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Marks Distribution prelims 2018

UPSC Prelims 2018 subject wise analysis

An analysis of the prelims paper. The prelims GS paper contains 80 questions each carrying 2.5 marks.

Subject No.of.Questions Marks
Indian Polity 18 45
International relations 5 12.5
Indian Economy and Current affairs 18 45
Technology and Current affairs 12 30
Science 2 5
Environment and Current Affairs 12 30
Geography and Current Affairs 10 25
History, Modern India, Indian National movements 15 37.5
Culture 6 15
Current Affairs 2 5

Indian polity

Covering topics from child labour, government schemes and fundamental rights, Parliament, President, Loksabha, food safety etc.

International relations

ASEANS news and yemen crisis

Indian Economy

It included topics like Banking, GST, digital payment and Taxing

Science and Technology

Topics included GM crops, nuclear power, satellites,


Tribal rights, diseases, nationa green tribunal, pollution control board.


Merged questions from economy and polity. Rajasthan, Maps (India and Asia).

Indian polity

There is a complete change from the previous years. For the past several years, we would be getting questions from the period (1905-1747). But now, some questions from Buddhisms, woodsdispatch.


Crafts, paintings, Music, religion, Architecture.

Current affairs

Two questions from Aadhaar

28 questions are from Current affairs.

Expected Cut- off marks

General Category - 105-115 marks

BC 100-110 marks

SC - 90-98 marks

ST - 85-95 marks