IAS 2020 will be conducted by Union Public Service Commission to select eligible candidates for the range of posts offered through UPSC CSE. Considered as one of the most coveted Government exams conducted in the country, clearing IAS Exam is like a dream for every Government Job Aspirant. UPSC CSE Exam is considered to be one of the most difficult exam conducted in the country, but with proper guidance and preparation it is scalable. Majority of candidates who start their preparation for the exam do so with the zeal of becoming an IAS Officer. Let’s have a look at the details of this examination.In this blog we will discuss about UPSC 2020 Selection process.
UPSC 2020: Important Dates
|UPSC IAS Notification 2020 released||12 February 2020|
|Date of IAS Application||12 February 2020|
|End Date of IAS Application||3 March 2020|
|Release of IAS Admit Card||April 2020 (Tentative)|
|IAS Prelims Exam Date||31 May 2020|
|IAS Mains 2020 Exam Date||18 September 2020|
UPSC 2020 Eligibility
To appear for IAS Exam 2020, a candidate must fulfill the mentioned eligibility criteria as underlined by Union Public Service Commission.
Nationality: For the post of IAS & IPS, a candidate must be a citizen of India. For all other posts,
A candidate must be:
A citizen of India
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 IAS Exam 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. Let’s have a look at the same.
|Defense Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities||3 years|
|ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service||5 years|
|PwD candidates||10 years|
|Domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989||5 years|
UPSC 2020 Selection Process
Candidates who want to seek recruitment in Civil Services IAS/IPS/IFS need to undertake:
• IAS Prelims
• IAS Mains & Interview
UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam is qualifying in nature. The marks of IAS Prelims are not considered in final merit list, from which the selection of candidates is made. The UPSC prepares the final merit list on the basis of marks secured by candidates in IAS Mains exam and Interview.
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UPSC 2020 Prelims Exam Pattern
|Paper||Total Questions||Marks||Time Duration|
|Paper I: General Studies||100||200||2 Hours|
|Paper II: GS (CSAT)||80||200||2 Hours|
• In IAS Prelims exam, questions will be asked in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) format
• There will be Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks (0.66) for each wrong answer
• GS Paper II (CSAT) is qualifying in nature; you need only 33 percent marks to clear this paper
• In the PwD category, blind candidates are allotted 20 minutes extra for each paper
UPSC 2020 Mains Exam Pattern
|Paper||Name of Paper||Nature of Paper||Time Duration||Marks|
|Paper – A||Any Indian Language
|Paper – B||English
|Paper I||Essay||Merit Ranking||3 Hours||250|
|Paper II||General Studies I||3 Hours||250|
|Paper III||General Studies II||3 Hours||250|
|Paper IV||General Studies III||3 Hours||250|
|Paper V||General Studies IV||3 Hours||250|
|Paper VI||Optional Paper I||3 Hours||250|
|Paper VII||Optional Paper-II||3 Hours||250|
• IAS Mains exam is objective as well as descriptive in nature
• Candidates need to obtain IAS Cut off marks to qualify this round
• The cut off is decided on the basis of total vacancies, the difficulty level of paper and candidates appearing for the exam.
– There will be Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks (0.66) for each wrong answer in objective paper only
UPSC 2020 Syllabus
As the paper will be conducted in three different stages, the requirement & syllabus for Written Exams will be different. Let’s have a look at the Syllabus for Preliminary & Mains Exam to give you a list of topics to prepare for the upcoming UPSC IAS Exam 2020
Preliminary Exam Syllabus
Syllabus of Paper 1 – General Studies (200 Marks) 2 hours of duration
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.
Mains Exam Syllabus
General Studies- I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
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