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2018 UPSC Prelims : How IASbaba helped in UPSC Prelims-Answer Key and Explanation – Toughest Prelims in History of UPSC!

  • IASbaba
  • June 6, 2018
UPSC Prelims Answer Key
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Dear Friends,

In the Annals of UPSC history, June 3 , 2018, would go down as one of the weirdest days.

For one, most of you were left at the mercy of dice for more than 20 questions.

These are tough days for UPSC aspirants. It is understandable but at the same time, we don’t completely buy the arguments that UPSC has been erratic or unreasonable in its approach. After all, it is an independent Constitutional body and is free to use any means to eliminate maximum aspirants in the very first stage of CSE. We can have passionate discussions about it and even cry for that matter but that won’t help!

But then we at IASBaba are upbeat that YES in spite of being the toughest paper in UPSC history, the year in which who’s who of coaching were targeted we were still able to make a tangible and substantial difference in your preparation!

We are only happy that we helped students prepare better. And this for the fourth successful year, We have done it!!

Some of the examples

Q) Which one of the following links all the ATMs in India?

  1. Indian Banks’ Association
  2. National Securities Depository Limited
  3. National Payments Corporation of India
  4. Reserve Bank of India

Solution (c)

  • National Financial Switch (NFS) is the largest network of shared automated teller machines (ATMs) in India.
  • It was designed, developed and deployed by the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) in 2004, with the goal of inter-connecting the ATMs in the country and facilitating convenience banking. It is run by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

IASbaba Reference:

ILP 2018 (Set 3 Block 2) Q.33) Solution

AIPTS 2018 (Test 29 – Q.82)

 

Q.) In the Indian context, what is the implication of ratifying the ‘Additional Protocol’ with the ‘International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’

  1. The civilian nuclear reactors come under IAEA safeguards.
  2. The military nuclear installations come under the inspection of IAEA.
  3. The country will have the privilege to buy uranium from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)
  4. The country automatically becomes a member of the NSG.

Solution (a)

Reference: IASbaba Value Add Notes- ILP 2018: Science Series – Energy and Defence Series and Set 2 Block 3-Solution Q.74

Q.) Consider the following pairs:

Towns sometimes mentioned in news       Country

  1. Aleppo – Syria
  2. Kirkuk –     Yemen
  3. Mosul –     Palestine
  4. Mazar-i-sharif –     Afghanistan

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 1 and 4
  3. 2 and 3
  4. 3 and 4

Solution (b)

Reference: IASbaba 60 Days Full Mock 1- You could have easily eliminated if solved Q.69 sincerely knowing Kirkuk’s and Mosul’s location.

https://iasbaba.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/IASbaba-Prelims-2018-Open-MOCK-1-60-Day-Plan.pdf

UPSC has its own way of asking questions. A sincere aspirant consistent with all the initiative must have got through many of the questions with ease. Many direct references are there and our followers will easily relate with them

In the PDF, we have tried to give detailed explanation and IASbaba’s references. UPSC is still manageable if you give your 100% while preparing and while attempting the paper.

Download this for Detailed ANSWER KEY WITH EXPLANATIONDOWNLOAD HERE

 


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For the first time, UPSC has allowed the candidates to file grievances against the discrepancies/ ambiguities in the Prelims questions between 4th June to 10thJune 2018. You can go through the detailed Key Explanation given by IASbaba and if you still feel there is any anomaly in the questions, you can register your grievance.

Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPRep) – https://upsconline.nic.in/miscellaneous/QPRep/

 

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Comments :
  • Hari Bol says:

    @iasbaba , Q no 52 explaination & given answer is different

  • Rohan says:

    What do you think would be the cutoff?
    Is it in the region 97-103?
    Or less?

  • Dreamz Unlimited says:

    Monu:- wo Dekh… .Wo kya hai…!!
    Me:- kya hai??

    Monu:- Dhyan se Dekh….!!
    Me:- Kuch dikh nahi raha…

    Monu:- wo billions of light years away Ek chota sa tara hai… Dikha kya.. ?
    Me :- han wo bahut faint si light aa rahi hai…

    Exam day….in upsc hall…..question asks please explain how would you design a spacecraft which canbtravell at the speed of light capable of doing interplanetary voyages without the need of refueling and has the ability to shield itself from intense radiation and make it to the nearest star.

    Me.. After coming out of examination hall…. Bhai Mar gaya… Kuch nahi aata….

    Monu:- it’s ur fault…. I had told u about the star…. U had to be an intelligent student and had to read about it….i had given u a reference….

    IAS Baba and Co. Along with other coaching institutes are like this monu…..fuck them…..

    Will come up with stupid articles on how they did this and that.. …open challenge karta hun…. Portal manage Karne wale ko…..if they have the balls…. Try solving upsc paper without getting any hint or reading about it beforehand…. And stop this drama…

    Tell yeshwanth…. His marketing strategies are becoming old… .kindly grow up….

    Same goes for insights. . Learning space… And coaching Wala of Rajinder Nagar….

  • CHANDAN says:

    baba ji as per this link newspaper with advt is also exempted item no 4902 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/86dba8f79d95d8fdf620a0387ca371166d373d77189df7c7fa9962922f8a6e06.png .

  • Joey says:

    @iasbaba:disqus Q.7 Answer should be C. Reason is Newspapers are not taxable…. there are 2 different things, when newspaper company sells newspaper to us that is exempt, other thing is when newspaper company sells advertising space in the newspaper that is taxable, and govt had given clarification on that only. Also cooked eggs with shell are exempt without shell are taxable at 5%. attaching some screenshot for clarity.
    https://cleartax.in/s/eggs-honey-milk-products-gst-rate-hsn-code

    P.S. I am a CA and GST expert. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5685c315ad03a5a30afb0dfc4e3258bce71342220c790ee1856fb01a834db5f6.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0250595a5daaaab95bf3c0e4533e8d8c5194c30a6cb6011c454851ded22d0c45.png

    • CHANDAN says:

      yes c shd be answer.

    • Vikas Jha says:

      but the questions don’t specify whether printed form of newspapers/journals or electronic. on e-newspaper containing advertisements there is 18% GST. I have subscribed to the hindu and various others e papers and GST was charged.

    • Ali says:

      But do upsc expect everyone to be such an expert to answer prelims question …But anyways UPSC has busted such myths .It do demand experts …
      Please explain this
      http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/centre-specifies-5-gst-for-advertising-space-in-print-media/article19547132.ece

      • Joey says:

        See newspaper do 2 kinds of business.
        1. Selling newspaper to readers and i.e. exempt
        2. Selling advertising space in newspaper and that is taxable at 2 rates 5% and 18%. 5% when newspaper company like The Hindu directly sale space to advertiser, it will be taxed at 5%, but when hindu sell space to advertising agency i.e. middleman, the middleman will be charged at 18%, on commission earned and hindu will be charged at 5%.

        Regarding epaper: I think they should have came specifically for that, if they want to ask for epapers. As 1 & 2 is definitely right there is no other option, other than “C”.

    • kranthi reddy says:

      But according to this also it was not mentioned shell or no shell .THen it can be taken as no shell and marked as 5percent tax na …I am not negating ur point .But point is if upsc wants to be so specific then they should have mentioned it accordingly

  • Doreamon says:

    Baba Kindly recheck Q.91

    your explanation is correct, but you typed “D” instead of “C”

  • Y_Porwal says:

    102 By IASBaba
    96.67 By Vision
    104.67 by Vajiram
    99.33 by Dhrishti

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Q.12) With reference to the election of the President of India, consider the following
    statements
    1. The value of the vote of each MLA varies from State to State.
    2. The value of the vote of MPs of the Lok Sabha is more than the value of the vote of MPs
    of the Rajya Sabha.
    Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
    a) 1 only
    b) 2 only
    c) Both 1 and 2
    d) Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer should be A)
    Reason: Option 2 is wrong since what they have asked is not cumulative votes but individual votes of an MP of both the houses. If it had been total value of votes, the Question should have been:
    The (total) value of vote(s) of MPs of . . . . .
    Here asked was vote and not vote(s). Assumption of cumulative votes is wrong.
    Hence, IASBaba Key is wrong. I have verified the same on VisionIas and Vajiram, they provides the same, Option A.
    Thank you.

    • IASbaba says:

      Optimus, there is an ambiguity in the language. If you have marked (a), that can also be correct. If they were asking for single vote, they could have used the same language as the first statement, i.e. Value of vote of each MLA. Since they have written MPs, hence we have interpreted this way.

      Final Answer only UPSC will tell. This is a tentative answer key for understanding so that people can analyse and accordingly start preparing.

      • Optimus Prime says:

        Yes, Babaji, the language is ambiguous but it should have been The value of Vote(S) of MPs, instead of value of vote of MPs. Hence, its asking an individual MP vote.
        Anyway, as an IASbaba supporter, we appreciate your efforts Sir.

  • Mukesh says:

    Baba ji, For Opportunity cost question, answer should be B. It is the most appropriate. Now let me tell why Answer C is wrong. For eg: lets say govt constructs a park, it is meant for the public (everyone)to use it as It is a public good. Is there anything that tax paying public should not use and only poor should use??? So where the opportunity cost is transferred from consumer to tax payers?? Moreover in India everyone pays tax indirectly(GST). Govt could have used that money somewhere else had it not been for provision of good to the public. Thats the opportunity cost involved. If govt is not spending for park, it could use it for health or other scheme or infrastructure. Thats where opportunity cost is involved. I hope, I am clear.

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Q #42 regarding Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
    IASbaba option is wrong.
    Its all 3 options are right.
    Reason: The Question is Not about Einstein’s opinion even though his General Theory of Relativity predicted an expanding non-static universe. The mistake of IASbaba is considering Einstein’s opinion, while the question asked is regarding General Theory of Relativity. Its elementary.
    Proofs for this:

    http://physics.ucr.edu/~wudka/Physics7/Notes_www/node116.html

    http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/Einstein-is-bang-right-even-13-billion-light-years-from-Earth/article14319207.ece

    The latter article is the most recent one. What more can I say? Thanks 🙂

    • IASbaba says:

      Initially we also marked that, but Einstein in his theory initially believed that Universe is static. So we did our research and marked that answer. Again, based on interpretation.

      • Optimus Prime says:

        Again, its not what Einstein opinioned. But, peculiarly, what General Theory of Relativity predicted. Babaji, please have a look at the links in your replied comment, which are more recent.

  • Indushree says:

    Thank you Babaji…
    with just one month left after the results of 2017 were out, I had to maximise efforts with minimal time…
    Also this being my last attempt, I wasn’t sure if I had to give this attempt…
    all I could think of doing is solving all AIPTS tests and revising 60 day plan compilation…
    Scoring around 105 n 115 in the two mocks gave me confidence to gear up for final showdown…
    now expecting around 110 in prelims… waiting for Mains program now ?

  • Rahul says:

    Question no.63 …answer should be b option. https://indiankanoon.org/doc/8019/

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Absolutely.

      • Rahul says:

        Luxmikant me bhi diya hai

        • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

          laxmikanth gave right to vote as constitutional right or legal right …but upsc went to constitutional right ….and mark my option D Is correct according to laxmikant …provision said president has power to make parliament …to take control …of state legislature …and he clearly president can make laws …
          final key god upsc can decide…

  • Sh12va says:

    sir, i may sound pessimistic but i would say what i feel now..
    I followed your 60 day plan religiously since 3 years..and i cleared last 2 prelims
    but this year 60 day plan was of not much help,besides 4-5 ques.
    I have even done your test series this year..
    this year paper was very tough and 60 day plan didnt help much
    sorry if i seem rude.. but dats my opinion

    • Hari Bol says:

      What is your optional??

      • Sh12va says:

        geo, why?

        • Hari Bol says:

          I thought history.. because history doesn’t give marks like anthro/ mathematics.. people with History keep appearing every year without improvement in marks

    • IASbaba says:

      We have not claimed that questions have come from 60 Day plan. We have just given the references so that you get to know the correct answer key with the right explanation.
      Incase of ambiguity, you can present your representation in the above link.

  • Saurabh says:

    What is the expected cut off this year

  • Avatar says:

    QUESTION NO. 52 its (a) OR (d)

    • IASbaba says:

      Solution is (d)

      • Rashmi says:

        Baba it can be a….because it says white marble was used in making of buland darwaza….and it was used as per your explaination also..the statement doesnt say only white marble….please correct me if i am wrong

  • Avatar says:

    All these coaching brains can’t even come up with one answer of a polity question? Q. 63

    • Optimus Prime says:

      DONT Worry, Answer is B.

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Mark my words.

      Einstein’s answer is D – All of these. I Have done a day of research.

      Lake shrinking/dried up “immensely” – Only Aral Sea. Baikal went 6 cm below critical level but its ‘NOT IMMENSELY’ dried up/ shrinked. Reason, Lake Baikal is in a rift valley hence cant shrink but can only dry. Even whatever dried was ‘not immense’, and its not first time has lowered its water level. It has history of ups and downs.

      MPs vote Q – Answer is A. Period!

      • Rahul says:

        Yes , answer should be only Aral sea

        • Optimus Prime says:

          Yes, its shrinking, but its clearly mentioned in the video itself, this shrinking is “Not Unusual” and Also, its not immensely dried up/shrinking and its not the first time it has happened since 1962, there has been 11 times ups and down. Plus, Q asked in the exam was due to human activities. But, this shrinking is related to both 1. Climate change and 2. Hydro power (anthropogenic). While Aral sea case extreme.
          Hence, only Aral sea is the answer.

          • Wolverine says:

            yes ARAL Sea shrinking immensely because Russia turned the most of river Jo ARAL SEA ko fed karti hai…for Irrigation purpose….

    • Revamped. says:

      It is B. VERBATIM IN ARTICLE 357

  • Sandeep Bharti says:

    I am really confused about capital adequacy ratio question. Not a single answer key has said that both statements are incorrect. As Capital adequacy ratio(CAR) is a ratio, how can first statement which says that CAR is amount.. can be true? Baba please elaborate. I have marked option D i.e. Both incorrect.

  • Ali says:

    @iasbaba:disqus : I do not know why everyone is marking C for QUESTION 11 (money bill ) where this indian express article clearly mentioned Conntigency fund under money bill.Apart from it option is clearly said ONLY.. So answer is clearly A..

    Baba please enlighten.

    http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/what-are-money-bills/

    Under Article 110(1) of the Constitution, a Bill is deemed to be a Money Bill if it contains only provisions dealing with all or any of the following matters:
    (a) the imposition, abolition, remission, alteration or regulation of any tax;
    (b) regulation of borrowing by the government;
    (c) custody of the Consolidated Fund or Contingency Fund of India, and payments into or withdrawals from these Funds;
    (d) appropriation of moneys out of the Consolidated Fund of India;

    Baba Aise to public ka Indian express se bhi barosa uth jayega…

  • Aman Agarwal says:

    Ilp 2019???

  • Rashmi says:

    I am getting the following score
    Ias baba 96.33
    Insights 98.66
    Shankar 103.33
    Vision 102.66

    Please tell me baba whether this is a safe score….its driving me crazy…..last year i had 120…i just do not know what to do

    • Avatar says:

      It will be around 100 only or may be less by 2 marks.

    • Ali says:

      Mam,as per Ias baba 92 ho gya ..vision se 100 ja raha tha…
      Hm gareebo ka koi chance hai ya agle saal ke liye fir se ser pe kafan banda jaye…

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Reg: Aral Sea:

    As per NASA, over the last 50
    years, Aral Sea has shrunk by
    about 75% of its original size
    mainly because of water diversion
    for agricultural usages in
    surrounding areas. Also from a
    depth of 68 meters in the 1960s,
    today it stands at less than 10
    meters. In Lake Baikal, water level
    has gone below the critical mark
    of 456m eleven times since 1962.
    Thus, while Aral Sea has dried up
    immensely, Lake Baikal shows
    more of a fluctuating regime and
    shrinkage is not comparable to
    that of Aral Sea

  • IASbaba says:

    Dear Students, even after going through the detailed explanation, if you are still finding any ambiguity you can post your queries to the UPSC link – https://upsconline.nic.in/miscellaneous/QPRep/

  • avid learner says:

    I don’t know how to strategize for mains preparation now please help me babaji

  • Mounika mouni says:

    Digital India initiative is not only to bring digital services to people but also to encourage electronic manufacturing and employment generation also…in that case all the options would be right….please give me clarification@ IAS baba

    • kranthi reddy says:

      Did u find any source about digital India encouraging data centres …asking becoz I thought I read someehere about data sovereignty and digital India and ticked option 2 and 3. Please share if u have any share

  • Avatar says:

    Haven’t we studied all our life that the universe is constantly expanding?
    Q NO. 42

  • Mounika mouni says:

    Regarding law and liberty….option d would be correct….because law and liberty relationship Will be depend on nature of government i.e democratic or communist…pls look at it..

    • Hari Bol says:

      Nobody can sure about this.. finally it’s UPSC answer key which will be final..
      All the options seems right

    • Avatar says:

      There are no traffic or police related laws in china?

    • Sh12va says:

      i also marked D.. And i think its correct

    • Sh12va says:

      i have also marked D..because if laws r changed TOO OFTEN liberty is in danger..if laws r changed ,then we r providing remedy.but if new laws r made too frequently, authenticity of law will be in danger as in we wont know when law will change
      eg : law 1 aadhar cards as identtity proof to be isssued
      law 2 next month:aadhar compulsory
      law 3 :aadhar necessary for pds, etc etc ..isnt it taking away liberty
      i dont know if this logic s correct

      • Pratik Bhuyan says:

        I thing A is correct because its a layman logic..from paleolithic age till now..if there are no laws yu are at liberty fr anything..be it abusing others or making slaves and at the same time,some may lose their liberty from oppression… but if there is frequent change in legislation which mayb even SC decrees which are often self correcting it mayb fr the bettr like so many rights like right to know govt policies,right against phone tapping etc hv bin included which increases n expands liberty…so its a debatable questndepending on the person who set the questn..

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  • Ali says:

    @iasbaba:disqus :Score finally 92 apke revised answer se…

    Am i out of race ?

    92 & General category …seems nowhere..

    • IASbaba says:

      Ali, changes have been made in the answer key. Kindly check once again.

    • kranthi reddy says:

      Same situation bhai….92 …very frustrating …after giving 4 mains exams …and 6 yrs failing to even have another fighting chance to even write mains

  • Suprme Leader on Kharai-Camel says:

    The paper was kind of standard where Silly-mistakes were not at all affordable…not a single percent.

    #Baaki, Indeed, IASbaba and other platforms kee help mili…NO DOUBT. Warnaa itte b nahi bnte. They are doing their best. Bus aage ke liye guide krte rehna…Waiting for TLP Phase-2.

    Thanks and Salute BABA ji. 🙂

    • manju says:

      Leader Ji, how many marks you are expecting ??
      I got around 90 (OBC),,,Can I expect to clear ??

    • d_Heisenberg says:

      Leader ji mujhe to time km pad gaya . kuch questions ko 50% eliminate krne ke bad bhi attempt nahi kr paya , unpardonable mistake getting around 80 when upsc key will come it may go down as happens every year. i know, i am out of race

      • Suprme Leader on Kharai-Camel says:

        Dekho..Aage kee 40 saal kee life hai, matter karegi. Out/inn hota rahega…JOSH hai toh lagg jaao double efforts ke saath. Taaki life mei regret naa ho. Mai toh lagg ra hun aur mast waala. Baaki still Let the result come.

        • Cool Monk says:

          leader kitna pel rhe ho aap based on various keys

        • d_Heisenberg says:

          sahi kaha leader ji , apna bhi yahi funda hai regret na ho ,lagte hai hum bhi bs ek do exam ane wale hai uske baad. all the best

        • Aspirant says:

          Lag raha hai ki bhai 100 cross kar rha hai 🙂

      • Suprme Leader on Kharai-Camel says:

        i did 6-7 silly mistakes. Bengaluru tick kiya but Hyderabad buble kr diya. Ab kyaa hee karun.
        #Tukke toh theek chal gaye. 🙂

  • kumar@ says:

    As per Shankar ias env book noted that
    UNEP reports says there are more COLD WATER CORAL REEFS THAN TROPICAL CORALS

  • Revamped. says:

    47 th Question: Solar Power Tariffs are not ‘determined’ by the Solar Energy Corporation. It only conducts auctions, where solar power tariff is bidded.

    https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/solar-power-tariff-drops-to-historic-low-at-rs-2-44-per-unit/articleshow/58649942.cms

  • Revamped. says:

    63rd Question: President can assume to himself all or any of the functions of the ‘Government’ of the State …. *other than the Legislature of the State* [Government won’t make laws – Assembly does]

    The State bills and the state budget is passed by the Parliament, not by the president.

    Please correct me if I am wrong

  • Cool Monk says:

    @iasbaba:disqus ji M getting 101.34 based on your answer keys… And based on others answer keys m getting between 93.36 to 102 ..
    Dont know what should i do?? Please guide me , i am unable to concentrate on studies

    • Revamped. says:

      Brother. I am in the same position. None of the keys are 100% correct. Baba’s key is also wrong with 63rd (President’s Rule) and 47th (Solar) as far as my knowledge goes.

      Forum IAS predicts a cutoff of 90-95. IASBaba predicts around 95. Clearias predicts around 90-95.

      So, both of us have at least 10% chance of clearing prelims. Those who utilise this 10% chance also will be successful in mains if they clear prelims. Let’s not waste time this one month.

      I regularly see your answers and I am sorry that you have to be at the border. It’s just a hard time for one month. Let’s hope both of us will clear prelims!

      • Cool Monk says:

        Yes Solar one is wrong as One of the aspirant and friend of mine workin in SECI & i confirmed with him.
        I would say chances are not 10% because last year all the coaching institutes were predicting around 110.
        I am sure that cutoff would be around 90-95 probably after seeing so many students struggling to cross even 100. And persons who crossing 100 are few.. so i guess we have fair chance but still will take a week atleast to settle down everything to have a final overview of the conditions.

        • Anant says:

          yes IASBABA answer is wrong. They are so many mistakes in the solution.
          Solar Power tariffs are determined either through the regulations of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission/State Electricity Regulatory Commission or through competitive bidding.

    • only ias says:

      same here …iam getting around 96.6666 ….completely stuck…but we need to focus on mains now ….

      • Cool Monk says:

        Yes i guess there are plenty around 95-98 and so we have fair chance now… we sud chill this week atleast then lag jao aur fod dalo

    • Final Destination says:

      achhe chance hai bhai aapke ..
      i am getting around 98 and very less people who are getting 105+ so might be cut off will be on lower side..
      kah nahi sakte but sample size kafi kam hai yahan .one of my friend getting around 119 .so kuch hai BORN genius type ke log to kuch bhi ho sakta hai.

      • Cool Monk says:

        bhai born genius to population me .01% hote h bas 😀 😛

        aur max log jo 105 paa rhe h kuch hi log h jo ki risk liye h ,knowledge ka role kam ho gya , Ye Juaa ho gya h ab Prelims

        • Final Destination says:

          sahi bola aapne.. tukke bazi ka game ban gya hai prelims shayad ab..

        • SS says:

          Read a few of your answers and I know you write well. What is done is done! The cut-off predictions of Shankarias are almost correct every year…trust me it won’t cross 95 in any case. My suggestion : today when you wake up and read this message, here, should be the last day you will ever think about prelims again. We shall be on the other side of the line this year itself. Remember in the story of the Pandora, when all the evils had escaped the box a very small very frail thing followed them in the world- HOPE :))

    • IASbaba says:

      Monk, Thinking about the result won’t solve the purpose. There is a very high probability that you will clear, so be positive. Take a break for a week and start with full throttle.

      • Cool Monk says:

        thanks baba for guidance , will try to start it from next week… will try to be regular in TLP phase 2

        • Jyoti Singh says:

          Regular To Tum Phase 1 Mein Bhi The.This Time Write More and Type Less.Hahahah.

          • Cool Monk says:

            are yaar m ecofriendly, hence saves paper by not writing on paper…hwz ur pre???? mera to bekar gya, is baar mains dene nhi milega sayad

          • Jyoti Singh says:

            Mera Bhi Bekaar Hi Tha.

          • Cool Monk says:

            ohhh dear 🙁

            dekhte h kya h kismat me……. is baar full n final ,bahut hua ab

          • Jyoti Singh says:

            UPSC Ki Journey Toh Aisi Hi Hoti Hai Na.
            Hence,No Grudges.

          • Dreamz Unlimited says:

            MADAM..
            i replied to you that day…but my comments were shown as spam due to the fact that i was flagged by ias baba due to my comments…..

          • Jyoti Singh says:

            Aise Open Challenge Karoge (which was genuine) Toh Kissi To Bhi Gussa Aayega Hi.Aur Comment Spam Hi Honge.
            Hahahaha.

          • Dreamz Unlimited says:

            madam z…
            i don’t care for anyone’s anger….i speak what i feel should be spoken….
            if they cant take the truth…then that’s their problem…
            i know we haven’t talked before…but i saw your chat in wicconmans profile….so i guess u have also been in this for a year or two….

          • Jyoti Singh says:

            Yes You Are Right.
            But I Think You Are Extremely Depressed and Demoralize Owing To UPSC ‘s Journey.
            Is This True ??

          • Dreamz Unlimited says:

            “extremely depressed and demoralize”!!!
            No way lady!!

            But yes I am a bit frustrated now…. Because process is looong…. And success has eluded me… . Wrote 3 mains in 2015/16/17….took interview this year…. But no success..

            And this year prelims…. No chance of me qualifying.. . So out of the game…. But still preparing…. Last attempt pending…

          • Jyoti Singh says:

            That Comment Of Yours Made Me Think,This Guy Has Suffered A Lot In fact UPSC CSE Ne Bahut Suffer Karwaaya Hai.
            No Worries You Still Have A One More Chance. Who Knows Ki Last Ball Par Seedha Sixer Hi Maar Doge.
            You Are Extremely Motivating and Hats Off To Your Patience Level.

          • Dreamz Unlimited says:

            Thx g..
            Wish u all the very best..

          • Jyoti Singh says:

            Hey ! One More Thing For The Last Time
            Have You Ever Met Neyawn Sir ??

          • Dreamz Unlimited says:

            Ha Ha Ha. .
            Last time….as if u or me are going to disappear after this….

            I went to forum Ias new office in Karol bagh on 3rd feburary….
            I had a mock interview there…

            I never met neywan or Ayush as he is known by his real name…

            But another important member of forum Ias was there….asif sir… Who took my interview… .and two of their coordinators…. Vinay….and Mandam Jincy Jose.. .

            I have numbers of asif sir… Vinay… And Jincy. …if u want them let me know…

            My email id is carsbikearpit@yahoo.co.in

            Send a mail to me… I will give u the numbers…. It’s not right to share numbers on a public platform….

          • Jyoti Singh says:

            Okay and Delete This Comment.

  • Suprme Leader on Kharai-Camel says:

    Coral kaa bhi answer pataa nhi chal raa. Shankar kuch aur keh ra hai..wahi yaad reh gayaa. Net par check kiya…yeh milaa..(Arbit ques) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63bea8ec83893f9eea2f6020f8c5a783eecd598f7d4b8c0173418ec8449bf6cc.png

    • Tejas Kakde says:

      It is given that faar more phyla so extreme statement . File complaint about it.

      • Gaurishankar Gupta says:

        I also marked the statement as wrong but I found that corals shelter around 32 phyla while rainforest was around 9. Sl matbe it is far more.

        • Arnab Gyanswami . says:

          Ha iucn ke website se uthaya ye sawal .is baar extreme statement bhi sahi nikale kaafi ….mere jaise tukkebaaz ki keh ke le li.

    • Pratik Bhuyan says:

      I think 3rd statement is wrong because its an extreme statent plus out of the 9 phylla there is nothing called animal phylla..there is kingdom animallia bt no animal phylla…there is phylla chordata though..

  • d_Heisenberg says:

    iasbaba was somewhat closer than others, some options could be eliminated . but it was not enough to secure a selection.as per my view history is kingmaker this year. 30 questions were solvable , people who attempted 90 to 95 question with careful elimination can reach around 95 score.if you are scoring 95 plus you are inn

  • Tejas Kakde says:

    102-104.66
    Obc
    Baba kya Karu ?
    Saala Ab har prelim Baad frustration pakka hai.

  • Suraj Mahant says:

    Regarding the question on Subsidiary Alliance.
    The “Policy of British Paramountcy” was initiated by Lord Hasting (1813-1823).
    (8th NCERT page no. 18).
    “Paramountcy” was not the aim of Subsidiary alliance(ques specifically asks about Subsidiary alliance implemeted by Wellesly). It was implemented after Wellesly was called back and Hasting was appointed.
    I think the “paramountcy” is the trap here, clearly the source of the ques was NCERTs. If you think I am wrong then you can check for yourself. Any counter arguments https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e1a2e9de6d502dfa18b356b60fa1bd8265e45bc00b06c183fd3adbd4d86c80e.jpg are welcome.

    • Devashrut Bharadwaj says:

      Haan Bhai sahi keh rahe ho. Maine bhi paramountcy Wala option hi mark kiya hai but there is serious confusion regarding this.

    • Krishnakant says:

      Hi,
      I am not able to find in the exact NCERT if Lord Wellsely used the parmountcy term or not. If he didnt use the word, then d also is correct.

      Still, if you find the NCERT reference, you can use the following portal to make the above representation

      https://upsconline.nic.in/miscellaneous/QPRep/

  • Pratik Bhuyan says:

    Nobody has noticed that in the IRNSS question it is written sq km not km as in isro site.. they are pointing to the area not the extension which is beyond 1500km but area is around 7500 sq km which is beyond 5500 sq km as asked so second statement is right

  • Bhokal says:

    Guys Kindly Give me the authentic sources link for the debatable questions.

    For Polity MP/MLA vote share question, somebody have shared ECI link. Kindly share that here.

    For T-Bills question, if somebody know some authentic link in which it is given that Jharkhand and Telangana have issued T-Bills, kindly provide me the link too.

    For other questions too, kindly provide.

    I am compiling the questions and will make representation for UPSC.
    If possible, send as much as possible representations. More number of represenations, more impact. I think.

  • abhishek dhiman says:

    Vajiram 113 Ias Baba 106.67 Insights 104 Jo bi hoga dekhenge time to prepare for mains..

    • Batman says:

      Regarding gst exemption list..please consider the official list also..though the list is exaustive

      • Amit says:

        0408 Birds’ eggs, not in shell, and egg yolks, fresh, dried, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water, moulded, frozen or otherwise preserved, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter. 2.5 2.5 5
        From same site

  • zorro john says:

    prelims is now just a gambling basic knowledge bna lo aur purey 100 questions kar darlo cutoff cross ho hi jayega

  • MahaRajadhiRaj says:

    Baba ji seriously????
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c8397e95e78358a4e6093630eebadc0dd5b82aee3bb43a6e4519f605b979dc2.png
    During giving answer of question number 63…. didn’t you read article 357 of the Constitution. Please read it then again revise your keys. It leads to depression if even one question is to be calculated as negative.

  • MahaRajadhiRaj says:

    And regarding the question on Prez election. It is written in the question as …value of the VOTE of the MPs and not the VOTES of the MPs. There is clear cut difference in singular and plural form of the word VOTE. So please don’t over think as you used to suggest us before exams and give proper explanation.

    • Baaghi...!! says:

      Yes you are right…it is talking about VOTE … And there is difference between VOTES and VOTE
      ..

    • IASbaba says:

      Indeed, it was a game of Vote and Vote(s), The answer has been corrected. Kindly check.

  • zorro john says:

    in ur test series ipcc unep wmo is there ….. in that question i got the ans right UNFCCC by eleminitaing ipcc unep wmo as ipcc= unep+ wmo (WAS THERE IN UR TEST SERIES THNX)

  • MahaRajadhiRaj says:

    I think BABA ji is more busy in finding references to his questions in his contents than properly researching on the questions and options given in the paper. This shows how much BABA ji is oriented towards more advertising and business rather than putting quality in the solution.

    • Mansha Singh says:

      Bro there are many such questions where one right answer is not found very concretely. Only UPSC will have a last say. If you get one more right answer as per baba’s key the other will start questing based on your logic. Because the same is happening since 3rd june 🙂
      Better write to UPSC as suggested

    • Anant says:

      Nothing is from the material. They are giving the references like comparing apple with oranges. 😀
      Gravitational lensing has been referenced with Einstein Theory of Relativity. It is the height of of cheap publicity.
      All coaching institute should accept they can’t beat UPSC.

      • Mansha Singh says:

        Nothing is from the material- this is extreme and being blind though. Yes Einstein one was like comparing apple with oranges 🙂

  • Naina says:

    Hello friends
    Though I haven’t given this year prelims,
    I have observed following glitches in answer keys of the institutions. Plz share your view n if someone thinks it’s correct ,plz make presentations to Upsc.
    1. Orientalist -anglicist controversy and general committee on public instructions was one n same event ,they were not separate .That’s why Upsc didn’t put option 2&3only .
    2.high capital-output ratio will certainly make output shrink but it’s ultimately the administration or its planning to use working capital which is responsible for output reduction,hence high ICOR is also a consequence of weak administration ,not the cause itself.
    3. In president rule, parliament can make laws for state ,but when it comes to delegation ,it can only delegate the power to president or any authority specified by “him”. Also president is not under the authority of parliament as its a separate constitutional institution in itself and hence can make president acts .
    4. Capital infusion in psb is ambiguous in itself.after 2008, yes year wise it’s fluctuating but overall picture for a common man is that it has increased steadily which is 95 percent correct.
    5.DIGITAL INDIA is a dream project n have its aims .But in last 3-4 months government is encouraging MNCs like fb,Google to set up their data centers in india as our PM wants the data of our public to be more secure. Hence it should be a part of digital India too as it’s a wholesome concept n doesn’t limits to digitalise only villages,tourist places n educational institutions.
    6. The relationship between law and liberty is very important in a democracy . More laws never means less liberty and can act as facilitation of liberty.
    “if there are no laws ,there is no liberty ” is also partially correct eg. If there are no laws, it will definitely leads to tyranny but some people will definitely enjoy liberty over others.
    If there is liberty ,it’s not necessary that law should be made by people . But if laws are changing too often,then there is definitely something wrong sir. It happens when political turmoil is going on or political institutions are not strong enough.Hence definitely,liberty will be surely in danger as faith in system suffers.

  • AK-48 says:

    babaji pls focus on question no.7 reg. – Exemption in GST. it is not advertising materials, it is Newspaper ” containing ” adv…

    newspaper is exempted
    and
    advertising service in newspaper taxable 18%
    and chicken egg boiled is also Exempted
    there are two type of boiled egg… one is exempted and another which is specified is @5 %. here is not specified anything.

  • kim jong un says:

    Is there no controversy on the question ‘subsidary alliance’? Everyone is giving answer “c”, when infact it should be “d” (paramountacy). Plz anyone clarify my doubt if possible.

  • Nicky says:

    What a paper!!!
    Multiple answers possible for many Q’s. Even after 3 days, answers aren’t finalized in INTERNET era. Exam is still being written by many students and coaching centers, though technically completed on 030618.

    Why such Q’s? What UPSC is testing from such Q’s? Proving ‘unpredictable’ and ‘ambiguous’? They can’t be called as ‘objective’ Q’s.

    If this is the case for an ‘objective’ exam, one can imagine the evaluation of ‘subjective’ mains exam.
    It’s becoming LUCK GAME – Less vacancies – 2 or 3 vague Q’s – Even sincere people might get eliminated, though correct answers.

    But, one thing is clear examiners have put lot of efforts for making the paper. Remembering this paper is worthy for all UPSC aspirants.

  • Nicky says:

    There can be variation of 10-15 marks than expected.
    * Merger of associate banks – Is it to keep in order? (It’s a vague term). It can be easily considered as wrong.
    * Law – Liberty: (Vague) – Multiple interpretations possible. All the statements are true because one or other thinker said so.
    * Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity – Universe expansion is not at all prediction of this theory.
    * Is saltpetre ‘staple’ commodity?
    * Capital formation not result in significant increase in output – Asked is reason. d option is just definition of given statement. So, illiteracy is more relevant. Illiteracy – Low industry relevance – Low output.
    * T-Bills issued by RBI on behalf of Government but not Govt.
    * open APIs: Asked is ‘what does it imply’ but not uses(authentication) of them.
    * Venezuela and Colombia also suffering from same issues – That too ‘very recently’.

    • zorro john says:

      Bro go ahead complain to upsc ur absolutely correct

    • Molshree Malik says:

      Venezuela problem is not due to war/ethnic conflict.

    • Harish says:

      Well, I must say, you are an extremely optimistic person.

      Try to be realistic also.

      * Law Question is directly from majorly accepted philosophy of Law – https://inpropriapersona.com/articles/locke-where-there-is-no-law-there-is-no-freedom/

      – I also marked wrong. “More laws less liberty” which is wrong

      * General Relativity(GR) which came in 1917, that Question. For the first time, Friedmann using GR predicted expanding universe in 1921. Edwin Hubble confirmed it on observation basis in 1929. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubble%27s_law

      * Intense Hunger due to WAR/Ethnic Conflicts :Question: Venezuela is having economic crisis(not war/ethnic conflicts). Colombia is not under any relevant crisis. Yes, ‘very recently’ is confusing, but very recently Hunger Situations worsened in South Sudan, Morocco is relatively a peaceful country. Only south Sudan have ethnic conflicts. Yemen is continuously under war (ISIS, terror)
      – still didn’t done this question because of confusion due to ‘very recently’

      * You are too emotional about your answers in Capital Formation question, Treasury Bill Question(I too did wrong), and API quetion.

      • Nicky says:

        I am not saying those are my answers.
        I have excluded all such controversial Q’s as wrong and still getting decent marks.
        Last two years, I observed such difference of marks(b/n UPSC and Coaching keys) due to such Q’s. So, I am putting those Q’s. So, that people, on the border, start preparing for mains without worrying about cut-off.

  • kranthi reddy says:

    Baba please reply on the gst question …the eggs cooked in shell and out of shell and all this about advertising being different from only newspaper selling …what is the answer finally

  • Peace. says:

    https://upsconline.nic.in/miscellaneous/QPRep/index.php

    You can make representation for the ambiguous questions on the above link of UPSC absolutely free. I have done so for the GST exemption question.

  • chuttki says:

    desert plant question 2 (set A) question bhi iasbaba ki test series se directly pucha gya tha

  • zorro john says:

    there are ambigous question pls guys go ahead make grievance the link is given above …EVERYBODY WILL GET MARKS IF THEY HAVE ATTEMPTED AND THE QUESTION TURN OUT TO BE WRONG

  • zorro john says:

    If this continues to happen in future I WILL Just leave this upsc circus..after toiling working so hard for it and when u are selected u get a meager salary (ya i understand desh sewa) its not that worth even….if U SET A DAMN GOOD A*S BURNING QUESTION PAPER in PRELIMS THEN I DESERVE A GOOD AMOUNT OF BUCKS WITH A ROLLS ROYCE and LAMBO IN MY LAWN AFTER GETTING SELECTED

  • Bala Subramaniyam says:

    Everyone forget to look at this..Is there any difference between Exempted and 0% tax rate? Possibly Eggs and Newspapers comes under 0% tax rate, not exempted.
    https://www.zoho.com/in/books/kb/gst/difference-bet-nil-exempt.html

    • Revamped. says:

      See Baba’s solution. News papers with advertisements are taxed 5%. Processed fish cans is also taxed. That leaves us inly with option A

    • James Moriarty says:

      Search for GST item number 0408, cooked eggs taxed 5% under GST

  • Pratik Bhuyan says:

    @Iasbaba…for the opportunity cost question..you l find the ans to be A in this link…http://www.economicsdiscussion.net/cost/opportunity-cost/measurement-of-opportunity-cost/25125

  • Akshay Kumar says:

    checked that equilization tax question on google…..that was news of 2 march 2016 on economic times….upsc walon chahte kya ho?

    • Naina says:

      Does digital india not have setting up data centres of Google,fb in india as its aim? Modi is pushing them to set up for data protection.

  • Naina says:

    Does digital india not have setting up data centres of Google,fb in india as its aim? Modi is pushing them to set up for data protection

  • Blue Sky says:

    baba, 98 from General category
    now suggest what to do??

    • michael corleone says:

      GIVE UP

    • Tejas Kakde says:

      Do not give up in actual key you may get 2 more right (2.66+2.66)
      103.33 will be your score and cut off be 102-3 so don’t give up .

    • Anant says:

      Prepare bhai sahab! Cut off will not cross 95 for sure. This year paper was tougher than 2017. Plus, there was no safe sanctuary like 26 questions from Polity last year which you can answer correctly if you have studied well.

    • kim jong un says:

      Yes.. subsidiary alliance question too is complicated. Fixed income was part of it and parmountancy was introduced later.

      • michael corleone says:

        SOURCE??

        • kim jong un says:

          A simple Google search would be suffice. Subsidiary alliance was introduced by Wellesley whereas parmountancy by lord hastings in 1813. See the features of subsidiary alliance as well. It clearly says that company has to be paid for protecting the state, failing will lead confiscation of territory. Plz correct me if I am wrong.

          • absince1993 says:

            yup Ncert has given the first three statements but not the 4th one i.e to establish paramountcy. I dont know why all the answer keys have been giving the 3rd option as the right.

          • Harish says:

            “Securing fixed income through Subsidiary Alliance” was nowhere cause of subsidiary alliance and imposing paramountcy(which is actually a concept in general, not specific to India only). Controlling the foreign affairs of princely states was the main cause.
            “…In feudalism, paramountcy is a matter of Suzerainty…”

            * https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramountcy
            * https://www.builderslienlaw.ca/node/116
            * https://ualawccsprod.srv.ualberta.ca/ccs/index.php/cd/509-doctrine-of-paramountcy

            Check other references in the above comment.

          • Harish says:

            “…failing will led to confiscation of throne…” “controlling foreign affairs” etc is actually Doctrine of Paramountcy, implemented mainly through Subsidiary Alliance and many other ways.

            And if you are thinking how Napoleon could be interested in India? (or was in the same time frame?)

            * In the ame time frame, Tipu Sultan corresponded and invited Napoleon to help him fighting British. Hence, Napolean became danger to British and this was a major reason for imposing paramountcy using subsidiary alliance, controlling the foreign affiars. (danger of Russian Tsar was another external danger)

            1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqlTy0EEM-E Doordarshan seriess – “Bharat Ek Khoj” based on Nehru’s “Discovery of India”. (go to 31:31 minutes)

            2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-Indian_alliances

            3. https://www.gktoday.in/gk/napoleons-correspondence-with-tipu-sultan/

          • kim jong un says:

            Never doubted Napoleon invasion option. I am confused about fixed income part which is clearly a part of it and paramountacy which as a concept is related to lord Hastings. NCERT has also mentioned it very clearly that it was introduced by Hastings.

          • Harish says:

            Well, I think you are guessing that if the troops were stationed on the native princely state’s expenses then it is like having fixed income. But it may be called “SAVING of money” by British but it is not earning Income and that too as in “FIXED” amount..
            Think on the keyword “Fixed”.

          • kim jong un says:

            Let’s see how UPSC see it.

      • Tejas Kakde says:

        All 4 are part of it please complain UPSC about it .

        • Saurabh says:

          UPSC unfortunately gives a damn about we aspirants…. It has just one point agenda to end coaching classes, which unfortunately it has failed in doing….. Vacancies are reduced every year and there is no question asked…… In India, the common people are living a sub standard life and we deserve it since we do not ask questions as to why there is negative marking even in questions of “1 and 2”, “1, 2 and 3” nature, since it is not judicious as effectively it is a question where multiple things are being asked….. I might as well think of not preparing for this idiotic examination…… Shame on the government and the UPSC… They are all a bunch of jokers doing nothing……

      • Amit Singh Bisht says:

        I agree with you . Answer should have been D

      • Saurabh says:

        Sometimes I feel, in the zeal to beat the coaching and to take the students by “surprise”, UPSC ends up screwing them up by setting controversial and idiotic options…. And this when we have to select “1 and 2”, “1,2 and 3” etc. which effectively means more than 2 statements can also be correct…. Even with this scenario, they introduce negative marking to even desist students from marking the answers when they know a lot about the topic in question….. Seats are also being reduced “steadily” (Yes, this is something which has been steady, no confusion here unlike the capital infusion thing)…… I think there must be an introspection and a review by the UPSC and the government (which is busy reducing job opportunities anyways) as to how they are spoiling the lives of gullible aspirants who give their sweat to this exam and still end up being disappointed…… These days I feel that the word “welfare” should even be removed from the constitution, since it is just a sham to fool people…. Shame……

  • lucky kabooter says:

    baba what about merchant discount rate? answer is C or D? plz clarify…

  • Saswata Guha says:

    IAS Baba, it is a humble request to start ILP 2019 as soon as possible.

  • PAWAN SHARMA says:

    hello! Baba
    how much cut off we can expect from your part. please enlighten us.
    Is someone who is scoring above 100 is in safe zone,
    I m your ILP 2018 student. and after cross checking with your answer key , i m scoring around 103.33
    plz show us right path

  • Nishant Malik says:

    Despite the fact that UPSC brutally crushed these so-called online gurus, they are still boasting themselves.
    Sir/Mam – Whatever you do, you are being watched 😛

  • Mounika mouni says:

    Human Capital formation is different from human development….and intangible wealth like honesty and integrity is a part of development but not capital formation….so wnswer for this should be 2only…pls clarify….it was clearly in NCERT11th class

    • Saurabh says:

      Which NCERT book are you referring to….. I have also marked “2 only”… Want to verify….. Thanks

    • Naina says:

      Skill is also an intangible asset n plays a big part in human capital .
      So are quinery activities where decisions r taken on skill sets .Hence 4 th option is also correct.

      • Mounika mouni says:

        Intangible assets include integrity , honesty also….but human capital includes those factors which will directly contribute to economy….hence option 2 is apt

        • Naina says:

          U r right but u r going into ethics mode…..what about skills…are they tangible?

          • Mounika mouni says:

            But intangible is a comprehensive term which will cover several attributes along with skills which may not contribute to economy

          • Naina says:

            Exactly that’s why 2&4 will be most appropriate. Wht abt A356 question,wht should be the answer

          • Arnab Gyanswami . says:

            Option c
            I have marked d but by lakshmikant it’s c .

    • absince1993 says:

      exactly that is why NCERT chapter on human capital focuses only on health and education

      • Mounika mouni says:

        What will be the answer for dis according to u?

        • absince1993 says:

          It should be most probably 2 only because intangible assets is an umbrella term e.g copyrights and patents is an intangible assets of the company but that no way leads to human capital formation.
          All form of human capital is a part of an intangible asset(e.g skills .education) but all intangible wealth does not lead to human capital formation(e.g patent and goodwill of a company).

          • Mounika mouni says:

            What will be answer for digital India initiative??because manufacturing,emplo emplo,digital security are also part of initiative

  • Feiry_1 says:

    baba Ji…. what could be the possible day for prelims 2019…

  • Baaghi...!! says:

    in opportunity cost question…. c option is – that it would be done by the tax paying people’s money… so what about other revenue which the govt. is getting from other sources..?? it means govt will differentiate the tax payers money and then provide free services… I THINK THIS IS WRONG.. AND ITS ANSWER WILL BE “D”…(and nobody has found its direct source i think)

  • Vivek Pandey says:

    Chicken eggs cooked is under 0 gst

    • Pratik Bhuyan says:

      Can,could,might are the key words in the article compared to ” has immensly dried up” 🙂 future tense relative to past tense

      • Tejas Kakde says:

        What will be answer I have mark Aral only but UPSC will go with Aral and Baikal .

        • Pratik Bhuyan says:

          Aral only…lake baikal hs a fluctuating regime ie they hv floods too in recent past plus china was to sign a mou regarding diversion of its water fr sme purpose and neways bring worlds largest frrshwater lake and hving the most voluminous capacity equivalent to thr total of all great lakes of america combined there is no way “baikal lake” can be a answer…plus a report frm baikal institute shines light on it https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7e4ce49b071f145081eca440beec643a46530e50a23a2b82c53e71ad415a473.png

          • Vijay Mallya. says:

            Forward it to UPSC before they make their keys .

          • kirti dalal says:

            they make their answer keys and q simultaneously…so there is no point only problem is upsc doesnot give it during prelims result is out…which they should…god knows why…

          • Optimus Prime says:

            Bro, just represent this Question before the UPSC. I did the same.

          • Arnab Gyanswami . says:

            Mera to le hi nahi rahe ….Maine bahot koshish Kari .

          • Ghost_neutrino says:

            Save your write-up somewhere and then paste it in the text box. Save ho jaega.

          • Arnab Gyanswami . says:

            Maine Kiya upload bhi Kiya Lekin conformation nahi aaya kucch.

          • Ghost_neutrino says:

            Check Karo ki pop up to block nahi Kiya hua hai aapne.. final submit & upload k time pop up AATA hai for confirmation.

          • Ghost_neutrino says:

            Once done, you’ll get an automated mail from UPSC. ALSO, YOU CAN SEND ONLY 1 REPRESENTATION.

  • Tejas Kakde says:

    Please iasbaba on our behalf complain UPSC about controversial questions . Every time I tried it says session log out .if needed I will provide you my roll no .

  • thevagabond85 says:

    @iasbaba:disqus in Q 37 you missed the following reference from 60 day initiative … http://disq.us/p/1t0ge5g

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/33c395298bc2e484796bf6610a8696d54b051eadb3dc2a7cab33e78d5e491540.png

    • Anant says:

      haha 😀 IASBABA should take responsibility.

    • Pratik Bhuyan says:

      Wrong info…they are equal in number almost a/q to wikipedia

      • Harish says:

        I think (actually know) that half is more than one-third, as the statement 2 says.

        • Pratik Bhuyan says:

          I am inferring to statement one about equal populatn of both types of corals..

    • Harish says:

      You can blame Vajiram for giving such answer. Not speaking sarcastically but actually I tried to google with combination of words – “UNEP” “declares” “coral reefs” “cold water” etc etc. And didn’t find anything like this. (google showing results striking-off “UNEP” “declare”)

      Then I searched the list of coral reefs and counted them. statement 2 seems to be all correct. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_reefs). I found almost 50% named reefs in that regions, the statement 2 mentions.

      P.S. : I too have marked the wrong option.

      • Parmanand singh says:

        Unep declares in his report that cold water coral reef are more in no than tropical coral reef.u can check this in unep report and also in shankar ias environment book

    • Suprme Leader on Kharai-Camel says:

      Exactly Baba ji…..Yeh toh galat hai. Explanation pdhaa hua tha yeh toh issi ke anusaar tick kiye. 2.66 marks badhaa diziye….Waise toh I have started preparing for mains. Still…!!

    • Ashish V says:

      In 60 day plan IASbaba talks about coral reef vs tropical reef. While UPSC is comparing animal phyla in coral reefs & tropical RAINFORESTS… hope you get it..

  • aditi says:

    i am obc getting 92 marks.what to expect??

    • Suraj Mahant says:

      Even I hope it is correct but the statement is talking about area covered (sq km). The area covered by IRNSS would be in Millions of sq km.

  • Monisha says:

    Set A Q.97: the GST question the answer should be (C). Newspaper even with advertising material are exmpted by notification. This can be checked in the following link. Entry number 120 https://taxguru.in/goods-and-service-tax/list-exempted-goods-gst-hsn-code.html?amp

  • Ramesh M says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTNXNvqfO20
    This is how coaching institutes and IAS toppers were making fun of UPSC. Now the UPSC is giving it back to them.
    This year UPSC has targeted coaching institutes and want to reduce the role of coaching institutes in UPSC preparation where only rich people can join. So, the UPSC wants to have level playing field so that anybody who does not join coaching classes should also be able to clear UPSC exams.

  • Ramesh M says:

    This is how coaching institutes and IAS toppers were making fun of UPSC. Now the UPSC is giving it back to them.
    This year UPSC has targeted coaching institutes and want to reduce the role of coaching institutes in UPSC preparation where only rich people can join. So, the UPSC wants to have level playing field so that anybody who does not join coaching classes should also be able to clear UPSC exams.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTNXNvqfO20&t=3s

  • Devyani Bhandari says:

    Guys I m in general category and my score is 94.67. This was my second and final attempt. Can’t give this exam again due to some personal reasons. Should I prepare for mains? I personally think that my score is too low. In fact, I was about to clear my bookshelf and get rid of all the books and materials I used for this exam. But then I have heard some people say that the cutoff might be in 90s this time. What should I do guys? Really confused

    • Vyom Yadav says:

      Go for mains nobody knows cutoff paper was tough i got 129 last year this time only 90

      • Devyani Bhandari says:

        Thank you for taking out the time to respond. Appreciate it 🙂

        • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

          it looks easy sitting in home but in exam ….it makes ur heart to stumble.
          wat i realised
          prelims 2016 people are scoring 130 to 160 easily because of vision or insights or excess current affairs still cutoff was 116
          prelims 2017 people are scoring 110 to 130 easily heavy dose of polity and some current affairs still cutoff was 105
          then comes our prelims 2018 people are dying to score between 90 and 100 some exceptional ones 110 wat could be the cutoff ….??? is it 90+ 45 questions to be done correctly …last year polity 22 questions 44 marks ,this year polity 12 questions 24 marks……cutoff is in dilemma …. can it be above 95 i really doubt

          • Devyani Bhandari says:

            So true Banoth. I am in such a dilemma. I was so heartbroken after the prelims that I decided to focus on my masters entrance instead. It’s so confusing with the whole cutoff scenario for the prelims that I don’t wanna lose my masters seat over it. I hope UPSC releases the list soon. Since this was my second and final attempt and the exam went so badly, it was so hard for me to accept this situation. Don’t want to prepare for mains and then be disappointed again after the prelim result comes out. It’s absolutely torturous right now

          • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

            i request you to prepare…nothing wrong in giving attempt next year…who knows u might get ias….prelims challenging …clearing prelims is tough nowadays….upsc analyzing …people feel questions are contemporary …people who read newspaper daily knows the value …of that paper..all those questions are picked from editorials ,some state news ,some life society etc…green fluotoscent protein was in news in january (hyderabad edition)…discover got noble prize in 2008.he came to hyderabad to explain about this technique ..if this q appears in exam ..would you say its 2008 ..

          • Devyani Bhandari says:

            Yeah. It was quite difficult 🙁
            Thanks for responding to my query though 🙂

          • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

            dont analyze top people there are 100 people who get score of 130+ there are some 1000 people who get score of 110-130 …people are stuck between 90 – 100( attempting 80 90 questions) no one knows exact answers of some questions …this happened to me last time ( i just gave attempt without preparation) ….1.right to vote legal right official.key wrong constitutional right .
            2.indus valley evidence of horse official key no evidence wrong
            3.gypsum question i did correct according to upsc key.
            every institute predicted above 1 2 as correct …but final key wrong .## out of competition ..noone knows …i think 95 is cutoff for general

      • Arnab Gyanswami . says:

        Seriously is paper so tough I’m scoring 102 and scared .

    • Adam M says:

      It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one, then to have an opportunity and not be prepared. Start preparing.

    • michael corleone says:

      100

      • Devyani Bhandari says:

        That’s ur own score or the estimated cutoff? If it’s the latter, then I agree with you. The chances of the cutoff being in double digits is negligible. I myself have stopped preparing for mains. Thinking of getting through with a score of 94 in general category is wishful thinking and I’d rather not labour under such delusions

  • mordor says:

    96.67 general.. is it good enough? realistically..

  • MSMIFS says:

    M getting 87.33 in vision nd 93 in vajiram..obc category…guys shuld I prpr for mains?

  • Mindovermatter28 says:

    For the coral reef question, most of the deep water corals are found in the polar regions. @iasbaba do we know that the deep water reefs are less than the tropical reefs?
    https://ocean.si.edu/ecosystems/coral-reefs/deep-sea-corals

    • Subhash tadala says:

      I also thought like you…but you have to see that question was asked about coral “reefs”, not corals.. Once think on those lines. Hope you will get it.

  • Abhishek Dandriyal says:

    Variation from answer keys is huge. 1st attempt .i m in a dilemma now a days what to do.how much margin should i consider ?(From my lowest marks) those who matched answer keys in previous year can help me out.
    Kindly help. ?

  • Kannagi says:

    Iasbaba in ur detailed explaination of prelims 2018 …question no.26 which is regarding introduction of english eduction..act of 1813 , general committte on public intruction and oriental angilistic controversy…..u hv marked option (d) and in solution u hv given option (c) wats acc to u is correct…clear d air baba…

    • Arnab Gyanswami . says:

      Printing mistake.

    • michael corleone says:

      baba is wrong in that.

      • Arnab Gyanswami . says:

        What is correct answer.

        • michael corleone says:

          D OPTION

          • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

            bro plz clarify about loan and liability.frbm q article 293 clause 3 they are talking about loan in option thet framed liability .is it correct

          • michael corleone says:

            i marked option A based on this reasoning that “ANY LIABILITY” was written but people are saying option C , again it is subject to UPSC interpretation but in the bare act “outstanding part of loan” is written. Loan is one of the liabilties, i guess. Moral of the story— deep studying is injurious in prelims, few of the times.

          • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

            that question is lifted from nk singh interview…hindu## how come this economist changes words with in constitution provision..## feeling heartful.i thought loan is different from liability.

    • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

      i asked senior faculty he is saying option c is correct as iam from hyderabad.donno wat to believe 4 questions goes wrong out of competition

      • Kannagi says:

        Thanx buddy…d ques seems debatable being a factual one as sm keys choosing 2oly while other says all of d above or 1&3 oly….since a single ques. Can sail u thru its confusing when no1 arriving at sm definite conclusion

        • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

          even i kept option c ..i am totally scared because 4 questions u loose 10.64 marks.
          i was in dilemma gst q i kept option A assuming newspaper attract gst
          einstein theory i kept option D .
          capital infusion i kept option D ( associate banks merger affected is different from effected ..i dont think they done for the order of psb)
          presidents rule i kept option d
          frbm i kept a ( because liability is different from loan article 293 clause 3 this is trap by upsc)
          law vs liberty i kept option d ( being political science student)
          which led to english educationi kept option c
          subsidairy alliance i kept option b ( napoleon is never a reason for subsidairy alliance ..its no where mentioned..the principle ia just like doctrine of lapse
          aadhar integration i kept option b only because any electronic device is wrong
          car i kept option a.
          capital oupt ratio i kept this as my answer ( some are debating )
          irnss i kept option a thinking sq km ans km ie trap (some are debating )

          • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

            according to me orientalist and anglisct controversy only led to introduction of english education. .i think that stupid paper setter might have lifted from somewhere .i done enough research .

          • Kannagi says:

            Yes ..bt oly option 3 had nt been provided..and sm r saying 1823 public instruction act and oriental angilistic r same bt i hv seen in study iq and jagaran josh both r eliminating option 2 as it had more inclination towards oriental language n picking d option 1and 3 i.e (c)

          • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

            according to seniot faculty .option c .emminent history faculty experience of 15 years more.upsc key ## god

          • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

            plz clarify about liability and loan .i think frbm question option must be a not c because artile 293 clause 3 talking about loan not about liability ??!!!

  • Ashwini Kumar Yadav says:

    Scoring around 92 obc cat any chances for me

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    ias baba…plz help me iam in dire need of 2 questions …..aadhar integration,presidents rule ..i marked option b and d according to set b and which of the following led to english education i marked c ….baba plz help ….according to various keys my marks are in range of 82 to 90 …and i belong to reserved category( st)..iam being too much overconfident i attempted 90 questions …i thought i would get easily 100 …after checking key i did many mistakes …silly mistakes …iot (being btech cse.)…..baba plz help ….wat could be the cut off….

    • michael corleone says:

      sc st cutoff is 77 don’t worry.

      • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

        ty really …oh my god it happens ….iam really scared .dont know wat to do unable to prepare for mains …plz

        • michael corleone says:

          If u r scared for such a small thing wat will u do after becoming a collector ?
          dun ask for directions to anyone, carve ur own path, a man must never show his weakness to other men, rise up to the ocassion your time has come Mr. Naik.

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    even additional protocol q ….if india ratifies…india will have the chance to buy uranium from nsg group ….plz help in this question

    • michael corleone says:

      yes here u r right answer is option c as INDIAN context of additional protocol is different from world context, cunning question.

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    babaji how come napaleon reason is part of subsidiary alliance…i never found relation between napaleon and alliance i kept b and

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    irnss site clearly mentioned users in India there is no word of entire India( extreme statements ) bordershttps://www.isro.gov.in/irnss-programme

  • Alok says:

    Can anyone tell me how were residual powers were Wested with governor general by the GOI act 1935, when the post of governor general was abolished in1858 ?

    • michael corleone says:

      it was not abolished : remember after partition mountbatten was india’s gg and jinnah was paks.

  • dheerajkumar says:

    these tough question of upsc are contribution of coaching institute…coaching institute tries to prooof themselves better than Upsc. How can this be possible.my request to all coaching institute that stop speculation and prediction.Stick to basic books. Dont follow the pattern of previous upsc year question paper.Because Upsc will again change the pattern next year. Dont play with the carrier of new comers.Because senior player are aware of such unpredictness. Dont blame UPSC.

  • michael corleone says:

    8 disputable questions and their right answers are here :

    1- Law and liberty = no law no liberty option B. SOURCE JOHN LOCKE
    2-Subsidiary alliance ,british paramountcy started in 1813 option D. SOURCE NCERT
    3-Aral sea ONLY A.
    4-GST , 1,2,4 OPTION C. source https://taxguru.in/goods-and-service-tax/list-exempted-goods-gst-hsn-code.html?amp ; entry 120
    5-Einstein Universe is exponentially expanding as given by hubble red shift. OPTION C.
    6-Capital infusion cant answer this subject to UPSC interpretation, idiotic question BUT most probably C.
    7-Opportunity cost transferred to tax paying public OPTION C. Source : common sense.
    8-T -BILLS only issued by centre OPTION C. SOURCE https://rbi.org.in/Scripts/FAQView.aspx?Id=79

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    baba plz clarify frbm question ….statement 3 .i think answer is a because refer art 293 clause 3 .any part of loan is different from liabilities??..plz clarify .baba plz respond

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    even the presidential question article 356 clause b clearly mentions declare word..there is no such.word declare option in option b .i think that is trap by upsc…as people mug up provisions without understanding provisions..???

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    a few seconds ago
    bro plz clarify about loan and liability.frbm q article 293 clause 3 they are talking about loan in option thet framed liability .is it correct?!?

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    last year prelims is given by 4.8 lakhs still cutoff 105.3
    this year 3 lakhs cutoff above or below 95 ….

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    how come this stupid paper setter frame such question rattu vala…..how to interpret that presidential q ….under article 356 ..wat does that mean ..isnt article 356 not there in article 357 in constitution of india…article 357 clearly talks about legislative power of art 356 …chutiya paper setter …so much ambuguity …
    he frames options as his wish
    in option d he clearly writes president can makes law ….
    in option b he just writes powers of legislature….then how to interpret……every institute comes with the key ….that stupid paper setter lifted from article 356 directly …so answer must be option b …how come is this logic??..should i rattu allthose articles….budda koi utaya q ..confuse me daldiya …upsc never gives concern about q framing.

    • Naina says:

      Why r u getting so irritated ? Examination sbke liye ek jaisa h. My friend

      • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

        hey are u my friend from iit ropar .iam like shocked .is it you .oh my god

    • Vin says:

      Dude u r a proper rattu vala.understand nd study ..u’ll b able to interpret the question

  • Banoth Praveen Naik says:

    iasbabaplz see this one about iaea additional protocol ::https://www.armscontrol.org/act/2009_04/IndiaProtocol

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