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UPPCSC PT answer key

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answer key of uppsc /uppcs prelims pt held on 10 june 2012.

Some aspirants are discussing answers online. Click here to see them and join the discussion. The halfmantr link given there may not have authentic keys. So don’t click on it and just see the discussion. 

See this career launcher cl discussion on up pcs paper 2012

Paper 1 was on expected lines full of facts … Paper 2 was a mixed bag .. Maths was okay eng was okay but game changers wud be hindi and that interpersonal communication wale questn … Any takes on cutoff ????

halmantr is bogus yar..not reliable..check question no 50, they mentioned Delhi college was the first college established in india. but reality is different.

that australia wala questions required some depth analysis. And the key provided by halfmantr is wrong. After seeing the site, anybody can guess it is the mind of some start-up company.

well can’t really say… want to say good.. but in UPPCS you dont know how much good is good enough..!!.. last year got 337total score in pre but got scaled down in Socio and failed to qualify.. so u never know in UPPCS.. lol

hoping for around 100 in GS and around 70 in CSAT.. but all on gut feeling… haven’t checked from books or keys till now..

I agree with Bajiram, it is marketting strategy to attract the crowd for UP PCS. I think cuttoff will be 250(Maximum) but it wont go below than that. Paper always comes from either UPSC prelims, UPPCS previous years questions. Wish you all the best for the mains.

2009 k notice me 50 vacanvy likhi thi par selection 700 plus hua hai,to notice me jo likha hai usko time to time amend kara jata rehta hai as per the needs.

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June 12th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

How to rti upsc- suggestion by students

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Here is from an online forum on how to rti petition the upsc if you are unhappy with your marks etc Go to the link to discuss with others if interested.



RTI fight with UPSC
RTI points-

Queries are framed while keeping in mind UPSC’s RTI responses,which usually have these key-words to deny/resist info– " Cannot be disclosed". or " No such information exist" ,”it will require huge diversion of man-power,so we can not provide”,”Exempted from providing this information or UPSC has asked the GoI to exempt it from providing such information”,”hypothetical question”,"Court Decision is pending, so cannot reveal any information" etc.

UPSC might not give info in first try itself,so we have to try again but they have to give info under RTI otherwise its denial can be challenged.We have to persist.If in some questions rephrasing is required after analysing UPSC’s replies then we will try to do the same and retrieve info from UPSC.As we all know that UPSC is a closed organisation and to fight against it,we need PRIOR info n that can be provided by UPSC only.


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May 29th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

sc category list for 2011 mains

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upsc sc category list unofficial by some students release in an online forum. It may nto be fully correct.

SC Category List….Check it out guys!!

1 16 270990 RAVEESH GUPTA  270990

2 57 12168 SENTHIL RAJ K  12168

3 94 290705 CHANDRA VIJAY SINGH  290705

4 100 226251 RAKESH KUMAR K  226251

5 141 258459 SHIVA PRAKASH DEVARAJU  258459

6 164 421481 SEERAM SAMBASIVA RAO  421481

7 168 270280 AWAKASH KUMAR  270280

8 181 15467 ASHISH KUMAR CHAUHAN  15467

9 188 187189 MIDHUN T R  187189

10 191 14908 KESHAV HINGONIA  14908

11 194 13907 VIBHA CHAHAL  13907

12 231 12275 NAGALAKSHMI S  12275

13 233 311609 MAKWANA GAURANGBHAI  311609

14 240 140733 SHASHWATI ARYA  140733

15 242 1200 MANVENDRA PRATAP SINGH  1200


17 251 74631 BAKKI KARTHIKEYAN  74631

18 267 311458 SRIDHAR P N  311458


20 277 357272 JOGDANDE VIJAYKUMAR K  357272

21 289 264698 CHAPHEKAR PRASAD ARVIND  264698

22 304 6576 ARUN KUMAR  6576

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May 29th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Representation to upsc on Arbitrariness in mains by Lokesh Jangid and others

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Msg by some Lokesh Jangid in an online forum (see below). Go to this link to get your case highlighted. It is common: upsc does these kinds of mistakes every year! God knows what is happening! Even the superme court could nt reform it!!!

Dear fellow aspirants,

Several discrepancies and cases of apparent arbitrariness have come to light in the recent past as far as score-sheets of Mains are concerned. For instance, Jain Nikhil Bharat (Roll No. 238529) scored 321 in Public Administration optional in CSE, 2010; In CSE,2011, marks of which were recently disclosed by UPSC, Nikhil (Roll No. 411033) has got mere 109, with a score of 24 in paper two! How can somebody who had scored around 55% last time get a mere 24 out of 300 in the same subject!

After having deliberated on this issue with my friends, fellow aspirants and experts, some of whom who have had some sort of experience of being associated with UPSC at some point of time, I’ve arrived at a Plan of Action (POA) to move forward on this issue. I think we should draft a representation, addressed to Secretary, UPSC (Copy of which may also be forwarded to Chairman, UPSC) which should include factual details of such cases, where arbitrariness is stark and extremely evident. This will serve the purpose of bringing the matter to the kind notice of Secretary, UPSC who might then adopt a suitable course of action for redressal of ourgenuine grievances or at least devise mechanisms in evaluation process to ensure that such things are not repeated in times to come.

For this, I seek the co-operation and support of you all. Those who have been victims of such arbitrariness, or if they have friends/acquaintances or know anybody who has faced such situations, I would humbly request them to come forward and mail me their details (Name, Roll No., Year of CSE, Marks awarded paper-wise) at lokesh.jangid @ AT THE EARLIEST. I’ll then compile all the cases in a single document and draft a representation to Secretary, UPSC, copy of which I’ll upload here, for approval of you all, before formally sending it to UPSC. I’ll particularly request Jain Nikhil, Ashish Pahadiya, Rajesh Chandra, Abhishek Tharwal, Manish Parashar, Harish, Gitanjali Brandon, Vinayak Hiremath, Divya Mittal to mail me their details. I mentioned these names, as am aware that theirs are very evident cases of discrepancies. There might be tens of others who have been through same episodes, but whom I may not personally know of. I request all such people to come forward too and get in touch with me…

We might settle for two broad criteria for deciding on arbitrariness and including the cases in representation. One could be the discrepancy in marks secured in different attempts in the same subject (like in the aforementioned case of Nikhil). The other could bethe discrepancy among different subjects in the same attempt. Like, Manish Parashar, who has secured whopping 366 in History,110 in Essay, and 143 in Geography paper one, in CSE, 2011, has got a meager 65 in paper two of Geography after attempting 300 marks. We should confine this representation only to those cases that pertain to Mains score-sheets. Since Interview is a more subjective domain vis-a-vis Mains, we will not include that aspect, for now.

It should be noted that this representation is NOT a substitute to RTI course of action, which several people are apparently involved into. Though both are aimed at greater transparency, the two are separate processes, which can go on CONCURRENTLY, without affecting the outcome of each other.

I look forward to the kind support and co-operation of you all, without which this exercise won’t reach it’s logical conclusion. Let’s not go with any prejudices about how the system works, or what will be the impact or the time-frame in which it will be felt… Let’s do our bit properly with utmost meticulousness and optimism and hope for things to change for a better cause. We have nothing to loose! 🙂

upsc frauds

My message to Member, UPSC (By Lokesh Jangid)

Through Facebook, I’ve expressed my disillusionment with lack of transparency in UPSC and have tagged Prof. Purushottam Agarwal in the same post (since he’s there in my friend list ). I’d reproduce my fb post: 

“In the Civil Services Exam, 2010, conducted by UPSC, Jain Nikhil Bharat (Roll No. 238529) scored 321 in Public Administration optional; In CSE, 2011, marks of which were recently disclosed by UPSC, Nikhil (Roll No. 411033) has got mere 109, with a score of 24 in paper two! How can somebody who had scored around 55% last time get a bloody 24 out of 300 in the same subject, despite having attempted ALL the questions satisfactorily!! It is significant to note that THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED CASE of arbitrariness; there are hundreds of such cases, tens of which I personally know of! In the past couple of exams, many got score of less than 50 in a Psychology paper while they had over 270 in other optional! Like, Ashish Pahadiya was given 24 in paper two of Psychology in CSE, 2010. A look at few other incidents in this year’s results:
– Rajesh Chandra had consistently secured 320+ marks in Public Administration in his first two attempts; this time, during his third attempt, he was awarded a score of 61 in paper two in same subject (his total being mere 184)!

– Abhishek Tharwal, who cleared CSE in his very first attempt in 2010 and got allotted to IRTS, has got 68 in Political Science paper two this year! Have a look at his scores in other papers in CSE, 2011- GS: 230; Essay: 104; History: 290; Personality Test: 189

– Manish Parashar, who has secured whopping 366 in History, 110 in Essay and 174 in Interview, has got a meager 65 in paper two of Geography after attempting 300 marks. Interestingly, in paper one of the same subject in same exam, he has got 143 through an attempt of 250 marks (He didn’t get a 30-marker question and 4 map entries worth 20 marks)

– Harish, who has 320 in Public Administration and 150 in paper one of Geography has been given 58 in paper two!

The list can go on and on, but there are space constraints here… And, we are not even talking about Interview scores here wherein a candidate got 75 in one year and 195 in next; or 190 in one year and 90 in next, that too in the same board! UPSC says it’s a PERSONALITY TEST and not a Q/A session; One would want to ask does the ‘Personality’ of candidate change so drastically in the span of one year?! Not to speak of Prelim scores where UPSC doesn’t even disclose either the cut-off or marks obtained by candidate despite directives by CIC and Honourable Supreme Court to do so, giving flimsy pretext that coaching institutes would use this information to their advantage!

As somebody who had himself appeared for this exam and seen this process from close quarters, and as a citizen of this country, I’m IN DEEP ANGUISH over such sorry-state-of-affairs in UPSC! This is not what the Constitution-makers expected from UPSC while conferring on it Constitutional status… This is not the way to recruit people for the most important positions in the governance of this country! And, recruitment is the most important aspect of Personnel administration! If quality of HR inputs that we feed to the system is not good, public service delivery will be severely hampered. I would invite a discussion and healthy discourse on this issue in public domain, beginnings of which could be made here on Facebook.

I’d also request Purushottam Agrawal, Hon’ble Member, UPSC, to look into the matter with utmost urgency and see how can we make UPSC more transparent in the larger public interest of governance and this country at large.”

Other messages in that forum:
This is a noble idea to fight for bringing transparency in functioning
of a constitutional body………….but it is important to note that
sample space of aspirants is so rich that whatever be the system there
will always be academically good students getting through and at the
same time some deserving will be left out (Just for example more than
1000 serious IIT aspirants cannot all get through in any
case…..sorry for this IITian example)……………….

the way I see it, important point to fight is for change in pattern of
examination which causes waste of precious human resource for
three to four years…….

whoever enters the system they have to work in the existing system which
has its own constraints (minister-civil servant relationships etc…..)
and final output of bureaucracy cannot be ensured just by bringing
transparency in selection process……….

So my point is

1. Rationalise selection process to minimize human resource wastage

2. Fight for implementation of administrative reforms (those who are outside as well as those who have entered the system)

AIR 8, NDA & NA 2005

AIR 15, SCRA 2005

AIR 3431, IIT JEE 2005

IIM L, I, K, CAT 2011

Rejected by Civil Services in 2009,2010  & 2011
Presently working as Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow

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May 29th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

CBSE Class XII Results

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CBSE class XII results will come out today.

It is most likely to to be declared in the second half of the day. Or go to the link if it has already been declared. You can check your result using your roll no. , through IVRS, SMS or the schoolwise list.

All the best to candidates.

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May 28th, 2012 at 9:51 am

Expected cut off for pre exam in upsc civils 2012 pt

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  • Expected Cut Off for Pre Exam???
  • what can we expect to be the cut off of GEN, OBC, SC, ST keeping in mind the last year trend and this year’s paper??

  • i have seen the threads last year also,for a month or so after the exam,candidates keep guessing relatively low cut off and as the time passes by it keeps on increasing…..
  • cutoff should not cross 200 if UPSC takes 14k candidates
  • Guys,I need some help here.. i gave my frst attempt this year without a single day of preps as i wanted to give my best efforts for 2013 and i left my job recently… i am getting arnd 174(64+110) and i have not included the last 7 decision making qstns as i knw only UPSC can provide answers for it… do i have a chance to clear??? shud i start preps for my mains??? thanks 
  • it does nt matter for upsc whether seats increase or not they will take same 12k seats as we have been seeing since lat 2-3 years…last year general cut off hovered around 200..but one person i knw was from general cat was saying he was getting 184 and cleared..
  • because last yr many people didn’t  appeared for the pt
    now this yr many experienced people give this exam
    so , cut off should be same as last yr., keeping in mind of no. of vacancy n tricky paper.
  • No bad mood, sustained preparation. expected close to 230 both papers combined. individual was some 85 in paper one and 145 in paper 2. Last time I was confident  and I did clear. This time , it’s not so 🙁

See this online discussion

Also see this page for analysis and your score submission

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May 21st, 2012 at 10:25 pm

UPSC Prelims 2012 cut off and score discussion

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With the 2012 UPSC Preliminary PT exam behind you, what do you think will be the cut off for it? See this link for discussion

  • prelims is over now….too much relaxed….but relax for 3-5 days only if u hav good scores in that performance be good in mains also….

now biggest question is a) which is 99% right ans key/answers of paper-1 & paper-2……b)what may be cut off

i hav some views and also express ur views….

ans key/ans of paper-1 &2 available at ..shankar ias academy, testof funda, careel launcher….till now on net…

well i can say all these ans keys are not 99% right…..ya i can have faith on shankar ias academy upto 85-90%(for paper-1)…but for paper -2 any of these ans key is 70 % right..( testof funda )…..

I m having 92 marks in paper-1 & 98 marks for paper-2 total 190 marks… per these ans keys…..

cut off definitely may go down bcoz of a) 100 seat are more than last yr so 1500 candidates will be selected more than last yr…b

  • Average do not get selected,toppers get selected.And do not make a fool out if yourself by thinking that cutoff would be 155-165.People get this much in one paper only.Though even my score is also not very high,but its a hard but true fact.
  • Cut off for last year prelims have not been declared by UPSC in any of RTI query as exam process for UPSC got over only on 4th may with final result. I dnt knw whr all people have seen 194 as cut off.
  • CSAT   Total Marks   Attempted Right Wrong Total

    Paper-1 200    78 50 28 81.3324

    Paper-2 200    73 60 13 140.25

    According to CL’s Answer key

    Total of both papers — 222

    I see a variation of 7-10 marks

    What are my chances ???

  • No sectional cut off.. That is sure..



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UPSC Prelims PT 2012 answer key

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UPSC preliminary exam PT answer key for paper I and Paper II are available at

See this online discussion where somebody called baba ramdev has posted links on upsc prelims 2012 answer keys by various coachings.
This blog does not recommend any coaching/institutes for preparation, please note. All links may not have answers for all sets A, B, C or D.

Not all answers will be correct in them. Career launcher often revises answers. And Vajiram’s as of now is not for all sets.

Cut off discussion coming soon

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Rukmani Riar: UPSC CS topper rank 2

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Rukmani Riar upsc topper

Rukmani Riar has scored rank 2 in the civil services exam 2011.

She was a student at TISS Social Entrepreneur course, batch 2008-2010 when her age was 21.

She is a gold medallist and a dual honours in Sociology and Political Science.


Rukmani Riar,21

Rukmani Riar is committed to the cause of amalgamating the compassion of the non-profit world with the effectiveness and efficiency of business. She completed her schooling from Sacred Heart High Convent, Dalhousie and is at Merit Certificate holder at the Matriculation Level for outstanding academic performance throughout the schooling years. She was awarded a Dual-Honours Degree in Political Science and Sociology and was presented with a gold medal by her University, for standing 1st for three consecutive years during graduation.

She has written awareness papers like, ‘Struggle with Reality: Women and their working conditions’; ‘Skewed Sex Ratio in India: a case of immediate concern’; ‘Justice and the Indian Judicial System: need and directions of reforms’; ‘trial by media’; ‘Juvenile Delinquency: A sociological perspective’ etc. She interned with the Co-operative Credit Society of an NGO by the name of “Annapurna Mahila Mandal” in the field of microfinance. The work involved conduction of baseline surveys in 4 urban slums in Mumbai to trace the possibility of micro-credit and critically examine the working of microfinance sector in India

T.I.S.S has made her realise her responsibility towards the underprivileged, and today this responsiveness drives her life.

Source: Click on the link to go to the Google sites page of TISS.

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May 4th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

UPSC CS mains 2011 final result is out

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FInal result of upsc cs mains exam after interview. From the upsc website: Click here to see the pdf file

Full name, roll no. and rank of candidates:


Based on the results of the written part of Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011, held by the Union Public Service
Commission in October-November, 2011 and the interviews for Personality Test held in March-April, 2012, the following is the
list, in order of merit, of candidates who have been recommended for appointment to –

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May 4th, 2012 at 5:03 pm