UPSC Answer Keys

The UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2021 is available in the linked article. The exam took place on October 10, 2021. 

UPSC civil service examination has three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview. IAS Prelims has two papers – General Studies and CSAT. Both the papers are of objective type. While the General Studies paper has 100 Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ), CSAT has 80 MCQs. It is important for aspirants to practise the IAS Exam past year question papers and hence, this article provides you with the answer keys of 2016-2021 UPSC Prelims GS and CSAT.

Candidates can also check the details of the official UPSC Answer Key 2019 in the linked article.

Download UPSC Answer Keys Year-Wise (2016-2021)

BYJU’S Free IAS Prep also provides solved papers of the IAS prelims both the GS papers I and II to aid your preparation. Practice these question papers and boost your IAS preparation. Solving question papers is the best way to assess your preparation levels and also the ideal manner to internalize all that you have learnt. The official answer keys of UPSC Prelims 2016-2020 are provided below:

Click on the relevant links below for the UPSC IAS answer keys:

UPSC Answer Key for Prelims 2021

The unofficial UPSC Answer Keys for CSE Prelims 2021 for GS and CSAT papers are given below:

UPSC Prelims 2020 Answer Key

UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2020 PDF (SET C):-Download PDF Here

UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2020 PDF GS Paper 2 CSAT (SET D):-Download PDF Here

To download PDFs of UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Question Papers for GS1 and CSAT, aspirants can visit the linked article.

UPSC Prelims 2019 Answer Key

UPSC Prelims 2019 Answer Key Paper 1:- Download PDF Here

UPSC Prelims 2019 Answer Key Paper 2:- Download PDF Here

UPSC Prelims 2018 Answer Key

UPSC Prelims Answer Key Paper 1:- Download PDF Here

UPSC Prelims Answer Key Paper 2:- Download PDF Here

UPSC Prelims 2017 Answer Key

UPSC 2017 Prelims GS Paper I Booklet Series ‘A’:- Download PDF Here

UPSC Prelims Answer Key Paper 1:- Download PDF Here

UPSC Prelims Answer Key Paper 2:- Download PDF Here

To read the analysis of UPSC Prelims 2017 GS Paper 1, check – Solved Paper Answer Key UPSC Prelims 2017 GS Paper 1.

UPSC Prelims 2016 Answer Key

UPSC Prelims Answer Key Paper 1:- Download PDF Here

UPSC Prelims Answer Key Paper 2:- Download PDF Here

To read the analysis of UPSC Prelims 2016 GS Paper 1, check – Solved Paper UPSC prelims 2016 answer key GS Paper 1

Candidates can also get the previous year IAS Prelims topic-wise questions from 2013 to 2020 in the links given below:

Why should you solve previous UPSC question papers?

IAS aspirants should solve previous year question papers for UPSC 2021 as these will help them for the following reasons:

  • Helps you assess your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Helps you learn time management in solving the questions.
  • Gives you sufficient exam practice before the actual exam.
  • Helps you understand the areas where you are lacking and hence, can make the course correction early on during the preparation process.
  • Acclimatizes you with the UPSC pattern and question paper style.
  • Helps you understand what are the areas from where questions are asked repeatedly and regularly in the IAS exam. You can then focus on those areas.

What is the need for releasing the UPSC Prelims Answer Keys?

CSAT answer key is released by the conducting body for the reference of applicants and aspirants. Those who have appeared for the exam and have not been able to qualify can check the correct answers and figure out the topics which require more practise and resulted in reducing their overall marks. 

On the other hand, candidates who are preparing for the upcoming civil services examination by solving the previous year’s question papers can get the official answer key to analyze and evaluate their progress.

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Frequently Asked Questions on UPSC Answer Keys

Q 1. Is the answer key released by UPSC?

Ans. Yes, UPSC releases the answer key on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. The answer key 2020 is released for the post of IAS exam, CDS, NDA, CMS, IES, CAPF Assistant Commandant, CISF AC and Engineering Services.

Q 2. Does UPSC release answer keys for IAS prelims?

Ans. Yes, the conducting body releases separate answer keys after the prelims and then after the final result declaration.

Q 3. How to check the UPSC answer key for prelims exam?

Ans. Candidates can visit the official UPSC website (upsc.gov.in/) and check the answer key for the prelims examination.

Q 4. When was the final UPSC result declared?

Ans. The final UPSC result 2020 was released on September 24, 2021.

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