UPSC Question Paper 2017: Download Prelims & Mains Paper PDF

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Updated on: November 14th, 2023

UPSC Question Paper 2017 would help the candidates to understand the exam pattern, and paper pattern of UPSC 2017. Additionally, candidates would get to know about the type of questions that are asked in the UPSC 2017 exam for both Prelims and Mains. Glancing through the UPSC Question Paper 2017 will be beneficial for the candidates and they will be able to prepare for the exam with a rock-solid strategy. Those candidates who are preparing for the upcoming UPSC exam must check out the UPSC question paper 2017, and previous years’ question papers to get an extra advantage over their preparation.

We have covered the UPSC Prelims 2017 question paper, as well as the question paper for UPSC Mains 2017 below. Furthermore, we have provided links to download the questions papers directly.

UPSC Question Paper 2017

The first stage of the UPSC Exam is Prelims which is a screening test to shortlist candidates for the Mains exam. The UPSC Prelims 2017question paper carries two papers- General Studies-1 and General Studies-2 ( CSAT). The General Studies-1 is merit ranking in nature whereas the CSAT is only qualifying in nature where candidates need to score at least 33% to qualify. The UPSC Mains 2017 question paper includes a total of 9 papers. Among these nine papers two are qualifying in nature ( Paper-A and Paper-B), four are general studies papers, and two are optional papers. We will be providing the UPSC Question Paper 2017 for Prelims and Mains below so that candidates can check out the questions and paper pattern of each subject.

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UPSC Prelims 2017 Question Paper

The UPSC Prelims Syllabus is divided into two papers- General Studies-1 and General Studies-2 (CSAAT). Each paper carries a total of 200 marks. The marks scored in the GS-1 of the UPSC Prelims 2017 question paper will be taken for preparing the merit list, while the candidates only need at least 33% to qualify. Candidates can download the UPSC Question Paper 2017 for Prelims from the link given below.

UPSC Prelims Question Paper 2017 Analysis GS-1

The Prelims question paper in UPSC 2017 had a difficulty level of moderate to moderate to high. The Indian Polity section had the highest number of questions i.e. 23. current affairs again had 15 questions. History and Economy had every 14 questions in the General Studies paper of 2017 UPSC Prelims. Below we have mentioned the number of questions that came from each subject and their difficulty level.


No. of Questions

Difficulty Level






Easy to Moderate



Easy to Moderate




Environment and Ecology



International Relations


Moderate to high




Current Affairs


Moderate to high

UPSC Prelims Question Paper 2017 Analysis for CSAT

The CSAT paper of 2017 came as a surprise for the candidates. Those who thought that is the qualifying in nature and took it lightly regretted it later. Maths section was not easy and questions required understanding and the candidates all candidates faced problems in this section. The reading comprehension section required candidates to have reasonable speed. So overall the CSAT paper was not easy at all, and candidates who gave enough attention to this paper found it less challenging.

UPSC Mains 2017 Question Paper

The UPSC Question Paper 2017 for Mains contains nine papers, and all of these papers contribute to a total of 1750 marks. These nine papers are Compulsory Indian Language ( Paper-A) and compulsory Indian Language (Paper-B), General Studies-1, General Studies-2, General Studies-3, General Studies-4, Optional Paper-1, and Optional Paper-2. Candidates can choose one subject from the given list of 48 optional subjects, and one optional subject is divided into two pacers. Candidates can check out the UPSC Mains 2017 Question Paper for each subject below.

UPSC Question Paper 2017 Mains for Compulsory Papers

The two compulsory papers, Paper-A and Paper-B are qualifying in nature, and candidates only need to score at least 25% to qualify for these papers. Paper-A is the Indian Language Paper and Paper-B is the English language paper. Candidates must know that if they fail to qualify these papers then their other papers won’t get evaluated. Candidates can download the UPSC Question Paper 2017 both Paper-A and Paper-B Below

Following is the list of all the available compulsory Indian Language papers for UPSC Mains

UPSC Question Paper 2017 Mains for Essay

Essay paper is merit ranking in nature, which means the marks scored in the Essay paper will be considered for the merit list. That is why it becomes extremely crucial for the candidates to fetch maximum marks and increase their chances of cracking UPSC Mains. Below you can find the UPSC Essay question paper 2017, and start your preparation in the best way.

>>UPSC Question Paper 2017 for Mains Essay

UPSC Mains Question Paper 2017 for General Studies

There are four general studies papers in the UPSC Mains, and all these papers cover a wide range of topics on History, Geography, Technology, Ethics, and Economic Development. Let’s check out how was the general studies question paper in 2017 below. Candidates can also download these papers and start practicing to strengthen their preparation.

UPSC Mains Optional Question Paper 2017

There are 48 optional subjects and candidates can choose any subject they want from this list. Each paper carries 250 marks and candidates can check out the UPSC Question Paper 2017 for each optional subject from the link given below.

UPSC Question Paper 2017 for Mains Optional Subjects

Paper 1

Paper 2

Question Papers for Optional Subjects for Mains Exam

Agriculture Paper IAnimal Husbandary & Veterinary Science Paper IAnthropology Paper IBotany Paper I Chemistry Paper ICivil Engineering Paper I Commerce & Accountancy Paper I Economics Paper IElectrical Engineering Paper IGeography Paper IGeology Paper I History Paper I Law Paper IManagement Paper IMathematics Paper I Mechanical Engineering Paper I Medical Science Paper I Philosophy Paper I Physics Paper I Political Science & Internation Relations Paper IPsychology Paper IPublic Administration Paper ISociology Paper IStatistics Paper I Zoology Paper I

Agriculture Paper IIAnimal Husbandary & Veterinary Science Paper II Anthropology Paper IIBotany Paper IIChemistry Paper II Civil Engineering Paper II Commerce & Accountancy Paper II Economics Paper II Electrical Engineering Paper II Geography Paper II Geology Paper IIHistory Paper IILaw Paper II Management Paper II Mathematics Paper II Mechanical Engineering Paper II Medical Science Paper II Philosophy Paper IIPhysics Paper IIPolitical Science & Internation Relations Paper II Psychology Paper II Public Administration Paper II Sociology Paper IIStatistics Paper IIZoology Paper II

Importance of Practicing UPSC Question Paper 2017

UPSC Previous Year Question Papers have been the best source for the candidates to know about the question paper pattern and exam pattern of the previous UPSC exams. Practicing the previous year’s paper has so many benefits and that’s why it is one of the highly recommended tips by the experts and toppers. Let’s discuss how UPSC Question Paper 2017 would be a crucial weapon for cracking the UPSC exams.

  • By attempting the UPSC question paper you will be familiar with the UPSC exam pattern, paper patterns, and types of questions asked from the UPSC Mains Syllabus and Prelims syllabus.
  • It helps candidates to figure out the type, nature, and format of the questions. Candidates can understand the way UPSC has been framing questions and they can prepare accordingly.
  • By solving the UPSC previous year’s question paper candidates would be able to spot the crucial sections in the General Studies papers and figure out the latest trends as well.
  • Candidates will find out their areas of weakness and they can come up with their own preparation strategy accordingly.
  • As soon as you are done preparing for a particular topic, you can evaluate your understanding of the UPSC previous year’s question paper.

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