Hyderabad: Lengthy and confusing questions in the Civil Services Preliminary Examination or Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) have stumped the candidates. The examination which was held on Sunday turned out to be tough in comparison with last year.
The paper-I had more number of statement based questions which were too lengthy and some were confusing. “It took much time to read the questions and answer the same. Moreover I found the paper to be tough in contrast with last year,” said N Madhan.
This apart, 25 per cent questions were asked from polity and history in the paper-I. While every year, the UPSC used to test general knowledge of the candidates with easy questions, this time several questions were asked that were not in the public domain.
“Last year, about 35 per cent of questions were asked from current affairs. This has come down to 15 per cent this year. Some questions were asked that were not in the public domain,” said Deepika Reddy, Director of Shikara Academy.
With the toughness of question paper has come up, the qualifying mark could come down. “Qualifying mark last year was higher than the previous years and was at 58 per cent. This year, we can expect it to be lower and it may be around 54 per cent. Aspirants should remember that tougher the paper lower will be the qualifying mark and if the majority of the aspirants feel that the paper is easy, the qualifying mark is bound to go up,” said Gopala Krishna, Director, Brain Tree.
The CSAT is objective type with multiple choice questions having paper-I and II. Paper- I comprises General studies and Paper- II comprises questions on Quantitative Aptitude and English.
Earlier, both the papers were taken to determine the list of candidates qualified for the Main examination but since 2015, Paper-II has been made a qualifying paper. Now an aspirant has to score a minimum of 33 per cent in Paper- II and only then his Paper- I is evaluated. Selection for the main examination is dependent exclusively on the marks scored in Paper- I.
A total of 46,118 candidates had registered for the examination of which only 20, 705 had appeared in the city.
“Over the last two years the number of aspirants from the Telugu speaking States has registered an increase of 25 per cent. This is on account of both the push factor of lesser opportunities in the private sector and the pull factor i.e. the government service becoming more attractive in terms of service conditions,” opined Gopala Krishna