Number of Candidates Appeared in UPSC 2017

Every year there are lakhs of candidates preparing for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service examination. Out of lakhs only a few thousands will be eligible for the Mains examination and the number gets pruned still further at the interview stage. This article will help you understand the magnitude of the competition.

Aspirants would find this article very helpful while preparing for the IAS Exam.

Competition for UPSC Civil Service Exam – 2017

If the IAS prelims was a tough nut to crack, the mains is an even harder one! But with strategic preparation and unwavering focus, it is indeed possible to clear the UPSC mains with flying colors. Apart from the huge UPSC syllabus, what makes the IAS exam seem difficult is the level of competition involved. The lure of a career in the civil services is so great that lakhs of candidates take the exam every year. However, less than 1% of them make the cut in the end. Even though the competition is lesser in the mains compared to the prelims, it is by no means a small number.

2017 UPSC Numbers

Number of candidates who had applied for the 2017 UPSC prelims exam: 10 lakhs (Approx.)

Number of candidates who had appeared for the 2017 USPC prelims exam: 5 lakhs (Approx.)

Number of candidates who qualified for the 2017 UPSC mains exam: 13,366

Number of candidates who have cleared the 2017 UPSC mains exam: 2568

Number of vacancies in 2017: 980

Generally, the UPSC shortlists 2 candidates for every vacancy for the UPSC personality test/interview round. That means, this year, around 1960 candidates can expect the interview summons. This is the competition that you will face. More than 13000 candidates for less than 2000 seats! Here is an answer to the question “How many candidates appeared in UPSC prelims 2017?”.

Total Number of Candidates – Appeared for the IAS Exam and Selected for Various UPSC Posts

Take a look at the past years’ record in the UPSC civil services exam.

Year No. of candidates who applied for Prelims No. of candidates who appeared for Prelims No. of candidates who appeared for Mains No. of candidates who appeared for the interview No. of candidates who got selected
2016 11.36 lakhs 5 lakhs 15,452 2,961 1,099
2015 9,45,908 4,65,882 15,008 2,797 1,078
2014 9,47,428 4,46,623 16,286 3,308 1,236
2013 7,76,604 3,24,279 14,178 3,001 1,122
2012 5,50,080 2,71,442 12,190 2,674 998
2011 4,99,120 2,43,236 11,237 2,415 999
2010 5,47,698 2,69,036 11,865 2,589 965

As you can see, a tiny fraction of the people who appear for the UPSC civil services prelims exam find their names in the final rank list released by the UPSC at the end of the whole process. This is not meant to dishearten you. Let it work like a motivator and propel you towards your dream destination.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!”

Nothing is unassailable. With the right tools and the right attitude, you can reach your goal.


The above details would help candidates prepare for UPSC 2020.

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