UPSC Previous Years' Question Papers - Prelims and Mains Exam (2011-2019)

Candidates preparing for UPSC Civil Services Exam, should be aware of the detailed UPSC Syllabus and have some information regarding the previous questions asked by UPSC. If you know the nature of questions asked by UPSC, you will come to understand how to read and what to read during your UPSC Preparation.

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Practice UPSC Previous years Prelims GS 1 Papers (2014-2018)

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.

In this article, we have provided General Studies Prelims and Mains question papers for you to download. Also, Check UPSC Previous Year Cut off Marks here.

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UPSC Question Paper 2011

Civil Services Prelims Question Paper GS Paper 1 - 2011

Civil Services Prelims Question Paper CSAT - 2011

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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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

2017 2015
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 only Which 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
2015 2014
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 only Which 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
2012 1995
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 India The 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
2014 2011
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 4 Consider 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
2013 1992
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 two Some 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

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.

Paper Duration Number of Questions Marks
GS Paper 1 2 hours 100 200
CSAT 2 hours 80 200

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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