UPSC successfully conducted the Civil Services preliminary
examination. In the past few years UPSC has shifted its focus more on the factual
knowledge instead of conceptual and had been giving more emphasis on the current
affairs rather than the static portion of the prelim exam.
But, this year UPSC again renewed its focus on the conceptual
and applied questions. The questions were framed cleverly as they did not only
test candidate's knowledge in many dimensions but also made candidates to cull
out the relevant information. Atul Roy of Gradeup said "the paper was
significantly more difficult than last year and that is going to affect the
This year UPSC threw many surprises in the paper and candidates
who were expecting a set pattern found themselves in shock after seeing the paper.
At first glance paper seemed too easy to attempt but options in some questions
were very close and in some questions very specific details were asked. This paper
was also a setback for those candidates who have mugged up all the current
affairs because very few questions were asked on current affairs.
The UPSC prelim 2017 exam re-established the fact that
clearing UPSC prelim not only requires extensive reading but also an eye for
Section of General Science also received a cold shoulder
from UPSC this year like the current affairs section.