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UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 to be held on this date

By: Kanishk on June 03, 2019

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020 date on the official website - . The preliminary examination will be conducted on May 31, 2020, as per the examination calendar released by the UPSC. The registration process for the same will commence on February 12, 2020, and will end on March 3, 2020.

Along with UPSC Civil Services prelims, the commission will also conduct the Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2020 through CS (P) Examination 2020 on May 31.


Registration process

As per the schedule, the online registration process for UPSC IAS 2019 or UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2019 will begin from February 12, 2020, and will end on March 3.

Exam details

This year UPSC conducted Civil Services Preliminary exam on June 2, 2019. More than 10 lakh students have appeared for the examination conducted in the country. As per students, the exam was expectedly difficult this year as compared to last year. The exams have analyzed the General Studies paper to be not difficult and relatively easy. History was quite difficult. Conceptual questions were difficult as options were close to each other making guesswork quite difficult. In Paper II, the overall level of difficulty was moderate. The 2019 UPSC-General Studies Paper 2, also known as CSAT, had some changes in the pattern of the Verbal (English) section. The quant and reasoning sections followed almost the last year paper pattern. Overall the level of difficulty was moderate which means that difficulty increased slightly as compared to last year.

Educational qualification required

The candidate must possess a degree of any of universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University or equivalent education.

Age limit criteria

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2019 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1987 and not later than 1st August, 1998.

How you can apply online

  • Log on to the official website,
  • On the homepage, click on 'various application form' link
  • Click on 'click here for part I registration'
  • Complete the application form
  • Pay the application form
  • Select the test centre and upload images
  • Click on agree to the declaration and submit.

Selection procedure of UPSC IAS exam

Stage-1: Preliminary Exam (Objective type questions -100 Marks)

Stage-2: Main Exam (Descriptive Type)

Stage-3: Personal Interview (275 Marks)

Only main exam & Interview marks will be considered for final selection list.

Examination pattern of UPSC Civil Services :

The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

For Preliminary Exam

  • The exam will be conducted in offline mode in duration.
  • The exam consisted of 3 papers and two compulsory papers with each paper of 200 Marks.
  • Each question will be 1/3 Mark penalty for wrong answer choices.

For Main Exam

  • The Mains exam will be conducted in Descriptive test mode.
  • It consists of 9 different papers and paper-1 & paper-2 are necessary for all.
  • Remaining will be optional subjects.

About UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE):

UPSC conducts Civil Service Exam to recruit the eligible candidates for Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Foreign Services(IFS), Indian Police Services(IPS) & Indian Revenue Services(IRS) and other central services and posts in accordance with the rules published by the Department of Personnel and Training in the Gazette of India extraordinary. The exam is conducted throughout the country.

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