The Union Public Service Commission is scheduled to conduct the UPSC Civil Services Examination (UPSC CSE 2020) to select candidates and fulfill the 796 vacancies for various posts. UPSC CSE is counted among one of the most prestigious and toughest examinations of the country. Every year, almost 10 lakh budding aspirants fill up the forms with only a 1000-odd able to make up to the Final Merit List. In order to be able to clear the exam, it is imperative to know the conduct and pattern of the examination in detail. Have a look at the details of the examination.
UPSC CSE 2020 Notification
The online Application for UPSC CSE 2020 has started on 12th February 2020. The last day to apply online is 3rd March 2020 till 6:00 PM. All candidates who wish to apply for the exam can do so by clicking on the link mentioned below.
The UPSC CSE Prelims Examination is slotted to take place on 31st May 2020 as the UPSC Calendar. The dates for the subsequent Mains Examination will be announced later. Aspirants can refer to the table below to check the same:
|Release of Official Notification||12th February 2020|
|Online Registration Commencement||12th February 2020|
|Online Application Ends||3rd March 2020 (till 6:00 PM)|
|Prelims Exam Date||31st May 2020|
|Mains Examination||To be announced|
|Personality Test/ Interview||To be announced|
UPSC CSE 2020 Eligibility
In order to appear the IAS Exam 2020, a candidate must fulfill certain mentioned eligibility criteria as underlined by the Union Public Service Commission:
Nationality: For the posts of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India. For all other posts, a candidate must be:
- A citizen of India
- Subject of Nepal
- Subject of Bhutan
- Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, to settle permanently.
- An Indian origin migrant from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam who came to permanently settle in India.
Educational Qualification: A candidate must be a Graduate or must hold the equivalent qualification from a recognized university to be eligible for UPSC CSE 2020.
Age Limit: A candidate must be minimum 21 years of age and must not exceed 32 years age limit as on August 1, 2020. Candidates belonging to reserved categories are granted relaxation in their age limit. Refer to the table below.
|Defense Services Personnel disabled in Operations during hostilities||3 years|
|ECOs/SSSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of military service||5 years|
|PwD Candidates||10 years|
UPSC will be conducting the CSE 2020 in different stages, i.e.:
- Preliminary Examination
- Mains Examination
- Personality Test/Interview
Preliminary Exam: This exam will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks. The examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission, to the Main Examination.
Mains Examination: This exam will constitute of 9 papers in total, 2 language papers and 7 other papers that will be general studies paper and optional papers. Questions asked will be descriptive answer type and will be provided in both English & Hindi, except for the language papers.
Personality Test/Interview: The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his career. He will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate. In broad terms this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.