UPSC Civil Services 2021: Eligibility, Exam Date, Exam Pattern, Admit Card, Result, Syllabus

What is IAS Exam?

All the candidates of Central Civil Service including Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Foreign Services are recruited through this UPSC exam.

He is considered to be the lead IAS officer of all ministries and departments in the Union and State Governments. However, the IAS exam has given it a lot of importance as well. It is a matter of interest that the topper of the IAS exam also gets an opportunity to become the Cabinet Secretary of the Government of India.

Tell me, the merit-based civil service first started in India in 1854. For its purpose, it established a Civil Service Commission in London in 1854. Also took place, and in 1855 a competitive examination was held.

However, this service was then called the Indian Civil Service (ICS). A few years later, the Indian Civil Services Examination was first introduced in India in 1922, first being held in Allahabad, and sometime later with the establishment of the Federal Public Service Commission in Delhi.

The ICS exam in London was conducted by the Civil Service Commission. UPSC had also released the list of rejected IAS 2021 applications on 31 March. It was rejected for a total of 318 IAS applications due to the non-submission of the IAS application fee by banks.

This UPSC has released the list with names and registration id. This UPSC released the IAS 2020 interview schedule. This UPSC interview is scheduled to begin on 26 April. The last day for this IAS interview can be June 18.

It has held IAS 2021 notification and application on 7 March for 712 vacancies. The last date to apply online for the UPSC 2021 exam was on 24 March.

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All the candidates are required to check the eligibility conditions changed in the official notification, as the UPSC has also agreed to give extra effort in the IAS 2021 examination to all the candidates who could not make their attempt last year.

You have to pay attention that IAS Prelims 2021 exam will be held on 27th June. This IAS main examination will be held from 17 September 2021. This UPSC IAS Notification 2021 has been delayed by 22 days due to over-pending in the Supreme Court.

All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
  • Indian Police Servies (IPS)
  • Indian Forest Services (IFoS) [Prelims Only]

Central Civil Services

India Foreign Services(IFS) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’ Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
post of Assistant Security Commissioner in railway protection force, group ‘A’ Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
Indian trade service, Group ‘A’ Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’ Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
Delhi, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu & Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Group ‘B’ Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’ Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
Delhi, Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Daman & Diu & Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’

UPSC IAS Exam 2021 Highlights 

Exam Name UPSC Civil Services Exam (IAS) 2021
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission(UPSC)
Exam Level National
UPSC Vacancies To be notified
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Offline – Pen and Paper Mode
Exam Stages Prelims – Mains(Written) – Mains(Interview)
Application Fee(Prelims) 100
Language Prelims – English & Hindi
No. of Test Cities Test centre across the nation
Exam Helpdesk No. 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
Official Website

IAS Eligibility 2021

It was agreed by the UPSC to amend IAS eligibility 2021, to provide extra effort to all those candidates. Candidates who completed their efforts last year will be eligible for the IAS Exam 2021.

These nationalities, many attempts, age limits, and educational qualifications are some of the basic eligibility criteria required for the IAS exam. All these candidates are required to appear in the IAS Exam 2021, all the candidates must ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility criteria mentioned below.


Organized for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), all candidates are required to be citizens of India. For all other services, all candidates must be either citizen of India. or

  • Nepal / Bhutan subject to the candidate.
  • It is necessary to be the subject of Tibetan refugees who came to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • The candidate must be a person of Indian origin. Who migrated from Pakistan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Burma, Sri.
  • The candidate must be from the East African countries of Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam for the purpose of permanently settling in India.
  • Note: All these candidates who need to be the subject of Nepal / Bhutan / Tibetan refugees, will not be eligible to apply for the Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

Age limit for IAS Exam 2021

In this, the age of the candidate should be minimum of 21 years and a maximum of 32 years till 1 August 2021. The special thing is that all the candidates should not be born before 2 August 1989, and should not be after 1 August 2000.

You get some years of age relaxation for all reserved category candidates:

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 Years
OBC 3 Years
The defense service personnel, incapable of operating during hostilities in any foreign country or turbulent region, and consequently continues 3 Years
These ex-servicemen, who comprise commissioned officers and ECOs / SSCOs, provide at least five years of military service on 1 August 2021 and have also been released 5 Years
Category Number of Attempts (Allowed)
The General/Economically Weaker Section(EWS) 6
Other Backward Classes 9
SC/ST Till the age limit
Person with Disabilities Till the age limit

 IAS Exam 2021 Date

Event Dates Salient Features
UPSC Notification 2021 4 March 2021 The UPSC will issue the Civil Services (IAS) Exam Notification 2021 online on 4 March.
Last date to apply for IAS Exam 2021 24 March 2021 The IAS online application online will be accepted till 24 March.
IAS Prelims Exam 2021  37 June 2021 IAS prelims 2021 will be conducted on 27 June across the nation.
IAS Prelims 2021 Result July 2021 (Tentative) UPSC will announce the IAS result 2021 in the last week of July.
IAS Main Exam 2021 17 Sep 2021 UPSC will conduct the IAS main 2021 exam offline at the designated exam centers across the nation.
IAS Main 2021 result December/January 2022 The IAS Main Exam result 2021 will be released online only.

UPSC CSE 2021 Exam Date

Registration date: Its application form has become available on the official website from 4 March 2021 and the last date for submission of its application was on 24 March 2021.
Admit Card: The admit card is to be issued online to the candidates on June 1, 2021.
Exam date: UPSC CSE 2021 will start offline on June 27, 2021 (preliminary) and September 17, 2021 (main) through pen and paper-based examination.
Exam Result: The result can be released on 12 July 2021 on the official website for all the candidates. After this exam will be confirmed, when will the results come?

Events Dates
Start Date to Fill UPSC CSE 2021 Online Application Form Mar 4, 2021
Last Date to Submit UPSC CSE 2021 Online Application Form  Mar 24, 2021
Issue of Prelims UPSC CSE 2021 Admit Card  Jun 1, 2021 (Tentative)
UPSC CSE 2021 Prelims Exams Date Jun 27, 2021
UPSC CSE 2021 Prelims Result in Announce Jul 12, 2021
Issue of Mains UPSC CSE 2021 Admit Card To be announced
UPSC CSE 2021 Mains Exams Date September 17, 2021
UPSC CSE 2021 Mains Result Announce To be announced

UPSC Civil Services Notification Vacancies 2021

As per the UPSC CSE Notification 2021, it has announced 712 vacancies. This 712 total IAS vacancy has also become available for persons with the benchmark disability category in 2021

Name of the Post
Indian Administrative Service
Indian Foreign Service
Indian Police Service
Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A
Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A
Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A
Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A
Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • .
Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A
Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A
Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A
Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A
Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’
Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

In this, the total number of vacancies to be filled is 712, and it is based on the result of the examination.

  • To tell, this benchmark has been issued some vacancies for persons with disability category.
  • It includes some vacancies for blindness and low vision.
  • It also includes some vacancies for the deaf and hard of hearing.
  • There are also a few vacancies available for locomotor dysfunction, including cerebral palsy, dwarfism, leprosy, acid attack disorders, and muscular dystrophy.
S.No. Category Vacancy
a blindness and low vision 5
b deaf and hard of hearing 6
c locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy 6
multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses ‘a’ to ‘c’ including deaf-blindness 5
Persons with Benchmark Disability (Totals) 22

IAS 2021 Admit Card Date

UPSC admit card will be issued on 8 October 2021. This will be available online 15 days before the exam date.

How to download the IAS Exam admit card 2021?

Step 1: First of all, visit the official website of UPSC (

Step 2: Then, you have to click on the admit card link available on the home page of the website.

Step 3: Now, you have to read the instructions on the page and click on the Yes button.

Step 4: Then, one has to select either of the two options given – by registration ID or roll number.

Step 5: Now, enter the registration ID and date of birth or you will have to fill in the roll number and date of birth.

Step 6: Then, click on submit button.

Step 7: In Last, IAS Admit Card has to be downloaded

How to download IAS admit card if forgot your registration ID?

The candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to recover / re-generate their registration ID:

Step 1: Go to the official website of UPSC (

Step 2: Now, Click on the Admit Card link available on the Home page of the website.

Step 3: Then, read the instructions given on the page and click on the Yes button.

Step 4: Now, Click on the link, “Forgot RID ‘

Step 5: Now, enter the following details:

Father’s name
Mother’s name
Date of birth
Captcha code as shown on the screen

Step 6: Finally, Click on Submit.

On clicking the button, a registration ID will be re-generated.

IAS 2021 Result Dates

IAS 2021 Notification 10 Feb 2021
IAS 2021 Prelims Exam 27 Jun 2021
IAS 2021 Result August 2021(Tentative)

How to check the IAS Result 2021?

This candidate can check the IAAS result in the following ways

Step 1. First, go to the official website –

Step 2. The result will appear on the 2021 list home screen, you have to click on it.

Step 3. Now, on clicking, the “Results: Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 2021” list will get unlimited.

Step 4. Then, click on the number you see above, the result of UPSC IAS Prelims 2021 opens.

Step 5. Now, to find the roll number in the UPSC result PDF.

Step 6. Finally, the UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam 2021 lens will have to be downloaded for future reference.

UPSC CSE Notification: Application Form 2021

The link to UPSC apply online for the UPSC CSE Preliminary Examination 2021 is now active on the official website. Candidates awaited this opportunity can apply online after going through the notification details. Furthermore, for your convenience, the direct link to apply online is mentioned here.

The UPSC CSE Preliminary Examination 2021 seeks application for the Civil Services and the Indian Forest Service Examinations. Please remember that the eligibility criteria and other selection norms apply to the same. Also, be vigilant that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the centers. The allotment of the centers will be on the ‘first-apply-first-allot’ basis.

It is advisable that, apply early so that the ‘Centre of choice’ could be allotted!

IAS Application Fee

Check the application fee for UPSC Apply Online 2021 below

Category Examination Fee
General Rs. 100
OBC/EWS Rs. 100
SC/ST/Women /PH Exempted

Mode of PaymentBoth online, by using India.

UPSC CSE Notification: Selection Procedure 2021

To qualify and become a Civil Servant through UPSC, you need to appear and crack all the three stages as mentioned below:

  • Preliminary Examination: Qualification in nature will be
  • Its Main Examination: The marks obtained in this phase will be considered for final selection. They determine the rank.
  • Interview: The purpose of this interview is to assess the true and authentic self of a person. All the candidates are suitable for a career in civil services and also serve the society with enthusiasm. Overall, this is not a knowledge test but is considered a personality test. This interview panel only looks at how a candidate responds to a given question or what the idea is, this approach is considered very important.
  • Its number of attempts: This Union Public Service Commission allows the number of attempts according to all the categories that it is in.
Category Number of Attempts
General Six
OBC Nine
Persons with Benchmark Disability belonging to the General and EWS Category Nine
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes No restrictions applicable

Important Note: When a candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or Indian Foreign Service (IFS) on the results of the earlier examination, and remains a member of the service, who will not be eligible to participate in this examination


UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam Pattern 

IAS main exam 2021 will commence from September 17, 2021. Candidates need to appear for the IAS mains exam as per the details mentioned on the admit card. IAS mains exam consists of a total of nine descriptive papers. Out of the Nine, two papers are of qualifying in nature.

The qualifying IAS question papers are General English and General Language papers. There are four general studies papers, one essay paper, and two optional subject papers. The marks of each paper are assigned as follows.

I. Qualifying Papers on Indian Languages and English Syllabus of UPSC Main Examination Papers

The pattern of questions would be broad as follows:

English Language:

(i) Comprehension of given passages.

(ii) Precis Writing.

(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.

(iv) Short Essays.

Indian Languages:

(i) Comprehension of given passages.

(ii) Precis Writing.

(iii) Usage and Vocabulary.

(iv) Short Essays.

(v) Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.

II. Paper-I: Essay

Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics.

They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely.

Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

III. Paper-II: General Studies-I

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

(i) This Indian culture will cover the major aspects of art forms, literature, and architecture from ancient to modern times.

(ii) This modern Indian history will date from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present day – important events, personalities, issues.

(iii) This freedom struggle – its various phases and significant contributions from different parts of the country.

(iv) The country will be followed by integration and reorganization after independence.

(v) It will include the events of the 18th century in the history of the world like industrial revolution, world war, colonization, redistribution of national boundaries, disintegration, political philosophy like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. – their form and effect on society.

(vi) It is the salient features of Indian society, the diversity of India.

(vii) It is the role of women and women’s organizations, population and related issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their treatment.

(viii) The effects of globalization on Indian society.

(ix) It will be social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism.

(x) are the main features of the physical geography of the world.

(xi) distribution of major natural resources around the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); This will be the factor responsible for the location of primary, secondary and tertiary sector industries in different parts of the world (including India).

(xii) It is important geophysical phenomena such as tsunamis, earthquakes, tidal movements, cyclones, etc., geographical features and their relocation of important geographical features (including water bodies and ice caps) and flora and fauna and such effects.

IV. Paper-III: General Studies-II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

(i) It is the Indian constitution-historical basis, development, amendment, features, important provisions, and basic structure.

(ii) It shall be the functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues, and challenges related to the federal structure, deviation of powers and finance, and challenges at the local level.

(iii) It is the separation of powers between the dispute redressal mechanisms of different organs and institutions.

(iv) It is a comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with other countries.

(v) It shall be the Parliament and the State Legislatures – structure, functioning, operation of a business, powers and privileges, and issues arising therefrom.

(vi) It is the structure, organization, and functioning of the executive and judiciary ministries and departments of the government; They have a role in pressure groups and formal/informal unions and polity.

(vii) Salient features of the Representation of the People Act

(viii) These various constitutional bodies will be appointed for various constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities.

(ix) There are statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

(x) Interventions for development in the policies of this government and the various areas and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

(xi) These development processes and the role of development industry-non-governmental organizations, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

(xii) welfare schemes for the weaker sections of the population and the performance of these schemes by this center and the states; Mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these weaker sections.

(xiii) All health, education, human-resource-related issues related to development and management of social sector/services.

(xiv) These are issues related to poverty and hunger.

(xv) It is an important aspect of governance, transparency, and accountability, e-governance – applications, models, successes, all limitations, and potentials; Citizen charters, transparency and accountability and institutional and other measures.

(xvi) Civil services have a role in democracy.

(xvii) India and its Neighborhood.

(xviii) Bilateral, regional and global groups and agreements covering the interests of or in India.

(xix) It is the influence of India’s interests, policies and politics of developed and developing countries on Indian diaspora.

(xx) It will be important international institutions, agencies, and forums – their structure, mandate.

V. Paper-IV: General Studies-III

Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

(i) There are issues related to mobilization of the Indian economy and resources, development, and employment planning.

(ii) inclusive development and issues arising out of it.

(iii) Government Budget.

(iv) These are the major crop-cropping patterns in different parts of the country; – It is the storage of various types of irrigation and irrigation systems, transportation and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; In this, e-technology in support of farmers.

(v) Issues related to this direct and indirect agricultural subsidy and minimum support price; The public distribution system – objectives, methodology, limitations, reforms; Buffer stock and food safety issues; Technology mission; It should have economics of animal husbandry.

(vi) Food processing and related industries in India- scope ‘and importance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

(vii) Land Reforms in India.

(viii) the effects of liberalization on the economy, these changes in industrial policy and their impact on industrial development.

(ix) Infrastructure: includes ports, energy, roads, airports, railways, etc.

(x) is the investment model.

(xi) This science and technology- development and their applications and effects in this everyday life.

(xii) achievements of Indians in science and technology; This technology has to be indigenized and new technology developed.

(xiii) Awareness in the field of issues related to IT, computers, robotics, space, nano-technology, biotechnology, and intellectual property rights.

(xii) Protection, environmental pollution, and degradation, environmental impact assessment as well.

(xv) Disaster and Disaster Management.

(xvi) There is a relation between the development and spread of extremism.

(xvii) It should be the role of external state and non-state actors in challenging internal security.

(xviii) it challenges internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, the basics of cybersecurity; Money-laundering, and its prevention.

(xix) There are security challenges and their management in these border areas – an organized crime with terrorism.

(xx) It is the various security forces and agencies and their mandate.

VI. Paper-V: General Studies-IV

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

All candidates can use a case study approach to determine these question aspects.

The following broad areas are covered:

(i) Ethics and the human interface: the essence of ethics, dimensions of morality in human actions; Determinants and Consequences; Ethics – in private and public relations. Human Values ​​- Lessons from the life and teachings of great leaders, reformers, and administrators; Family societies and educational institutions have a role in developing these values.

(ii) this attitude: content, structure, function; Moral and political perspectives; Its influence and relationship with thought and behavior; There is social influence and persuasion.

(iii) Qualifications and fundamental values ​​for this civil service are fairness, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, devotion to public service, sympathy, tolerance, and compassion for weaker sections.

(iv) There should be emotional intelligence concepts in this administration and governance, and their utility and application should be made.

(v) Contribute moral thinkers and philosophers of India and the world.

(vi) The public / civil service values ​​and ethics in public administration: the situation and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and discretion as a source of moral guidance; Accountability and ethical governance; Governance entails strengthening moral and ethical values; Ethical Issues in International Relations and Financing; corporate governance.

(vii) Possibility in this regime: This concept of public service; It is the philosophical basis of governance and probity; In this government, information exchange and transparency, right to information, code of conduct, code of conduct, citizen fees, work culture, quality of service delivery, use of public funds, challenges of corruption.

(viii) To conduct a case study on the above issues.

VII. Paper – VI & VII

Optional Subject Papers I & II.

A candidate may opt for any one Optional Subject from the following:

(i) Agriculture

(ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

(iii) Anthropology

(iv) Botany

(v) Chemistry

(vi) Civil Engineering

(vii) Commerce and Accountancy

(viii) Economics

(ix) Electrical Engineering

(x) Geography

(xi) Geology

(xii) History

(xiii) Law

(xiv) Management

(xv) Mathematics

(xvi) Mechanical Engineering

(xvii) Medical Science

(xviii) Philosophy

(xix) Physics

(xx) Political Science and International Relations

(xxi) Psychology

(xxii) Public Administration

(xxiii) Sociology

(xxiv) Statistics

(xxv) Zoology

UPSC Mains Syllabus

Paper Subject Marks
Paper – I Essay (can be written in the medium of the candidate’s choice) 250
Paper – II General Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society) 250
Paper – III General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations) 250
Paper – IV General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management) 250
Paper – V General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude) 250
Paper – VI Optional Subject – Paper I 250
Paper – VII Optional Subject – Paper II 250

IAS Selection Process

The IAS exam is conducted in two stages – Preliminary and Mains (Descriptive Paper and Interview). These UPSC IAS Preliminary Papers are conducted to select candidates for the main (written) examination.

Then the IAS Prelims exam is just a screening test, and together the marks secured by the candidates are not considered for final merit. The IAS selection process is completely defined in the official UPSC notification. You can look through the official website for information.

Talk of UPSC Civil Services Main Examination, as the name suggests, is in the main stage of the IAS Examination process. The marks of the IAS Main Examination have to be kept in mind for the IAS Final Result. The final merit list for UPSC Civil Services Examination gives the candidate a rank. Based on these ranks, candidates receive allotted services.

IAS Preparation

Let me tell you that preparation for the exam is very important. Why candidates do not prepare well and address. Today in this article, I will tell you how to prepare for the exam. Preparing for this IAS is the only way to get selected for the IAS exam. The IAS Preparation Scheme is based on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate.

Practically making a plan is very important for the preparation of this IAS. Every candidate is a person with a different perspective and worldview. It is the opinion and worldview, which changes the orientation of the candidate. This continuous effort of more than one year can help crack the IAS exam.

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