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|
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:
|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|
|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|
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.
- General and OBC candidate – 200 rupees
- The SC and ST candidates are not charged for appearing the examination
Phases of Examination UPSC IAS:
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 –
- Current events of national and international importance
- Syllabus of History of India and the heroes of ancient India, Indian national movement
- Indian and World Geography- it includes every aspect of geography including physical, social, economic geography across the world
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- General Science
UPSC CSAT Syllabus –
- Comprehension skills
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills and management
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability
- Decision making and problem-solving (it has no negative marking)
- General mental ability to solve problems
- 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
- 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 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
- Civil Engineering
- Commerce and Accountancy
- Electrical Engineering
- Geology etc.
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|
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.