As per the official UPSC Exam Calendar, Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020 (objective) will be conducted on May 31, 2020 (Sunday). The Main Exam (written) 2020 will start from September 18, 2020.
UPSC Examination Calendar 2020 – Important Dates
- Date of Notification for Civil Service Prelims and Indian Forest Service Prelims: February 12, 2020
- Last date to apply for Civil Service Prelims and Indian Forest Service Prelims: March 03, 2020
- Date of UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 and IFS Prelims 2018: May 31, 2020
- Date of UPSC CSE Mains 2020: September 18, 2020
- Date of UPSC IFS Mains 2020: November 22, 2020 (Only for Indian Forest Service Aspirants)
The dates of notification, commencement and duration of Examinations are liable to alteration if the circumstances so warrant. Aspirants will get more clarity on the UPSC Exam Calendar for 2020, once the UPSC CSE 2020 notification is out (Feb 12, 2020).
UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020 Date: How Should You Prepare?
If you are entirely a beginner, 10-12 months of advance preparation before Prelims is usually advised to cover all topics for Prelims and Mains. This means, if you are planning to appear for Prelims 2020 (which is on June 2020), the recommended time to start preparing is June – August 2020.
However, there are many candidates who can clear the IAS exam successfully with 5-6 months (or even less) months of advance preparation as well. Thus the key point here is not the quantity of time, but the quality of time spent.
Aspirants should integrate Mains preparation with Prelims preparation, as you won’t get enough time to cover all Mains topics after Prelims (only 3.5 months). For efficient, fast, and focused preparation, candidates are advised to take ClearIAS Prelims Mock Test Series 2020 as per the timetable.
Ideally, you should take at least 1 mock exam every week – covering topics you studied the week before. This will help you cover almost all of the Prelims topics and many overlapping topics for Mains.
Parallel to this, you should study additional topics like Ethics, World History, India Since Independence, Indian Society, Internal Security etc – which are topics extra to Prelims syllabus, relevant mainly for the Main Exam (written).
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Civil Services Exam – Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and The Personality Test (Interview)
Prelims: The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II). The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam.
Note: GS Paper -II (popularly known as CSAT) has been made qualifying in nature. This means that the candidate has to just score 33% marks in it. Only marks for GS Paper 1 will be counted for selection towards Mains.
Mains: The written examination (main) will consist of the following nine papers, but only 7 papers will be counted for final merit ranking. For the rest two papers, the candidate should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC each year.
Personality Test: The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate.
Final Rank – A candidate’s rank in UPSC Civil Service Exam depends only on the mark scored in Main and Interview. The main exam has 1750 marks while interview has 275 marks.
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