UPSC Prelims Exam 2021 Paper 1 Analysis - Polity and history questions dominate, overall difficult

Paper 1 of UPSC Civil Services prelims exam 2021 has concluded and candidates found the biology questions easy while most of the questions were from history and polity. Current affairs was moderately difficult. Check the expected cutoff here.

UPSC Prelims Exam 2021 Paper 1 Analysis - Polity and history questions dominate, overall difficult
Richa Kapoor | Oct 10, 2021 - 12:18 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI- The first shift of UPSC civil services 2021 prelims exam has concluded and most of the candidates found the questions on biology as easy. According to the UPSC Prelims exam analysis, candidates were of the view that most of the questions were from history and polity. In the UPSC CSE exam 2021 question paper, current affairs was moderately difficult. It is likely that the UPSC prelims 2021 cutoff will be on similar lines as last time.
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According to the UPSC exam timing, candidates must remember that the late comers were not allowed to appear for the exam. The second shift will begin from 2:30 p.m onwards.

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UPSC Prelims Exam 2021 Paper 1 Analysis

Candidates who appeared in Paper 1 of UPSC exam, they can check the topic wise UPSC exam analysis so that they get to know what was the difficulty level of the UPSC prelims exam question papers

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021 Exam Analysis


Difficulty Level

Current events of national and international importance

Moderately Difficult

Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic


History of India and Indian National Movement

Moderately difficult

Geography of India and the World


Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution


Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.


Economic and Social Development-Sustainable


General issues on Environmental ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization

Moderately difficult

Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

Moderately difficult

General Science


As per the UPSC exam analysis there were around 10-15 questions that were asked from the Indian History and culture. Most of the questions that were asked in the UPSC IAS prelims exam 2021 were from polity and current affairs.

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