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 practising 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):

UPSC Prelims 2019: GS Paper 1 (Series C): Download here

UPSC Prelims 2019: CSAT paper II (Series A): Download here

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 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.

IAS Frequently Asked Questions

Are IAS Questions tough?

The IAS questions aim to test the candidates’ grasp of concepts and their application rather than mere theory. The nature of IAS questions differ in UPSC Prelims and Mains so aspirants should carefully go through previous years UPSC question papers to understand the pattern

When should I start preparation for UPSC 2020?

Ideally, aspirants should start their preparation at least one year before the date of Prelims exam. The IAS questions are wide-ranging and test the depth of the candidate’s knowledge.

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What kind of questions are asked in the IAS interview?

The questions in the IAS interview aim to test the candidate’s suitability to life in the administrative service. Usually, the IAS interview lasts for about 20-25 minutes and is like a discussion with the UPSC panel.

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