UPSC IAS Prelims Exam 2020 Postponed: Check Notice Here

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam 2020 Postponed: The UPSC has released notice to postpone the IAS Prelims exam till further notice. The condition prevailing in the country due to lock down to contain the spread of COVID-19 corona virus. The Commission is going to review the situation again after the lock down in June 2020.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the central agency of the government which is responsible for conducting examinations for recruiting officers and staff into various services of the central government.It conducts multiple exams and every year millions of aspirants appear for all those exams. UPSC is among  the few institutions which function with both autonomy and freedom, along with the country’s higher judiciary and lately the Election commission. Article 315 gives you a brief about UPSC. UPSC Is the most demanding job after qualifying UPSC exam aspirants can become an IAS/IPS/IRS officer or can join central civil services jobs .

UPSC Prelims Exam Postponed

The UPSC released a notice on 20th May 2020 stating that the commission will review the situation on 05th June 2020 after the fourth phase of lock down. Earlier, the UPSC had postponement various exams till further notice. The UPSC Prelims Exam was to take place on 31st May 2020. The UPSC Prelims Exam is postponed due to the ongoing intense situation of the deadly COVID-19.  Refer to the UPSC IAS Exam Postponement Notice that is given below.

Indian Administrative Service IAS :

The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the administrative arm of the All India Services. Considered the premier civil service of India, the IAS is one of the three arms of the All India Services along with the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFS). Members of these three services serve the Government of India as well as the individual states. IAS officers may also be deployed to various public sector undertakings. After qualifying the UPSC civil services exam depending upon the rank aspirants can get any of the following post to serve the nation. Around 10 lakh aspirants apply for UPSC Civil Services Exam, every year. But what is the last rank that can fetch an aspirant the prestigious IAS (Indian Administrative Service)? IAS comes under All India Services other may include Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Forest Services ( IFoS), depending upon the number of vacancies reported for each year and the category an aspirant belongs the successful  candidates either get selected into All  India Services or the Central Civil Services

Central Civil Services Includes :

Indian Foreign Services(IFS), Group ‘A’,Indian Railway Accounts Service,
Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’,Indian Railway Personnel Service
Group ‘A’,Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’,Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force,
Group ‘A’,Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’,Indian Defence Estates Service,
Group ‘A’,Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’,Indian Information Service (Junior Grade),
Group ‘A’,Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’,Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’,Indian Corporate Law Service,
Group ‘A’,Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’,Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service,
Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade),
Administration),Indian Postal Service, Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service,
Group ‘A’,Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘B’,Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service,
Group ‘A’,Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘B’,Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’,Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

As per the last allocation statistics (2018),

  • IAS – The last rank of a general category candidate allocated to IAS was 92.
  • IFS – The last rank of a general category candidate allocated to IFS was 134.
  • IPS – The last rank of a general category candidate allocated to IPS was 236.
  • IRS (IT) – The last rank of a general category candidate allocated to IRS (IT) was 239.
  • IRS (C&CE) – The last rank of a general category candidate allocated to IRS (IT) was 265.

List of various exams conducted by UPSC every year:

1. Civil Services Examination (CSE)

2.Engineering Services Exam (IES)

3.Indian Forest Services Exam (IFoS)

4.Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service Examination (IES/ISS)

5.Assistant Provident Fund Commissioners

6.Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam (SCRA)

7.Combined Defence Services Exam (CDS)

8.National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam (NDA and NA)

Civil Service IAS Exam Attempts : 

  • General candidates    – 6 attempts
  • The OBC candidates – 9 attempts
  • There is no such restriction for the SC and ST candidates

Age Limit For UPSC IAS:

The candidate should be a minimum of 21 years age (Pre final year Students can attempt it) and a maximum of 32 years of age

  • There is age relaxation for the students belongs to SC and ST of 5 years and  other backward classes (OBC) candidates will  get 3 years of relaxation

UPSC  Vacancies and Selections

Civil Services IAS Vacancies 2020  : 796 

Generally, the number of vacancies varies every year. The number of candidates that pass the preliminary examination is generally 11 or 12 times the number of vacancies, and the number of candidates selected for the final interview is twice the number of vacancies. As per existing policies, reservation for SC/ST/OBC is applied to each level of the selection process. Vacancies & selection in different years :

Year No. of candidates applying for Prelims No. of candidates that appeared for No. of candidates appearing for interviews No. of candidates selected Final vacancies
Prelims Mains
2010 5,47,698 2,69,036 11,865 2,589 965 1,043
2011 4,99,120 2,43,236 11,237 2,415 999 1,001
2012 5,50,080 2,71,442 12,190 2,674 998 1,091
2013 7,76,604 3,23,949 14,178 3,003 1,122 1,228
2014 9,47,428 4,51,602 16,286 3,308 1,236 1,364
2015 9,45,908 4,65,882 15,008 2,797 1,078 1,164
2016 11,36,000 5,00,000 15,452 2,961 1,099 1,209
2017 10,00,000 (approx.) 4,56,625 13,366 2,568 1058 980
2018 11,00,000 (approx.) 4,93,972 10,468 1,994 758 759

Recruiting Body : UPSC

Examination Mode : Offline exam conducted every year

Tentative dates of Civil Service Exam 2020, here is brief and basic information regarding the examination:

Important dates Events
12th February of the year 2020 The notification of the UPSC examination will be officially announced
12th February of the year 2020 On that very same date, the examination forms will be available too
3rd march of the year 2020 The last date of submission of forms
June of 2020 (tentative) The admit cards for the preliminary examination will be available online
31st May 2020, Postponed The UPSC IAS examination date for prelims
Available Soon Admit cards for the main examination will be available
Available Soon These five days of September would be engaged for the main examination

Attempts –

The candidates are allowed for appearing for the UPSC examination within a restricted period.

  • General candidates are allowed to attempt for six times
  • The OBC candidates are allowed for nine attempts
  • There is no such restriction for the SC and ST candidates

Eligibility Criteria to be fulfilled before appearing the examination – 

  • The candidate should own an Indian citizenship
  • The candidate should be a minimum of 21 years age and a maximum of 32 years of age
  • In case the candidate has migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kenya etc, he or she has to be from an Indian origin
  • There is age relaxation for the backward candidates. The SCand ST candidates get 5 years of age relaxation whereas the OBCs get 3 years
  • Ex-serviceman of commissioned personnel or defense service officers owe five and three years of age relaxation respectively
  • The candidates must hold a graduate degree from any recognized university of India

Educational Qualification – Candidate must be a graduate with any stream . Pre-final students can also attempt it.

Examination charges:

  • General and OBC candidate – 200 rupees
  • The SC and ST candidates are not charged for appearing the examination

Phases of Examination UPSC IAS:

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

UPSC Civil Services IAS 2020 Prelims Examination Centres :


Agartala, Agra, Ajmer, Ahmedabad , Aizawl , Aligarh,Allahabad ,Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh), Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Bilaspur, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Faridabad, Gangtok, Gaya, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Itanagar, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Kozhikode(Calicut), Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai.

UPSC Civil Services IAS 2020 Mains Examination Centres :

Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Mumbai, Aizawl, Delhi, Patna, Allahabad, Dispur, Guwahati, Raipur, Bangaluru, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Bhopal, Jaipur, Shillong, Chandigarh, Jammu, Shimla, Chennai, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Cuttack, Lucknow, Vijayawada.

Syllabus of Civil Services Examination :

Prelims – 200 marks for each paper
Preliminary examination of civil services are conducted in two phases and is generally objective phases

Paper 1 – General Studies 1 (100 Questions/200 marks /2 hours – Negative marking on wrong answers)
Paper 2 – CSAT (80 Questions / 200 Marks /2 hours- Negative marking on wrong answer)

General studies paper

    1. Current events of national and international importance
    2. Syllabus of History of India and the heroes of ancient India, Indian national movement
    3. Indian and World Geography- it includes every aspect of geography including physical, social, economic geography across the world
    4. Indian Politics and governance and its history – right from the Indian constitution to our political system that covers the areas of Panchayati raj, public policy, Rights issues, etc.
    5. Economic and social development of India as well as the world economy– the economic history of India as well as world history of economic and its interrelations. The important topics that should be highlighted include sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.
    6. General issues regarding the current situation of environmental ecology, our bio-diversity and climate change. It does not require subject specialised studies. An overview of the subject and clear concepts can do well.
    7. General Science

UPSC CSAT Syllabus –

  1. Comprehension skills
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills and management
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision making and problem-solving (it has no negative marking)
  5. General mental ability to solve problems
  6. Basic numerical problems that include numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc up to Class X level and Data Interpretation including charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc up to class X level
  7. English Language Comprehension skills and writing ability (Class X level).

UPSC Mains examination syllabus:

This examination consists of seven papers and the evaluation is based on the writing of conventional and essay type questions. Each of the paper carries 250 marks. Some of them are compulsory and some of them are optional

Paper Subject Duration Total marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian language 3 hours 300
Paper B English 3 hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 hours 250
Paper II General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper III General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper IV General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper V General Studies IV 3 hours 250
Paper VI Optional I 3 hours 250
Paper VII Optional II 3 hours 250

The subjects which are covered by the General Studies Papers in Mains Exam are:  

General Studies I – Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World, Society

General Studies II – Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, International relations

General Studies III – Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

General Studies IV – Ethics, Integrity, Aptitude

Some of the optional subjects include:

  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology etc.

Interview:

After the selection is done from the main exams, the qualified ones are called for the interview that carries 275 marks. Questions asked in the interview mainly test the candidates’ personality

Cut Off : 

Year Prelims Main(out of 1750) Total(out of 2025) Vacancies 2020
Category Marks Total Marks Category Marks Category Marks
2013 General 241 400 General 564 General 775 796
OBC 222 OBC 534 OBC 742
SC 207 SC 518 SC 719
ST 201 ST 510 ST 707
PH-1 199 H-1 510 PH-1 725
PH-2 184 PH-2 502 PH-2 718
PH-3 163 PH-3 410 PH-3 613
2014 General 205 385 General 678 General 889
OBC 204 OBC 631 OBC 844
SC 182 SC 631 SC 830
ST 174 ST 619 ST 811
PH-1 167 PH-1 609 PH-1 816
PH-2 113 PH-2 575 PH-2 778
PH-3 115 PH-3 449 PH-3 713
2015 General 107.34 200 General 676 General 877
OBC 106 OBC 630 OBC 834
SC 94 SC 622 SC 810
ST 91.34 ST 617 ST 801
PH-1 90.66 PH-1 580 PH-1 802
PH-2 76.66 PH-2 627 PH-2 830
PH-3 40.00 PH-3 504 PH-3 697
2016 General 116 200 General 787 General 988
OBC 110.66 OBC 745 OBC 951
SC 99.34 SC 739 SC 937
ST 96 ST 730 ST 920
PH-1 75.34 PH-1 713 PH-1 927
PH-2 72.66 PH-2 740 PH-2 951
PH-3 40 PH-3 545 PH-3 817
2017 General 105.34 200 General 809 General 1006
OBC 102.66 OBC 770 OBC 968
SC 88.66 SC 756 SC 944
ST 88.66 ST 749 ST 939
PH-1 88.88 PH-1 734 PH-1 923
PH-2 61.34 PH-2 745 PH-2 948
PH-3 40 PH-3 578 PH-3 830
2018 General 98 200 General 774 General 982
OBC 96.66 OBC 732 OBC 938
SC 84 SC 719 SC 912
ST 83.34 ST 719 ST 912
PH-1 73.34 PH-1 711 PH-1 899
PH-2 53.34 PH-2 696 PH-2 908
PH-3 40 PH-3 520 PH-3 754

Salary :

Aspirants who qualifies UPSC civil services exam will  get a pay scale in the range Rs.50000 to Rs.250000 ( As per experience)

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2020-FAQ

Q 1. In how many shifts prelims exam will occur?

Ans: The prelims exam will be held in two shifts: Paper-I (General Studies) and Paper-II (CSAT).

Q 2. Is there any negative marking for the preliminary examination?

Ans: Yes, there is a negative marking scheme for both paper-I and paper-II. Deduction of 1/3rd mark for Paper I and 0.83 marks for paper-II.

Q 3. Is the Prelims and UPSC Mains Syllabus different?

Ans: Candidates must note that every stage have different syllabus, check the UPSC IAS Syllabus here.

Q 4. What is the time duration for each paper for the Prelims exam?

Ans: Each prelims exam will be of 2 hours

Q 5.What is the date for the Mains examination?

Ans: The mains exam will be held in the month of October 2020 tentatively. The final date will be updated by the authorities soon.

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