This year, 46,121 candidates from Telangana had registered for the UPSC prelims exam. While 65 per cent attendance was recorded in the morning session, the afternoon session recorded 45 per cent attendance. In view of Covid-19 protocol, each exam centre in the city had around 300-500 candidates.
Many candidates found the difficulty level to be moderate this year. “There were a lot of questions on agriculture, including the minimum support price, eco-friendly agriculture practices, agriculture procurements etc.,” said an aspirant.
Experts said that questions were in-depth this year. “Paper 1, which determines the short listing of the candidates to the main, had more questions from economic and social development and history. In order to be able to answer the questions correctly, any prospective aspirant would need at least good two to three years of in depth preparation,” said Gopala Krishna, director, Brain Tree, an IAS coaching institution.
Experts felt the minimum qualifying mark is expected to be lower than the previous years. Total 796 vacancies are notified this year, 100 fewer than the vacancies notified last year. Candidates are selected for posts into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.