UPSC Civil Services prelims exam 2021: Eligibility, Date, Syllabus, Apply Process

What is IAS Exam?

Notification and application of IAS 2020-21 released on March 4 for 712 vacancies. The last date to apply online for the UPSC 2021 exam is 24 March.

Candidates are required to check the eligibility conditions changed in the official notification, however, UPSC has agreed to provide an additional attempt in the IAS 2021 exam to all the candidates who had ended their attempt last year, but this The years are meeting the age criteria.

The IAS Preliminary 2021 exam has been held on 27 June. The IAS Main Exam 2021 is scheduled to be held from 17 September. It has been delayed by about 22 days due to the UPSC IAS Notification 2021 pending in the Supreme Court.

Earlier on 25 January, the SC directed the Center not to publish the UPSC notification 2021 until the matter is sub judice. The IAS exam is considered to be the most prestigious examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in India.

UPSC recruits a lot of candidates for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), and Central Civil Services through this examination.

All the ministries and departments in this union and state governments are headed by IAS officers. Hence the IAS exam considers it very important.

The toppers of the IAS exam have the opportunity to become Cabinet Secretaries of the Government of India. This is the highest bureaucratic position that a person can have in India.

The merit-based civil service was first started in India in 1854. For this purpose, a civil service commission was established in London in 1854 in, and a competitive examination was held in 1855. At that time this service was called the Indian Civil Service.

It was for the first time in 1922 that the Indian Civil Service examination started in India, first with the establishment of the Federal Public Service Commission in Allahabad and later in Delhi. This ICS exam in London was conducted by the Civil Service Commission.

UPSC Civil Service Exam Posts:

The civil services exam posts are categorized into two categories: Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’.

The Group ‘A’ services include three All India Services (the IAS, IPS, and the IFS) and 18 other services as indicateds in the table below.

(i) Indian Administrative Services
(ii) Indian Forest Services
(iii) Indians Police Services


(i) Indian Foreign Service
(ii) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
(iii) Indian Audit and Accounts Service
(iv) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)
(v) Indian Defence Accounts Service
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
(vii) Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
(viii) Indian Postal Service
(ix) Indian Civil Accounts Service
(x) Indian Railway Traffic Service
(xi) Indian Railway Accounts Service
(xii) Indian Railway Personnel Service
(xiii) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
(xiv) Indian Defence Estates Service
(xv) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
(xvi) Indian Trade Service
(xvii) Indian Corporate Law Service
(xviii) Indian Revenue Service (CBEC)

Group ‘B’ has five services under it.

(i) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
(ii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman And Diu, and Dadra And Nagar Haveli Civil Service
(iii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman, And Diu, and Dadra And Nagar Haveli Police Service
(iv) Pondicherry Civil Service
(v) Pondicherry Police Service

Central Civil Services

Indian 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, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’ Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’ Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and 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 and Hindi
No. of Test Cities Test centers across the nation
Exam Helpdesk No. 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
Official Website

IAS Eligibility 2021

This IAS eligibility was revised by UPSC on 2020-21 as it agreed to provide an extra effort to the students who ended their attempts last year but otherwise would have been eligible for the IAS Exam 2021.

It has been agreed by both UPSC and the Central Government to provide an additional effort as a one-time facility to the candidates under the age criteria as defined in the UPSC IAS Notification in the Supreme Court.

This nationality, a number of attempts, age limit, and educational qualification are some of the basic eligibility criteria for the IAS exam. All the candidates who wish to appear in the IAS Exam 2021 are required to ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility criteria mentioned below.


For Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India. For all other services, a candidate can either be a citizen of India or

  • A subject of Nepal/ Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1 January  1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Sri Lanka, Uganda, the United Republics of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

Read Note: Candidates who are subjects of Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugees are not eligible to apply for Indians Foreign Service.

Age Limit for IAS Exam 2021

The candidate must be a minimum of 21 years and a maximum of 32 years of age as of August 1, 2021. This means that candidates must have born not earlier than 2 August 1989, and not later than 1 August 2000.

There is also age relaxation of some years for reserved category candidates:

Category Age Relaxation 
SC/ ST 5 Year
OBC 3 Year
Defense Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof 3 Year
Exam-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of military service as of 1 August 2021, and have been released 5 Year
PwD [(A) blindness and low vision; (B) deaf and hard of hearing; (C) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy; (D) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness; and (E) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (A) to (D) including deaf-blindness] 10 Year

No age relaxation will be provided to the Economically Weaker Sections in the UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2021.

Educational Qualification for IAS

Candidates are required to have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from any university established under an Act passed by the Parliaments of India / State Legislature. Candidates who are in the final year running of graduation and the final result may be eligible to apply for the IAS Preliminary Examination.

Which such candidates have to produce proof of passing the required exam at the time of applying for the main examination. The applications for this IAS Main Exam are usually issued in the month of July or August.

Physical Standards

The Candidates all must be physically fit according to physical standards given in the Civil Services examination rules gazette All notification.

Number of Attempts in IAS Exam

All candidates are allowed a maximum of six attempts in the IAS exam. However, it may be noted that the restriction of the number of attempts is not applicable for candidates belonging to SC/ST category.

Also, candidates belonging to OBC and Persons with Benchmark Disabilities categories are allowed a maximum of nine attempts in the exam. If a candidate appears in any one paper of the IAS Prelims Exam, then it is deemed that he has made an attempt in the IAS Exam.

Category Number of Attempts(Allowed)
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 Dates

The Candidates can go through important UPSC IAS exam dates 2020-21 below:

Event Dates Salient Features
UPSC Notification 2021 4 Mar 2021 The UPSC will issue the Civil Services (IAS) Exam Notification 2021 online on March 4.
Last date to apply for IAS Exam 2021 24 Mar 2021 The IAS online application online will be accepted till March 24.
IAS Prelims Exam 2021  27 June 2021
IAS prelims 2021 will be conducted on June 27 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 (Tentative) The IAS Main Exam result from 2021 will be released online only.

UPSC IAS Notification 2021

This UPSC IAS official notification 2021 was released on 04 March 2021. This UPSC had to delay in issuing official IAS notification due to the pending court case. The notification date of UPSC CSE was as per UPSC Calendar 2021, which was released some time back.

Before applying for the exam, all the candidates are advised to read through the UPSC CSE Notification PDF. According to this IAS Civil Services Exam Notification PDF, UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 exam is scheduled to be held on 27 June 2021. This IAS application online 2021 will start from 04 March 2021, and the last date to apply online is on 24 March 2021.

The UPSC notification includes the following details.

  • IAS Exam Dates, Application Dates, Application fee, How to apply
  • UPSC Eligibility, Exam Pattern
  • Details about UPSC CSE posts and vacancy
  • UPSC Syllabus: Prelims, Mains and Optional subjects
  • Exam center Full details
  • Others instructions

UPSC IAS Exam Date 2021

The applicants must note the UPSC CSE exam dates 2021. It is crucial that the candidates make a note of all the IAS Exam important dates 2021 to avoid missing out on the important events. Below given are all the relevant UPSC IAS Exam 2020-21 Exam Dates for this year’s examination.

UPSC CSE Dates 2020-21

Check all the dates for the upcoming UPSC IAS Exam 2020-21 below.

UPSC IAS Exam 2021 Events UPSC CSE Exam Dates
IAS Notification & Application Start Date 2020-21 04 March 2021
UPSC CSE the Last Date to Apply Online 24 March 2021
IAS Prelims Admit Card 2020-21 3 weeks prior to the Prelims Exam
(06 June 2021 tentatively)
IAS Prelims Exam Date 2020-21 27 June 2021
UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2020-21 to be announced
IAS Mains Exam Date 2020-21 From 17 September 2020-21
UPSC IAS Mains Result 2020-21 To be announced
UPSC IAS Interview Dates 2020-21 To be announced
UPSC IAS Result 2020-21 (Final list of selected candidates) To be announced

The UPSC CSE Dates 2021 are also mentioned below.

UPSC IAS Exam 2021 Events UPSC CSE Exam Dates
IAS Notification & Application Start Date 12 February 2020-21
UPSC CSE the Last Date to Apply Online 03 March 2020-21
IAS Prelims Admit Card download date 01 September 2020-21
IAS Prelims Exam Date 2020-21 04 October 2020-21 (revised)
UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2020-21 23 October 2020-21
IAS Mains Exam Date 2020-21 From 08 January 2021 to 17 January 2021
UPSC IAS Mains Result 2020-21 To be announced
UPSC IAS Interview Dates 2020-21 To be announced
UPSC IAS Result 2020-21 (Final list of selected candidates) To be announced

Earlier, UPSC Mains Time-Table 2020-21 was released. Candidates must check the complete UPSC Mains Exam Schedule for better planning and preparation. Candidates who qualified for the Prelims Exam must check the Mains Exam Dates 2020.

UPSC CSE Vacancy, Salary 2020-21

Check out the latest UPSC CSE Vacancy 2020-21. Complete details about the IAS salary and recruitment details mentioned below.

UPSC CSE Vacancy and Recruitment 2020-21

The UPSC IAS recruitment 2q020-21 notification released the total IAS vacancy 2020-21. UPSC is announced the IAS vacancy 2021 of 712 posts in the official recruitment notification. The total 712 vacancy also includes vacancy for Persons with Benchmark Disability. Check the distribution below.

S.No. Category Vacancy
a blindness and low visions 5
b deaf and hard of hearings 6
c locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophies 6
multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (A) to (C) including deaf-blindness 5
Persons with Benchmark Disability (TOTAL) 22

The UPSC CSE recruitment exam is conducted for the following services:

Group A Services
Indian Administrative Service -IAS Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
Indian Audit and Accounts Service Indian Postal Service
Indian Civil Accounts Service Indian Railway Accounts Service
Indian Corporate Law Service Indian Railway Personnel Service
Indian Defence Accounts Service Indian Railway Traffic Service
Indian Defence Estates Service Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)
Indian Foreign Service- IFS Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade) Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration) Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
Indian Police Service
Group B Services
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade) Pondicherry Civil Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services Pondicherry Police Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services

The UPSC CSE vacancy 2020-21 consisted of 796 vacancy which also includes vacancies for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category. The UPSC IAS exam’s latest vacancy may change as per the requirement from the Cadre Controlling Authorities.

IAS Salary 2020-21

The UPSC IAS salary structure is as per the 7 pay commission. The UPSC salary 2020-21 includes various components such as DA, TA, HRA, and many more. The IAS salary in hand is approx.

Rs.56,100 per month in the beginning. Apart from the salary, numerous perks come with the job. Below mentioned is an overview of UPSC IAS Salary.

Grade Post Salary Details
Pay Level Basic Pay (INR)
Junior or Lower Time Scale ASP/SDM/ Asst. Commissioner 10 56100
Senior Time Scale ADM/Deputy Secretary/ Undersecretary 11 67700
Junior Administrative DM/ Joint Secretary/ Deputy Secretary 12 78,800
Selection Grade DM/ Special Secretary cum director/ Director 13 1,18,500
Selection Grade Divisional Commissioner/ Secretary Cum Commissioner/ Joint Secretary 14 1,44,200
Super Time Scale Divisional Commissioner/ Principal Secretary/ Additional Secretary 15 1,82,200
Above Super Time Scale Additional Chief Secretary 16 2,05,400
Apex Scale Chief Secretary 17 2,25,000
Cabinet Secretary Grade Cabinet Secretary of India 18 2,50,000

UPSC IAS Admit Card 2020-21 (CSE)

This UPSC CSE Admit Card 2021 has been released in two phases. UPSC Premit Admit Card 2021 and UPSC Mains Admit Card 2021 are issued. All the candidates get 15 days before the exam date to get the IAS Admit Card.

This UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2021 will be released temporarily in the 04th week of January 2021, as the exam is scheduled till 10 February 2021.

All the candidates who successfully qualify for the UPSC CSE Prelims Exam 2021 and who fill the DAF form, will be able to download the IAS Mains. An e-admit card will be available from the official website. You will get the direct link to download the prelims and mains admit card.

UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2021

UPSC prelims admit card 2020-21 will be released a few days before the exam dates. UPSC IAS admit card download is available on the official website. The UPSC admit card prelims 2020-21 should be downloaded and ensure that all the full details mentioned are correct.

Candidates can download their UPSC admit card 2021 with the help of the following steps to steps mentioned below:

Step 1: – Directly go to the official website of UPSC

Step 2: – Click on the link to ‘Download UPSC Prelims 2021 Admit Card’.

Step 3: –The option is to click on the ‘Yes’ button.

Step 4: – Enter The Registration ID or Roll Number followed by the DOB of the candidate.

Step 5: – Enter the captcha in the given blank field and click on the submit buttons.

Step 6: – The final step is to download the IAS Admit Card 2020-21.

In case of any discrepancy found in the UPSC Admit Card, candidates are required to report to the UPSC examination authorities immediately.

Below we have listed the particulars mentioned on the admit card, make sure these details are enclosed in the redressal document:

  • full name of the Candidate
  • Date & Time of the Examination
  • Registration ID
  • Roll number
  • Complete postal address
  • UPSC Civil Services 2020-21 Exam Centres

Steps to Download UPSC Admit Card 2021

Follow the below-mentioned steps to download the UPSC Mains Admit Card 2021 from the official website.

  1. Visit the UPSC official website, or click on the UPSC admit card download link mentioned.
  2. Clicks on the “View all” tab under What’s new.
  3. In the new window, click on “e – Admit Card: Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2021”
  4. A new window opens with the link to download the e-admit card.
  5. After Clicks on the download link, read the detailed instruction, and click on ‘yes’.
  6. Enter your registration id or roll no to downloads the IAS Mains Admit Card 2020-21.

UPSC IAS (CSE) Eligibility Criteria 2020-21

UPSC CSE eligibility criteria 2020-21 are mentioned in the official notification. The candidates are recommended to checks the UPSC eligibility 2020-21 before applying for the examination.

The eligibility criteria for UPSC CSE 2020-21 examination includes the UPSC eligibility age limit, nationality, and educational qualification. However, there is no limit on UPSC IAS eligibility percentage in graduation. UPSC eligibility for ex-servicemen includes age relaxation.

The complete detail about the UPSC CSE eligibility criteria 2020-21 is mentioned below:


  • Candidates who want to appear in UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 must-have points
  • Candidates who want to appear in UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 must
  • Citizen of India or
  • Should be a citizen of Nepal or
  • The subject of Bhutan or
  •  He/she must be a Tibetan refugee, who has come to India to settle permanently before January 01, 1962
  • A person of Indian origin who had migrated from Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zaire.

UPSC CSE Age Limit 2021

The UPSC has a predefined age limit for the candidates who want to apply for the UPSC IAS 2021 exams. Below we have mentioned the UPSC CSE age limit for candidates belonging to different categories. The age limit must be calculated as of 1 August 2021

Category Minimum Age Maximum Age
UPSC CSE age limit for General 21 year 32 year
UPSC CSE age limit for OBC 21 year 35 year
UPSC CSE age limit for SC/ST 21 year 37 year

UPSC CSE Age Relaxation

The UPSC has mentioned age relaxation for the few candidates applying for the UPSC IAS 2020-21 exam. UPSC age relaxation for the general category is not applicable, Which is, the UPSC age relaxation for SC/ST, OBC, Defence Personnel, ex-servicemen, and others is mentioned below.

Category Age Relaxation
Scheduled caste/Scheduled tribe 5 years
Others backward classes 3 years
Defense Services Personnel 3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs 5 years
Deaf, hard of hearing, low vision or blindness, ex-servicemen, or candidates with any other locomotor disability or muscle deformity 10 years

UPSC CSE Educational Qualification 2021

The UPSC CSE Educational Qualifications states that the candidates applying for the UPSC Civil Services Examination (IAS) must have a graduation degree from a govt. recognized university. The educational qualification is not limited to any particular stream.

Candidates who are pursuing graduation and are waiting for their final results can also apply, but only on the condition that the result should be declared before filling the application for the UPSC Mains 2020-21 exam.

UPSC CSE Number of Attempts (Category Wise)

In the latest news, SC has announced its verdict for the extra attempt in the UPSC IAS Exam 2020-21. There is no provision for extra attempts. Check the latest UPSC IAS Extra Attempt News.

UPSC has mentioned the number of attempts each candidate can take. The UPSC no. of attempts varies as per differents categories. The details are mentioned below:

Category Maximum No. of Attempts
General 6
SC/ST No Limit

UPSC IAS CSE Apply Online 2020-21

The start date for UPSC IAS 2020-21 application has been on 04 March 2021. UPSC has informed the IAS application form every year according to the UPSC calendar. From 2021, UPSC CSE applications will now be able to be filled directly through the UPSC official website.

To apply for this UPSC CSE online, the direct link given below is mentioned. The last date for UPSC CSE application online 2021 is on 24 March 2020-21.

Candidates who are looking for an opportunity in UPSC Civil Services Exam should note that the IAS application form is filled in two different stages.

This UPSC Prelims Application Form starts in February 2020-21, if the candidate qualifies for the Prelims Exam, then after that, the UPSC Mains form will be filled, which can also be called the detailed application form.

Below, all the candidates can see the steps to apply online for the IAS Exam 2021:

Steps to apply online for the UPSC CSE 2021

Step 1: – Visit the official website of UPSC i.e

Step 2: – Go to the Civil Services Examination (CSE) section.

Step 3: – Click on the Apply button

Step 4: – Fill in all the required details and upload your latest photo and signature.

Step 5: – Check your applications preview and “Submit” to complete your registrations.

IAS EXAM Application Fee

The candidates who are interested in applying for the UPSC IAS 2020-21 examination will be charged Rs. 100/– as application fees. The application fees will be accepted via Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit card.

The application fees can also be paid through the medium of online net banking facilities of the SBI. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD & Female candidates are exempted from paying the UPSC application fee.

UPSC CSE Exam Centre

UPSC announces the UPSC exam centers every year for the UPSC IAS Examination. The complete list of the examination centers for the UPSC CSE exam 2020-21 is announced with the notification. You can refer to the official notification to check the exam center’s full details.

List of UPCs CSE Prelims Exam Centre
Agartala Gorakhpur Patna
Agra Gurgaon Port Blair
Ajmer Gwalior Prayagraj (Allahabad)
Ahmedabad Hyderabad Puducherry
Aizawl Imphal Pune
Aligarh Indore Raipur
Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh) Itanagar Rajkot
Aurangabad Jabalpur Ranchi
Bangalore Jaipur Sambalpur
Bareilly Jammu Shillong
Bhopal Jodhpur Shimla
Bilaspur Jorhat Siliguri
Chandigarh Kochi Srinagar
Chennai Kohima Thane
Coimbatore Kolkata Thiruvananthapuram
Cuttack Kozhikode (Calicut) Tiruchirapalli
Dehradun Leh Tirupati
Delhi Lucknow Udaipur
Dharwad Ludhiana Varanasi
Dispur Madurai Vellore
Faridabad Mumbai Vijayawada
Gangtok Mysore Vishakhapatnam
Gaya Nagpur Warangal
Gautam Buddh Nagar Navi Mumbai
Ghaziabad Panaji (goa)

UPSC CSE Selection Procedure

The selection process of UPSC civil services examination 2021  consists of three successive stages which are as follows:

  • Stage 1: UPSC Preliminary Examination
  • Stage 2: UPSC Mains Examination
  • Stage 3: UPSC Interview

Note: To participate in the next stage, it is important for the candidate to qualify the cut off marks in each stage. The UPSC Prelims 2021 is qualifying in nature, therefore in the final selection marks of UPSC Mains 2021 and Interview will be counted for the final list.

UPSC Exam Pattern 2021

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains is shared below. The total no. of questions asked in the UPSC Prelims exam 2021 is 400, the description of the same is as follows:

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

UPSC Prelims Exam  No. of Qs. Max. Marks Exam Duration
General Studies- Paper-I (GS Paper 1) 100 200 Marks 2 Hours
CSAT- Paper–II 80 200 Marks 2 Hours

Read Note: UPSC Prelims Paper 1 marks will be counted to determine the merit list whereas the CSAT Paper-II will be of qualifying in nature (33% marks required).

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern & Interview

Paper UPSC Mains Exam Papers Duration Marks
Paper – A Compulsory Indians Lang, (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidates from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution) 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – B Compulsory English 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – I Essay 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper-II General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – III General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – IV General Studies– III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security

and Disaster Management)

3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – V General Studies– IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VI Optional Paper– I (Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VII Optional Paper-II 3 Hours 250 Marks
Total 1750 Marks
Personality Test/Interview 275 Marks
Grand Total 2025 Marks

Read Note: Paper A & B is of Qualifying in Nature (25% i.e. 75 marks required). Whereas marks of Paper I to VII will be counted to determine the final order of merit.

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2021

The UPSC syllabus 2020-21 will be notified along with the official notification. Find the complete UPSC syllabus for the Civil Services Examination 2021. The UPSC full syllabus is available for download on the official website.

The Applicants must check the IAS syllabus for both Prelims and Mains Examination to have a better understanding of the exams.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 

The UPSC Syllabus for Prelims Examination includes the syllabus of General Studies Paper-1 and CSAT Paper-2. UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2021 is given below.

Syllabus for UPSC GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)

  • The Current events of nationals and international importance.
  • History of Indian and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian & World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Politics and Governance-Constitution, Political Systems, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj,  Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Developments-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change
  • General Science.

Syllabus for UPSC CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper-II)

  • Comprehension; Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decisions making and problem-solving
  • Generals mental ability
  • Basics numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level)
  • The Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level)

UPSC Mains Syllabus 2021

This UPSC Syllabus for Mains exam covers the syllabus of GS paper and optional paper. This UPSC Mains Syllabus 2021 is mentioned in detail in the official notification.

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

UPSC IAS Answer Key, Cutoff, Paper Analysis 2020-2021

Get a detailed paper analysis of prelims exam 2020 after exam here. cgprepp experts provide valuable insights into the exam. The difficulty level of this exam, types of questions asked during the exam, expected cut-off, subject-wise weightage, and much more.

UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2020

After this exam, the prelims answer key will be updated here on 2020-21. The prelims exam is conducted in two sessions, consisting of two papers. The Prelims Exam Answer Key for both this GS Paper 1 and Prelims CSAT is updated here. Using this IAS initial answer key, check your answers and calculate your score.

UPSC Cut off 2020 (Category-Wise)

UPSC Prelims Expected Cutoff 2020-21 will be updated here after this exam. The IAS cut-offs are with the minimum qualifying marks to be secured by the candidate for reserving a seat.

The final list of selected candidates for the UPSC cutoff post is determined. Tell us that every year UPSC releases the cut-off of UPSC on its official website.

UPSC Cut Off Marks 2019

Exam General OBC SC ST
UPSC CSE Prelims 98 95.34 82 77.34
UPSC CSE Mains 751 718 706 699
Final Cutoff 961 925 898 893

UPSC CSE Cutoff Marks 2018

Exam General OBC SC ST
UPSC Prelims 2018 Cut Off (Out of 200 Marks) 98 96.66 84 83.34
UPSC Main 2018 Cut Off (Out of 1750 Marks) 774 732 719 719
UPSC Final 2018 Cut Off (Out of 2075 Marks) 982 938 912 912

UPSC CSE Cutoff 2017

Exam General OBC SC ST
UPSC Prelims 2017 Cut Off (Out of 200 Marks) 105.34 102.66 88.66 88.66
UPSC Main 2017 Cut Off (Out of 1750 Marks) 809 770 756 749
UPSC Final 2017 Cut Off (Out of 2075 Marks) 1006 968 944 939

Check detailed information about IAS Cut off 2018 here.

How to prepare for IAS Exam?

In order for all the candidates to start their preparation and make a dent in the exam, it is really important to have a smart strategy. Here at cgprepp we have shared some important tips by experts to crack IAS Exam 2021.

With this UPSC exam strategy, it is very important to follow a regular timetable for effective preparation. All the candidates will need to ensure a well-structured timetable and strategy for the Civil Services Examination, which can also be prepared at your convenience. And
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UPSC Books List 2021

The following books can assist you with your preparations for one of the most competitive government exams in the country UPSC IAS Exam 2020-21. Find below the list of preparation books for the IAS Exam:

Book Title Author/Publication
History of Modern India Bipan Chandra
History of Medieval India Satish Chandra
India’s Struggle for Independence Bipan Chandra
India’s Ancient Past R.S. Sharma
Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations M. Laxmikanth
Indian Art and Culture (Culture) Nitin Singhania
Facets of Indian Culture Spectrum
Our Parliament Subash Kashyap
Certificate Physical and Human Geography Goh Cheng Leong
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh

UPSC Mock Test 2021

This UPSC Mock Test will help you practice various questions prepared by our expert masters to improve your strength and your weakness to attempt with more accuracy and confidence in the exam.

All the candidates should prepare for the IAS Test Series to solve various types of questions to score better in the exam without any problem. You will get full help to prepare for any government exam through cgprepp.

Regular practice of this UPSC Test Series 2021 will also ensure that you are preventing negative marks and scoring the desired marks to clear the cutoff.

UPSC Previous Years Question Papers

This UPSC question paper is one of the most reliable resources for understanding the exam pattern and weightage of various subjects. It will be very important for all the candidates to solve the IAS Previous Year Paper to analyze the trend of the question and prepare accordingly.

With which you can get a good number. In this UPSC CSE previous year’s question paper, you have to assess your exam preparation and the improvement required to pass the exam.

This UPSC Prelims Previous Year Paper needs to be solved according to the exam deadline for best analysis and results. Download and prepare for the Mains question papers of all the GSB subjects of the previous year of UPSC and for optional preparation.

UPSC Online Coaching 2021

To prepare online with this expert guidance, you can also opt for UPSC IAS online coaching at Cgprepp. This UPSC IAS Live Classes can be the best way to save time and prepare at your convenience level.

This UPSC IAS online coaching study material pdf is prepared by highly experienced teachers with many questions to help you in your preparation and also bring good marks in the exam.

UPSC Practice Set 2021

The previous year’s questions of this UPSC can be fully practiced using the UPSC practice set. You can do all the UPSC preliminary question papers of the previous year as per your preparation. For the best results of Batadu, UPSC can solve practice sets multiple times for better recall and retention.

UPSC IAS Result 2021 (Prelims & Mains)

Results of this UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam 2020-21 are now available on the official website of UPSC. Candidates who had also appeared for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020.

You will be able to see the IAS exam results only through the official site. You can also see the result of the UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam 2020.

UPSC Prelims Result 2020, Check Now

The UPSC CSE 2019 Result has been declared. Checks the Civil Services Result 2019 here.

UPSC CSE 2019 Result 

For other inquiries, you can contact officials through the below resources:

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IAS Exam 2021 Overview

Exam Name IAS Exam
Exam Year 2021
Conducting Body UPSC
Exam Level National
Exam Periodicity Yearly
Exam Mode Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)
No. of Vacancies to be announced

Yes, it is possible to complete this UPSC IAS exam in 1 year. It requires stability and hard work with the guidance of an experienced mentor through these classes. It is also a good UPSC mock test series to help you in your exam preparation.

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