UPSC Civil Service Exam 2021

Every year millions of Civil Service Aspirants dream to become an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or Indian Police Service (IPS) or Indian Foreign Service (IFS). These services most preferable amongst Civil Service Aspirants.

Examination Conducted by : 

The Civil Service Exam conducted by a Constitutional body - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) (Article : 315-323). All the criteria for Civil Service Exam decided by UPSC.

Civil Service Examination Process :

There are three phases of Civil Service Exam. These are -
1. Civil Service Preliminary Exam (Prelims)
2. Civil Service (Main) Exam (Mains)
3. Civil Service Personality Test (Interview)

1. Civil Service Preliminary Exam (Prelims) :

• Type of Question Asked - Multple Choice Questions (MCQs)
• Negative Marking : One-third Penalty 
• Medium of Papers : Bilingual (Hindi and English).
• There are two papers -

Paper - I : General Studies - I
Number of Questions : 100
Duration : Two Hours
Marks : 200
Subjects : Indian History, Indian Polity & Constitution, Indian Economy, Geography, IR, Environment & Ecology, Current Affairs and Miscellaneous.

Paper - II : General Studies - II  (CSAT)
Number of Questions : 80
Duration : Two Hours
Marks : 200
Subjects :

Note : Paper - II or CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test) is qualifying nature (Minimum marks required 33%).

2. Civil Service (Main) Examination (Mains) :

• It is written/descriptive in nature.
• A Candidate may answer question papers in English or anyone of the 8th Schedule languages.
• There are total 7 Merit based papers and 2 qualifying papers. 7 Merit based papers are -
Paper-2General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) 250
Paper-3General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relation) 250
Paper-4General Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management250
Paper-5General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250
Paper-6Optional Subject-I250
Paper-7Optional Subject-II250
Total Marks1750

Two Qualifying Papers are :
A) One of the Indian language to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. (300 Marks)
B) English ((300 Marks)

3. Civil Service Personality Test (Interview) :

An UPSC Board members for assessing the Candidate personality.
• Marks : 275

Grand Total Marks (Mains + Interview) : 1750+275  = 2025

Civil Service Exam Eligibility :

1. Age & Max. No. Of Attempts

Minimum Age : 21 Years
Maximum Age Limits & Limited Attempts :
+ For General : 32 years (Attempts - 6)
+ For OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) : 35 years (Attempts - 9)
+ For SC/ST : 37 years (Attempts - unlimited) 
+ For PH General : 42 years (Attempts - 9)
+ For PH OBC : 45 years
+ For PH SC/ST : 47 years

Note : If you appear for any of the papers of the Civil Service Preliminary Exam, your attempt is counted. 

2. Minimum Education Qualifications :

The candidate must hold 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 Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Note : Graduation Final Year Students can also apply.

List of Optional Subjects for Mains :

1. Agriculture
2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
3. Anthropology
4. Botany
5. Chemistry
6. Civil Engineering
7. Commerce and Accountancy
8. Economics
9. Electrical Engineering
10. Geography
11. Geology
12. History
13. Law
14. Management
15. Mathematics
16. Mechanical Engineering
17. Medical Science
18. Philosophy
19. Physics
20. Political Science and International Relations
21. Psychology
22. Public Administration
23. Sociology
24. Statistics
25. Zoology
26. Literature of any one of the following languages -
Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

How to apply for UPSC CS Prelims Exam ?

• Candidates are required to apply Online by using website -
• Fee : 100 rupees for General and OBC.
• Fee exemption to Female, SC/ST, PH Candidates.
• Upload specific size of Photo (3-40 KB) and Signature and other details as per Commission recommendations.
• Allotment of Centres : On the basis of first-apply-first allot, and once the capacity of a particular centres is attained, the same will be frozen. At this situation, Candidate will be required to choose a center from the remaining ones.
• Candidates are strongly advised to apply online well in time without waiting for the last date for submission of online Application.

According to UPSC Official Calendar 2021 :
Prelims & Mains Examination Dates are -
February 10, 2021Date of Notification for UPSC Civil Service Preliminary Exam
March 02, 2021Last Date to apply for Civil Service Prelims
June 27, 2021Date of Civil Service Prelims Exam
September 17, 2021Date of Civil Service (Main) Exam

8th Scheduled 22 Languages :
For the language medium/literature of languages, the Candidates use Scripts will be -
SindhiDevanagari or Arabic
SanthaliDevanagari or Olchiki

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