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UPSC Mains 2021 Optional Papers - Download PDF

The UPSC Mains 2021 was conducted from 7th January 2022 onwards. The aspirants have to choose one optional subject, and it has two papers. Optional subject Paper I was held in the morning session (9 AM to 12 PM) on 16th January 2022 and the optional subject Paper II was held in the afternoon session (2 PM to 5 PM) on 16th January 2022. 

The aspirants can check out the General Studies question papers of UPSC Mains 2021 from the links below:

UPSC 2021 Mains Optional Papers 

Paper VI and Paper VII of the Mains exam has to be written for a total of 250 marks each. The time duration given for each paper is 3 hours each. 

To download the Optional Subject Question paper PDFs of different subjects, check the table given below:


The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honours degree level, i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.

The candidates can also choose Literature of any one of the following languages as their optional subject. 

UPSC 2021 Civil Services (IAS) Main Exam – Literature Subjects as Optional Paper
Assamese Paper I Assamese Paper II
Bengali Paper I Bengali Paper II
Bodo Paper I Bodo Paper II
Dogri Paper I Dogri Paper II
Gujarati Paper I Gujarati Paper II
Hindi Paper I Hindi Paper II
Kannada Paper I Kannada Paper II
Kashmiri Paper I Kashmiri Paper II
Konkani Paper I Konkani Paper II
Maithili Paper I Maithili Paper II
Malayalam Paper I Malayalam Paper II
Manipuri Paper I Manipuri Paper II
Marathi Paper I Marathi Paper II
Nepali Paper I Nepali Paper II
Odia Paper I Odia Paper II
Punjabi Paper I Punjabi Paper II
Sanskrit Paper I Sanskrit Paper II
Santhali Paper I Santhali Paper II
Sindhi Paper I Sindhi Paper II
Tamil Paper I Tamil Paper II
Telugu Paper I Telugu Paper II
Urdu Paper I Urdu Paper II
English Paper I English Paper II

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The aspirants can check other UPSC Mains 2021 Question papers from the linked article. 

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