The General Studies paper-2 was different from the paper of 2013. In a major shock, UPSC asked only 20 questions, with each question having a weightage of 12.5 marks.
However, the nature of questions was a bit simpler than the last year, and a number of questions came from the readily available material, like basic structure and Indian federalism. However, there were also a few questions that were twisted, to test the analytical and sharpness of a candidate’s mind.
The part-wise break up of the GS-2 paper was as follows:
|Part||Number of Questions||Weightage|
|Constitution and Indian Polity||6||75|
|Policies and Program||3||37.5|
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