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UPSC Prelims Previous Year Question Papers (1995-2023)

UPSC Prelims Question Papers 1995 onwards

Download UPSC Prelims Previous Year Question Papers from 1995 till 2023 in PDF format. All the question papers have been taken from official sources along with UPSC Prelims official answer keys. The answer key to the 2023 paper is not yet available, hence the 2023 Prelims answers are based on study and research.

If you’re looking for all the UPSC Prelims Previous Year Questions arranged in subject wise and topic wise fashion, click here.

For convenience and standardisation, we’ve provided Set A UPSC Prelims Question Papers for all the years. The UPSC Official Answer keys for Prelims are for all the sets i.e. A, B, C & D.

UPSC Prelims Previous Year Question Papers – General Studies (2011-2023)

YearDownload Prelims Question Paper (GS-1)Download Prelims Official Answer Key (GS-1)
20232023 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2023 Prelims Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20222022 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2022 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20212021 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2021 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20202020 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2020 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20192019 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2019 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20182018 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2018 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20172017 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2017 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20162016 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2016 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20152015 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2015 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20142014 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2014 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20132013 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2013 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20122012 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2012 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
20112011 Prelims Question Paper GS-1 – Download PDF2011 Prelims Official Answer Key GS-1- Download PDF
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UPSC Prelims Previous Year Question Papers – CSAT (2011-2023)

YearDownload Prelims Question Paper (CSAT)Download Prelims Official Answer Key (CSAT)
20232023 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2023 Prelims Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20222022 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2022 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20212021 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2021 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20202020 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2020 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20192019 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2019 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20182018 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2018 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20172017 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2017 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20162016 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2016 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20152015 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2015 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20142014 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2014 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20132013 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2013 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20122012 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2012 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF
20112011 Prelims Question Paper CSAT – Download PDF2011 Prelims Official Answer Key CSAT – Download PDF

Quick Note About UPSC Prelims Pattern Before 2010

The pattern of UPSC Prelims exam changed from 2011 onwards. In the new pattern, CSAT was introduced as a separate paper and General Studies questions were made separate. Prior to 2011, i.e. 2010 and before, UPSC Prelims Question Paper consisted of total 150 questions with approximately 30-40 questions from CSAT while the remaining 110-120 questions were from General Studies.

Even in general studies, the syllabus of UPSC Prelims Question Papers was different than what it is today. Environment was not so much important than what it is today. And the questions from General Knowledge were more important. The orientation of question was also more factual than conceptual.

Thus, from an exam perspective, UPSC prelims previous year question papers from before 2010 are not so important. However we’re making them available here from academic perspective. So feel free to download them and have a look at it. But don’t change your strategy based on what was asked from these papers.

Also a quick note, the official answer keys to these previous year papers is not available now. Thus, the answers are based on study and research. However, there were some questions for which even after research we could not find a concrete answer. So take the answers for these previous year questions with a pinch of salt.

UPSC Prelims PYQ Book
  • Collection of more than 3200 Previous Year Questions (1995-2023)
  • All questions divided into 10 Subjects
  • Subject further sub-divided into more than 75 topics
  • All answers according to official answer key
  • BEST PYQ CLASSIFICATION EVER !

UPSC Prelims Previous Year Question Papers (1995-2010)

YearDownload Prelims Question Paper Download Prelims Answer Key
20102010 Prelims Question Paper-Download PDF2010 Prelims Answer Key-Download PDF
20092009 Prelims Question Paper-Download PDF2009 Prelims Answer Key-Download PDF
20082008 Prelims Question Paper-Download PDF2008 Prelims Answer Key-Download PDF
YearDownload Prelims Question Paper with Answers
20072007 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
20062006 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
20052005 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
20042004 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
20032003 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
20022002 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
20012001 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
20002000 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
19991999 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
19981998 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
19971997 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
19961996 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF
19951995 Prelims Question Paper with Answers – Download PDF

UPSC Prelims Question Paper Instructions

Following are the instructions for UPSC Prelims Question Paper (from 2023 CSAT paper). The instructions remain same for GS1 & GS2 (CSAT) Papers except point no. 4, where it says 100 items (questions) for GS1 and 80 for GS2.

UPSC Prelims Previous Year Question Papers Instructions
  • Collection of more than 3200 Previous Year Questions (1995-2023)
  • All questions divided into 10 Subjects
  • Subject further sub-divided into more than 75 topics
  • All answers according to official answer key
  • BEST PYQ CLASSIFICATION EVER !
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Jitu

Thank you so much Education Province. This is really helpful!

Mayur

Jitu, Your kind words really motivate us to provide essential data for UPSC Aspirants. Stay Connected.