UPSC Previous Year Papers

UPSC Previous Year Question Papers – Download IAS Previous Year Papers

Candidates preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Examination should always glance through the UPSC previous year question papers. It is crucial to know about the type of questions that are asked in the UPSC exam. It is only when you know WHAT is asked in the exam can you prepare for the exam effectively. For this, the UPSC Previous Year Question Papers are the best source!

In this article, we have listed the UPSC previous year question papers of the last twelve years (2009-2021) of both UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains. You just need to click on the mentioned link to download the paper. We have also discussed the importance of UPSC previous year question papers in the Civil Services preparation below.

UPSC Mains Optional Subjects Previous Year Question Papers

2015

AnthropologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
CommerceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
GeographyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
HistoryQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Political ScienceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
PsychologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Public AdminQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
SociologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II

2014

AnthropologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
CommerceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
GeographyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
HistoryQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Political ScienceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
PsychologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Public AdminQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
SociologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II

2013

AnthropologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
CommerceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
GeographyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
HistoryQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Political ScienceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
PsychologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Public AdminQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
SociologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II

2012

AnthropologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
CommerceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
GeographyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
HistoryQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Political ScienceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
PsychologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Public AdminQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
SociologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II

2011

AnthropologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
CommerceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
GeographyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
HistoryQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Political ScienceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
PsychologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Public AdminQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
SociologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II

UPSC Papers 2010

AnthropologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
CommerceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
GeographyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
HistoryQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Political ScienceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
PsychologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Public AdminQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
SociologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II

UPSC Papers 2009

AnthropologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
CommerceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
GeographyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
HistoryQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Political ScienceQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
PsychologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
Public AdminQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II
SociologyQuestion Paper IQuestion Paper II

Why Should You Solve The UPSC Previous Year Question Papers?

UPSC previous year question papers hold extreme importance in the UPSC Preparation. Here are some of the reasons that you should not miss glancing through these Previous year UPSC question papers:

Understand the type of questions asked

Glancing through the UPSC previous year question papers right at the beginning of UPSC preparation will allow the candidates to assess the type of questions that are asked. This will help you in gauging the relevance of any news piece or information strictly from the exam point of view. You’ll be able to segregate the pool of information on the basis of its relevance. It will also help you in scanning through large information and filter out the relevant one from where the question may be asked.  

Understand the importance of a specific topic

UPSC Previous year questions also tell a bit about the importance of specific topics. There are many topics in the syllabus. However, some topics are more important than others. So, in the classroom programs when our experts tell you about the important topics, their source of information is always the previous year’s papers. Hence, if you’re preparing without any expert guidance or coaching, it is important that you read the previous year’s papers thoroughly to get that idea. It will help you filter out the syllabus.  

Determine the priority of the subjects

Now, what we mentioned about the topics stands true for the subjects as well. For example, in the General Studies-I paper of UPSC prelims, the syllabus mentions all the basic subjects. But does that mean all of them will have equal weightage? NO! The weightage of all the subjects is not equal. You can check the analysis of Prelims for the years 2017 and 2018 on the mentioned links. Now, you’ll notice that certain subjects are more important than others from the Prelims point of view. It can be different for the Mains papers, hence, an insight into UPSC previous year question papers will uncover these important insights that will effectively boost your preparation.  

Understand how to answer the questions in Mains

One of the most effective ways to start practicing answer-writing is to glance through toppers’ copies of answers. This will further require you to check the UPSC previous year question papers and the answers provided by the toppers. Such analysis as to what to include your answers can only be done via solving previous year papers thoroughly.

At Vajirao IAS UPSC classes, our experts highly recommend solving UPSC previous year question papers for effective preparation for the exam. Hence, every aspirant should glance through the PYQs right at the beginning of their preparation journey.

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