Solving Previous year questions is a very fundamental and important exercise in the preparation for this exam.
The reasons are as follows,
It helps the students to get adapted to the quality, difficulty and pattern seen in the UPSC Prelims exam.
A question or two are sometimes repeated from the previous years, it will help the students to get those crucial 2 or 4 marks to maximize their scores.
Students will be able to learn their personal strategies to develop elimination techniques that work for the type and pattern of questions asked in UPSC Prelims exam. Solving these mocks multiple times will help them fine-tune their strategies.
The duration for these tests in exam conditions is 2 hours. However we have not set any duration for these tests because students who are attempting it for the first time may not be comfortable with the time limit. It is advisable to keep a tab on the time and try to complete it within 2 hours.