The civil services preliminary examination held on Sunday i:e 19th of June was the toughest exam in last five years. In the exam, the question was based on Goods and services tax (GST), Benami transactions and schemes run by the central government were also asked in the civil services preliminary examination.
The candidates who attempted the exam said that those who had gone through India Year Book and Economy Survey thoroughly could clear the exam easily as the most of the questions which were framed from that book. Also, many questions were on the initiative of the Central government such as Goods and Services Tax (GST), Smart India Hackathon and National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF).
Rambabu Paladugu who is a director of La Excellence based in the city said, “Questions were derivative in nature”. Gopal Krishna who is the director of Brain Tree said in the interview that the questions in the exam were in tune with the recommendations of Alagh Committee which observe that, “the standard of testing should be raised incrementally and the questions should be designed to test a broad spectrum of knowledge”. He said the qualifying mark was about 58% last year (116/ 200 ) while this could be lower this year and it may hover in the range of 50% to 55%. “As the majority of the aspirants felt that the paper was tough, the qualifying mark is expected to be relatively low”.
If we talk about this year then, near about 46,118 candidates applied for the Hyderabad centre out of which near about 20,075 appeared for the test. In the year 2016, the number of candidates who appeared for the exam was 48,901. So there is a slight decrease in aspirants preferring to write the examination of Civil Services preliminary.
The exam of civil services preliminary was conducted on Sunday in two sessions i:e from 9.30 am to 11.30 am and from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm. The exam was of an objective type with the multiple choice questions. Paper- I comprised general studies and the Paper II comprised general studies and Paper-II comprised questions on quantitative aptitude and English.
The candidates have to score a minimum of 33% in the examination to ensure that their Paper-I is evaluated. The selection for the main examination depends exclusively on the marks scored in Paper-I.
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