UPSC Exam

UPSC Exam

Get Latest UPSC Exam 2019 notifications like Civil Services (IAS Exam) notification, UPSC Group 1 & 2 notifications, UPSC Engineering Service exam notifications and also the direct UPSC Recruitment 2019 notifications. In addition to this, the page lists latest UPSC Syllabus & Exam Pattern for various UPSC Exams. UPSC Results will also be posted here. So Aspirants can frequently visit this page which will ease their UPSC Exam preparation process.

Latest UPSC Exam 2019 Notifications


Current Openings

Post DatePost DetailsLast Date
Jun 12 UPSC CDS Exam (II) Notification 2019 – 417 PostsJul 08

Previous Notifications

Post DatePost DetailsLast Date
Apr 24UPSC CAPF 2019 Exam NotificationMay 20

What is UPSC?

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India’s premier central recruiting agency. It is responsible for conducting exams for All India services and group A and B of Central services. It is also required to be consulted by the Government in matters relating to the appointment, transfer, promotion and disciplinary matters. The commission reports directly to the President and can advise the Government through him. The Chairman and other members of Union Public Service Commission shall be appointed by the President

Who Conducts Civil Services Exam?

UPSC conducts Civil Services Exam every year to recruit candidates under various carders like IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc. This nationwide competitive exam is considered to be one of the toughest (Yet Prestigious) Exams in India.

List of services under UPSC Civil Services Exam:

  • IAS – Indian Administrative Service
  • IFS – Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise Gr. A)
  • Indian P and T Accounts and Finance Service Gr. ‘A
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A
  • Indian Revenue Service (IT), Gr. ‘A
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service
  • Indian Postal Service, Gr. ‘A’
  • ICAS – Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • IRAS – Indian Railways Accounts Service
  • IRPS – Indian Railways Personnel Service
  • IRTS – Indian Railways Traffic Service
  • Indian Defence Estates Service,
  • Indian Information Service, Gr. ‘A
  • Indian Trade Service, Gr. ‘A’ (Gr. III)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Gr. ‘B’ (Section Officers’ Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Gr. ‘B’
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, Gr. ‘B’

Who can write UPSC Exam?

Any Graduate who attained minimum 21 years of age can write this Examination. For IAS, IPS and IFS candidate must be a citizen of India.

For Other Services, Candidate must be either:

  • A Citizen of India or
  • Subject of Nepal/ Bhutan or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Is there any age limit for UPSC Exam?

Yes! There is age limit for candidates writing the UPSC Exam which is as follows.

Minimum Age is 21 Years for every category.

CategoryMaximum Age
UR32 Years
OBC35 Years
SC / ST / EXS37 Years
Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;35 Years
if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st day of January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.37 Years
PWDUp to 42 Years
ECOs / SSCOUp to 37 Years

How many times one can write this exam?

The number of attempts one can make in this exam depends on the category of the candidates which they fall under. That number is mentioned below based on the category.

UR

6
OBC

9

SC / ST

No limit

Note: An attempt at a Preliminary Examination (any one paper) shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination

What is the Procedure to become a Civil Servant?

Any Candidate who fulfills the eligibility criteria can directly apply for this Post (Coaching or Any kind of Enrollment is NOT Mandatory). CSE comprises of 3 stages viz.,

  • Preliminary Examination (Objective Type)
  • Mains Examination (Descriptive Type)
  • Personal Interview (Face to face)

What is the Pattern of Civil Services Exam?

Exam PatternPreliminary Examination:

First stage in the recruitment process and the probably the toughest one as large number of students will be filtered at this stage. It comprises of 2 papers viz., General studies paper-1 & paper-2 (popularly known as the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)). This paper intends to focus more on analytical abilities and understanding rather than the ability to memorize. Only marks of Paper 1 will be considered for selection and Paper 2 is qualifying in nature. Conceptual clarity and General Awareness is the key to sail through this exam.

Subject

MarksDurationNo of Questions

Negative mark

Paper – I

200 Marks2 Hrs1001/3rd (0.33)
Paper – II200 Marks2 hrs80

1/3rd (0.83)

  • Both the papers will be of Objective Type and Bilingual (English & Hindi).
  • Minimum qualifying marks of 33% have to be scored in GS Paper-2.
Mains Examination:

Those who are declared qualified (in prelims) by the commission may appear for the Mains Examination (Candidates have to fill separate application form). The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination.

Paper

Subject

Marks

Qualifying Papers

Paper A

Indian Language300 Marks
Paper BEnglish

300 Marks

Papers to be counted for merit

Paper-I

Essay250 Marks
Paper-IIGeneral Studies – 1

250 Marks

Paper-III

General Studies – 2250 Marks
Paper -IVGeneral Studies – 3

250 Marks

Paper – V

General Studies – 4250 Marks
Paper – VIOptional Paper -1

250 Marks

Paper – VII

Optional Paper – 2250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test)

1750 Marks

Personality Test

275 Marks
Grand Total

2025 Marks

List of Indian Language subjects for Main Examination:
AssameseOdia
BengaliPunjabi
GujaratiSanskrit
HindiSindhi
KannadaTamil
KashmiriTelugu
KonkaniUrdu
MalayalamBodo
ManipuriDogri
MarathiMaithilli
NepaliSanthali
List of optional subjects for Main Examination:
AgricultureAnimal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
AnthropologyBotany
ChemistryCivil Engineering
Commerce and AccountancyEconomics
Electrical EngineeringGeography
Geology History
LawManagement
MathematicsMechanical Engineering
Medical SciencePhilosophy
PhysicsPolitical Science and International Relations
PsychologyPublic Administration
SociologyStatistics
ZoologyLiterature of any one of the following languages:
AssameseBengali
BodoDogri
GujaratiHindi
KannadaKashmiri
KonkaniMaithili
MalayalamManipuri
MarathiNepali
OdiaPunjabi
SanskritSanthali
SindhiTamil
TeluguUrdu
English

Personal Interview:

How to Prepare for UPSC Exam?

Exam Preparation

Preliminary Exam:

Start your Preparation with NCERT books of 6-12 (No other Shortcuts you must read them) and other standard books for conceptual clarity and build the fundamental Knowledge. Prelims is all about the details and the Timeline. Make a mind-map of what you read and keep revising them. Instead of collecting so many resources ,Stick to very few Standard Books. You don’t need to read any book from cover to cover Strictly stick to the syllabus, they are not going to ask you anything out of the syllabus.

Break up of Syllabus: 

History

Ancient History

Medieval History

Modern History

Geography

Physical Geography

Human Geography

Economics

Micro Economics

Macro Economics

Science

Biology

Physics

Chemistry

Technology

Polity

Static

Current

Culture

Static

Current

Environment

Static

Current

Recommended books for Prelims:

Subject

Recommended books

History & Culture

NCERT, Bipan Chandra, Spectrum’s Modern India
Geography

NCERT, G.C Leong, Atlas

Economics

NCERT, Ramesh singh
Science & Tech

NCERT, Newspaper

Polity

Indian polity by Laxmikanth
Environment

NCERT, Shankar IAS environment & Ecology

Art & culture

NCERT, Nitin Singhania
Current Affairs & miscellaneous

Newspaper, India Year Book, Economic survey & Monthly current Affairs

Weight-age given to each subjects:

Subject

2011201220132014201520162017

2018

History & Culture

1119162017151422
Geography111718141679

10

Economics

1917191013181618
Science & Tech1991416889

10

Polity

122016141372213

Environment

1517171811181513
Current Affairs & miscellaneous13108222715

14

As we saw in the above trend, Number of Questions are keep fluctuating so it is better not to skip any topic. Current affairs plays major role in the preparation, so Read newspaper religiously!!!. Its not necessary to make notes out of newspaper as plenty of resources are available online to revise Current Affairs, so instead of making notes invest your time in Revising it (Stick to very few sources).

Complete the Syllabus and now it’s time to practice lot of MCQs , Solve as much as you can before your Prelims. It will definitely help you to retain things better.

Previous Year cutoffs:

Category

201120122013201420152016

2017

General

198209241205107.34116.00105.34
OBC175190222204106.00110.66

102.66

SC

16518520718294.0099.3488.66
ST16118120117491.3496.00

88.66

PH1

13516019916790.6675.3488.88
PH212416418411376.6672.66

61.34

PH3

9611116311540.0040

40

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