Union Public Services Commission conducted the Civil Services Main Exam (written) from 28 September 2018 for the recruitment of IAS, IPS and other central civil services. In General Studies paper I,General Studies Paper II and General Studies Paper III, there were 25 questions in the question paper and all were compulsory in nature. No option was provided with any question. The paper had 25 questions and the paper was divided into two sections. First 10 questions were of 10 marks. The word limit of each question was about 150 words. The next 15 questions were of 15 marks each and the word limit for each question was 250 words.
If the candidates stick to the word limit then also they had to write around 1500+2500= 4000 words in three hours. The candidates had to think, frame, and write the answers in the stipulated time limit, which is a very difficult task.
IAS Mains is the toughest part of the IAS exam and every year IAS mains question papers provide a blueprint on what is the actual requirement of the exam and what should be read. IAS aspirants should thoroughly read the question papers to deduce certain superlative characteristics that should be kept in mind while writing an answer to any subject. Civil Services mains questions papers are the most important source to guide the path for IAS preparation and hence should be deeply analyzed.
UPSC official guidelines states the questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers. This should your guiding light while approaching any question asked in the exam.
Here are the IAS Mains 2018 Question Papers
General Studies Paper
IAS Mains Exam 2018: General Studies IV
IAS Mains 2017 Question Papers
Political Science and International Relations