UPSC released the official notification for UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020. The UPSC aspirants are eligible for the post of Indian Administrative Services(IAS), India Foreign Services(IFS), Indian Revenue Services (IRS), Indian Police Services. (IPS). The candidates who will register on the official UPSC website successfully will be issued Admit Cards for IAS exam (Prelims) in about three weeks before the date of the exam. Candidates have to download the same from the UPSC official website. The admit cards will not be sent by post. In this blog we will discuss the complete exam pattern, important dates, eligibility criteria, and how can you apply for UPSC CSE 2020.
UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Notification: Important Dates
|Date of Commencement of Application||12th Feb 2020|
|End date to register for UPSC CSE||3rd March 2020|
|Prelims Exam Date of UPSC CSE||31st May 2020|
|Mains Exam Date of UPSC CSE||18th Sept 2020|
UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Notification: Eligibility Criteria
(I) Minimum Educational Qualifications:
The candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act,1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
(II) Age Limits:
- a) Minimum Age Limit – 21 years
- b) Maximum Age Limit – 32 years
*He/She must have been born not earlier than 2nd August 1988 and not later than 1st August 1999
(1) For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service, and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) For other services, a candidate must be either: —
- A citizen of India, or
- A subject of Nepal, or
- A subject of Bhutan, or
- A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
- A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Notification– VACANCY
The number of vacancies to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately 796.
There are other vacancies as well for Disability Category such as;
- Blindness and low vision candidates; 3 vacancies
- Deaf and hard of hearing candidates; 9 vacancies
- Oculomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy candidates: 8 vacancies
- Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (c) including deaf-blindness; 4 vacancies
UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Notification: All about Posts
UPSC recruitment is conducted through the civil services exam to fill in vacancies in the following services, as mentioned in the UPSC notification:
- Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
- Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
- Indian Police Service (IPS)
- Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
- Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
- Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
- Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
- Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
- Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
- Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
- Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
- Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
- Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’
- Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
- Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’
UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Notification: How to fill the form?
- I would request the applicant to go to www.upsconline.nic.in
- Select online application for various examinations.
- Enter the details such as Name, Date of Birth, Email Address and Mobile Number.
- Click on the Submit button and you will receive your login credentials over registered email id.
- Now once you are done with the login credentials, enter your user id and password and login.
- Fill your personal details, educational details & employment details.
- Enter all the details and click on save and continue.
- The Applicants are requested to check all the details they have filled, as the information once filled cannot be changed later after final submission.
- At this step candidates are required to upload a passport size photograph & Scanned image of the signature
Important Note- The digital size of each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB and resolution 350 pixels (Width) X 350 pixels (Height) minimum, 1000 pixels (Width) X 1000 pixels (Height) maximum and Bit Depth of image file should be 24 bit.
- This is the Final Stage of filling for the Payment Stage.
- Candidates can choose the payment method to be either Online & Offline
- 100/- INR is applicable for General while (females, SC, ST, EWS & OBC certified candidates are exempted from the fee payment
- For online payment, you can choose either of Visa/Master/Rupay – credit card/debit card or Internet Banking Services of SBI.
- For offline payment, download the e-challan and submit the cash in SBI bank branches on the next day itself.
UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Notification: Exam Pattern
- The UPSC CSE is conducted in two stages as described below:
- Stage 1: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination which is of Objective type
- Stage 2: Civil Services (Main) Examination which is subjective in Written format
- Stage 3; The Interview
- Only candidates who qualify the preliminary exam are allowed to take the IAS mains exam. The mains written exam will be held first after which selected candidates will be summoned for the UPSC Interview/personality test.
Prelims Exam Pattern
|UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern||General Studies I||General Studies II or CSAT|
|Number of questions||100||80|
|Negative Marking||Yes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)-0.66 marks for every incorrect answer||Yes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)-0.83 marks for every incorrect answer|
|Duration of exam||2 hours||2 hours|
|UPSC Prelims 2020 Date of exam||May 31, 2020||May 31, 2020|
|Language of exam||English/Hindi||English/Hindi|
|Cut Off marks||Counted for Merit. Cutoff varies every year.||33% qualifying criteria (66 marks)|
Note: The UPSC Prelims cut off 2018 was 98 marks for General Category aspirants in GS 1.
Mains Exam Pattern
The UPSC Mains pattern for Civil Services Exam 2020 is given below:
|Sl. No.||Papers||Subject||Nature of Exam||Total Marks|
|1||Paper A||Indian Language||Qualifying||300|
|3||Paper I||Essay||Counted for Merit||250|
|4||Paper II||General Studies (GS) I||Counted for Merit||250|
|5||Paper III||General Studies (GS) II||Counted for Merit||250|
|6||Paper IV||General Studies (GS) III||Counted for Merit||250|
|7||Paper V||General Studies (GS) IV||Counted for Merit||250|
|8||Paper VI||Optional Subject Paper-I||Counted for Merit||250|
|9||Paper VII||Optional Subject Paper-II||Counted for Merit||250|
UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 Notification: Syllabus
The detailed UPSC Prelims syllabus for 2020 Exam is given below:
General Studies Paper-1 Syllabus:
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change- that do not require subject specialization.
- General Science.
General Studies Paper-2 (CSAT) Syllabus:
- 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).
- English language comprehension skills – Class X level.
In UPSC Mains, candidates have to score a minimum of 25% marks in Paper A and Paper B otherwise their marks in other papers will not be taken into account. The pattern/syllabus for qualifying papers in UPSC Mains is given below:
|Paper A – Indian Language (any of the Indian languages listed in the 8th schedule of the Constitution)||
|Paper B – English||
Important information regarding UPSC Mains qualifying papers:
- Paper A and Paper B test the candidates’ ability to read and understand serious prose in the given language and to express her/her views correctly and clearly.
- The marks in Paper A and Paper B in UPSC Mains will not be counted for merit but if candidates score below 25% in either of these two papers, then their marks in the remaining papers will not even be declared.
- The level of Paper A and Paper B is of a Matriculation (or equivalent) level.
- Paper A (Indian Language) in UPSC Mains is not compulsory for candidates hailing from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim
Syllabus for Essay paper
As such the UPSC Mains syllabus doesn’t have a prescribed section for the Essay paper. In the essay paper in UPSC Mains, candidates have to write two essays out of a few given options for a total of 250 marks. As per the UPSC, “Candidates are expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.”
Syllabus for General Studies
The UPSC Mains syllabus for GS papers covers broadly the following subjects/areas:
|UPSC Mains Paper II – General Studies I||UPSC Mains Paper III – General Studies II||UPSC Mains Paper-IV – General Studies III||UPSC Mains Paper V – General Studies IV|
|Indian Heritage and Culture||Governance||Technology||Ethics|
|History and Geography of the World||Constitution||Economic Development||Integrity|
|International relations||Security and Disaster Management|
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