The Civil Service Exam, conducted by the UPSC, recruits personnel into the prestigious civil services of India. Candidates who clear this exam can join the services as IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS officers, etc. The three-stage exam is conducted annually and begins with the UPSC Prelims.
The IAS Prelims 2020 is scheduled to be held on 4th October 2020. The IAS Mains will be held from 8th January 2021 onwards. If you wish to take the IAS exam, you must apply for the same online only through the official UPSC website. You will also have to pay the fees (unless you are exempted). On this page, you can get all the important details such as how to apply for the IAS prelims exam, guidelines to fill in the form, pay the fees, UPSC exam important dates, and other relevant information.
Before you start, you must check whether you are eligible to take the UPSC IAS exam or not. If you are a graduate and between the ages of 21 and 32, you can take the exam provided you satisfy a few other criteria as well. And, there are relaxations for candidates who are eligible for reservations. For more on UPSC eligibility criteria, click on the linked article. For all other details such as IAS syllabus, preparation material, UPSC booklist, please check the table below.
UPSC Exam Date 2020
The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 will be conducted on the following dates:
- Stage 1: UPSC Prelims – Sunday, October 4, 2020
- Stage 2: UPSC Mains – January 8, 2021 (5 days)
- Stage 3: Interview – (tentative) April/May 2021
The official UPSC Notification has been released (12 February, 2020).The last date for submission of forms online is 3rd March 2020.
UPSC Notification 2020
February 12, 2020
Last date for receipt of online forms
March 3, 2020
UPSC Prelims 2020
October 4, 2020
UPSC 2020 Preparation
Applying Online for the IAS exam 2020
The steps to follow while applying online for the UPSC civil services exam 2020 are described below.
- Go to the official website of the UPSC, www.upsc.gov.in and click on ‘Apply Online’ which comes on the homepage. After that, you will be directed to a page, wherein there will be a link ‘Online Application For Various Examinations’. Click on this link.
- Alternatively, you can directly go to upsconline.nic.in.
- This will take you to a new page, where you should click on ‘Part-I Registration’.
- Before filling the form, go through the important instructions to fill the UPSC Online Application Form completely.
Below given are some important guidelines to follow while filling the UPSC online application form 2020:
- The online forms should be submitted only on the UPSC’s official website.
- Fields marked with an asterisk (*) in the UPSC CSE Online Application Form need to be filled mandatorily.
- Once the candidate clicks the submit button and his/her application is submitted successfully, no changes are allowed thereafter.
- If candidates wish to make any changes, they can submit a fresh application with the updated information by the last date for receipt of application i.e. by 6 PM on March 3, 2020. Only the registration-id for the latest fully submitted application will be considered for processing and all earlier submitted applications will be cancelled.
- The UPSC CSE Online Application Form comprises of two parts i.e. Part-I Registration and Part-II Registration. Both parts have to be filled and submitted and only then the candidature will be valid.
- In Part-I Registration, candidates have to fill their personal details, educational qualifications and address.To know more about EWS certificate criteria for IAS Exam, check the linked article.
- In Part-II Registration, candidates have to provide payment details, select the examination centre, upload Photograph, Signature, Photo Identity Card Document and Declaration.
- Candidates have to upload a scanned copy of their photograph and their signature. The digital size of each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB and resolution 350 pixels (Width) X 350 pixels (Height) minimum, 1000 pixels (Width) X 1000 pixels (Height) maximum and Bit Depth of image file should be 24 bit. Check this link for more on photograph and signature images to be uploaded.
- Candidates should provide their valid email addresses as the commission may be communicating with the candidates through e-mails if required.
- Candidates should note that no change will be allowed in the Specific Details like the Centre of Examination, Optional Subjects, Medium of Examination, Compulsory Indian Language for Civil Services (Main) Examination once submitted.
- Candidates should also upload photo identity card document in PDF format only. The digital size of the PDF file should not exceed 300 KB and must not be less than 20 KB.
- Candidates have to provide the photo identity card number and upload a copy of the same in Online Application Form and remember to carry it at the time of Examination at the venue.
Candidates applying for the UPSC 2020 will have to pay Rs. 100/ as application fee while candidates who belong to SC/ST/PH categories and female candidates are exempted from paying the application fee. Candidates can pay the application fee through online or offline mode.
Offline Mode: Candidates can pay the application fee in cash at any State Bank of India branch. While paying the application fee via offline mode, candidates should take a print out of the system generated challan during the Part II registration process, and deposit the challan (pay-in-slip) at an SBI branch on the next working day only.
“Pay by Cash” mode will be deactivated at 11.59 P.M. of 2nd March 2020 (one day before the closing date); however, applicants who have generated their pay-in-slip before it is deactivated may pay at an SBI branch during banking hours on the closing date (3rd March 2020).
Online Mode: Candidates who are paying the application fee via online mode can pay through net banking of State Bank of India or by Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card.
Note: UPSC recommends that candidates fill the form in Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9 and above.