5 Steps To Download Past Year Papers From NUS

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If you’re looking for past year papers for the modules that you’re taking in NUS, did you know that you can download them from the NUS Library Portal?

However, not all papers can be downloaded from the portal, and here’s what you need to know:

How to download past year papers from NUS

Here are 5 steps to download past year papers from NUS:

  1. Go to the NUS Library Portal and select ‘Exam Papers’
  2. Login via your NUSNET ID
  3. Select Examination Papers Database under the ‘English’ tab
  4. Search for the appropriate module
  5. Select the module and download the attached PDF file (if applicable)

And here is each step explained further:

Go to the NUS Library Portal and select ‘Exam Papers’

The first step you’ll need to do is to go to the NUS Library Portal and select ‘Exam Papers‘.

NUS Library Portal Exam Paper

Login via your NUSNET ID

After that, you’ll need to log in with your NUSNET ID.

NUS Library Portal Login

Select Examination Papers Database under the ‘English’ tab

Once you have logged into the Library Portal, you will need to select ‘Examination Papers Database‘ under the ‘English tab.

NUS Library Portal Exam Papers Database

Search for the appropriate module

The next step will be to search for your module in the database.

NUS Exam Search Criteria

There are some fields that you can use to search for your module’s exam paper, including:

  1. Module code
  2. Module name
  3. Semester
  4. Year of examination
NUS Exam Search Fields

The easiest way would be to search for the exam based on the module code.

Select the module and download the attached PDF file (if applicable)

Once you have entered the search terms, you can view the search results on the next page.

NUS Exam Paper Search Results

There are some things you can look out for, including:

  • The year of examination and semester
  • Any remarks from the department that uploaded the paper

For the CS1010E paper that was uploaded, there were some papers where the MCQs were not released by the department.

Furthermore, the paper for ‘Semester 3’ in AY2019/20 was not released as well.

Once you have selected a paper that was uploaded, you can click on the ‘View attached PDF file‘ link.

NUS Library View Attached PDF File

The PDF file will be downloaded to your computer and you will be able to view the questions.

NUS Library View CS1010 Paper

Some things to note about NUS exam papers

Here are some things you may want to know about the exam papers that are downloadable from the NUS library portal:

Only finals papers are available

The exam papers that are available on the NUS library portal are only finals papers, and you will not be able to view any papers that were set for the mid-terms, or other exams.

Papers are only available from the past 5 years

The papers that you can view are only available from the past 5 years. This is because other papers may be considered as ‘out of date‘ if the curriculum changes.

No answers are provided

There are no answers that are provided in these past year papers. The NUS Library portal encourages you to consult your department if you wish to know the answers.

However, there are some possible ways to obtain the answers, such as from your seniors or from other websites like the NUS Maths Society.

NUS Maths Society Past Year Papers

This database will allow you to obtain solutions for most of the maths modules that are taught in NUS.

If you are from other courses, the best way would be to get exam tips or the past year papers from your seniors!


Downloading and attempting past year exam papers are helpful in having a gauge on what topics may be tested during your finals.

This is especially important if you are aiming to get first-class honours in NUS.

However, not all departments will release their exam papers. For example, the modules I took for NUS Pharmacy did not have any past year papers, so we weren’t able to practice for them.

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