[ Official ] How was the Prelims 2021 paper? - ForumIAS

[ Official ] How was the Prelims 2021 paper?

How was the paper guys ? 

jack_Sparrow,curious_kidand28 otherslike this
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@sjerngal Hey, congrats on the good score.
Any tips on how to verify csat ? 


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Papers like these make me feel that it is good to prepare for UPSC, but with a decent backup or a side job. 

The work I put in for UPSC, the detachment and all, I can give half of it and crack a number of decent exams. But no issues. It's a hustle I chose. Let us see what the result has for all of us! 

More power ji! 💯

SergioRamos,
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Vajiram ki answer key mein bahut zyada mistakes hain. Please avoid it.
HughJackman,
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attempted 94

in gs

csat seems dodgy


5th Attempt

after 2 years gave attempt


suryaputram368,HughJackman
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Last year post exam I felt the paper was tough, later I felt it was doable. This year post paper I was on the verge of tears, but on the same lines I would say the paper was doable. Polity will always be a reliable friend, economics too. Even for environment I feel instead of being current affairs heavy, having a good understanding is key. I didn’t do the basic stuff in environment and it showed in this paper. I feel the cut off would be around 95-100, I just hope UPSC doesn’t wave their ‘absurd answers’ wand on this paper. 
I had the worst time of my life yesterday and today but I’m not going to think about it. Nahi hua toh it’s not the end of the world and we’ll come back better next time. 
Not advertising and just based on my 1st and last impression since I don’t really dwell on the paper too much, SFG helped a lot (though I was only a part of level 3)
CSAT was tough and comprehension could easily sink me. Right now I won’t think about the results, take a 4 day break and start mains prep. Prelims was an absolute torture for me, if I give mains it is going to be infinitely worse (a very big IF). I’m just content because I worked hard and going forward I’ll only get better. 

Arsene Wenger once said ‘what matters isn’t the intensity of your motivation but the stamina of your motivation’
Fits perfectly for UPSC 

Still, I’m somewhat affected by the fact that I’m 25 already without a job experience and no idea about alternatives. Would like some help/advice to overcome this thought from you guys.

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I graduated in 2020 with electronics from a good college. Honestly looking out for alternative at this point. I skipped complete placement process in my final year, taking the risk and leap of faith. With whom I prepared already got through with top 100  few weeks back.  I can't take this uncertain prelims anymore, fuck this shit. If not getting through prelims this time, I'm out. 

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Papers like these make me feel that it is good to prepare for UPSC, but with a decent backup or a side job. 

The work I put in for UPSC, the detachment and all, I can give half of it and crack a number of decent exams. But no issues. It's a hustle I chose. Let us see what the result has for all of us! 

Seriously I second that. I gave up on a well paying job and now I think it was a big risk. In last 3 years I have learned that I could have scored or done similarly along with my job.

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How is toppers one answer key ??
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Getting 84.67 (106-21.33) as per Rau's key, third attempt, gave mains last year (scored only 548) - SC category missed mains cut-off by huge 132 marks
discoFighter,
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@sameerkulkarni24848 kahin aap wahi sameer kulkarni to nahi 2018 mains thread waale? 


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Hi everyone!! 

Sharing my prelims experience. 

This was my third attempt.. failed 2019 pre.. gave 2020 mains.. And as usual.. whenever I see prelims paper, i feel stupefied for the first 5 minutes.. But then I search for the easiest qsns.. and then attempt them first. Random facts.. like kch bhi puch rhe hain 🤣

Don't have the guts to check answers.. If any reliable answer key comes do send.. 

I faced another issue in the paper.. The issue of poor infra in exam centre 🤣 poor seats.. noise pollution from local neighbourhood. So peeps be ready for these externalities as well.. 

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A year ago, if someone had come to me for advice on whether to prepare for UPSC or not, I would have encouraged them enthusiastically. "Follow your dreams" and all that shit. Now I'm not so sure.

The issue is that competition is rising while vacancies are reducing. Particularly in the last few years, as with the explosion of  internet access across India (thank you Jio), people have access to the best resources and the best strategies. Plus a variety of other factors. 

Right now there are atleast 30,000 - 50,000 aspirants who are genuinely good enough to clear Prelims. Probably that number is higher. And it will only keep rising. UPSC has the unenviable task of selecting about 10,000 from those huge numbers. If they conduct conceptual tests like we want them to, the cutoffs will increase unsustainably. And so they resort to the easy way out. Make GS more random. Make CSAT tougher. Eliminate rather than select. 

We do have other options though. The number of vacancies can be increased. But that's not gonna happen with the current policy of minimum government and maximum governance. 

Another ideal option can be to increase the number of people who'll write Mains (say, to about 50,000) and then select the best from them. But again, this won't work due to logistical difficulties and economic reasons. 

So most probably UPSC will continue this way only. Make GS more random. Make CSAT tougher. Until competition reduces as people realise the futility and randomness of the whole process. 

And that makes me sad and pessimistic. Sad that so many bright people are trying so hard yet not able to break the barrier. Pessimistic that things are only gonna get worse. 

If you're clearing prelims, make the most of it. This is an opportunity that many dream of but few get to experience. 

If not, even after repeated attempts, probably it's time to deeply think about your future. 

PS - I usually try to be as optimistic as I can. But today I just don't feel like it. I might clear though (from various keys). But even if I do, it doesn't feel deserved. It's luck. 

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This time is more interesting every coaching institute throwing at us different answer key
jack_Sparrow,fortarach63
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Why they are so much hurry to prepare earlier even vajiram used to take a day or two time but for them we are customers hurriedly give keys (kaamm Pura Karo)make new customers from next day 


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Just demand pull inflation doing its work :/
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such drastic difference in marks IASbaba- 86, forum -101, target upsc -113  

I don't even know if this is a good score or bad :(

THE_MECHANIC,fortarach63
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such drastic difference in marks IASbaba- 86, forum -101, target upsc -113  

I don't even know if this is a good score or bad :(

IAS baba is very unreliable I think. They released the key too early. No idea about others. Has Forum released its key for set D?


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Why they are so much hurry to prepare earlier even vajiram used to take a day or two time but for them we are customers hurriedly give keys (kaamm Pura Karo)make new customers from next day 


It is more about search results, less about authentic answer key. Because of excitement most next year's aspirants eagerly search for keys once paper is over. So various coaching institutions relase quick answers key so that they can appear in search results.  This way they indirectly advertise their upcoming courses.

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such drastic difference in marks IASbaba- 86, forum -101, target upsc -113  

I don't even know if this is a good score or bad :(

IAS baba is very unreliable I think. They released the key too early. No idea about others. Has Forum released its key for set D?


yes my set was D only.

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such drastic difference in marks IASbaba- 86, forum -101, target upsc -113  

I don't even know if this is a good score or bad :(

IAS baba is very unreliable I think. They released the key too early. No idea about others. Has Forum released its key for set D?


yes my set was D only.

Do you have link? Sorry I am not able to find it.


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such drastic difference in marks IASbaba- 86, forum -101, target upsc -113  

I don't even know if this is a good score or bad :(

IAS baba is very unreliable I think. They released the key too early. No idea about others. Has Forum released its key for set D?


yes my set was D only.

Do you have link? Sorry I am not able to find it.


https://blog.forumias.com/upsc-cse-prelims-2021-gs-paper-1-answer-key-set-a-b-c-d/


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