UPSC IES Preliminary Exam 2019 – Paper Analysis, Answer Key, and Expected Cut-Off

Published on : 8th January 2019    Author : Himanshu Basant Bhatt
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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has successfully conducted the Indian Engineering Services (IES) Preliminary exam 2019 on 6th January 2019. Most of the candidates found the paper lengthy and tough. Here is the paper analysis from experts’ point of view and candidates’ feedback.

UPSC IES 2019 Preliminary Paper Analysis - Candidates’ Feedback

Ashish Kumar, a candidate who appeared for the exam in Delhi, said, “Questions of IES paper 2 of mechanical were moderate in nature, concept-wise. But, the calculation part of the questions was tough and time-taking. This made it difficult to score much marks. Many questions were calculative. In paper 1, questions were asked majorly from project management, ethics, ICT, robotics, and mechatronics.”

Another candidate of Delhi, Ananya, said, “The question was lengthy and tricky. In the previous years, the questions were a bit easier. There were less than three questions from current affairs that too were very old. But paper 2 had more of mathematical questions that were tough to solve.”

UPSC IES 2019 Preliminary Paper Analysis – Experts’ Opinion

Dr M Rahman from Rahman’s Gurukool in Patna said, “The questions were advanced and were of moderate difficulty level. Questions from Environmental Science were asked in GS section. This year, according to the difficulty level of questions, the cut-off is expected to be around 70 for general category.”

He further added, “The questions were tougher than previous years. Applied questions were asked in the science section.”

UPSC IES 2019 Answer Key

The UPSC IES 2019 answer key will be released soon followed by the declaration of IES 2019 result. The candidates who qualify the Preliminary stage examination will become eligible for the Main exam. The last stage of the examination is the Personality Test.

UPSC IES 2019 Cut-Off

With high difficulty level of the paper in comparison to last year’s exam, it is difficult to estimate the cut-off. As per experts, the expected cut-off for general category will be 70 (approximately).

UPSC IES Prelims 2019

The exam was conducted at different centres across the country for approximately 581 vacancies in different departments of Central government in Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, and Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering categories.


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