The Uttarakhand Public Service Commission (UKPSC) combined state upper subordinate service examination (PCS PRE Exam 2012), which was successfully held on 30th November 2014 at various examination centers.

Since the UKPSC has adopted CSAT  from this year and considering the difficulty level in General Aptitude for non- Maths background aspirants, the expected cut-off for Preliminary exam would be around 185-190 (General) . In the GA paper, there are some questions having more than one answers or the incorrect answer being shown in Official answer key.

Although the General Studies was easy but with negative marking in the paper, its never easy to score 110/150 for every Tom Dick and Harry. Some of the questions asked in GS were very tricky this time. For example:

1) Who is the author of the book ‘ The Accumulation of Capital’? a)Joan Robinson b) Adam smith c)Lord Maynard Keynes d) None Most of the students have marked Adam Smith as he has written ‘The wealth of Nations’ but the correct answer is Joan Robinson.

2) There was a question on E-mail message, while most of the candidates opted for E-mail spamming but the correct one was E-mail bombing.

3) In Cyber Law ‘DOS’ means; Maximum candidates right away went for Disk Operating System instead of Denial Of service.

4) There was a question on New Development Bank by BRICS coountries: Maximum candidates opted for $100 bn instead of $50bn as $100 bn was the initial authorised capital while $50 bn was the initial subsidized capital.

The General Aptitude section was completely within reach of Bank P.O/Clerk aspirants as they are habitual of tackling statement and assumption, conclusion type question. This section was full of Maths and reasoning questions. Although the paper was not very tough but it wasn’t easy either.

After negative marking the likely score in GS: 100-105/150       &        GA: 85-90/150. Expected cut-off  in Uttarakhand PCS (pre): 185-190/300 (General)

Category The expected cut-off Marks
General 185-190
OBC 160-170
SC 140-150
ST 125-135

So, those who have scored more than 185 marks should start preparations for PCS mains and those who are near 180 marks must fill up the objection formats in support of their claims in the disputed questions and answers.

I hope you would find your names in the list of 2500 aspirants clearing the first hurdle. Best of Luck Guys!

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  1. please do spell out the strategy for mains …..I mean which book we need t focus,which site we should look at….and many more….like for uttarakhand like stuff which material is going to be best…………

    1. Lucky,
      If one wants to prepare for Mains then one should start from the standard NCERT books from class 9th to class 12th and clear the required basics. We tend to underestimate the treasure of knowledge in NCERT books.
      Apart from that, you can go for Go cheng leong for Geography,
      Bipin Chandra for Ancient and Medieval History and Grover for Modern History, Pratiyogita Darpan special issue for Polity & Lakminath (The Best!), India Year book of up-to date developments.
      For current affairs, you have plethora of matter on the internet but you must buy one monthly magazine like Civil services Chronicle/ Pratiyogita darpan. One Newspaper is sufficient be it a Hindi or an English one. Don’t forget to read the editorials and the Yojna+Kurukshetra magazines.
      Best of Luck!

  2. Hi…m Sonam, my score in ukpcs exam is 147.75, I belong to Uttarakhand female category, could you share your experience regarding the cut off for UK female cut offs…

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