UPSC Question Paper 2022 – UPSC 2022 Prelims, Mains Question Paper PDF

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 14th, 2023

UPSC Question Paper 2022 has been released on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. Solving the previous year’s question papers would be a great help for all the UPSC aspirants preparing for the upcoming Civil Services Exam. By practicing UPSC 2022 Question Paper, candidates will be able to understand the recent trends of the questions and the difficulty level. It would also help them to understand what they can expect in the coming exam.

Here we have provided the UPSC Question Paper 2022 with Answers PDF, which candidates can download and start their preparation for UPSC 2023. In addition, we will be mentioning the importance of solving the UPSC Question Paper 2022, and key points to remember for acing the upcoming CSE.

UPSC Question Paper 2022

UPSC conducts i.e. Civil Services Examination every year to recruit candidates for various services. UPSC CSE is tough to crack and there is no doubt about that. However, with a robust study plan, and preparation strategy it gets a lot easier to crack the exam. Apart from UPSC Books, and Study materials, the previous years’ papers play a crucial role in preparation.

That’s why here we will be covering UPSC Question Paper 2022, which includes the Prelims, and Mains questions asked in UPSC 2022. Candidates preparing for the upcoming UPSC Exam must go through this to understand the trending questions, exam pattern, and difficulty level of the UPSC 2022 Question Paper.

UPSC Question Paper 2022 with Answers PDF

The commission releases the answer sheet only for UPSC Prelims on its official website as it is objective in nature. It allows the candidates to evaluate their papers, and predict the expected marks. On the other hand, UPSC Mains is subjective in nature, and that’s why UPSC doesn’t release its answer sheet. Those who want to check out the answer sheet for Prelims 2022 can visit the official website of UPSC. However, to make this process hassle-free we have provided a direct link to the answer sheet below.

Download: UPSC 2022 Question Paper with Answers PDF

UPSC Question Paper 2022 for Prelims PDF [GS Paper 1]

Paper 1 of UPSC Prelims is an objective paper with 200 marks, and it has 100 questions. The questions are related to economy, politics, geography, current affairs, science and technology, ecology, etc. Below we have provided a direct link to download the UPSC Question Paper 2022 for Prelims GS Paper 1.

UPSC 2022 Question Paper PDF for Prelims [CSAT]

CSAT paper or Paper-2 of UPSC Prelims tests the analytical, problem-solving, communication skills, mental capacity, and decision-making ability of the candidates. Even though it is a qualifying paper, candidates must crack this or their Paper 1 won’t get evaluated. Candidates must go through the UPSC CSAT Syllabus during preparation to come up with an effective preparation strategy. We have attached the PDF of the CSAT UPSC Question Paper 2022 Below.

UPSC Question Paper 2022 in Hindi

UPSC allows the candidates to choose if they want to appear for the CSE in Hindi or English language. Those who have opted for Hindi mode can download the UPSC Question Paper 2022 in Hindi from the below-given for both GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2(CSAT).

UPSC Question Paper 2022- Language Question Papers (Paper A and B)

The Paper A and Paper B of UPSC Mains Question Paper 2022 are qualifying in nature. Both carry 300 marks, and candidates need to score at least 75 to qualify for this paper. If one fails to crack Paper A or B then his/her other papers won’t get evaluated. So it becomes extremely important for the candidates to secure the qualifying marks on these UPSC compulsory subjects. Candidates must go through the UPSC 2022 Question Paper and practice it to prepare for the upcoming UPSC Exam.

Compulsory Indian Language UPSC 2022 Question Paper

The paper ‘A’ is the Indian Compulsory Language Paper, and candidates get many language options to choose from. Below we have listed down all the UPSC Question Paper 2022 for Paper A.

UPSC 2022 Question Paper for Compulsory Language
Hindi Malayalam
Telugu Nepali
Tamil Odia
Kannada Gujarati
Urdu Sanskrit
Punjabi Assamese
Sindhi (Devanagari) Bengali

UPSC English Question Paper 2022

This Paper B is the compulsory English paper. The paper pattern includes short essays, reading comprehension, precise writing, vocabulary, and usage. Candidates can download the English UPSC 2022 Question Paper from the below-provided link.

Download: UPSC Mains 2022 Compulsory English Language Paper

UPSC 2022 Mains Question Paper for Essay

The Essay paper of UPSC Mains is considered one of the most challenging papers as it tests one’s originality of thought, clarity of mind, and integrated thinking ability. In addition, there is a wide range of UPSC Essay Topics which makes it even more difficult for the candidates to cover.

UPSC Question Paper 2022 for Essay

So, it is imperative that one should go through recent essay question papers to analyze the types of questions that appeared and come up with a solid preparation strategy to ace them.

UPSC Mains Question Paper 2022: General Studies

UPSC Mains includes four general studies papers. This GS paper includes a wide range of topics like History, the Indian Constitution, Social Justice, International Relations, Economic Development, Agriculture, Ethics, Biodiversity, etc. Candidates can download the General Studies UPSC Question Paper 2022 from the below-mentioned links, to understand the recent trends in GS papers.

GS-1 Download PDF
GS-2 Download PDF
GS-3 Download PDF
GS-4 Download PDF

UPSC Question Paper 2022 for Mains – Optional Subjects

There are 48 optional subjects in UPSC Mains, and candidates have to pick any one of them. Each optional subject is divided into two papers i.e. Paper 1, and Paper 2. Each Paper carries 250 marks. We have provided all the Question Papers PDFs for Optional Subjects in UPSC 2022 separately for Paper 1 and Paper 2 below.

UPSC Optional Subject 2022 Question Paper (Paper 1)

UPSC 2022 Optional Subject Question Paper – Paper 1
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science I Mathematics I
Agriculture I Mechanical Engineering I
Anthropology I Philosophy I
Botany I Physics I
Chemistry I Political Science and International Relations I
Civil Engineering I Psychology I
Commerce and Accountancy I Public Administration I
Economics I Sociology I
Electrical Engineering I Statistics I
Geography I Zoology I
Geology I Management I
History I Law I

UPSC Optional Subject 2022 Question Paper for Paper 2

UPSC 2022 Optional Subject Question Paper – Paper 2
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science II Anthropology II
Agriculture II Botany II
Chemistry II Civil Engineering II
Commerce and Accountancy II Economics II
Electrical Engineering II Management II
Law II Mathematics II
History II Mechanical Engineering II
Geography II Medical Science II
Geology II Philosophy II
Public Administration II Physics II
Sociology II Political Science and International Relations II
Statistics II Psychology II
Zoology II

UPSC 2022 Question Paper for Literature Optional Subjects

Candidates selected for UPSC Mains also get the option to choose literature subjects as their optional. The literature optional paper tests the command over the language of a candidate. There are a total of 23 literature optional question papers in UPSC. Below we have provided PDF links to download the Literature papers for both Paper 1 and Paper 2.

UPSC Question Paper 2022 – Literature Optional (Paper 1)

UPSC Question Paper 2022 Paper 1 ( Literature Optional Paper)
Bengali I Kannada I
Gujarati I Maithili I
English I Malayalam I
Hindi I Manipuri I
Tamil I Marathi I
Telugu I Punjabi I
Urdu I Sindhi I
Sanskrit I

UPSC Question Paper 2022 – Literature Optional (Paper 2)

UPSC 2022 Question Paper for Literature Paper 2
Marathi II Punjabi II
Sindhi II Sanskrit II
Maithili II Tamil II
Kannada II Malayalam II
Hindi II Manipuri II
Telugu II Urdu II
English II Gujarati II
Bengali II

UPSC 2022 Question Paper Pattern

Civil Services Exam is a three-stage exam where Prelims is the first stage, Mains is the second stage, and Interview is the third stage. Those who crack the Prelims can appear for Mains, and those who clear Mains can appear for IAS Interview. Candidates need to know the exam pattern for each stage, to come up with a solid preparation strategy. Below we have provided the exam pattern for UPSC 2022 Question Paper below for Prelims and Mains.

Prelims 2022 Exam Pattern

There are two papers in the Preliminary stage of the UPSC exam. Both papers are objective-type in nature and carry 200 marks each. Take a look at the UPSC exam pattern for Prelims below:

Paper Type No. of Questions Total Marks Duration
General Studies 1 Objective 100 200 2 hrs
CSAT 80 200 2 hrs

Mains 2022 Exam Pattern

The second stage of the UPSC exam i.e. Mains includes 9 papers. Exams for these papers are conducted in 5-7 days. It is subjective in nature, and marks scored in Mains would be considered for the final UPSC result. Below we have provided the exam pattern for UPSC Mains Question Paper 2022.

Subjects IAS Total marks Duration
Compulsory Indian languages


300 3 hrs


300 3 hrs
Essay 250 3 hrs
General Studies 2 250 3 hrs
General Studies 3 250 3 hrs
General Studies 4 250 3 hrs
Optional 1 250 3 hrs
Optional 2 250 3 hrs
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