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AI Bot Made By IITian Cracks UPSC Prelims With 175 Score In Just 7 Minutes

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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services examination is considered among the toughest exams across the world. Clearing the UPSC exam is one way to get coveted jobs in sectors like Indian Administrative Services (IAS), All India Services, the Central Civil Services and many other services under the Government of India.

Students spend years trying to crack it, let alone top it, with coaching institutes all over India based around helping them prepare for these exams.

The UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2024 was held recently but beyond just being another exam, it was the fact that an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based app managed to score over 170 marks out of 200 finishing the paper in just seven minutes.

AI Aces The UPSC Prelims

On Sunday, right after the UPSC preliminary exam was conducted, PadhAI, an AI app developed by a group of IITians took the same exam at Delhi’s The Lalit Hotel in the presence of figures from the education sector, the UPSC community, and media professionals and was also live-streamed on the bot’s website and YouTube.

The AI bot took just under seven minutes to solve the entire paper, attempting 94 out of the 100 questions and scoring between 170 to 185 marks out of a total of 200.

This is considerably more than the qualifying score that falls below 100 and essentially places the AI bot in the top 10 on a national rank level. The bot used answer keys given by various coaching institutes such as Vajiram, Vision IAS, and Physics Wallah.

Karttikeya Mangalam, CEO of PadhAI said “This is the highest score achieved in the last 10 years of UPSC exams. We believe that while our event is the first of its kind, in a few years, such events will become commonplace as several educational institutions race to solve papers quickly and precisely with AIs.”


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Karttikeya created the SigIQ.ai in July 2023, eventually forming PadhAI. Mangalam holds a doctorate from the Berkeley AI Research lab and the developers at the AI bot include IITians who are also UPSC aspirants.

The app aims to help UPSC aspirants prepare for the exam and gives many AI features.

Sidhant Kabra, an alum of IIT Bombay and one of the founders of PadhAI explained “We use UPSC-specific and news data to ensure the model is aligned with UPSC needs. Our AI is trained on different sources of current affairs and is updated dynamically. Hence, it can crack exams like UPSC, which has a high percentage of current affairs questions.”

This is actually a big feat considering that OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT had failed to clear the Indian Civil Services Examination held by UPSC last year.

In March 2023, the Bengaluru-based Analytics India Magazine had ChatGPT take the UPSC Prelims 2022 and attempt all 100 questions from Question Paper 1 (Set A)

This included subjects like Geography, Economy, History, Ecology, General Science and current affairs. The result came back that the chatbot answered only 54 of the questions correctly.

What are your thoughts on this reader? Is this a step in the right direction or will this make the UPSC exams even tougher for the students?


Image Credits: Google Images

Feature image designed by Saudamini Seth

Sources: Firstpost, The Print, Business Insider India

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This post is tagged under: PadhAI, PadhAI upsc, upsc, upsc exam, upsc prelims, iit, ai, ai bot, artificial intelligence, artificial intelligence bot, ias, ai bots ias, UPSC exam ai, upsc prelims ai, Union Public Service Commission, Union Public Service Commission exam, Technology, ChatGPT

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