UPSC Prelims 2022 General Studies Question Paper 2 [Download PDF]

The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services examination every year to fill vacancies in the All India Services and many Central Civil Services. Stage 1- UPSC Prelims of the UPSC Civil Services Examination, the most popular and difficult exam, took place on June 5, 2022.

On February 2, 2022, the official IAS notification detailing the exam was released. On May 10, 2022, the commission issued the exam admit card.

The Question Paper of UPSC Prelims GS 2 2022, also called the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), is available for download on this page following the conclusion of the exam. Aspirants can download the PDF of the IAS Prelims 2022 General Studies-II Question Paper, using the link, given below.

Candidates can expect the announcement of the Prelims examination result after one month of the exam. Eligible candidates who clear the Prelims 2022 will fill DAF-I to sit in the UPSC Mains 2022, which is scheduled to begin on September 16, 2022.

To check the UPSC Cut Off Marks, candidates can check the linked article.

Aspirants should enhance their preparation by solving UPSC Previous Year Question Papers now. To complement your preparation for the upcoming exam, check the following links:

CSAT 2022 Question Paper

UPSC Prelims GS (Paper 2) Question Paper 2022 PDF:-Download PDF Here

Get the UPSC Prelims 2022 Answer Key in the linked article.

Exam Pattern: UPSC GS Paper 2 [CSAT]

The UPSC CSE Preliminary exam comprises of two papers that are conducted on the same day.

  • UPSC Prelims General Studies Paper 1
  • UPSC Prelims General Studies Paper 2 (CSAT)

UPSC Prelims 2022 GS Paper 2 is qualifying in nature, which means that applicants must get at least 33% of the total marks of the exam in order to be eligible for the next stage of the exam, whereas GS Paper 1 results determine the cut-off and indicate if a candidate has qualified for the UPSC Mains.

The exam pattern of the CSAT paper is given in the following table:

UPSC Prelims GS Paper II: Exam Pattern
Duration of exam 2 hours
Medium of exam English/Hindi
Total number of questions 80
Maximum marks 200
Negative Marking 1/3rd of the total number of marks allotted to the question
Nature of Exam Qualifying
Type of questions Objective: Multiple choice

The question papers are provided in both English and Hindi, for the convenience of the aspirants from rural background. CSAT was introduced in 2011 as part of the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Preliminary) to assess IAS applicants’ analytical abilities, reasoning abilities and aptitude.

It is to be noted that even though the CSAT paper is only qualifying in nature, the applicant must take both papers of the Preliminary Exam for evaluation. If a candidate does not appear in either of the papers of the Civil Services (Prelims) Examination, he or she would be disqualified.

The aspirants can check the UPSC Prelims 2021 Question Paper 2 Answer Key, from the linked article.

UPSC Prelims GS Paper II Marking Scheme:

As discussed above, a candidate needs to score 33% of the total marks to be able to qualify for the IAS Prelims GS2 Question Paper 2022. The marking scheme for the exam is given below:

  • There are a total of 80 questions in the CSAT paper for a total of 200 marks.
  • Each question contains 2.5 marks.
  • For each correct answer, the candidate is awarded +2.5 marks.
  • For every wrong answer, 1/3rd of the total marks allotted to that question is deducted, i.e, the candidate is given -0.83 marks for every wrong answer.
  • A candidate needs 33% which is 66 marks out of 200, to qualify the UPSC Prelims Paper 2.
  • For example: If a candidate attempts all the 80 questions, out of which 55 are right and 25 are wrong. The total score of the candidate will be (55×2.5) – (25×0.83)= 116.75 marks.

For more details on how to calculate total scores in UPSC Prelims after negative marking, visit the linked article.

UPSC Prelims General Studies Paper II: Syllabus

As per the official notification of the UPSC, the syllabus of the UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims General Studies Question Paper 2 includes the following subjects:

  • English: 
      • Comprehension
      • Interpersonal skills, including communication skills
  • Reasoning and Mental Ability: 
    • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
    • Decision-making and problem-solving
    • General mental ability
  • Quantitative Ability:
    • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.- Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.- Class X level).

Aspirants can go through the detailed CSAT Syllabus and Strategy, to get a better understanding of the exam pattern and comprehend the standard of examination.

Important Sources for CSAT 2022

Although the nature of the CSAT paper is qualifying and the syllabus is also of the Class X level, in recent years, it has been observed that the standard of the questions has been raised and overall the paper appears difficult to be solved in 2 hours. Therefore, the candidates must practice the questions and take this paper seriously. To practise UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims General Studies Question Paper 2, the best option is to solve the previous year’s papers of CSAT first and then go to a mock test or any test series.

The following sources can be used to clear the basics and practice the questions.


The candidates must practise enough previous year question papers to feel confident and prepared for the exam day. The difficulty level of the CSAT Paper in recent years is moderate to difficult and a month of practice would be sufficient (if not a beginner) to clear the CSAT paper.To check the UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2016 – 2020, check the linked article.For any further exam updates, study material and preparation tips, turn to BYJU’S for assistance.UPSC Exam Related Links

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