UPSC Notification 2020 Released

Every year, the UPSC Notification is released for the recruitment of civil servants in the Indian bureaucracy.

UPSC Notification 2021 will be released on 10th February 2021. UPSC has mentioned the notification date for UPSC 2021 on 17th August 2020 with the release of UPSC Calendar 2021.

Latest Update about UPSC Notification:

  • The commission has released the UPSC Mains 2020 Admit Card for the candidates who are eligible to sit for IAS Mains exam starting from 8th January 2021. Candidates can check the important instructions to download the admit card for CSE Mains and its other salient points in the linked article.

The Union Public Service Commission released the UPSC Notification 2020 for the Civil Services Examination on its official website on 12th February 2020.

UPSC Notification 2020:-  Download PDF Here

The candidates who will register on the official UPSC website successfully will be issued Admit Cards for IAS exam (Prelims) in about three weeks before the date of the exam. Candidates have to download the same from the UPSC official website. The admit cards will not be sent by post.

UPSC Notification 2020

The UPSC notification gives all the details about the civil services exam that a candidate needs to know before attempting or even applying for the IAS exam.

The UPSC Notification gives the following information:

  1. UPSC exam dates
  2. UPSC vacancies
  3. Exam centres
  4. Exam fees
  5. How to apply/online application procedure
  6. Eligibility for civil services exam (nationality/age limit/number of attempts/educational requirement)
  7. UPSC Exam Plan
  8. UPSC posts (for which the civil services exam is held)
  9. Latest UPSC Syllabus

The UPSC notification also gives the IAS exam dates as mentioned below:

  • The UPSC online application process for the prelims exam commenced on 12th February 2020, and will go till 3rd March 2020.
  • The IAS Prelims exam which was scheduled for 31st May 2020, will now take place on 4th October 2020.
  • The UPSC Prelims Results usually releases in mid-July. This year, it will be postponed given the postponement of Prelims 2020.
  • The UPSC mains exam is scheduled to commence on 8th January 2021, and will be held for five days.
  • UPSC Personality Test/interview will be held in 2021.
  • UPSC Personality Test 2019 took place in February, March & July 2020.

Get the UPSC Calendar 2020 to know the mains exam date here.

UPSC Civil Services Posts

UPSC recruitment is conducted through the civil services exam to fill in vacancies in the following services, as mentioned in the UPSC notification:

  1. Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  2. Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  3. Indian Police Service (IPS)
  4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
  5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  6. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
  7. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  8. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  10. Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  14. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
  15. Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  16. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
  17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
  18. Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’
  19. Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
  20. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
  21. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  22. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’
  23. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  24. Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

UPSC 2020: Vacancies

The number of vacancies to be filled through the UPSC Civil Services Exam this year is 796 (out of which 24 are reserved for candidates with benchmark disabilities.)

UPSC 2019: Vacancies

The number of vacancies that were filled through the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019 was 896 (out of which 39 are reserved for candidates with benchmark disabilities). Every year, the UPSC notification released gives the number of vacancies available for the total number of posts including all the services.

UPSC Exam Centres

The UPSC notification also gives information on the venue or centres of examination for both the prelims and the mains exams. Candidates should apply as soon as possible if they wish to receive a centre of their choice as they are allocated on a “first-apply-first-allot” basis.

For more information on UPSC exam centres, click here.

UPSC Eligibility Conditions

Before filling up the UPSC online application form, ensure that you are eligible as per the UPSC notification and the rules listed in the Gazette. Broadly speaking, the IAS eligibility criteria can be subdivided into the following categories:

  1. Nationality
  2. Age Limit
  3. Minimum Educational Qualification
  4. Number of Attempts
  5. EWS Certificate Criteria

Click on the link for more information on IAS eligibility. Candidates should check the eligibility conditions in the UPSC notification for the year they are taking the IAS exam.

UPSC Exam Fees

The UPSC notification also gives the amount of fees that candidates have to pay while registering for the IAS exam.

  • The registration/application fee for the UPSC prelims exam is Rs.100/-, and for the mains exam is Rs.200/-.
  • Female/SC-ST/Disabled candidates are exempt from paying the fees.
  • Payment can be made while applying for the prelims exam online, either by cash mode or by online payment. Cash payment can be made by opting for the “Pay by Cash” mode and generating the Pay-in-slip. After that, the fee should be deposited the next working day at an SBI branch.
  • Candidates should pay the exam fees (unless they are exempt) well before the last date to avoid any last minute hiccups.
  • Candidates who will clear the IAS prelims will have to apply again for the mains exam. The UPSC will give out the notification for that as well. Follow the procedure as mentioned in the notification and apply for the mains before the due date.

Apply Online for UPSC Recruitment

The UPSC notification gives the detailed procedure for online IAS application. Read through the notification thoroughly before applying for the exam.

1) Visit the official UPSC application website (

2) Navigate to the UPSC Civil Services Examination Link

3) Click on Fill Part-I Registration

4) Once the registration number is generated, use it to fill out Part-II Registration

5) Click on submit once done

Things to note while filling the UPSC online form:

  • Candidates should note that the UPSC CSE prelims exam is also the same for the Indian Forest Service (IFoS). So, candidates should specify while applying whether they are applying for civil services or forest service or both.
  • There are two parts to the registration process – Part I and Part II. Candidates should also pay the fees, give centre preference, and upload the photo and signature images on the website. They should also specify the language of the medium of exam for papers I to V. The optional subject should also be selected. Candidates should also specify the Indian language for paper A. (The medium, language and optional subject selection are required for mains exam only but they have to be specified while applying for the prelims itself).
  • While filling in the above details, candidates are advised to be careful as once submitted, no changes are entertained by the UPSC in this regard.
  • Candidates should read the instructions carefully before filling out and applying for the exam.
  • Read detailed instructions on how to apply on the link below:
  • UPSC Online Application Form 2020
  • Candidates are advised to read the UPSC Notification in detail before applying online for the civil services exam. Further important details are given in the UPSC notification.

Plan of Civil Services Exam (CSE) & UPSC Syllabus

  • The UPSC CSE is conducted in two stages as described below:
    • Stage 1: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) – UPSC Prelims
    • Stage 2: Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) – UPSC Mains
  • Only candidates who qualify the preliminary exam are allowed to take the IAS mains exam. The mains written exam will be held first after which selected candidates will be summoned for the UPSC Interview/personality test.
  • IAS aspirants can go through the UPSC Syllabus at the linked article
  • Candidates, please note that the present UPSC notification is only for application to the UPSC Prelims 2020.
  • Candidates who clear the UPSC Mains are then called for the IAS Interview (UPSC Personality Test).

Previous UPSC Notifications

For reference, aspirants can check the UPSC Notification 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 from the links below.

Year Download UPSC Notifications PDF
2019 Download PDF
2018 Download PDF
2017 Download PDF
2016 Download PDF
2015 Download PDF

Frequently Asked Questions on UPSC

When was the UPSC Notification 2020 released?

The UPSC released the 2020 notification on 12th February. The online application process is open from this date until the 3rd of March. Kick-start your UPSC 2020 preparation today and get free study material and preparation strategy at the linked article.

How many vacancies are there in UPSC 2020?

As per UPSC Notification 2020, there are 796 vacancies which will be filled through the Civil Services Exam.

Can we change UPSC Exam Centre?

Candidates can change their UPSC Exam Centres in IAS Exam 2020. Read about UPSC Prelims Exam Centres and the process to change their exam centres in the linked article.

Can I apply for the IAS exam offline?

No, only online application is entertained for the UPSC IAS exam as per the UPSC notification. Learn more about the online application and registration procedure here.

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