UPSC Exam: How Many Apply VS How Many Clear

The UPSC Civil services prelims exam is scheduled to be conducted on 2nd June 2019. Lakhs of people must be preparing day and night to clear this exam and secure the required cut-off that would earn them a place in the list of candidates eligible to take the UPSC mains exam. As you know, the pass percentage in the IAS exam is only about 0.2% – a very dismal number indeed. But don’t worry. All it takes to clear the UPSC exam and bag the prestigious IAS or IPS tag is a planned, systematic and devoted preparation for at least 12 months. Easier said than done, but it has been done before! This article gives you a glimpse of the competition you will be facing.

We don’t mean to scare you with all the numbers but this is just to give you an idea of the enormity of the task ahead of you. So in case you are not serious, it’s time to get your act together!

We give you the number of candidates who applied for the UPSC prelims exams, the number who actually took them (a lot of people back out even before taking the prelims), the number of people who took the mains exam, the number of candidates who were interviewed and finally, the number who actually were selected.

Number of Candidates appeared in UPSC

Year

Number of candidates who applied

Number of candidates who took prelims

Number of candidates who qualified for mains

Number of candidates who took mains exam

Number of candidates who appeared for interview

Final number of candidates who got selected for posts

2017

10 lakhs (approx.)

5 lakhs (approx.)

13366

 

2568 (Number shortlisted)

990

2016

11.36 lakhs

5 lakhs

15445

 

2961 (Number shortlisted)

 

2015

945908

465882

15008

15,008

2797

1078

2014

947428

446623

16706

16286

3308

1236

2013

776604

324279

14800

14178

3001

1122

2012

550080

271442

12795

12190

2674

998

2011

499120

243236

11837

11237

2415

999

2010

547698

269036

12271

11865

2589

965

2009

409110

193091

11894

11516

2431

989

2008

325433

167035

11669

11330

2136

881

2007

333680

161469

9158

8886

1883

734

2006

383983

195803

7692

7496

1408

553

 

The statistics lead people to think that the UPSC exam is one of the toughest in India and that it is unassailable. This is a myth. With the right kind of guidance and preparation, anyone can clear the IAS exam.

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