UPSC Question Papers

Before an IAS aspirant faces their UPSC prelims and mains question paper, they should solve the UPSC previous year question papers. Only practicing the authentic IAS question papers will give you a real feel of the pattern and style of the UPSC questions. One can easily understand the level of the Civil Services Examination with the UPSC previous question paper analysis.

The UPSC Question Papers of IAS Prelims 2019 can be downloaded from the links below (The given links will be active after the exam is conducted on June, 2).

The UPSC Prelims comprises two papers (GS 1 and CSAT):

Download the UPSC IAS prelims question papers 2018 from the links below.

IAS Prelims Question Papers PDF
UPSC 2018: General Studies (GS) Paper I

General Studies (GS) Paper II

If you are looking for UPSC prelims question paper with answers or IAS question paper with answer, you can free download UPSC previous years’ question papers with answers from the links with official Cutoff and Answer Keys in our UPSC PDF Downloads Section.

UPSC Previous Year Question Papers – IAS Question Paper 2013 -2018

UPSC Question Paper - IAS Previous Years' Question Papers

Solving the last 10 years UPSC question papers is ideal but considering the change in UPSC exam pattern, here we have given the latest IAS question papers from 2013 to 2018.

Using the links given below, you can find UPSC previous year question papers for Prelims, Mains and optional subjects (IAS question paper).

UPSC Question Paper: 2018

UPSC Question Paper: 2017

UPSC Question Paper: 2016

UPSC Question Paper: 2015

UPSC Question Paper: 2014

UPSC Question Paper: 2013

Why solving UPSC question papers is important?

Apart from getting to know the actual IAS exam questions, you will also get answer writing practice which is crucial for mains. Solving the UPSC prelims question paper will make you acquainted with the MCQ pattern of the prelims. It is important to develop speed and also learn tricks to avoid negative marks in the prelims paper. Previous IAS question papers are important from the optional subject point of view as well. In addition, solving the UPSC mains question paper will help you acquire answer writing habit and also help you learn the art of timing each answer. So, candidates should solve at least 10 UPSC question papers before they give their actual IAS paper.

It is important to solve UPSC previous years question papers because:

  • To understand the type of questions asked in the civil services exam.
  • To know which topics are to be given priority, it is important to solve the civil services previous year question papers.
  • Civil service question papers should be solved in order to get answer writing practice for the IAS exam.

Practicing previous years’ question papers is one of the significant steps in the civil services exam preparation, but most of the aspirants don’t even attempt practicing UPSC previous years question papers, which is a grave mistake they commit during their preparation.

Answer writing practice for UPSC 2019 Prelims and Mains:

Hence, in order to make the aspirants’ preparation effective, we provide UPSC Previous Years’ questions papers and periodically update this section with the latest UPSC question paper. These papers will serve as sample practice papers that will help IAS Aspirants in their preparation. The current year’s prelims and mains UPSC question paper, i.e., 2018 Prelims and Mains IAS question paper are also available for download. Also, refer the UPSC question paper with answers on our website so that you can solve the prelims papers and also crosscheck the answers.

UPSC related queries

  • What is the success rate of optional subjects in UPSC?
  • From the available data (2015, 2016), the success rate for a few Literature papers in the IAS mains exam appears to be the highest. However, considering the low number of total candidates who opted for those subjects in UPSC mains, these success rates should be taken with a pinch of salt.

           To know the success rate of optional subjects in UPSC mains exam in detail, please click here.

  • Does IAS syllabus change?
  • Yes, refer the links at the bottom or the 2019 UPSC notification to see the latest syllabus. However, there have been no significant changes in the UPSC syllabus recently but the nature of exam questions has become more dynamic.
  • How can I become an IAS officer after 12th?
  • The minimum educational requirement for becoming an IAS officer, as mandated by UPSC, is a graduation degree from a recognised university. Candidates who are in their final year of college can also apply to the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Prelims).
  • How many stages are there in the IAS exam?
  • There are three stages in the IAS exam (UPSC Civil Services Exam): Prelims, Mains and Interview.
  • How many subjects do we have to choose for IAS exam?
  • Since the pattern change by UPSC, candidates only have to choose one optional subject for UPSC Mains. The other subjects in the Civil Services Exam (Prelims and Mains) are mandatorily same for all aspirants.
  • What is the age limit for UPSC IAS exam?
  • Category
  • Age relaxation in UPSC
  • Civil Service exam age limit
  • General
  • No relaxation
  • 32
  • SC/ST
  • 5 years
  • 37
  • OBC
  • 3 years
  • 35
  • Can I see my UPSC 2018 marks?
  • Yes, UPSC will release the mark sheet after the entire exam process is over. Refer the sequence given below for clarity:
    • UPSC CSE Prelims 2018 (June 2018)
    • UPSC Prelims Result
    • UPSC Mains 2018 (held in September 2018)
    • UPSC Mains 2018 result (December 2018)
    • IAS Interview 2018 (scheduled for February – March 2019)
    • UPSC Final Result and Merit List (tentative schedule in April-May 2019)
    • You can download the UPSC 2018 Marksheet for Prelims, Mains and Interview when they are available on the official website in May-June 2019
    • To know in detail how one can check their marks, please click here.
  • Is it important to take a mock test series before the IAS exam?
  • Yes. The IAS exam is highly competitive and the pass percentage is very low (less than 1%).  The negative marking in the UPSC prelims exam makes it tricky. The cut-off for the prelims varies each year and your competition would have taken similar tests. In such a scenario, it is your knowledge coupled with experience in tackling MCQs that will help. Even for the mains exam, loads of writing practice is necessary to ensure that you acquire adequate speed in thinking as well as writing.