IAS (UPSC CSE) 2021 Exam Centres and Exam Day Instructions

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Mar 19, 2021

The IAS (UPSC CSE) exam centres are there all over the country. It is alloted on a first-come-first-serve basis and candidates should register at the earliest to ensure that they are allotted their choice of centre for IAS Prelims 2021. The exam centre and venue are mentioned in the IAS admit card and it cannot be changed. Do note that, as per the final verdict from Supreme Court, candidates who are age-barred after UPSC 2020 for exceeding the age limit, will not get an extra attempt.

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  • A separate IAS exam centres list is published by UPSC for preliminary and main exam.
  • One must carefully check the published list and select the appropriate IAS Exam Center out of the given list, according to his/her convenience.
  • However, UPSC holds all the rights to allot an exam centre other than the selected one by a candidate.

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Prelims Centers

IAS (UPSC CSE) 2021 Prelims Exam Centers

Candidates had to make a choice of the most preferred IAS Exam Center but the Commission has the authority of allocation of the centre. A candidate can choose any IAS Exam Center 2021 from the given list, whichever is convenient for him/her. Usually, the number of IAS Prelims exam centres is more than IAS Mains exam centres as there are more candidates to be accommodated.

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The list of 72 IAS (UPSC CSE) Prelims exam centres has been highlighted in the following table:

State IAS Exam Centres (Prelims)
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Anantapur (Anantpur)
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dispur
Bihar Gaya
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bilaspur
Delhi Delhi
Goa Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Haryana Faridabad
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Ranchi
Karnataka Bangalore
Kerala Kochi
Kozhikode (Calicut)
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Maharashtra Aurangabad
Navi Mumbai
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Cuttack
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Ludhiana
Rajasthan Ajmer
Sikkim Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Telangana Hyderabad
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Gautam Buddha Nagar
Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Uttarakhand Dehradun
West Bengal Kolkata
Siliguri (Siligudi)

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Mains Centers

UPSC IAS Mains Exam Centre 2021

The IAS mains exam was held across 51 cities. This will also give you an idea about probable exam centres for the IAS exam 2021. Check the following table to know more about it:

Aurangabad Jabalpur Rajkot
Bangalore Jaipur Ranchi
Bareilly Jammu Sambalpur
Bhopal Jodhpur Shillong
Bilaspur Jorhat Shimla
Chandigarh Kochi Siliguri
Chennai Kohima Srinagar
Coimbatore Kolkata Thane
Cuttack Kozhikode (calicut) Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Lucknow Tiruchirapalli
Delhi Ludhiana Tirupati
Dharwad Madurai Udaipur
Dispur Mumbai Varanasi
Faridabad Mysore Vellore
Gangtok Nagpur Vijayawada
Gaya Navi Mumbai Visakhapatnam
Ghaziabad Gautam Buddh Nagar Warangal
Allocation Centers

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Allocation of IAS (UPSC CSE)Exam Centers 2021

The following points related to the allocation of the IAS 2021 Exam Center must be known by every candidate:

  • Allotment of IAS Exam Center 2021 is done on a ‘first-apply-first allot’ basis
  • Once the capacity of a particular IAS Exam Center is completely filled that centre gets frozen and no candidate is able to choose that IAS Exam Center after that
  • It is under the discretion of IAS that the IAS Exam Centers 2021 and the date of examination can be changed
  • Applicants must note that only a limited number of candidates are allotted to each of the IAS Exam Centers 2021, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkata, and Nagpur
  • Applicants who fail to get IAS Exam Centers 2021 of his/her choice, are required to choose an exam centre from the remaining ones only
  • If the situation demands, the Commission reserves the right to change the IAS Civil Services 2021 Exam Center at their discretion
  • Applicants are advised to apply early so that they can get the desired IAS Examination Center
  • No request for the change of IAS Exam Centers 2021 is entertained under any circumstance
  • Candidates admitted to the examination are informed of the time table and place or places of the IAS 2021 Examination
Exam Instructions

IAS 2021- Exam Day Instructions

  • A candidate can take only certain articles along with him/her inside the IAS 2021 Examination hall that includes a clipboard or hardboard on which nothing is written or marked, black ball pen of good quality for marking the response on the IAS Answer Sheet
  • A candidate cannot carry any extra sheet for rough work as it is provided by the invigilator inside the IAS Exam Hall.
  • Things like books, notes, loose sheets, electronic devices, any type of calculator, mathematical or drawing instruments, log tables, stencils of maps, side rules are not allowed to be carried inside the IAS Exam Centers 2021. If any candidate is found with the said items inside the IAS Exam Centers 2021, his/her candidature gets right away cancelled
  • Candidates are advised not to take any valuable item with themselves to the IAS Exam Centers 2021, as the commission is not responsible for the safety of any such belongings of any candidate
  • Any kind of misbehaviour with anyone inside the IAS Exam Hall is not tolerated and strict actions are taken against such behaviour.

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Unfair Means and Practices

A candidate must take care of the following points while appearing for IAS Exam 2021:

  • A candidate must ensure that he/she fulfils all the IAS Exam Eligibility conditions before applying for IAS Exam 2021
  • Admission of a candidate remains provisional during all the stages of the IAS Exam as it is subject to their satisfying the prescribed IAS Eligibility 2021 conditions. Also, check the reservation policy and how to avail it.
  • The commission can cancel the candidature of any candidate if, during verification, he/she is found not fulfilling the IAS Eligibility norms at any stage
  • If any of the claims made by the candidate is found to be incorrect, he/she might render himself/herself liable to disciplinary action
  • Any candidate who is found making use of any kind of electronic device or any other unfair means in the IAS Examination hall 2021, his/her candidature is cancelled by the commission right away

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Ques: How many exam centres are there for IAS Mains Exam?

Ans: There are 51 cities that have exam centres for IAS Mains Exam.

Ques: Are there any exam centres for blind candidates?

Ans: Yes, there are 7 exam centres for blind candidates- Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Dispur.

Ques: Are the candidates allowed to change their preferred exam centre?

Ans: The candidates are allowed to change their preferred exam centre only if the capacity has been full.

Ques: What is the basis of the allocation of exam centres?

Ans: The allocation is done on the basis of first-come-first.

Ques: Is a mobile phone allowed in the exam hall?

Ans: No, electronic devices are not allowed inside the exam hall.

Ques: Can I carry my admit card/call letter on my phone?

Ans: The Admit Card/Call Letter has to be printed out and carried to the exam hall to be allowed inside.

Ques: What is the number of seats available at the exam centre of Kolkata?

Ans: Kolkata, Chennai, Dispur, and Nagpur does not have any limit on the number of seats.

Ques: Where can I find the updated list of Exam Center?

Ans: UPSC releases the list of exam centres for every year with the official notification of that year. The candidates should check the official notification and the list of exam centres before filling up the application form.

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


ananya pandey
Can you name the IAS exam centers in UP?
jaya garg

Hi. The list of the IAS exam centers in UP include Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Prayagraj, and Varanasi. The list of 72 IAS (UPSC CSE) Prelims exam centres has been mentioned here.

tanishka shah
Can I take an extra sheet for doing the rough work in the IAS exam?
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates are not allowed to take any extra sheet for rough work as the same is provided by the invigilator inside the IAS Exam Hall. Similarly you can’t take books, notes, loose sheets, electronic devices.

koyena biswas
On what basis, the IAS exam centers are allotted?
jaya garg

Hi. Allotment of IAS Exam Center 2021 is done on a ‘first-apply-first allot’ basis. If the capacity of a particular IAS Exam Center is filled, the same centre will be frozen and no candidate will be allowed to choose that same IAS Exam Center after that.

koyena biswas
What items are banned at the Examination Venues during Examinations and during conduct of the Personality Tests (Interviews) in the UPSC premises?
jaya garg

Hi kOyena. Candidates are not supposed to carry mobile phones, electronic gadgets, digital watches, calculators, and any other such devices, while going inside the IAS exam hall. Use of unfair means inside the examination hall is strictly prohibited. Other details can be checked here.

avinash sahu
Is it essential to carry Photo ID Card for appearing at an Examination/Interview?
jaya garg

Hi Avinash. Candidates are suggested to carry their photo ID card, whose number is given on the e-admit card, while giving the exam.

sadim ansari
What are the timing for reporting at the Examination Venue and time of closure of entry into the Examination Venue?
jaya garg

Hi Sadim. The exam venue will be closed 10 minutes before the exam and no candidate will be allowed to enter into the examination venue after the closure of the entry.

nafisa khatoon
What is the best institution to prepare for IAS in Kolkata?
jaya garg

Hi Nafisa. Some of the institutes in Kolkata, which you can join to prepare for IAS exam include Apti Plus in Kolkata, Impulse IAS Coaching in Kolkata, ALS IAS Academy in Kolkata, Geo IAS Academy in Kolkata, etc.

laxmi mishra
What are the coaching centers in Bhubaneswar for the UPSC IAS exam?
jaya garg

HI Laxmi. Plutus IAS Coaching in Bhubaneswar, The Hinduzone IAS Coaching in Bhubaneswar, Chanakya IAS Coaching in Bhubaneswar, Dhyeya IAS Coaching in Bhubaneswar, etc. are some of the coaching centers from where you can take UPSC IAS coaching.

utkarsha khatri
Which is the best IAS coaching in Pune?
jaya garg

Hi Utkarsha. Some of the best IAS coaching in Pune include Plutus IAS – IAS Academy in Pune, Paradigm IAS Academy Pune, Abhyankar’s IAS Academy in Pune, Study Circle IAS Coaching in Pune, among others.

Which are the top five best coaching centers for the IAS exam preparation in Rajasthan?
jaya garg

Hi Devisingh. Some of the best coaching centers for the IAS exam preparation in Rajasthan include Sahay IAS Academy, Zenith Point, Astitva I.C.S, Rao’s IAS Study Circle, Chanakya IAS Academy, Engineers Academy, etc.

kashish tomar
What are best coaching center in bengaluru for IAS exams?
jaya garg

Hi Kashish. Some of the best coaching center in bengaluru for IAS exams include Plutus IAS Coaching in Bangalore, National IAS Academy Bangalore, Himalai IAS Coaching Institute, Analog IAS coaching center, among others.

What is the best IAS institute for coaching in Ahmedabad?
jaya garg

Hi Pradeepraj. Chahal Academy, Chanakya IAS Academy, IAS Kuber, Utthan Coaching and Career Academy are some of the renowned coaching institutes for IAS preparation in Ahmedabad.

gemeshwari sahu
Plz.... Give details of upsc mains exam
akankshya pattanaik


For all the details about UPSC mains, kindly have a look on: UPSC EXAMS

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shobhna chaturvedi

Hi, yes, you can apply for this exam provided you will have to produce the degree at the time of appearing in mains exam.

akky cool
Hi sir /Madam I have one question UPSC EXAM detana aapan swtaha chy marjine aaplyla pahije to center choose karu shakto ka?.. Jase Mumbai /Aurangabad ya sarkhe city mi majhy marjine choose karu shakto ka?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Akky, candidate can choose exam center of his/her choice but the organization has the authority of allocating the center. Request of change of center will not be entertained once they are allocated to the candidates.
kaveri gaikwad
Can I apply for UPSC 2019 because my birthdate is 14 December 1998 ? Plz reply me
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Kaveri, kindly check the UPSC Eligibility Criteria from here.

blessy grace
Sir Upsc mains Examination Centers list In chennai
akansha expert

Hi Blessy, As you can check the officially link is for getting the exam centers.

jyothi sattaru
Don Bosco school is selected for IAS mains exam 2018 or not
akansha expert
Hi Jyothi, Please contact to the Exam Authority for getting the information about the Application.
ranvijay singh
Mera exam nahi he buss pata lagana
akansha expert
Hi Ranvijay, As Above mentioned, you can check the centers and you may go through the official website of the exam.