UPSC Mains 2021 Question Papers

The UPSC Mains Examination has been scheduled to be conducted from 7th January 2022 to 16th January 2022. The candidates who have cleared the Preliminary exam 2021 which was held on October 10, 2021, would appear in the next level of the recruitment process, that is, Civil Services (Main) Examination. 

It is to be noted that the marks obtained in the IAS Exam Prelims by the candidates will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. 

The Civil Services (Main) Written Examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature. The marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VII) and Marks obtained in the Interview/Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

The aspirants can download the UPSC IAS 2021 Mains question papers PDF from this page. 

Note – The exams are yet to take place. The PDFs will be available shortly.

Meanwhile, to download the 2020, 2019 UPSC Mains Previous Year Question Papers, visit the linked article.  

Download UPSC CSE 2021 Mains GS Question Papers PDF

The candidates can download the IAS Mains 2021 GS papers from the following links. The link will be activated once the question papers are officially released by the commission on the official website. 

UPSC Mains 2021 GS Paper I (08-01-2022 – 9 AM to 12 PM) UPSC Mains 2021 GS Paper II (08-01-2022 – 2 PM to 5 PM)
UPSC Mains 2021 GS Paper III (09-01-2022 – 9 AM to 12 PM) UPSC Mains 2021 GS Paper IV (09-01-2022 – 2 PM to 5 PM)

Download UPSC Mains 2021 Essay Paper PDF

The candidates would be required to write essays on multiple topics. The candidates are expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. The essay paper is not just qualifying in nature but will be counted for the merit ranking. 

Therefore, the aspirants can download the Essay Paper and Compulsory English Language Paper from below:

Download UPSC Mains 2021 Language Papers

The aspirants can download the compulsory Indian language papers from the links below:

Assamese Bengali
Bodo Gujarati
Hindi Kannada
Malayalam Marathi
Nepali Odia
Punjabi Sindhi (Devanagari)
Sanskrit Tamil
Telugu Urdu

For more information, check out UPSC Mains 2021 Indian Language Papers from the linked article. 

Download UPSC 2021 Mains Optional Papers PDF

The candidates have to choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects prescribed by the commission. 

UPSC 2021 Civil Services Main Exam Optional Papers
Agriculture Paper I Agriculture Paper II
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Paper I Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Paper II
Anthropology Paper I Anthropology Paper II
Botany Paper I Botany Paper II
Chemistry Paper I Chemistry Paper II
Civil Engineering Paper I Civil Engineering Paper II
Commerce and Accountancy Paper I Commerce and Accountancy Paper II
Economics Paper I Economics Paper II
Electrical Engineering Paper I Electrical Engineering Paper II
Geography Paper I Geography Paper II
Geology Paper I Geology Paper II
History Paper I History Paper II
Law Paper I Law Paper II
Management Paper I Management Paper II
Mathematics Paper I Mathematics Paper II
Mechanical Engineering Paper I Mechanical Engineering Paper II
Medical Science Paper I Medical Science Paper II
Philosophy Paper I Philosophy Paper II
Physics Paper I Physics Paper II
Political Science and International Relations Paper I Political Science and International Relations Paper II
Psychology Paper I Psychology Paper II
Public Administration Paper I Public Administration Paper II
Sociology Paper I Sociology Paper II
Statistics Paper I Statistics Paper II
Zoology Paper I Zoology Paper II

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

Also, check out UPSC Mains 2021 Optional Paper from the linked article.

Other related links:

UPSC Exam Pattern UPSC 2022
UPSC Calendar 2022 IAS Toppers
UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice 2021-22 Success Rate Of Different Optional Subjects In UPSC Mains
IAS Interview Questions Best Optional Subjects for UPSC
CSAT Syllabus and Strategy UPSC Age Limit

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