UPSC Prelims Exam Paper Analysis 2022 [GS+CSAT]

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : June 7th, 2022

UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2022 is an essential practice to understand the difficulty level of the UPSC Exam. The analysis of the UPSC Exams is an essential step in the UPSC preparation, as it helps in organizing the systematic efforts to maximize the output. Also, it helps to frame the right UPSC Preparation Strategy.

The UPSC IAS Prelims Analysis includes the complete UPSC prelims trend analysis, types of questions asked in the exam, the number of questions from each subject along with the difficulty level of the exam. Moreover, you can download the question papers and PDF along with the analysis of the UPSC Prelims Exam.

Whereas, the UPSC Mains Analysis includes the complete weightage of the questions asked, difficulty level, number of questions from each subject, etc. A candidate can download the question papers and PDF along with the analysis of the UPSC Mains Exam.

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UPSC 2022 Prelims Paper Analysis

UPSC has conducted IAS Prelims Exam 2022 on 05 June 2022. The exam was conducted in two shifts: 

  • UPSC Prelims Paper-1: 09:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • UPSC Prelims Paper-2: 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM. 

UPSC Prelims 2022 Paper 1 is the GS Paper while UPSC Prelims 2022 Paper 2 is the CSAT exam. You can also download the UPSC Prelims Question Paper 2022 PDF along with the UPSC Prelims 2022 Answer Key. Calculate your marks as per the marking scheme and compare them with the expected IAS Prelims Cutoff. 

  • The IAS Exam Prelims is an MCQ pen and paper test. 
  • The Prelims Paper 1 exam is a 200 marks paper with negative marking for every incorrect answer. 
  • UPSC Prelims CSAT is a qualifying paper. 

The UPSC Prelims 2022 Paper 1 & Paper 2 was conducted by the Commission at various centers across the country. As per the latest student feedback, we will update the difficulty level of the UPSC GS paper. 

Check the complete UPSC Prelims 2022 Analysis. Download the UPSC Prelims Question Paper 2021 PDF. Candidates can also check out the UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2022 in Hindi

UPSC Prelims Analysis 2022 for GS Paper 1

After the UPSC Prelims Exam 2022, check the detailed UPSC Exam Analysis along with section-wise weightage. Know more about the difficulty level of the exam, the number of questions asked in each section, and more. 

Subject

No. of Questions

Environment & Ecology (Including respective Current Affairs)

17

Indian Polity and Governance

13

India and World Geography

12

General Science and S&T (Including Current Development)

14

Economics

17

Ancient History

1

Art & Culture 

7

Medieval History 

4

Modern History

4

International Relations

11

Total Questions

100

UPSC Prelims Analysis 2022 for GS Paper 2 [CSAT]

Topics

Number of questions 

Data Sufficiency

To be updated

Number System

To be updated

Algebra

To be updated

Average

To be updated

Profit, Loss, and Discount

To be updated

Percentage

To be updated

Ratio

To be updated

Time, Speed and Distance

To be updated

Time and Work

To be updated

Data Interpretation

To be updated

Selection / Combination

To be updated

Geometry / Mensuration

To be updated

Directions

To be updated

Statement/ Conclusion

To be updated

Series

To be updated

Ranking – DS

To be updated

Row arrangement

To be updated

Logical Puzzle

To be updated

Clocks and Calendar

To be updated

Single/Two Question RCs (Critical Reasoning Based)

To be updated

UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis: Year Wise

When the UPSC Prelims paper is analyzed subject-wise, it involves the breakdown of complex topics into simpler and smaller parts. Hence, an aspirant is exposed to the UPSC Exam Pattern and the areas he/she needs to emphasize more on. For the UPSC Exam, it is essential to be aware of “What to read and what not to?” The analysis of the UPSC Previous Year Questions helps in doing so!

The CSAT or the Paper- 2 of the UPSC Prelims is as important as the Paper- 1. Though the CSAT is just qualifying in nature, seeing the past trends, it can be concluded that the difficulty level of the paper is increasing. To complete the paper, one must be thorough with the CSAT Syllabus and should practice it at least twice a week during their preparation time. 

To get a better understanding of CSAT, its analysis, and trends, the candidate should practice going through the CSAT Previous Year Papers.

Here is a Complete UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Analysis Subject-Wise And Year-Wise.

UPSC Prelims 2021 Analysis

The weightage of the UPSC Prelims 2021 Question Paper was almost equal for all the subjects. As per the analysis, UPSC Prelims Paper 1 saw a good number of questions from Polity and Economics. Ancient History had 3 questions. Check the subject-wise Prelims Paper analysis below.

UPSC Prelims Analysis 2021 for GS Paper 1 

Check the distribution of questions in the UPSC Prelims Question Paper for GS Paper 1

Subject 

Number of Questions

History

20

Geography

10

Economics 

15

Polity

14

Environment and Ecology

15

Science and Tech

12

Current Affairs / Art and Culture

14

UPSC Prelims Analysis 2021 for GS Paper 2 [CSAT]

The CSAT 2021 Question paper was of moderate difficulty level.

Topics

Number of questions 

Data Sufficiency

6

Number System

9

Algebra

5

Average

4

Profit, Loss, and Discount

1

Percentage

1

Ratio

2

Time, Speed and Distance

1

Time and Work

1

Data Interpretation

2

Selection / Combination

2

Geometry / Mensuration

2

Directions

2

Statement/ Conclusion

3

Series

3

Ranking – DS

2

Row arrangement

1

Logical Puzzle

2

Clocks and Calendar

4

Single/Two Question RCs (Critical Reasoning Based)

27

Total

80

UPSC 2020 Prelims Analysis

A good amount of questions were asked from the Ancient History section in the UPSC Prelims 2020 Question Paper. The UPSC Prelims 2020 Paper had a good tilt towards the Current Affairs section, along with the History and Polity section.

UPSC Prelims Analysis 2020 for GS Paper 1

Check the distribution of questions in the UPSC Prelims Question Paper for GS Paper 1 for 2020. The UPSC Prelims Question Paper 2020 had a major inclination toward Current Affairs.

Subject 

Number of Questions

Economy

14

Current Affairs- National and International Important Events

19

Science & Technology

10

Indian Polity

14

History & Art and Culture

19

Environment & Ecology

11

Science & Technology

10

Geography

13

UPSC Prelims Analysis 2020 for GS Paper 2 [CSAT]

The difficulty level of the CSAT 2020 Question Paper was moderate. Aspirants struggled with questions on the number system. 

Topics 

Number of questions

Data Sufficiency

5

Number System

15

Algebra

7

Average

4

Profit Loss Discount

3

Percentage

1

Ratio

1

Time Speed Distance

2

Time and Work

1

Mixture

1

Data Interpretation

1

Geometry

2

Directions

1

Statement Conclusion

2

Blood Relations

1

Sequence

2

Analogy

1

Word formation

1

Row arrangement

1

Logical puzzle

2

Calendar

1

Single/Two Question RCs (Critical Reasoning Based)

25

Total

80

UPSC Prelims 2019 Analysis

The weightage of the UPSC Prelims 2019 Question Paper laid more emphasis on subjects like geography, economy, and polity. The difficulty level was the highest for the history section.

UPSC Prelims Analysis 2019 for GS Paper 1

Check the distribution of questions in the UPSC Prelims Question Paper for GS Paper 1

Subject 

Number of Questions

History

15

Geography

19

Economics 

17

Polity

14

Environment and Ecology

13

Science and Tech

12

Art and Culture

1

Current Affairs / 

9

UPSC Prelims Analysis 2019 for GS Paper 2 [CSAT]

The CSAT paper for 2019 had a moderately difficult level as compared to the other CSAT papers of the UPSC Prelims.

Topics

Number of Questions

Analytical Reasoning

14

Coding-Decoding, Cubes

3

Syllogism

1

Sequence and Series

4

Directions & Blood Relations

2

Numbers/Fractions

10

Profit-Loss-Discount, S.I-C.I

1

Average/ Percentage

6

Time, Speed, Distance & Work

1

Algebra

2

P&C, Prob, Sets

3

Miscellaneous

3

Single/Two Question RC (Inference Based)

30

Total

80

UPSC 2018 Prelims Analysis

The weightage of the UPSC Prelims Question Paper 2018 was highest for the economy, followed by geography and history. Let’s see the number of questions asked from each subject.

UPSC Prelims Analysis 2018 for GS Paper 1

Subject 

Number of Questions

History

15

Geography

21

Economics 

22

Polity

11

Environment and Ecology

8

Science and Tech

14

Art and Culture

3

Current Affairs / 

7



UPSC Prelims Analysis with Answer Keys

We have tried our best to provide the most authentic Answer Key for UPSC Prelims for all four sets. Kindly note, that we have tried our best to avoid any error, nonetheless, it is suggested that the candidate should also refer to the official UPSC Answer Key mentioned on the UPSC Website.

UPSC Prelims 2021 Answer Key for GS Paper 1: SET- C

01. B

02. B

03. B

04. D

05. D

06. D

07. D

08. C

09. B

10. D

11. D

12. B

13. B

14. D

15. A

16. A

17. A

18. C

19. A

20. D

21. A

22. C

23. D

24. B

25. D

26. D

27. C

28. B

29. C

30. B

31. C

32. B

33. B

34. B

35. C

36. A

37. B

38. C

39. A

40. B

41. B

42. B

43. A

44. D

45. B

46. B

47. A

48. C

49. D

50. D

51. B

52. B

53. A

54. C

55. A

56. C

57. D

58. A

59. A

60. B

61. C

62. A

63. A

64. B

65. D

66. C

67. D

68. A

69. C

70. B

71. C

72. B

73.D

74. A

75. B

76. C

77. C

78. C

79. A

80. D

81. C

82. A

83. B

84. C

85. B

86. A

87. D

88. D

89. A

90. C

91. C

92. C

93. B

94. A

95. B

96. D

97. A

98. A

99. D

100. D

UPSC Prelims 2021 Answer Key for GS Paper 2 CSAT: SET- D

01. C

02. A

03. B

04. C

05. C

06. B

07. C

08. B

09. D

10. D

11. D

12. B

13. A

14. B

15. D

16. C

17. A

18. C

19. C

20. B

21. A

22. B

23. C

24. B

25. C

26. B

27. B

28. D

29. B

30. D

31. D

32. C

33. B

34. D

35. C

36. A

37. C

38. C

39. C

40. B

41. A

42. C

43. C

44. A

45. B

46. B

47. D

48. A

49. C

50. B

51. C

52. C

53. B

54. C

55. B

56. C

57. B

58. A

59. D

60. D

61. A

62. B

63. D

64. A

65. B

66. B

67. B

68. A

69. D

70. C

71. C

72. D

73.A

74. B

75. D

76. B

77. C

78. D

79. B

80. A

UPSC Mains Exam Analysis 

The UPSC Mains Exam tends to assess the knowledge base, intellectual traits, and critical thinking ability of the candidates. It does not merely focus on the aspirant’s information collecting and retaining capability.

UPSC Mains 2021 Analysis

The UPSC Mains (Written) Exam 2021 was conducted for a period of 5 days – 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th January 2022. The points concluded after the UPSC Mains Analysis 2021 are:

  • The essay paper was philosophical and unpredictable.
  • UPSC Mains 2021Paper was different from the previous year's trends. 
  • GS Paper I was a bit soothing, and the questions asked were on the expected lines. The weightage of the Geography questions was higher than the previous year's questions. Unexpectedly, a single question was asked from the Art & Culture section.

UPSC Mains Exam 2021 Analysis GS Paper 1

Subjects/Topics

Number of Questions asked

Society

5

(2 – 10 marks; 3 – 15 marks)

Geography

9

(5 – 10 marks; 4 – 15 marks)

Art & Culture

1

(1 – 10 marks)

Post Independence

1

(1 – 10 marks)

Modern India

3

(1 – 10 marks; 2 – 15 marks)

World History

1

(1 – 15 marks)

  • The GS Paper II was moderate to difficultly level. Current affairs-based questions were asked in the paper, along with polity and constitution sections were straightforward. The questions from social justice were a mix of both static and current affairs. 

UPSC Mains Exam 2021 Analysis GS Paper 2 

Subjects/Topics

Number of Questions asked

Social Justice

4

(1 – 10 marks; 3 – 15 marks)

Polity & Constitution

10

(5 – 10 marks; 5 – 15 marks)

International Relations

4

(2 – 10 marks; 2 – 15 marks)

Governance

2

(2 – 10 marks)

  • The GS Paper III was moderate to difficultly level. More focus was given to the environment and disaster management topics. A question from defense technology was asked this year, which was pretty uncommon. There was also a mix of concepts such as GDP, Budget, and Land Reforms.

UPSC Mains Exam 2021 Analysis GS Paper 3

Subjects/Topics

Number of Questions asked

Indian Economy & Agriculture

8

(4 – 10 marks; 4 – 15 marks

Internal Security

4

(2 – 10 marks; 2 – 15 marks)

Environment & Disaster Management

5

(3 – 10 marks; 2 – 15 marks)

Science and Technology

3

(1 – 10 marks; 2 – 15 marks)

  • The GS IV Paper had 12 questions in total in the 2021 Mains Paper. Section A had a moderate difficulty level. The question paper did not ask for basic theories but aimed to test the analytical skills and decision-making capability of the candidates. The questions were also asked from the emotional intelligence part of the syllabus.

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FAQs on UPSC Prelims Analysis 2022

  • The UPSC analysis is an essential step in the UPSC preparation, as it helps in organizing the systematic efforts to maximize the output. It helps to frame the right UPSC Preparation Strategy.

    The UPSC IAS Prelims Analysis includes the complete UPSC prelims trend analysis, types of questions asked in the exam, the number of questions from each subject along with the difficulty level of the exam.

  • One can refer to trusted magazines such as Yojana, Kurukshetra, Down to Earth, and EPW to cover the analysis of current affairs. Other than this, it is advised that aspirants should daily read about Current Affairs and watch Current Affairs Videos for a better understanding and analysis of topics.

  • The UPSC Prelims 2022 Analysis would give a complete idea of the difficulty level, the number of questions asked from each subject, and the expected cutoff of UPSC Prelims 2022. Candidates can check out the UPSC Prelims 2022 analysis, Here.

  • For UPSC Prelims, it is essential to at least go through the last five to seven years' UPSC Previous Year Question Paper Analysis to understand the UPSC trend. For UPSC Mains, it is advised to view the last three to four years of UPSC Previous Year Question Paper Analysis.

  • The UPSC Paper Analysis for 2022 Prelims will be updated soon after the Exam on 05th June, 2022. 

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