UPSC Answer Key 2021 is published by Union Public Service Commission at upsc.gov.in for all exams. Candidates can check answer key of UPSC 2021 exams in order to know correct answers of all questions asked. There is negative marking also in UPSC exams, thus, marks are deducted for incorrect answers. Official answer key is released quite a long time after exam. Nevertheless, it is released, and form an important preparation resource for UPSC aspirants who can use question papers of UPSC as well as answer keys to practice. Some UPSC 2021 answer keys will release in 2021, and some UPSC 2021 answer keys can be obtained in 2022. Get here all UPSC answer key 2021 and know important details surrounding them.
UPSC Answer Key 2021
Union Public Service Commission publishes UPSC Answer Key 2021 in form of PDF files. Thus, candidates can directly download them without any login. There is no fixed date of answer key issuance. They are usually published after final result, and marks of candidates are out. Get all UPSC 2021 exam answer keys from table below.
|Name of exam||Date of Exam||Answer Keys|
|Indian Engineering Service (IES/ESE) 2021||18 Jul 2021||Click here for UPSC Indian Engineering Service (IES/ESE) 2021 Answer Key|
|CDS I 2021||07 Feb 2021||Click here for UPSC CDS (1) 2021 Answer Key|
|CISF AC EX LDCE 2021||14 Mar 2021||Click here for UPSC CISF AC EX LDCE 2021 Answer Key|
|NDA & NA I 2021||18 Apr 2021||Click here for UPSC NDA (1) 2021 Answer Key|
|Civil Services 2021||10 Oct 2021 -Prelims||Click here for UPSC IAS 2021 Answer Key|
|IES / ISS 2021||16 Jul 2021||Click here for UPSC IES / ISS 2021 Answer Key|
|CMS 2021||29 Aug 2021||Click here for UPSC CMS 2021 Answer Key|
|CAPF AC 2021||20 Dec 2020||Click here for UPSC CAPF AC 2021 Answer Key|
|CDS II 2021||14 Nov 2021||Click here for UPSC CDS (2) 2021 Answer Key|
|NDA & NA II 2021||05 Sep 2021||Click here for UPSC NDA (II) 2021 Answer Key|
For all UPSC Answer Key 2021, visit upsc.gov.in.
Calculate marks using UPSC Answer Keys 2021
After appearing in an UPSC exam, candidates seek out answer keys in order to know correct answers and subsequently predict their scores. This step requires knowing the marking scheme. Simple formula to calculate marks in each exam, so that candidates can utilize answer keys of UPSC 2021 exams, are given below.
UPSC Engineering Services Examination (IES / ESE)
Marks in ESE prelims = Number of correct answers * 2 – Number of incorrect answers * 2/3
UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS)
Marks in CDS exam = Marks in Math + Marks in English + Marks in GK
Mathematics score = Number of correct answers * 1 – Number of incorrect answers * 1/3
English score = Number of correct answers * 5/6 – Number of incorrect answers * 5/18
GK score = Number of correct answers * 5/6 – Number of incorrect answers * 5/18
UPSC Civil Services Examination (CS / IAS)
Marks in CS prelims = Marks in General Studies Paper 1 + Marks in General Studies Paper 1
General Studies Paper 1 score = Number of correct answers * 2 – Number of incorrect answers * 2/3
General Studies Paper 2 score = Number of correct answers * 2.5 – Number of incorrect answers * 2.5/3
UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination (CMS)
Marks in CMS Exam = Marks in Paper 1 + Marks in Paper 1
Paper 1 score = Number of correct answers * 25/12 – Number of incorrect answers * 25/36
Paper 2 score = Number of correct answers * 25/12 – Number of incorrect answers * 25/36
UPSC Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service Examination (IES / ISS)
Marks in IES Exam = Marks in General English + Marks in General Studies + Marks in General Economics-I + Marks in General Economics-II + Marks in General Economics-III + Marks in Indian Economics
Marks in ISS Exam = Marks in General English + Marks in General Studies + Marks in Statistics-I (Objective) + Marks in Statistics-II (Objective) + Marks in Statistics-III + Marks in Statistics-IV
Statistics-I score = Number of correct answers * 2.5 – Number of incorrect answers * 2.5/3
Statistics-II score = Number of correct answers * 2.5 – Number of incorrect answers * 2.5/3
Other than these two, other sections are conventional (Essay) type.
UPSC CISF AC(EXE) LDCE
Marks in CISF AC(EXE) LDCE Exam = Marks in Paper 1 + Marks in Paper 2 (Conventional Type)
Paper 1 score = Number of correct answers * 2
For each exam, candidates must refer front page of question paper to understand their marking scheme.
How to get official UPSC Answer Key from upsc.gov.in?
Candidates can download answer keys of UPSC examination from upsc.gov.in. In order to do so, they can follow these steps:
- Visit upsc.gov.in.
- Click on the menu option that appears as three horizontal lines in a white border box.
- Then scroll down. Click Answer Key link that is under Examination section.
- Here you will find all year wise answer keys of UPSC.
Answer keys are simply available as PDF files. No login is required to get them. Therefore admit card of UPSC 2021 is not required, and anyone can download them. Candidates can download them and keep them safely for future reference.
Here, usually UPSC Answer Keys of past 3 years are given. Older links are usually archived or removed from website from time to time. For older answer keys of UPSC exams, candidates can refer to UPSC Question Papers and Answers available at AglaSem (available for free) or purchase books from market.
Please note that answer keys are not issued for conventional type papers.
Issuance and significance of UPSC Answer Keys 2021
Union Public Service Commission publishes answer keys of its exams several days after exam. Dates are not mentioned in calendar of UPSC exams 2021. They are usually published after final result. Therefore objections or representations are not invited against them. The Commission takes several steps to ensure that only correct answer keys are released.
As a result of such a timeline of answer key availability, official answer keys by UPSC turn out to be more useful for those who will fill application form for UPSC exams in future rather than those who have taken the exam in a certain year.
UPSC aspirants can utilize question paper and answer keys provided officially to prepare for the exam. There is nothing better than actual question papers and their answers to let one get a good look and feel of the exam. It not only mentally prepares one for the upcoming exam, but also helps polish up preparation.
It is not unheard of, for aspirants to spend months and years over cracking UPSC exams. Herein, after studying so much, it is the official question paper and answer key only that helps them get an edge in the preparation.