24th October 2020

The Hindu
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– Pakistan to stay on FATF grey list till 2021( gs 2 IR)

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– India’s UN journey from outlier to high the table( gs 2 IR)
– Taking on the centre( gs 3 economy farm bills)

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– CBSE immense SOP for procurements( gs 2 bodies)

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– A mistake to have left Quad says Australia(gs 2 IR INTERNATIONAL GROUPINGS)
– India to chair key ILL ForUm after 35 years( gs 2 Ir )

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– MPC wary of inflation -minutes


23rd October 2020

The Hindu
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– Government relaxes visa restriction
– Us to Nix business visa for h1b speciality jobs ( gs 2 IR )

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– Drive a hard Bargain at the Delhi meet( gs 2 IR) INDIA US 2+2

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– At 75 the UN needs a rebirth(gs 2 IR united and organizations)

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– Army commissions INS karavatti at Visakhapatnam( gs 3 science and tech)

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– Centre vigilant on women’s safety PM
– 2 + 2 talks will focus on regional issues( gs 2 Ir)

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– Testimony of sexual assault victim enough for conviction(gs 1 gs 2 women related issues)

7. Page 13 ( gs 2 IR)
– Sri Lankan Parliament passes 20th amendment


22nd October 2020

The Hindu
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– Air pollution now biggest health risk in India says(gs 3 environment pollution)report

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– On the digital payments superhighway(gs 3 economy )
– In West Asia it’s a bleak future Amid America fading( gs 2 IR)

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-The manacles of caste in sanitation work(GS 1 SOCIETY AND SOCIOLOGY OPTIONAL)

4. Page 13 ( GS 2 IR)
-Pompeop esper to travel to India for 2+2 dialogue
-Taliban Ambush kills at least 25 Afghan security personnel

5.Page 14(gs 3 economy)
-Economy almost at doorstep of Revival DAS


21st October 2020

The Hindu

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– Punjab formally reject farm laws( gs 3 agriculture)
– FDI blooms in covid-19 gloom(gs 3 economy)
– WII scientists annexures about potential funding cut

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– Upset dilution in defence a flawed policy turn(gs 3 security)
– The many bright spots on India’s innovation Horizon( GS 3 Economics)
– The triumph of hope ( gs 3 IR)

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-Kaleswaram Eco clearance violets law NGT( gs 3 environment)

4. Page 10 and 13(gs 2 IR)
– China opposes India Taiwan trade ties
– Russia offers us fridge on n ward numbers


20th October 2020

The Hindu


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– The sorry plight of the Andhra Pradesh higher judiciary(gs 2 judiciary)

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– Dormant but waiting to strike
– Many gains in fighting HIV( gs 3 science and tech)

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– No time for relaxation who
– India setting up a robust vaccine delivery system(gs3 science)
– Australia to take part in Malabar naval exercise(gs 2 IR)

4.Page 13( gs2 IR)
– Its China that happens to have the cash now says Sri Lanka prime minister

5.Page 14(GS 3 ECONOMY)
– China GDP growth accelerates to 4.9 percent
– Assessing hit on economic will share GDP estimate in time, FM


19th October 2020

The Hindu

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– GST cess will stay finance panel cheap( gs 3 economics)
– Celebrating skinks ZSI lists 62 species in India( gs 3 environment)

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– The hues in the greentribunal resilient journey( gs 3 environmental bodies) – No Great Escape( gs 3 economy food security PDS strengthening)

3. Page 10 (gs 3 border )
– women soldiers check drug smuggling through LOC

4. Page 13 (gs 2 International relations )
– China passes Lo to safeguard National Security sensitive Tak
– Iran Hailss lifting of UN arms embargo


18th October 2020

The Hindu

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– Ensure speedy access to vaccine Modi( gs 2 health)
– 76% of rural Indians can’t afford nutritious diet( gs 2 health)
– Zero Rajdhani skirts Guwahati cuts travel short ( gs 3 infrastructure bogibheel)


2. Page9
– Focus on individual manipulators BARC ( gs 2 press)


3. Page 12 ( gs 3 science and tech developments)
-New superconductor – IISER Pune uses SMelL to identify asymptomatic cases
how global warming might affect food security


17th October 2020

The Hindu


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– MSP IS KEY to India’s food security ,says PM( gs 3 MSP issue)
– Stubble burning : justice lokur , students to save NCR( gs 3 environment conservation )


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– New group to revive Bodoland , movement (gs 2 polity)
– New research sheds a light on the declining stars formation in Milky way(gs 1 geography universe)


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– China’s rise and fall at the UN(gs 2 IR)
– HOPE amid uncertainty


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– India fares poorly in hunger index(gs 2 social justice poverty gs 1 society also sociology optional)


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– Repurposed drugs did not cut down mortally ,says WHO (gs 3 science and tech)


6. Page 13 ( gs 2 IR)
– Johnson says prepare for no deal Brexit ,cancels talks
– Knesset backs Israel UAE DEAL
– What is behind the anti-government demonstrations in Thailand
– Putin wants new START treaty extended


16th October 2020

The Hindu


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– J and k parties team up for restoring special status( gs 2 polity )
– GST, center to borrow from States(gs 3 economy)
– Zoo revise schemes for animal adoption( gs.3 environment revise basic bodies like CZA the recent changes)


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– The message in the peace Nobel _multilateralism( gs 2 social justice)
– The road to zero hunger by 2030( gs 2 social justice hunger issues SDG 2)

3. Page 13( gs 2 IR)
– Despite ban, thousands join Thai protest
– Eu imposes sanctions on six Russians over Navalny attack


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PRELIMS ANALYSIS

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is conducting Civil Services Preliminary Examination
2020, today on 4th October 2020. The exam is being conducted at 72 centres and 2500 sub-centres
across the country with more than 10.58 lakh registered applicants. Due to covid-19 global pandemic
the exam was postponed to October. Previously, some applicants appealed to the supreme court for
re-postponement of prelims 2020, however the commission had ruled out any such possibility due
to various pertinent reasons.
Highlights of UPSC CSE 2020
• The exam is being conducted in two shifts as per its standard patterns.
• Paper 1 is to be conducted in the morning shift from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
• Paper 2 of CSAT is being conducted in the second shift from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
• A total of 10.58 lakh aspirants have registered to appear for upsc cse prelims.
• The exam is being conducted in safer environment with UPSC following all the guidelines
owing to Covid-19 pandemic.
• Special measures have been taken by the commission and aspirants were given the facility
to change their test centres.
Analysis of UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 – Paper 1
• The preliminary examination of UPSC CSE was conducted in a safer environment with all
precautions and due adherence to guidelines.
• According to few sources, around 4.5 lakh aspirants appeared for the prelims examination
all over the country.
• According to the field-experts and senior panellists, the difficulty level of Paper 1 was
moderate to difficult.
• Questions were well-framed from diverse set of subjects based on UPSC standards.
• Some aspirants reported that the paper was a bit difficult for them.
• Questions were asked from history, polity, science and technology, art & culture,
economics, and environmental sciences.
• There were total 18-19 questions from Art & Culture and History.
• The total count of Indian Polity and Indian Economy was around 14 questions.
• The total count of current affairs questions was around 19-20 approximately.
• A good number of questions were asked from science and technology.
• Current Affairs were based on the period of 6-10 months prior to Covid-19.
• Aspirants all over the country have reported that current affairs were asked from prelockdown period.
• UPSC did not ask purely fact-based questions.
• Most of the questions were based on conceptual understanding and thorough analysis of statements.
• Some questions were directly asked from standard textbooks, which could be easily solved by any serious aspirant.

According to estimates, the expected cut-off will be around 98 (+ / – 3) for General category.
The candidates who will clear the civil services preliminary exam will appear for UPSC CSE Mains in the month of January. The answer key and cut-off marks will be uploaded on the commissions website after the whole process will be over.

SubjectNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
Indian Polity14Moderate
History & Art and Culture19Moderate to Difficult
Economy14Moderate to Difficult
Geography14Moderate
Science and Tech10Easy
Current Affairs19Moderate to Difficult
Environment & Ecology11Moderate to Difficult
Total100Overall – Moderate

Subject-Wise Question Analysis of Prelims Exam
Cut-Off Trends of UPSC CSE Prelims Exam
20162017201820192020
116105.34989898 (+/- 3) Expect.
Expected cut-off for 2020

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