IAS (UPSC CSE) 2021: Mains 2020 Result(Out), Notification (Out) Application, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card & Result

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Apr 16, 2021

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released UPSC CSE 2020 Mains result on March 23, 2021. While for 2021, UPSC has released notification for 712 vacancies for IAS (UPSC CSE) on 4 March 2021. The UPSC has delayed releasing of the notification by 21 days since the Supreme Court did not pass the petition in favour of an extra attempt of IAS exam 2021.

Crash Course

The IAS Prelims 2021 exam will be held on 27 June 2021 as per the prior notification. The Mains exam will be scheduled for September 17-22, 2021. As per the past trends, the number of IAS vacancies is declined. The last date to submit the UPSC application form is 24 March 2021. Read More.


UPSC conducts the IAS (UPSC CSE) exam every year on a national level. Recruitment for the top bureaucratic posts in the country like Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Forest Services (IFoS), and Indian Police Services (IPS) is done through this exam. candidates get 6 attempts within 32 years of age to crack this exam, which further makes the competition tougher. 

Latest Updates:

April 14, 2021: UPSC IAS 2020 Interview Schedule has been released. Check the Interview Dates Here

April 06, 2021: UPSC has released Civil Services Mains Interview Schedule, click for the details

23 March: Upsc cse mains 2020 result has been declared on official website, click here for details

4 March: UPSC 2021 has been released for 712 vacancies. The last date of filing the application form is 24 March 2021. Read more.

February 24, 2021:Supreme Court has dismissed the petition for an extra attempt in IAS 2021. Read more

February 10, 2021: UPSC published an important notice related to the IAS exam dates 2021. Click here.

Highlights of IAS (UPSC CSE) Exam 2021

The key points about the IAS exam 2021 are highlighted below:

Exam Name IAS (UPSC CSE) Exam 2021
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission(UPSC)
Exam Level National
UPSC Vacancies To be notified
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Offline 
Exam Stages Prelims - Mains - Interview
Application Fee(Prelims) 100
Exam Helpdesk No. 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
Official Website
IAS Exam Dates

IAS (UPSC CSE) Exam Dates 2021

The UPSC online application form fill-up process will be continued till 24 March 2021. To know more about the important dates of IAS Exam 2021, go through the following table:

Event Dates
UPSC Notification 2021 4 Mar 2021
Last date to apply for IAS Exam 2021 24 Mar 2021
IAS Prelims Exam 2021  27 June 2021
IAS Prelims 2021 Result July 2021 (Tentative)
IAS Main Exam 2021 17 Sep 2021
IAS Main 2021 result December/January 2022 (Tentative)

Download IAS 2021 Sample Papers

IAS Eligibility

IAS (UPSC CSE) Eligibility Criteria 2021

IAS Eligibility 2021 will be changed according to the latest announcement of the Supreme Court on 8 February for the extra attempt in the IAS Exam 2021. The IAS Eligibility 2021 is dependent upon four factors which are age group, nationality, educational qualification, and the number of attempts. Check the following table to know more about the IAS Eligibility 2021. Know more about UPSC Reservation policy.

Criteria Requirement
IAS 2021 Age Limit 21-32 years with age relaxation for reserved categories.
Qualification Graduation degree from a recognized university
Maximum Number of Attempts 6 (There is no restriction for SC/ST candidates)
Nationality Citizen of India or Subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or Tibetan refugee and Indian Origin Migrants from select countries.
IAS Application Process

IAS (UPSC CSE) Application Form 2021

The IAS Application form 2021 fill-up process has been started from 4 March 2021 that is the same day of IAS (UPSC CSE) notification 2021. The last date of application is 24 March 2021. In addition, UPSC will release the exam rules and regulations on the same date. Check IAS Reservations

The aspirants should thoroughly read the rules before they register their names. Candidates can fill the civil services application form in online mode only at the official website –

How to Fill the IAS (UPSC CSE) Application Form 2021?

The aspirants will get 20 days time to fill the IAS Application 2021. All the aspirants are asked to pay the application fees as per their category. Without paying the IAS Application form 2021, the UPSC will cancel the IAS Application form 2021.

There are four simple steps involved in the IAS Application Process – online registration, filling up the form, uploading documents, and fee payment.

IAS Exam Pattern

IAS (UPSC CSE) Exam Pattern 2021

IAS Exam 2021 consists of 3 stages namely Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview. Each exam has a different pattern and number of questions.

IAS Exam Pattern 2021 is given in the table below:

Specifications IAS (Prelims) IAS (Mains)
Mode Offline Offline
Medium Bilingual (English and Hindi) Bilingual (English and Hindi)
Number of qualifying papers 2 7 + 2 language papers
Total weightage 400 Marks (200 each) 1750 Marks
Type of questions Objective Subjective
Negative marking for each incorrect answer one-third (0.33) -
Duration of exam 2 Hours per Paper 3 Hours per Paper
IAS Syllabus

IAS (UPSC CSE) Syllabus & Books

IAS Syllabus is decided by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. Each stage in the IAS exam has a different syllabus.

  • IAS Syllabus for Prelims evaluates a candidate’s knowledge and aptitude in current affairs. UPSC Prelims syllabus
  • IAS Syllabus for Mains assesses a candidate’s academic expertise in his specialized subject. UPSC Mains syllabus.
  • IAS Exam 2021 covers questions from History, Polity, Geography and Agriculture, Science and Technology, Ecology and Environment, Economics, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare, and GK.

In the Mains examination, candidates have to choose two optional subjects in which they have specialization and the level of paper corresponds to the bachelors’ degree. UPSC optional syllabus.

IAS Admit Card

IAS (UPSC CSE) Admit Card 2021

UPSC IAS Admit card 2021 will be released three weeks before the exam date. More specifically, it can be assumed that the IAS Admit card 2021 will be out from 8 June 2021. The aspirants, who will fill their application form properly, will be able to download their admit card online.

Candidates can download their admit cards from the official website of UPSC once it is released. The admit card is mandatory to be granted entry in the exam hall and has all the personal details as well as venue details for the candidates.

it should be retained till the results are declared for future reference. In case there is any discrepancy in the admit card, it should be reported to the UPSC Exam authorities with relevant redressal documents at the earliest.

Check the details here about downloading the IAS admit card and the relevant instructions.

IAS (UPSC CSE) 2021 Preliminary Exam Centers

For IAS Prelims 2021, there were exam centres across 24 cities in India. To get more details about the IAS exam centre 2021 and relevant instructions, you can refer to the IAS Prelims Exam Centre.

IAS Vacancy

IAS Vacancy

There is a tentative of 782 vacancies this year via the civil services exam. Following posts are offered in two given groups:

Group A Services

Indian Administrative Service(IAS) Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS) Indian Postal Service
Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) Indian Railway Accounts Service
Indian Corporate Law Service Indian Railway Personnel Service
Indian Defence Accounts Service Indian Railway Traffic Service
Indian Defence Estates Service Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)
Indian Foreign Service (IFS) Indian Revenue Service(IRS) (Income Tax)
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade) Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration) Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
Indian Police Service(IPS) --

Group B Services

Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade) Pondicherry Civil Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services Pondicherry Police Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services -

Latest Updates on IAS/IPS officer Salary

IAS Previous Years’ Prelims Question Papers

Years General Paper 1 General Paper 2 (CSAT)
2020 Download Download
2019 Download Download
2018 Download Download
2017 Download Download
2016 Download Download

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IAS Result

How to Check IAS (UPSC CSE) Result 2021?

UPSC will declare IAS Preliminary Exam Result in July 2021 at can follow the below steps to access IAS Result 2021:

  1. Visit the official website of IAS i.e.
  2. Click on the link which says ‘View IAS Result 2021’
  3. Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
  4. Download PDF for future reference

IAS (UPSC CSE) 2021- Previous Years’ Cut-off

  • IAS Cutoff Marks is the minimum score that must be obtained by the candidate in order to qualify for the exam.
  • Candidates scoring more than or equal to the cutoff marks are eligible for the next stage of the IAS selection process.
  • The cutoff for both prelims and main depends upon a number of factors like the difficulty level of the exam, vacancies available and the number of appearing candidates, etc.
  • The cutoff for each stage is released by the authorities post the completion of the entire process of civil services examination.

Meanwhile, candidates can check IAS Previous Years’ Cutoff for different categories as tabulated below:

IAS Selection Process

IAS (UPSC CSE) Selection Process 2021

The selection process of the IAS Exam is a 3 stage assessment, wherein, candidates have to appear for Prelims, main and Personal Interview round.

  • A preliminary exam is basically a screening test in which, over 8 lakh candidates participate every year.
  • There are two papers for candidates to attempt compulsorily in IAS Exam 2021 Prelims.
  • Further, on the basis of the IAS Exam 2021 result for prelims, candidates register for the main exam.
  • IAS main exam will cover 9 conventional essay-type papers, 2 being optional in them.
  • The main exam and interview session form the basis of a candidate’s selection.
  • After the IAS Exam 2021 main examination of 1750 marks, candidates have to clear the cutoff as decided by UPSC.
  • Those who clear the cutoff are called for the Interview session which is the last stage of the IAS Selection Process.
  • Marks obtained in personal interviews out of the total of 275 marks will also be considered while preparing the list of finally selected candidates.

IAS 2021 FAQs

Ques. What is the salary of an IAS officer?

Ans. The 7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by Cabinet on May 19, 2016. Now the basic pay of entry-level IAS officers is INR 56100. Allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), and Travel Allowance (TA) will be extra. The salary will increase as experience increases. The basic pay of the Cabinet Secretary is fixed at INR 2,50,000.

So, IAS Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA

Ques. What are some useful websites to prepare for IAS?

Ans. Candidates preparing for IAS can take help from websites such as,,,,,, etc.

Ques. What are the minimum qualifying marks for clearing the IAS interview?

Ans. There are no minimum marks to qualify for the interview round. However, the interview round carries 275 marks.

Ques. What is the number of vacancies available through IAS each year?

Ans. The number of available vacancies is noted in each of the advertisements. They vary every year. However, in the last 4 years, the number of vacancies has varied between 1000-1200.

Ques. When will IAS 2021 Notification be released?

Ans. UPSC will release IAS 2021 Notification and Application Form tentatively in February 2021.

Ques. I have studied at an Open University? Am I eligible to apply for IAS?

Ans. Yes, you can apply only if it is a recognized university and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.

Ques. How many times can I appear for IAS?

Ans. A candidate from General Category can sit for IAS a maximum of 6 times. Candidates from reserved categories can sit as many times as they want. There is no restriction.

Ques. I don’t have my class X and XII Marksheet. Can I still sit for IAS?

Ans. Yes, provided the graduation has been completed from a recognized University and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.

Ques. How and when will the students be able to fill the IAS 2021 application form?

Ans. Students will be able to fill the IAS 2021 Application form from February 2021 to March 2021 in online mode only, tentatively.

Ques. When and what are the different phases in which the IAS 2021 exam conducted?

Ans. The IAS 2021 exam will be held in two different phases i.e. Prelims and main followed by an interview round. Prelims will be conducted on June 27, 2021, and the main exam will be held on September 17-22, 2021.

Ques. If students are unable to clear the Phase II exam can they able to appear for the interview round?

Ans. No, students qualifying IAS main exam will only be called for the interview round.

Ques. Are 12th pass candidates eligible to appear for the IAS 2021 examination?

Ans. No, for appearing in the IAS 2021 Exam, the student must possess a graduation degree from a recognized college or university.

Ques. What should be the students' maximum and minimum age required to fill the IAS 2021 Application form?

Ans. The student’s minimum age should be 21 years and the maximum age should be 32 years as of August 1, 2021.

Ques. In which year students must be born so that they are able to fill the application form.

Ans. Students must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1987, and not later than August 1, 1998.

The age limit for different categories is as:

Category Upper age limit
General 32 years
OBC 35 years
SC/ ST 37 years
PWD 42 years
J & K Domicile Gen = 37 years, OBC = 40 years, SC/ ST = 40 years, PH = 50 year
Disabled Servicemen Gen = 37 years, OBC = 40 years, SC/ ST = 40 years

Ques. Other than Indian students who else can apply for the IAS 2021 exam.

Ans. Except for Indian Students, a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan or a Refugee from any other country can apply for IAS 2021 Exam but they must have a permanent plan to settle in India

Ques. What are the important details that students need to provide while filling the application form?

Ans. The details that students need to provide while filling the application form are the applicant's name, father's name, mother's name, address, contact no., and email ID, etc.

Ques. What are the documents that students need to bring along with them on the exam day?

Ans. On the examination day, students need to bring their admit card and ID proof along with them.

Ques. How much is the IAS 2021 Application fee and what are the methods to pay the fees?

Ans. For the general category, male candidates have to pay INR 100/- as application fees and SC/ ST/ PWD/ Female candidates don’t have to pay the application fees. Online or offline are both the mode to pay the application fees.

Ques. Other than Visa Card/ Debit Card or Credit card is there any other method for paying the online application fees.

Ans. No, online application fees can only be paid via Visa Card/ Credit Card or Debit card through net banking of SBI branches throughout India.

Ques. Except for the branches of SBI bank can students pay the application fees to other banks?

Ans. No, the application fees can only be paid at SBI branches.

Ques. Name the subjects from which the questions will be asked in IAS 2021 Prelims exam?

Ans. In IAS 2021 Prelims exam, the questions will be asked from the subjects namely General Studies and Aptitude Test.

Ques. In how many sections the IAS 2021 main exams are divided and name the subjects from which the questions will be asked.

Ans. The IAS 2021 Main exam is divided into 9 sections and the subjects from which the questions asked are Modern Indian Language Skills, English Language Skills, Essay Writing, General Studies – I, General Studies – II, General Studies – III, General Studies – IV, Optional Subject Paper – 1, and Optional Subject Paper – 2.

Ques. In which medium the exam is conducted and what is the total time duration to complete the paper?

Ans. The exam is conducted in both the English and Hindi medium. For the prelims exam, the total time duration given to complete per paper is 2 hours and for Main, to complete per paper 3 hours will be given.

Ques. What are the types of questions asked in both the Prelims and main exam?

Ans. The questions in the prelim exam are of objective type and for the main exam; the questions are of both objective and subjective type.

Ques. What is the marking scheme of the IAS 2021 Prelims exam? Is there is any marks deduction for wrong answers?

Ans. In IAS 2021 Prelims exam, each question in general studies carries 2 marks, and the civil service aptitude test carries 2.5 marks. For every incorrect answer, 0.33 marks will be deducted as a penalty.

Ques. How many marks will students get for every correct answer in IAS 2021 main exam? Will the marks have deducted for wrong answers?

Ans. For every correct answer, students will get 2.5 marks. While 0.33 marks will only be deducted for every wrong objective type answer.

Ques. If students are unable to submit the filled-in application form, will they be able to download the admit card?

Ans. No, only those students are able to download the admit card who have successfully submitted their application form

Ques. When and who will release the IAS 2021 Admit card and what is the mode to download it?

Ans. The admit card will be released on the official website in the last week of May 2021. It can download through online mode only.

Ques. What if students did not bring the admit card on the examination day?

Ans. Those who did not bring the admit card will not be able to sit for the exam.

Ques. What information do students need to enter for downloading the admit card?

Ans. Students need to enter their registration number and date of birth for downloading the admit card

Ques. Where to report if the students found any discrepancy in the admit card?

Ans. In the case of any discrepancy in the admit card, students have to instantly report to the higher authorities.

Ques. Why the cut-off marks are so important in the recruiting process and who will consider them?

Ans. Cut off are important in the recruiting process for shortlisting the students. UPSC board will consider the cut-off marks.

Ques. List down the impact of cut-off marks in all the stages while shortlisting the candidates?

Ans. At the time of the prelims exam, cut off marks is applicable to shortlist the candidates for IAS main exam Cut off of the main exam helps to select students for the personal interview

Ques. When is the result of the IAS 2021 Prelims exam announced? Who is responsible for declaring it?

Ans. The IAS 2021 Prelims result will be announced in July and it will be declared by Commission on the official website.

Ques. How many rounds that students have to clear for their final selection?

Ans. For the student’s final selection they have to clear the three rounds i.e. Preliminary exam, Main Exam, and Personal Interview round.

Ques. How will the final merit list be prepared and when is the merit list declared?

Ans. For preparing the final merit list, both the marks of the written test and final interview will be taken into consideration and the merit list will be prepared after the declaration of the result.

Ques. How many times can students appear for an IAS exam? Is there any kind of restriction that students need to face for appearing in the exam?

Ans. General category candidates can sit for the exam a maximum of 6 times. There is no restriction for reserved category candidates (OBC- NCL category- 9 attempts), they can appear as many times as they want.

Ques. What is the total number of vacancies available for IAS and who will release it?

Ans. The total number of vacancies released by the UPSC every year for civil services is 782.

Ques. If a student writes the exam in English can they interview in Hindi or any other language?

Ans. No, if a student writes the exam in the English language they can give the interview in the same language only.

Ques. Can final year students of graduation apply for IAS 2021 examination?

Ans. Yes, final year students of graduation can apply for IAS 2021 but they have to give their passing proof.

3 Months Crash Course

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


Can I apply for the IAS exam now?
jaya garg

Hi. The IAS Application form 2021 fill-up process has been started from 4 March 2021, the same day of IAS (UPSC CSE) notification 2021. The deadline for the same was 24 March 2021, so you can’t apply now.

Is there a decline in number of IAS vacancies is declined?
jaya garg

Hi. The IAS Prelims 2021 exam will be conducted on 27 June 2021 as per the prior notification. The Mains exam will be conducted on September 17-22, 2021. Yes, as per the past trends, the number of IAS vacancies is declined.

tanishka shah
How many vacancies for the IAS are announced in 2021?
jaya garg

Hi. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced UPSC CSE 2020 Mains result on March 23, 2021. While for 2021, UPSC has released notification for 712 vacancies for IAS (UPSC CSE) on 4 March 2021.

priya gupta
When UPSC mains 2020 result will be declared?
diya suresh

The result for UPSC IAS Mains exam will tentatively be announced in December 2021 on the official website i.e. To check the result you must enter the details of roll number to get the result in pdf format. To qualify for the interview, you must secure minimum qualifying marks in Mains exam. Find more details at IAS UPSC CSE result 2021.

neha choubey
I talk about civil service exam 2021
diya suresh

UPSC has release the notification for IAS exam on March 4, 2021 indicating around 712 vacancies. The exam will be scheduled on June 2021, most probably on 27th following which Mains exam will be conducted from September 17-22, 2021. You can submit the application on official website till March 24, 2021 if eligibility conditions are fulfilled. 

neha choubey
There is a correction of signature in my can I correct this?....I just see after final print out.....Is there any correction date come?
diya suresh

There is no correction window provision availabel for this exam, so try to fill the form with accuracy as once it is submitted no ommission or addition can be made. For IAS application, there is option for form withdrawl i..e you can withdraw your application within the given time frame.

utkarsha khatri
I have made the payment through Credit Card, but the ORA System shows “fee not paid”. What can I do?
jaya garg

Once the payment is made, payment details will be updated on the ORA System. All the candidates are advised than in case even after repeated attempts, they are not able to pay the fee through Credit / Debit card, then you may either switch over to payment by cash mode or by Internet Banking of State Bank of India and its five Associate
Post completing the process of fee payment, candidates can easily see their application from "MY ACCOUNT.

divakar sharma
How can I pay the Online Recruitment Application fee?
jaya garg

Hi Divakar. Candidates are provided with different options, they can use their Credit / Debit Card to pay the amount or can pay the fee online by using any VISA/MASTER.
For offline payment, candidates are supposed to download the e-challan and submit the cash in SBI bank branches on the next day itself.

When the IAS Exam Notifications are announced?
jaya garg

Hi Nishu. IAS Notifications are mostly announced in February each year and the IAS Prelims is conducted in the month of May - June. The IAS 2021 notification will be released on February 10, 2021 and the IAS Prelims 2021 will be conducted on June 27.

ananya pandey
What is UPSC IAS Interview Exam Pattern?
jaya garg

The IAS Interview round, which is also referred to as Personality Test is the final stage. The candidates are asked face-to-face questions to determine whether he or she is fit for the Civil Services career. Candidates’ mental and social traits will be assessed by the board. You can refer here for more details. 

ananya pandey
What is IAS Exam Age Limit and Attempts limits?
jaya garg

There are conditions of nationality, age, number of attempts and educational qualification if candidates wish to take the IAS exam. For the general category aspirants, the candidate must be a citizen of India or a PIO, must have a graduate degree, must be between the ages of 21 and 32, and must not have attempted the IAS exam 6 times. But there are certain relaxations and other conditions that are mentioned here.

ankur jain
Am I allowed to write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?
jaya garg

HI Ankur. If a candidate opts an Eighth schedule language for the IAS) Examination, they have the option to take the interview in same language or in English.

ankur jain
What’s the main difference between IAS and PCS?
jaya garg

IAS means Indian Administrative Services while PCS means the Provincial Civil Services. IAS is one of the three All India Services. The recruitment for IAS is done by the Union Public Service Commission. PCS is the state-centric civil services recruited through the State Public Service Commissions.

saurav kumar
Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?
jaya garg

No, Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth schedule languages.

jatin sharma
I belong to SC/ST category, can I get exempted from Fee payment?
jaya garg

Yes, all the Female candidates and Physically Handicapped (PH) candidates and the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste(SC)/Scheduled Tribe(ST) category are exempted from payment of fees. In case you don’t not belong to any of the above categories, you are supposed to pay the fees.

utkarsha khatri
When does the notification for the exam come out?
jaya garg

Mostly, the notifications are announced during the first week of December/January each year. The notification is published in Employment News and RozgarSamachar. For more details, you can refer to the official website for the same.

What action is taken by the Commission in case of submission of false information by the candidates?
jaya garg

Hi Pradeepraj. Candidate will be immediately rejected and will not be considered further.

After the written examination, on what criterion is the answer books sent for evaluation? Is it on Roll No. basis or based on centre of examination? That is, will a particular examiner/ set of examiners get to evaluate answer books only of a particular centre or a particular group of Roll Nos.?
jaya garg

Hi Pradeepraj. Mixing of the answer books obtained from different venues is carried before actually sending them forward for evaluation. Computer-based randomized fictitious code number is given to each answer-book before evaluations

Hello Sir, This is SreeRam , I born on 13th Jun 1985 and OBC candidate please let me know if I'm eligible to apply 2021 UPSC?
aditi arun

Hello Sreevas,

Unfortunately, you can not apply for UPSC as an eligible OBC candidate for UPSC should not be born before 2nd August 1985. For more information, kindly visit – UPSC CSE Eligibility

I have completed my Btech in the field of IC inspite of that, can i choose Geography as my desired subject for paper 8 and 9 ??
swati srivastava

Hi Samad, you can choose geography as your optional subject. For more details visit: IAS EXAM