UPSC 2020 Prelims Answer Key

Union Public Service Commission will release the UPSC answer key 2020 for the Civil Services Prelims Exam at its official website soon after the conclusion of the exam. IAS Prelims is the first phase of the Civil Services Exam which is scheduled to be held on October 4, 2020 while IAS Mains will be conducted on January 8, 2021. 

Candidates preparing for the IAS exam 2020 can check the answer key. We will be releasing the UPSC prelims answer key in association with top institutes.

UPSC Answer Key 2020 (Prelims) – Important Points

  • UPSC prelims answer key is prepared by Notesnbooks with the help of Top IAS coaching institutes in Delhi.
  • For each question, answers are given with source and reference links to attain accuracy.
  • UPSC Answer key is helpful for students to determine the expected marks on each section of the paper and based on which, they can start their preparation for the next level of the IAS exam.

UPSC does not use the terminology cut-off marks in their press releases; instead, they mention minimum qualifying marks. The minimum qualifying limit is determined based on the score of the preceding year IAS exam for each category. Say for example: if there are 400 vacancies in the general category, then the mark of the 400th general candidate’s marks will become the cut-off marks of the general category. So, there is no workable methodology or statistics to calculate the cut-off marks.

The minimum UPSC Cut off for each level of examination i.e., Prelims, Mains, and Final selection are released by UPSC after the final recommendation list. But students, who appeared for the prelims exam, will be eagerly waiting whether they are eligible or not for the mains examination. To offer help, many institutes predict the expected cut off marks based on their experience and careful analysis.

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Instructions to download UPSC Answer Key 2020

  • Each set of question booklet is provided
  • Candidates can click the link to the set of UPSC answer key
  • The correct answer pdf file will open
  • Applicants can download the UPSC answer key

UPSC Answer Key 2020 Paper 1 (SET B)

Q.NoUPSC SET B Answer KeyQ.NoUPSC SET B Answer KeyQ.N0UPSC SET B Answer Key
1A21B41
2D22A42
3D23D43A
4B24A44
5B25D45
6B26D46
7C27D47
8D28D48A
9D29D49A
10D30C50A
11C31C51C
12B32B52A
13B33D53B
14D34D54
15D35B55C
16C36D56A
17A37A57B
18D38D58C
19B39A59C
20D40C60C

How to Evaluate the UPSC IAS Prelims Score?

It is important to know the exam-scoring pattern before you download the UPSC answer key.

  • A preliminary exam has two papers- General Studies (GS) paper I and paper II or CSAT. Each paper is of 200 marks.
  • General Studies Paper I include 100 questions. Each question has 2 marks and 0.66 marks are deducted for every wrong answer.
  • GS or CSAT paper II has 80 questions. Each question has 2.5 marks and 0.85 marks are deducted for every wrong answer.
  • GS Paper 2 (CSAT) is of qualifying nature. Students need to get 67 marks out of 200 to qualify for this paper. (Note: Cut off is calculated based on students marks on GS Paper 1 alone)
  • Total Mark of Prelims = 400

Importance of UPSC Answer Key 2020

  • Candidates have early and easy access to the online UPSC answer key.
  • The UPSC answer key is available for the complete set of question papers.
  • It is a credible source including the correct options of 180 objective questions of UPSC IAS prelims and providing the links and references to properly evaluate every answer.

UPSC Cutoff Marks of Previous Years

Category2020 Expected Cut off2019 Cut off 2018 Cut off2017 Cut off2016 Cut off2015 Cut off2014 Cut off
General98.0098.00105.34116107.34205
OBC95.3496.66102.66110.66106204
SC82.0084.0088.6699.3494182
ST77.3483.3488.669691.34174
PH 173.3485.3475.3490.66167
PH 253.3461.3472.6676.66113
PH 340404040115

 UPSC Result 2020

The candidates screened after the Prelims undergo the Mains exam which is subjective. UPSC Mains exam is considered as the mother of all exams in India since it is highly competitive in nature. In the Mains exam, candidates need to write 9 papers, in those two papers (English and Language) are qualifying papers. Merit for shortlisting candidates for interview is done based on marks secured in 7 papers for 1750 marks.

UPSC declares IAS Prelims Result within 2 months of the exam. The candidates shortlisted after the Mains exam will be eligible for the UPSC Civil Services personality test, which is the last and final phase of the Civil Services Exam.

UPSC declares the final recommended list of candidates for the various posts listed in Civil Services notification based on marks secured by candidates in Mains written exam and Interview score.

FAQs related to UPSC Answer Key 2020 

Q. Does UPSC release answer key?

A. Yes! UPSC releases the official answer key on its website. The IAS prelims answer key will be released by UPSC after the declaration of the Final result. Candidates can check the official answer key on the UPSC website.

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