Candidates who want to download UPSC Question Paper can visit the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. After visiting the website, candidates will be able to download the previous year’s question paper by clicking on the PDF links. On the website, first candidates have to enter the year for which they want to download the question paper and then click on the search button. The question paper is an important instrument for the preparation for the examination. Candidates must refer to study in an effective manner.
With the help of the question paper, candidates will get to know about the pattern of the questions, the difficulty level of the examination, important topics, etc. By understanding the pattern of the questions, they can practice more and more such types of questions. It will help them in solving those types of questions in the examination in a short span of time. By examining the difficulty level of the examination, they can make their study plan accordingly and can divide the time for revision, notes making, etc. With an understanding of the important topics, candidates can focus more on that topics so that they can gain maximum marks in the examination.
Practicing the question paper for prelims and mains examination can boost the confidence of the candidates. It is also beneficial for time management. Candidates planning to appear in the civil services should have time management skills in order to attempt maximum questions. In the mains examination, they will have to answer each question in 250 words. They should practice for it more and more during their preparation.
How to Choose UPSC Optional Subjects?
The optional subjects are incorporated into the main examination. Paper 6 and Paper 7 of the main examination are conducted for the UPSC optional subjects chosen by the candidates. The optional paper is conducted for a total of 500 marks. It is a big number and the performance of candidates in this paper sometimes is the reason for their selection or rejection. Hence candidates should choose their optional subject very carefully. Otherwise, they may find it difficult to ace the examination.
While choosing the optional subject, candidates should deeply think about their interests. If their interest matches with some subject then it would become easier to score maximum marks in the examination. There are some common subjects between the normal paper and optional paper such as history, geography, polity, economics, etc. These subjects are chosen by most of the candidates because they hold some knowledge about it and are familiar with the subject from their schooling days.
There are a total of 48 optional subjects which are divided into subject-specific and literature. The subject-specific optional papers are Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce & Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science & International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, and Zoology. In contrast, the literature subjects are Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and English. Candidates can choose any of these subjects based on their interest and can appear in the examination. Candidates who are confused about the selection of the subject can choose the common subjects like history, geography, economics, etc.