UPSC IES 2018 Analysis, Answer Key, Question Paper & Cut off

Last Updated - January 11 2018

UPSC IES examination was successfully held on January 7 and the result for the same will be declared in the last week of February 2018. Cut off marks will be declared on the basis of IES Result. UPSC surprised all the candidates by setting tough paper.

  • Contemporary allots of the last couple of years were also focused.Check IES Cut off
  • Language and keywords were little confusing, hence paper needs focused reading, interpretation and rational guessing.  
  • General Studies and Engineering Aptitude Paper was Methodrately difficult. Check IES Paper Analysis (Detailed)
  • This year, IES 2018 Engineering Branch & Technical paper was bit lengthy and Paper II Engineering Branch was the bit tougher than earlier year.
  • Aspirants qualifying Prelims Cut Off can then appear for IES Mains, scheduled for July 01, 2018Check IES Exam Format for Mains

UPSC IES 2018 Response Keys by Made Easy

UPSC has fixed the at least qualifying marks for various category participating aspirants. Aspirants of General, OBC, SC, ST category will have to secure 15% marks i.e. (75 out of 500) whereas, PH category aspirants have to obtain 10% marks (50 out of 500) in order to applicable for mains exam.  

UPSC IES Prelims 2018 Response Key

Before the releasement of the result, IES Prelims 2018 response key will be announced via online method only. For the wrong response, 0.33 marks will be deducted. It helps students to calculate their score and evaluate their performance. According to the IES marking scheme, for every accurate response, 2 marks will be honored.

Students can download IES Prelims 2018 Response Key by following steps:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC i.e.
  • After clicking on the link, a PDF file will be displayed on the screen.
  • Click on the “Responses Key” in the Examination tab.
  • Click on the streamwise UPSC IES Response Key 2018 link.
  • Students are advised to download and take the printout of response key for future reference.
  • Students will be redirected to another page.

The following table shows the stream-wise download link of IES Prelims 2018 Response Key:

Stream-wise PaperResponse KeyQuestion Paper
Civil Engineering PaperDownloadSET A, SET B, SET C & SET D
Electrical Engineering PaperDownloadSET A, SET B, SET C & SET D
Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering PaperDownloadSET A, SET B, SET C & SET D
Mechanical Engineering PaperDownloadSET A, SET B, SET C & SET D
General Studies and Engineering AptitudeDownloadSET A, SET B, SET C & SET D

Paper Analysis  for UPSC IES Prelims 2018

The paper consists of both the descriptive and objective type questions. Students who complete the Prelims exam will only able to appear for Mains examination. Negative marking will also apply to the wrong response.

IES Prelims exam consists of two papers i.e. Paper I and Paper II. Following is the detailed explanation of IES Prelims 2018 exam:

  • Present affairs have also moved towards (Direct approach) in place of more inclination towards (Indirect influence) in 2018. All in all, it remains a major anchor.
  • In 2017, the rotational shift has moved towards Indian Polity and Governance in place of Economic and Social Development.
  • History, Geography, Environment, and Science & Tech maintained their importance and visibility in terms of the number of questions asked.

Sectional Evaluation

History of India and Indian National Movement (Difficulty level: High)

The questions were asked from the core subject so much so that this time questions were also asked of prominent Acts. For e.g. questions on Factories Act, Trade Disputes Act, etc.

Fine examples of questions asked are given here under:

Q. With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements:

1. Sautrantika and Sammitiya were the sects of Jainism.

2. Sarvastivadin held that the constituents of phenomena were not wholly momentary, but existed forever in a latent form.

Which of the statements given above is/are accurate?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q. Which of the following is geographically closest to Great Nicobar?

(a) Sumatra

(b) Borneo

(c) Java

(d) Sri Lanka

Indian Polity & Governance (Difficulty level: Moderate)

Q. Which of the following are not necessarily the consequences of the proclamation of the President’s rule in a State?

1.Dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly

2. Removal of the Council of Ministers in the State

3. Dissolution of the local bodies

Economic and Social Development (Difficulty level: Moderate)

  • In the questions on Economy, the factual element was higher for e.g. questions on TFA ratification date, fund value of NIIF, the question on NPS, etc.
  • Focused on prominent contemporary allots of the last couple of years for e.g. questions on Small Finance Banks, NPCI on financial inclusion, BTIA etc.
  • In all, Finance and Banking, Government Budgeting and International Economics remained focused areas in this section.

Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change (Difficulty level: Moderate)

  • Biodiversity-based questions for example questions on gharial, lion translocation, m-stripes, etc.  This has been a trend of past couple of years.
  • National parks and Tiger reserves remain important.
  • International organizations remain important (TRAFFIC, Global Climate Change Alliance)

Science and Technology (Difficulty level: Moderate)

The questions on Science and Technology were completely focused on the application of Science in the day to day life. Hence, most of the questions were straight from present affairs and were moderate in response to logical deduction.

UPSC IES Prelims 2018 Cut off

Cut off marks are the at least marks scored by the aspirant in order to qualify the examination. Cut off will be declared by Union Public Service Commission after the releasement of the final result. IES 2018 cut off will declare in the Third week of September 2018.  

Cut off marks will be decided on the basis of different factors which are listed below:

  • Number of vacancies
  • Total number of students appearing for the test
  • Earlier year cut off trends
  • Difficulty level of the exam

IES cut off for Civil Engineering


IES cut off for Mechanical Engineering


IES cut off for Electrical Engineering


IES cut off for Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering


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