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UPSC CSE 2022: Mains Exam Date, Admit Card, Pattern & More

UPSC CSE 2022: The Union Public Service Commission released the UPSC CSE Mains written exam dates. UPSC will conduct the Civil Services Mains written exam on September 16, 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2022. Candidates who passed Prelims are eligible to appear for Mains. Earlier, the Commission announced the UPSC IAS Prelims result on June 23, 2022. Furthermore, the Prelims exam was conducted on June 05, 2022.

The Commission conducts the IAS exam (officially known as the Civil Services Examination) every year. The selection process comprises Prelims, Mains, and the Interview/ Personality Test. UPSC conducts the exam to select candidates for the post of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and other services. Read on to find out more.

Latest: UPSC announced the CSE Mains exam dates. Candidates can check exam dates here.

UPSC CSE Exam Overview 2022

Before getting into the details of UPSC CSE 2022, candidates must thoroughly go through the exam overview for a better understanding.

ParticularsDetails
Name of Exam/ Recruitment UPSC Civil Services Examination
Commonly Known asUPSC CSE/ IAS Exam
Conducting AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Job OfferedAdministrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), and Central Civil Services, including the Indian Foreign Services (IFS)
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Exam LevelNational Level
Frequency of ExamOnce a year
Mode of ExaminationOffline (Pen-and-Paper Based)
Number of VacanciesApprox. 861
Job LocationAll over India
Official Websiteupsc.gov.in

UPSC CSE Notification 2022

The Union Public Service Commission released the Civil Services Exam 2022 notification on its official website on February 2, 2022. As per the notification, a total of 861 vacancies have been announced, divided as per the categories of the candidates. Candidates must clear three stages as prescribed by the conducting body to secure their desired positions – Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview/Personality Test.

Go through the link given below to check the official notifications related to Civil Services 2022 exam: 

UPSC CSE Important Dates 2022

The exam conducting body releases the UPSC Civil Services Exam schedule for the Prelims exam on their official website. Here, we have provided the schedule for important events such as UPSC CSE (IAS) 2022 exam.

EventImportant Date
UPSC Civil Services exam notification dateFebruary 02, 2022
IAS application form starts fromFebruary 02, 2022
Last date to fill out the IAS applicationFebruary 22, 2022
1st phase window for change of centreMarch 03 to 07, 2022
2nd phase window for change of centreMarch 10 to 14, 2022
UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims dateJune 05, 2022
Announcement of Prelims ResultJune 23, 2022
Submission of Detailed Application Form-I (DAF-I)July 06 to 15, 2022
IAS Mains exam dateSeptember 16, 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2022
Mains result declaration dateJanuary 2023

What is UPSC CSE Exam?

UPSC conducts Civil Service Examination (CSE) every year to select the most deserving candidates for various posts. It is commonly known as the UPSC IAS exam. Candidates who qualify in the Civil Services Exam can opt for any of the posts offered through two categories which are Group A Services and Group B Services. Every year, around 760 to 800 candidates are selected for UPSC posts. The Civil Services Exam has three stages, i.e., Prelims, Mains, and interview/ personality test.

To qualify for the UPSC posts, candidates must qualify in all three stages of the exams. IAS Preliminary exam has two papers which are General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II, while the CSE Mains has a total of nine papers which are as under:

  • General Studies I
  • General Studies II
  • General Studies III
  • General Studies IV
  • Optional Subject Paper I
  • Optional Subject Paper II
  • Essay Paper
  • English Paper
  • Region language Paper

UPSC Civil Services Vacancy 2022

The total number of UPSC CSE Vacancy for the year 2022 is now 1011. The total number of vacancies serves as a motivator for candidates. The Indian Police Service (IPS) now has 200 vacancies, according to the Union Government of India. Every year, approximately 180 IAS officials are recruited. Every year, the Ministry of Personnel publishes a list of UPSC vacancies per position.

UPSC CSE Eligibility Criteria 2022

Candidates willing to appear for the Civil Services Exam 2022 should first check the eligibility criteria as prescribed by the conducting authority and then proceed to fill out the application form. The Union Public Service Commission has prescribed the Eligibility Criteria for CSE, and the candidates holding the requisite educational qualification and fulfilling the other criteria will only be considered eligible. The section below mentions the detailed eligibility criteria for jobs offered through UPSC CSE 2022: 

Nationality

For IAS, IFS, and IPS posts, only Indian nationals can apply. Other than these three posts, the following candidates can apply:

  • Applicants should be a citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or
  • Tibetan refugees who came over to India before January 1, 1962, intending to permanently settle in India, or
  • A person of Indian origin who had migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zaire, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, and Vietnam to permanently settle in India 

Educational Qualification

Candidates holding a graduation degree in any subject from a recognised college/institute/university can apply for UPSC Civil Services Exam. Candidates appearing for the final year of their graduation degree exam can also apply. 

Age Limit

To be eligible for the UPSC IAS exam, the minimum age limit for all the categories is 21 years as of February 1, 2022. The maximum age limit for all the categories is mentioned below:

  • General – 32 years
  • OBC – 35 years
  • SC/ST – 37 years

Number of Attempts

The detail of the number of attempts in the UPSC Civil Services Exam is mentioned below:

  • General Categories – 6 attempts
  • OBC- 9 attempts
  • SC/ST- Unlimited attempts

Candidates must note that an attempt at a Prelims exam will be treated as one attempt. Also, if a candidate appears for any one of two papers in the Prelims exam, it will be treated as one attempt.

IAS Exam Application Procedure 2022

Candidates were allowed to fill out the application form for the IAS exam in online mode on the official website of UPSC from February 02, 2022. They must first register themselves to fill out the application form for UPSC CSE. The section below mentions the steps that the candidates are required to complete to fill out the online UPSC IAS application form 2022:

1. UPSC IAS Registration

  • Candidates need to visit the official website of UPSC and click on the link given there for online applications for various exams.
  • Now, click on the registration option for Civil Services Exam 2021-22 and provide all the necessary details.
  • A verification link would be sent to the candidate’s email ID.
  • Candidates have to verify themselves with the verification link and complete the registration process.

2. Filling IAS Application Form

Now, the candidates have to proceed to fill out the Civil Services Exam Registration Part-II, which is the main application form for the exam. Candidates will have to provide details such as their personal information, education qualification, parental information, employment information (if they have any), and contact details. They also have to select the exam centre from the list given there to their preference.

3. Upload Images

Candidates have to now proceed to upload the required images. Candidates have to upload scanned copies of photograph, signature, and photo ID proof. They must note that the passport size photograph must not be older than 6 months, and the signature should only be done on white paper. The size and format of the required images should be as per the detail given below:

DocumentFormatSize
SignatureJPG20 kb to 300 kb
PhotographJPG20 kb to 300 kb
Photo IDPDF20 kb to 300 kb

4. Payment of Application Fees

Candidates have to now proceed to make payment of the application fees using the available payment option there. Applicants can use any available payment modes to pay the application form fee. Those who will qualify for the UPSC CSE Prelims exam will have to pay the application fee for the Mains exam as well. 

5. Printing UPSC CSE Application Confirmation Form

After filling in the details in the application form and making payment of the application fee, candidates have to review the application form and then click on the submit button. After submission, the application confirmation page will appear on the screen, and the candidates are suggested to download the same. 

Note: Candidates who will qualify for the IAS Prelims exam will have to submit a separate application form for the Mains exam on the official website. To fill out the application form for the IAS Mains Exam, the candidates have to follow the same process mentioned above.

Civil Services Application Fees

While filling out the application form for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022, the candidates need to pay a certain amount as the application form fee. Candidates have to pay the application form fees for both Prelims and Mains exams using online payment methods such as credit card, debit card, UPI, internet banking, and so on.

The candidates can pay the application fee as per the fee detail given below:

CategoryPreliminary Exam FeeMains Exam Fee
General/EWS/OBCRs. 100Rs. 200
Females/SC/ST/Persons with DisabilityNilNil

UPSC CSE Exam Centres

UPSC conducts IAS Prelims and Mains exams at various exam centres throughout the country. The exam conducting authority has already prescribed the exam centre for both Prelims and Mains exams of UPSC CSE. Candidates have to select the exam centre as per their choice. UPSC will allow the exam centre based on the choice filled by the candidates and the availability of the exam centre.

UPSC CSE Prelims exam is conducted in a total of 72 cities in the country, while the Mains exam is conducted in a total of 24 cities of the country. In the separate tables below, we have provided the list of exam centres for Prelims and Mains exams.

UPSC IAS Exam Centres 2022 for Prelims

IAS Prelims exam is conducted at more exam centres than IAS Mains because the total number of candidates appearing in the Prelims exam is far more than the Mains exam. The list of Prelims exam centres is given in the tabular form below:

AgartalaGhaziabadGautam Buddh Nagar
AgraGorakhpurPanaji (Goa)
AhmedabadGwaliorPort Blair
AizawlHyderabadPuducherry
AjmerGurgaonPatna
AligarhImphalPune
AllahabadIndoreRaipur
Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh)ItanagarRajkot
AurangabadJabalpurRanchi
BangaloreJaipurSambalpur
BareillyJammuShillong
BhopalJodhpurShimla
BilaspurJorhatSiliguri
ChandigarhKochiSrinagar
ChennaiKohimaThane
CoimbatoreKolkataThiruvananthapuram
CuttackKozhikode (Calicut)Tiruchirapalli
DehradunLucknowTirupati
DelhiLudhianaUdaipur
DharwadMaduraiVaranasi
DispurMumbaiVellore
FaridabadMysoreVijayawada
GangtokNagpurVisakhapatnam
GayaNavi MumbaiWarangal
DharamshalaMandi

UPSC IAS Exam Centres 2022 for Mains

IAS Mains exam will be conducted in a total of 24 centres across the country. The number of Mains exam centres is less than the Prelims exam centre because the number of candidates qualifying for the Mains exam is far less than the number of candidates who appeared in the Prelims exam.

IAS Mains exam is conducted on weekends only. Usually, it takes two weekends to conduct the mains exam. A complete list of UPSC CSE Mains is mentioned in the table below:

AhmedabadDehradunMumbai
AizawlDelhiPatna
AllahabadDispur (Guwahati)Raipur
BengaluruHyderabadRanchi
BhopalJaipurShillong
ChandigarhJammuShimla
ChennaiKolkataThiruvananthapuram
CuttackLucknowVijayawada

UPSC CSE Admit Card 2022

UPSC releases the admit card for the Prelims & Mains exam in online mode on its website. Candidates who have submitted the application form under the given deadline can download their admit card 10 to 15 days before the date of the exam.

Steps to Download UPSC IAS Hall Ticket

To download the admit card, candidates have to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of the Union Public Service Commission.
  • Find the link to download the Civil Services Exam admit card on the homepage and click on it.
  • After clicking on the option to download the UPSC CSE hall ticket, candidates have to log in using the required credentials such as application number and password/date of birth (created while filling the application form for the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022), and then click on the submit button given there.
  • After logging in, the admit card for UPSC CSE 2022 will appear on the screen.
  • Candidates are advised to check the details mentioned on the admit card and download the same. After downloading the hall ticket, the candidates are advised to take one or two copies of the Civil Services Exam 2022.

After downloading the exam hall ticket, the candidates must check the details mentioned on it. In case they find any discrepancies on the admit card, they must contact the conducting authority to resolve them before the date of the exam.

Details Mentioned on UPSC IAS Admit Card

IAS admit card contains important details of a candidate’s personal information and exam centre details such as:

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Parent’s Name
  • Correspondence and Permanent Address
  • Contact Information
  • Registration Number
  • Roll Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Size Picture
  • Signature Image
  • Important Instructions
  • Subject and Subject Codes
  • Exam Date and Timing
  • Exam Venue Address
  • Signature of the Controller of Examination

NOTE: Candidates will have to carry their exam hall ticket to the exam centres along with a photo ID proof because, without the same, no candidates would be allowed to enter the exam hall. 

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 

The UPSC CSE is India’s toughest exam; therefore, before making a schedule for preparation, all the UPSC CSE aspirants are advised to check the exam pattern and make a preparation plan accordingly. Knowing the exam pattern in advance helps the candidates know the type of questions asked in the exam, level of questions, total marks in the papers, sections, marking scheme, and more.

To better understand the exam pattern, the candidates need to practice the previous year’s questions papers for both Prelims and the Mains exam. The space below mentions a separate exam pattern for both Prelims and Mains:

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern for Prelims

  • Mode of Exam: The exam will be conducted in offline mode using Pen and Paper. 
  • Language of Exam: The language of the UPSC CSE Prelims exam is Hindi and English.
  • Number of Papers: There will be a total of two compulsory papers in the Prelims exam, which are General Studies 1 and General Studies 2. 
  • Type of Questions: Objective-type multiple-choice questions would be asked in the Prelims exam.
  • Total Marks: A total of 200 marks is distributed per paper.
  • Total Questions:  A total of 100 questions are asked in the paper, while Paper 2 has a total of 80 questions. 
  • Duration of Exam: Candidates have to take up Prelims exam in total of 2 hours per paper.
  • Marking Scheme: In Paper 1, candidates will be distributed 2 marks for each correct answer, and in Paper 2, the candidates receive 2.5 marks for every correct attempt. There will be a negative marking scheme in the Prelims exam; 1/3 rd marks are deducted for each wrong answer in both papers. 
  • Qualifying Paper and Marks: The candidates have to qualify in Paper 2. They can qualify this paper by scoring at least 33%, which is 66 marks out of 200.

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern for Mains

  • Mode of Exam: The exam will be conducted in offline mode (Pen and Paper based). 
  • Language of Exam: The language of the UPSC CSE Prelims exam is Hindi and English.
  • Number of Papers: There will be a total of 9 papers in the Mains exam. These papers will be of conventional essay type out of which only two papers will be of qualifying in nature. 
  • Duration of Exam: The mains exam is conducted over 5 days.

Qualifying Papers

  • Paper-I Essay
  • Paper-II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 
  • Paper-III – General Studies -II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 
  • Paper-IV – General Studies -III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
  • Paper-V General Studies -IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
  • Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1
  • Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2

Civil Services Marking Scheme

Here, we have tabulated the paper-wise UPSC CSE marking scheme to provide a clear picture of the examination as per the guidelines of the conducting body. Candidates must check the table given below to clear out their doubts regarding the same subject.

PapersName of PaperNumber of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Paper AIndian Language25-303003 hours
Paper BEnglish25-303003 hours
Paper 1Essay8-102503 hours
Paper 2General Studies 120-252503 hours
Paper 3General Studies 220-252503 hours
Paper 4General Studies 320-252503 hours
Paper 5General Studies 420-252503 hours
Paper 6Optional Subject 120-252503 hours
Paper 7Optional Subject 220-252503 hours

Marks Distribution

Total marks1750
Marks for Interview275
Total marks2025

UPSC CSE Mains Evaluation Criteria

Candidates aspiring to appear for the CSE need to be aware of the criteria that are used while evaluating the papers for the Main exam:

  • The question in the papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be based on matriculation or its equivalent standard and this paper will be qualifying in nature.
  • Marks obtained in Indian languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will not be counted for ranking.
  • The papers of Essays, General Studies, and optional subjects will be evaluated only if the candidates have secured at least 25 % marks in each English and Language paper.
  • Paper A on Indian language is not mandatory for the students belonging to the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim.
  • Paper A on Indian language is also not mandatory for the students with Benchmark Disabilities (only for Hearing Impairment sub-category), such candidates will be granted such exemption from 2nd or 3rd language courses by the concerned Educational Board/University.

Civil Services Optional Subjects

Candidates need to choose one option subject while filling out the application form for the IAS exam. There are a total of 25 available optional subjects. Option subject contains a total of 500 marks out of 1750 marks which are around 30 per cent of the total marks. Therefore, the candidates need to select the optional subject very carefully as this many marks are surely going to play a vital role in selection. UPSC has already prescribed the list of optional subjects for the Mains exam which we have also provided below:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

UPSC CSE 2022 syllabus

Candidates who are preparing to appear for the UPSC CSE 2022 exam are required to first check the syllabus. The syllabus for IAS Prelims exam paper 1 and paper 2 is the same for all the candidates. Candidates who are preparing to take up the IAS Prelims exam are not only required to check the syllabus but also cover the entire topics included in it. The syllabus for the UPSC CSE Prelims exam is given below:

General Studies Paper I Syllabus

  • Current events of national and international importance
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation
  • History of India and the Indian National Movement
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General Science
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

General Studies Paper-II Syllabus

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills, including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level)
  • Data Interpretation (Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data sufficiency etc.) (Class X level)

Visit the official website for a detailed syllabus of the exam. 

IAS Exam Preparation Books

We have already discussed how difficult it is to crack UPSC CSE for the candidates. Therefore, the candidates need to leave no stone unturned when it comes to preparation for the exam. For a holistic preparation for the exam, the candidates need to cover the entire syllabus and should have clear concepts of the topics included in the syllabus.

For the help of aspirants, in the table below, we have provided the list of books recommended by the experts: 

Book TitleAuthor/Publication
History of Modern India (History)Bipan Chandra
India’s Struggle For Independence (History)Bipan Chandra
India’s Ancient Past (History)R.S. Sharma
History of Medieval India (History)Satish Chandra
A New Look at Modern Indian HistoryBL Grover
The Wonder That Was India (Culture)A.L. Bhasham
Indian Art and Culture (Culture)Nitin Singhania
Indian Economy (Economy)Ramesh Singh
Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)Rajagopalan
Geography of India (Geography)Majid Husain
Oxford School Atlas (Geography)Oxford
Science and TechnologyTMH
CSAT Book Cracking the CSAT Paper-2Arihant
Certificate Physical and Human Geography (Geography)Goh Cheng Leong
Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (Polity)M. Laxmikanth
Facets of Indian CultureSpectrum
Indian ConstitutionPM Bakshi
A History of Modern WorldRanjan Chakravarti
Environment for Civil Services Prelims and main (Environment)Khuller
Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR. S. Aggarwal

Civil Services Question Papers (Prelims and Mains)

For better preparation for the UPSC exam, the aspirants not only rely on the books and notes, but they should also practise the sample papers and previous year’s question papers. Practising the previous year’s questions papers not only helps the candidates to know the exam pattern but also helps them know the level of exam and question trends.

UPSC releases question papers for both Prelims and Mains exams as both exams are conducted in offline mode only. Click the links activated in the table below to download the previous year’s UPSC CSE question papers:

YearLinks to download Prelims Exam Question Papers
2020General Studies Paper-I
2020General Studies Paper-II
2019General Studies Paper-I
2019General Studies Paper-II
2018General Studies Paper – I
2018General Studies Paper-II

UPSC CSE Answer Key

After the IAS 2022 recruitment process is completed, UPSC will release the official UPSC IAS answer key 2022 for the Prelims exam. The answer key will be released for both the General Studies Papers 1 and 2. For all sets of test booklets provided to candidates during the UPSC IAS exam, the UPSC CSE answer key will be available online in PDF format.

UPSC CSE Results

The authorities release the UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2022 online in PDF form via the official website. Candidates can download the result through the link available on this page which includes the list of candidates who have cleared the UPSC CSE Prelims exam with their names and roll numbers. Those who perform better in each exam are selected for the next round of the UPSC exam.

The final result of UPSC CSE will be published based on the overall performance of the candidates in the exam that will be carrying the list of candidates qualified in the exam along with marks obtained by them in the exam.

Steps to Check IAS Exam Result

To check the result for UPSC CSE, candidates need to follow the below-mentioned steps: 

  • Visit the official website of the Union Public Service Commission.
  • Find the link to download the UPSC CSE result (Prelims or Mains) on the homepage and click on it.
  • After clicking on the result link, candidates have to log in using the required credentials such as application number and date of birth (created while filling the application form for the UPSC CSE 2022) and then click on submit.
  • After clicking on the submit button, the result for UPSC CSE 2022 will appear on the screen.
  • The result for the UPSC CSE exam contains some important details such as the name of the candidate, total marks of the exam, marks secured by them in the exam, etc. 
  • Candidates are provided with an option to download the exam result. They can also take a printout of the same. 

UPSC will release a scorecard for UPSC CSE 2022 for all the stage-wise Prelims, Mains, and final stages of the selection process. Candidates can download their UPSC civil services scorecard on the official website by providing the required credentials.

UPSC CSE Cutoff 2022

Along with releasing the result for each stage of the exam, UPSC also releases the cutoff for the selection of the next round. It contains the minimum marks to be obtained by the students to qualify for the next exam. Candidates who are going to appear for the UPSC CSE Prelims or Mains exam will be able to check the cut off on the official website of UPSC.

Candidates who have secured equal or more marks to the UPSC CSE Cut Off marks would become eligible for the next round of the selection process exam. 

UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Expected Cutoff

Candidates can check the UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 expected cut off in the table below, along with the previous year cut off:

Category2022
(Expected Cut off)
202120202019
General94 – 10587.5492.5198.00
EWS80 -9280.1477.5590.00
OBC85 – 9084.8589.1295.34
SC75 – 8075.4174.8482.00
ST65 – 7070.7168.7177.34
PwBD-168.0270.0653.34
PwBD-267.3363.9444.66
PwBD-343.0940.8240.66
PwBD-545.8042.8661.34

Civil Services Previous Year Cut off

UPSC has not released the cut-off for UPSC CSE 2021-22 yet, till then the candidates can check the previous year’s cut-off in the separate tables below:

Previous years’ UPSC CSE Cut-off for Prelims (Out of 200 marks)

Category2015201620172018
General107.34116.00105.3498.00
SC9499.3488.6684.00
ST91.3496.0088.6683.34
OBC106110.66102.6696.66
PwD 190.6675.3485.3473.34
PwD 276.6672.6661.3453.34
PwD 340.0040.0040.0040.00
PwD 545.34

Previous years’ UPSC CSE Cut-off for Mains (Out of 1750 marks)

Category2015201620172018
General676787809774
SC622739756719
ST617730749719
OBC630745770732
PwD 1580713734711
PwD 2627740745696
PwD 3504545578520
PwD 5460

Previous years’ UPSC CSE Final Cut-off (Out of 2025)

Category2015201620172018
General8779881006982
OBC834951968938
ST801920939912
SC810937944912
PwD 1802927923899
PwD 2830951948908
PwD 3697817830754
PwD 5718

UPSC CSE Selection Process

The candidates who want to be selected for prestigious jobs like Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), and Central Civil Services including the Indian Foreign Services through UPSC CSE need to be aware of the whole criteria involved in the selection process.

Here, we are going to discuss the criteria involved in the selection of a candidate for the offered posts. 

  • Fill out the UPSC CSE Application Form: The candidates need to first fill out the application form for the exam. Candidates can apply by making payment of the application fees.
  • Download UPSC CSE Hall Ticket: After filling out the application form, candidates have to download the UPSC CSE hall ticket via online mode on the official website of UPSC. Admit cards can be downloaded for both Prelims and Mains exam on the official website by using the required credentials. 
  • Appear for UPSC CSE Prelims Exam: Candidates have to now appear for the UPSC CSE 2021-22 Prelims exam which is conducted in offline mode. 
  • Appear for the UPSC CSE Main Exam: Based on the performance in the Prelims exam, the candidates are selected for the main exam. Only a few per cent of candidates qualify for the main exam every year. The candidates who have qualified for the Mains exam have to appear for the Mains exam which is conducted at two consecutive weekends. 
  • Appear for the UPSC CSE Personal Interview: Candidates who have qualified in both Prelims and Mains exams are selected for the personal interview round which is conducted only at a few exam centres in the country. Candidates have to perform excellently in the PI round in order to be selected for jobs offered through CSE.

Civil Services Salary Structure 

The candidates who qualify for the UPSC CSE exam are selected for any of the offered posts. The selected candidates are entitled to be paid the salary of an IAS officer as per the 7th pay commission. Candidates who want to know the salary of IAS officers should note that remuneration is Rs 56,100 as basic pay during the training period.

To calculate the monthly salary of an IAS officer, the following mentioned formula can be used: Total Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA. Candidates can check the post-wise salary offered to the IAS officers in the table below:

Number of Years Required in ServiceCareer-wise Posts for District AdministrationCareer-wise Posts for State SecretariatCareer-wise Posts for Central Secretariat
Basic Pay(INR)
1-4Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM)Under SecretaryAssistant Secretary56100
5-8Additional district magistrate (ADM)Deputy SecretaryUnder Secretary67,700
9-12District magistrate (DM)Joint SecretaryDeputy Secretary78,800
13-16District magistrate (DM)Special Secretary-cum-DirectorDirector1,18,500
16-24Divisional Commissioner (DC)Secretary-cum-CommissionerJoint Secretary1,44,200
25-30Divisional Commissioner (DC)Principal SecretaryAdditional secretary1,82,200
30-33No Equivalent RankAdditional Chief SecretaryNo Equivalent Rank2,05,400
34-36No Equivalent RankChief SecretarySecretary2,25,000
37+ yearsNo Equivalent RankNo Equivalent RankCabinet Secretary of India2,50,000

UPSC Civil Services Posts

Under the Union Public Service Commission, CSE Services are divided into two groups: A and B. Here, we have enlisted all the services. Candidates must go through the pointers given below to know more about the same.

Group A Services

  • Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Corporate Law Service
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Defence Estates Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Police Service
  • Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
  • Indian Postal Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)
  • Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)
  • Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)

Group B Services

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services
  • Pondicherry Civil Service
  • Pondicherry Police Service

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FAQs on UPSC CSE 2022

Here, we have enlisted some frequently asked questions related to the UPSC CSE 2022. Candidates must go through these questions and answers to clear out their doubts regarding the same subject.

Q.1: How do the candidates qualify in UPSC CSE 2022?
Ans:
UPSC selects the students for IAS, IPS, and IFS through three stages of UPSC CSE which are Prelims, Mains, and personal interview rounds. Candidates have to clear the Prelims exam to appear in the Mains. Afterwards, candidates who secure minimum marks as per the Mains cut-off are called for the Personal Interview round.

Q.2: What is the minimum educational qualification for UPSC CSE 2022?
Ans:
Candidates who are holding a graduation degree in any subject from a recognised college/institute/university can apply for UPSC CSE. Also, candidates who are appearing for the final year of their graduation degree exam can also apply.

Q.3: How many times can a candidate appear for UPSC CSE?
Ans:
The number of attempts differs according to the category of the candidates. For the General and EWS categories, candidates can appear up to 6 times, 9 attempts for the OBC category, and unlimited for SC and ST categories.

Q.4: What is the full form of UPSC?
Ans:
The full form of UPSC is Union Public Service Commission.

Q.5: Can I fill out the application form for UPSC CSE 2022 through offline mode?
Ans:
No, you can fill out the application form for UPSC CSE 2022 via online mode on the official website only. 

Q.6: What will be the mode of the UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims exam and will there be any negative marking?
Ans:
UPSC CSE 2022 Prelims is be conducted in offline mode (pen and paper) and yes, there will be a negative marking in the Prelims exam. 1/3rd marks are deducted for each wrong answer in both papers of the Prelims exam. 

Q.7: How does the answer key for UPSC CSE 2022 help the candidate?
Ans:
After conducting both stages of the exam, UPSC releases the answer key for the same. With the help of the answer key, candidates can evaluate their tentative results by referring to the solutions given in it. The answer keys released by the conducting authority contain the right answer to the questions asked in the exam.

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