UPSC Notification Civil Services 2020: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Civil Services Prelims Exam Dates at its official website i.e. upsc.gov.in. The IAS Prelims Exam is scheduled to be held on October 4, 2020. While the UPSC CSE Admit Card is expected to be released by September 13, 2020.
|Latest June 5, 2020: |
-UPSC released the revised exam dates. Civil Services/ IAS Prelims on October 4, 2020. Download new UPSC Calendar PDF.
– I.E.S./I.S.S. Exam to be conducted on October 16, 2020.
Candidates appearing for the exam must be aware of the details about UPSC CSE, like important dates, eligibility, application process, exam pattern, etc. Read this article to find out everything about the UPSC Civil Services Exam.
UPSC Notification 2020: Civil Services Exam For IAS IPS IFS
Before getting into the details of UPSC CSE 2020, let’s have an overview of the exam:
|Conducting Authority||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Name of the Exam||Civil Services Examination (CSE)|
|Name of the Post||IAS, IPS, IFS, etc|
|Level of Exam||National|
|Frequency of Exam||Once in a year|
|Number of Stages||3 (Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview)|
|Exam Mode||Pen-Paper Based (Offline)|
|UPSC Official Notification||Download PDF|
UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) is considered as one of the most competitive exams in India. It offers the most prestigious government jobs in India. UPSC conducts the Civil Services Exam once in a year to recruit IAS, IPS, IFS and other officers. Here are some important points regarding this exam:
- – The UPSC CSE Exam is carried out in three phases: Prelims, Mains Exam & Personal Interview.
- – Mode of the Prelims & Mains exam is Pen-Paper based (Offline).
- – The competition is very high, especially for IAS, IPS, and IFS. In 2019, around 12,000 candidates were selected out of 8 lakh candidates.
- – All the ministries and the departments in the union and state governments are headed by the IAS officers.
- – The IAS topper also gets the opportunity to become the Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India (which is the highest bureaucratic position one person can have in India).
UPSC Notification 2020: CSE Important Dates
Here are the important dates regarding the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020:
|Beginning of Online Application||February 12, 2020|
|Last Date for Online Application||March 3, 2020|
|Release of UPSC Admit card||September 13, 2020 |
(3 weeks before the exam)
|UPSC CSE Prelims 2020||October 4, 2020 (Sunday)|
|Declaration of Prelims Result||To be notified soon|
|UPSC CSE Mains 2020||September 18, 2020|
|Declaration of Mains Result||To be notified soon|
UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2020
Candidates appearing for UPSC Civil Services Exam must fulfill the following Civil Services Exam eligibility criteria:
1. Nationality: In order to apply for UPSC CSE 2020, a candidate should be a citizen of India.
2. Age Limit: The candidate should have attained the age of 21 years and must not be more than 32 years as on 1st August 2020.
|Age Relaxation for the following categories||Age Relaxation|
|SC/ST Candidates||5 Years|
|OBC Candidates||3 Years|
|Defence Services Personnel*||3 Years|
|PwD Candidates||10 Years|
- – Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof will be given 3 Years relaxation
- – Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August 2020 and have been released will be given 5 Years relaxation
3. Minimum Educational Qualification: Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent qualification from any recognized University.
4. Number Of Attempts: A candidate is only eligible for 6 attempts.
UPSC Notification 2020: How To Apply For UPSC Civil Services Exam?
Online application for UPSC CSE exam has two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. In Part 1, candidates have to fill the basic information while in Part 2, candidates have to pay the application fee, fill their academic and other details, select their choice of exam centers and upload the documents. Candidates can follow the below steps in order to apply for UPSC CSE:
– Visit the official website of UPSC: upsc.gov.in.
- Online Application For Various Examinations of UPSC
– Click on “Online Application For Various Examinations of UPSC”.
- Part 1 Registration
– Click on the link provided for Part 1 Registration for UPSC CSE 2019.
- Read Instructions
– Read the instructions carefully and click on “Yes”
- Enter basic information
– Enter your basic information, like name, parents’ name, date of birth, gender, nationality, valid email ID, mobile number, address, etc.
- Verify all the details
– Click on the “Continue” button. Verify all the details you have provided and submit the Part 1 Registration Form
- Part 2 Registration
– You will be directed to Part 2 Registration, starting with the payment of application fee. Choose the mode of payment (online or offline) and make payment of the application fee.
- Enter academic details and select exam center
– Enter your academic and other details and select your choice of examination centers. You will be able to select three centers.
- Verify all the details
– Check if all the details are entered correctly and submit.
- Upload documents
– Upload scanned images of your Photograph, Signature, and Photo Identity Card documents in the prescribed format.
- Accept the declaration
– Next, you will have to click on “I agree” to approve the declaration.
- Take the printout
– Take the printout of your application form for future reference.
Here are the requirements of Photograph and Signature:
|Scanned Image||Photograph & Signature||Photo ID|
|Digital Size||20 kb to 300 kb||20 kb to 300 kb|
|Resolution||350 pixels x 350 pixels (minimum), |
1000 pixels x 1000 pixels (maximum)
UPSC Notification 2020: CSE Application Fees
Applicants can pay the UPSC CSE application fee in both online and offline mode. The offline mode includes downloading the pay-in-slip and paying in cash at the nearest branch of SBI. In the online mode, candidates can pay using Debit Cards, Credit Cards or Net Banking. The category-wise UPSC application fees are as under:
|SC/ ST/ Physically Handicapped (PH)||Exempted from paying the fees|
|Female Candidates||Exempted from paying the fees|
UPSC Notification 2020: CSE Selection Process
UPSC Civil Services Exam has three stages: Stage 1: Prelims, Stage 2: Mains (Written & Personal Interview)
The prelims exam is considered as a screening test only which means the marks obtained in prelims will not be considered for the final merit list but will be considered for qualifying to mains exam.
The number of candidates that will be selected for the Mains exam will be about twelve to thirteen times the total number of vacancies to be filled (approximately) i.e. 796 * 12 = 9,552 i.e. around 9,500 to 10,300 candidates will be selected for mains this year.
The Mains Exam will consist of a written exam and an interview test. The written exam will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type (out of which 2 papers will be qualifying in nature). Candidates who obtain minimum qualifying marks (which will be decided by the board) in the written part of the Main exam will be called for interview for a Personality Test.
The number of candidates that will be called for the interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled i.e. 2 * 796 = 1592 (around 1600 candidates will be called). The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).
Finally, the marks obtained in the Mains and Interview will be considered for the ranking.
UPSC Notification 2020: CSE Prelims Exam Pattern
UPSC Prelims is an offline exam consisting of objective type questions. It is conducted for a total of 400 marks (two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each). The total time duration for each of the papers is 2 hours while 20 minutes extra is given to visually impaired candidates. For every wrong answer, one-third of the marks allocated to the question will be deducted. The paper comes in two languages Hindi and English.
Her is the UPSC Civil Services Exam Prelims exam pattern:
|Sections||No. of Questions/ Maximum Marks||Duration|
|Paper 1- General Ability Test||80 questions/ 200 marks||2 hours|
|Paper 2- English Language||100 questions/ 200 marks||2 hours|
|Total||180 questions/ 400 marks||4 hours|
UPSC Notification 2020: CSE Mains Exam Pattern
UPSC CSE Mains too is a pen and paper-based examination. The paper is both Objective and Subjective in nature. Each paper in UPSC Mains carries 250 marks. The Mains exam has 9 papers (two of which are qualifying in nature) and the questions are asked in both Hindi and English. The time duration of the UPSC Civil Services Exam Mains is 3 hours for each paper. Visually impaired candidates get an extra 30 minutes. The exam pattern for UPSC CSE Mains is tabulated below:
|Paper A: One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution||300 Marks|
|Paper B: English||300 Marks|
Papers to be counted for merit:
|Paper-I: Essay||250 Marks|
|Paper-II: General Studies 1 (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)||250 Marks|
|Paper-III: General Studies 2 (Governance, Constitution, Polity,|
Social Justice and International relations)
|Paper-IV: General Studies 3 (Technology, Economic Development,|
Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
|Paper-V: General Studies 4 (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)||250 Marks|
|Paper-VI: Optional Subjects – Paper 1||250 Marks|
|Paper-VII: Optional Subjects – Paper 2||250 Marks|
|Sub Total (Written Test)||1750 Marks|
|Personality Test||275 Marks|
|Grand Total||2025 Marks|
Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given below.
UPSC Notification 2020: Optional Subjects In Civil Services Exam
Here is the list of optional Subjects For UPSC Civil Services Exam (Paper 6 & 7 of UPSC Mains):
- Commerce and Accountancy
- Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Science
- Public Administration
- Political Science and International Relations
UPSC Civil Services Admit Card
UPSC e-Admit Card will be issued 3 weeks before the commencement of the examination. UPSC will release the admit card on the official website of UPSC. Candidates can download the UPSC Civil Services Exam admit card by entering their Registration ID or Roll number and Date of Birth. No candidate will be allowed to sit for the exam without their admit cards.
The UPSC hall ticket will contain all the necessary information, like the name of the candidate, father’s name, date of birth, the name of the exam center, time and address of the center, photograph, signature, etc. In case of any discrepancy with respect to the details mentioned on the IAS hall ticket, candidates should immediately bring it to the notice by writing an email to the Commission.
UPSC Notification 2020: List Of Services In Civil Services
Here is the list of various posts that a candidate can get after qualifying the Civil Service Examination:
All India Services
- Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
- Indian Police Service (IPS)
- Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
Central Services (Group A)
- Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
- Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
- Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
- Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
- Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
- Indian Information Service (IIS)
- Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
- Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
- Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
- Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
- Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
- Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
- Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS)
- Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
- Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT)
- Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE)
- Indian Trade Service (ITrS)
Group B Services
- Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (AFHCS)
- Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)
- Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)
- Pondicherry Civil Service (PCS)
- Pondicherry Police Service (PPS)
FAQs Regarding Civil Services Exam 2020
Here are some frequently asked questions and their respective answers:
A. The UPSC has released the Civil Services Prelims Exam dates on June 5, 2020, at its official website i.e. upsc.gov.in.
A. UPSC Civil Servies will be held on October 4, 2020
A. The basic salary of Junior-level IAS officers is Rs. 56,100 per month. Note that the HRA, DA, and TA are also added to the basic salary. The maximum basic salary that an IAS Officer can get, that is the salary of the highest post-Cabinet Secretary is Rs.2,50,000 per month.
A. Yes, the Prelims exam is qualifying in nature. Candidates have to obtain a minimum of 33% in General Studies Paper-II and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I in CSE Prelims exam to appear for mains exam.
A. Merit list will be decided based on the number of vacancies and marks obtained in the Main exam and interview.
A. The UPSC CSE Application fee is Rs 200 for general and OBC candidates while the SC, ST, Physically Handicapped, and female candidates are exempted from paying the fee.
A. UPSC e-Admit Card will be issued 3 weeks before the CSE Exam date.
A. You can appear for the UPSC Civil Services for 6 times.
Now that you have all the necessary information regarding UPSC Notification, you have nothing to worry about. Just focus on your UPSC IAS Preparation. The exam is highly competitive in nature and its preparation needs to be done with utmost seriousness.
Have a clear knowledge of the UPSC exam pattern and syllabus, and plan your preparation accordingly. Be extremely serious and methodical. You will definitely do well. All the best!👍
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