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UPSC Answer Key 2020

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases the answer keys for all the examinations after the entire selection process. The UPSC answer key is available only on the Commission’s official website for objective type tests. UPSC releases the answer keys for IAS exam, CDS, NDA, CMS, IES, CAPF Assistant Commandant, CISF AC and Engineering Services (Preliminary). 

IAS Answer Key 2019

The UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) in three stages - Preliminary, Main Exam and Personality Test/Interview. The Civil Services (Preliminary) examination is an objective type test which comprises of two papers, namely, the General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). 

The Commission will release the official IAS answer keys 2019 for Civil Services Preliminary only after the completion of the entire selection process. Hence, we have decided to provide the UPSC answer key 2019 for the Civil Services Preliminary exam. Candidates who have appeared for the written examination can access the below IAS answer keys (Preliminary) 2019 to measure their performance.

IAS Prelims 2019 Answer Key Released 

The UPSC has released the final result of the Civil Services Examination 2019 on August 4. It has also released the cut-off score for all the three stages - Prelims, Mains and Final. Recently, the Commission has released the IAS Prelims Answer Key 2019. It has released the IAS Pre answer key 2019 for both General Studies Paper I and II. We have listed the UPSC answer key for all the sets - A, B, C and D below. 

UPSC Answer Key 2019: IAS General Studies (Paper 1)  

Download UPSC IAS Prelims GS (Paper - 1)

Question Number Series A Series B Series C Series D
1 D D  B  A
2 B D
3 C B
4 A B
5 C B
6 D C
7 C A
8 A A
9 D A
10 A B
11 D D
12 A D
13 D C
14 B D
15 D D
16 A B  D  C
17 C B
18 D A
19 C A
20 A C
21 A D  A
22 A A
23 A D
24 B B
25 D D
26 D A
27 A C
28 D D
29 C C
30 A A
31 D D
32 D B
33 C C
34 D A
35 D C
36 B D
37 B C
38 A A
39 A D
40 C A
41 D A
42 D A
43 B A
44 B B
45 B D
46 C D
47 A A
48 A D
49 A C
50 B A
51 C B
52 B B
53 C A  B
54 C C
55 B D
56 B A
57 C B
58 B B  A
59 C A
60 C B
61 B D
62 A A
63 D A  C
64 B D
65 B D
66 C D
67 D A
68 A C
69 A B
70 A B  A
71 A B
72 D A
73 A D
74 B B
75 D B
76 C C
77 A D
78 C A
79 C A
80 D A
81 D C
82 A B
83 A C
84 D C
85 D B
86 D B
87 A C  C
88 C B
89 B C
90 B C
91 B A
92 B D
93 A A
94 C B
95 D D
96 A C
97 B A
98 B C
99 A C
100 B D

UPSC Answer Key 2019: CSAT (Paper 2)

Download UPSC IAS Prelims GS (CSAT) Question Paper 

Question Number Series A Series B Series C Series D
1 D  C  A  D
2 D
3 B
4 B
5 B
6 A
7 D
8 C
9 C
10 C
11 D
12 B
13 C
14 D
15 B
16 B
17 A
18 B
19 C  D
20 C
21 D
22 B
23 A
24 A
25 C
26 C
27 B
28 B
29 B
30 D
31 A
32 D
33 B  B
34 B
35 D
36 B
37 C
38 B
39 B
40 B  D
41 A
42 A  A
43 C
44 A
45 D
46 C
47 C
48 C
49 A
50 B  B
51 B  D
52 B
53 C
54 B
55 D
56 C
57 B
58 B
59 D
60 D
61 B
62 D
63 D
64 B
65 C
66 B
67 B
68 D
69 D
70 A
71 D
72 B
73 D
74 D
75 C
76 C
77 D
78 B
79 D
80 B

The above IAS answer key 2019 was prepared by an expert committee. We have taken utmost care to present the accurate IAS answer key 2019. doesn’t take any kind of responsibility regarding the mismatch of the answer keys. One should note that none of the answer keys is 100% accurate. There can be minor variation in IAS answer key 2019. Aspirants are advised to check the official IAS answer keys, which will be released in May 2020. 

How To Calculate Marks Using UPSC Answer Keys?

The answer key is very helpful to know the correct answers and subsequently predict the scores obtained in the exam. Candidates should refer the UPSC answer key after appearing for an exam. In order to predict the scores, candidates should get familiar with the marking scheme. One can refer to the front page of the question paper to understand the marking scheme, which is different from one to another exam.  

Civil Services (Preliminary) Marking Scheme 

  • General Studies (Paper I): Two marks will be awarded for every correct answer. For the wrong answer, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  • CSAT (Paper II): 2.5 marks will be awarded for every correct answer. For the wrong answer, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

Note: There will be no penalty for that question which is left blank. 

How To Access Official UPSC Answer Keys? 

Candidates can access the UPSC answer keys on the official website from The following steps will assist to find the UPSC answer keys. 

  • Visit the official website of UPSC -
  • Go to the ‘Examination’ tab. 
  • Find the ‘Answer Keys’ section
  • The answer keys are available for all the exams
  • Download and take a printout of the UPSC answer key for future reference. 
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