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IAS Photo Size, Dimensions, Format and Other Details

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Mar 3, 2020

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UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam Application Form 2020 has been released on February 12, 2020. While filling Application Form, candidates often make mistakes in uploading signature/ photo and other documents in wrong sizes or formats. Failing to follow the specifications will result in cancellation of candidature. Candidates can register for IAS 2020 by visiting the official website – The last day to fill IAS Application Form is March 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 can apply for the exam.

IAS 2020 Main Admit Card will be released in the month of April 2020. Candidates have to carry the admit card along with a photo Id proof to their exam center. Read on to check the complete guidelines given for uploading scanned photograph and signature.

A brief about Documents Specifications are as follows:

Document Size Format
Photograph 20 – 300 kBs JPG
Signature 20 – 300 kBs JPG

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IAS 2020 Photo Specifications

 Aspirants must take care of few points while scanning and uploading their photo. The specifications are listed below:

IAS Important Document

Photo Size: 20 - 300 KBs

Image Format: JPG/ JPEG only

Photo Dimensions: 3.5 cm (width) x 4.5 cm (height).

Photo Background: White

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IAS 2020 Signature Specifications

After scanning and uploading photo, candidates are also required to attach a scanned image of signature. The essential specifications are listed below:

IAS application form

Signature Image Size: 20 - 300 KBs

Image Format: JPG/ JPEG only

Signature Dimensions: 3.5 cm (width) x 1.5 cm (height)

Signature Background: White

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Dos and Don’ts for Scanned Photograph & Signature

  • The photograph must be latest and clear. Applications with blur photos will not be accepted or is liable to be rejected.
  • The passport size photograph should be of front face and not side face.
  • Photos with goggles or sunglasses or caps will not be accepted.
  • Religious headwear are allowed but make sure it does not cover the face.  
  • The signature must be in running handwriting and not BLOCK/CAPITAL Letters.
  • The signature must be done by the candidate as the same will be used by UPSC wherever required. If it does not match with the candidate’s signature done in the presence of invigilator the candidature may get cancelled.

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Guidelines to attach photograph in IAS 2020 Application Form

During filling application form, it is quite normal to make errors while choosing the photograph. Candidates often upload photographs which are not in accordance with the specifications laid down by UPSC and hence, such images get rejected.

The common mistakes committed by candidates and correct sample of the photograph are given below:

Avoid uploading selfies in the form. Upload a photograph taken from a rear professional camera. Avoid using a cell phone to click a picture as the image might get distorted. Photographs with a colored background (light/dark) are not accepted.

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Photo with side faces or no eye contacts with the camera will be rejected. Look straight into the camera making an eye contact for a clear image. Also, avoid wearing scarfs/muffler. Do not use it to cover your face. The face must cover more than 75% of the total area of the photograph. The photo clicked in improper lighting or flash must not be uploaded in the form.


Sit in well lighting while clicking the photo as pictures with shadow on the face is quite unclear and not accepted by the board. The face should be clearly visible in the photo. Check that the image uploaded must not be of poor digital resolution (100 x 75).

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Spectacles are totally allowed while getting clicked but avoid wearing tinted glasses or goggles in the photo. The photo with too much glare or light on the spectacles will not be accepted.

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Candidates following the above instructions will be able to submit the form without any hassle. Read other details and important documents required for filling the form.

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Other Details to fill in IAS Application Form

Candidates will be asked to fill the following details carefully. Before submitting the form students must review the form once.

Candidate’s Name Father’s Name Mother’s Name Date of Birth E-mail
Mobile Number Gender Nationality Postal Address Identity Proof
Total Annual Family Income Reservation Category Graduation Details Post Graduation details (if any) Marital Status
Scanned Signature Scanned Photograph City Option for Exam Center Subject Stream Declaration

Documents Required for IAS 2020 Registration

Candidates must keep the following documents ready before applying for the exam:

  • An active mobile number and email ID.
  • Any photo identity proof issued by government of India.
  • Class X mark sheet
  • Class XII mark sheet
  • Graduation mark sheet
  • Scanned photograph
  • Scanned signature
  • Category certificate, if applicable

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