UPSC -CSE is one of the most difficult examinations in India. Lakhs of candidates across the country burn the midnight oil to get the luxurious job. As per the detailed and meticulous analysis of the UPSC CSE 2018 topper Kanishka Kataria who got AIR 1, it can be concluded that previous year questions are an indispensible part of the preparation.

Kanishka who topped the exam with Mathematics optional said that maths syllabus is like an ocean so Previous Year Questions act as a guiding light on what to study and what one can afford to skip.

This exam like IIT JEE is an exam of rejection and not selection. Mathematics has been the highest scoring optional since its inception. Furthermore, therew is a sense of certainty, unlike the options which are associated with the humanities subjects.

In case of latter, one cannot confidently assure to score 300+ marks, howsoever they good may be at that subject, but it is not the case with Mathematics.

IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2018 Question PAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2017 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2016 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2015 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2014 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2013 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2012 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2011 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2010 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2009 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2
IAS – Mathematics Optional – 2008 QuestionPAPER-1 OR PAPER-2

The most important thing is that the candidate gets improved after practicing and it is free from the perspective of the examiner as the method or answer can either be right or wrong.

In Humanities optional, even topper Tina Dabi struggled to score more than 300 in her optional as one needs to write an exceptional answer. You may get a jolt from blue after knowing that the highest marks scored in this optional are 375 out of 500 when the best attempt was 435.

Scaling is negligible in the second paper. Here we have provided the past 10 years to assist you in your preparation.

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