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Previous 7 Years Question Papers Of UPSC Exam

The next important aspect of the IAS exam preparation is practising UPSC previous year question papers and taking sufficient Mock tests before the exam. Practicing UPSC questions will give candidates a better knowledge of how UPSC asks questions and they will be aware of what to read and what not to.

It is advised that students should practice at least IAS prelims question paper of 5 years, or if possible, last 10 years of UPSC prelims question papers.

Importance of Solving UPSC Previous Papers

Practicing UPSC question paper will help students in understanding the exam pattern and trend of questions asked by UPSC in Civil Services exams.

For practice purpose, students can go through IAS previous year question papers. No one can mimic the standard of questions set-up by the UPSC. If students solve UPSC previous year papers, they get the experience of how UPSC will ask questions in the upcoming exams.

Students can also assess their performance by solving mock test question papers and also by solving IAS question papers. Self-assessment is important in UPSC exam preparation as it directs students on where they are committing mistakes and it gives the student an opportunity to correct these mistakes in the next exam.

Solve more and more UPSC exam papers for a better understanding of the nature of IAS questions and the patterns.

Questions Asked in Previous Year Question Papers

20172015
Mediterranean Sea is a border of which of the following countries?1. Jordan2. Iraq3. Lebanon4. SyriaSelect the correct answer using the code given below:(a) 1, 2 and 3 only(b) 2 and 3 only(c) 3 and 4 only(d) 1, 3 and 4 onlyWhich one of the following countries of South-West Asia does not open out to the Mediterranean Sea?(a) Syria(b) Jordan(c) Lebanon(d) Israel

20152014
Which of the following kingdoms were associated with the life of Buddha?1. Avanti2. Gandhara3. Kosala4. MagadhaSelect the correct answer using the code given below(a) 1,2 and 3(b) 2 and 3 only(c) 1,3 and 4(d) 3 and 4 onlyWhich of the following Kingdoms were associated with the life of the Buddha?1. Avanti2. Gandhara3. Kosala4. MagadhaSelect the correct answer using the code given below.(a) 1, 2 and 3(b) 2 and 4(c) 3 and 4 only(d) 1, 3 and 4

20121995
The Nagara, the Dravida and the Vesera are (a) three main racial groups of the Indian Sub-continent(b) the three main linguistic divisions into which the languages of India can be classified(c) the three main styles of Indian temple architecture(d) the three main musical gharanas prevalent in IndiaThe Nagara, the Dravida, the Vesara are (a) the three main styles of indian temple architecture(b) the three main musical gharanas prevalent in India(c) the three main linguistic divisions into which the languages of india can be classifid(d) the three main racial group of the indian subcontinent

20142011
Which of the following adds/add carbon dioxide to the carbon cycle on the planet earth? 1. Volcanic action2. Respiration3. Photosynthesis4. Decay of organic matter Select the correct answer using the code given below: (a) 1, 2, 3 and 4(b) 1 and 3 only(c) 2 only(d) 1, 2 and 4Consider the following: 1. Photosynthesis2. Respiration3. Decay of organic matter4. Volcanic action Which of the above add carbon dioxide to the carbon cycle on Earth? (a) 1 and 4 only(b) 2 and 3 only(c) 2,3 and 4 only(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

20131992
Some Buddhist rock-cut caves are called Chaityas, while the others are called Viharas. What is the difference between the two? (a) Vihara is a place of worship, while Chaitya is the dwelling place of the monks(b) Chaitya is a place of worship, while Vihara is the dwelling place of the monks(c) Chaitya is the stupa at the far end of the cave, while Vihara is the hall axial to it(d) There is no material difference between the twoSome Buddhist rock-cut caves are called chaityas while the others viharas. What is the difference between the two? (A) Chaitya is a place of worship while vihara is the dwelling place of the monks(B) Chaitya is the stupa at the far end of the cave while vihara is the hall axial to it(C) There is no material difference between the two(D) Vihara is a place of worship while chaitya is the dwelling place of the monks

Download UPSC Prelims Question Paper with Answers

UPSC Question Paper 2011

Civil Services Prelims Question Paper GS Paper 1 - 2011

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UPSC Question Paper 2012

Civil Services Prelims Question Paper GS Paper 1 - 2012

Civil Services Prelims Question Paper CSAT - 2012

UPSC Question Paper 2013

Civil Services Prelims Question Paper GS Paper 1 - 2013

Civil Services Prelims Question Paper CSAT - 2013

UPSC Question Paper 2014

UPSC Question Paper 2015

UPSC Question Paper 2016

UPSC Question Paper 2017

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UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

UPSC Civil Services exam is conducted to shortlist the candidates for the IAS Mains examination. So Prelims exam is a screening test to filter the candidates for the later stages of the UPSC exam.

The Preliminary exam consists of two papers, namely, General studies and CSAT.

In General Studies, questions are asked from different subjects like history, geography, polity etc. CSAT paper, on the other hand, consists of aptitude and reasoning questions to check the candidate s analytical ability.

PaperDurationNumber of QuestionsMarks
GS Paper 12 hours100200
CSAT2 hours80200

Note: CSAT paper is qualifying in nature (66.7 marks needed to qualify this paper)

Negative marks are deducted for wrong answers (1/3rd mark per wrong answer).


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