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 (Section Officers GradE-CSS)
the Railway Board Secretariat Service (Section Officer's GradE- RBSS)
the Indian Foreign Service (Section Officer's GradE- IFS 'B')
the Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Assistant Civilian Staff Officers Grade)
the Custom's Appraisers Service
the Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Civil Services (DANICS)
the Goa & Lakshadweep,
Daman and Diu Police Service,
Posts of Assistant Commandant,
Post of Deputy Superintendents of Police in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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. approximately around the month of May or June. It is important that students note down the important dates of all IAS exams 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 week's 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 ?

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?

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

Is admit card issued?

The UPSC IAS mains admit card will be issued in its official website:-

How to fill online application form?

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

How eligibility of age calculated?

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

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

Candidates must have completed 21 years of age by 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?

UPSC Prelims has a negative marking too. For every wrong answer, there will be a deduction of 0.33. GS Paper 2 is qualifying in nature, which needs only 33% to score for the candidates.

What is the cut off marks of UPSC IAS exam?

UPSC Prelims this year took place on May month. The expected UPSC Cut Off For Prelims this year is 82-85 marks. The UPSC Prelims cut off will be out for all candidates once the exam results are published.

How to download admit card of UPSC exam?

1. Visit or Go to
2. Candidates will require Registration Number 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 or Commission's Office either in person or over phone Numbers are: 011-23381125 / 011-23385271 / 011-23098543.

How seat is allocated in the UPSC CSE exam?

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?

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

What is the time to reach the examination centre?

The examination venue will be closed 90 minutes before the commencement of examination. For example:- If the exam starts at 10:00 A.M. the examination venue will close at 08:30 A.M.

Who all can appear in UPSC IAS ?

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

Can candidate give exams in their own language?

Candidate can give exam either in Hindi or English.

Is jeans allowed in UPSC CSE exam?

Wearing jeans is strictly avoided.

What is to dress code to appear for an interview?

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?

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?

Yes, One year enough to appear for UPSC exam.

How result is calculated?

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.