The preliminary examination for the IAS was held on October 10, 2021, by the Union Public Service Commission. BYJU’S has uploaded the UPSC Prelims Question Paper 2021 for the GS Paper I and Paper II (CSAT) further below in this space once the exam has been held.

Applicants and aspirants can evaluate their performance by reviewing and downloading the IAS Prelims 2021 Question Paper PDF. Also, consult them to gain a better understanding of the IAS Exam paper’s complexity.

Keep track of the CSE 2022 IAS Prelims Test Series. It will be created by India’s top experts in the UPSC IAS exam, and you will be able to use it to fine-tune your preparation before the exam.

UPSC 2021 Prelims Question Paper

There are two objective type papers in the UPSC Prelims:

I’m studying general studies (100 questions)

CSAT or General Studies II (80 questions)

Each of these GS papers is worth 200 points and takes 2 hours to complete.

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Combined Medical Services Examination, 2021

General Medicine and Paediatrics

Surgery, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Preventive and Social Medicine

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (II), 2021

General Ability Test


Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2021

Elementary Mathematics


General Knowledge

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021

General Studies Paper – I

General Studies Paper – II

Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2021

General Ability and Intelligence

General Studies, Essay and Comprehension

Indian Economic Service – Indian Statistical Service Examination, 2021

General English

General Studies

General Economics Paper – I

General Economics Paper – II

General Economics Paper – III

Indian Economics

Statistics Paper – I

Statistics Paper – II

Statistics Paper – III

Statistics Paper – IV

Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021

Civil Engineering

Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering

Electrical Engineering

General Studies and Engineering Aptitude

Mechanical Engineering

Also Read: IAS Preparation Tips for Beginners: How to Start from Ground Zero?

UPSC Prelims 2021: Paper Analysis

#The CSAT paper is only for qualifying purposes, and a score of at least 33 percent is required (i.e. 66 out of 200).

#The prelims examination for the civil services includes a section on current affairs and general awareness. As a result, it is necessary to keep up with current events.

#Because of the increased competition over the years, the minimum qualifying marks have shifted slightly. The UPSC prelims cutoff will be used to determine which candidates will advance to the next stage of the recruitment process.

#Only the marks obtained in the General Studies Paper I will be used to calculate the merit.

#The UPSC Prelims are just the first step toward realising your dream of passing the civil services exam.

Importance of Solving Previous Papers for UPSC Preparation

The following are some of the key benefits of practising UPSC question papers from previous years:

#Aspirants can use the UPSC 2021 prelims question paper to get a better understanding of the latest exam pattern.

#Examine the topics that are most important in terms of the examination.

#Recognize the pattern and format of the questions that may be asked.

#Examine the UPSC Exam paper’s complexity.

#It will aid in the tracking of changes in the pattern of prelims examinations.

#The most important benefit and importance of solving previous year IAS papers is that it allows you to self-evaluate and focus on your weaknesses.

UPSC Exam: Online Answer Key

Here are some questions from 2021, given with answers below.

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Question Set 1

#With reference to the history of ancient India, Bhavabhuti, Hastimalla and Kshemeshvara were famous

(a) Jain monks

(b) playwrights

(c) temple architects

(d) philosophers

Ans: (b)

#Consider the following statements:

The Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms of 1919 recommended granting voting rights to all the women above the age of 21.

The Government of India Act of 1935 gave women reserved seats in the legislature.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Ans: (b)

Question Set 2

#With reference to 8th August, 1942 in Indian history, which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) The Quit India Resolution was adopted by the AICC.

(b) The Viceroy’s Executive Council was expanded to include more Indians.

(c) The Congress ministries resigned in seven provinces.

(d) Cripps proposed an Indian Union with full Dominion Status once the Second World War was over.

Ans: (a)

#Who among the following is associated with ‘Songs from Prison’, a translation of ancient Indian religious lyrics in English?

(a) Bal Gangadhar Tilak

(b) Jawaharlal Nehru

(c) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

(d) Sarojini Naidu

Ans: (c)

Question Set 3

#With reference to mediaeval India, which one of the following is the correct sequence in ascending order in terms of size?

(a) Paragana – Sarkar – Suba

(b) Sarkar – Paragana – Suba

(c) Suba – Sarkar – Paragana

(d) Paragana – Suba – Sarkar

Ans: (a)

#Who among the following was associated as Secretary with Hindu Female School which later came to be known as Bethune Female School?

(a) Annie Besant

(b) Debendranath Tagore

(c) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

(d) Sarojini Naidu

Ans: (c)

Question Set 4

#In the context of Colonial India, Shah Nawaz Khan, Prem Kumar Sehgal and Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon are remembered as

(a) leaders of Swadeshi and Boycott Movement

(b) members of the Interim Government in 1946

(c) members of the Drafting Committee in the Constituent Assembly

(d) officers of the Indian National Army

Ans: (d)

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#Consider the following statements:

It was during the reign of Iltutmish that Chengiz Khan reached the Indus in pursuit of the fugitive Khwarezm prince.

It was during the reign of Muhammad bin Tughluq that Taimur occupied Multan and crossed the Indus.

It was during the reign of Deva Raya II of Vijayanagara Empire that Vasco da Gama reached the coast of Kerala.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 2

(c) 3 only

(d) 2 and 3

Ans: (a)

Question Set 6

#Consider the following statements:

St. Francis Xavier was one of the founding members of the Jesuit Order.

St. Francis Xavier died in Goa and a church is dedicated to him there.

The Feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated in Goa each year.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Ans: c

#With reference to the history of ancient India, which of the following statements is/are correct?

Mitakshara was the civil law for upper castes and Dayabhaga was the civil law for lower castes.

In the Mitakshara system, the sons can claim right to the property during the lifetime of the father, whereas in the Dayabhaga system, it is only after the death of the father that the sons can claim right to the property.

The Mitakshara system deals with the matters related to the property held by male members only of a family, whereas the Dayabhaga system deals with the matters related to the property held by both male and female members of a family.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 3 only

Ans: (b)


With proper dedication and a better strategy, such as attempting previous years UPSC Prelims Question papers, the UPSC Prelims can be cleared in two months.

The majority of candidates believe that passing the IAS Prelims in the first attempt is nearly impossible. However, according to a reliable source, 42 percent of the Top 200 IAS exam candidates in 2014 passed the exam on their first attempt.

Turn to UPSC Pathshala for expert help, including the most recent exam updates, study material, and preparation tips.

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