UKPCS Economics Notes and analysis- Mains Paper 5

Hi Future Bureaucrat,

Today we will analyze the for Economics paper (paper 3) for 2012 and 2016. We would first discuss our methodology and basic assumptions. Thereafter, we would give our observation and recommendations.

UKPCS Economics Notes 

UKPCS Economics NCERT Notes

  • Methodology and assumptions:

  1. We have divided the question paper under following heads:
    1. Basic Economics
    2. Indian Economy and Finance
    3. Schemes and Institutions
    4. Indian Agriculture and Industry
    5. International Economy and Institutions
    6. Uttarakhand (UK)
    7. Current Affairs

  1. 1,2,3,4,5,6: Static portion can be covered from traditional books and notes.

                            7: Dynamic portion, regular reading of newspaper and critical analysis required.


  1. There were certain questions that could fit into two heads

egs HDI (Q35, 2012,16m), we have split the question into two:

  • HDI basics: Basic Economics
  • HDI Indian context: Indian Economyand Finance

  1. More questions, particularly in 2016 paper, were put under CA head as they were not part of the static portion covered in traditional books.


  • Finance Commission chairman (Q5, 2012, 2m)
  • China trade (Q31, 2012, 8m)
  • Role of MNC (Q31,2016, 16m)
  • Recommendations of 14nth FC (Q27, 2016, 16m)

  • Observations

UKPCS Economics Notes

  1. The 2016 paper was much more balanced than the 2012 paper in terms of distribution of marks.
  2. The weight-age of the basic economy section has reduced.
  3. The weight-age of the international economic section, CA, and UK has increased.

  • Recommendations:

  1. Uttarakhand forms an important part (68 marks), but only 18 marks is compulsory and that too either easy or generalized, except one or two questions.  However, it stands to reason that students who have studied Uttarakhand are at an advantage here as they have wider choice to attempt from. Some questions related to Uttarakhand could be attempted using common sense e.g.
  • Land consolidation (Q29, 2016, 8m)
  • fruit processing (Q35, 2016, 16m)
  • environment in Uttarakhand (Q32, 2016, 8m)
  1. Basic Economics is still important as the basic conceptual clarity is required to write the long answers.


  1. Indian Economy, agri. & Industries and CA constitutes more than 100 marks. It reflects the growing dynamism of the paper. Newspaper reading is must for it.


  1. In international economy section the questions were based on institutions that could be easily answered.
  • World Bank (Q36, 2016, 16m)
  • World Bank group (Q20, 2016, 8m)
  • WTO (Q29, 2012, 8m)
  1. The level of paper was pretty standard. It was a balance of easy, medium and difficult questions.  Most questions in economics were straightforward and could be easily written if aspirant has read any book on economy. Only very few questions were analytical making this a very easy paper for those who prepared diligently.


  1. Answer writing practice is the key to complete the question paper.


  1. In sum, this was one of the easiest papers in whole exam and 120+ can easily be got in this paper by a serious aspirant. However economics also demands precise expression in the answers rather than vague points especially in straightforward questions.

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