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UPSC 2021- Exam Dates, Application Form, Admit Card and Results

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Jan 20, 2021

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UPSC or Union Public Service Commission is a central level body responsible for conducting various recruitment exams for civil servants in India. Some of the major exams conducted by UPSC are Civil Services, Engineering Services, CDS, and NDA. This year, UPSC had released the exam schedule for different recruitment and competitive exams, however, due to lockdown amid COVID-19 pandemic the exams that were scheduled in the month from March to June have been postponed and there is a possibility that UPSC will come up with a revised exam calendar for the year 2020. Also, Read- BPSC HOD recruitment notice.

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The entire family of LNCT is happy and proud of Srushti’s success and we wish her a career full of contentment. She is the alumni of LNCT Bhopal and has secured 5th position in UPSC 2018. She has topped in the women category. She was a student of BE (Chemical Engg. Batch 2018) at Lakshmi Narain College of Technology. Also read- UPSC IES/ISS 2020 expected cut-off

Also read- UPSC 2019- 23% women qualifier

Latest UPSC Recruitments

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UPSC Civil Services Examination/ IAS 2020 Check Here
UPSC Indian Engineering Services Examination 2020 Check Here
UPSC National Defence Academy Examination 2020  Check Here 
UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination 2020 Check Here
UPSC Central Armed Police Forces 2020 Check Here

The minimum eligibility required to appear for anyone of the exams conducted is a Bachelor's degree. There may be some additional eligibility criteria depending upon the post or recruitment exam, a candidate wishes to apply for. UPSC mainly conducts the recruitment process in three phases – Preliminary exam, Main Exam, and Interview. 

UPSC Exam Dates 2020

UPSC Calendar 2020 has been released for intimating about the notification, registration, conduct, and duration of all the exams.

Exam Last Date of Application Examination Date
UPSC S.O/Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE 2020 October 10, 2020 December 14, 2020
UPSC Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2020 - December 1, 2020
UPSC NDA and NA Examination-II 2020 September 3, 2020 November 12, 2020
UPSC Civil Services Main Examination 2020 - September 20, 2020
UPSC CDS Examination-II 2020 July 8, 2020 September 8, 2020
UPSC Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Exam 2020 May 20, 2020 August 18, 2020
UPSC Combined Medical Services Examination 2020 May 6, 2020 July 21, 2020
UPSC Engineering Services Main Examination 2020 - June 28, 2020
Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, 2020 April 16, 2020 June 26, 2020
Indian Economic Service (IES) and Indian Statistical Service (ISS) Exam, 2020 August 11, 2020 (yet to release) -
UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020 March 18, 2020 May 31, 2020
UPSC Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) through CS(P) 2020 March 18, 2020 June 2, 2020

UPSC Recruitment Eligibility 2020

Eligibility in UPSC Recruitment 2020 varies with the exams. The basic academic qualification of most of the exams is Graduation from any recognized university. However, there are few exams that demand graduation in a particular field/stream as part of the eligibility. 

Exam Academic Qualification Age Criteria
Engineering Services (Preliminary), 2020 B.E/B.Tech from a recognized university 21-30 on Jan 1, 2020
CDS I, 2020 Graduation from any recognised university 19-24 years
EO/AO- EPFO Graduate from a recognized university Less than 30 years
CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2020 35 years on Aug 01, 2020
N.D.A. & N.A. Exam (I), 2020 10+2 17-19.5 years on Jan 1, 2020 (Only Male Candidates)
ISS Exam 2020 Graduate in Statistics with other related streams 21-30 years on Aug 1, 2020(Must be Medically fit)
IES Exam 2020 Post-graduate in Economics or other related courses 21-30 years on Aug 1, 2020(Must be medically fit)
Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam, 2020 Masters in the related streams 21-30 years on Aug 1, 2020
Civil Services (PRELIMINARY) EXAM. 2020 Graduate from any recognized university 21-32 years on Aug 1, 2020
Indian Forest Service (PREL.) Exam. 2020 through CS(P) Exam. 2020 Graduation in Animal Husbandry and related 21-32 years on Aug 1, 2020
Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2020 Graduate from any recognized university 20-24 years
Combined Medical Services Exam, 2020 MBBS Less than 32 years

UPSC Registration 2020

The registration for all the exams under UPSC is done at The applications will release as per the dates mentioned in the UPSC 2020 Calendar. The registration should be completed before the last date. No applications will be accepted after the last date. Notices and advertisements will be regularly published by UPSC in the leading newspapers and weekly employment news. UPSC will notify the candidates about dates and other important information regarding the exam.

To ensure smooth UPSC 2020 Registration process, candidates must ensure that they have the following documents (as required) before beginning with their UPSC Application Process.

  • Class X Marksheet
  • Class XII Marksheet
  • Graduation Marksheet
  • Category Certificate, if applicable
  • Medical Certificate, if applicable
  • Scanned passport size photo
  • Scanned Signature

Number of Attempts in UPSC?

The number of attempts in UPSC exam varies on the basis of the category of the candidate as follows:-

  • A General category can appear for UPSC maximum  6 times and the maximum age limit is 32 years.
  • An OBC category candidate can take the exam maximum  9 times and the maximum age is 35 years.
  • For Physically disabled candidates there is relaxation of 10 years. They are given 9 attempts for clearing UPSC.
  • An SC/ST category candidate can appear as many as times till 37 years of age.

UPSC Syllabus 2020

The syllabus of each exam under UPSC is announced along with the notification. However, the UPSC syllabus for all exams is similar in many ways. The General Science section/paper is asked in most of the exams. While some exams focus on the technical aptitude, other exams give weightage to Current Affairs and General Knowledge.

UPSC Result 2020

UPSC will release the result as per the dates mentioned in the calendar above. The result for all the exams will be published at the official website i.e. The result will be published in the form of scorecards. The merit list displaying the names of all shortlisted candidates will be published soon after the announcement of the result on the official website. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for the next level of the selection process as mentioned in the UPSC notification.

Check UPSC 2019 answer key news here

UPSC Recruitment 2020 Selection Process

Qualified candidates of the written result are called for the next level of the selection process – Group Discussions/Personal Interview. The selection process varies with the exam and the posts offered. However, most of the recruitment posts follow the mentioned selection process:

Group Discussion

Candidates are made to sit in batches of 20 or more to discuss any topic assigned by the person in charge. The topics vary from any recent global activity to problems faced by society. A total of 15-25 minutes are allotted to the candidates to discuss the topic among themselves. At the end of the discussion, candidates are asked to submit their responses verbally one after another. 

Personal Interview

Following the group discussion, Personal Interview of candidates is conducted. The Personal Interview is conducted to test candidates’ confidence, thought process, and clarity of mind. UPSC entrusts the shortlisted candidates with a very responsible position. Hence it is necessary to test candidates of their mental and physical strength required for the job.

UPSC Recruitment Medical Test 2020

As per the job requirements, UPSC asks candidates to go through a medical test before publishing the final merit list. The result of the medical tests is considered while preparing the final merit list. All the qualified candidates of the written exam followed by interview are required to undergo a medical test, and the results are submitted to UPSC for further proceedings. All the qualified candidates are required to undergo the following test at the allotted medical centre.

  • Blood Test
  • Urine Test
  • Mental Stability (Session of Stress Interview)
  • Ophthalmic Test & BMI Measurement
  • Chest X-Ray followed by a test for several other disorders.

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


koyena biswas
What is the quantum of promotion quota?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. Total number of persons appointed by way of promotion/selection in any State or group of States must not, at any time, should be more than 33.33% of the total cadre strength of the All India Service in that State or group of States.

avinash sahu
Who are the Cadre Controlling Authorities for the IAS/IPS/IFS?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. For IAS, the Cadre Controlling Authority is Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; for Indian Police Service (IPS), it’s Ministry of Home Affairs, and for Indian Forest Service (IFoS), it’s Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

koyena biswas
What are the different modes of recruitment to the All India Services?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. There are two modes of recruitment to the All India Services including through the Civil Services Examination for IAS and IPS and other is the Indian Forest Service Examination for the IFS. Both these exams are taken by UPSC.

sheetal chib
What is the crucial date for reckoning the eligibility of Officers for the vacancies of a particular year?
kavita rani

Hi sheetal. The crucial date for reckoning the eligibility of Officers for the vacancies of a particular year is to be taken as 1st January of the year in which the promotion quota vacancies arise.

lakshay kakkar
What are the documents required to be sent by the State Government while sending proposals to the Commission for convening the Selection Committee Meetings?
kavita rani

Hi Lakshay. Some of the documents that needs to be send include Eligibility List(s) of Officers to be considered, Integrity Certificate signed by the Chief Secretary, Statement of Disciplinary/Criminal proceedings pending against the Officers, if any, a statement of available ACRs with reasons for missing ACRs, etc.

lakshay kakkar
What is the role of the UPSC in promotion/selection to the All India Services?
kavita rani

Hi Lakshay. The vacancies for promotion/selection to the All India Services are determined by the respective Cadre Controlling Authorities in discussion with the State Governments concerned. After that the State Government forwards the proposal for promotion/selection based on the relevant year(s) served in their duty.

puja sao
What are the eligibility criteria for consideration for selection of NonState Civil Service Officers to the Indian Administrative Services?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. Based on the provisions of IAS (Appointment by Selection) Regulations 1997, a Non-State Civil Service Officer will be considered eligible for selection to the Indian Administrative Service, only in case he/she is an outstanding merit holder and holds a Gazetted post in a substantive capacity and have completed not less than 8 years of continuous service under the State Government.

puja sao
What are the eligibility conditions for consideration for promotion to All India Services?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. State civil services officers are supposed to give a UPSC test and interview to get promoted to the three All India Services. An officer must have eight years of a 'Group A' service in a state for all categories (IAS, IPS and IFoS) and must be less than 54 years of age to be considered for promotion.

puja sao
What are the Rules and Regulations governing the promotions to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFS)?
kavita rani

Hi Puja. Rules laid for promotions to the three All India Services viz. IAS, IPS and IFS are governed under the respective Recruitment Rules.

arushi thankur
Is there any restriction on the number of Non-State Civil Service (NSCS) Officers who can be inducted into the IAS in a given year?
kavita rani

Hi Arushi. For any State or group of States, total candidates recruited by way of selection shall not at any time exceed 15% of the number of persons recruited against promotion quota which is 33.33% of the cadre strength.

sadim ansari
Does the AIS Branch deal with the regular promotion cases/disciplinary cases/other service matters of the All India Services?
kavita rani

Hi Sadim. No, the AIS Branch does not deals with the regular promotion cases/disciplinary cases/other service matters of the All India Services.

sadim ansari
What is the main function of the All India Services (AIS) Branch?
kavita rani

Hi Sadim. Main role of the AIS Branch is to assist the Commission in induction of State Services Officers into the All India Services through Promotion or by Selection.

praveen kumar j
Hi,I want to become an IRS officer. Please guide, the first most preparation or procedure for me.
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Ann, you can go through the syllabus and pattern of the exam to start accordingly. Prefer the right books, set an implementable schedule and start earliest as possible.
kavya v
Hi, i am interested in UPSC Exam. Please guide the first most procedure for me.
monika content

Hi Kavya, you first mention the name of the examination that you want to appear. Because there are differences in the examination pattern.

chinmay kumar pradhan

I have completed MCA in 2017 and aving IT industry exp of 10 years.Suggest me if i can do Ph.D in computer Applications.And what should be the process

garima bansal
Hi Chinmay, You may check the official website of UPSE To get application and eligibility details .
shravani gandham
which is better among b pharm, agricultural bsc, bpt, pharm d
garima bansal

Hi Shravani, different courses have different benefits and advantages Every course is better in its own way, You can check the scope for each course so that you can understand the which is better by the links which are given below:-

Hello Sir , I have passed class 12 in session 2017-18 and I am of 17 years of age . I want to know that now I am eligible for which exams of UPSC ?
akansha expert
Hi Sahil, As per official Exam rules, Minimum qualification for UPSC exam: The candidate must hold a degree from Government recognized Universities or possess an equivalent qualification. Candidates who are in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC preliminary Examination.
sourav kumar
sir i can know about the scra 2018 exam date plese explain about these exam
garima bansal
Hi SOURAV, You can visit the official website to check the scra 2018 exam date
anjana k raj
i have to study for sfc exam,plz recommend the best book for studying to get admission in CBI and the best coaching center in trivandrum??