Prelims 2023 was a nightmare!

PYQs are more important than ever in your UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation.

UPSC Prelims has been getting tougher and more random each year. It's not just us saying it, Ishita Kishore (AIR1 CSE2022) said it too.

Here's a grab from the talk she gave at Vajiram & Ravi.

A screen grab from Ishita Kishore's interview at Vajiram and Ravi.

Now with that said, what if I told you, there are these 2000 odd questions which if you solve and understand enough, you can get an additional 40+ marks in ANY GIVEN UPSC Prelims paper?

There are two major responses:

Hello NO! Stop selling me shit.

That's fair, but it would be your loss as UPSC aspirant because these questions really do exist.

AND toppers from the last 10 years have been swearing by them to get them through the most uncertain stage of the exam.

Hell YES! I'm clearing Prelims 2024.

If you said yes, I have a second question for you.

Have you covered the Prelims PYQs from the last 20 years?

If your answer to the first question is yes and the answer to the 2nd question is no, YOU might be what's standing between you and clearing Prelims 2024.

UPSC CSE Prelims PYQs are your best source of information about the exam and you are ignoring them at your own peril.

If you're already convinced of the utility of PYQs, here's a free test series for you to practice PYQs.

But if you're among the skeptical few who like to have some proof before they jump, read on.

PYQs to the Rescue

Here's a question from UPSC Prelims 2023.

Question from UPSC Prelims 2023

And here's the PYQ equivalent from UPSC Prelims 2021.

Question from UPSC Prelims 2021

Want some more?

Here's a question about the 9th Schedule of the constitution.

Question from UPSC Prelims 2023

The PYQ equivalent from Prelims 2018.

Question from UPSC Prelims 2018

The form might have changed, but the topic remains the same.

Now you might be saying, sure polity questions tend to repeat a lot. But then we have some news for you. This is a brief summary of the questions from UPSC Prelims 2023, divided by subject, that were related to Prelims PYQs.

SubjectNumber of QsType
History (Ancient, Modern, Medieval A&C)3DIRECT
Science & Tech1DIRECT

21 Questions with almost direct relations to PYQs from the last 20 years. If that doesn't convince you about the use case for thoroughly analysing PYQs, I don't know what will.

Here's a PDF which contains all 21 questions referred to in the table above so that you can really see what's going on with Prelims preparation.

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And that's all folks!

Best of luck on your UPSC journey.

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