UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2022: Expected Cut Off, Analysis, Question Paper PDF

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 14th, 2023

UPSC Prelims 2022 Analysis is conducted by the exam experts based on student feedback and the previous year’s trend. Union Public Service Commission conducted the UPSC Prelims Examination on 05th June 2022 across various centers in India. The UPSC Prelims 2022 is comprised of two papers, GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2 (CSAT).

The GS Paper 1 was held between 09:30 AM-11:30 AM and includes 100 questions in total. Whereas, the GS Paper 2 (CSAT) is conducted from 02:30 PM – 04:30 PM and comprised 80 questions. Both the papers have negative markings. As per the UPSC Prelims Analysis, the overall level of the UPSC IAS Prelims questions paper was mixed as aspirants found economics questions to be tough while polity had direct questions.

Through this article, we will be discussing in detail the expected UPSC Prelims 2022 Cutoff, areas focussed in the UPSC Prelims 2022, Analysis of the UPSC Prelims 2022 Question Paper, and the UPSC Prelims 2022 Difficulty level.

UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2022 [05th June]

The UPSC Prelims is the first stage of the UPSC Exam. The UPSC Prelims 2022 was conducted on 05th June 2022 (Sunday). According to the first-hand experience of the UPSC aspirants, the details in the UPSC Prelims 2022 are being shared.

Here are a few important highlights of the UPSC Exam Analysis 2022

  • The UPSC Exam 2022 is conducted in pen and paper format. The questions asked are MCQ-based.
  • There is a negative marking in both the papers.
  • To qualify for UPSC Mains, applicants must clear the UPSC Cutoff which is based on prelims paper 1.

Here in the UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2022, we will be discussing the following things

You can also download the UPSC Question Paper 2022 PDF after the exam.
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UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2022 (Subject-wise): Paper 1

Here is the topic-wise weightage of the UPSC Prelims Exam 2022. Check the number of questions asked in the UPSC Prelims Paper 1.

Subject No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Environment & Ecology (Including respective Current Affairs) 17 Moderate
Indian Polity and Governance 13 Moderate – Difficult
India and World Geography 12 Medium
General Science and S&T (Including Current Development) 14 Moderate
Economics 17 Moderate – Difficult
Ancient History 1 Difficult
Art & Culture 7 Difficult
Medieval History 4 Moderate – Difficult
Modern History 4 Moderate
International Relations 11 Moderate
Total Questions 100 Moderate

UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2022 (Subject-wise): Paper 2

The UPSC Prelims 2022 Paper 2 (CSAT) comprised of 80 Questions, each carrying 2.5 marks with a total of 200 marks.

Sr. No. Subjects Total Number of Questions
1. Mental Ability, Analytical & Logical Reasoning Moderate to Difficult
2. Arithmetics Moderate to Difficult
3. Comprehension; Interpersonal skills including communication skills Easy to Moderate
5. Basic numeracy Easy to Moderate
6. Data interpretation Easy to Moderate

UPSC Prelims 2022 Question Paper PDF

Download the UPSC IAS Prelims Question Papers PDF of Paper 1 and Paper 2 for Set A, B, C, & D here. The links will be updated after the exam.

UPSC Prelims GS Question Paper 2022
UPSC Prelims 2022 GS Paper 1- SET A
UPSC Prelims 2022 GS Paper 1- SET B
UPSC Prelims 2022 GS Paper 1- SET C
UPSC Prelims 2022 GS Paper 1- SET D
UPSC Prelims CSAT Question Paper 2022
UPSC Prelims 2022 CSAT Paper 1- SET A
UPSC Prelims 2022 CSAT Paper 1- SET B
UPSC Prelims 2022 CSAT Paper 1- SET C
UPSC Prelims 2022 CSAT Paper 1- SET D

UPSC Prelims 2022 Exam Pattern

Understanding the UPSC Exam Pattern is essential in the UPSC Preparation. The UPSC Exam consists of three stages, namely-

  • UPSC Prelims
  • UPSC Mains
  • Interview/Personality Test

The preparation for the UPSC Exam is done in an integrated manner, covering both the UPSC Prelims Syllabus and UPSC Mains Syllabus, along with the Optional Subjects. The UPSC Syllabus is vast and a robust UPSC Preparation Strategy is a must to approach it correctly. One should always rely on the basic UPSC Books and NCERT Books for UPSC to build a solid foundation.

UPSC Prelims 2022 Answer Key

Candidates who have appeared for the UPSC Prelims 2022 must check the UPSC Answer Key to calculate their score. Note, this is an unofficial Answer Key for the UPSC Prelims 2022 and errors could be there. The authentic UPSC Answer Key for Prelims 2022 will only be uploaded after the final result of the UPSC CSE 2022 Examination.

Download the UPSC Answer Key 2022 in Hindi

UPSC Prelims 2022 Expected Cut-off

The authentic UPSC Answer Key for Prelims 2022 will only be uploaded after the final result of the UPSC CSE 2022 Examination. For the ease of the candidates, we are providing an expected UPSC Cutoff range for the UPSC Prelims 2022, after researching the previous year’s pattern.

UPSC Prelims Previous Year Exam Analysis

Here’s detailed research about the past UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis for Paper 1 during the past years.

Year Current Affairs History and Art & Culture Geography Polity Economy Science & Technology Environment & Ecology
2011 13 11 11 12 19 19 15
2012 26 17 12 11 13 9 12
2013 28 11 9 13 15 11 13
2014 20 17 12 11 10 13 17
2015 29 14 14 13 13 7 10
2016 27 15 7 7 18 8 18
2017 34 14 7 22 8 4 11
2018 28 15 8 13 16 7 13
2019 22 17 14 15 14 7 11
2020 19 19 13 14 14 10 11
2021 14 20 10 14 15 12 15
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