Candidates preparing for UPSC civil services examination should solve the previous year question papers before they face UPSC Prelims and Mains. Only practising the authentic IAS question papers will give you a real feel of the pattern and style of the UPSC questions. Solving the last ten years UPSC IAS Exam question papers is ideal, but considering the change in the UPSC exam pattern, you can only resort to solving the latest IAS question papers from 2013 to 2019.
UPSC Mains Previous Years Question Paper
All previous years’ question papers are part of the archive and available on the official UPSC site in PDF format to download. Candidates can easily access them. Mentioned below are the links to the PDF files. Candidates can go through them along with the UPSC Mains syllabus so they know the kind of studies needed to be able to answer these questions.
UPSC Mains Question Paper 2019
UPSC Mains Question Paper 2018
UPSC Mains Question Paper 2017
Why is it Important to Solve Previous Years’ Questions?
It is vital to solving UPSC question papers of the previous year because:
- To understand the type of UPSC questions asked in the civil services exam.
- To know which topics are to be given priority, it is vital to solving the civil services’ previous year question papers.
- Civil service question papers should be solved to get an answer writing practice for the IAS exam.
- Solving the UPSC questions for the Prelims paper will make you acquainted with the MCQ pattern of the prelims.
- It is essential to develop speed and also learn tricks on how to efficiently solve questions be it objective or subjective type.
- Previous IAS question papers are necessary from the optional subject point of view as well.
- Besides, solving the IAS mains paper will help you acquire answer writing habits and also help you learn the art of timing each answer.
Importance of Mock Papers for UPSC
Along with UPSC’s previous years’ question paper; candidates are suggested to keep solving as many UPSC sample papers as possible just to get to practice. When aspirants make use of UPSC sample papers, they get a lot of ideas as to how to tackle the questions on the final exam day. Many institutes hire experts in the field to help make these mock question papers and generally speaking these experts have the adept skills in being able to predict the year’s topics and questions, which is like a saviour for candidates if they end up doing common questions.
The IAS questions aim to test the candidates’ grasp of concepts and their application rather than mere theory. The nature of IAS questions differs in UPSC Prelims and Mains so aspirants should carefully go through previous years’ UPSC question papers to understand the pattern. Thus the more you practice, the better for you. More than half of the previous year candidates have said that they found writing down what they had learned more feasible as an option than just mentally memorizing the material.