IAS Prelims Papers


IAS stands for Indian Administrative Services. The exam is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Examination. The civil services exams are considered to be the one of the prestigious ones in the country.


The IAS exam is a two stage exam consisting of Preliminary Examination and Main Examination. The prelims are objective type while the mains are written exams followed by interview.

Prelims are held around the months of may-june and the main examination is held in the months of October and November. The preparations for the mains should be started along with the prelims as one does not get much time after the prelims to prepare for the mains.

Four attempts are allowed to sit for the examination. A candidate appearing for the prelims or even in a single paper, it is considered as an attempt.

Examination Papers:

The preliminary exam has two papers. The first paper is of General Studies consisting of 150 marks. The second paper on the other hand is of an optional subject and is of 300 marks.

The subjects for paper two are as follows of which one is to be selected: Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Agriculture, Indian History, Law, Botany, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Civil Engineering, Commerce, Economics, Geology, Indian History, Medical Science, Philosophy, Law, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Mechanical Engineering, Statistics, Zoology, Public Administration, Sociology.

The papers are objective type with the questions set in both English and hindi. The optional subjects have the level of degree courses. The duration is two hours. Extra 20 minutes are given to the blind candidates for each of the papers.

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  1. 741

    i have m.sc in chemistry so in mppsc pre exa which subject is select

  2. 740
    navneet kumar:

    i am engineer how to crack ias

  3. 739

    I’m doing b.com final,which subjects should be best for ias exam. plz suggest me……

  4. 738
    rohit sharma:

    I have done my graduation so please tell me which of these subjects are better for me to ias prelims and mains

  5. 737

    hai,I’m doing my 3rd year B.Tech(IT) I think i’m good in maths which subject will be quite easy for me to study in IAS prelims and main

  6. 736

    hai am sruthi
    i want some tips and the model question paper of prelims….

  7. 735
    shah drashti:

    hi sir,
    i am a student of 11th sci, so i want to ask is there any preparation that i can start now onwards and yes in prelims there is a paper on general studies and it consist of indian history etc so how can i pass it
    and please send me the last 10 papers of prelims exam of civil engineering , chemistry and geology

  8. 734
    Prasad Babu:


    i want me ias ofecer. plees you gide my ias ofecer. i study day and nigt fo me ias ofecer. plees gide . plees sir.

  9. 733
    haidar ali:

    I have done my graduation sociology,political science and history so please tell me which of these subjects are better for me to ias prelims and mains

  10. 732

    I am a 3rd year B.E.(ECE) student.I need full details for preparing IAS exam Sir Help me Sir

  11. 731

    required MATHS prelims Q&A PAPERS….

  12. 730

    Explain the operation of gas turbine

  13. 729

    sir, i want sample question papers for manithaneyam entrance exam question papers. please mail me if u have and my mail id is [email protected]

  14. 728

    sir,im BE in EC which optional sub i should choose for the best and books to be referred? and i want previous que papers of prepls ,mains and how should we prepare for the interview .plz sir my email id [email protected]

  15. 727

    i need manithaneyam previous years upsc enterance exam question paper with answers sir………also refer what materials to be read

  16. 726
    mayur sarade:

    Dear sir/mam…..
    i am student of electronic engg.
    my first year will be complete.i want to be an IAS officer in first chance……so plz send me last 10 year IAS exam quetion paper with ans…
    plz sir….thank you for your co-operation….

  17. 725

    I want physics question papers of IAS exam

  18. 724
    Durai Murugan.M:

    sir, i am completed 12th std….. what is the age limit to atten the IAS exam? what are the books i want to refer? please send me last 10 year question papers,along with that answers.please sir……..
    thank you for your co-operation…..

  19. 723

    Dear Sir/Mam,
    Myself Kishour, just have completed my Engineering and started to my first step towards my aim. I have planned to join in Manithaneyam arakattali coaching center in chennai, for joining there I am suppose to pass the entrance test conducted by them…
    So please mail me if you have that institution’s previous years entrance question papers, so and so enabling me to prepare accordingly.. my mail: [email protected]

  20. 722
    pradeep naidu:

    what is the eligibility of taking IAS exams

  21. 721

    where is the ias psychology prelim pprevious papers with answers

  22. 720

    what is the minimum percentage require to take IAS and KAS exams

  23. 719

    sirt, please tell me that i should prepare for ias in political science or sociology. i m little bit confuse

  24. 718

    how to become an IAS officer?

  25. 717



  26. 716

    I want last 10 years IAS prels papers with Answer Key . Contact Mob 08696934110

  27. 715

    I want last 10 years IAS Prels papers with Answer key at my Email ID [email protected]

  28. 714

    ias modal question and syallabus

  29. 713

    which is the best subject fr me being an mbbs graduate??

  30. 712
    Rahul singh:

    Sir I m pursue bcom. 1st yr so can I try fr IAS
    IF yes thn plz tell me which book is gud fr preparation

  31. 711

    hi i’m divya…i’m a veterian…..i love the ias job so much…how to prepare the ias exam and i want the all ias exam question papers with answers….and thank you for your co operatoin

  32. 710

    past 10 years ias prelims salved qustion paper

  33. 709

    I am BE(Computer Science).Which subject is best for me for IAS.

  34. 708

    i want previous paper

  35. 707
    kavita b u:

    sir i am studying final year BE in EC branch please suggest me about the optional subjects.what are the books to be reffered………… please sir

  36. 706

    i am MA holder in kannada subject,
    i want IAS officer, what doing

  37. 705

    Sir please tell me the question paper format of ias exam for mechanical engineering.

  38. 704
    akash varma:

    sir i am student of b.com part 2 so can i do this..?

  39. 703

    sir pleas information ias exam

  40. 702

    Sir iam studying bsc.bzca final year and i would like to achieve civil services can u kindly suggest standard books for prelims

  41. 701

    hello, am kavana, i got degree in B.Sc (CBZ).
    i have a dream to become IPS officer. so
    please suggest me about the preparation to IPS exam,& rules & regulations of the exam.
    we are waiting for ur suggetions,
    thank u,

  42. 700

    hi,sir i am doing my b-tech in cse branch.so please tell me sir which subject is suitable for me in optional subject.

  43. 699

    Hi Sir,

    I’ll be completing my b.tech in may-2013. Am i eligible for the exam and I passed out my +2 in stream (Med.+Non Med.)
    .Kindly suggest the optional subjects too.


  44. 698
    ayyan khan:

    meri eye sight -2.5 left, right 2.21 hai to kya main ias k liye apply kr skta hoon , aur main chashma bhi lagata hoon so p[lease rply me ok sar

  45. 697
    Chethna R:

    Do i have Jainology as a optional paper ?

  46. 696

    Sir, i am in the indian army . BA is complited. Subject (history) can i aply for upsc exam.

  47. 695

    hi,sir i am the student of b-tech and my branch is cs .so sir please tell me the details of optional subject…..which will be suitable for me.

  48. 694
    yadav nityanand:

    i passed BE(electronic &telecom .)
    pls suggest more perfect subject for me as posiable .
    thank u

  49. 693
    Mohmad Rafik Rather:

    Sir plz.suggest me the collection that i can have for ias examinations.i am Persuing Msc in environmental science

  50. 692

    Hello sir . I have passed my 12th and i am very confuse . Now what are you doing currently . so plz guide me. i would like to become a IPS officers. so plz help me sir

  51. 691

    pls tell me which is the best book for prelims…

  52. 690

    i’m tamil medium,cannot speak fluently but i write well english,my ug persentage sixty two,shall i apply for this exam pls,what can i do for ias,pls help me.

  53. 689
    Ritesh pandey:

    Sir,i am the student of mechanical engineering ..so please tell me the details of optional subject..which is suitable for me.

  54. 688

    books name for ias education.

  55. 687

    Can i take instead of general studies can I take geography and public administration for CIVILS preliminary examinations and mains please replay me ?.

  56. 686

    Can i take instead of general studies can I take geography and public administration for CIVILS preliminary examinations and mains please replay me

  57. 685

    Hi ,
    I am BE(Computer Science).Which subject is best for me for IAS.

  58. 684
    Kedar [K.D.M]:

    Hi, i’m KEDAR want to became an IAS officer.
    Now am in 12th science after 12th how should i proceed to became an IAS Officer.

  59. 683

    which subject is better for me if i m doing mbbs. plz help me sir nd which coaching institute is best for ias preparation. for gs which book i hv to reffer??????

  60. 682

    i am a B.E(computer science) graduate ………….which optional subject is prefered for me????and also pls say me where to find out papers answers ..which are tooo tough?plssssssss

  61. 681
    patel marmik:

    if i join b.sc agri which subject will be best for me?

  62. 680

    i have only fourty seven percentage of mark in degree can i apply for cs exam?

  63. 679
    sonu singh:

    can you provide me” IAS Prelims Papers or book or question”?

  64. 678
    kundan kumar:

    KUNDAN: On july15th,2012

    hai sir ,now i am in part-2 (b.com). And i want to know about the reference book of maths and Gk.
    And also i want 10 years prelims papers with solution to my Id..
    i always greatfull to your contribution towards me.

  65. 677

    Hlo sir..
    Plzzzz send me last 10 years prelims papers with solution to my Id.. it would be a gr8 help! Thank u:)

  66. 676

    hai sir, i have completed by b.tech in ECE and i wish to write prelims exam what subject can i put in the optional subject and i have interest in indian nation movement in the history.

  67. 675

    I want preliminary books.

  68. 674
    manoj jain:

    where is maximum sail industries

  69. 673
    shashank kumar:

    I am the student of B.Tec(C.S) final year kindly advise for prepration of Civil Services Exam (Pre).
    Shashank Kumar

  70. 672


    I am a MCA student.I am interested in History too. Can you suggest which two paper I can select for my optional.

  71. 671

    i m pursing b tech from computer science engg background how should i approach in preparing ias?

  72. 670

    is there best books,,that rich us for ias without need of any coachings

  73. 669

    iam from that area where no one in civil service ,so i want all the previous prelim paper of civil service
    please send.

  74. 668

    please send to me last 2 years pre ias questios paper

  75. 667

    I am planning to attend civil service exam.plz send me last
    ten years prelims question paper.

  76. 666
    munmun mittal:

    i m in b.com2 … i wnt to jst prepare myself 4 ias .. plz send me its main tips how to prepare 4 ds xam and make me update about it xam in my email id [email protected]

  77. 665
    asma saleem:

    sir, please update the exam date of ias, pcs.

  78. 664

    I want 2 know all the information about ias and which are the best books?how to start ias preparation?i want previous papers

  79. 663

    Sir,i want to know in prelims exam the two optional subjects are related 2 our degree are not are we can choose any subject?

  80. 662

    sir please send me the list of best books for prelims exam

  81. 661
    Basavi Devi:

    I am studying MCA II semester in Shillong. After completing my master degree, I want to try for IAS exam..How should I try to develop my personality,communication skills,knowledge etc during even MCA ?..What should I do to improve myself to be perfect for IAS and How can I increase my confidence ? Can I get updates related to civil service through my email ? In addition can I get previous year question papers of this exam through my email?

  82. 660
    vikas sharma:

    sir, i’m a student of B.Tech 3rd year. i don’t know syllabus. so please send me syllabus and last 10 year papers.

  83. 659
    Vipin Kumar:

    I am a student of class 12th. I am belongs from sc. How i prepare for IAS exam?

  84. 658

    Sir,can i change my optional subject after registration of upsc ias prelim form????????????????? if yes den how???

    plz rply its urgent

  85. 657

    sir, i am doing t.y. b.com .I want to know who i prepare for IAS and which subject and book are for me. thank you.

  86. 656

    i want following subject upsc question papers

    preliminary exams and medical science.history.tamil.

  87. 655

    sir plz send me upsc prilims last 10 years question papers…!

    plz reply

  88. 654

    6.publlic administration


  89. 653

    what kind of paper will be, and whats the pattern?

  90. 652
    sujot gupta:

    sir iam doing b-tech in civil engg from Madan Mohan Malviya engineering college.i want to know wheather it is suitable to take civil engg as one of the optional subject or look for other optional subject.pls enquire me about selection in ias with civil engg as optional subject for mains paper.

  91. 651
    Rina Tiwari:

    I want to know that which book is best for me of political science and english litratuer for my prilms exam.

  92. 650
    siddartha dixit:

    i have only objective questions of mechanical engg. but not have
    their answers.year 1999 -2010.
    can you send their answers only.

  93. 649
    Aquib javed:

    Sir i m doing 3rd year Automobile engg. in hyderabad. I want to knw about the syllabus of IAS. Whch is better for me IAS/IES because we are engineering student. Sir pls tell me i wait ur response my email id is : [email protected]
    pls sir pls tell hurry up

  94. 648
    k bhavani:

    sir ,
    I m bhavani i do’t no ias exam pattren.So plz send that pattren and how to prepare the exam

  95. 647

    sir i m student of b.tech 3rd year(cse) i want to prepare for ias exam can u tell me about syllabus

  96. 646

    good morning to mam/sir i whould like to know about the books to prepare for IAS prelims.

  97. 645

    I am falling short in collecting Animal husbandry & Veterinary services old question papers for my revision. will any one please help me out regarding this.
    Thank you

  98. 644

    Good evening sir/medm i am student of B.com 1year sir i want to Appear in the exam. of IAS sir which subject is best for me for preparing?

  99. 643
    Anshu nimesh:

    Good evening sir/medam main B A 1st year ki student hu or main I A S ki teyari karna chahati hu please mujhe aap bataye ki main kese teyari karu plz meri e mail id par all information send kare
    i am request you plz

  100. 642
    dar shafi:

    for the subjects of mathematics and physics please Justus me the appropriate books for the mains exam

  101. 641
    chaitanya ch:

    I want to recent after changing of ias syllabus and recently conducted of prelims and mains solved papers

  102. 640

    I am a student of std.10th. From sources I came to know that in preliminary exam, general studies consists of mainly country’s history, geography, economy etc. all are arts subject. Could you please let me know if I choose non-medical in intermediate, how could I clear this exam?
    It would be so kind of you if you could please reply me as soon as possible.

  103. 639

    i m doing engineering wih branch ECE(electronics n communication) i m a 2nd yr student and had a great interest in IAS cud u plz suggest me the OPTIONAL SUBJECTS…

  104. 638

    i have completed my 12th from ommerce stream.now i am doing my graduation from art(pol.sci)because i want to prepare for I.A.S please tell me about my first optional subject for main,while my 2nd optional sub. is public admin.
    but it is restricted to choose both sub.(pub.admin&pol.sci.)
    is it truth.if yes please tell me about another except pol.sci. optional paper,which will be better for me

  105. 637

    hi sir i am a software engg..could you please tell me how to prepare IAS?

  106. 636

    how to clear a short type of doubts of ias prelims

  107. 635
    varun kumar:

    I am completed my BCA. I am persuining MBA. I want to became I.A.S officer. How I can done this? Please send the details in my email id.

  108. 634

    how prepare for ias exam reply me

  109. 633

    Helloo.. sir , is it correct that from 2011 we do not have to choose a optional subject for the prelims…

  110. 632
    ashok kumar:

    how to choose the subject in ias

  111. 631

    I am a final sem B.com student my sem exams will get over April.I want to do KAS and IPS i am confused what to do so please help me which one should i do first

  112. 630

    Which one of the following compounds is not a natuarally occuring plant harmone ?
    a) Absesic acid
    b) Kitien
    c) Phenylacetic acid
    d) Indol 3 butaric acid

  113. 629
    pawan mishra:

    Good afternoon sir, sir i’m 4th yr. student of B.Tech.,mechanical engineering. I want to be an IAS officer but i don’t know the pattern of examination, plz. give me the guideline and also send me some previous years solved question paper. kindly help me sir.

  114. 628
    Varun Pratap Singh:

    Respected Sir,
    I m totally confused would i go for ips exam or mba……some peoples r said that those candidate holding master degree they r selected first……but in 10&12 class my percentage is low there is any percentage problem with me if i preparing 4 ips exam……and in the graduation i scored 1st division……..would i go mba part time and preparing ips exam full time….its how much time tak in the preparation for ips exam……kindly help me by telling me how to start my prepatation……please please please help me sir…….

  115. 627


  116. 626
    umesh suryawnshi:

    can you please tell me which book is suitable for CSAT paper II.

  117. 625
    Somipem thangal:

    Gud afternoon sir…i belong to atrs stream and i want to become an IAS officer…i am interested in history and geography…sir i need your suggestion…so pliz sir tell me how to prepare for that..thanks

  118. 624

    I WANT TO BE AN I.A.S Officer.i am basically a arts graduate & interested in history ,so plz tell mew how 2 do preparation 4 dat.

  119. 623
    Mohd Javed:

    tell me Best book in hindi for preparation of Geography and political science and international relation for IAS main examnation

  120. 622

    which books to refer for history and electrical and electronics engineering.

  121. 621

    Respected sir, i’m a 3rd year EEE student. I want to take history as one optional. i’m in confusion whether to take electrical and electronics as other optional subject or to opt for other. Kindly suggest me about the materials to prepare. Thank you so much.

  122. 620

    sir, i hav completed my Bca i would like to write IAS exam on 2012 pls help me how to appear for exam.

  123. 619

    I am bachelor of pharmacy graduate and quite interested in civil services, is there any paper regarding pharmacy. or medicines related.
    hope u will provide me clear information.

  124. 618

    I have little eye sight problem possibilities for joining ips

  125. 617

    I am B.E FINAL YR student, i want to write the I.A.S exam which is going to be conduct in JUNE-JULY month. Is it possible ..

  126. 616

    Respected sir
    i am doing BE 4th sem, in belgaum kle engineering college, sir kindly tell me the pre the preperations for IAS& KAS.

  127. 615
    Raja shekar:

    sir iam RAJA SHEKHAR from KARIMNAGAR,,,,,,,sir can i write the civils preliminary examination.paper 1 & paper 2 in my telugu language………please send me sir.

  128. 614
    Sir ,if i want to select mobile communication as optional subject. so may l select ?:

    Sir i am in b tech 3rd year in electronics & telecommunication ,i want to prepare the mains examination,so which book is better

  129. 613
    bhawna pandey:

    hi mam/sir
    i m complete my graduation.i have not yet started preparing for my INDIAN ADMINISTRATION SERVICES examination.kindly help me by telling me how to start my preparation.please also tell me which books to refer to.and also tell me the best coaching center for INDIAN ADMINISTRATION SERVICES.please tell me.

  130. 612

    hi mam/sir
    i m complete my graduation.i have not yet started preparing for my ias examination.kindly help me by telling me how to start my preparation.please also tell me which books to refer to.nd also tell me the best coaching center for ias.please tell me.

  131. 611
    sunit kumar mishra:

    we have to read all the filds questions or we have to choose any particular subject like indian history , maths, biology, social scince,commerce, physics etc..

  132. 610

    I’m pursuing b.com(hons) ..and this is the last year of my college… could you please help me out in deciding which subject to opt for in my main exam of IAS.. and i have heard that the selection from commerce stream is very less.. is it true?? and wen can i start preparing my self for prelims?? reply ASAP.. thank you!!

  133. 609
    pankaj nalvaya:

    i’m pankaj
    want to attend and clear this exam
    please give me some good advice
    Mo. no. 8871567987

  134. 608

    I want to do I.P.S what can i do?

  135. 607
    Ganesh more:

    Which book must prepare for IAS please reply me i request you. Thank you

  136. 606
    Safeen kausar:

    Sir im Safeen kausar,and i have completed me bcs nw in interested to attend IAS exams so plz guide me hw to attain it and even i want to knw which all books i have to refer…

  137. 605

    Can you help me to prepare ias exam which book will use to me?

  138. 604
    steffi jawahar:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am doing my graduation in history honors so can you please guide me how to start preparing for IAS EXAMS .Please also tell me which books to refer to.

  139. 603

    prelims and all

  140. 602

    hi Sir/Mam,
    I have not yet started preparing for my IAS examination, Kindly help me by telling me how to start my preparation.

  141. 601

    I am basically from Andhra pradesh.I have seen that mains examinations have chance to write in telugu medium also.Is it correct or not .and If I choose optionals telugu and public administration ,how can I get that telugu medium books.Can u help me out

  142. 600
    Sahil bajaj:

    I am doing b tech in 1st year i dont know what i have to do in further studies and what r other choices i have plz give me advice about that

  143. 599

    how to prepare for language papers. if u know any one for telugu language preparation pls mail me… this is my mail….
    [email protected]

  144. 598
    Tahsin khan:

    vilangon ko IAS main kitna choot milta hai. Please tell me.

  145. 597
    malay singh:

    who is the third prcident of india

  146. 596

    Can i write ias exam if i have not done my +2. But I m a graduate. I have done direct b.com after my 10th.

  147. 595
    ashish lal:

    Gudevening Sir
    I have completed my graudation n now i wants to become an ias officer.Sir plz send me 10 years prlms n mains exam solved question paper.

  148. 594

    My name is vineela.I am studying BE first year.I want to appear for civils as soon as I finish my engineering.i want to start preparation from now.I want to know about the particulars of the examination.I want to know about the optional subjects and everything.I want to know how to prepare for the exam.please help me

  149. 593

    NAMADEV ASKI Good morning sir, I want to become a ias officer therefore send me 10 years prlms n mains exam solved question paper to my email id

  150. 592

    Good morning sir, I want to become a ias officer therefore send me 10 years prlms n mains exam solved question paper to my email id

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