UPSC Exam Date


As per the UPSC calendar (this calendar with tentative dates for UPSC 2019 exams was released on the official site last year), the UPSC Prelims 2019 will be held on June 2, 2019. The aspiring IAS Prelims candidates have to fill the online application and registration before March 18, 2019 (the last date for the receipt of applications).

While the IAS interviews (or the UPSC Personality Test) for the exam year 2018 are set to begin from February 11, 2019, the official notification for UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 2019 is scheduled to be released on February 19, 2019.

In the official notification, which is published on the official UPSC website and made available on our free IAS prep website as well, candidates will be able to see how to apply to UPSC online for the prelims exam. Candidates must ensure that they successfully apply online for the IAS prelims before the UPSC form last date for the receipt of applications. The UPSC prelims date will also be given in the UPSC notification PDF.

Given below is the 2019 IAS Prelims exam date as per the UPSC calendar:

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

Note: UPSC mentions that these dates can be changed if circumstances are such.

UPSC IAS Exam Important Dates

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:

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

As mentioned previously, the 2019 prelims will be conducted in the first week of June and candidates who submit their applications successfully should receive (online) their admit cards in May. Below is the tentative schedule for the UPSC CSE exam process after prelims for the year 2019-20.

Result of Civil Service (Preliminary) Exam 2019 July 2nd week
Admit Card ( CS – Main exam) September 1st week
Start date of IAS Mains September 20, 2019
Result of Mains December 2019
IAS Interview (UPSC Personality Test) February 2020

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. The IAS Main for the year 2019 will commence from September 20, 2019, as mentioned in the table above.

Candidates who clear Mains will proceed to the final stage of the UPSC exam process i.e. the IAS interview. As IAS preparation is a lengthy process, aspirants should plan UPSC Prelims syllabus and IAS Mains syllabus keeping these dates and the exam pattern in mind. Keep visiting BYJU’S free IAS prep website for regular updates on the UPSC results, UPSC exam pattern, IAS free study material and UPSC notifications 2019.

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