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UPSC Prelims Question Paper & Answer Key 2021

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is a recruitment agency which recruits all the Central Services Employees and All India Services Posts. UPSC conducts Civil Services Exams every year and it releases the answer keys for all the examinations after the entire selection process. The UPSC answer key is available only on www.upsc.gov.in which is it’s official website. UPSC releases the answer keys for UPSC CSE IAS exam, CDS, NDA, CMS, IES, CAPF Assistant Commandant, CISF AC and Engineering Services (Preliminary).

UPSC Answer Key 2021

The UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) in three stages - Preliminary, Main Exam and Personality Test/Interview. The Civil Services (Preliminary) examination is an objective type test which comprises two papers, namely, the General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).

upsc cse prelims question paper and answer key

The Commission releases the official UPSC CSE 2021 answer keys for Civil Services Preliminary only after the completion of entire selection process. Hence, we have decided to provide the UPSC Answer Key 2021 for the Civil Services Preliminary exam. Candidates who have appeared for the UPSC Mains Examination can access the tentative UPSC CSE answer keys (Preliminary) 2021 to assess their performance.

UPSC Prelims Question Paper & Answer Key Released by Aspire IAS

Year

GS Paper I

GS Paper II

2021

Question Papers

Set A

Set B

Set C

Set D

Answer Key

Question Paper

Answer Key within 24 hours

2020

Question Paper

Answer Key

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Part 01, Part 02, Part 03

Question Paper

Answer Key

UPSC CSE / IAS Prelims 2021 was successfully held on October 10. To help the aspirants in their preparation for UPSC Prelims 2021 Aspire IAS is providing the official answer key of the UPSC exam 2015 to 2020. The answer key of UPSC Prelims 2021 will be posted by Aspire IAS on October 10 itself. The Aspirants who are preparing for the UPSC CSE 2022 exam can solve the UPSC CSE Previous Years’ Papers to analyze their preparation level. Only after solving UPSC CSE 2015 - 2020 Previous Years Papers and analysing your mistakes, will you be able to clear UPSC CSE 2022.

UPSC Official Answer Key: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015

Year

Paper I

Paper II

UPSC Answer Key: CSE (Prelims) 2021

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UPSC Answer Key: CSE (Prelims) 2020

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UPSC Answer Key: CSE (Prelims) 2019

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UPSC Answer Key: CSE (Prelims) 2018

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UPSC Answer Key: CSE (Prelims) 2017

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UPSC Answer Key: CSE (Prelims) 2016

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UPSC Answer Key: CSE (Prelims) 2015

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The Commission releases the official IAS answer keys for Civil Services Prelims exam only after the completion of the entire selection process. Recently, the Commission has released the IAS Prelims Answer Key 2019. It has released the IAS Pre answer key 2019 for both General Studies Paper I and II.

UPSC Prelims Answer Key- Previous Year Cut Off

Candidates can take a look at the UPSC IAS Prelims Previous Year Cut Off and prepare accordingly keeping in mind the change through the year in the cut off. The given cut off are from a total of 200 marks for 2015-2019.

Category

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

General

92.51

98

98.00

105.34

116.00

107.34

SC

74.84

82

84.00

88.66

99.34

94

ST

68.71

77.34

83.34

88.66

96.00

91.34

OBC

89.12

95.34

96.66

102.66

110.66

106

PwD 1

70.06

53.34

73.34

85.34

75.34

90.66

PwD 2

63.94

44.66

53.34

61.34

72.66

76.66

PwD 3

40.82

61.34

40.00

40.00

40.00

40

PwD 5

42.86

61.34

45.34

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-

-

EWS

77.55

90

-

-

-

-

UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2021 Important dates

  • UPSC prelims exam date: 10 Oct 2020

  • Release of answer key: To be announced

  • UPSC services mains exam: 17th Jan 2021

  • Declaration of the result: To be announced

Exam pattern of UPSC Civil Service Preliminary Exam

Exam structure

Details

Exam Type

Offline mode/ OMR Markings

Medium of Exam

English and Hindi

Mode of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions

Number of questions

GS 1 -100 Questions; GS 2 (CSAT) - 80 Questions

Duration of the Exam

2 hours for each paper

How To Calculate Marks Using UPSC Answer Keys?

The answer key is very helpful to know the correct answers and subsequently predict the scores obtained in the exam. Candidates should refer the UPSC answer key after appearing for an exam. In order to predict the scores, candidates should get familiar with the marking scheme. One can refer to the front page of the question paper to understand the marking scheme, which is different from one to another exam.

Civil Services (Preliminary) Marking Scheme

UPSC General Studies (Paper I): 2 marks will be awarded for every right answer. For the wrong answer, one-third of the marks given to that question will be deducted as penalty.

UPSC CSAT (Paper II): 2.5 marks will be awarded for every correct answer. For the wrong answer, one-third of the marks given to that question will be deducted as penalty.

Note: There will be no penalty for that question which is left blank.

How to download UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2021?

UPSC publishes the answer key for UPSC CSE 2021 on the website after the entire selection process i.e. The answer Key of UPSC CSE 2021 shall come in 2022. UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 Answer Keys are made available in the pdf format. Candidates can download the results of the UPSC Prelims 2021 answer key. The steps mentioned below to download the IAS answer key 2021.

Direct Download Link of UPSC website - Click Here

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Step 1: Click on the above given direct link to get the UPSC 2021 Official Answer Key

Step 2: There is a tab known as ‘examination’. Click on it.

Step 3: A drop-down list will appear. ‘Answer key’ option will appear.

Step 4: Click on the ‘answer key’ link.

Step 5: A fresh page will open having the answer key for each year and each examination, Search for the UPSC CSE prelims 2021 examination.

Step 6: Download your answer key according to your Set A, B, C, D.

Step 7: Check the Setwise UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 Answer key and assess your marks.

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