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UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2017

The UPSC Notification 2017 was released recently by the Commission wherein it invites candidates to take the UPSC civil services 2017 exam. Indian citizens with a bachelor’s degree can attempt the UPSC 2017 exam and become civil servants or diplomats of the country. This year, is are a total of about 980 vacancies with reservations for SC/ST, OBC, physically handicapped and other categories.

The UPSC exam 2017 consists of three stages:

1. UPSC Prelims

2. UPSC Mains

3. UPSC Board Interview

The UPSC Prelims 2017 application process has already started and the last date of application is 17th March 2017.

UPSC (IAS) Exam Notification for 2017: UPSC Prelims

OrganizationUnion Public Service Commission
Job TypeCentral Government Job
Job LocationIndia for all services except Indian Foreign Service
Posts/ServicesIAS, IFS, IPS, IAAS, IRS, etc. (Check details)
Total No. Of Vacancies (Approx)980
How to applyOnline on the UPSC website
Start date to apply22nd February 2017
Last date of receipt of application forms17th March 2017, 18:00 hours
Application Fee₹100/-
UPSC Prelims Exam Date18th June 2017
Eligibility criterion for the Civil Service Exam 2017


The eligibility criterion for the IAS Exam 2017 is mentioned in the notification

Age condition: Minimum age – 21 years

Maximum age – 32 years

There is a relaxation of the maximum age for different categories. Check the table below for details:

CategoryRelaxationMaximum Age
GeneralNo relaxation32
Scheduled caste/scheduled tribe (SC/ST)Up to 5 years37
Other Backward Classes (OBC)Up to 3 years35
J&K domicile between 1st January 1980 and 31st December 1989Up to 5 years37
Defence Service Personnel disabled during serviceUp to 3 years35
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military service as on 1st August 2017 and have been releasedUp to 5 years37
Visually challenged/hearing impaired/physically challenged candidatesUp to 10 years42

Nationality condition: Only Indian citizens are permitted to take the civil service exam 2017. Check details here.

Educational condition: candidate must hold a valid bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Number of attempts permitted: check out the table below for the maximum number of attempts allowed to a candidate:

CategoryNumber of attempts
General6
OBC9
SC/STNo relaxation
GeneralNo restriction
PH (Gen)9
PH (OBC)9
PH (SC/ST)No restriction
How to apply for UPSC Civil Services Examination 2017


 Visit the official website of the UPSC.

  Go to the UPSC Civil Services exam link.

  Click on and fill in the part I of the registration.

  A registration number will be generated.

  Use the registration number generated and fill up the part II of the registration.

  Click on the submit button

  The Prelims admit card will be sent online about three weeks before the exam.

Check out the details of how to apply/procedure for the 2017 civil service exam here.

Fee payment for IAS Prelims 2017


The application fee for the UPSC prelims exam is ₹100/-. Female candidates, SC/ST, PH candidates are exempt from paying the fees.

UPSC civil service 2017: Plan of Exam

The IAS exam 2017 consists of the following stages/rounds. You must get the required cutoff in the UPSC Prelims to be eligible to take the mains exam. Similarly, only if you get the required cutoff in the mains round will you be summoned to attend the UPSC interview.

UPSC Prelims

There are two papers here:

PaperTotal marksNo. Of QuestionsDurationTypeNegative Marks
General Studies Paper I2001002 hoursObjective onlyYes
General Studies Paper II (CSAT)200802 hoursObjective onlyYes

UPSC Prelims

There are 9 papers here all of which are descriptive in nature.

PaperSubjectNature of the paperDurationTotal marks
General Studies Paper I2001002 hoursObjective only
General Studies Paper I2001002 hoursObjective only
Paper ACompulsory Indian LanguageQualifying3 hours300
Paper BEnglishQualifying3 hours300
Paper IEssayMerit ranking3 hours250
Paper IIGeneral Studies IMerit ranking3 hours250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies IIMerit ranking3 hours250
Paper VGeneral Studies IVMerit ranking3 hours250
Paper VIOptional IMerit ranking3 hours250
Paper VIIOptional IIMerit ranking3 hours250

UPSC Board Interview/Personality Test

The interview is of a total of 275 marks, thus making the grand total 2025 marks. In the interview you will face the UPSC board who will assess your overall personality and whether you have the traits required of a civil servant. Your strength of character, mental toughness and general interests will be tested.

UPSC Syllabus 2017

Check out the IAS Syllabus 2017 below:

UPSC 2017 syllabus: Prelims

IAS exam 2017 syllabus: Mains General Studies Papers

UPSC Mains Optional subjects list and syllabus

Important UPSC 2017 exam date


Opening date for UPSC prelims application22nd February 2017
Last date of receipt of application17th March 2017
Prelims Exam Date18th June 2017

Also check the UPSC exam calendar 2017.

The UPSC Mains exam will begin on 28th October 2017. The UPSC will release the mains exam calendar later after the prelims results have been announced.

Download the UPSC 2017 notification PDF.