UPSC Exam Date - Important Dates for UPSC 2022

The UPSC Exam Dates are released by the Union Public Service Commission in the annual Calendar that mentions the exams schedule for the respective years. In this article, we bring to you the important dates for the upcoming civil services recruitment. 

The UPSC Exam dates, including those for the IAS Exam, are released well in advance of the recruitment on the official website of the Commission. Find the latest updates about UPSC Exam Dates in this article.

  • The UPSC Notification 2022 has been released on 2nd February 2022.
  • 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.
  • UPSC Exam Date 2021:
    • The UPSC 2021 Mains exams took place from 7 January 2022 onwards (for five days).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a revised schedule was released by the conducting body for the 2021 recruitment Given below are the UPSC exam dates as per the updated calendar:

UPSC 2021 Revised Calendar

Candidates can also check the update on the official website –

Daily News

UPSC Calendar 2022

Like every other year, the Commission has released the official calendar with the tentative UPSC exam dates for the various posts. The official notification is tentatively expected to release on February 2, 2022, while the IAS prelims exam date has been announced as June 5th, the mains phase will commence from September 16th, 2022, onwards.

  • Check the detailed UPSC Calendar 2022 and start off with your preparation now!
  • Get comprehensive information about UPSC 2022 at the linked article.
  • For details about the online application process, check out the UPSC Apply Online page.

UPSC Exam Dates and Schedule 2022

Name of Exam Civil Services (Prelims) Indian Forest Service (Prelims) through CS
Date of Notification 02-02-2022 02-02-2022
Date of Commencement of Exam 05-06-2022 05-06-2022
Duration of Exam 1 Day 1 Day

UPSC Calendar 2022 PDF:-Download PDF Here

UPSC Calendar 2021

It was for multiple reasons that the UPSC notification 2021 had gotten delayed and was finally released on March 4, 2021. The conducting body had released a revised exam schedule as per which the prelims were held on October 10, 2021, and the mains are set to be conducted January 7, 2022, onwards.

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 2021 (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:

UPSC Exam Date 2020
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

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 CSE Exam Pattern – UPSC Paper Timing

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.

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.

What is the UPSC prelims timing?

The IAS prelims exam comprises two papers: CSAT and General Studies. Each of these papers is of 200 marks each and the UPSC prelims exam time is a total of 4 hours. 2 hours devoted to each paper.

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

Related Links:

UPSC Online Application  UPSC Mains
UPSC Exam Pattern IAS Coaching
IAS Current Affairs UPSC Previous Year Question Papers

Frequently Asked Questions on UPSC Exam Dates


Q 1. What are the important UPSC exam dates for 2022?

Ans. The UPSC prelims 2022 will be held on 5th June 2022, and the UPSC (main) exams will be held from 16 September 2022 onward 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 are the UPSC online application dates for 2022?

Ans. The UPSC exam date for online application 2022 as per the official calendar are between 2nd February, and 22nd February 2022.

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??

    • 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. 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 .


    • 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.