UPSC Calendar 2020

On June 5th, 2020, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released a revised exam calendar for the IAS Exam for the year 2019 and 2020. Earlier, the commission had released UPSC Exam Calendar 2020 on June 3, 2019. The UPSC Calendar 2020 lists the 20-odd examinations and gives the following details for each.

  1. Date of Notification
  2. Last Date for Receipt of Applications
  3. Date of Commencement of Exam
  4. Duration of Exam

Revised UPSC Calendar 2020:-Download PDF Here

The commission has also released the UPSC Calendar 2021 for 17 examinations.

Every year, the UPSC conducts several prestigious government exams including the IAS Exam. The IAS Exam (Civil Services Examination) is the common entry point for about 20 Group A and Group B services such as the Indian Administrative Service, IPS, IRS, IFS, etc.

The UPSC Calendar (Programme of Examinations/Recruitment Test), 2020 lists:

  1. Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020
  2. Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination, 2020
  3. CDS Examination
  4. CISF AC(EXE) LDCE – 2020
  5. NDA & NA Examination (I), 2020
  6. Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020
  7. Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2020
  8. IES/ISS Examination, 2020
  9. Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination, 2020
  10. Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2020
  11. Combined Medical Services Examination, 2020
  12. Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2020
  13. NDA & NA Examination (II), 2020
  14. Civil Services (Main), Examination, 2020
  15. CDS Examination (II), 2020
  16. Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2020
  17. SO/Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE)

The revised UPSC Exam schedule for different exams are given in the table below:

Revised UPSC Exam Dates/ Revised UPSC Calendar 2020

Revised UPSC Exam Dates/ Revised UPSC Calendar 2020

UPSC Exam Date 2020

The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 will be conducted on the following dates:

  • Stage 1: UPSC Prelims – October 4, 2020
  • Stage 2: UPSC Mains – January 8, 2021 (5 days)
  • Stage 3: Interview – Yet to be Announced

In comparison, the UPSC exam dates for Civil Service Examination 2019 are:

  • Stage 1: UPSC Prelims – June 2, 2019
  • Stage 2: UPSC Mains – September 20, 2019 (5 days)
  • Stage 3: Interview – February, March, July 2020

The final results of UPSC 2019 has been declared. Candidates can read the details of the IAS Result 2019 in the linked article.

As per the UPSC Exam calendar, the three stages of the UPSC IAS Exam are spread over the better part of a year if one considers the date of notification and the final result.

As a first step, aspirants should go through the comprehensive UPSC Syllabus. While the IAS Prelims comprises 2 objective-type papers, the IAS Mains consists of 7 theory (descriptive-essay type) papers.

Also, the state public service commissions conduct recruitment exams for various posts in the state administration on the lines of UPSC. The Public Service Commission Exams are quite similar to the IAS exam when it comes to the exam pattern and the syllabus.

Candidates can check the details of the Public Service Commission exams at the linked article.

Usually, a period of 10-12 months is considered for the Current Affairs part of preparation. For e.g., if the UPSC Prelims 2020 exam date is in April, then candidates should go through the Current Affairs from March 2019 to March 2020.

For Civil Services Exam preparation, the grasp of Current Affairs is quite essential. Candidates can check the latest Current Affairs curated for CSE preparation, and also download free PDFs from the linked article.


  1. As per he table Prelims 2020 date is 1st May, but in your schedule it is 19th Apr. Is it a mistake?

  2. Ias exam confirm date

  3. Send me the details of upsc examination and applying way

  4. My Date of birth is 20/07/2000 which year prefer for upsc cse pre exam

  5. What views on Rajiv Mehrishi’s books? Are they useful preparation for UPSC?

    • Hi Abhishek
      Books by Rajiv Mehrishi can be insightful but due to paucity of time, an aspirant should read less number of books but revise them more. You can check UPSC Books page to know the list of books important for IAS Exam.

  6. I want to apply IPS examination of 2021 ,so what will be registration date ?

    • Hi
      The UPSC Application for 2021 will be released on 10th February following which you will be able to fill CSE 2021 form. Check the UPSC Calendar 2021 here.

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