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UPSC IAS Mains Question Paper - Download here

UPSC IAS Mains Question Paper - Download here

Edited By Vishnukumar | Updated on Mar 20, 2024 10:03 AM IST | #UPSC CSE

UPSC IAS Mains Question Paper - Candidates who qualify in the prelims exam are required to appear in the main examination. While preparing for the mains exam they should go through the IAS mains previous year question papers to get an idea about the question paper level of IAS exam. The commission releases the UPSC mains question paper on the official website.

Candidates will be able to download the UPSC mains 2024 question paper at The commission will release the UPSC mains paper separately for all the papers. The UPSC 2024 mains question paper will also be released for language and optional subjects. Aspirants can download last 10 years UPSC mains question papers pdf here.

IAS Mains Question Paper 2024 (Official) - Direct Download Links


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UPSC IAS Mains Paper I


UPSC IAS Mains Paper II

General Studies - Paper I

General Studies - Paper II

General Studies - Paper III

General Studies - Paper IV

How to Download the Official UPSC IAS Mains Question Paper?

Candidates can download the IAS mains question papers by following the steps given below.

Step 1: Visit the UPSC

Step 2: Click on the “Examinations” tab on the homepage.

Step 3: Select “Previous Year Question Papers” from the dropdown menu.

Step 4: Search Civil Services mains previous year's question papers.

Step 5: Click on the IAS main question paper PDF.

Step 6: Download UPSC mains previous year question papers PDF for future reference.

UPSC IAS Mains Previous Year Question Papers

Candidates who appearing for UPSC IAS mains exam can download the UPSC mains previous year question papers here. Check the tables below for direct links to previous years' UPSC IAS mains question paper.

UPSC IAS 2023 Mains Question Papers Direct Download Links


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UPSC IAS Mains Paper I


UPSC IAS Mains Paper II

General Studies - Paper I

General Studies - Paper II

General Studies - Paper III

General Studies - Paper IV

UPSC IAS 2022 (Official) - Mains Question Papers Direct Download Links

UPSC Mains Question Papers (2016 to 2020)

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Benefits of Solving UPSC Mains Question Paper

Candidates can gain many benefits while referring the UPSC Mains question papers. Some of the advantages of solving UPSC mains question paper are mentioned below

  • It helps to understand about UPSC mains exam pattern

  • It helps to know about what types of topics are frequently asked in the exam.

  • It also helps us in time management while solving UPSC mains previous year question papers.

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UPSC IAS mains exam pattern

Number of papers


Language of paper



Descriptive paper: Candidates can appear for language paper in 22 languages mentioned in schedule 8 of the Indian constitution

Duration of exam

3 hours each


Compulsory Indian language



  • General Studies I

  • General Studies II

  • General Studies III

  • General Studies IV

  • Optional I

  • Optional II

Number of questions

Part A and B: 300 each

General studies and optional paper: 250 each

Sub Total (Mains)

1750 marks

Other exams conducted by UPSC

IAS Books for Mains

GS Paper 1 (History, Indian Heritage & Culture)

  • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

  • India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra

  • India after Independence by Bipan Chandra

  • History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

  • Ancient India by R.S Sharma

GS Paper 1 (Geography)

  • Geography of India by Majid Husain

  • World Geography by Majid Husain

  • World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)

  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11

GS Paper 2 (Polity & International Relations)

  • Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth

  • Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu

  • International Relations: Pushpesh Pant

GS Paper 3 (Economy)

  • Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania

  • Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill

  • Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar

GS Paper 4 (Ethics)

  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. Where can I get the IAS mains questions pdf?

Aspirants can download the UPSC mains question papers from the official website at

2. When will the UPSC IAS mains question paper be released?

The commission will upload the IAS mains question paper 2024 two to three days after completion of exam.

3. Will the commission release all the UPSC mains papers on the official website?

Yes, the commission will upload UPSC IAS mains question paper for all the subjects including language and optional subjects.

4. Are there any login credentials required to download the IAS mains question papers?

No, aspirants can directly download the IAS mains question paper on the official website by following the steps given above in this article.

5. What is the time period between prelims and mains exam of IAS?

The commission provides approximately 4 months time duration for mains exam after completion of prelims exam.


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Questions related to UPSC CSE

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I assume you want to know the eligibility criteria to becoming an IAS. First of all, to become an IAS,  one has to clear UPSC CSE examiner. There are certain eligibility criteria for applying in this examination and they are as follows:

  • Bachelor's degree from any recognised college.
  • Age between 21-32; with some relaxation for reserved categories.
  • Citizen of India ora subject of Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugee who came to India, to permanently settle here before January 1, 1962, or People of Indian origin who migrated from Uganda, Burma, Pakistan, Zambia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to permanently settle in India.

For more information, please visit the website by clicking on the link given below:

And other government jobs, the eligibility test is different for different jobs. It would have been if you could mention the government job you are interested in.

Hope this answers your query. Thank you

Dear aspirant !!

Hope you are doing good !

Yes it will be considered because Bachelor in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (BASLP) is a 4-year degree course . It is a multi-disciplinary profession with core subjects including speech pathology, language pathology, and audiology.

Hope it helps you ;

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Dear Aspirant !

Hope you are fine!

The main subjects for the UPSC Exam are Indian Politics, Indian Economy, International Relations, Science and Technology, Geography, History, Environment and Ecology, and related Current Affairs . There are 25 subjects and 23 literature optional that one can choose from in addition to this..

Thank you

Hello aspirant,

With the help of the IAS Answer Key 2024, applicants can estimate their potential score for the IAS preliminary exam, learn about the various IAS question types, gauge the exam's difficulty, and much more.

To get the answer key, you can visit our website by clicking on the link given below.

Thank you

Hope this information helps you.

Dear aspirant !!

Hope you are doing good !!

The syllabus of these papers includes subjects like Modern Indian History, World Geography, International Relations, Indian Economic development, Disaster Management and Ethics, Aptitude and Integrity . To know all the subjects in detail, you can check UPSC syllabus 2024 for CSE in the given link below ;- .

Hope it helps you !

Thanking you

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