UPSC Exam dates and preparation techniques

Riddika Grover

Riddika Grover

Dec 22, 2020 . Must read     

1. UPSC Exam Dates



UPSC Exam 2020 Notification 12 February 2020
Last date for applying in  UPSC Exam 2020 3 March 2020
UPSC Prelims Exam 2020   4 October 2020
UPSC Prelims 2020 Result 23 October 2020
UPSC Prelims 2020 Result with names 27 October 2020
UPSC- IAS Main Exam 2020 8 January 2021

2. UPSC Exam details



Examination Name Civil Services Exam 2020
Conducting Body of the Exam  Union Public Service Commission(UPSC)
Examination State Basic Information
Vacancies available for UPSC 796
Frequency for UPSC Exam Once in a year
Mode of Examination Offline by Pen and Paper Mode
Required Examination Stages Prelims – Mains(Descriptive Examination) – Mains(Interview)
Minimum fees for Application for UPSC Prelims 100
Language Mode of UPSC Exam Prelims – Required language English and Hindi
Number of Test Cities for UPSC Exam Test centres available across the nation
UPSC Exam Helpdesk Contact Information 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
UPSC-CSE Official Website Portal https://www.upsc.gov.in/


3. UPSC Application form

Candidates or UPSC Exam applicants can fill up the UPSC Application form through online mode within the provided time by UPSC. Once applicants are done with the application form, they must pay the UPSC Exam application fees in an online or offline mode. The application fee structure is bifurcated category wise.


Category you belong UPSC Exam-Preliminary Exam Fee UPSC Mains Exam-Application Fee Structure
Category-General/ EWS/OBC Rs. 100 Rs. 200
Category-Females/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability NIL NIL

4. UPSC Admit card

The UPSC Exam admit card was released by the officials on September 1. The admit card was provided to the applicants online for the UPSC Exam- prelims.

The applicants for the UPSC Exam won’t get their admit cards through offline mode or by post. It is relevant for the candidates to take care of their admit card and not to forget to carry their admit card on the day of their UPSC Examination.UPSC Applicants are not allowed to give the examination without the admit cards.

5. UPSC Selection process

The UPSC-IAS Exam or the Civil Services Examination is conducted by the organization UPSC or the Union Public Service Commission every year. Every year, UPSC-IAS Exam notification is released for recruiting in the Indian Bureaucracy. It is a competitive examination that occurs every year in India for recruiting several people in Civil Services in the Indian Government. A UPSC-IAS Examination Notification is released every year providing the basic details required for the IAS Exam.

The basic details and data provided by the UPSC Notification are:

  1. The IAS Examination dates
  2. UPSC-IAS Examination available vacancies
  3. UPSC-IAS Examination centers
  4. UPSC-IAS Examination fees
  5. The procedure of applying online for the IAS Exam.
  6. Required Eligibility for UPSC-IAS Exam:
  7. Nationality
  8. Required Age 
  9. The number of attempts for IAS Examination
  10. The required Educational Qualification
  11. IAS Exam Blueprint
  12. IAS Exam posts
  13. Latest IAS Exam Syllabus

The UPSC Selection process is done by the following 3 stages:

1.  UPSC Prelims round

2. UPSC Mains round

3. UPSC Interview round

6. UPSC Medical Examinaton details

Every UPSC applicant has to go through a medical examination after the interview round or the UPSC personality test round. The CSMB or Central Standing Medical Board takes care about examining the physical and mental state of the candidate.The UPSC officials have put forward the list of the hospitals where the candidates are sent for a medical examination. 

  1. B.R. Ambedkar Hospital
  2. AIIMS, New  Delhi
  3. Safdarjung Hospital
  4. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
  5. Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital
  6. Sucheta Kriplani Hospital
  7. Guru  Teg Bahadur Hospital
  8. Deen  Dayal Upadhyay Hospital

7. UPSC Examination center

The information regarding the UPSC Examination Centre is provided every year in the UPSC notification. The UPSC Examination- Preliminary Round is conducted in almost 72 cities across India. The UPSC Examination-Mains Round is conducted in almost 24  cities across India.

8. Salary of UPSC-IAS officer

The salary of an IAS officer can start from Rs.56,000 and can reach upto Rs.2 Lakh-2.5 Lakh per month (especially for a Cabinet Secretary). A career in the UPSC Civil Services Examination yet only a few of them can clear the Examination. It is one of the most reputed professions in India. The UPSC-IAS officer gets a salary even during the training.


What is the date of UPSC Exam 2021 prelims?

The preliminary round of UPSC Exam 2021 will be conducted on June 27, 2021. The UPSC 2021 Examination notifications would be released on the UPSC website on 10 February 2021. The last application date of examination is March 2nd, 2021.

How to start UPSC preparation at home?

The preparation of the UPSC Examination can be done at home starting with basics, start reading newspapers daily for current affairs. Read important topics frequently asked from examination from NCERT.

Is the UPSC Exam tougher than the JEE Exam?

Several aspirants consider UPSC Examination as the toughest examination in India. For a few applicants, the IIT Examination is tough too. Both examinations are tough in their manner. It depends on you how determined are you to become an IAS Officer to serve your country India or how determined you are to become an engineer. The percentage of students clearing the UPSC-IAS Examination is quite less as compared to the IIT Examination and so it’s considered a tough examination.

How many papers are there in the UPSC Main Exam?

UPSC Examination has a total of 9 question papers. In these papers, the candidates need to minimum clear the General English and General Hindi papers.