UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) 2020

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UPSC Civil Services Exam Information

Union Public Service Commission annually conducts UPSC Civil Services Exam for recruitment of candidates to various services that fall under the Government such as Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Foreign Services (IFS), Indian Revenue Services (IRS) etc. The exam is conducted in 3 stages – Preliminary, Main Examination and Personality Test.

The Mains Examination is concluded for 2018-19 recruitment process and candidates are currently awaiting the UPSC Mains Result which is scheduled to be released in January 2019. Interview process is expected to begin from March/April 2019 and the entire recruitment process will be concluded by April/June of 2019. In 2019, the UPSC exam is scheduled for 2nd June 2019.

In 2018, the UPSC released 780 vacancies [the lowest in the past 4 years] and the structure of the exam remain unchanged from the previous years. The exam is open to all candidates who hold a graduation degree from a recognised university. The maximum number of attempts allowed for open category candidates is 6 attempts.

UPSC CSE Exam Date


For the Civil Services Examination 2019, the notification was released by UPSC in February 2019 and the application process was concluded by 18th March. The Preliminary Exam was conducted on 2nd June 2019 and the result was released on 14th July. The Mains Exam took place from October (Essay + GS Papers) to November (Language Papers + Optional).

Results for UPSC Mains 2019 can be expected in January 2020 and UPSC CSE Personality Test (Interview) will tentatively be scheduled for March. Selected candidates will be declared in the month of April/May 2020 (per the prev. year’s trend)

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UPSC CSE Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for UPSC CSE must hold a Bachelors degree (Graduation) of any University/deemed to be University by UGC/any university recognised by the Government of India. Candidate must fall in the age bracket of more than 21 years of age and less than 32 years if applying as a general candidate. Nationality criteria may vary as per service selection.

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UPSC CSE Registration

Applications for UPSC Civil Services are accepted in online mode only and aspirants can apply via the official website – UPSC CSE 2018 Application Forms for the Preliminary Exam were made available in February 2018. UPSC CSE 2019 forms will be made available in February 2019 for Prelim which is scheduled for 2nd June 2019.

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UPSC CSE Exam Pattern

UPSC CSE Exam is conducted in 3 stages –  Preliminary, Mains and Personality Test (Interview). The CSE Preliminary Exam is open to all eligible candidates who apply for the exam and is an objective test comprising two papers. If candidate qualifies the prelim, the next stage, i.e., the Mains exam entails 2 qualifying and 7 merit-based papers all in written (pen and paper) mode. The final stage in UPSC selection process in Personality Test (Interview round).

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UPSC CSE Syllabus

UPSC provides broad areas and topics to be covered under each paper. This syllabus can give candidates good direction regarding the material to be prepared and nature of questions that may appear in the exam. Prelims exam requires a broad overview of all subjects falling under the purview of General Studies. Mains requires more detailed and refined preparation subject by subject for answer-writing and essays. Click on the link below to find the complete list of subjects prescribed the Commission.

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UPSC CSE Admit Card

The UPSC Prelims 2019 is scheduled to be conducted on 2nd June 2019, and the Mains examination will be conducted around 20th September 2019. UPSC will issue the e-Admit Card approximately 3 weeks before the date of examination. Admit Card for Civil Services Prelim and Mains Exam will be made available/decalred on the UPSC official website –

UPSC Prelim Admit Card

UPSC Prelim Admit Card 2019 should tentatively be released 3 weeks before exam date (2nd June 2019). Please note that only candidates who have successfully registered for the UPSC Prelim Exam will be able to access and download their Admit Card for the exam. Before downloading Admit Card, verify all details and print minimum of 2 copies to carry to exam venue on day of the exam. Without the admit card, candidate will not be permitted to appear for the exam.

UPSC Pre Admit Card 2019 Download – link to be updated –

UPSC Mains Admit Card

UPSC Mains Admit card will be released around 3 weeks before exam date (beginning on 20th September 2019). Only candidates who have qualified the prelim and have filled out DAF for Mains, will be able to access and download the Mains Admit Card. Print copies of the same to carry to exam venue for the exam process.

UPSC Mains Admit Card 2019 Download – link to be updated –

Step-by-step UPSC CSE Prelim and Mains Examination E-Admit Card Download

  • Visit the official website for UPSC Examination process updates –
  • Here click on “e-Admit Cards for various examinations of UPSC” link
  • Go through the instructions that will be displayed as it may contain important information about Admit Card
  • Click on Yes/Continue and by entering UPSC Registration Id/CSE Roll Number and DoB
  • The Admit Card will be displayed as a pdf, all details mentioned on the Admit card should be verified
  • Download the Admit Card and take printout of the same.
  • It is mandatory to carry a copy of the Admit Card to the examination venue for the exam.


After every stage of examination, UPSC declares the result in the form a pdf containing roll numbers of candidates qualifying for the next stage. While all successfully registered eligible candidates will receive admit card for the Preliminary Exam, the selection criteria for the Mains and Personality-test varies as given below:

Mains Exam Selection Criteria 

  • Candidate has to have qualified the UPSC Prelim to be selected for the Mains Stage
  • Cutoff for Mains Exam is decided on the basis of marks secured by candidates in Paper-I (GS) of Preliminary exaM.
  • Paper-II (CSAT) of the Preliminary is exam is qualifying in nature with minimum 33% marks required for qualification.
  • All candidates whose roll umbers appear in the Prelim Result list are eligible to appear for Mains exam.
  • The official website informs that candidates amounting to 12 times the number of vacancies announced will be shortlisted for the interview process.

Personality Test Selection Criteria

  • Candidates need to score minimum qualifying marks (cutoff as decided by UPSC) in the  Mains Examination to qualify for Interview (Personality Test/Interview).
  • The English Paper and Regional Language paper of Mains Examination will not be counted towards score computation. Hence the 4 GS papers, Essay and 2 optional papers together will be scored out of 1750 marks.

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The Full form of UPSC is Union Public Service Commission which is a recruiting agency which recruits All India services and group A & group B of Central services. UPSC conducts Civil Services Examination, JEN examination, Indian Forest Services Exam, Indian Economic Service Examination, Assistant Provident Fund Commissioners, Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam, Combined Defence service Examination, NDA Exam, CMSE Exam. Central Armed Police Forces Exam.

UPSC isn’t a cup of tea. Only hard-working candidates get success in UPSC. UPSC is one of the most prestigious exams to crack in India.

the graduation degree is the minimum educational requirement to apply for UPSC. For a general candidate, the age limit is 32 years In the UPSC exams. OBC candidates get relaxation of 3 years, and SC/ST candidates get relaxation of 5 years. Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons get the relaxation of 10 years. A general candidate can appear in UPSC exam for six times. An OBC candidate gets 9 chance to clear the UPSC exam, and the SC/ST candidate gets unlimited chance to clear the UPSC exam.

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