. And part of syllabus.

        • Hellfire

          India Wants to know why most of the question are from CA, it is discrimination against Laxmikanth and NCERT lol

          • ANSHUMAN MATHUR

            Hahahaha, tonight we have someone special with us in the studio…..Mr. Laxmikanth, who will today speak as de facto caretaker of Constitution. #Laxmikanthvs.currentaffairs……hahaha,

          • ANSHUMAN MATHUR

            What is your name, by the way?

            • Hellfire

              Ingudum

              • ANSHUMAN MATHUR

                where are you from?

  • rana raghu

    some are direct headings from hindhu,business standard………..value of news papers at its best

  • karan

    Though I’m preparing for 2017 and was going through this paper as a mock. I could attempt only 78 with my limited prep. What might be the cutoff this year?
    And can anyone please tell me, from which month should I prepare for current affairs for prelims next year?

    • Rubani

      Current affairs from the last complete one year are asked. As the exam is in June next year so start from June’s current affairs of this year

      • karan

        Thanks.
        And do you have any idea about cutoff this year?

        • Rubani

          You should wait and watch… as it depends upon the candidate getting highest marks.

      • Mission IAS 2017

        Cant expect similar situation in next year..so called UPSC πŸ™‚

    • June 16 to June 17.

  • abhishek pandey

    paper was a bit easy. even tough questions had options that could be easily eliminated. expect the cut off to be around 113( with apprx of 4). better to keep studying otherwise u vl loose entire 3-4 months and then again begin with pt(a vicious cycle of PT). dont jump on test series of mains if nt sure, wait till result, by then try to cmplete the mains papers(1&4) and current. Keep Going is the only key for everyone.

  • Archit Gupta

    What should I expect in 2017? More of current affairs?

    • Don’t expect anything from UPSC…

    • Yashaswi

      Mark my words. Expect the unexpected. As always.

  • SatchaFunkilus

    holy mother of god . roughly 60 – 62 questions from current directly or indirectly . god bless everyone .

    • Yashaswi

      And? How many did you attempt?

  • Rubani

    Interesting Paper,,, Candidates studying with a holistic approach would have found it easy to crack

  • THE BUFF

    Can we attempt most of the CA questions by following Insights Daily Current Affairs everyday…..???

    • rana raghu

      insights it self gives reference THE HINDHU

      • THE BUFF

        But, only 5-6 articles are covered daily…!!!

        So, Can I read only those articles instead of THE HINDU

        • rana raghu

          in short follow insights they really doing well a question on lifi was mindmap of insights and many more from insights

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    • LAYMAN

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        • LAYMAN

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  • Chanakya

    It’s a general observation, if you are not writing the Paper, you find it very easy:-P

    • rana raghu

      how u done bro

    • Satyam Pal

      True…..

    • Kartik

      Hehe ! True bro ! Even the speculators who make wild guess on cut-off should realize this fact πŸ™‚

  • ACE

    Yaar paper 2 ne to bura haal kr diya… itta lenghty and tough.. ab to next attempt ki taiyaar shuru krni paregi haha

  • ACE

    Dear insights, please start an initiative for paper 2 also.. many aspirants will be benefitted.

  • will power

    cut off will around 110+-5

    • KAJALPREET

      Hw much u get

      • raj

        What abt u danish… How much r u getting… Nd according to u how much would be cutoff

        • KAJALPREET

          It would b around 108

          • raj

            Congrats… U would be through!

            • KAJALPREET

              Dnt knw,,, g,,,, baki aisa mene suna hai

  • will power

    hello friends i hope all off you made decent attempt.paper 1 was almost similar to last year,so those who had gone thorough isight test series and currenr affairs at lest twice will enter mains hall this year.cut off will be around 110 in my opnion,pls share yours experience and views.

    • rana raghu

      attempts bro

  • Soul Surfer

    Can anyone tell what happens if you use whitener in omr ?
    I used in one question, will my copy get rejected?

    • ap

      No…if omr machine can detect.nothing to worry

  • ap

    Paper 2 ..was tough..cant be a passing paper.it may need cutoff to pass many

  • Jaya Swatantra

    Exam over….but insights thanks a ton for the immense effort and support πŸ˜ƒ

    • KAJALPREET

      Hws paper

  • KAJALPREET

    Cut off plz,,,

    • Abhijeet B

      105+/-5

      • KAJALPREET

        Hws ur paper

        • Abhijeet B

          Above avg prima facie..hw much u solved?

          • KAJALPREET

            Apprx 60

          • Vishal

            How was your paper bro?

    • Mrinal Mukherjee

      105+/-5

      • raj

        R u sure? How was ur paper?

      • KAJALPREET

        Hw many ques u havr attmpt

      • KAJALPREET

        Hws paper

        • how was it kajal?

          • KAJALPREET

            Hey minaxi,, aap ko hi miss kr rhi thi,, paper thk tha bt again sm silly mistakes,,,, may b cut off near 110,,,, u say he was urs,,

            • Im Simran πŸ˜› naam to suna hoga πŸ˜›

              MIne was not good.
              didnt attempt many questions, got scared πŸ™
              getting around 105

              • KAJALPREET

                O shit,,,,simran hi khena tha ,,its ok,,, dnt lose,,, 100+ hi hogi,, bcoz all paper based on CA

                • thats okay yaar

                  I’m dead scared now.

                  • KAJALPREET

                    Oo,,,, jb tk upsc cut off nahi deti,,, dnt lose,, kuch pta nhi 90 + ho cut off

                  • Don’t scared simaran ji…mains Ka study start karo…

                    Private class ke aur UPSC ke answer me bahut difference hota hai so…don’t worry…K..

                    Hamko aapki jarurat hain sister Ji for mains preparation and esp mains answer reviewing…

                    Don’t worry sissy…tu mains qualify hogi…muze confidence hain..

                    • Thanks bhai.
                      Morale boosting works a lot.
                      I’ve done what I could do, now its upto them what to serve me.
                      Kal milte hain answer writing k liye! πŸ™‚

                    • Hmmm sister…don’t worry…main to chutti le rha hu 4-5 din…fir milenge..

                      Hum hai RAHI UPSC KE fir milenge chalate chalate..πŸ˜€πŸ˜

                      Don’t worry sissy…don’t be loose hope..πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ‘

      • how was it mrinal?

        • raj

          How was ur?

        • Mrinal Mukherjee

          Stay tuned ! Would tell you by September :p
          Hows yours !
          A couple of ques in CSAT were repaeted from the Indights revison tests :p

          Hows yours ?

          • Mine was below average re !
            Getting 106.7
            Like an idiot, I attempted only 72 questions!
            Now after seeing people here even attempting 96 questions, I want chullu bhar paani that’s it.

            How much are you getting?
            Acha tell me, Krishna deva Raya ka answer kya hai? Also REDD+ wale ka?

            • Mrinal Mukherjee

              Same here man ! I guess I was playing safe which backfired. Attempted ~70 questions.Even my score is lying somewhere to 102 πŸ™

              REDD wale ka I did 1 and 2 which is apparently wrong(eliminated the option on poverty)

              KDR wala pata ni πŸ™

              • Oh high 5 then!
                I know it kills , to come so close, but we should at least lose hope.
                At least I found someone who did stupidity JUST LIKE ME! πŸ˜›
                I just wish hope and pray that cut off remains well below 100 πŸ˜›
                Can it be possible? I don’t want to start it all over again. πŸ™ πŸ™

                I’m still not convinced with poverty wala point. Source mile to Dena yaar

                • Mrinal Mukherjee

                  I know right !! Starting everything afresh with the same vigour requires a great amount of perseverance

                  Can’t say anything about the cutoff re. It all depends upon the overall difficulty of the paper and the number of candidates

                  • Difficulty!! Yahan to log 160 paa rahe mera 110 nahi paar Ho raha πŸ™

                    • Mrinal Mukherjee

                      I have heard that UPSC’s official answer key is sometimes way different than what these coaching walas claim. All I can say now is to just hope for the best

                • Sissy insight ki answer key aane ke bad paper check karana…don’t worry yarr

                • “” SILVER SURFER “”

                  same stupidity done by me..attempted 70 only..lets hope for best now..

              • I meant to say should not lose hope -.-

                • Mrinal Mukherjee

                  Hhaha ! Anyway will start my mains preparation in a couple of days apart from subscribing the 2017 test series

                  • Should I wait for the CSP results ya test series kar lo join? 😐

                    • Mrinal Mukherjee

                      I would surely join that ! It’s explanations as you must be knowing are not solely focused on prelims but rather is integrated with mains

                    • India First

                      Same to you dear Mrinal. Good Luck. Make the land of Vivekananda (My DP) proud.

                    • Mrinal Mukherjee

                      It’s all the good wishes of you all that would make me succeed one day πŸ™‚

                    • India First

                      Dear Friend, you worked hard and i would suggest you start preparing for mains without worrying further. Last 2 toppers passed prelims with a hairbreadth. Why knows you are next ? Assume that you have cleared prelims and leave the decision to UPSC on september.

                      I also scored well and many of my guesses were correct but decided not to calculate the final tally and concentrate on Mains.

                    • Hello dear,

                      Thanks for the boost!
                      I’ve decided to not get myself into moral dilemmas now. I did what i could do, now its upto them πŸ™‚
                      Thank you

      • MrLions

        I hope what you predict comes true.. everybody says around 114 here…

        • raj

          Is it really 114…

      • How was paper bhai???

        • Mrinal Mukherjee

          Wasn’t good brother ! Playing safe costed me πŸ™ scoring ~ 102

          How’s yours ?

          • check nahi kiya bhai but…as my own knowledge…above 90 aayega…kal karuga check…

            Don’t worry bhai…mains preparation chalu kar de…bcz private class and UPSC answer key me bahut difference hota hai..so don’t worry…don’t be scared…K…

  • Ironman

    Attempted- 35
    Correct- 28

    Score 51.38/200 πŸ™

    • pink

      IS THIS IS YOUR 1RST ATTEMPT

      • Ironman

        Zero-th attempt. Will give my 1st attempt in 2017. I was trying paper in my hostel room πŸ˜›
        Anyways, I was busy completing static part, so didn’t know much about current affairs.

        Will be joining Insights Prelims Test Series πŸ™‚

        • pink

          all the best

        • RDX dose

          Very interesting and valuable post dude….for many exam takers this exam was like first attempt as very few thoroughly prepared for currents in prelims phase

  • pink

    i forget to wrote paper 1in column 1rst paper omr

    • Ironman

      Don’t worry. I think small mistakes like these don’t matter

  • RK

    paper was tough..i dont know how people are saying it was easy..though it was as per upsc line i.e expect the unexpected…i think cut off would be around last year cut off based on difficulty level and less number of vacany this time..

  • Amazing Peter Parker

    Thanks Insights. I took your tests religiously.
    77 Correct; 21 Wrong; 140 From ShankarIas Revised Key.

    • KAJALPREET

      Wow,,, thats the best score,,, and m scared nw

      • Amazing Peter Parker

        I found it relatively hard. Cut off shouldn’t be more than 105. Prepare for mains well. All the best.

        • KAJALPREET

          Thanks

        • Thanks for saying this. πŸ™‚

        • karan

          You found it relatively hard but still were able to correctly mark 76 questions !

          • Amazing Peter Parker

            Eliminate two options and take the risk by attempting it. That was the strategy. 76 questions out of 98 attempted πŸ™‚

      • Kerplunk

        I think CSAT was a bit tough, esp maths.

        • KAJALPREET

          Yes,, this time

    • KAJALPREET

      Csat me 66 number hi chahiye na?

      • Amazing Peter Parker

        70 I think; For most people it should be a walk in the park! πŸ™‚

        • KAJALPREET

          Ok ok,,,,

        • KAJALPREET

          Hv u attmpt all ques in paper 2

          • Amazing Peter Parker

            Some 65; How was yours?

            • KAJALPREET

              47

    • BlueMormon

      WHOA!!! amazing as your name.

      • KAJALPREET

        Hws ur paper

        • BlueMormon

          Ok ok, 115-122. How was your attempt?
          I hope my name helped in 1 Q. πŸ™‚

          • KAJALPREET

            Yep,, maharastra,,
            Hey m got only 106 :(,,, is any chance

    • PBK

      Finally found someone who made as many attempts as I did! Great score btw. How much did you attempt in Paper II?

      • Amazing Peter Parker

        Attempted 66; 2 -Shankar doesn’t know, 56 correct; 8 wrong; So 130+;

        How was yours, Both Paper 1 and 2..?

        • PBK

          My Paper I Score comparing all classes answer keys:
          Worst case: 121.33, best case- 142.67, hoping an average around 130. (98 attempt)

          Paper II: around 150 (75 attempt)

          • Mission IAS 2017

            Bro from how long you are preparing to get such marks in CSAT? And please tell about paper 1 preparation strategy also

            • PBK

              Well I’m an MBA so after the gruelling attempt of mba entrances csat comes naturally to me! No preparation. Nothing special on paper 1- just newspapers and regular books. Anyways am worried about mains. That’s where I flunk!

              • Mission IAS 2017

                So nice..Dont waste your time…crack it…all the best

    • Garima

      Can u share shankar ias key

    • PHENOMENAL

      If someone has jst started preparation like me with no idea ncert also not cometed should they buy test series now or aftr ncert

      • Amazing Peter Parker

        Test series cover the required NCERT; So – Take the series – it will guide you.
        Be regular with tests – Both in letter and spirit; Complete the syllabus before attempting and do a thorough revision of the test after every test;

        • PHENOMENAL

          And should I continue bank prepratn also

          • Amazing Peter Parker

            Sorry. I am not the right person to answer that question. You may find some advice on Forumias or other such sites.

            • PHENOMENAL

              ok

      • Navya rosy

        first get ncert notes by aspirantsclass, than subscribe to insights test series.

        • PHENOMENAL

          What is aspirant class?

    • Lokesh

      congrats brother :):) me too scoring above 120..but paper was very tough…UPSC bhool gayi that ki economic survey bhi kuch hai ( not a single question ):):)

      • Amazing Peter Parker

        Hey Man, Congrats; Let us use secure to clear mains!

        Yes. Not many questions from Polity/History/Geography/Envi-Ecology/Economics – that was one stupid paper. Lots of deserving candidates won’t clear this time too; πŸ™

        • Lokesh

          bro..can u help me….I am not able to post comment on insight… it is not showing my user name.

          • Amazing Peter Parker

            But you are able to post comment here…Meaning you are able to login.
            I can see your username other data that you have posted.

            @disqus_652gH7L8QA – this is your userid; Can you raise a case with Disqus team?

            • Lokesh

              bhai.. thanx for reply. Problem is I am not able to login at the comment section of Insight. There is a login option there ( through facebook, google, twitter) but when I click on them nothing happens.( a new window opens for some seconds and then vanishes ).
              however I am able to view my profile and notifications on Disqus by opening someone else’s profile and then clicking on home. From here only I am posting this comment.

              • Amazing Peter Parker

                I hope everything is fine now. Finally we can call by your name! πŸ™‚

                • Lokesh

                  naah bhai.. otherwise I would have written answers πŸ™ btw this not my real name..it is my friend’s name πŸ™‚

                  • Amazing Peter Parker

                    So, you can reply but you can’t post directly.

                    Why don’t you write your answers as a review for other’s answers? (For now, as It should be a transient technical problem.)

                    Oopsie – I always thought you are a Lokesh. πŸ™‚

        • Hey Parker ! I appeared in this prelims exam. I was prepared with conventional source. I did give less emphasis on current affairs. I didn’t revise them seriously. I am getting 55 correct and 26 incorrect. I hadn’t joined Insight test series or any test series. I hadn’t joined any Mains test series? Can you please help me, What should I do now ?

          1. Join Insight Prelims Test series with Mains self study and study according to this timetable with all other initiative on this site.
          2. Vision 2017 Mains test series and study according to their time table and follow Insigths test series ?
          3. IASbaba’s ILP 2017 Program and follow just paper of Insight test series.

          I would be obliged, if you could give some insight into it. Actually I am very confused? Your valuable suggestion will be of immense help for me.

          • Amazing Peter Parker

            I really don’t know about Baba and Vision test series; So I can’t comment about their plan.

            If you join Insights and follow their plan and study accordingly – Meaning completing the syllabus before each test; Giving the test punctually; Seeing whats lacking; Aiming for continuous improvement – Then it will work; Right now you are already doing good – you will do much better after an year.

            You can also look at Vision’s tests – They are top class too. A little tougher – so if you score a little less – don’t be disheartened.

  • arjenbhar

    Getting around118-120 , thank you Insights , I was regular follower of your sights since last 2 years, I couldn’t clear prelims in 2015, but now I am confident that I will clear

    • ZK

      same here….
      expected cut off?

  • MrLions

    Negative marking has screwed me.. getting only 104… extremely doubtful of my chances..

  • RM_2017

    97 … Any chance for me?

    • KAJALPREET

      Yes,, dnt wry,,,,,

      • RM_2017

        But no one seems less than 110 πŸ™‚

        • KAJALPREET

          U from general

        • You know, let them say it.

          A paper can be easy for 50 candidates, but they dont represent lacs of students no. Stay hopeful and prepare for mains, at lest till upsc declares the answers.

          • RM_2017

            ya…. u r right…:)

          • KAJALPREET

            Yes,,

          • analyzer

            hi simrans! you were a regular candidate on insights test series. How was the exam? I mean not the cutoff but your own experience

            • I made a fool of myself by not attempting more. attempted 73, scoring around 105. i dont know what would happen.

              • BlueMormon

                Same pinch (for Qs attempted and also for fool-stuff :)). It was unexpected, but that too was expected from UPSC. If you’re 100+, prepare for next stage. Just rest for a couple of days and gear up for more gruelling mains race. Don’t think too much about cut-offs, and waste your time.

                • Haan 100+ hai but not exceeding 107
                  This actually is killing me.
                  Will the cut off be more than that of last time?

                  • Simran, you will clear prelims – 100% sure. Please focus on Mains πŸ™‚ Trust us.

                    • I completely trust you people, and all set to start mains preparation under your guidance from today itself. πŸ™‚ thank you sir, you give me hope.

                  • BlueMormon

                    I understand, when I came out of the hall, it was heart in mouth condition. This time general perception after the paper was about the paper being a bit on tougher side compared to last year. I can’t speculate about cut-offs. There are many people here and on IASbaba posting good scores, but in all they won’t sum up to 14-15k.
                    And, don’t let anything kill you, otherwise how will you write mains and give interview and .., you know. πŸ™‚

              • Anand

                Hi Simran, I know you were a regular student of Insights!!!!!!!!!!!!…As you have rightly said ppl who have posted marks just as 130+ or more hardly more than 300 or 400 ppl. Your score is really good. You have made a right deision not to attempt more. Becoz I have scored last year 106 missed by 1.34 being general category. I hope 105 is safe score …please start preparing for mains.All the best

                • Thanks Anand for the moral boost up!
                  All the best to you too.

              • analyzer

                I know the feeling but still I think it was a low scoring paper. I am getting 110+ and I think the cutoff should hover around 100 only. was this your second attempt?

          • Hellfire

            You give me hope

  • Basundhar Roy

    Paper being difficult or easy is a relative affair. But it is a fact that there is considerable deviation in pattern of question asked compared to last 5 years , not by margin of 5 or even 10 question but over 30. And that is what makes this paper so ridiculous , tough is a wrong word , ridiculous is what it was .

    My first attempt , spent 8 months 8 hour average , books after books on geography polity economic (Static/theory) portion based on what the paper used to be like only to end up with a paper that probably had 15 current affair question from 2015 (largely handled 2016 current aff. )and not poodle puff easy either as current affair questions normally used to be . The feeling of utter dejection and regret I am feeling right now is difficult to explain after the effort put . Getting 108 as per Sankar IAS key , and I stepped into the hall a confident chap after getting average 125 in 2011 , 2013 and 2015 paper that I had solved at home . Why even bother prescribing a syllabus…..

    • Yashaswi

      First mistake made generally by UPSC aspirants – not realising that one must expect the unexpected in this game called civil services. Both, during preparation as well as once we are in the services.

      • Basundhar Roy

        I thought I was well buffered to bypass the unexpected , it is just that I never expected 50 current affair and 3 or 4 polity question and I think zero physical geography (as in cyclones , monsoon etc and they were all in news !!! ) . I was grossly over prepared as far as basic subjects are concerned and having started in jan 2015 , had no idea about abstract information from 2015’s. Like I knew Mangalayaan but not the navy ship .

        Any chance with 108 though ? I am to be on safe side further deducting 3 marks and counting it as 105 ….

        That redd+ question , poverty reduction option was correct or wrong ?

        • ZK

          Yeah..seriously?! And what about the millets question? 1 only or 1 and 2?! Can somebody throw some light!

    • Yashaswi

      108 and dejected?

      • Charm

        How was your paper Yashaswi? Hope you did well.. πŸ™‚

  • BNS

    My friend is getting 128 in paper 1 but he attempted 45 in paper 2 and said very tough. what to do?

    • KAJALPREET

      So dnt wry,, u will selected,,,

      • BNS

        what about his paper 2 then?

        • KAJALPREET

          Paper 2 need only 66 marks and if he attmp 45 ques then 110 marks apprx,,, so chill

          • BNS

            But he is not sure about his questions

  • viney uttam

    guys plz provide link to check paper 2

  • Mission IAS 2017

    Please someone let me know how to calculate total marks after deduction…

  • Heisenberg

    Vinay Sir… please upload the keys, waiting eagerly.

  • Rajeev- 2016

    Thanx Insight- Your test series helped a lot.
    My Net Score- 66 Correct

    • RM_2017

      number or questions?

      • Rajeev- 2016

        Its questions buddy

  • Prof. Dumbledore

    Insight…when will second paper will uploaded??

  • karna

    hello everyone……thanx insight…testseries helped a lot ..100 attemted…30 incorrect ( calculating all doubtful question as negative) …I hope…this will suffice…

  • arjenbhar

    Anyone preparing for IFoS, cut-off will be in the range of 115-120?
    I am quite passionate about that service

  • Shaan

    As per shankar key my score 114…hw about you guys

  • Ur Friendly Neighbourhood

    Guys follow Insights schedule , you will definitely clear Prelims.I felt all the 100 questions were repeat of Insights 32 test series questions.At times I felt i was not writing UPSC but taking Insights test number 33
    Quality stuff from Insights .
    Thank You Sir

    • Divyangana

      ssly….i am cse 2017 aspirant..and i was shocked looking at number of current affairs question….

      • Ur Friendly Neighbourhood

        Take Insights tests on schedule.Revise their answers.You ll get incredibly high score in prelims.

        • Divyangana

          thnks a ton….will definitely follow ur steps…..all the best for mains..

        • PHENOMENAL

          Along with bank xams and I have jst started prepratn for 2017 should I buy test series now or after completing ncert first in nov

          • Ironman

            I’ll suggest- start preparing from now onward. First 12 to 13 tests will cover NCERT only till November (just as your self study plans).
            So join test, finish NCERTs by Nov-Dec, give periodic tests here and know your strengths and weaknesses.
            I’m also giving CSE for the 1st time in 2017. Have full faith in Insights and yourself.

            • PHENOMENAL

              Ncert should be covered subject wise or class wise or as given in test.. I m doing self study

              • Ironman

                As given in the test. I’m also doing self study πŸ™‚

      • @bhishek

        One funda I’ve understood from this exam
        Never ever take last year paper as the reference in UPSC.It is applicable for all the 3 stages.Never ever.
        Cover all the bases.Prepare for the worst.Surprisingly UPSC never falls short of ways to make paper Unpredictable,yet provide level playing field and still come up with quality.
        Hatsoff to Insights who could keep us equally footed on both current affairs and static alike in a manner which UPSC applies. πŸ™‚

    • Shubham yadav

      SIr can I give UPSC 2019 if I am in 3rd year of my B.Tech ….
      Can you also help in the subject selection

    • @bhishek

      U are right ..only Insights exactly understands what sort of questions should be asked in Tests.

    • Namita Vemulakonda

      Awesome analysis!! Coincidentally u quoted Test Series 33 and 33 people upvoted you !!

    • Hey @sushmitadigon:disqus Sushmita ! I appeared in this prelims exam. I was prepared with conventional source. I did give less emphasis on current affairs. I didn’t revise them seriously. I am getting 55 correct and 26 incorrect. I hadn’t joined Insight test series or any test series. I hadn’t joined any Mains test series? Can you please help me, What should I do now ?

      1. Join Insight Prelims Test series with Mains self study and study according to this timetable with all other initiative on this site.
      2. Vision 2017 Mains test series and study according to their time table and follow Insigths test series ?
      3. IASbaba’s ILP 2017 Program and follow just paper of Insight test series.

      I would be obliged, if you could give some insight into it. Actually I am very confused. Your valuable suggestion will be of immense help for me.

      • Ur Friendly Neighbourhood

        hi,
        sorry but its very unlikely that u ll clear
        so prepare for your optional for 2017 mains.
        join insights your prelims and mains syllabus for GS will be covered.and strictly follow there time table.

  • Pankaj Kumar Poonia

    106 OBC any chance? because here people are saying easy but it was very tough for me really!!!

    • sridhar

      same pinch bro 106 obc

      • sridhar

        may be cut off ll be less than last year… dont worry start preparing for mains

      • Pankaj Kumar Poonia

        can we expect or not..last night could not sleep for silly 2-3 question mistake..what can be expected cut off..here people are saying 130-140 so feeling no hope..

        • sridhar

          Lol130140….. Paper was tough so cutoff could b les dan lst yr…. Ok hw many ppl posted that they scored above p110…
          100 200 1000 2000 members???? 15k could nt get mre than 110…. So chill ull clear concentrate on mains ur going to lose nthng 😊

          • Pankaj Kumar Poonia

            yes right .. I have RAS on 27 and RBI 4th .. Then will start for IAS irrespective of result .. When till we can expect result?

    • Hellfire

      Same here with 108.9, OBC; hope for the best prepare for the worst; start with ur mains

  • [email protected]

    Yes pls add.me to group

  • [email protected]

    Pls add me to group

  • Adarsh singh

    getting 69 right and 26 wrong(considering all doubtful and some close answers which i cant recall i marked in between as negative)..so my total is abt 120.66..i am general candidate ..will this suffice???

    • KAJALPREET

      Obviously,,,,

  • Abhijeet B

    As per Shankar IAS key ..getting 65 correct..total score ~112…any chances?

    • Vishal

      Good chance bro.. Prepare for mains

      • Abhijeet B

        Hope you come true..if this happens will write my 1st mains this year..

        • Vishal

          All the best for mains bro..cut off is not going to be more than 110.

          • Abhijeet B

            Whts ur score? hw many attempted today?

            • Vishal

              not good bro.. getting only 101.. attempted 4-5 questions wrongly inspite of knowing it.

              • Abhijeet B

                Same with me also bro…now 50-50 chances…lets see what time brings…

                • Vishal

                  you will be through as you are getting 112 and as per the answer key posted by coaching institutes cut off will be in the range of 105-110.

                  • Abhijeet B

                    Hope ..but upsc is unpredictable…but considering the current affairs questions & lack of core area questions like polity & geography & some reduced no of posts compared to last year..i think cutoff may be 1-2 marks around last year..may be 106-109 range…

                • Vishal

                  which test series you joined bro?

                  • Abhijeet B

                    Insight joined & went though Vision & CL’s paper….

                    • Vishal

                      I could not join any test series because of lack of time as I am preparing along with Job. This time I am going to join Insights from very first test.thanks.

    • PBK

      You should be through. I thought it was more difficult that last year so cutoff should be lower. In no case above 110. But I would suggest go through few other answer keys. I did the same, Found a lot of variance when I calculate marks. Then you can calculate best and worst case marks.

      • Abhijeet B

        yup..I also gone through Byju & one other key..Getting 113-115 range….hope this will suffice for mains…whts ur take?

        • PBK

          If you’re getting 110+ continuous, you should be through. Don’t worry.

    • Heisenberg

      Same here Abhijeet… I am getting around 112-117.. lets hope for the best πŸ™‚

      • pink panther

        Hi heisenberg,am really happy to hear ur marks…….so go for it this time

        • Heisenberg

          Thanks Pink panther… all the best to you also πŸ™‚

          • pink panther

            thank you and same 2 u

  • Assassin

    as per shankar key 62 Correct, 15 incorrect =114 OBC.. should i focus on mains now???

    • Abhijeet B

      of course..I also have around same score…obc..anyone >105 should proceed..all the best..

      • Assassin

        i hope that’s true..Thanks abhijeet.. and all the best to you too

      • Hellfire

        Seeing all the marks in forumias, feeling upset as my score is just 108.9 (OBC); but now feeling a little better after ur comment

        • Abhijeet B

          Dude…most peoples (as per my last yr analysis) boast their score on forumias……last year everybody talking of 120 as cutoff for sure & those who talking of 105-110 on that forum, they got trolled ..but when result came they themselves got trolled..so don’t take gossips on forumias so seriously….My sincere advice to anyone will remain the same till result-Those scoring >105 have Fair chances of clearing this so they can start for mains…”Fair”- I’m talking because I had interacted with several fellow those who are not on any of forum…6-7 members who are currently in FC @lbsnaa serving ips,irs,etc. have scored 94,98,107,104,111……& with their experience they told (considering past yr que toughness) they concluded that cutoff will be more or less similar to previous case. Last yr distribution of questions is quite good across all subject..this yr polity & geography reduced from avg 12-13 que to mere 3-4 questions & Current affairs drastically increased to 30+..so its setback for those who are not updated with current affairs .Mostly it will happen with senior players..So considering all these headwinds, my analysis concludes, cutoff at max will touch ~109 for open & ~107 for obc…So its better for those scoring 105+ to go ahead for mains…..thanx

    • Kartik

      Bro, is the key available online ? Or would u mind sharing the pdf if any ?

  • KAJALPREET

    Thank u insights g,,,, for ur online test,, specially TIME table, without this i cant handle this vast syallabus,,,
    Its humble request to u,,, plz provide a TIME TABLE like prelims,,,, so that mains can b covered within time limits,,,, plz

  • KAJALPREET

    Yes add me,, my optional geography

  • Prackriti Verma

    All sets for GS-I:
    http://byjus.com/free-ias-prep/answer-key-upsc-civil-services-prelims-2016-gs-paper-1.
    Paper-I proves that when dealing with UPSC,expect the unexpected!

    PS:Never thought I would say this,but CSAT se darr lag raha hai! πŸ™

    • Hellfire

      State Butterfly I prepared for State Public Service Commission, but not this time thinking it won’t be asked in UPSC, so I was doubtful whether it is Maharastra or Karnataka; Lesson learned is never skipped small thing because they carry the same mark in UPSC

  • Anonymous

    My score would be around 95. Has my boat sunk? may be..

    • Abhijeet B

      category?

      • Anonymous

        GM

  • JOAL

    was the paper really too easy?? I dont find that…
    m getting 101.. Cat gen… any chances???

    • inder kumar

      there are chances. paper was not easy it was a moderate one. nonetheless last year paper was easier compared to this year.

      • JOAL

        baki logo ke comments dekh ke to ni lag rha aisa

        • inder kumar

          last year bhi baki logo ke comments dekh k aisa lag rha tha 115-120 jayegi cut off.. if u getting more than 100 start preparing for mains..

          • JOAL

            thanks πŸ™‚

    • Kartik

      Paper 2 has brought surprises, thrown many people off guard, so what ever the case be, you can stay optimistic !!

    • sridhar

      m getting around 104-108… vry tensed

      • JOAL

        fingers crossed…

  • Jasmine Kaur

    Hello
    Correct- 61
    Incorrect- 27
    Is there any chance??

    • Vishal

      Fair chance..prepare for mains.

  • ZK

    Insights.. can we have an expected cut off?! ASAP!!

    • inder kumar

      105 +/- 5

  • Thanks a lot VINAY SIR JI…πŸ™πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

    ur and whole insight team milestone efforts for all INSIGHTians make today
    D-day special for us….

    Aapne kal kaha tha agar continued 20 Question unseen aaye toh kya???

    Maine tabhi decide kiya ki bss UPSC paper fod dalana hai abb…and this happened today…your 32 test and my hard work make this easy for me…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH MY GOD…πŸ˜„πŸ™πŸ™

    • KAJALPREET

      Yepp

    • Rishi Kushal

      Kaun hai ye insaan bhai. Is poore insight mei sabse jyda yahi bolta hai

      Top karenge ap to apne biography mei ye saare bhasan likh dijiyega tab padh lenge.. abhi pehle mains pe focus kijiye

      • Bhai..mai sirf insight hi follow karta hu…no iasbaba..no forumias..no baiju..no vision ias..no any other IAS COACHING FACTORIES..””INSIGHTS IS TEMPLE FOR ME””..no any other forum…nd my score contribution goes only for insight test series…

        hope this help u…

        • PHENOMENAL

          Doing coaching or self study only plzz guide me for 2017 I have jst started and giving bank xams too

          • Gladiator

            Jack of all trades, master of none.

            • PHENOMENAL

              Means I should buy test series and star preparing along with bank xams…. I m doing self study can u please tell me ncert should be cover subject wise or class wise or as given in test schedule

              • Gladiator

                I’m in the same boat preparing for 2017. I would suggest you to believe in yourself and prepare for IAS only – you don’t have much time for next year’s exam – Also, I tried but cannot find a single guy prepared for two exam and became an IAS officer. Insights test series is good. Don’t think much just START. Best of luck πŸ™‚

          • Bro…join heartily insight test series…start with NCERT…if u follow insight plan 100% chances u shall be qualify for mains 2017…

            Give ur most time for UPSC preparation…if u preparing for UPSC along with banking exams so arranged some time for banking preparation…but I think…if u give your more time for UPSC..obviously your selection chances is double…planned all things with insight test series…my personal experience is..I m follower of insight since 2014…I personally suggest u…please subscribe insight test series for prelims .they provide mains material to you too…so don’t worry about any thing..go ahead with insight…if in case any query then msg me..

            Sorry for late yarr…kal hi prelims hui padhai kar ke bahut boar ho gaya tha so…

            ALL D BEST…go ahead..don’t be waste your time in searching and doubting in on other views…just go through with insight…your CSE JOURNEY obviously joyful…K..πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ‘

            • PHENOMENAL

              Ok thanx bst rply πŸ™‚

              • Don’t worry bro…insight solve your all problems..πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ‘

                • PHENOMENAL

                  Ok.. we can buy test series any time before pre or before 18 aug only means if I buy in sep will it be available and after payment when the test will be active

                  • Bro…I think subscribe it early…bcz of planning purpose…it’s may be help u study planning with test series…nd u can also able to manage another part of syllabus..ie optional..some part of mains also..K…πŸ˜„πŸ™πŸ‘

      • Gladiator

        Please respect Article 19.

        • Bhai..Thanks…

          • Gladiator

            But Brevity is also important. Best of luck for mains πŸ™‚

            • Thanks bro…u too..πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ‘

              • Gladiator

                2017 Aspirant. Anyways thanks.

                • K…so all the best for 2017 happy and joyful journey of CSE…Go Ahead bro..πŸ˜„πŸ‘πŸ‘

      • deepak

        Don’t demoralise any one, every one has right to express his will..

        • Rishi Kushal

          I guess that right belongs to all , isn’t it ? Even to me as well. And i have not demoralized him .

      • akki_enigmatic

        Its not satanic for someone expressing that what he feels about exam or anything.However on contrary its good to praise his hard work and his teacher(in this case insight).BTW best of luck kautilya,fod dena mains.:)

  • Navya rosy

    Now i am thinking to take 2017 ias exam very sincerely. Please give me good suggestions .

    • underwood

      start reading πŸ™‚

      • Navya rosy

        Thank you lastsamurai. I started reading

  • Dhiraj singla

    hello guys, i am a fresher and just want to know about insight test series..how many questions directly or indirectly come in exam.

  • RKO City

    guys new to forum…..hopefully will clear prelim……..looking forward for this amazing site and people

  • Himaanshu

    Enjoyed the day… It was unexpected, unpredictable but awesome. Lets hope for the best guys. Have a short break and than pull your socks for the mains. Meanwhile, I am heading towards mountains i.e Rishikesh my hometown. Have a happy break CHAMPIONS but still keep learning. :-)….. AND SPECIAL THANKS TO TEAM INSIGHTS. A LOT TO SAY ABOUT YOU BUT KEEPING THE WORDS RESERVED FOR THE RIGHT TIME. GOD BLESS YOU πŸ™‚

    • Happy home days bhai…

      • Himaanshu

        thanks bro,…. hw ws the experience ?

        • Check nahi kiya bhai…kal kar lunga…

          Hawz ur???

          • Himaanshu

            It ws gud yar. Baaki let’s see kya hota hai. Feeling very positive and optimistic. πŸ™‚

            • All right bro…go ahead…all d best…happy..happy..happy…home nd happy home time to you…

              Aaja wapas fir milenge jaladi hi..

              • Himaanshu

                Sure bro… have fun πŸ™‚

                • Have fun…enjoying…main bhi 4 -5 din chutti le raha hu..bahut bor huaa hain..😴😴

        • Home time is nice time bhai…achcha kiya…its boost you

  • devina

    Hello, getting 120-130. Any chance?

  • Dilip paul

    Insights mock tests really help me to get into the exam without any tension n pressure.. thanks a ton.

  • HARSHIT

    getting 130.67 according to shankar ias keys….71 correct 17 wrong total 88 attempts….not sure how accurate the keys are but still I am very happy as I scored only 79.34 in prelims 2015….never ever thought I would be able to score this much…..its all because of Inights test series…..Thank u insights team…..

    • Chamail singh

      Send me the solved paper plz.

  • PBK

    My Paper I Score comparing all classes answer keys:
    Worst case: 121.33, best case- 142.67, hoping an average around 130. (98 attempt)

    Paper II: around 150 (75 attempt)

    Both paper looked tough compared to last year. Expect to see cutoffs down this year.

  • vikrant

    Cut off any guess

  • Dark Horse

    97-98 marks Indian Express Keys,,,General Is there any chance… I m least hopeful hearing and looking at the comments…

    • UniverseMan

      slim. don’t lose hope.
      even I’m in the same score range

  • Kindle

    Hey insights…Thank you so much man..This time scoring 125 marks according to shankar ias key…
    Total 89
    Correct 69
    Incorrect 20

  • suraj

    So which year paper was tough 2015 or 2016,if tough then why.

    • Hellfire

      i find 2015 tougher, but 2016 is not easy

  • soulful

    Attempted 89 in paper 1, as per Shankar IAS key- 76 correct, 13 incorrect so getting approx. 143 marks (final marks should be plus minus 5 marks i guess).
    Have given all 32 test of insights test series 2016 with average score of 111.6 marks.

    Guys scoring 110+ may start preparing for mains.
    A big thumbs up for insights!! πŸ™‚

  • Dev

    Getting 129.26 as per diff keys (ForumIAS, Officers IAS Academy Chennai, Shankar IAS Chennai). Should be able to clear. My guess for cut off is slightly higher than last year.

    Waiting for Insights key. It was the closest to my actual score last year πŸ™‚

    Last year cut off was 107.34 for GEN and I scored 114, though some keys were giving me 105 which made me upset. Some users in online forums were predicting cutoff ranging from 110-130 :(.

    This year my guess for cutoff is 110 (105-110 actually). So, if you are scoring 100+ in any key, you have a high chance of clearing. 105+ means you should not waste any time and start preparing for Mains.

    I must say thank you to Insights for the wonderful test series. I have solved 12 tests (21-32 :)) and gone through solutions of other 20 tests (1-20). Definitely, a lot of questions, especially S&T and Environment came from this wonderful test series.

    Last year also, I enrolled for Insights test series but was extremely irregular in taking tests, costed me many questions.

    Starting with Mains preparation without delay, Ethics and Essay writing practice and Optional revision are priority now. Wish you all good luck.

  • ΰ€°ΰ€Ύΰ€Ήΰ₯ΰ€² ΰ€°ΰ€Ύΰ€œΰ€ͺΰ₯‚ΰ€€

    I love u…..Insights..u r the best!!!!
    Attemt-90….wrong-15…1 or 2 questiins mismatch…fom Shankar Ias@@@

  • Usp

    Hello guys,
    If we follow the daily news analysis of insights,i s sufficient from current affairs point of view

  • Gaurav Kumar

    My score is just 104 – category SC . Any chances. Can i go for mains preparation ??

    • Hellfire

      you will get through

      • Gaurav Kumar

        thanx for boosting up dude !!

    • Hellfire

      you will get through

  • Venkatesh Venkat
  • kvlt_metchul_boi

    Hello friends,

    I am not a regular commentator of this forum but I am definitely a regular viewer here. This years prelims was my 3rd attempt, I have scored really low in my 1st two attempts and none of them are worth mentioning. This year according to Shankar IAS academy my score is 114.66 (65 C 23 W). I have been a subscriber of Insights test series for the past two years. My scores: Lowest : 79, average 100 – 105, Highest 128 (approx). My prediction this year is that I will clear cut off by a very slant margin.

    My 2 cents about this exam:

    i. Never underestimate the power of a good revision. This is most probably my 3rd year of being cocky about myself and right about this moment I want to hit myself for the mistakes I did. I have made mistakes in about 15 questions of which I have read in Insights’ collaborations. I just didn’t read carefully/thoroughly enough. Believe me, if you make a mistake on a known topic in Prelims it’s a hurt which won’t scald quickly enough.

    ii. Insights is brilliant. Period.

    iii. I will start my mains preparation ASAP. Even if I don’t clear my prelims this time I don’t care. I am here for this exam till I cross 32 (I am in my 29s now). I have a feeling that by the grace of destiny I have been given a faint view of mains this time and I am definitely not going to procrastinate the way I did for prelims.

    iv. My request to future upcoming online prelims aspirants will be to finish off their papers within 1hour and forty minutes because you will need the other 20 minutes in an offline scenario to shade the options, shift through questions, conceding to regular demands of an actual offline exam scenario.

    v. If you do not have prep for aptitude, do not ignore CSAT prep. It may prove costly. The English/Hindi Comprehension portion this time was punchy.

    vi. To Insights regular commentators. You guys are a fresh breath of air in my otherwise sordid existence. Your comments keep me going. I have never seen such infectious positivism in a group. I truly and deeply love you all.

    -Just another aspirant.

    • Aman Maan

      Mind blowing words,, thanks a lot

    • Abhishek Jha

      How are you getting 114.66 ?? Negative marking per 3 question is only 1 mark. So you should be geting more i guess

      • Abhijeet B

        negative mrking per 3 question is 2 marks dude..its 1/3rd of the marks assigned to that question..so every questions carries 2 marks so 3 wrong will amount 2 marks negative not 1 mark..that why he is getting less than ur analysis

    • Mission IAS 2017

      Hi..can you please tel me that UPSC will not decrease age limit right? Unfortunately i couldnt able to clear prelims..am 27 now…

      • underwood

        don’t worry man for such things, thousands of people cant give if such things happen. morever very rare chance.

    • Rishi Kushal

      Preparation till age of 32. Hats Off bro . All the Best

    • KD

      Dear Friend,
      Age doesn’t matter, Aim only matters.
      All the best!
      Thanks,
      KD

  • @ak

    Attempt-81
    Correct-73..wrong – 8
    Score >> 140.67…
    Feeling >> “Did I write the actual UPSC Prelims? or was it just another test of Insights!!”
    Thanks a ton Insight team… I have followed your test series sincerely n OWE these marks to you..
    Your Motivational articles have been so well timed..thanks a tonn…

    Waiting eagerly for your guidance n support for Mains!

    A BIG THANKYOU TO INSIGHT TEAM!! .. πŸ™‚

  • The_firewithin

    let the journey begin…. 2017 with insights πŸ™‚

  • Suresh Sahu

    Last year i was reading the cutoff conversations for 2015 prelims. Most were in the line of 100-105. But the cut off for general was 107…..This year in the conversations, the numbers are hovering about 110+….So the cutoff would be around 110-115..:(…Hard but true fact. Swallow the pill. My self couldnt clear..:(

    • saran

      But in my opinion, if you compare last year’s and this year’s GS1 papers, Last year’s was little more easy comparing with yesterday’s. Did you feel that ? Last year, little more direct questions had asked. Geography got little more questions. But this year, it was more relying around current affairs. That too from last June I think. That state butterfly question was the news of June 2015.

      • Suresh Sahu

        Lets see saran..hoping for the best…:)

      • RDX dose

        Folks!!!None of the papers were easy or difficult…those who know answers and marked it correct (even by guess) papers were easy for them otherwise a nightmare….every serious candidate have some clue or hints of 80-90 questions….choosing a correct option changes the game….upsc is nt unpredictable in terms of framing questions, we only make issue of it….come out of this psychoanalysis part and focus on ur preprtn…..if it works this year it’s good otherwise next chance is always thrr in life to succeed

  • Dr.Aditya

    Hi I’m getting 104 in paper 1. Category sc. shall i start preparing for mains as test series is needed I can’t afford for it if I didn’t clear after joining test series. What can be the cutoff can anyone help please.

  • Sidharth

    Test series covered a lot of questions from Prelims paper ! though I fck*** up

  • Ishita

    Vinay Sir, is there a way to contact you? I am very wishful to join your offline mains test series. what is the procedure?

  • Raj Anand

    frnds, my score is 110… any reasonable guess if i would clear the prelims. i m reqlly anxious.

    • Ishita

      how do you know? all the answer keys rae different.. I am waiting for insights one

      • Raj Anand

        the questions were not ambiguous..n i have checked from wiki as well as from ETENIAS

        • Ishita

          can you tell me some answers? 1. CS is appointed by 2. Siddhars of Tamil answer 3. Vijayanagr 4. Bodhisatva

          • Raj Anand

            CS.. Ans d..purely CM discretion..I left all culture q except 1 or 2. bodhisattva.. ETEN ans says it can delay its own salvation.

            • Hellfire

              However, the executive power rest with the governor and not with the chief minister and so any appointment should be in the name of the governor. But i have confusion whether IAS officers posted in the state is appointed in the name of the President or the Governor

              • Raj Anand

                For a moment I did think this..but then I thought that an executive decision taken to give effect to constitutional mandates only goes through president (similar for governor) and appointment of cabinet secreatary is not constitutional provision…if im not wrong..that is why it is purely PM/CM discretion. u may type cabinet secretary on wiki n read it.

                • Hellfire

                  I think this will clear you, an appointment order of the CS of Himachal Pradesh. Chief Minister has the discretion to choose, but official appointment is by governor. Though I did mistake and choose d thinking it might be the President

                  • Raj Anand

                    well then wait for insight ans key

                    • Srinath

                      Regarding the CS, Governor question. Lets get one thing right. What UPSC decides is final. The UPSC has already decided in IES 2006 paper that the answer to this question is (d) Neither 1 nor 2. Yes, this question is a straight forward repeat from IES 2006 General Studies Paper. This is the link:

                      http://examrobot.com/searchvie…[0]=field_question_year%3A2006.

                      Remember the President vs Supreme Court controversy regarding the custodian of constitution last year in prelims?? In that one also there was a question in 2005 or so in one of the UPSC conducted exams in which a few statements were given and the option containing the correct set of statements was to be marked. The correct answer in that did not contain that statement in the question which says “The President is the custodian of the Constitution”. Thats it.

                      UPSC’s views and interpretations matter. They have already been expressed before.

                    • Hellfire

                      upsc didn’t give out answer before 2011. it is a q asked in 2006. the ans given is of examrobot not of upsc.

          • Hellfire

            CS is not appointed by the Chief Minister as explained by many coaching class; Every appointment in state job is done in the name of the governor like “The Governor is please to appoint Mr. XXXX as ….”. My confusion was whether appointment of the IAS officers in state is done in the name of the governor or the president as IAS officers is an all India service.

            • Ishita

              that I am sure… by Governor only (Y)

              • Hellfire

                Then answer should be “a”. I thought it is in the name of the President because it is an All India service. 1 more negative mark reduced to 106.78

        • Srinath

          Regarding the CS, Governor question. Lets get one thing right. What UPSC decides is final. The UPSC has already decided in IES 2006 paper that the answer to this question is (d) Neither 1 nor 2. Yes, this question is a straight forward repeat from IES 2006 General Studies Paper. This is the link:

          http://examrobot.com/searchviewclone/IES?page=1&f%5B0%5D=field_question_year%3A2006.

          Remember the President vs Supreme Court controversy regarding the custodian of constitution last year in prelims?? In that one also there was a question in 2005 or so in one of the UPSC conducted exams in which a few statements were given and the option containing the correct set of statements was to be marked. The correct answer in that did not contain that statement in the question which says “The President is the custodian of the Constitution”. Thats it.

          UPSC’s views and interpretations matter. They have already been expressed before.

    • Ishita

      how do you know? all the answer keys rae different.. I am waiting for insights one

  • Gaurav Satsangi

    hello everyone… i am scoring 114 marks according to shankar ias key … i am from general category… are there any chances for me?? feeling nervous….

  • RV

    Hovering around 110. What to expect?

    • Raj Anand

      same here frnd…really anxious

      • RV

        What your intuitions are saying?
        mine is positive

        • Raj Anand

          i feel threatened a bit…but slightly optimistic indeed

          • RV

            which key have you referred?

            • Raj Anand

              wiki n ETENIAS… but q were not ambiguous… so u can check key frm any source

    • saran

      But in my opinion, if you compare last year’s and this year’s GS1 papers, Last year’s was little more easy comparing yesterday’s. Did you feel that ? Last year, little more direct questions had asked. Geography got little more questions. But this year, it was more relying around current affairs. That too from last June I think. That state butterfly question was the news of June 2015.
      In 2013 and 2014, if you compare, 2013’s was an easy examination. So the cut off was 242. In 2014, the exam was tough. So the cut off got reduced to 205.
      Now in my case, expecting for a second type situation. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • RV

        Sorry for late reply, I was on holiday.
        Yeah i also felt the same.

  • Hellfire

    REED+ whether poverty reduction is part of the answer, can anybody explain

    • RV

      I don’t think so.
      REDD+ stands for countries’ efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.(https://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org/what-redd)
      Although many things are logically interconnected but poverty reduction is not primary here.

      • Hellfire

        so I might be right, I think the same way

      • saran

        I also thought in the same way. But various keys showing the other way. Whom we trust ????

    • Kartikey Bhatt

      livelihood improvement is a part of REDD+ and hence poverty reduction is an outcome, d is correct.

  • ranjot

    excuse have anybody subscried to prelims 17? when i tried they said payments are unavailable? whats the matter ?
    help me please anyone..

  • Gaurav Kumar

    not aware will check and see

  • Ishita

    hi I am not aware of it yet.
    what’s your optional?
    do you follow insights regularly?

  • Abhishek Jha

    @vinay sir- Please clear us if the negative marks per question is 0.33/ 0.66 ???

    • RV

      0.66
      Penalty is one third of the marks assigned to question.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    I did 80 ques but only 50 correct. Did stupid mistakes in 14 questions.
    😒

  • FahdEbrahim

    When will insights post answer key for prelims gs paper 1?

  • learner

    please tell me how to score good marks in geography optional ?

  • Srinath

    Regarding the CS, Governor question. Lets get one thing right. What UPSC decides is final. The UPSC has already decided in IES 2006 paper that the answer to this question is (d) Neither 1 nor 2. Yes, this question is a straight forward repeat from IES 2006 General Studies Paper. This is the link:

    http://examrobot.com/searchvie…[0]=field_question_year%3A2006.

    Remember the President vs Supreme Court controversy regarding the custodian of constitution last year in prelims?? In that one also there was a question in 2005 or so in one of the UPSC conducted exams in which a few statements were given and the option containing the correct set of statements was to be marked. The correct answer in that did not contain that statement in the question which says “The President is the custodian of the Constitution”. Thats it.

    UPSC’s views and interpretations matter. They have already been expressed before.

    I hope Insights will take this input while preparing the key.

  • Mission 2016

    attempted 74…
    58 correct and 16 wrong
    in any case getting more than 100 marks or more precisely 104+
    is there any chance of appearing in mains… General candidate….

    • Maverick

      I am also at your level. getting 105. Don’t know what to expect.

    • Abhijeet B

      Start study for mains….you are on edge acc to all possible gossips on all possible forums…all the best..!!!

      • A M

        Me getting 95 General. Any chance?

        • Abhijeet B

          Fairly low chances but we should not loose hope till last point..upsc is unpredictable so start study anyhow..if you get through it will help otherwise study don’t go waste..it will help you next year….All the best..!!

    • vikrant

      Bhai if u get any idea about cut off please do share… I’m also on around u 100

  • Mission IAS 2017

    Its our luck to have INSIGHTS in Bengaluru.many from karnataka were worried of going to Delhi.But now entire India is eagerly waiting for KEY ANWERS from INSIGHTS..what else we want…Blessed to have INSIGHTS…Go with insights

  • IRSHAD

    Friends
    I got 124 in GS 1 & 95 in Paper 2
    But I bubbled 2 column in the same row for my roll number
    I could’nt scratch one column
    Now what I can do
    Plz help me …

    • Yashaswi

      That is why apart from filling up the bubbles you are supposed to enter your roll number in the boxes above as well. The OMR reader most likely will give an error while processing your OMR sheet and they would have to manually check your sheet to confirm your roll number. So yeah, I (and you too should) hope they manually check the roll number.

      • IRSHAD

        thank u so much….

  • Ajay Soni

    Hello sir… I am ur online test series student. I m working for the past 3 years but still follow ur schedule like 80%.Last year due to less preparation got 80. This year even after following your tests and schedule religiously I m getting 108 or max 112(Due to some errors in some keys). I never got less than 106 in your tests and have been continuously scoring above 125(Average). My strength is conceptual understanding and not factual based. May be that’s the reason of scoring less. I want to start preparing for mains immediately but for that I have to apply for holidays from office. Its just one humble request (though its quite unprofessional to ask) to plz provide a tentative cut off based on your analysis. I know your analysis will be very very close to UPSC. I am thankful, is thankful and will always be thankful to you for providing direction, confidence and motivation to thousand of serious aspirants. Thanku.

    • Abhijeet B

      Bro…there are possibly large variations w.r.t cutoff analysis on diff forums….but in general reading between the lines for all forums suggests anyone 105+ should start preparing for mains..This paper had large no of current affairs & schemes related questions,upsc shifted from static portion as far as geo,Polity & history to some extent. Those who had skipped current have to pay heavy price this time…In my analysis ,discussions with some old players, serving ips,irs officers & other mentors, the cutoff will not cross (108-110) range for general…So you had fair chances for clearing the pre..go ahead…Insight will surely help you successively …All the Best…!!!

      • Ajay Soni

        Ya u r right.. Getting 108 acc to insights and other keys. I hope your prediction will right. Will decide In a day or two wat course of action need to be taken. Anyways thanku very much for the boost and positive words. Wish u lot of success in your life.

  • sonal mishra

    @insights Dear Team, thank you for all the support you guys have given to the aspirants

  • AK_Sandhu

    Hlo aspirants. .!! Want a review of insights test series. ..do they cover all current affairs effectively. ..they are required more than anything else at present! !wat a prelim exam !!! Please guide who have avalied previous test series

    • Elam Vazhudhi

      Hi… Insights Current Affairs Monthly Compilation (Available in “Downloads”) & Insights Test Series with 2 times Revision of both is more than enough

      Reasons that you should choose Insights Test Series:

      1. I have attended some of the tests of another coaching institute (mainly for having off-line practice with OMR), but I found purposefully they are asking tough questions and some questions which UPSC will never even think of asking… But, Insights 3200 questions are the best w.r.t. UPSC preparation… If you solve the 32 Insights Series and revise it, you may be attending Insights Test-33 on UPSC day… Be it Current Affairs/static subjects, my personal view is “Insights is Best”…

      2. Their detailed explanation for each question…

      3. I got a pretty good score in UPSC-2016 Prelims only because of “Insights”…

      But, you have to find a strategy that works for you… In 2015, I failed
      because I have not prepared well and I have attended only 65 questions
      (47C,18W)… I have not even attended some of the questions where i hav
      eliminated 2 options, but that is a blunder considering the
      probability… I was doing the same till first 9 tests of Insights-2016
      test series (only in 2 tests i crossed 100 & some tests I got marks
      in 60s bcoz of attempting low)…
      Then, I changed my strategy and
      started attending more than 90 questions … In rest of the 23 tests,
      only thrice my marks were in late 90s… Rest 20 tests, above 100… My
      avg. score of these 23 tests is around 120… It happened because of new
      strategy & I have prepared well this time… Im not saying that you should attend >90, but you should find a strategy that works 4 u…

      All the best…

  • ajay

    thanx insights ur test series and schedule were awesome:)

  • Kumar Rajan

    Sir plz help me .My calculated mark 93.34 gs paper 1.Do i hv a chance of clearing prelims 2016????????

  • Elam Vazhudhi

    Thank you Insights… For your Quality Test Series with detailed explanations & Monthly current Affairs Compilation… Waiting for your Mains Strategy… Pls upload “Secure” from May 2016… Thanks…

  • Bubbles

    Thank you insights!
    Your test series was the best decision I took. Everything here is just perfect for an UPSC aspirant, like the daily CA, daily quiz, mindmaps… I hope you will continue providing them because I heavily rely on your website πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Bharti Raj
  • Venkatesh Venkat
  • AD

    Insights, when shall your AnswerKey for Paper1,2 be posted?

  • KD

    I found insight test series good and able to do
    as per vajiram: 62 C 15 Wrong
    Byju’s : 61 C 16 W
    Shankar: 64 C 13 W
    Hope i could get an opportunity to write manis.
    Insights, please let me know, do you have any offline test series for Mains-16. If yes, then i can stop-by at your office for more details.

  • Vikram

    one who followed TheHindu(last 1 year) + Yojana+insights test series regularly could easily solve 65% of the paper.

  • Vijay Karthik

    whats ur optional ?

  • ashish_cse2016

    Getting 128.66 by insights, shankar, and vaji.. civils skipped and forest applied only..is it worth to start the preparation for forest mains or else shud focus on other exams like rbi.. ?

  • [email protected]@

    Thank you Insights
    Im getting around 100 in paper1. (Its only bcz of you since I followed only ur daily current affairs )
    I may not clear prelims but it gave me lot of confidence.

  • Bharti Raj

    HI GUYS..Do anyone of u have guaranteed success strategy for prelims preparation..since its too frustating wen u get stuck at pre itself wid all pre cum mains cum interview pptn

  • Darth_Vader

    Guys I am very weak at maths as I haven’t studied in the past 5 yrs and my english is okay okay. I am really worried about CSAT.
    I am planning on giving pre 2017 can someone please genuinely advise on how to prepare for CSAT ?

  • Darth_Vader

    Guys I am very weak at maths as I haven’t studied in the past 5 yrs and my english is okay okay. I am really worried about CSAT.
    I am planning on giving pre 2017 can someone please genuinely advise on how to prepare for CSAT ?

  • Darth_Vader

    Guys I am very weak at maths as I haven’t studied in the past 5 yrs and my english is okay okay. I am really worried about CSAT.
    I am planning on giving pre 2017 can someone please genuinely advise on how to prepare for CSAT ?

  • Hellfire

    some people are talking about insight key, where can I find one

  • Hellfire

    some people are talking about insight key, where can I find one

  • Hellfire

    some people are talking about insight key, where can I find one

  • Sakshi Sharma

    Anyone with wats app group for IAS preparation??

    • lastsamurai

      whats ur optional?

      • Sakshi Sharma

        Geography

    • lastsamurai

      whats ur optional?

  • omi

    hello frnds…i got 88…its my first attempt at the age of 25….feeling good / bad/ happy/sad??….didn’t getting how exactly should i feel??….can u please tell me?….as an eye-opener!!

  • Satya Prakash

    plz guide me ,,,,, rajya sabha can amend state list subject only by special majority ,,,, but in prelims question , (d) option nowhere mentioned majority of members present and 2/3 voting in favour ,,,, it only said 2/3 of the present members voting in favour ,,,,, this may be wrong

  • arun kumar

    I’m getting 117.33 for sure. Will I clear ? Scared on seein others marks

  • KK

    Thanks you Insights! I was initially very skeptical about your test series (Yes some convoluted options, Typing errors). But in the end I realized most questions are covered by the test series in some way or other! Even I wrote only some 20 tests of yours I had a feeling in the exam hall that I should have followed and revised the tests even more religiously. At the end all is well was scoring 140 : 74 Correct and 12 Wrong according to Shankar Key. About secure I never had any doubt it is the best available. I hope you have some initiative planned for first timers like me with respect to optionals. Even a google group for similar optional group can also help a lot. I wish this reaches you πŸ™‚

  • [email protected]

    yaar, sabhi ke to 130+ aa rhe hai fir shankar ji 114 (cutoff) kya soch kr bol rhe hai

  • Monika Bhardwaj

    guys..very easy paper.i am preparing for IBPS PO and i can solve upto 50 quetions in ths paper easily.

  • mohd osama

    I rarely thanks when it comes to competitive exams and other uncertain endeavors in life, but i thanks you. I did 96 questions. 84 are correct. I am getting 160/200. Solving your test series and daily quiz, informed me about my ability to take the risks, calculative ones. So i did and feeling much relieved. All the non-believers, sometimes you have to take the leap of faith first. This is from someone, who knows about the standards of many test series. So just join and enjoy from home.