UPSC Exam Date - UPSC 2020 and UPSC 2021 Exam Dates

On 17th August, UPSC has released the exam dates of Civil Services Prelims and Mains Examinations 2021. As per the released programme of UPSC Examinations 2021, Prelims 2021 will take place on 27th June 2021 whereas, Mains 2021 will take place from 17th September 2021 onward.  

UPSC Prelims 2020 is going to take place on 4th October 2020. UPSC Exam Dates for Mains 2020 have been revised too and now the Mains exams are scheduled from 8th January 2021. The revised date of IAS Prelims 2020 has been declared by UPSC on 5th June 2020.  The commission, on 20th May, has notified that after assessing the situation amid Coronavirus pandemic; it will release the new exam date of IAS Prelims. Earlier, the prelims exam date was 31st May 2020, however, in the UPSC Notification dated 4th May 2020, the commission had announced to defer the UPSC Prelims 2020 till further notice.

UPSC Interview 2019/ Personality Test for CSE Mains 2019 for remaining candidates is going to be resumed from 20th July 2020. Commission has notified that the candidates whose interview has been due, will be informed individually by the commission.

Candidates can check the revised UPSC Exam Date of Prelims Examination below:

UPSC Exam Date - UPSC Prelims 2020 Going to Take Place on 4th October 2020

UPSC – 5th June 2020

Candidates can also check the update in the official website –

UPSC Exam Date – Revised Date Notification:-Download PDF Here

UPSC Prelims 2020 Postponement Notice – UPSC:-Download PDF Here

Union Minister of State (PMO) Jitendra Singh had earlier already stated about the postponement of the UPSC exam date of Prelims.

The UPSC exam dates are released by the Union Public Service Commission in their annual official calendar. As per the UPSC calendar 2020, the first stage of the Civil Services Exam i.e. IAS Prelims is scheduled on 31st May 2020. The aspiring IAS Prelims candidates have to fill the online application and registration before March 3, 2020 (the last date for the receipt of applications).

The official UPSC notification for 2020 exam was released on 12th February 2020 on the official website. Candidates should download the notification as pdf and keep a copy for quick reference.

The UPSC Exam date for IAS Prelims Exam, scheduled on May 31, 2020, is now postponed. Candidates should check the UPSC Notification and start the preparation accordingly.

Candidates can download the UPSC 2020 Notification given below.

UPSC Notification 2020 PDF:-Download PDF Here

In the official notification for 2020, which was published on the official UPSC website and made available on our free IAS prep website as well, candidates can see how to apply to UPSC online for the upcoming IAS Prelims Exam. Candidates must ensure that they successfully apply before the last date.

UPSC Calendar 2020

The UPSC has also released the exam calendar for the year 2020. You can download the same from the link below. As per the release, the UPSC Prelims 2020 will be held on 31st May 2020.

The UPSC Exam dates are published months prior to the IAS Exam.

UPSC Exam Dates and Schedule (2020 & 2019)

UPSC exam dates for IAS Prelims(2020) are given below:

Name of Exam Civil Services (Prelims) 2020 Indian Forest Service (Prelims), 2020 through CS (Prelims)
Date of Notification 12.02.2020 12.02.2020
Last Date for Receipt of Applications 03.03.2020 03.03.2020
Date of Commencement of Exam 04.10.2020 04.10.2020
Duration of Exam 1 Day 1 Day

UPSC exam dates for IAS Prelims(2019) are given below:

Name of Exam Civil Services (Prelims) 2019 Indian Forest Service (Prelims), 2019 through CS (Prelims)
Date of Notification 19.02.2019 19.02.2019
Last Date for Receipt of Applications 18.03.2019 18.03.2019
Date of Commencement of Exam 02.06.2019 02.06.2019
Duration of Exam 1 Day 1 Day

Note: UPSC Exam dates can be changed if circumstances are such. You must keep on checking the UPSC official website for the updated UPSC exam date regularly.

UPSC Mains Exam Date: January 8, 2021

The complete exam schedule for the UPSC 2020 (Mains) is yet to be released. Earlier the UPSC Exam Date for Mains was 18th September 2020 onward. The change in exam dates was announced on 5th June 2020.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts exams for various posts in the Indian government ever year. Lakhs of hopeful aspirants take the prestigious UPSC CSE (also referred to as the IAS exam) which is conducted in three stages:

  • Civil Services Prelims
  • Civil Services Main (Written)
  • Personality Test (IAS Interview)

UPSC Mains Exam – Salient Points

  • The UPSC Civil Service (Main) exam comprises of nine theory papers.
  • The papers are usually held two per day and the entire mains exam lasts for about a week.
  • Candidates should be thorough with the UPSC Syllabus to be well-prepared for the upcoming IAS Exam.
  • Candidates who clear Mains will proceed to the final stage of the UPSC exam process i.e. the IAS interview.
  • At this stage, the candidates will be evaluated on personality traits such as the presence of mind, communication skills, ability to handle pressure, etc. and judged if they are fit for a career in the services. Read more on the UPSC Interview here.

What is the exam date of UPSC 2020?

There are 2 phases of the UPSC Exam- Prelims & Mains. The UPSC Exam date for Prelims is October 4, 2020. The UPSC Exam date for Mains is January 8, 2021.

How many times the UPSC exam is conducted in a year?

The UPSC Exam is conducted once every year. The UPSC Exam has 3 stages- Prelims, Mains & Interview and the exam window open in June every year.

UPSC Exam Calendars of Previous Years

You can check the previous years’ UPSC  Exam dates from the table below:

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  1. Sir the Mains Exam is conducted for 5 days can you please tell me what paper is held on what day??

    1. Hi
      UPSC Mains 2020 schedule has not been released. To get an idea, you can refer to the Mains 2019 exam schedule:
      1. 20 Sep 2019 – Essay ( Get Essay Question Paper in the linked article.)
      2. 21 Sep 2019 – GS I and GS II (Get GS 1 And GS 2 Strategy and structure in the linked articles)
      3. 22 Sep 2019 – GS III and GS IV ( GS 3 and GS 4 strategy is given at the linked articles.)
      4. 28 Sep 2019 – Language Papers
      5. 29 Sep 2019 – Optional Papers

  2. shaikh farana ibrahim

    next exam date

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