Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has conducted the Preliminary examination of Civil Services Preliminary exam on June 18, 2017 in offline mode. The exam was held across 72 exam cities spread throughout the country. The examination was conducted to fill 980 vacancies in Group A All India Services & Central Services and Group B Services. The Preliminary examination of Civil Services 2017 comprised of two papers – General Studies (GS) Paper I and General Studies Paper II carrying objective type questions. The exam was held for total 400 marks. According to candidates who had appeared in the exam, the overall difficulty of both the papers was moderate to difficult. The Civil Services answer key 2017 of Prelims exam has been made available by Coaching Institutes for both GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2 after the exam got over.
The commission is expected to announce the result of IAS 2017 prelims exam in the month of August/September. The number of candidates to be selected for the mains exam will be 12 to 13 times the total number of vacancies. Based on Civil Services 2017 prelims result, around 11,000 to 12,000 candidates will be shortlisted for the mains exam.
The marks of IAS Prelims examination will not be counted for final merit list. UPSC will draw a merit list of candidates to be qualified for IAS 2017 mains exam based on the minimum qualifying marks of 33 % in General Services Paper-II and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I. The mains examination of Civil Services 2017 will commence from October 28.
As per news reports, as many as 30,410 candidates had registered for UPSC Prelims exam from Andhra Pradesh. Over 38,000 candidates had registered from Lucknow. Around 25,000 candidates had registered for UPSC Prelims exam from Rajasthan. Total 35,464 candidates had registered from Bihar for UPSC Civil Services examination.