Find the latest updates about UPSC Exam Dates in this article.
- 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) whereas, Mains 2021 which had been scheduled to take place from 17th September 2021 will now be held at a later date to be announced by the UPSC.
- 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 Examination below in the UPSC Calendar 2021:
* Candidates, please note, the below table was provided by UPSC. However, in light of the ongoing pandemic, some of the dates might have been changed. So, kindly check the official website for official confirmation.
Candidates can also check the update on the official website – https://www.upsc.gov.in/
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.
- Check UPSC Exam Calendar 2021
- Start your UPSC 2021 preparation today!
- Apply for the examination using the UPSC Apply Online Portal.
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|
The dates for the UPSC 2021 Mains exams are not yet released.
UPSC Exam Dates and Schedule 2020
Candidates can also download the UPSC 2020 Notification given below.
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 Exam date for Mains 2021 is yet to be released.
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:
Download UPSC Calendar
|UPSC 2018||UPSC 2018 Civil Services Exam Calendar/Schedule/Timetable PDF|
|UPSC 2017||UPSC 2017 Civil Services Exam Calendar/Schedule/Timetable PDF|
|UPSC 2016||UPSC 2016 Civil Services Exam Calendar/Schedule/Timetable PDF|
|UPSC 2015||UPSC 2015 Civil Services Exam Calendar/Schedule/Timetable PDF|
Frequently Asked Questions on UPSC Exam Dates
Q 1. What are the important UPSC exam dates for 2021?
Q 2. Where can I check the UPSC Calendar?
Q 3. What were the UPSC online application dates for 2021?
Q 4. Is the IAS Exam annually conducted?