UPSC Exam Date - UPSC 2021 Exam Dates

Find the latest updates about UPSC Exam Dates in this article.

  1. UPSC Exam Date 2021:
    • On 17th August 2020, UPSC had released the exam dates of Civil Services Prelims and Mains Examinations 2021.
    • As per the released programme of UPSC Examinations 2021, IAS Prelims 2021 will take place on 10th October 2021 (as per the revised dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
    • The UPSC 2021 Mains exams will take place from 7 January 2022 onwards (for five days).
  2. UPSC Exam Date 2022:
    • As per the latest UPSC release, the UPSC Prelims 2022 will be held on 5th June 2022.
    • The UPSC Mains exam will be held from 16th September 2022 onwards.
  3. UPSC Exam Date 2020:
    • IAS 2020 Interview fresh dates are out. Candidates can check the detailed timetable in the linked article.
    • UPSC Prelims 2020 took place on 4th October 2020 and the mains exams were held from 8th January 2021.

Candidates can check the revised UPSC Exam Date of Prelims & Mains Examinations below in the UPSC Revised Calendar 2021:

UPSC 2021 Revised Calendar

Candidates can also check the update on the official website –

Comprehensive News Analysis - UPSC 2021

UPSC Calendar 2021

The UPSC has released the exam calendar for the year 2021. You can download the same from the link below. As per the release, the UPSC Prelims 2021 was scheduled on 27th June 2020. Now, the date for UPSC Prelims 2021 is revised and will be held on 10 October 2021 while the UPSC Mains 2021 will be held from January 7, 2020 onwards for 5 days.

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

UPSC Notification 2021 has been released on March 4, 2021. Visit the UPSC Notifications page to download the notification.

UPSC Exam Dates and Schedule 2021

Name of Exam Civil Services (Prelims) Indian Forest Service (Prelims) through CS
Date of Notification 04 – 03 – 2021 04 – 03 – 2021
Last Date for Receipt of Applications 24 – 03 – 2021
Date of Commencement of Exam 10 – 10 – 2021 10 – 10 – 2021
Duration of Exam 1 Day 1 Day

UPSC Mains 2020 (Written) Schedule

UPSC Mains 2020 will commence on 7 January 2022. Exams will be held for five days on January 7, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2022.

UPSC 2021 Revised Exam Dates:- Download PDF Here

UPSC Exam Dates and Schedule 2020

Candidates can also download the UPSC 2020 Notification given below.

UPSC Notification 2020 PDF:-Download PDF Here

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 Mains Exam ended on 17th January 2021.

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.

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 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 2021?

There are 2 phases of the UPSC Exam – Prelims & Mains. The UPSC Exam date for Prelims 2021 is October 10, 2021. The UPSC Mains 2021 will be held on 7, 8, 9, 15 and 16 January 2022.

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 opens in June every year.

UPSC Exam Calendars of Previous Years

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

Frequently Asked Questions on UPSC Exam Dates

Q 1. What are the important UPSC exam dates for 2021?

Ans. The UPSC prelims 2021 is scheduled for October 10, and the mains exams will be held from 7 January 2022 for 5 days.

Q 2. Where can I check the UPSC Calendar?

Ans. The Union Public Service Commission releases the annual tentative UPSC exam dates in its official calendar. Aspirants can download it from the official website or visit the UPSC 2021 Calendar page for the upcoming recruitment.

Q 3. What were the UPSC online application dates for 2021?

Ans. The UPSC exam date for online application 2021 was announced by the conducting body starting from March 4, to March 24, 2021.

Q 4. Is the IAS Exam annually conducted?

Ans. Yes, the IAS Exam is an annually conducted examination. The Union Public Service Commission is responsible for conducting the exam and releasing the UPSC exam dates.

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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

  3. Respected sir / madam,

    I am preparing for Civil services and forest service exam together and I am going to write both of them in 2021, but when I see the prelims dates of both the examination are going to be conducted on (27/5/2021) the same day so how would I be writing both the papers on the same day ?
    NOTE- I know that the prelims q papers are same for both of these exams .


    1. Hi, you can fill the application separately for both CSE and IFoS. As there is a common prelims paper, you only have to appear once. The results for both CSE and IFoS will be declared separately. Please note that an attempt will be counted separately for both exams.

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