Documents Required For UPSC Exam

The UPSC conducts the Civil Services exam every year to recruit officers into the Indian civil service. The Civil Services exam offers youngsters in the country to be civil servants or diplomats in various services like the IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and so on. The CSE is considered a tough exam as the success rate is rather abysmal. Nevertheless, lakhs of people apply to take the exam lured by the prospects of a career in the civil services which offers them the chance to serve the country by being part of the system. In this article, you will read about the documents required for the UPSC online exam application and the various stages of the IAS exam.

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The UPSC CSE is held in three stages. Only an online application is permitted by the UPSC. Candidates are required to apply online on the official UPSC website as per the CSE notifications that it releases.

Documents Needed for UPSC IAS Prelims

When you apply online for the IAS Prelims exam, you do not have to send any document to the UPSC. The only documents you need to upload online are:

  1. A scanned photograph of yourself
  2. A scanned signature of yourself
  3. Government-issued Photo-id card
    • Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.

Regarding the Photo-id card, this is as per the UPSC notification 2020, “The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for Examination/Personality Test.”

 Documents Needed for UPSC Mains

If you clear the UPSC prelims exam, you will be eligible to take the mains exam that will follow. Your name will figure in the list given out by the UPSC when they release the prelims result. After this, the commission will release the mains notification when you would have to apply online once again, this time for the mains exam. This form is called the Detailed Application Form or DAF in short. This time, you will have to upload scanned copies of certain documents on the UPSC official website, which are given below:

  1. Proof of age: Only matriculation or secondary school leaving certificate.
  2. Certificate of educational qualification: Your degree certificate awarded by the university or an equivalent qualification as recognised by the UPSC.
  3. EWS Certificate – Proof is required to avail the EWS reservation.
  4. Certificate supporting OBC/SC/ST status (if applicable): Certificate issued by the District Officer/Sub-divisional Officer/any other officer as authorised by the government to issue such certificates of the district in which your parents reside. If parents are deceased, then the district in which the applicant normally lives will apply.
  5. Disability certificate (if applicable): Certificate issued by a Medical Board constituted by the Central or State government.
  6. Documents supporting non-creamy layer OBC status (if applicable): Proof in support of service/landholding/status/income from different sources/property held by your parents in support of non-creamy layer OBC claim.
  7. Certificate for proof of hailing from the north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya or Sikkim (if applicable): Issued by the same authority that issues caste certificate (OBC/SC/ST certificate).
  8. Undertaking for government servants (if applicable): Undertaking stating that you have intimated in writing to your Head of the Office/Department about you taking the UPSC CSE.
  9. J&K Domicile (if applicable): Issued by the District Magistrate under whose jurisdiction you had resided in J&K between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1989.
  10. Disabled while in defence service (if applicable): Issued by the Director-General Resettlement, Ministry of Defence stating that you were disabled while in service and were discharged from duty on account of it.
  11. Certificate supporting age relaxation claim (if applicable): This includes the OBC/ST/SC status certificate and/or disability certificate and/or J&K domicile certificate and/or defence personnel certificate.

Documents Needed for UPSC Personality Test

While attending the interview, candidates should carry with them the following certificates in


  1. Matriculation certificate: for proof of name and DOB. Also, carry a self-attested photocopy of the same.
  2. Degree certificate: for proof of educational qualification. (In case, the degree certificate has not been issued by the university, then the candidate should carry the provisional certificate or the mark sheet). Also, carry a self-attested photocopy of the same.
  3. Print-out of the e-Summon Letter.
  4. Government-issued Photo-id card
  5. 2 recent passport size photographs, out of which one should be self-attested.
  6. Certificates in support of age relaxation if applicable.

Additional documents to be carried for SC/ST candidates:

  1. Caste certificate: original and photocopy.
  2. PG Degree or higher education certificates and mark-sheets (Original and photocopy).
  3. TA Form – two copies plus proof of journey (Travelling Allowance for non-Delhi candidates).
  4. Affidavit in case of minor discrepancies in the name.

Additional documents to be carried by PH category candidates:

  1. Physically Handicapped Certificate: original and photocopy. For PH-I category, the DWE Certificate also should be brought. DWE is the Dominant Writing Extremity certificate (for candidates who claimed the extra 20 minutes per hour in the mains written exam).
  2. Age relaxation certificates.
  3. PG Degree or higher education certificates and mark-sheets (Original and photocopy).
  4. TA Form – two copies plus proof of journey (Travelling Allowance for non-Delhi candidates).
  5. Affidavit in case of minor discrepancies in the name.

Documents required for medical examination:

  1. 8-10 Passport size photographs.
  2. Prescriptions or medical certificates if any that may be helpful for an eye check-up.

General Queries Related to UPSC CSE

  • How can I apply for UPSC Prelims 2021?
  • As the UPSC 2021 notification has not yet been released, aspirants can check the previous year notification to know the format. Check the UPSC notification 2020 to know whether you meet the IAS eligibility criteria. . For details on EWS certificate criteria for IAS exam, check the linked article.
  • How many candidates appeared in UPSC Prelims 2019?
  • About 8 lakh candidates applied for UPSC Civil Services Exam (Preliminary) 2019, out of which around 11,845 candidates qualified for IAS Mains.
  • How can I check my marks in UPSC Prelims 2019?
  • The Union Public Service Commission will release the marks for Prelims 2019 after the entire exam process for 2019 gets over.

        To understand how you can check your UPSC Prelims marks, refer the article.

  • When is UPSC Prelims 2020?
  • October 4, 2020
  • How can I clear UPSC Prelims?
  • To clear UPSC IAS Prelims, a candidate has to score above the cutoff in GS Paper I and score at least 33% marks in GS Paper II (CSAT).
  • Which magazine is best for UPSC 2020 preparation?
  • For UPSC preparation, Yojana magazine is one of the key resources. It has credible facts and data which can also be quoted in the IAS Mains exam as it is published by the Government of India ( I&B Ministry). However, you have to read the Yojana magazine as per the requirements of the IAS exam.
  • What is the syllabus of UPSC Prelims 2020?
  • The UPSC Prelims syllabus can be divided into:
    • General Studies (GS) Paper I – History, Geography, Economics, Current Affairs
    • CSAT/ GS Paper II – Analytical and Comprehension questions ( Class X level)

          Download the 2020 UPSC syllabus pdf.

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  1. Hi,
    when I apply for UPSC prelims, I entered wrong community certificate issue date (Actually I entered the date of issue of community certificate issued in my state, not the OBC certificate, which need to be taken every year). In this case what should I follow ? shall I leave the application as it is ? Do this subject to rejection ?

    1. Hi Rajan
      You have to submit a fresh application giving the right information this time. Check UPSC Application form 2020 page to get directions on how to fill the form.

  2. David Praise Princhan

    My course completed on 2019 June, but I have a back paper in 6th semester. I written the exam and waiting for result, so is that possible to apply for the exam.

    1. Hi David
      You can sit for UPSC Prelims 2020, however, as per the UPSC notification, “All such candidates who are declared as eligible for the UPSC mains by the board (i.e., those who clear the UPSC prelims) should produce the proof of their passing the required university examination along with their mains application.”
      Check the UPSC Eligibility Criteria page for more information.

  3. hii sir upsc ka form bharne me difficulty arhi he obc caste hu aur non creamy layer me athi hu to community layer date konsi hongi certificate issue wali ya last validity wali

    1. Hi Parnika
      With respect to UPSC Prelims 2020, the OBC certificate should be dated before 3rd March 2020.

  4. Hi,
    Do any Information regarding EWS required in prelims application form like certification or any other details?

    1. Hi Shruti
      Scanned copy of EWS Certificate will have to be produced while filling UPSC Mains application form 2020. Candidates clearing CSE Prelims will have to fill DAF form and attach EWS certificate. Check the EWS Eligibility Condition page for more information on EWS Eligibility Criteria.

  5. Sir I have completed my graduation by open university I have 10+degree am I eligible

    1. Hi Sumanth
      Yes you can sit for UPSC exam, given you have a graduate degree from a government recognized Indian university. You can check for other UPSC eligibility Criteria in the linked article.

  6. 1 -I had changed my name after hsc . like it was a change in my surname . So in that case my hsc name and graduation name differs. I have gadget copy on the basis of which i changed it from maharasthra.

    2 – I live at mumbai and studying. My native place is jharkhand. I applied for obc certificate from jharkhand and got it as i had to change my address from aadhar card to get the obc from jharkhand as it was demanded by officials .

    in both cases above mentioned. Will i face any issue or difficulty further for appearing for upsc exam ? Thank you.

    1. Hi Suraj
      Considering the fact that you have official documents for both – ‘Change of Name’ and ‘OBC Certificate;’ you can sit for UPSC examination without any difficulty. You will have to present the same documents at the time of submission of Detailed Application Form for UPSC Mains (if and when you clear the UPSC Prelims examination.)

  7. What happens if my final semester results do not come in time for the mains application? What document should I upload instead of the degree certificate/ mark list?

    1. Hi Rahul
      As UPSC mentions that the Graduation Degree is a must educational qualification to sit for UPSC, in case your final results are not out till Mains, you will be deemed ineligible to sit for Mains Exam.

  8. I was promoted in subsidiary part 1 BSc. I have completed my graduation with 76% Mathematics (Hons) .Am I eligible for appearing at the UPSC examination ?Or any problem will be created with me?

    1. you can sit for UPSC IAS Exam. For any further detail on UPSC Eligibility Criteria, check the linked article.

  9. Suppose I have qualified upsc prelims but was unable to crack mains, do I have to appear again for the prelims ?

    1. Yes, you again have to sit for UPSC CSE Exam. Please check the number of attempts based you have in UPSC Eligibility Criteria page.

  10. Is 12 th certificate essentially required for upsc cse document varification.

    1. Matriculation certificate is needed to verify the age during the personality test, while degree certificate is required in UPSC mains application process.

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