UPSC IAS – Civil Services (Prelims) 2020 GS Paper 1:

Answer Key, Analysis & Discussion 

UPSC – Civil Services Prelims Exam 2020 is conducted on 4 Oct 2020.

(i) Most expected cut-off marks
(ii) Answer Key for Set A, B, C & D
(iii) All questions with correct answer and explanation
(iv) Comparative Table showing ‘Topic-wise question numbers of Set A, B, C, D
(v) Original question paper of Set A, B, C, D
(vi) Topic-wise questions with correct answers through video lectures by Ms. Bilquees Khatri, Nationally renowned faculty for UPSC, Academic Head of A A Shah’s IAS Institute.

 

Most expected cut-off marks

UPSC – Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020 is belatedly held on Sunday 4 October, 2020. Due to pandemic situation the exam, which was initially scheduled on 31 May 2020, was delayed. A group of UPSC aspirants petitioned Supreme Court for postponement of the exam, however the apex court dismissed the petition. 

Ultimately UPSC conducted Civil Services Preliminary Examination on 4 October 2020 for which 10.58 lakhs candidates had applied and about 6 lakhs candidates appeared for the exam.

UPSC is known for giving shocks to the candidates by coming out with new strategy every time. This year also the question pattern was unique. This has confirmed the basic concept of the exam preparation that mere reading/studying books and newspapers does not help in cracking the prelims unless the candidates develop the core understanding of the subject with analytic ability. 

To qualify Prelims exam one has to score marks above cut off marks in General Studies Paper 1 (GS). After the exam various sources declare the expected cut off marks and the same varies from one to another source. The most expected cut off marks considering all aspects is 95 – 100 (+ / – 3) for General category. 

For the benefit of the aspirants, A A Shah’s IAS Institute hereunder provides the necessary details and analysis of the Prelims 2020 GS Paper 1.  

Answer Key for Set A, B, C & D

UPSC CSE – 2020 Prelims GS Paper 1
Answer Key for Set A, B, C & D 
(You can also download the same)

Q. No.

Set A

Set B

Set C

Set D

1

(c)

(d)

(c)

(b)

2

(b)

(d)

(d)

(a)

3

(d)

(d)

(b)

(c)

4

(d)

(d)

(b)

(a)

5

(b)

(b)

(c)

(a)

6

(d)

(a)

(d)

(c)

7

(d)

(c)

(a)

(a)

8

(a)

(d)

(b)

(a)

9

(a)

(a)

(b)

(d)

10

(c)

(d)

(c)

(d)

11

(a)

(c)

(b)

(c)

12

(a)

(b)

(a)

(a)

13

(b)

(b)

(d)

(d)

14

(a)

(d)

(a)

(b)

15

(d)

(d)

(a)

(a)

16

(d)

(c)

(c)

(b)

17

(d)

(d)

(a)

(c)

18

(d)

(d)

(c)

(c)

19

(d)

(c)

(c)

(d)

20

(c)

(d)

(d)

(c)

21

(b)

(b)

(b)

(b)

22

(a)

(a)

(a)

(a)

23

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

24

(c)

(a)

(a)

(a)

25

(c)

(d)

(a)

(a)

26

(a)

(d)

(c)

(c)

27

(b)

(d)

(a)

(a)

28

(a)

(d)

(a)

(c)

29

(a)

(a)

(d)

(c)

30

(a)

(c)

(d)

(d)

31

(c)

(c)

(c)

(c)

32

(b)

(b)

(a)

(d)

33

(b)

(d)

(d)

(a)

34

(d)

(d)

(b)

(d)

35

(d)

(b)

(a)

(b)

36

(c)

(d)

(b)

(c)

37

(d)

(d)

(c)

(b)

38

(b)

(d)

(c)

(b)

39

(c)

(a)

(d)

(d)

40

(d)

(c)

(c)

(d)

41

(d)

(c)

(c)

(c)

42

(d)

(a)

(d)

(d)

43

(d)

(a)

(a)

(b)

44

(d)

(c)

(d)

(b)

45

(b)

(c)

(b)

(c)

46

(a)

(a)

(c)

(d)

47

(c)

(b)

(b)

(a)

48

(d)

(a)

(b)

(b)

49

(a)

(a)

(d)

(b)

50

(d)

(a)

(d)

(c)

51

(c)

(c)

(d)

(b)

52

(d)

(d)

(d)

(b)

53

(a)

(b)

(d)

(d)

54

(d)

(b)

(d)

(d)

55

(b)

(c)

(b)

(b)

56

(c)

(d)

(a)

(d)

57

(b)

(a)

(c)

(d)

58

(b)

(b)

(d)

(d)

59

(d)

(b)

(a)

(c)

60

(d)

(c)

(d)

(c)

61

(c)

(b)

(c)

(c)

62

(a)

(a)

(b)

(a)

63

(d)

(d)

(b)

(a)

64

(b)

(a)

(d)

(c)

65

(a)

(a)

(d)

(c)

66

(b)

(c)

(c)

(a)

67

(c)

(a)

(d)

(b)

68

(c)

(c)

(b)

(a)

69

(d)

(c)

(c)

(a)

70

(c)

(d)

(b)

(a)

71

(b)

(c)

(b)

(b)

72

(a)

(a)

(a)

(a)

73

(c)

(d)

(a)

(b)

74

(a)

(b)

(c)

(a)

75

(a)

(a)

(c)

(d)

76

(c)

(b)

(a)

(d)

77

(a)

(c)

(b)

(d)

78

(a)

(c)

(a)

(d)

79

(d)

(d)

(a)

(a)

80

(d)

(c)

(a)

(c)

81

(b)

(c)

(a)

(d)

82

(a)

(d)

(a)

(d)

83

(d)

(a)

(b)

(d)

84

(a)

(d)

(a)

(d)

85

(a)

(b)

(d)

(b)

86

(c)

(c)

(d)

(a)

87

(a)

(b)

(d)

(c)

88

(c)

(b)

(d)

(d)

89

(c)

(d)

(d)

(a)

90

(d)

(d)

(c)

(d)

91

(c)

(b)

(c)

(c)

92

(d)

(a)

(b)

(b)

93

(b)

(c)

(d)

(b)

94

(b)

(a)

(d)

(d)

95

(c)

(a)

(b)

(d)

96

(d)

(c)

(d)

(c)

97

(a)

(a)

(d)

(d)

98

(b)

(a)

(a)

(d)

99

(b)

(d)

(a)

(c)

100

(c)

(d)

(c)

(d)

 

All questions with correct answer and explanation
Prelims 2020 GS Paper- 1.
Questions with correct answer and explanation :

Q No. 1. Consider the following statements:
1. Aadhaar metadata cannot be stored for more than three months.
2. State cannot enter into any contract with private corporations for sharing of Aadhaar data.
3. Aadhaar is mandatory for obtaining insurance products.
4. Aadhaar is mandatory for getting benefits funded out of the Consolidated Fund of India.
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 & 4 only
(b) 2 & 4 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3 only
Ans: c
Explanation:
1. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India, in September 2020, said that linkage of 12-digit Aadhaar number to insurance policies is mandatory requirement under the prevention of money laundering rules for existing and new policies.
2. The Supreme Court, in September 2018, upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, however the majority judgment on Aadhaar has said the metadata cannot be stored for more than six months

Q No. 2. Rajya Sabha has equal powers with Lok Sabha in
(a) the matter of creating new All India Services
(b) amending the Constitution
(c) the removal of the government
(d) making cut motions
Ans: b
Explanation:
* Rajya Sabha enjoys equal powers with Lok Sabha in matters like the impeachment of the President, removal of the vice-president, constitutional amendments, and removal of the judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts.
* In matter of creating All India Services Rajya Sabha enjoys special powers. If Rajya Sabha passes a resolution by a majority of not less than two-thirds of the members present and voting declaring that it is necessary or expedient in the national interest to create one or more All India Services common to the union and the states, parliament becomes empowered to create by law such services

Q No. 3. With reference to the funds under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), which of the following statements are correct ?
1. MPLADS funds must be used to create durable assets like physical infrastructure for health, education, etc.
2. A specified portion of each MP’s fund must benefit SC/ST populations.
3. MPLADS funds are sanctioned On yearly basis and the unused funds cannot be carried forward to the next year.
4. The district authority must inspect at least 10% of all works under implementation every year.
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 & 2 only
(b) 3 & 4 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 4 only
Ans: d
Explanation:

* MPs are required to recommend 15% of the funds (Rs 30 lakh) for areas with a SC population and 7.5% (Rs 15 lakh) for areas with a ST population; in cases where a ST population does not exist, funds can be applied to projects benefiting SC communities and vice-versa; if an area does not have an SC or ST population, they must apply for an exemption from the Ministry.
* At least 10% of the projects under implementation in the district are to be inspected every year by the district authority. All projects for societies/trusts shall be inspected to ensure compliance.
* Funds released to the District Authority by the Government of India are non-lapsable. Funds left in the district can be carried forward for utilization in the subsequent years

Q No. 4. Which one of the following categories of Fundamental Rights incorporates protection against untouchability as a form of discrimination?
(a) Right against Exploitation
(b) Right to Freedom
(c) Right to Constitutional Remedies
(d) Right to Equality
Ans: d
Explanation:

There are six fundamental rights of Indian Constitution along with the constitutional articles related to them are mentioned below:
* Right to Equality (Article 14-18)
* Right to Freedom (Article 19-22)
* Right against Exploitation (Article 23-24)
* Right to Freedom of Religion (Article 25-28)
* Cultural and Educational Rights (Article 29-30)
* Right to Constitutional Remedies (Article 32)
* Article 17. Abolition of Untouchability. -“Untouchability” is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden. The enforcement of any disability arising out of “Untouchability” shall be an offence punishable in accordance with law.
Q No. 5. In India, separation of judiciary from the executive is enjoined by
(a)the Preamble of the Constitution
(b)a Directive Principle of State Policy
(c)the Seventh Schedule
(d) the conventional practice
Ans: bExplanation:
* Constitutional Status of Separation of Power in India
* The doctrine of separation of powers is a part of the basic structure of the Constitution, although not specifically mentioned. The legislature cannot pass a law violating this principle. The functions of the three organs are specifically mentioned in the Constitution.
* Article 50 of the constitution puts an obligation over the state to separate the judiciary from the executive. This falls under the Directive Principles of State Policy, it is not enforceable
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Comparative Table showing ‘Topic-wise question numbers of Set A, B, C, D

UPSC – Civil Services (Prelims) 2020
General Studies Paper 1
Topic-wise Question Numbers in Set A, B, C, D
Polity
Set A Set B Set C Set D
1 31 91 51
2 32 92 52
3 33 93 53
4 34 94 54
5 35 95 55
6 36 96 56
7 37 97 57
8 38 98 58
9 39 99 59
11 21 81 71
12 22 82 72
13 23 83 73
15 25 85 75
16 26 86 76
18 28 88 78
19 29 89 79
20 30 90 80
History
Set A Set B Set C Set D
10 40 100
14 24 84  74
21 41 71 61
22 42 72 62
23 43 73 63
24 44 74 64
25 45 75 65
26 46 76 66
27 47 77 67
28 48 78 68
29 49 79 69
30 50 80 70
31 11 61 91
32 12 62 92
33 13 63 93
34 14 64 94
35 15 65 95
36 16 66 96
71 91 21 1
82 62 12 22
97 57 7 47
Geography
Set A Set B Set C Set D
68 78 38 18
92 52 2 42
93 53 3 43
96 56 6 46
97 57 7 47
98 58 8 48
99 59 9 49
Ecology – Environment
Set A Set B Set C Set D
48 8 58 88
72 92 22 2
73 93 23 3
74 94 24 4
75 95 25 5
76 96 26 6
77 97 27 7
78 98 28 8
79 99 29 9
81 61 11 21
84 64 14 24
85 65 15 25
88 68 18 28
95 55 5 45
100 60 10 50
Agriculture
Set A Set B Set C Set D
61 71 31 11
63 73 33 13
66 76 36 16
69 79 39 19
80 100 30 10
83 63 13 23
86 66 16 26
87 67 17 27
89 69 19 29
90 70 20 30
91 51 1 41
94 54 4 44
Economy
Set A Set B Set C Set D
49 9 59 89
50 10 60 90
51 81 41 31
52 82 42 32
53 83 43 33
54 84 44 34
56 86 46 36
57 87 47 37
58 88 48 38
59 89 49 39
60 90 50 40
62 72 32 12
64 74 34 14
67 77 37 17
70 80 40 20
Science & Technology
Set A Set B Set C Set D
37 17 67 97
38 18 68 98
39 19 69 99
40 20 70 100
41 1 51 81
42 2 52 82
43 3 53 83
44 4 54 84
45 5 55 85
46 6 56 86
47 7 57 87
55 85 45 35
International
Set A Set B Set C Set D
10 40 70 60
17 27 87 77
65 75 35 15
Original question paper of Set A, B, C, D

Topic-wise questions with correct answers through video lectures by Ms. Bilquees Khatri, Nationally renowned faculty for UPSC, Academic Head of A A Shah’s IAS Institute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjT4SysErow

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