About UPSC

    Union Public Service commission (UPSC) conducts the Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central services and posts, as per the rules published by the Government in the Gazette of India. UPSC recruits candidates in civil services as well as defence services.

    Civil Services Examination (CSE) is divided into 2 parts:

  • 1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective)
  • 2. Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview includes personality test).
  • UPSC is responsible for recruiting All India Services (AIS) and Central services for Group A and Group B services. The list of Group A services includes:

  • The Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • The Indian Railway Service (Indian Railway Accounts Service, Indian Railway Personnel Service, Indian Railway Traffic Service)
  • Indian Postal Service (Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service, Indian Postal Service)
  • Accounts and Auditing Services (Indian Audit and Accounts Service)
  • Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Customs and Central Excise
  • The Indian Ordnance Factories Service
  • The Indian Defence Estates Service
  • The Indian Information Service
  • The Central Trade Services
  • The list of Group B services includes:

  • the Central Secretariat Service
  • he Railway Board Secretariat Service
  • the Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service
  • the Customs' Appraisers Service
  • Posts of Assistant Commandant
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services and Police Services.
  • Pondicherry Civil Services and Police Services.
  • Post of Deputy Superintendents of Police in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
  • UPSC exam 2020 has been postponed due to covid-19 outbreak. It has now been rescheduled and to be conducted on 04th Oct 2020 for the recruitment of 796 vacancies for the post of IAS/IPS/IFC/Other posts. Exam notice is issued 3 months prior to the date of examination on the commission’s website. The date of release of the exam information for each exam is published in the leading newspapers of the country. UPSC publishes annual calendar of all structured exam at least 6 months in advance i.e. in June. It is important that students note down the important dates of all IAS exams 2020 to avoid missing important events.


  • Candidates can apply online for UPSC exam by visiting website: ( Application will not be accepted in any other mode.
  • A candidate gets 3 weeks’ time to apply for UPSC exam and can fill the application with the help of the instructions provided on the website. Application mode is online.
  • Online application form is divided into two parts:
  • 1. In the first part, the application has personal details name, date of birth, address, age relaxation, educational qualification and the number mentioned in the photo ID card. After completion of part 1, Registration ID (RID) is generated by the system.
  • 2. In the second part, it includes fee payment, choosing examination centre, recent photos, signature, photo ID card and agreeing to the declaration.
  • If any of the application part remains incomplete, the candidature cannot be registered.
  • If the payment is done through bank challan, then candidate has to mention TID (Transaction ID). Entering an incorrect TID may cause your online application to be rejected.
  • Keep in mind that poor quality of photograph will lead to create complications in future.
  • The candidature will be cancelled if the candidate does not pay the fee. (Non-payment of fee).
  • Candidate has to choose the mode of the language at the time of filling the application form.
  • If the candidates have qualified for Mains, then they will have to fill the Detailed Application Form (DAF) which would made available for them for admission to the Civil Services (Main) Examination.


    What is UPSC CSE Exam 2020?

    Ans: UPSC CSE is one of the most difficult exams conducted every year for the recruitment of IAS, IPS, IFS and other officers in Indian Civil Services

    How many exams are there to clear UPSC?

    Ans: The exam takes place in 3 phases: 1. Prelims (MCQs) 2. Mains (Subjective) 3. Personal Interview (Personality test)

    What is Prelims Exam Date 2020?

    Ans: The UPSC Prelims exam date is 4 October 2020.

    Is admit card issued?

    Ans: On May 2020, admit card was released.

    How to fill online application form?

    Ans: Candidates can apply online for UPSC exam by visiting website: ( Application will not be accepted in any other mode.

    How eligibility of age calculated?

    Ans: It is calculated based on the cut-off date as per the notification.

    What is the age criteria to appear for UPSC CSE Exam 2020?

    Ans: Candidates must have completed 21 years of age at the time of admission or on 1st August of that given year when the exam is held. The upper age limit is 32 years for General candidates, 35years for Candidates of OBC, 37 years for SC/ST candidates, 42 years for Gen-PH, and 45 years for OBC-PH, 47 years for PH SC/ST.

    Is there any negative marking in UPSC CSE exam?

    Ans: Candidate should not note that incorrect response get negative marking (1/3 of the assigned marks to that question is deducted from the aggregate).

    What is the cut off marks of UPSC IAS exam?

    Ans: For prelims: The cut off marks at present in 33%. Marks acquired in paper 1 will be considered for the merit rank. For Mains: The cut off marks at present in 25%. Marks acquired in 7papers will be considered for the merit rank.

    How to download admit card of UPSC exam?

    Ans: 1. Visit 2. To download e-Admit card, candidates will require Registration ID or Roll Number followed by Date of Birth, Enter captcha in the given field then submit. 3. If the candidate has not received any information regarding his/her admit card, candidate should immediately contact the commission on concerned email-id or commission’s office. Numbers are: 011- 23381125/011- 23385271/011-23098543.

    How seat is allocated in the UPSC CSE exam?

    Ans: Seat allocation is done on the basis of "first application first allocation" through computer without any manual intervention.

    Is UPSC exam conducted online or offline?

    Ans: UPSC IAS 2020 Prelims & Mains Exam are held offline in pen and paper mode.

    What is the time to reach the examination centre?

    Ans: The examination venue will be closed 10 minutes before the commencement of examination. If the exam starts at 10:00 am, the examination venue will close at 9.50 am.

    Who all can appear in UPSC IAS 2020?

    Ans: The below candidates are eligible to appear in UPSC CSE exam: (a) A citizen of India, or (b) A subject of Nepal, or (c) A subject of Bhutan, or (d) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 (e) Persons of Indian Origin (f) Overseas Citizens of India .

    What is the syllabus of UPSC Prelims 2020?

    Ans: The syllabus for General Studies Paper I includes current affairs, history of India, Indian polity, Indian and world geography, Indian governance, economic and social development, general science and general issues on environmental ecology, biodiversity and climate change. The syllabus for General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) includes comprehension, logical reasoning, basic numeracy, and decision making & problem-solving.

    What is the syllabus of UPSC Mains 2020?

    Ans: The 9 papers below are of the subjective type and occur over a period of 5 days. Paper-I Candidates are required to write essays on multiple topics. This will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely. Paper-II General Studies (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) Paper-III General Studies (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social justice & International Relations) Paper-IV General Studies (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security, and Disaster Management.) Paper-V General Studies (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude) Paper-VI & Paper- VII (Optional subject) Paper VII – Indian Language Paper IX- English Language

    Can candidate give exams in their own language?

    Ans: Candidate can give exam either in Hindi or English.

    Is jeans allowed in UPSC CSE 2020 exam?

    Ans: Wearing jeans is strictly avoided.

    What is to dress code to appear for an interview?

    Ans: Men should wear light coloured formal shirts and dark trousers. A neck-tie is ok if you are comfortable. Women should wear decent light coloured clothes with no overdo makeup and hairstyle.

    Is UPSC interview tough?

    Ans: We can say the exam is challenging but not tough. The syllabus is really vast and requires lot of sitting. Which may lead this exam as toughest exam.

    Is one year enough for UPSC preparation?

    Ans: Yes, One year enough to appear for UPSC exam.

    How result is calculated?

    Ans: The result of Civil Services Examination is subject to changes that may be necessitated by the orders passed by the Honourable Courts in cases pending before them.