UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Live Updates- Check Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Cut Off

UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Live Updates- Check Answer Key, Exam Analysis, Cut Off
Team Careers360 | Oct 4, 2020 - 6:14 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Union Public Service Commission conducted UPSC IAS prelims 2020 in two sessions on October 4, 2020. Some caching institutes released the unofficial UPSC prelims 2020 answer key for Paper 1. UPSC 2020 prelims is a pen and paper-based test. Check the UPSC answer key and analysis before
Latest- Check UPSC 2020 Paper 1 Analysis
UPSC 2020 Paper 2 Analysis

UPSC exam analysis and answer key for GS paper 1 will be released soon after the exam is concluded. Here, we will update all the latest news and updates related to UPSC IAS 2020 prelims exam

UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Exam Highlights

  • Conducting Body- Union Public Service Commission

  • IAS Full Form- Indian Administrative Services

  • Exam Mode- Offline/ Pen and Paper mode

  • Tye of Questions- Objective type

  • Exam Duration- 2 hours for each paper

  • IAS Exam Date- October 4, 2020

  • UPSC Exam Time- 9.30 am to 11.30 a.m and 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

  • IAS exam negative marking- 1/3rd of the marks

  • UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 qualifying marks- 33% in each paper

  • IPS Full Form- Indian Police Services

In 2020, around 10 lakh candidates applied for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020.

UPSC Civil Services exam is conducted to shortlist eligible candidates for elite services of India. UPSC Prelims 2020 timetable includes UPSC exam timing for GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2 i.e 9.30 am to 11.30 a.m and 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm.

UPSC Prelims 2020 is conducted at 2,569 centers across 72 cities in the country. Earlier, the UPSC IAS 2020 Prelims was scheduled for May 31, however the commission has postponed the UPSC 2020 exam due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also Read- UPSC Exam 2020 Guidelines

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Live updates

UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Paper 1 answer key released. UPSC 2020 Paper 2 analysis out. Stay updated to check UPSC 2020 prelims analysis, answer key, expected cut off and more.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 06:14 PM IST

UPSC 2020 Expected Cut Off

The UPSC Prelims 2020 has unconventional questions, hence the UPSC expected cut off remains almost same as last year

UPSC Pre cut off 2019

  • General- 98
  • EWS- 90
  • OBC- 95.34
  • SC- 80 
  • ST- 77.34
Oct. 4, 2020 | 06:11 PM IST

UPSC Exam Analysis 2020

UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 comprises of 16 questions from polity.  The questions will be asked from Fundamental Rights, Preamble, DPSP, Union Government, Basic Structure etc. The questions from polity were easy to moderate.

14 questions were asked from economics including topics like Gold Tranche, FDI, TRIMS, etc. The question were easy to moderate. All the questions were direct concept based questions

Oct. 4, 2020 | 05:48 PM IST

UPSC 2020 Question Paper Released Unofficially

Candidates can download the UPSC paper 2020 pdf now. UPSC Civil Service 2020 Paper 2 released- Click Here

Oct. 4, 2020 | 05:40 PM IST

UPSC Answer Key 2020 (Paper 1) SET B Released

Oct. 4, 2020 | 05:29 PM IST

UPSC Prelims 2020- Expert's analysis

According to Abhishek Patil from, “the paper has mostly shifted to application-based than from current affairs. This year, the paper was ruled by questions from science and technology, economy, while history, geography have conventional questions. This year, UPSC asked questions on agriculture-related to recent trends on MSP, Agri procurements, and on eco- friendly agriculture practices.”

Oct. 4, 2020 | 05:15 PM IST

UPSC Paper 2 Analysis- Exam was easy to moderate

Paper 2 contains equal proportion of Comprehension and Maths. Both are 50-50 and were easy, not very difficult.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 04:19 PM IST

UPSC Answer Key 2020 Paper 1 (SET B)

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Oct. 4, 2020 | 03:46 PM IST

UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 GS Paper 1 Answer Key

Unofficial UPSC IAS 2020 answer key released by Coaching institutes. Check the UPSC answer key below

Ques 1CQues 11
Ques 2BQues 12
Ques 3DQues 13
Ques 4BQues 14
Ques 5
CQues 15

Ques 6
DQues 16

Ques 7
AQues 17
Ques 8
BQues 18
Ques 9
CQues 19

Ques 10

Ques 20
Oct. 4, 2020 | 02:39 PM IST

UPSC Special Arrangement Due to COVID-19

Union Public Service Commission provided special arrangements for UPSC aspirants such as the option to check the exam centre. Around 60,000 candidates applied to change the UPSC exam centre change. There are 72 UPSC exam centres and 2,500 sub-exam centres.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 02:35 PM IST

Oct. 4, 2020 | 02:32 PM IST

UPSC 2020 Shift 2 Started

Paper 2 commenced at 2.30 pm. The analysis will be updated after the exam is concluded.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 01:28 PM IST

UPSC Answer Key 2020- To be released soon

Some coaching institutes will soon issue the UPSC IAS prelims answer key online. Here we will update the unofficial UPSC prelims answer key soon. 

Oct. 4, 2020 | 01:26 PM IST

UPSC Civil Service Exam Analysis

This year, UPSC prelims was moderately tough. Majorly questions were asked from Agriculture, Economy and Banking.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 12:59 PM IST

UPSC Analysis- Only a Few Questions From Current Affairs

As per the exam analysis of UPSC Civil Service Prelims 2020, more questions were asked from Economics, science and environment. While the number of questions from current affairs, History and polity are less.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 12:21 PM IST

UPSC 2020 Expected Cut Off

As per the last year's trends below is the expected UPSC Pre cut off 2020. This year, the cut off may decrease because of high difficulty level

CategoryUPSC 2020 Expected Cut Off
EWS90- 95
OBC95- 100
PwBD-150- 55
PwBD-245- 50
PwBD-355- 60
PwBD-460- 65
Oct. 4, 2020 | 12:17 PM IST

UPSC Exam Analysis

As per a UPSC Candidate, 80% paper was conceptual.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 12:06 PM IST

UPSC Prelims Exam Paper 1 Concluded- What's Next

UPSC is expected to declare the IAS Prelims 2020 result in next month, as per the trend of 2019. Last year, the UPSC prelims result was released on July 12 and the exam was held on June 2.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 11:57 AM IST

UPSC 2020 Paper Released Unofficially

Candidates can download the UPSC paper 2020 of GS 1 here. Click Here to download the UPSC IAS Civil Services Exam paper

Oct. 4, 2020 | 11:51 AM IST

UPSC Prelims 2020- Students' Reaction

UPSC GS Paper 1 is a bit tricky. The questions are unexpected and unpredictable.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 11:49 AM IST

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2020- Marking Scheme

UPSC 2020 Paper 1 General Studies Marking Scheme

  • 100 MCQs x 2 marks for each question = 200 Marks
  • -0.66 negative marks for wrong answers
  • UPSC exam duration- 2 hours
  • The exam is only qualifying in nature. Marks will not be included in UPSC pre cut off 2020

UPSC CSAT 2020 Paper 2 Marking Scheme

  • 80 MCQs x 2.5 marks for each question = 200 Marks
  • -0.83 negative marks for wrong answers
  • UPSC exam duration- 2 hours
  • The minimum qualifying marks is 33%.
Oct. 4, 2020 | 11:15 AM IST

UPSC IAS Prelims 2020- Student's Reaction

In an HT report, a UPSC candidate said, “The lockdown and pandemic caused a sort of setback for many UPSC aspirants. We were unsure of the possibility of UPSC Civiil Services exams being conducted in 2020. But everyone has prepared well and I hope we do our best.

Another UPSC candidate, Jaswant Kumar said, “This is a very unprecedented situation. Pandemic is nowhere to end in the near future, so it is better to conduct UPSC Prelims 2020 exams.”

Oct. 4, 2020 | 11:07 AM IST

UPSC Exam 2020- First Shift to conclude at 11.30

The first shift of UPSC prelims exam will end at 11.30 A.M. Candidate will have almost 2.30 hours of break time for refreshments. UPSC exam time for the second shift is 2.30 p.m. Candidates do note that exam entry will be closed at 2.20 i.e. 10 minutes before the UPSC IAS 2020 exam.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 11:03 AM IST

UPSC Exam Analysis 2020 for Paper 1

Some caching institutes will release the UPSC IAS prelims 2020 analysis including the difficulty level of question paper and important sections from which the question paper is asked. Candidates are suggested to stay connected with us to get the latest updates on UPSC 2020 analysis

Oct. 4, 2020 | 10:14 AM IST

Oct. 4, 2020 | 10:07 AM IST

UPSC Prelims 2020- Qualifying Marks

The UPSC Pre cut off marks will be created based on GS paper 1 only. GS Paper 2 is of qualifying nature with 33% marks as per Rule-15 of Civil Services Examination 2020

Oct. 4, 2020 | 10:02 AM IST

UPSC Pre Cut off 2019

Below is the last year's UPSC Cut off marks 

General- 98

EWS- 90

OBC- 95.34

SC- 80 

ST- 77.34

Oct. 4, 2020 | 10:00 AM IST

UPSC Exam 2020: 796 Posts are notified this year

UPSC will hold the Civil Services exam in 2020 to fill 796 vacant posts including 24 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 09:54 AM IST

UPSC Exam 2020: List of Services

Candidates who will qualify the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 will be appointer to given services based on their UPSC IAS marks

  1. Indian Administrative Service
  2. Indian Foreign Service
  3. Indian Police Service
  4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group 'A'
  5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  6. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group 'A'
  7. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  8. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group 'A'
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group 'A' (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  10. Indian Postal Service, Group 'A'
  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group 'A'
  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  14. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group 'A'
  15. Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group 'A'
  16. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group 'A'
  17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group 'A'
  18. Indian Trade Service, Group 'A'
  19. Indian Corporate Law Service, Group 'A'
  20. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group 'B' (Section Officer's Grade)
  21. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli
  22. Civil Service, Group 'B'
  23. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'
  24. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'
  25. Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'
Oct. 4, 2020 | 09:50 AM IST

UPSC Civil Services Exam- Number of Candidates Appeared Stats

Below is the last year's stats of UPSC applicants and number of selected candidates 

Oct. 4, 2020 | 09:43 AM IST

UPSC Prelims 2020 Exam Schedule

The exam will be held in two sessions. UPSC exam time duration is 2 hours. Below is the UPSC IAS Exam 2020 date and time table

UPSC IAS 2020 Prelims conducted on October 4 on given UPSC exam time.


UPSC Exam Timing

General Studies Paper 1

9:30 am to 11:30 am

General Studies Paper 2

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 09:42 AM IST

UPSC Exam- Ahemdabad Centre

Candidates should have their admit card and a valid photo id proof to appear in the IAS exam 2020.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 09:37 AM IST

UPSC Prelims 2020- Candidates' Entry Started

The entry of candidates started inside the examination venue. Candidates are advised to keep social distancing.

Oct. 4, 2020 | 09:12 AM IST

UPSC IAS 2020 Prelims Exam Instructions for Candidates

Candidates should follow the below given UPSC 2020 exam instructions including things to carry for IAS exam.

  • Bring UPSC CSE admit card and a valid photo ID proof with 2 photocopies while appearing for UPSC exam 2020.

  • Candidates should wear a Face mask and carry a hand sanitizer

  • Following social distancing and other necessary exam instructions as suggested by the invigilator is a must for all candidates.

  • Candidates should reach the UPSC 2020 exam venue at least 30 minutes before the IAS prelims exam

Oct. 4, 2020 | 09:11 AM IST

UPSC Exam 2020- Central, Western Railways Permit UPSC Candidates to travel By Special Suburban Services

UPSC candidates can travel by special sub-urban services offered by Central and Western Railways through Mumbai Suburban railway network during 2 days of the IAS prelims exam

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