IAS 2021 Application Form: Steps to Know Online Form Fill Up, Registration Date, Eligibility

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Aug 26, 2020

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IAS 2021 Application form will be released in online medium (upsc.gov.in) by UPSC by 10 March 2021 tentatively. The last date of the name enrollment for IAS 2021 will be 10 April 2021 (tentatively). If the candidates will fulfill the eligibility criteria of UPSC IAS 2021, then they can appear for the exam. Registration, documents upload, and application fee payment: these are the easiest ways of the UPSC IAS application form fill up process. 

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On the other hand, UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam Application Form 2020 was released on February 12, 2020.  Candidates had the opportunity to register for IAS 2020 by visiting the official website – upsc.gov.in till Mar 3, 2020. The application fees for IAS is INR 100 for General, OBC, and EWS categories whereas SC, ST, PwD, and Female candidates are exempted from fee payment. Only candidates satisfying IAS 2020 Eligibility criteria were applied for the exam. UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam date has been Revised. UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam will be held on October 4, 2020.

Firstly, candidates had to register themselves followed by filling personal, educational, parental details in the application form, choosing IAS Exam Centers, uploading scanned images, and pay application fees. Candidates need to upload their passport size photograph and signature in a specified format and dimension as required by the commission. Check IAS Photo and Signature Requirements

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IAS Important Dates

UPSC IAS 2021 Important dates

UPSC has released the official dates regarding IAS Exam 2021:


Important Dates

IAS application form date

March 10, 2021 (Tentative)

Last date to apply for IAS form

April 10, 2021

Last Date to pay the IAS Exam Fee

April 10, 2021

UPSC IAS admit card date

To be announced

UPSC CSE preliminary exam date

To be announced

UPSC IAS Mains exam date

To be announced

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IAS Application Process

How to Apply Online for UPSC IAS 2021 Exam?

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Application Form will be available at the official website from February 12, 2020. Furthermore, candidates are advised to gather their documents before beginning with the registration process of IAS 2021. Steps to be followed to fill the form are given below:

IAS Application Form

Step 1 – UPSC IAS 2021 Registration

  1. Visit the official website i.e. upsc.gov.in
  2. Click on the link ‘UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020’ under Active Examinations section
  3. Candidates have to fill their Personal, Educational, Parental, and Employment details.
  4. There will be six modules, keep saving each module after filling 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 fee in cash at SBI bank branches on the next day itself.
  4. Detailed Application Form Fee for examination is INR 100.
  5. After fee payment, download and save the filled-in IAS 2021 Application Form.

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

Step 3 – UPSC IAS 2021 Center Selection

  1. Now candidates will get an option to select the examination center.
  2. Candidates can select the exam city of their choice.

Step 4 – Uploading Photograph and Signature

Candidates have to upload the following documents in UPSC 2020 Application Form in the prescribed specifications:

Images Size  Dimension Format
Photograph 20Kb – 300Kb 3.5 cm X 4.5 cm .JPG
Signature 20Kb – 300Kb 3.5 cm X 1.5 cm .JPG

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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.

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IAS Application Fees

UPSC IAS 2021 Application Fee

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

Category IAS Exam Fee
General/ EWS/ OBC Candidates (Male) INR 100
Female candidates (All Categories) Exempted from fee payment
SC / ST / PH candidates Exempted from fee payment
  • 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 valid pay-in-slip, will have to resort to online modes of fee payment.

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IAS Documents Required

Pre-requisites to fill IAS 2021 Application Form

Candidates are required to assemble the following documents prior to IAS Exam 2020 Registration to ensure accurate and correct data. Any mismatch between the actual information and the registered information will result in cancellation of 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

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Important Instructions

IAS 2021 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 so as 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.

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Frequenlty Asked Questions

IAS 2021 Registration FAQs

Ques.1 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. The online application process has been started from Feb 12, 2020, and candidates will be able to fill the form till March 3, 2020. 

Ques. 2 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.3 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. 4 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. 5 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. 

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Hi Arunava. There is no minimum percentage required to apply for the UPSC Civil Sevices exam. But candidates must have completed their graduation with at least 33% to write the UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam.

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