UPSC IAS Question Papers 2020 - UPSC releases the question paper of IAS exam after the complete recruitment process is over. Candidates can go through the question papers of UPSC IAS 2020 for prelims as well as the mains exam to get an idea of the exam prepare well. Candidates can also check the question papers of UPSC IAS 2020 for each phase here. UPSC IAS question papers 2020 contains all questions that were asked in the previous exams. The UPSC IAS 2020 preliminary exam is scheduled to be conducted on May 31, 2020. The question papers of UPSC IAS will be released for both paper I and II for all the four sets of question papers - set A, B, C and D which were given to candidates during the examination. UPSC IAS 2020 question paper will help and guide the candidates in understanding the difficulty level, weightage of topics and pattern of the UPSC IAS exam.

UPSC IAS Question Papers 2020

Candidates should solve UPSC IAS question papers on a regular basis to increase their proficiency in solving questions. Solving previous years question papers will also help to progress their skills, accuracy and time management. Download the UPSC IAS 2020 question papers to start your preparations for the exam. The online applications started on February 12 and candidates can fill the form till March 03. Candidates can check all details related to the UPSC IAS exam in this article.

Benefits of Solving Previous Years IAS Question Papers?

Solving IAS previous year question papers prove to be extensively useful for candidates preparing for this highly competitive exam. UPSC IAS question papers offer a platform for the aspirant to know the format and the pattern in which the IAS questions are set, the weightage of topics and helps developing a solid preparation strategy for the exam.

  • It lets you gain insights into what type of questions will be asked in the UPSC IAS exam

  • The best way for revision

  • Helps in question-solving ability

  • Benefits in time management

  • Increases speed and accuracy

How to Download UPSC IAS 2020 Question Papers?

Candidates can download the question papers of UPSC IAS 2020 from the tables below and practise them to score good marks in the exam. The step by step procedure to download UPSC IAS question papers is mentioned below:

  • Previous year question paper of UPSC IAS is provided below

  • Click on the respective paper link titled (Click here) to download

  • The question papers will open in the form of PDF

  • Download it and take a print out

UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Papers

In the following table, we have shared the set-wise previous year question paper for each subject. Candidates can download them from the link given.

UPSC IAS Question Papers 2019 for Prelims (Set A, B, C, D)

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Set A

Set B

Set C

Set D

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Download Link Paper II

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UPSC IAS Previous Year Question Papers






Paper 1: General Studies 1

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Paper 2: General Studies 2

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Paper B: English

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Paper 1: Essay

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Paper 2: General Studies 1

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Paper 3: General Studies 2

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Paper 4: General Studies 3

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Paper 5: General Studies 4

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How to Practice UPSC IAS Question Papers?

Candidates appearing for UPSC IAS 2020 must practise the previous year question papers and sample papers so that they can know the exam pattern, difficulty levels of the exam and the increase their question-solving skills. Some benefits of practising the UPSC IAS question papers are listed below:

  • Get a better clarity of the exam pattern, marking scheme and syllabus.

  • A better understanding of types of questions asked in the exam

  • Get a good idea of the IAS syllabus weightage, topics from the IAS syllabus frequently featured questions in previous exams etc.

  • It helps candidates analyse their preparation and helps in doing revisions.

  • Candidates will know about their strong and weak areas are.

UPSC IAS 2020 Answer Key

UPSC releases the official answer key if IAS after the recruitment process is over although major coaching institutes like Neo Stencil, Insights IAS release the answer key after the exam is an exam conducted. Candidates who have appeared in the UPSC IAS exam can download the answer key and can use it for checking their correct answers as well as calculate their probable score.

UPSC IAS Preparation Tips 2020

IAS is one of the toughest exams and about 10 lakh candidates take it every year. As the competition is high it takes a lot of effort to study and prepare for it. It has a vast syllabus with a lot of books topics, subjects and study materials. Preparing for IAS takes close to one year to cover the subjects and topics. Candidates can find useful tips to prepare for IAS like - what to study, where to study and how to prepare.

UPSC IAS 2020 Best Books to Prepare

UPSC aspirants must choose their study materials wisely if they wish to qualify for the exam. The competition is tough and cracking it is tougher, so candidates need proper guidance, advice for best book and the best knowledge to surpass all the competitors and get succeed. It is also crucial to not get confused with the plethora of UPSC IAS books available on the internet and shops and select only the best books for your preparation.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UPSC IAS Question Papers 2020

Question: Will the UPSC IAS question paper be released after the exam?


Yes the question papers will be released after the exam but not immediately. UPSC will release it only after the complete recruitment process is over.

Question: How to download IAS 2020 question paper?


You can download the question paper by referring to the download links mentioned in the article above.

Question: When should I start preparing for UPSC 2020?


Aspirants should prepare for UPSC IAS atleast one year before giving the prelims exam as the syllabus is wide hence it needs a lot of time.

Question: What is the pattern of the UPSC IAS 2020 question paper?


IAS Preliminary Exam has two objective-type papers and carries 400 marks. It is a qualifying round and the marks scored are not added to the total IAS score.

IAS Main Exam has two types of Papers of two language exams, one of candidate’s choice and other of English. The 2nd paper consists of 9 papers including 7 merit and 2 qualifying language papers. Mains exam comprises of both essay writing and objective type questions. The sum total of all papers and the score secured in the interview round will be used for ranking of candidates. Mains paper is qualifying in nature and the marks scored will be counted for merit.

Question: Where are the UPSC IAS Prelims previous year question papers with answer keys?


You can download the question paper as well as the answer key of UPSC IAS from the article above.

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i want to be an ias with a backup plan what should I choose ba or bsc

chinmayi 28th Mar, 2020


All The Best as you have a dream to become an IAS  . I suggest you to take B.Sc as there is science stream in your class 11 and 12 . You have many opportunities as you can do M.Sc or PhD after doing B.Sc . You have an opportunity if you fail to achieve your dream of an IAS officer . If you don't get selected for IAS then you have a chance of becoming professor .

Dream to become an IAS but have an other option also in your career . You should work very hard to become an IAS . But concentrate on your degree as Degree is most crucial to become an IAS as without a degree you are not supposed to write the prelims exam .

Hope this helps you .


if agri is the correct graduation for IAS /

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

First of all,according to eligibility criteria for UPSC,candidates need to pass graduation in any discipline and attained 21 years age, you can appear even in your final year,there isn't any best course or correct course in this matter, the sole reason being UPSC doesn't discriminate among aspirants and hence allow people from all background to appear for this exam. As per previous year trends also,people from different backgrounds like engineering, medical etc too have succeeded, what eventually matters is planning and strategy in this exam.

what are the groups in intermediate which is best for ias?

Megha 28th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant !

I will suggest you to first choose wisely your undergraduate and start preparing from starting itself.

Then , choose your subjects according to your preparation and interest that what subject you will take as an optional subject in your exams

Many people go for subjects in ART stream like bachelor of art with subject like geography , history , political science etc according to your interest .

Also , you can try for humanities.

Hope it helps , if you have further query please feel free to ask !


i want to become an after finishing my hsc second year which is the better course for my brightfull future?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

In order to appear for UPSC, you just need to be 21 years old and passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university,you can apply even in your final year. UPSC doesn't discriminate among aspirants and hence allow people from all background to appear for this exam.

See, it's important to understand where your interest lies, and accordingly choose career path. As UPSC is more humanities oriented, it's becomes comparatively easier for arts students to prepare for this exam as they're already well acquainted with this syllabus while science students didn't have any of these subjects at +2 level. But, let me tell you as per previous year trends, many people belonging to engineering and medical too have succeeded, and the only reason being eventually it's the planning and strategy that matters. So, think out clearly about your areas of interest, if you're absolutely clear about UPSC and have liking for any arts subject such as law, political science, history, economics etc you may go ahead, secondly if you're not sure, go with your choice it may be medical, management, engineering or anything else, even if you later feel like giving UPSC,  you can definitely go ahead after gaining some experiences in your related career field like so many successful candidates have done in the past.


I want to start my IAS preparation from home other than going to coaching centers.i want to write this exam in the year 2023 as I was born in march 2002,is it right?..which books help me for write the preliminary & mains better.i want to study in a smart way rather than spending a lot of time in it.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020

The eligibility criteria for appearing in UPSC civil services examination is to have a graduate degree and age above 21.First of all you should start studying newspapers daily either The Hindu or The Indian Express.
Every topper recommends that your resources should be limited because there are tonnes of materials in the market and indulging in each one of them will waste your time and you will get confused ending up in messing everything.
There are few standard books recommended by toppers,these are :
  • NCERT books from 6 to 12.
  • Laxmikant for Polity
  • Spectrum fo Modern India
  • Tamil Nadu board book of class 11th for Ancient and Medieval india
  • Shankar IAS book for Environment
  • GC Leong for Gerography
  • Ramesh Singh for Economy.
  • Nitin Singhnia for Art and Culture
Apart from that keep and eye on everything happening around world and be curious.
For Mains,GS 1,2,3 above books and current affairs and for GS 4 you should study Lexicon.Apart from that you should study ARC Reports,NITI Ayog action agenda,PIB,PRS,Indian year book,Budget and Economic survey(of the year in which you will appear in the exam)

Good Luck
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