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UPSC CSE Answer Key 2023 - Prelims Question Paper and Answer Key PDFs

Updated By Shivangi Ahirwar on 16 Sep, 2023 16:01

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UPSC Answer Key 2023

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the UPSC CSE answer key 2023 for the mains exam soon after the conclusion of the exam. Candidates would be able to download the UPSC IAS answer key 2023 from the official website ( by entering necessary details like the candidate's registration number etc. The direct link to download UPSC answer key 2023 will be updated below:

UPSC Answer Key 2023 - Link to Download PDF (To be Activated)

It is important to download the UPSC CSE answer key 2023 in order to successfully cross-check the score that candidates will be getting in the UPSC CSE 2023. UPSC prelims 2023 was conducted on May 28, 2023, and UPSC CSE Mains will is being conducted on September 15, 16, 17, 13 & 24, 2023. The UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary Exam) 2023 had 2 papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. The answer key is also released paper-wise. The answers to different sets of Paper 1 and Paper 2 are given in the answer key of UPSC Civil Services 2023. Get more information about UPSC CSE answer key 2023 on this page.

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UPSC Answer Key 2023: Important Dates

All the important dates regarding the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2023 are as follows - 

EventsDate of Event
UPSC Prelims Exam 2023May 28, 2023
UPSC Prelims Exam Result 2023June 12, 2023
UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Official Answer keyUPSC Releases the official answer key after declaring the final selections
UPSC Mains Exam 2023September 15, 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2023

Steps to Download UPSC Answer Key 2023

UPSC IAS Aspirants can follow the below-mentioned steps to download UPSC CSE Answer Key 2023:

  • Go to the official website of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • Go to the ‘Home’ page and click on the ‘Examination’ menu.

  • Click on the ‘Answer Key’ under the Examination menu.

  • Click on the link given below, denoting GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2.

  • A PDF file will open with the answers of the questions asked in the preliminary examination of UPSC Civil Services.

  • Download the Answer Key PDF file of UPSC Civil Services Exam 2023 and take a print out of it for future reference.

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Marking Scheme of UPSC 2023 Answer Key

The table given below shows the marking scheme of UPSC Civil Services 2023 answer key.


Paper - A

(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution).


Paper B


Note: Papers to be counted for merit


Paper – I



Paper - II

General Studies-I

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)


Paper - III

General Studies -II
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)


Paper - IV

General Studies
Note:- (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)


Paper - V

General Studies – IV
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)


Paper - VI

Optional Subject – Paper 1


Paper - VII

Optional Subject – Paper 1


Sub Total (Written test)


Personality Test


Grand Total


Also Read:  UPSC Law Syllabus for Civil Services (IAS) Mains Exam 2023

How to Submit Objections Against the UPSC Answer Key 2023?

If a candidate finds any incorrect answer to the provisional answer key of UPSC CSE 2023 then they raise an objection against the same. CSE answer key objections can be raised within one week from the release of the answer key. Check the steps below to know how to submit UPSC CSE answer key objections:

  • Navigate to the official website of the Union Public Service Commission's website.
  • Move to the page where answer keys are available. There, candidates can find the 'raise the objection and submission link'

How to Calculate Scores Using UPSC CSE Answer Key 2023?

UPSC CSE Answer key 2023 is the most important resource to calculate your marks and check one's performance in the examination. Candidates who have appeared in the examination can estimate their score even before the result is declared. Check the steps below to calculate UPSC CSE 2023 scores.

  • In the first step, candidates can download the answer key from the website or the link which will be provided on this page.
  • Once you have downloaded the UPSC CSE answer key, aspirants can check through the answer key and cross-check with the ones they have marked during the exam.
  • Now, based on the marking scheme check no. of right and wrong answers and calculate your total marks.

Marking Scheme:

  • Correct Answer: + 2 marks
  • Incorrect Answer: -2/3 Marks

Formula to calculate UPSC CSE 2023 scores: Total scores = (Number of correct answers X 2 marks ) – (Number of incorrect answers X 2/3 marks)

UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2023 PDF

The candidates can click on the links provided below to download the PDFs for UPSC CSE Answer Key 2023:

GS Paper ICSAT Papers
Set A (To Be Updated)Set A (To Be Updated)
Set B (To Be Updated)Set B (To Be Updated)
Set C (To Be Updated)Set C (To Be Updated)
Set D (To Be Updated)Set D (To Be Updated)

Note: The direct links to download PDFs will be updated once the UPSC released the CSE answer key 2023 on the official website.

UPSC CSE Answer Key 2023 of Prelims and Mains exam 2023 will be released after the exams are conducted. Students can download the answer keys from the official website of the exam conducting body. As soon as the answer key of UPSC CSE 2023 is out, the PDF files will be updated here. 

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FAQs about UPSC Civil Services Answer Key

Is there any negative marking for any wrong attempt in the answer key of UPSC prelims?

Yes, UPSC IAS Prelims exam have a negative marking for wrong answers. 

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