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UPSC Exam Instructions for Candidates

The Civil Services Examination is conducted in three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview by UPSC. Before each stage, an application has to be filled out and submitted by the applicant. Therefore, UPSC provides detailed instructions on its official website regarding how to do, what not to do and what to do in that particular event. 

The commission not only elaborates the instructions for filling the application form, but also lays out general instructions to be followed by the applicant during the examination. 

This article briefly discusses the general instructions for CSE Exam candidates laid out by the commission. 

The candidates can read more information related to UPSC from the links provided below:

General Instructions for UPSC Exam Candidates

  • The closing date fixed for the receipt of the application of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination – 2021 will be treated as the date for determining the OBC status (including that of the creamy layer) of the candidates. 
  • The candidates should avoid submitting multiple applications. However, if due to any unavoidable situation, any applicant submits multiple applications then he/she must ensure that the application with a higher Registration ID is complete in all respects. 
  • Allotment of Centres will be on the “first‐apply‐first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Therefore, the applicants should apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice.
  • The candidates should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in an equivalent certificate and issued prior to the date of submission of application will be accepted by the Commission, and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted. 
  • Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been submitted by them in the application form and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently or at any other Examination of the Commission on any grounds whatsoever. 
  • The candidates must carry their Photo ID Proof submitted by them while applying for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2022 to the Examination Venues for Civil Services (Main) Examination along with the e-Admit Card in support of their identity. 
  • The use of any mobile phone or any other electronic device during the examination is strictly prohibited. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action, including a ban from future examinations. 

The candidates are advised to read and follow the detailed instructions for filling up online applications from the linked article. 

FAQ about UPSC Exam Instructions

What is meant by ‘Fictitious Payment’ or ‘No Fee’?

Those payments mentioned by the candidates in their online application, which are not authenticated by the State Bank of India, i.e. the designated bank managing the entire payment module (including managing the payment gateway), are called Fictitious Payments or No Fee.

Which category of candidates is exempted from payment of Examination fee?

For all the Examinations conducted by the Commission, Female candidates, Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) and candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories are exempted from payment of Examination Fee.

Can a candidate change the Date of Birth from what he/she has submitted in the online application?

The Commission does not allow change of Date of Birth that has been furnished by a candidate and recorded by the Commission on any ground whatsoever.

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