IAS (UPSC CSE) Application Form 2021 (Out): Steps to Know Online Form Fill Up, Registration Date

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Mar 19, 2021

IAS (UPSC CSE) 2021 notification has been released on 4 March 2021 for filling 712 vacancies. The aspirants can fill the form online latest by 24 March 2021. On the other hand, the IAS 2021 withdrawal process will be started on 31 March 2021 and will be continued till 6 April (6 PM). Read more

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The IAS Application form 2021 will be released online medium ( by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).  All the candidates are asked to fill the IAS Application form 2021 very carefully because once the form will be accepted by the UPSC, they will not be able to change. Read more. 

Application Process

If the candidates fulfil the IAS eligibility criteria of the UPSC IAS exam 2021, then they can appear for the exam. No extra attempt will be given to age-barred candidates whose last attempt was in 2020, as per the final verdict of the Supreme Court. Check the news in details here

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

Important Dates

IAS (UPSC CSE) 2021 Important Dates

The UPSC delayed to release of the IAS Notification 2021, and it was released on 4 March 2021. The aspirants will fill the IAS Application form by 24 March 2021. To know more about the important events, go through the following table:

IAS 2021 Exam Event Important Dates
UPSC IAS 2021 Notification 4 Mar 2021
IAS 2021 Application Started 4 Mar 2021
Last date to apply for IAS 2021 24 Mar 2021
IAS 2021 Application form Withdrawal starting Date 31 March 2021
IAS 2021 Application form Withdrawal end Date 6 April 2021
Application Process

How to Apply Online for UPSC IAS 2021 Exam?

The IAS Application Form 2021 can be filled from 4 March 2021 to 24 March 2021. The candidates are advised to gather their documents before beginning the registration process of IAS 2021. Steps to be followed to fill the form are given below:

Step 1 – UPSC IAS 2021 Registration

  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Click on the link ‘UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021’ under the Active Examinations section
  3. Candidates have to fill in their Personal, Educational, Parental, and Employment details.
  4. There will be six modules, keep saving each module after filling in the details.
  5. You can make changes before the final submission. No changes would be possible after the final submission, hence fill IAS 2021 Application Form very carefully
  6. Some of the columns would be auto-filled with details fetched from your registration form.
  7. These details cannot be changed, however, in case of any error, separate representation can be made to the commission.

Step 2 – UPSC IAS 2021 Application Fee

  1. Candidates can make the payment through online or offline mode
  2. For online payment, candidates may use credit card/debit card/Rupay card or Internet Banking Services.
  3. For offline payment, download the e-challan and submit the fee in cash at SBI bank branches on the next day itself.
  4. The detailed Application Form Fee for examination is INR 100.
  5. After fee payment, download and save the filled-in IAS Application Form 2021.

Note: Female applicants and SC/ST/ PwD category candidates are exempted from paying the fee.

Step 3 – UPSC IAS 2021 Center Selection

  1. Candidates will get an option to select the IAS examination centre.
  2. Here, the candidates can select the exam city of their choice.

Step 4 – Uploading Photograph and Signature

Candidates have to upload the following documents in UPSC 2021 Application Form in the prescribed specifications:

Images Size Dimension Format
Photograph 3Kb – 40Kb 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm .JPG
Signature 1Kb – 40Kb 3.5 cm X 1.5 cm .JPG

Step 5 – Agreeing to Declaration

  1. The last step is to Click On ‘I Agree’ and after that candidates can submit their online application form.
  2. Candidates can take a print out of the application form for future reference.
Application Fees

IAS (UPSC CSE) Application Fees

A fee of INR 100 is required for IAS Exam Registration. Female and SC/ST/PwD candidates are exempted from fee payment. Check IAS Reservation

Category IAS Prelims- Exam Fee IAS Mains- Exam Fee
General/ EWS/ OBC Candidates (Male) INR 100 INR 200
Female candidates (All Categories) Exempted from fee payment Exempted from fee payment
SC / ST / PH candidates Exempted from fee payment Exempted from fee payment

Payment of Fees

  • The fee can be paid in both offline and online mode.
  • For an offline method of fee payment, the candidate must remit the amount in any branch of SBI.
  • For online options, the candidate can opt either for the SBI Net Banking facility or for payment through a debit/credit/ Rupay card.
  • Candidates paying cash will need to take a print out of the system generated Pay-in-slip.
  • The Pay in Slip is generated during the registration process.
  • Cash must be deposited at the counter of an SBI Branch on the next working day only.
  • Candidates failing to pay the fee by cash by the closing date, despite having a valid pay-in-slip, will have to resort to online modes of fee payment.
Documents Required

IAS (UPSC CSE) Application Process 2021- Important Documents required

Candidates are required to assemble the following documents prior to UPSC IAS Exam 2021 Registration to ensure accurate and correct data. Any mismatch between the actual information and the registered information will result in the cancellation of the candidature

  • An Active Email ID
  • A valid mobile number
  • Banking details
  • Class X Marksheet
  • Class XII Marksheet
  • Graduation Marksheet
  • A medical certificate, if required
  • Category certificate, if required
  • Scanned Photograph
  • Scanned Signature

Read IAS Prelims Strategy

Important Guidelines

UPSC IAS Exam 2021- Important Application Form Guidelines

The following pointers should be kept in mind while registering for IAS. It is of utmost importance to follow the mentioned instructions.

  • The candidate must not impersonate any other person in order to submit a successful application.
  • Offering illegal gratification to a person related to the exam conducting body to have their application accepted must not be engaged in.
  • Applying pressure on any member of the exam authority in relation to the application process is strictly prohibited.
  • Threatening or blackmailing any of the authorities is not allowed.
  • Submitting fabricated documents or documents which have been tampered with as part of the application is prohibited.
  • Candidates must refrain from making incorrect or false statements with regard to their application.
  • Submitting multiple applications should be avoided.
  • In the case of multiple applications, the application with a higher Registration ID (RID) will be considered.
  • The candidate must ensure that the application with the higher RID is complete in all respects.
  • Care must be taken to provide a valid and active email address at the time of application.

Check UPSC Prelims syllabus

Steps to Withdraw the IAS (UPSC CSE) Application

To withdraw the IAS Application form, the candidates need to follow the below-mentioned instructions:

  • Visit the official website-
  • Click the What’s new section
  • The aspirants have to select the Withdrawal of Application option: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination
  • On the new screen, the aspirants should click the link given for withdrawal.
  • Again, the candidates have to click the application withdrawal link, given at the right corner.
  • Before you click the ‘Yes’ button, the candidates need to thoroughly read the instructions
  • Enter the registration id and press continue.
  • Next, provide the below-mentioned information:
    • Name of the candidates
    • Gender
    • Fathers’ Name
    • Mothers’ Name
    • Mobile number
    • E-mail id

Once you provide all the above-mentioned details, the candidates have to choose the option for Application Withdrawal and the press agree.


Ques. How much time is given to the candidates for applying online?

Ans. A candidate gets 3 weeks to 1 month to complete the application procedure.

Ques. What happens if a candidate submits multiple online applications?

Ans. This must be avoided but, in case of doing so, the data provided in the final application that is successfully submitted online will be accepted by the Commission. All previous applications will be ignored. All the candidates are advised to fill one application form only.

Ques. When should I apply if I choose to pay by Bank Challan?

Ans. Candidates, who make payments through Bank Challan, are required to submit the online application at least a day before the notified closing date. Without paying the online application fees, the application will be not be submitted and candidates will not be allowed to appear for the exam.

Ques. Can a candidate change the Date of Birth after having submitted the online application?

Ans. The Commission does not allow change of Date of Birth that has been furnished by a candidate and recorded by the Commission on any grounds. So it is advised that candidates should provide the right information at the time of the online application process.

Ques. What action is taken by the Commission in case of submission of false information by the candidates?

Ans. A candidate found to be furnishing false information to the Commission or suppressing information, adopting various unfair means in the examination like impersonation, etc., is liable to be disqualified or debarred from writing IAS Exam as decided by the Commission.

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

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


How the pay-in slip will be generated?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates paying the fees in cash have to take a print out of the system generated Pay-in-slip. The Pay in Slip is generated during the registration process. Candidates must remember that cash needs to be deposited at the counter of an SBI Branch on the next working day only.

Can I make changes in application process now?
jaya garg

Hi. Changes can be made before the final submission. No changes are possible after the final submission, thus it is important to fill IAS 2021 Application Form very carefully. Some details cannot be changed later, so it is important to fill them carefully.

tanishka shah
When was the IAS 2021 withdrawal process started?
jaya garg

Hi. The aspirants can fill the form online latest by 24 March 2021. The IAS 2021 withdrawal process was started on 31 March 2021 and will be continued till 6 April (6 PM).

utkarsha khatri
. How much time will candidates get to apply online?
jaya garg

The time for applying online will be made available in the Examination Notice. Mostly candidates get about 3 weeks-time to apply online and can fill up the online application by adhering to the instructions mentioned on the official website.

divakar sharma
Post filling up the Online Recruitment Application, I get a Blank Screen, will my application gets saved?
jaya garg

Hi Divakar. Candidates are supposed to fill different modules in multiple sittings. They are suggested to click on the ‘SAVE AND CONTINUE” Button post completing each module.

yerrabothu pratyusha
Is prelims registration started?
ankur jain
What must be the size of the scanned photograph and the signature?
jaya garg

Candidates must scan their signature which has been put on white paper with black ink pen. Each of the scanned images of the photograph/signature must not be more than 40 KB in size. Also, both things must be uploaded in the JPG format only.

preetam oinam
What is the educational qualification required to become an IAS?
jaya garg

Candidates applying for the IAS exam must have a graduation degree in any discipline from any university established by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India. Candidates can refer here to know all details related to IAS eligibility.

anuj singh chauhan
What is the date of UPSC IAS 2021 prelims?
jaya garg

Hi Anuj. IAS Prelims 2021 is scheduled to be held on June 27. The UPSC 2021 notification for civil services was scheduled to be out on February 10 but it is likely to be delayed because of the Supreme court case on extra attempt. Now the deadline to apply for the IAS 2021 exam is March 2.

kashish tomar
What documents do I need to carry while going for an interview?
jaya garg

Candidates will be informed about the list of documents required to be produced at the time of interview. Submitting fabricated documents or documents that have been tampered with as part of the application will be rejected. To check the list, refer here.

sandesh kumar
Am I allowed to make changes in the application form post it is submitted?
jaya garg

No, all the applications once submitted are final and no changes can be made after submission. However, in case a candidate has submitted an application with incorrect entries, he/she can submit a fresh application within the deadline, which will supersede his previous application(s).

jatin sharma
Should I submit photographs in Black & White or coloured?
jaya garg

Both Black & White and Coloured photographs are acceptable as long as they are as per the given specifications and also that the quality of the photograph is clearly identifiable and acceptable. Further details are here.

chandrika tamang
Can I apply for UPSC after 12? I'm a compartment...should I apply or not.
aniket ranjan

No, UPSC IAS Exam sets eligibility criteria for the candidates who wish to get recruited in All India Services. To become eligible for UPSC exam you must hold a graduation degree from any University. 

anwesha mondal
Sir I am read in class 11 now. Can I apply upsc courcs...?
gurpreet singh

Hi Anwesha

The minimum age required to apply for the UPSC Course is 21 years and the maximum age is 32 but some relaxation for reserved category. You cannot apply for the course before 21yers. Visit on our websie of UPSC Eligibility for more details.

tej gaikwad
What if I've graduated and does not have the degree yet can I apply?
gurpreet singh

Hi Tej

Visit on our official website of UPSC IAS Eligibility to know the educational qualification required for this exam. You must be above 21 to apply for the exam. Candidate must be a gradudate with minimum percentage to apply for the exam.

kavita choudhary
Sir mne 12 th kri he or computer ka diploma kra he kya m exam ke liye appy kar skti hu
diya suresh

Hi Kavita, Unfortunately to be eligible for appearing in the exam, you need to possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised board. Also those with technical or professional degrees are also acceptable for the exam. Apart from education, there are other criterias as well like that of age and number of attempts. Find more details at UPSC IAS 2021.

kavita choudhary
Sir after 12th exam fill kar skte he kya?
gurpreet singh

HI Kavita

The candidate must be 21 years old and hold a graduation degree to apply for this exam. Visit on our official website of UPSC IAS Eligibility to know the whole criteria of the exam.

Which category of candidates is exempted from payment of Examination fee?
jaya garg

Hi Prahasti. Female candidates, Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) and candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories are permitted to fill the application form without submitting any fees for the same.

Can a candidate change the Date of Birth from what he/she has submitted in the online application?
aditi arun

Hello Prahasti,

No, you can not change the Date of Birth once you’ve submitted your application form. UPSC does not release any form correction window. Even if it does, a candidate can only change a few credentials and none of the basic details. For more details, visit- UPSC CSE.

avinash sahu
Can a candidate change his/her Community Status?
jaya garg

Hi Avinash. Candidates will be eligible to get the advantage of community reservation in case their caste/tribe is included in the reserved community as may be determined by the Central Government and he/she has claimed for the same. The Commission does not consider any request for change of community from unreserved to reserved category once the examination process is initiated until and unless a particular caste/tribe is included in the list of reserved community within 3 months from the date of submission of application.