UPSC Exam – Complete information

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UPSC aspirants who need information regarding preparations for UPSC civil  exam,  should follow these points:

Without proper planning achieving your target of Civil Services Exam will be a mere dream. The toughest exam in the country, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC Exam) , requires planning and hardwork. You should not do quantity work, but quality work or as we can say Smart Work. Working with proper strategy produces productive output and excellent results.

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a National level competitive examination in India, carried out by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India.Every year lakhs of aspirants compete for the All India Services, such as IAS, IPS and IFS, along with Central Services, which are equally popular. CSE stands as one amongst the toughest examinations in the country. The year-long examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

UPSC Civil Services Exam comprises of 3 phases: First and foremost, the Preliminary exam, then Main exam and finally the Interview. Preliminary exam consists of objective based questions regarding general knowledge and is not easy to crack. Mains exam is essay-based paper, so for that you need to write lengthy answer to secure good marks to proceed to the next phase. In Interview your overall marking is based on your general knowledge, qualification, skills, and personality. Every year thousands of aspirants work hard to clear the exams, but only a lucky few can get through.


 UPSC EXAM  Eligibility:

  The eligibility criteria includes nationality, educational qualification, age limit and the number of attempts are provided to enable the candidates to know if they are qualified. The aspirant should be an Indian national. Minimum educational qualification of the candidate should be graduate in any stream. The age limit for applying is from 21 to 30 years in general (others get additional 5 years). The number of attempts is minimum 6 and maximum 9, but it can change according to the post the candidate is applying for.

Applying for upsc exam

 The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases notifications on its official website The notificationsare very important and should be checked by the candidates regularly as it will display all the important details such as eligibility, selection procedure, exam pattern, marking scheme and syllabus. This plays a significant role in the competitive examinations. Aspirants should also download the UPSC Calendar as it consists of all the exam dates along with its notification date, also the last date for receipt of application and duration of the exam. It is advised to take a printout of the UPSC calendar for future reference and detailed information. Before applying please keep all the required documents and files ready, do not wait for the last moment.

Let us look at the Application Process for UPSC IAS 2020 Exam:

  • Visit the official site of UPSC –
  • Go to ”Apply Online” tab.  Click on ”Online Application for Various Examinations”
  • Find the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination
  • Start IAS registration with Part-I.

Fill in your Personal details like Name, Gender, Category, and Nationality, etc., your Educational Qualification, Present Address, Photo ID Proof Details and Civil Services (Main) Examination Details.


  • All IAS aspirants have to register separately for IAS Prelims and IAS Mains. Application for IAS Prelims will not be considered for IAS Mains.
  • Star marked fields are essentially to be filled by the candidate.
  • Candidates need to confirm whether they are claiming age relaxation.
  • Generation of Registration Number:

Candidate must press “I agree” button after he /she finds that information supplied by him /her is in order and no correction is required. Thereafter no correction/modification shall be allowed. When “I agree” button is pressed, a page with Registration Number will be generated. Please note down Registration Number or take a printout of the page.

  • Next IAS registration with Part-II.

Application fee and mode of payment: Candidates (except Female/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability Candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only):

Category Applicable Fee
General and OBC Candidates (Male) Rs. 100
Female candidates (All) Nil
SC/ST/Physically Challenged Nil



  • Applications without the prescribed Fee (Unless remission of Fee is claimed) shall be summarily rejected.
  • Fee once paid shall not be reimbursed under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.
  • If any candidate who took the Civil Services Examination held in 2019 wishes to apply for admission to this examination, he/she must submit his/her application without waiting for the results or an offer of appointment.
  • Candidates admitted to the Main Examination will be required to pay a further fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two hundred only).
  • The fee can be paid in both offline and online mode: In Online Mode, candidates can pay the application fee online through SBI Net banking or by cash through SBI bank challan or through credit card/debit card. In Offline Mode, candidates can pay the fee in cash and should take a printout of challan generated online after completion of registration.
  • The candidate may go to the nearest SBI branch for depositing fee after 24 hours of generation of challan. “Pay by Cash” mode option will be deactivated at 23.59 hours of 2nd March 2020, i.e., one day before the closing date. However, applicants who have generated their Pay-in-slip before it is de-activated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date of application.
  • Choose the exam centre:

While filling in his/her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his/her choice of Centre for the Examination. If any candidate appears at a Centre other than the one indicated by the Commission in his/her Admission Certificate, the papers of such a candidate will not be evaluated and his/her candidature will be liable to cancellation.



Centres of Civil Services (Main) Examination:





  • Candidates should note that

No change will be allowed in the Specific Details like the Centre of Examination, Optional Subjects, Medium of Examination, Compulsory Indian Language for Civil Services (Main) Examination and in the Specific Details like the Centre of Examination and Optional Subjects for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination once submitted. Hence, you are advised to be careful while filling these details.

  • Upload the photo, sign, and photo identity card.
  • Photograph: Scanned photograph should be in JPG formatand must be uploaded first. The digital size of 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.
  • Signature: After uploading your photograph then upload your scanned signature in JPG format. The digital size of each file should not exceed 300 KBeach 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 bits.
  • Photo ID Proof:Next upload your photo identity card document in PDF format The digital size of PDF file should not exceed 300 KB and must not be less than 20 KB.
  • Check the complete details and submit.
  • Take a printout of IAS application form for future reference.


Important Points to Remember For UPSC Exam 


  • In case of Multiple Applications:It is compulsory for the applicants to submit only single application; however, if due to any unavoidable situation, if he/she submits another/multiple applications, then he/she must confirm that application with the higher RID (Registration ID) is considered complete in all respects like applicants’ details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee, etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID shall be considered acceptable by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.
  • Certificates: Candidates are not required to submit any certificate, alongwith their applications, in support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes/Other Backward Classes and Persons with Benchmark Disability, etc. which is verified at the time of the Main examination.
  • Restrictions on applying for the examination:

(a) A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.

(b) A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Police Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to opt for the Indian Police Service in Civil Services Examination, 2020.

Syllabus for exam: UPSC Civil services exam is divided into three categories: Preliminary, Mains and Interview. The Preliminary and Mains syllabus is designed for the written test.Candidates, who successfully clear the Preliminary and Main examination, can appear for the interview.The Preliminary syllabus is mainly designed to access a candidate’s knowledge of current affairs and aptitude within the stipulated period. It has two papers on General Studies. The Mains syllabus is basically designed to judge a candidate’s intellectual expertise in his/her specialised subject. The syllabus also focuses on testing aspirants’ ability to present information in a clear and comprehensible manner.  The main examination has 9 papers and the syllabus is designed according to the subjects specified.


Choosing study material for upsc exam

Choosing study material is not an easy task and requires proper guidance. It is always a good idea to begin preparation by getting subject basics and details in place. The study materials should be based on the topics you have to cover, for e.g., Indian History, World History, Geography, Economics, Indian Constitution and Governance, International Relations, Environment, Bio-diversity, Technology, Security & Disaster Management, etc. Read one national newspaper daily and noting down the current developments to all the topics given in syllabus.
‘The Hindu’ is the most preferred newspaper by UPSC aspirants, you can access their website too. Another source is NCERT books (from class VI to class XII). It has a good hold on a variety of subjects and information regarding different topics mentioned.Stay updated with what is going around in the world. Current affairs and contemporary issues are, in fact, the dynamic areas. You also need to read some specialized magazines to cover some special portions of the syllabus, like World Focus for International Relation.The Internet also helps in staying updated with whatever is happening around. However, the usability of the Internet is one thing that aspirants should use for making useful value additions to their preparation.


Also Read which are the best books for upsc Below 

Best Books For UPSC EXAM

Study Pattern:The aim of the papers is to test the candidates’ ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and to express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian language concerned. Aspirants must go through the previous years’ question papers. It helps in determining the type of questions and help in identifying the best source of reading material. An analysis of previous years’ papers helps in understanding the syllabus in a better perspective and helps identify the areas from which more questions have been asked. Practice tests come in handy for candidates. These tests not only help all candidates in preparing for the mains, but also help in learning time management. Practice writing on a daily basis. Pick up an editorial from a newspaper or a topic from the syllabus and frame a question on it and write its answer.The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows: Comprehension of given passages, Precis Writing, Short Essays, Usage and Vocabulary.


Concentrating on important concepts:Instead of study rigorously, studying smartly is the ideal way. What does studying smartly mean? It means understanding the nerve of the exams and adjusting to it accordingly. Reading the stuff that is important for the exam is the core principle of smart study. So prepare time-table to cover your subjects and give them time evenly. Later if you feel you are weak in certain subjects immediately adjust your time-table accordingly and master them. Follow your time table vigorously if you are aiming to clear UPSC without any distractions.

Preparing for the Exam: For preparation you need to note what to read and what not to read so as to your time is not wasted. Practice is needed to prepare for these exams in stipulated time because in Prelims exam each paper is of 120 minutes, so practice with as many question papers as possible, to increase your speed of attempting questions. The Prelims paper consists of two papers of 200 marks each, both the question papers are objective type of two hours each. However, questions related to English Language Comprehension skills would be provided only in English. The Mains exam paper is of total 1750 marks and Personality test of 275 marks. Candidates also have option to give exam paper in their respective regional language.

If you have any doubts stucked in your mind regarding this examination , Feel free to contact us in comment section , an expert will reply you within 24 hours. 

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Author: Saurabh Thakur

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