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IAS (UPSC CSE) Question Paper

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds an exam each year to find talented individuals to join the Indian Civil Services. The competition for the UPSC exams is extremely fierce because it is one of the most prestigious organisations in the nation.

After a few days of the IAS prelims examination, UPSC question papers are made available on the UPSC’s official website, upsc.gov.in. The UPSC question papers are a crucial resource for IAS preparation because they benefit candidates in numerous ways. IAS exam demand is clearly expressed in question papers. The IAS exam questions are written by the UPSC so that the level of difficulty is nearly constant from year to year. IAS question papers are crucial for IAS preparation because of this. To familiarise themselves with the format of UPSC questions, candidates should practise on IAS question papers.

By completing the UPSC IAS Previous Year Papers and becoming familiar with the test format and question types, candidates can quickly improve their preparation. Continue reading this article to learn more about the advantages of including past year papers in your UPSC preparations as well as the UPSC IAS Previous Year Questions papers.


Previous Year Papers for UPSC IAS

Two papers of objective-type questions with multiple choice answers make up the UPSC IAS Prelims Exam. General Studies I is the first assignment. The second test is the CSAT, or General Studies II. Each of the two papers carries 200 points, for a combined 400 points. The CSAT is a qualifying exam. Candidates whose CSAT scores meet the minimum threshold are qualified to have their GS I answersheets evaluated. Candidates’ GS I scores determine whether they are qualified to take the UPSC IAS Mains Exam. Consequently, the prelims exam is qualifying in nature. To advance in the UPSC IAS selection process, it’s critical to achieve high test scores at this stage.


For Prelims Exam

The UPSC IAS preliminary exam previous year papers are listed below:

UPSC IAS Prelims Previous Year Question Paper
UPSC IAS Prelims Previous Year Question Paper 2021
General Studies Paper 2021 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
CSAT Paper 2021 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
UPSC IAS Prelims Previous Year Question Paper 2020
General Studies Paper 2020 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
CSAT Paper 2020 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Paper 2019
General Studies Paper 2019 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
CSAT Paper 2019 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Paper 2018
General Studies Paper 2018 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
CSAT Paper 2018 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Paper 2017
General Studies Paper 2017 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
CSAT Paper 2017 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Paper 2016
General Studies Paper 2016 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D
CSAT Paper 2016 Download as PDF SET A SET B SET C SET D

For Mains Exam

The second phase of the UPSC IAS Recruitment selection process is the main exam. There are a total of 9 papers in it. Of the nine papers, two are qualifying papers, and the remaining seven will be given merit points. English and a required Indian language are the two language qualifying exams. General Studies I, II, III, IV, V, Optional Paper I & II, and an Essay make up the remaining 7 papers. Each of these papers has a 3 hour time limit. The UPSC CSE Mains Exam will have a total weightage of 1750 marks.

UPSC Mains Essay Paper 
Year Paper
UPSC IAS Essay Previous Year Paper 2014 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Essay Previous Year Paper 2015 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Essay Previous Year Paper 2016 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Essay Previous Year Paper 2017 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Essay Previous Year Paper 2018 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Essay Previous Year Paper 2019 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Essay Previous Year Paper 2020 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Essay Previous Year Paper 2021 Download PDF

For Optional Papers

UPSC Mains Optional Papers
UPSC Agriculture Optional Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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2016 Download PDF Download PDF
2015 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Anthropology Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Botany Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
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2018 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Chemistry Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Civil Engineering Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Commerce & Accountancy Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Economics Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
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2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Electrical Engineering Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Geography Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Geology Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
2017 Download PDF Download PDF
2016 Download PDF Download PDF
2015 Download PDF Download PDF
2014 Download PDF Download PDF
UPSC History Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Law Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
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UPSC Management Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
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2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Maths Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
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UPSC Mechanical Engineering Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Medical Science Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Philosophy Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
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2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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2015 Download PDF Download PDF
2014 Download PDF Download PDF
UPSC Physics Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
2017 Download PDF Download PDF
2016 Download PDF Download PDF
2015 Download PDF Download PDF
2014 Download PDF Download PDF
UPSC Political Science Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
2017 Download PDF Download PDF
2016 Download PDF Download PDF
2015 Download PDF Download PDF
2014 Download PDF Download PDF
UPSC Psychology Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
2017 Download PDF Download PDF
2016 Download PDF Download PDF
2015 Download PDF Download PDF
2014 Download PDF Download PDF
UPSC Sociology Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
2021 Download PDF Download PDF
2020 Download PDF Download PDF
2019 Download PDF Download PDF
2018 Download PDF Download PDF
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UPSC Statistics Previous Year Question Paper
Year Paper I Paper II
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For Language Papers

In the UPSC IAS Mains examination, there are two language papers. Candidates have the choice of any Indian language for the first paper. These include Bengali, Marathi, Bodo, Punjabi, Kannada, Hindi, Sanskrit, and many others. An English-language paper is the second assignment. Each exam carries 300 marks, and both are qualifying in nature.

UPSC Mains Language Papers
UPSC IAS Assamese Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
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2018 Download PDF
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2020 Download PDF
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UPSC IAS Bengali Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
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2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Dogri Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
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2016 Download PDF
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2018 Download PDF
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2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS English Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
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2016 Download PDF
2017 Download PDF
2018 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Gujarati Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
2015 Download PDF
2016 Download PDF
2017 Download PDF
2018 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Hindi Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
2015 Download PDF
2016 Download PDF
2017 Download PDF
2018 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Kannada Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
2015 Download PDF
2016 Download PDF
2017 Download PDF
2018 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Maithili Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
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2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Malayalam Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
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2018 Download PDF
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2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Oriya Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
2015 Download PDF
2016 Download PDF
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2018 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Punjabi Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
2015 Download PDF
2016 Download PDF
2017 Download PDF
2018 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Sanskrit Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
2015 Download PDF
2016 Download PDF
2017 Download PDF
2018 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Marathi Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
2015 Download PDF
2016 Download PDF
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2018 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF
UPSC IAS Telugu Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
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2018 Download PDF
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2020 Download PDF
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UPSC IAS Tamil Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
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2018 Download PDF
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2020 Download PDF
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UPSC IAS Urdu Language Previous Year Papers
Year Paper
2014 Download PDF
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2016 Download PDF
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2018 Download PDF
2019 Download PDF
2020 Download PDF
2021 Download PDF

For GS Papers

Here are the four general studies exam questions for the UPSC IAS Mains. Each paper carries a weight of 250 marks. The information for these papers is provided below.

  • General Studies I: Indian Heritage & Culture, History and Geography of the World & Society
  • General Studies II: Governance, Social Justice, Constitution, Polity, & International Relations
  • General Studies III: Technology, Economy Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management
  • General Studies IV: Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude
UPSC Mains GS Papers
Year Paper I Paper II Paper III Paper IV
2014 UPSC GS Paper 1 UPSC GS Paper 2 UPSC GS Paper 3 UPSC GS Paper 4
2015 UPSC GS Paper 1 UPSC GS Paper 2 UPSC GS Paper 3 UPSC GS Paper 4
2016 UPSC GS Paper 1 UPSC GS Paper 2 UPSC GS Paper 3 UPSC GS Paper 4
2017 UPSC GS Paper 1 UPSC GS Paper 2 UPSC GS Paper 3 UPSC GS Paper 4
2018 UPSC GS Paper 1 UPSC GS Paper 2 UPSC GS Paper 3 UPSC GS Paper 4
2019 UPSC GS Paper 1 UPSC GS Paper 2 UPSC GS Paper 3 UPSC GS Paper 4
2020 UPSC GS Paper 1 UPSC GS Paper 2 UPSC GS Paper 3 UPSC GS Paper 4
2021 UPSC GS Paper 1 UPSC GS Paper 2 UPSC GS Paper 3 UPSC GS Paper 4

Benefits of Preparing with UPSC IAS Previous Year Papers

The following are some of the advantages it provides to applicants for the UPSC IAS Examination:

  • You will perform better on the actual exam with the aid of the UPSC IAS Previous Year Papers by better understanding the concepts.
  • Depending on how well you perform on each attempt of the UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Papers, your exam preparation will advance.
  • By carefully studying the UPSC IAS Previous Year Papers, you will gain a thorough understanding of the different types of questions, their degree of difficulty, and time management strategies.
  • By downloading the UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Papers as a pdf, you can practise whenever you want.
  • With the aid of the UPSC IAS Previous Year Papers, you can improve your level of preparation and boost your confidence for the UPSC Mains Literature Paper.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Will working through the UPSC IAS Previous Year Papers be beneficial for exam preparation?

Ans. To prepare for the exam, it is true that solving UPSC IAS Previous Year Papers is beneficial. Through practise, they enable you to gauge your exam readiness. After attempting all of the UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Papers, there is room for creativity.

Ques. What strategy should I use when solving UPSC IAS Previous Year Papers?

Ans. Candidates must solve the UPSC IAS Previous Year Papers once they have finished the syllabus. They should pace themselves when responding and critically assess how they did.