The application process for UPSC Civil Service Examination (CSE) 2020 started on 12th February 2020. Candidates should know that UPSC Prelims 2020 is going to take place on 4th October 2020 after the commission revised the date from 31st May 2020 due to Covid-19 outbreak. On 1st July 2020, UPSC has released a notice regarding the submission of candidates’ choices of UPSC Exam Centres. Candidates can download the notice below.
This article will provide you with the list of UPSC Prelims Exam Centres which are allotted to candidates on a first come first allot basis.
IAS 2020 Prelims Exam Centers
Update on UPSC Prelims Exam Centres:
- Although the application process for Prelims 2020 had ended on 3rd March 2020, candidates were allowed to submit their revised choices of centres. Note – The submission of revised choices will be considered on a first-apply-first-allot basis.
- IAS aspirants were allowed to submit their revised choice of UPSC Exam Centres in any of the two phases mentioned by the commission:
- Ist Phase – 7th July – 13th July (Till 6 PM)
- IInd Phase – 20th July – 24th July (Till 6 PM)
- Candidates had also been given a chance to change their UPSC Exam Centre choice for Mains stage of the examination.
- Aspirants had to submit their revised choices on the commission’s official website – https://upsconline.nic.in/.
- Aspirants could also withdraw from their application during the period from 1st-8th August 2020.
The following table provides the list of 72 UPSC Prelims Exam Centres which will host Prelims 2020:
|ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS||PORT BLAIR|
|ANDHRA PRADESH||ANANTAPUR (ANANTPUR)|
|JAMMU & KASHMIR||JAMMU|
|GAUTAM BUDDHA NAGAR|
Facts about UPSC Prelims Exam Centres
Candidates who are planning to apply for the exam will have to select an examination centre based on their preference and convenience. The UPSC allots the examination centres on a first-come-first-allot basis. Hence, there is a possibility that candidates may be allotted a centre other than their choice. Here are a few rules that the UPSC follows for allotment of IAS exam centres in Prelims:
- Candidates who have applied first will be allotted a centre first.
- Only Nagpur, Kolkata, Dispur and Chennai have no limit on the number of candidates who can be accommodated. All other UPSC exam centres have a ceiling on the number of candidates.
- The UPSC can change centres at its discretion allotted to candidates based on requirements of the commission.
- The commission will not entertain a request for a change of IAS exam centre by candidates.
- Facilities for differently-abled candidates will be available in their respective exam centres.
Points to Remember while Reporting to IAS Exam Centre
UPSC Prelims exam centres are spread all over the country to ensure that the maximum number of candidates can appear for the exam from all parts of India. The UPSC Mains, which is held based on the results of Prelims, is held in selected cities across the country. The number of cities that will host IAS Mains exam centres is 24. Here are a few things to remember while reporting to an IAS exam centre:
- Candidates can only bring their UPSC Admit Card, identity document and black ballpoint pen inside a UPSC exam centre. No valuables should be carried as the safety of these will not be guaranteed by the exam centre or the commission. Extra sheets for rough work will be provided by the UPSC and none should be carried from outside.
- Books, study material, electronic devices like calculators and phones, slide rules, stencils of maps, mathematical or drawing instruments are not allowed inside the IAS exam centre. They are defined as unfair means, which would result in cancellation of candidature and being barred from all UPSC exams in the future.
- Misbehaviour with exam centre staff will result in immediate action, such as the candidate may be barred from taking UPSC examinations in the future, and their candidature for the current IAS exam may be cancelled.
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